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A MS54 Night To Remember - Wine, Cheese & Jazz!

Thank you all for coming out to make a truly memorable night for MS54!  Together we surpassed our auction goals and broke all MS 54 records! We are finalizing the numbers and will let you know the final results when they are in.
We will be following up with you with information about the Wine, Cheese & Jazz Cocktail party as well as with instructions about how to pick up unclaimed items.  We appreciate your patience! 

Remember, you can still bid on items in our online auction which is scheduled to close on Tuesday at 10pm. (add link). This is a great time to spread the link to friends and family.

Wow! What a night of community building! We could not have done it without the contributions of so many of you including:

Dr. Elster Alyson Hyde Mark Diller
The Teachers and Staff of MS 54 Ann Loeb Jen Lenn
Amanda Smith Dana Kind Josie Harris
Clare Gustavsson Paul Sameral Scot Steinberg
Charles Brush May Yee Richard Kind
Jerome Kramer Liz Wedlin Caroline Ellen
Ann Nioche Alison Kunofsky Karen Bakos
LJ Ganser (our fabulous auctioneer)    

And, of course, A HUGE THANK YOU TO all our donors:
100th Street Wine and Liquor Exhale Mind Body Spa New York Rangers
16 Handles Fairway New York Sports Club
321 Theatrical Management Film Society of Lincoln Center New York Ukulele School
5 Napkin Burger Flywheel Sports Nice Matin
59E59 Foods of NY Tours Nicole Ann Chevance
92Y Camps Frank Stella NJ Devils
A.D Miles Fred Astaire Dance Studios West Side NYC Basketball Kids
A+E Networks Fuerza Bruta NYC Elite Gymnastics
Adam Friedman Gale Brewer NYC Guitar School
Aisling McEvoy Galli Theater NYC Hockey Holdings
Alexandra Frederick Gene Davis NYU Skirball Center
Alexis Bittar Ghosts of New York One World Observatory
Alison and Glen Kunofsky Gleam Salon Paint and Sip Studio
Alison Sue Hersh Good Morning America Pattiec8ke Catering
Allison Eden Studios Graff Tours Paul Labrecque
Amanda Smith Caterers Grand Prix Racing Paul Pellicoro's Dancesport
American Youth Dance Theater Greenstones Pearl & Ash
Amity Hall Green-Wood Historic Fund Perfect Picnic
Amsterdam Ale House GRF Test Prep Classes Perry Street Reflexology
Amy Harmon Guarachi Wine Partners Physique 57
Amy Rayburn Hampshire Country Club Pilates House
Andrea Kann Harmony by Karate Pixar Animation Studios
Anh-Tho Pong Hearst Castle and National Geographic Theater Polarn O. Pyret
Anne Rosenberg Helmut Lang Porter House New York
Anomaly Jewelry Hillary Strong Posies
Apollo Theater Hot & Crusty Private Prep
Applerouth Tutoring Hotel Beacon Pure Yoga
Apthorp Pharmacy House Whole Quintessa
Arts in Action Visual Arts Program Hudson River Museum Red Bulls
Ballet Academy East Hudson River Orthodontics Red Farm Restaurant
Bankstreet Bookstore ibidPREP Refine Method
Barney Greengrass Imagine Swimming Richard Kind
Barry's Bootcamp In Your Voice Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Basketball City Insomnia Cookies Ritual's Cosmetics
Beacon Paint & Hardware Integral Yoga Institute Riverside Park Conservancy
Bee Tutored International Spy Museum Robbie Myers and ELLE Magazine
Befit nyc Irish Arts Center Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant
Bella Luna Isabela Iantosca Rodney Giebler
Beringer Wine IVY Tutors Network Roxanne Robuisa
Best Bottles NYC Jack's Wife Freda Ruth Nerken
Beth Fischer Jan Schillay Salon 84
Beth S Michelson Janet Axelrod Salumeria Rosi
Bikram Yoga NYC Janine Pollack Sam Eaton's The Quantum Eye Mentalism and Magic Show
Bill Weber & Kathy Morgenstern Jasmina Radosavljevic Sarabeth's
Bin 70 Wines JCC in Manhattan Scott J Salon
Bliss Spa Scottsdale Jean Russak Sea Glass Fine Art
Blondies Jennifer and Ben Silbert Sensuous Bean
Blenheim Restaurant Jennifer Kalish Sheila Williams & David Bruce
Blue Man Productions Jennifer Lee Photography Sheridan Fencing Academy
Bluemercury Jessica Kirschner Sherrie Nachman
BLUSH Designs Jet Blue - Corporate Social Responsibilty Silver Music
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center Jimmy's Custom Framing Skudin Surf
Bonnie's Nail & Spa Jin Ramen SlowBurn Personal Training Studios
Book Culture Joanna Sheinfeld Smorgas Chef
Boqueria John Koch Antiques socialsklz:-) tools to thrive in the modern world
Bouley Jonas Gustavsson Soho Repertory Theatre
Bravo "Odd Mom Out" Jooneechees Somerset Patriots Baseball Club
Brigid Brady Juice Press Soul Cycle
