In this Issue: Tutor Fair, Upcoming PTA Meeting, Free Resources
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Tutor Fair

Many parents are asking about how to find the right tutor for their child. Excellent tutors are available for the SHSAT, the upcoming state tests, organizational skills, extra help in math, science, writing, humanities and even keyboarding and other computer skills.

To help you find the right tutor for your child, the PTA is hosting a Tutor Fair at the January PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 12th at 7:15 PM. We will bring in tutoring organizations from around the city. You will have the opportunity to meet with them to learn about their offerings and costs. You'll also have the ability to compare and contrast these groups in a comfortable setting.

We are excited about this first-time event and we know it will be helpful to many of you. If you would like to help organize the event, or if you have any questions or comments, please email Christine Annechino.

The Tutor Fair will follow the January 12 PTA meeting at 7 PM., where we will vote to approve the minutes from the December 2015 PTA meeting, available here

Expanded NYPL Hours

The New York Public Library has expanded its hours to better serve New Yorkers! Thanks to the City's recent reinvestment in libraries, 91 locations are now open six days a week—or more. Learn more NYPL news here.

Free Ballet Class

Is your child interested in ballet? Experienced ballet instructor Ms. Michelle Cave is offering a free, intensive course for middle and elementary school students, 5:30 to 7 PM, 154 W 93rd St. Click here for more information.

Wellness and Health Committee

The School Leadership Team (SLT) has created a new committee focusing on Wellness and Health. This committee is open to the entire school community: administrators, parents, teachers and staff. The mission of this committee is to work with the SLT to find ways to improve the focus on the physical, mental and social well-being of our students, in addition to improving the focus on health and nutrition.  
Meetings will be held on a monthly basis at school Room 133 at 1:30 PM. Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2016 at 1:30 PM. Thank you in advance for your interest! For further information, please feel free to reach out to

UFT-Sponsored Workshops

Beautiful Me: This workshop will focus on ways to raise strong, confident girls! You will learn tools for nurturing and educating girls while enhancing their self-esteem and coping skills. When: January 13, 2016 6:30 PM OR: February 9, 2016 9:15 AM. Where: UFT Manhatttan Borough Office, 52 Broadway, 10th Floor, 

Positive Behavior Learning Collaborative: Learn how schools can address problematic student behaviors and create a positive learning environment. You will learn strategies and techniques that are equally useful at home for improving behavior and having calm discussions where parent and child both feel listened to and heard. When: January 14, 2016 9:15 AM OR: February 9, 2016 7 PM. Where: UFT Manhatttan Borough Office, 52 Broadway, 10th Floor.

In both workshops we will also discuss the new Stand Up for Kids campaign to fight for funding for programs that support students and families from pre-K to college and career.

Food will be provided and children are welcome. Please RSVP to Fran Streich for either or both workshops at or 212-701-9464.

For more information, click here.

Red Cross Babysitting Course

The PTA is working with the Red Cross to secure an upcoming weekend date for the babysitting training course. Stay tuned for more information!

Parent Engagement Thursdays

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

Yearbook Photos Wanted

The site that we are working with for the creation of our 2016 yearbook allows the community to upload photos. This means YOU, and we would very much appreciate any photo contributions you make, whether of your child or other MS 54 students. Please click here for more information on how to submit yearbook photos.

Safety Patrol

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.

Auction News

Did you know that an online auction will launch in just a few weeks?

Please submit auction items ASAP for both the online auction and the auction event on April 16th. Items can be dropped with Anne Pejovich, Parent Coordinator.

Click here for the printable online form.

Exciting items just in:
  • A Tour for 2 at The New York Times
  • Tickets to see The Chew
  • A Wine Tasting in Napa
  • A vacation home in The Hudson Valley
Please let us know if you can help write emails and/or work on soliciting more great items! We need many more items to make this auction a success!

Join us on Friday, January 15th at 8:45 AM in Rm. 133 for the next auction meeting or shoot us an email at

Donate to the Annual Appeal

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 Appeal 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 Program

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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