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In This Newsletter: Letter from the Principal, Wellness Council Meeting, HS Directories, More.
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Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents,
 
I look forward to seeing you at Tuesday evening’s Spring Music Concert. The concert begins at 6:00 PM. These students performed magnificently at the NYSSMA Competition last week. You are in for quite a treat!
 
Each year, the teachers have the right to vote to make changes to the way their work day is set up in their contract. On Friday, the teachers voted to make several changes, which will go into effect next year. The school day will begin at 8:40AM and end at 3:00PM 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. The teachers also voted to lengthen the November and March Parent Conferences instead of having a third set in May. 
 
June Reminders:
Please check around your house for library and books belonging to the school. All of these need to be returned before the end of the year. Teachers will tell the students when to bring the textbooks in. If you would like to donate back to the school some of the books your child read this year, please send them in with your child. The teachers are also willing to accept donations of age appropriate books for their classroom libraries.
 
All attendance related issues  (discrepancies) must be resolved by June 28th. If you have a concern about this, please contact Gladys Cruz at extension 1383.
 
When your seventh grader brings home his/her work portfolios in math, science and humanities, please save them. He/she will need to have examples of graded work for the high school admissions process.
 
Summer Assignments will be posted by June 17th. Please be sure that your child has books to take to camp or read over the summer.

Elana Elster

A Thank You for Our Teachers


We are starting to collect for the end of the year teacher gifts! The suggested amount is $40. Cash only, please! The last day we will collect is Friday, June 17 by 9:00 AM. The money will be collected during morning homeroom in the Main Office.
 

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. RSVP for the New Parents Breakfast and 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

Wellness Council Meeting


The next meeting of the Wellness Council is Wednesday, April 8 at 12:40 PM in Room 133.

The Wellness Council will discuss its accomplishments and its goals for the next school year 2016-1017. All are welcome to attend. Please email wellness@ms54pta.org for further information.

Class Breakfasts

8th Grade Homerooms: 8:00 to 8:40 AM Monday, June 13

6th & 7th Grade Homerooms: 8:00 to 8:40 AM Thursday June 23 and Friday, June 24

New Parent Breakfast

The New Parent Breakfast will be held on Friday, June 10 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM. Parent volunteers are wanted! Email Anne McIntosh Pejovich. We need the following:
  • Set-up crew
  • Meeters and Greeters
  • School Store crew
  • Minglers and Well-Wishers
  • Clean-up crew
It's a great opportunity to meet new parents and to brag about your school. Please join me!

Serve on the PTA Executive Board

Volunteers are needed to serve on the 2015­-2016 PTA Executive Board. It's a great way to get involved at the school and you will have the opportunity to work closely with the school's administration. We are now accepting nominations for the following open positions:

  • President/Co­Presidents
  • Treasurer, Asst Treasurer
  • VP of Fundraising 
  • Recording/Co­Recording Secretary 
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • Grade Representatives for 7th & 8th Grades (6th grade rep will be elected in October)
The Board meets formally once per month, often on the same evening as the general PTA meetings, which Board members are expected to attend as well. Terms are for one year. Elections will be held in June. If you would like to submit your name for the ballot or if you have any questions, please contact the Nominating Committee via Joanna Omi: omijo@mac.com.

New Laptops at MS54


Exciting news! MS54 has won a $35,000 grant for a new laptop cart. This includes new laptops for more than 30 students to use in the classroom.

Thanks so much to all who voted for this important technology upgrade.

See the full article here in the West Side Rag

Earth Science Regents Review


Earth Science Regents Review continues through the end of the school year. All sessions start at 8 AM promptly, end at 8:40 AM. Students may go to any session, not just their teacher's. Seating and handouts are limited. BE PROMPT.

Full schedule here.

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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