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Julie Press Spiritual Gangster
Brooklyn Boulders Just Hanging Around Sprinkles Cupcakes
Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball Club Justincredible Personal Training Sprint Sports Inc.
Brooklyn Historical Society Karen & Paul Freitas Stacey Lynn Piano Studio
Brooklyn Museum Karen Berlin Ishii Premier Tutoring and Test Prep Stadium Tennis Center
Buceo95 Kate Chaston Starbucks
Cafe Luxembourg Kathy Strickman Starr Restaurants
Cafe Tallulah Kathy Wentrack STATE Bags
Caitlin & John McNiff Kaufman Center Staten Island Yankees
Calle Ocho Kennan Keating Style Room
Camp Cody Kids in the Game Sushi Rocku
Camp Lenox Kids of Summer Sports Suzzan Craig
Camp Manitou for Boys Kimberley Model SwimJim Inc.
Candle Cafe West Kinespirit Gyrotonic and Pilates Studios Tara Fray & Ryan Rogers
Caroline Baron & Anthony Weintraub Kitchensurfing Tavern on The Green
Carolyn and Karl duHoffmann Kolor Telepan
Cathy Chuang Kouzan Tennis Innovators
Caudalie Kramer Portraits Thai Market Restaurant
CBS KT Collection The Baseball Center NYC
Cecilia Saie Kutch Wines The Bruce Museum
Central Park Taekwondo La Terrine The Center Studio
Central Park Tennis Center Laina Jane The Cliffs at Long Island City
Charles Barker Landry's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Cherin Perelman Lasker Skating Rink The Ensemble Theatre
Children's Museum of the Arts Laughing Lotus Yoga Center The Eye Man
Chinese Hawaiian Kenpo Academy Le Pain Quotidien The Flatiron Room
Chipotle Lee Llambelis The Gaga Center
Christopher Belcher Liberty Science Center The Garzon/Norgren Family
Cigar Aficionado Lillie Rosenthal, DO The Greenwich Hotel
Citibike Ling Complete Skincare The Intrepid Air & Space Museum
City Bakery * Birdbath Lisa Leshne The Irish Repertory Theatre
City Diner Lisa Yellin Personal Training The Jewish Museum
City Winery Live! with Kelly and Michael The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Classic Kids Photography L'Occitane The Maritime Hotel
Claudia Mihaela & Dan Musat Look LLC - Woolworth Tours The McKittrick Hotel home of Sleep No More
Clinque Louis L Booth The Meatball Shop
Columbus Collis Lovella The Peoples Improv Theater
Columbus Wines Lower East Side Tenement Museum The Rachel Ray Show
Community Food and Juice Lucky Strike The Ride
Conan M Dance & Fitness The Skyscraper Museum
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum M Salon The Wine Workshop by Acker Merrall & Condit
Corbin's Crusaders Macchina The Yale-Cho Family
Core Pilates NYC Magnolia Bakery Tibor Nemes
Corks on Columbus Magpie Tishman Speyer
Costco Mai Salon Tony Maxwell
Cowgirl Seahorse Maker State Top of The Rock Observation Deck
Cozy's Cuts For Kids Manhattan by Sail Total Tennis
CPW Manhattan Diner Town Shop
CPW Vein & Aesthetic Center Manhattan Fencing Center Tracy Lin-Bartolazo
Creative Coaching Manhattan Movement and Arts Center Tribeca Film Festival
Dana Grant Manhattan Valley Wines & Spirits Trump National Golf Club
David Groshen Salon NYC Mark Mooradian United States Tennis Association
David Shatz Marvin Shanken Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness
Dawn & Erik Schmall Mathnasium UrbanSitter
Dazzling Discoveries Meredith El Nems UWS Kenshikai Karate
Diana Berrent Photography Metro Diner Vardit for your Hair
Dig Inn Mezzogiorno Restaurant Vardy Orthodontics
Disney Theme Park Mind Over Matter Health and Fitness Via Transportation Inc
Dive Bar Miriam Salat Viana Hotel & Spa
Dixon Place Modell's - Mitchell Modell Victoria Gallegher
Dot Mohawk Mountain Ski Area Voila Chocolat
Down and Quilt Shop MOMA - The Museum of Modern Art W Hotel Scottsdale
Downtown United Soccer Club Montclair Art Museum Watson Adventures
Dribbl Basketball More & More Antiques Wellness in the Schools
E's Bar Morten Sohlberg Wendy Zhang
Eight Is Never Enough Moving Strength West Side Taekwondo
Eiji Museum of the City of New York Westside Market
Elite Island Resorts National Baseball Hall of Fame Whitney Museum
Elizabeth Pemebo NBA Wildlife Conservation Society
ELLE Magazine Neue Galerie Windham Mountain Resort
Engine Rm Rowing New Taste of The Upper West Side Wollman Rink
Epic Sports Inc New York City Ballet Woodloch Pines
Equinox New York Football Giants Writopia Lab
Esprit Du Vin New York Historical Society Yi Zhang
Euro Capital Properties New York Jets YOTEL New York
Evelyn's Kitchen New York Philharmonic Zaniac Summer Camp


