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In this Issue: Progress Reports, PTA Meeting, Yearbook Ads, Science Fair, More
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Letter from the Principal


Dear Parents:
 
Congratulations to the eighth graders and their families on their high school acceptances
 
Congratulations to the Booker T. Raiders (basketball team) on winning the Championship this weekend.

There have been many interesting conversations at school this week around academic honesty. Please continue those conversations with your children.
 
Progress Reports are now open on Jupiter. You will not have access to them once the window closes so consider printing them. If you have concerns about your child’s progress, please contact the teacher.  The Third Marking Period ends on April 1st.
 
Parent-Teacher Conferences are on March 17th from 12:30PM-3:00PM and from 5:00PM-8:00PM. More information about signing up for appointments will be out later this week.
 
Elana Elster

PTA Meeting: MS54 Teachers Discuss Upcoming State Tests

The next general PTA meeting will take place Tues., Mar. 8th at 7 PM the auditorium. MS54 teachers will return to help us understand the state ELA and math tests--what is on them, how MS54 gets students ready, and what we can all do to support student preparation.

This was a very popular discussion last year, and we hope you will join us for updates! Pizza will be served.

Afterschool Activities


Sign up for Spring afterschool activities now! Click here.

Place a Yearbook Ad to Honor Your Graduate



Place an ad in the 2016 yearbook in honor of your special graduate by March 16th!

Quarter-page ($75.00) and half-page ($150.00) ads are available.

TO PURCHASE AN ADVERTISEMENT HONORING YOUR CHILD:
  1. Log onto https://community.pictavo.com
  2. The first time you come to the site, at the top of the page click on "Create an account".
  3. In the "Select your school" area, in the top box labeled "School ID:" enter 58572 and click CONTINUE.  Do not fill in the other boxes.  On the next page it should confirm that this is for JHS 54 BOOKER T WASHINGTON.  (You may also search for JHS 54 Booker T. Washington using the search feature.)
  4. You will be asked to create a user account and password and to verify your email address.
  5. When you are ready, look for the tab at the top that says “Shop”.
  6. Use the Shop tab to purchase and design your personal advertisements.
  7. If you return to the site again later, click on the "Login:" prompt at the top of the page and use the username and password you previously created.
  8. All ads and payments will go through Pictavo to the school.
  9. The deadline for purchasing advertisements is March 16th.

Please direct any questions to Ms. McNulty at emcnulty3@schools.nyc.gov

Calling All Bakers, Buyers, and Sellers

Please consider baking for our semi-annual Parent/Teacher Bake Sale on Thursday, March 17th!

All home baked goodies welcome and appreciated. Brownies, cookies, quick breads, chocolate pretzels, granola, just about anything! They can be dropped off all day Wednesday, March 16 in the room across from the Main Office and all day at the sale. Remember - nicely wrapped goodies sell the best:) We will also have delicious sandwiches from Butterfield Market for sale during the afternoon conferences!
 
Interested in helping out a little more? Help sell by emailing hollyzinn@yahoo.com

Upcoming Science Fairs

The 7th grade Science Fair takes place during Parent/Teacher Conferences, Thursday, March 17th and Friday, March 18th. Parents may visit the fair between conferences and from 8 AM to 2 PM on Friday. The fair will remain set up until seventh period on Friday. 

The sixth grade Science Fair will be May 10th.

Auction News

WE ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING AN ONLINE AUCTION WITH CHARITY BUZZ!

These items are not to be missed! Take a chance and put a bid on them or forward to your friends, or post them on Facebook anything you can do to get the word out helps!

Don't want to bid? You can still contribute: the auction committee needs the following help to make this year's Lights! Camera! Auction! a success:
  1. Technology help to run our slide show presentation
  2. Music for the night of - are you a DJ?  Can you put a playlist to get people moving? Let us know!
  3. Decorations - help us make the space look great!
  4. There is still time to get donations, we are accepting donations through March 24
If you can help, we would love to know. Email us at auction@ms54pta.org.

Click on any of the items below to bid or to see more!

Boxtops Reminder


Please don't forget that MS54 participates in the Boxtops program and that the collection box is in the lobby of the school. We recently submitted Boxtops worth $354. Keep the Boxtops coming! It's free money for our school.

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. 

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.

Free Microsoft Software


Parents and guardians of a student enrolled in a NYC public school are now able to download Microsoft software from https://studentoffice.net/, 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 https://studentoffice.net/ 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 studentoffice.net 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.

Project Cicero Book Drive 


The Project Cicero Book Drive will run from Monday, March 7th to Thursday morning, March 10th. This is a great opportunity for a little spring cleaning! Bring your gently used books for drop-off in the boxes that will be placed in the MS 54 Lobby.

Please remember we are only able to accept books during the drive period as Project Cicero's goal is to have the books available by the weekend to teachers from under-sourced schools. 

We are collecting new and gently used hardcover/paperback for children through high school students including picture, early reader, reference, math/science, test prep, and fiction/nonfiction.

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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