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In this Issue: Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up, Win Tickets to "Hamilton", Thanksgiving Pies
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Win Tickets to Hamilton at MS54's Broadway Night!


The New York Times' Ben Brantley says: "I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But Hamilton... might just about be worth it."

No need to mortgage your apartment, no need to lease your children! Just come to Monday night's "Broadway Night" performance at MS54 to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this sold-out show. Raffle tickets are $10 and will be sold from 6 to 6:30 PM, with the drawing at the end of the show. You must be present to win. All proceeds will benefit MS54 and YOUR children!

Broadway Night is Monday, November 9, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the MS 54 Auditorium and features Booker T. parents and alums performing the best of Broadway. 

Did you know that Jennifer Laura Thompson was the second-ever Glinda in Wicked on Broadway? Guess what song she's going to sing Monday night!

DON’T MISS BROADWAY NIGHT, AND DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS TO HAMILTON!

 

Eventbrite - Broadway Night

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Sign Up November 10th at 10 AM

Booking for conferences will open on Tuesday, November 10th at 10 AM. As in the past, parents may initially sign up to see two teachers. On Friday, November 13th, parents may sign up for two additional conferences pending availability. Click here for more information. 

The PTA's Annual Pie Sale!

Click the image above or here to order a pie online for your Thanksgiving holiday and support the PTA of MS54*! Or, download the order form here.

These delicious pies from Food Gems, Ltd are the perfect addition to your holiday celebration -- and so, so easy! They make a fabulous hostess gift, too, or order an extra for a loved one. Plus, these pies freeze beautifully so can be bought in advance and stored for other occasions!

All pies are handmade, pre-baked, and ready to serve. They are packaged in a deep 10" pan, and packed in a sturdy individual box. Each pie serves eight to 10. Pies are completely trans-fat free and the fruit is sulfite free.

** PLEASE NOTE: PIES ARE NOT MADE IN A NUT FREE BAKERY**

Orders are due November 18th -- pick-up at school on Tuesday, Nov. 24

New this year... “Leave a pie behind!”

Buy an extra pie to help feed people living at local homeless shelters. We will also be donating all pies that have not been picked up by 7 PM on November 24. If you want your kids to be part of this special delivery, please let us know.


For more information, please email Lauri Landry Scharankov or Bonni Gibel.

*Approximately 50% of the price of the pies goes directly to the MS 54 PTA.

Bake, Buy, and Sell for MS54!

Please consider baking for our semi-annual Parent/Teach Bake Sale on Tuesday, November 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 Monday, November 16th 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!
 
Interested in helping out a little more? Click here to sign up for a half-hour selling slot.

What to Do If Your Child Misses School

if your child is going to be absent, please send an email to: absent@ms54.org

MS54 Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones must be turned off before entering the school. They should be put away at the start of your day so they are neither seen nor heard. In the event that such devices are seen or heard, they will be confiscated. Confiscated devices must be picked up by a parent or guardian. Parents must contact the Dean to make arrangements to pick them up.
 
Please note that the use of these items is not permitted in the school yard during lunch, in the cafeteria during breakfast, and during Early Academy.

Spring Auction Help Needed

Aside from collecting donations, we need parents to help with the following committees: Baskets; Raffle Sales; Data Entry; Solicitations; Communications; and Food. If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Auction Committee at auction@ms54pta.org or come to the next meeting on Thursday, November 12th at 8:45 AM in Room 133.

Safety Patrol -- New This Year

We are asking parents to volunteer a half hour one time during the school year to walk around the neighborhood at dismissal time. If you are interested in signing up, please email Alix Botwin Krell.

Parent Engagement Thursdays

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

For the next few weeks, while MS54 tours and open houses are taking place, Parent Engagement Thursdays will be held in Room 133 or Room 323. 

Diagnosing A.D.D


In this free workshop on Tuesday November 17th at 9 AM you will learn more about distinguishing visual conditions from A.D.D. PS84, 32 W 92nd St, 150 W 105 St. Email ahauschild@nyc.schools.gov to RSVP. More information here.

Managing Holiday Stress

In this workshop on Thursday November 12th at 6 PM you will learn more about emotionally intelligent parenting. West Prep Academy, 150 W 105 St. RSVP online at www.MS421.org. More information here.

Remember to Donate to the Annual Fund!

Please make your contribution today. Every contribution, no matter how big or small will have a positive impact on our children’s education. We are suggesting a contribution of $1,000, but would like to see everyone give what they can. It is important that we receive your Annual Fund contribution as soon as possible so that we can ensure that all of the PTA projects will be fully funded.
 
Act now in one of two ways:
1.  Write a check to “MS 54 PTA” and mail it to the school.
2.  Click on the “Donate to the Annual Fund” banner on the top of this email or CLICK HERE NOW.
 
ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN GIVE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.  Please remember that contributions to the PTA will be kept confidential, are completely voluntary, are tax deductible and meet matching gift programs for most companies.

Fairway Community Partners Progam

 
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 now available! Contact Anne McIntosh Pejovich.


School Calendar



Click here or on the image to view the Booker T. Washington school calendar.
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