In this Issue: Back to School, Petition to Improve the Playground, More
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School Starts Mon. Feb. 21

Sign the Petition to Improve Our Playground

If you have a child at Booker T Washington, you’ve seen them. You’ve stepped on them, swept them up and plucked them from socks fresh out of the dryer: tiny black pellets from the field adjacent to MS54 where our kids have recess and play before and after school. Now it’s time to do something about it. The PTA and SLT, in conjunction with MS54’s newly formed Wellness Council, are sponsoring a petition to the City Council for funds to replace this degraded turf with a new, eco-friendly material that is better for our kids and the environment.

But to make it happen we need your support — please click here to sign our petition! The more signatures we gather, the greater our chances of success. A new field will benefit not only our MS54 students but the many neighborhood residents and soccer and baseball leagues who use the field frequently. 

High School Acceptance Letters

The results of the High School Application Process are projected to be released in early March, 2016.  In order to best serve the needs of all students and show concern for the stress they experience during this difficult process, we have decided that it is best if these results are reported to the students and parents by mail.  In order to make this process more efficient, we will be asking each student to fill out a self-addressed envelope, which they will do here in school and submit to us.  It is imperative that the address on the envelope is the address to which you wish the results forwarded in order to insure that the information is received in a timely manner.  Therefore, please be sure that students have this accurate address, including apartment number and zip code, easily available in their back packs.  As soon as we receive the results, we will mail them to your home.  

It is our hope that this procedure will help to dignify this process and protect our children from the stress associated with finding out the results during school hours.

Link to full letter here.

Important Meeting for 7th Grade Parents

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM we would like to share with you information regarding high school choices and options, the high school application process, and other pertinent information which will help you and your children make the best decisions possible with regard to high school choice.

Achieve NYC Survey

The Department of Education’s Achieve NYC is a family’s complete guide to New York City public schools. This guide is released annually, and provides families with important information about their child’s school and instruction, available supports and services, programs, policies, resources, and more.

Please help improve Achieve NYC by completing this short, confidential survey.

Auction News

Thank you all for a great start to the Auction!  Our Winter Online Auction closed on Monday, February 8 and raised over $10,000 for MS54!  

And that's just the beginning.  

We have received some great auction items including a pair of Hamilton tickets, Jet Blue tickets, vacation homes and more....but we still need your donations!  

We are halfway to our goal and still looking for Unique Experiences, Vacation Destinations, Restaurants, Spas, Parties (such as wine tastings or group dinners). No donation is too big or too small!

Click here for the printable online form or use this link for direct online entry. 
The auction is Saturday night April 16th.  Mark your calendars and look for invites coming your way after winter break.  

If you have any comments or questions please email us at


Free Microsoft Software

Parents and guardians of a student enrolled in a NYC public school are now able to download Microsoft software from, at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. 
Free products include:
  • Office 365 ProPlus on Windows: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Access, InfoPath and Publisher installed on Windows
  • Office for Mac Professional 2016: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote
  • Office for iPad, iPhone, Android: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • Cloud service
  • Office Online 
To download, visit and enter either of the following:
1. Student’s date of birth AND a parent phone number, or
2. Parent email
The information that you enter to claim the download must match the information on your Blue Card on file with the school. Therefore, it is necessary that ATS have the most up-to-date parent contact information in order for the verification and download process to be successful. If you have trouble claiming the download, you can visit a school’s main office to make any necessary changes to your contact information. 
There is no deadline to claim the free software. Families may download the software as long as they have a child enrolled in a NYC public school.
As Office 365 is a Microsoft Cloud product, parents must create a Microsoft Cloud account in order to download the software. The website contains not only information on how to create an account, download the software, but also answers to “Frequently Asked Questions.” For technical assistance families may contact Microsoft Customer Service at: 1 (800) 642-7676.

Free Ewaste Recycling

Click here for a full schedule.

Worried About State Tests?

Come to the CSD3 Parent Workshops to learn more about getting ready for the state tests.

Click here for more information.

Project Cicero Book Drive Volunteers Needed

MS54 will once again be participating in the Project Cicero book drive.  Project Cicero is an annual non-profit book drive designed to create and supplement classroom libraries in under-resourced New York City public schools.  We will be collecting books from March 7th to March 10th at MS54. We are looking for several volunteers to help with the collection.  If you are interested, please email Lauri Landry.

Parent Engagement Thursdays

Please see the MS54 Calendar for details on all upcoming speakers. 

Set Builders Needed

Do you have set building skills? We’re looking for a few parents to help build some set pieces for “Singing in the Rain”. Please email Anne McIntosh Pejovich if you are interested!

Fairway Community Partners

Use your Community Partners card every time you shop at Fairway and 3% (or more) of your purchase will be donated to MS54. Click here for more information!
Replacement cards are available. Contact Anne McIntosh Pejovich.

MS54 School Calendar

For more information on these events, or to see additional events, please click here to visit our website.
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