Debate Club

Middle and High School Students interested in participating in weekly debate coaching sessions may sign up to participate.
Sessions are held Thursdays at 3:30P at PS/IS 180: 370 West 120 Street. NYC 10027
Please note that parent permission / signature is required. Students that do not have proper permission will be asked to leave and return with the needed documents. The consent forms can be found at our website:

Town Hall April 18

CSD3 Superintendent Altschul will be on the panel.  You may rsvp and/or submit a question in advance  at

High School Admission Process

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues), 2nd floor 

Applying to high school in the fall? Now's the time to get started!

Join the staff of Insideschools for an informative workshop. We’ll walk you through the high school admissions process and get you prepared to hit the ground running in September.
We’ll tackle these topics and more: 
  • The nuts and bolts of applying
  • Describing your options & how to narrow your list
  • Applying to screened, audition & specialized high schools
  • What to do when: spring, summer & fall is a project of The Center for New York City Affairs, an applied policy research institute based at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy

Wellness Council

MS54 wellness council is happy to announce for its next meeting on Monday, April 18th @ 12:25pm the following guest speaker: Dr. Joan Dorn, who is a Medical Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine at the City College of New York. She is also the former Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to that Dr. Dorn served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and Research Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo. Dr. Dorn’s research interests include the role of physical activity and other lifestyle behaviors in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and obesity. 
Professor Dorn is happy to  speak about physical activity and nutrition to MS54 school community. Our committee encourages all our school committee to attend. Should you have any questions, please direct them to Thank you in advance for your time.

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. 

Parent Engagement Thursdays

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

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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