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In This Newsletter: Last Day of School, Order Supplies the Easy Way! Proposed Middle School Changes
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Students will receive their report cards on Monday, June 27th at dismissal. The last day of school is on Tuesday, June 28th. Dismissal is at 10AM.

Summer assignments and supply lists are posted below. Please be sure your children read the books over the summer.

Assignments

Supply lists for all grades: Click here.

Order School Supplies the Easy Way!

No waiting in line and MS54 receives 50% of the profits--it doesn't get better than that! All supplies for home will automatically be sent directly home and all supplies for the classroom will automatically be sent directly to school.

NEW THIS YEAR! Parents can purchase all of their school supplies for home and for the classroom or just those for the classroom. 

Click HERE to order!

Important Middle School Meeting

Superintendent Ilene Altschul has been working with principals to develop a plan to increase diversity in District 3 middle schools. More information can be found here.

There is a public meeting of the CEC Middle School Committee on Monday June 27th at 10:00 AM where this topic will be discussed further.

​The meeting will be held at PS242 Young Diplomats Magnet School, 134 West 122 Street, in the library.

Please see full agenda here.

​Construction on 108th Street

Ad Hoc Task Force Needs Volunteers

With the possibility of a major construction project across the street from MS54, it is important that our community have our voices heard by all the parties involved.

At the CB7 Community Board hearing this past Wednesday, it was apparent that the concerns of the school community were not being taken into consideration adequately. To that end, we are forming an ad hoc task force to gather information and ensure our voices are heard on this important issue.

It is important that we get parent involvement as soon as possible to ensure our children's health and safety are not adversely affected by this project.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Alix Botwin-Krell at alix.botwinkrell@mac.com or fill out this short form.

In addition, we would like to appoint a Community Affairs Liaison to the Executive Board. This person (or persons) would report to the board on community issues affecting our school. Please email execboard@ms54pta.org or fill out this short form if you are interested in this position.

At MS54, It's Not Just the Students That Are Bright

We are in the process of having all of the lights replaced in our hallways and classrooms as part of the DOE's PCB-remediation plan. Our school was identified as a school whose lights potentially contained PCB ballasts.

​As the project moves towards completion, your children will notice much brighter hallways and classrooms. 

Welcome New PTA and SLT Members

At the last PTA meeting, the following were elected to the PTA Executive Board and to the SLT.

PTA
Co-President: Jerome Kramer
Co-President: Katie Miller
Recording Secretary: Anni Kluger
VP Fundraising: Jamie Markovitz Hoffman
Treasurer: Anne Rosenberg
Assistant Treasurer: Michele Samarel
Recording Secretary: Diane Brush
7th Grade Rep: Lisa Shatz
8th Grade Rep: Joanne Giordano

SLT
Stephanie Goldblatt
Tanya Khotin
Bill Reinisch
Karen Saltser

Congratulations to all, and thank you for your service!

Free Summer Meals Program Begins June 29

The annual Summer Meals program will begin on Wednesday, June 29, providing free, healthy breakfasts and lunches at hundreds of public schools, pools, parks, New York City Housing Authority complexes, libraries and other locations around the city.  

Summer Meals are available to all children 18 years and younger, regardless of New York City residency.   
 
No ID, registration or documentation is required.  

Families can download the free SchoolFood mobile app (for both Apple and Android) and find Summer Meals locations by visiting schoolfoodnyc.org, or texting “NYCMEALS” to 877-877, or dialing 311.

Click here or on the image for more information.

High School Admissions Process

 
It's not too early for seventh graders and their families to begin the high school admissions process. To stay in the loop, visit our high school page here.

2 Things to Do If Your Student Is Starting at MS54 in the Fall

  1. Fill out the “MS 54 New Families Form” here. You must  include the student’s OSIS – School I. D. number! (If you don’t know this number, please ask your school secretary.)  
  2. Click here to volunteer your skills and time to our wonderful school community! It's a great way to meet other parents and to give back to MS54.
Questions may be sent to: Anne McIntosh Pejovich, Parent Coordinator - amcintosh6@schools.nyc.gov

FREE 🚲 Youth Summer Ride Club  🚲

This FREE program will run every Saturday from July 16 to August 27, 2016. The group will meet at 10:00 AM at the assigned Bike New York Education Center (Van Cortlandt Park or Flushing Meadows Corona Park). Please note that the longer rides later in the program will necessitate an earlier start time. 
 
All selected participants will be provided bicycles for use during program activities and will receive helmets and water bottles for use throughout the summer.
 
Each week, participants will go on progressively more challenging rides to explore their borough and beyond, culminating in an epic final ride designed by their Bike Education Youth Instructors based on the group's ability and interests.
 
This is open to young people ages 13 to 19 who have completed at least one semester of Bike New York Youth Programs (i.e., After-School Fall 2015, Summer Camp 2015, or After-School Spring 2016).
 
Applications for the program can be found here
 
Please contact Youth Programs Manager Kristina Sepulveda at ksepulveda@bike.nyc and/or 212-870-2092 if you have any questions or concerns.
Click Here to Register!
Free summer program at the George Bruce Library - 518 West 125th Street, New York, NY, 10027 to learn about 3d printing, wearables, and webdesign! Fill out this form to apply.

For more information, contact Liz Billy, elizabethbilly@nypl.org, 347.891.1697, http://www.nypl.org/ost/middle-school-labs

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.
​Click for the 2016-17 general school calendar.

The 2016-17 school day will begin at 8:40 AM and end at 3:00 PM every day. Early Academy will take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Early Academy, however, will be structured differently. Teachers of humanities, languages and the arts will be seeing students one day and teachers of math and science the other day.

Individual teachers will talk about how they plan to use Early Academy during Back-To-School Night in the fall.
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