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07.27.21: Upcoming Events + Annual Appeal



PTA Welcome!

Dear 54 Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! While we are looking forward to starting a new term, we have lots to share with you before school starts.

First, we  hope you will join Dr. Elster for her Summer Update Meeting on Tuesday, August 31st at 7:30pm. At long last, there is news from the DOE on the protocols for the coming year. On Tuesday evening, Dr. Elster will discuss the implications for Booker T. and some of our plans for keeping students healthy and safe, while providing them as much of a "normal" school year as possible.

Please also attend Dr. Vijayeta Sinh's talk about resilient parenting during a pandemic on September 2nd at 7:30pm. This talk will teach you how to help your child successfully adapt to school, and learn how to cope with the uncertainty and adversity of the coming year.

We also hope to see you at one of our upcoming summer family fun activities, such as our Kickball + Arts Corner in Central Park on Wednesday, September 1st at 6pm (with Dr. Elster and Anne Pejovich making appearances) or the Biking for Bubble Tea, also in Central Park, on Sunday, September 12th at 4:30pm

Other community initiatives include our Backpack + School Supplies Drive (see details on the Wellness Committee page) and our Commuter Connection Pod initiative where we put families in touch who want to go to school together (e-mail with any questions and to sign up!).

And if you really want to get into the Booker T. school spirit of things, our MS54 hoodies, tees, and masks are now on sale at our school store. All orders will be ready for pick-up some time in September.

As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we need your support to continue all of the wonderful MS54 educational opportunities and activities. There are so many ways to contribute! Please run for one of our open positions on the PTA board! Elections are in October, and we have several positions available. Or, make a contribution to our Annual Appeal  our biggest fundraiser of the school year! 

Don't forget to complete summer assignments and purchase supplies. All families can find out about orientations, school day plans, and the latest info about our return to school.

If you have any ideas, questions or thoughts, please reach out to; we’d love to hear from you! Thank you so much!

MS54 PTA Executive Board, 2021-2022

Here's how to participate:
1) Please let Anne McIntosh Pejovich at know if you are interested in purchasing a backpack for a student in need. 
2) Then go to this link to purchase a backpack filled with supplies for one of our students, Please purchase all of the items  on the list and have them sent to your home.  
3) Fill up the backpack with the supplies and bring it to school on one of the following days, 8am to 3pm: 8/30, 8/31, 9/1, 9/2, 9/7, 9/8, 9/9. Use the West 108th Street entrance. The Security Team will greet you.
Please help us spread the word to have families fill out the New Student Form. This way, folks won't miss out on MS54 news.  
If you like connecting with others and helping to make our school run, then join us on the PTA team! Open positions include: Co-Treasurer, Co-Assistant Treasurer, Co-VP of Fundraising, Co-Recording Secretary, 6th Grade Rep, and 7th Grade Rep. If you have any questions:
If you, or someone you know, get a vaccination shot from an NYC-run site and mention "MS54 Booker T. PTA," the city will donate $100 to the PTA. This is a low-effort way to help the PTA at no extra cost to you. Applicable for scheduled or walk-in appointments. To find a site, visit:
September 3 - October 3, 2021
The Yankees are offering free backpacks and hot dogs with these tickets, starting at $40. You can select from several games (September 3rd to October 3rd), and the offer expires August 31st. We do not receive any proceeds from this, but when the Fundraising Team found out about it, we just had to share it.
September 1, 2021 @ 8:45am
Make-up date for those incoming students who were unable to take the June 3, 2021 assessment. Instructions were sent to applicable families and are available at the New Incoming Family Information page.

September 1, 2021 @ 6pm
Bring your picnic blanket, food and smile to connect with other MS54 families — and Dr. Elster. She'll be there! All grades are welcome — as are siblings! Questions: Details will be sent once you RSVP.
September 2, 2021 @ 7:30pm
Join the MS54 School community for a virtual community care event on parenting with strength and courage. We’ll be joined by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Vijayeta Sinh who sees well-being as the foundation for all growth, creativity and resilience. This talk will teach you how to help your child successfully adapt to school, and learn how to cope with the uncertainty and adversity of the coming year. 
September 12, 2021 @ 4:30pm
Let's take over Central Park and ride for bubble tea! Helmets are required. All grades are welcome — as are siblings! Questions: Details will be sent once you RSVP.

September 21, 2021 @ 7pm
Please join us as we host the first PTA general meeting of the year. We'll have time after the official end time to linger and socialize, so please tell a fellow family to come, too!
September 23, 2021 @ 8am
Bring your coffee — and get your questions answered at the first Coffee with Dr. Elster of the year!

DOE Info & Community Updates

New items are listed below. To see previously listed but still active notices, please see the DOE Info and Community Updates page on the MS54 website.

Back to School Bash for Harlem Students

August 28, 2021 @ 12 – 4pm
370 West 120th Street
COOL Kids is proud to participate in the 4th annual Give 8/28 Day by hosting a Back to School Bash for Harlem students. On August 28th, 150 children ages 5-14 will enjoy a video game truck, ice cream, games, and free school supplies. Additionally, mental health, financial literacy, scholarship, and career resources will be available for community members of all ages.

Students, Parents and Experts Weigh in on Mental Health in Schools
Chalkbeat sponsored a conversation on supporting students' mental health this school year. If you weren't able to attend or want to revisit the conversation, you can find a quick recap and full recording here. There is also a "take home" sheet full of great articles and resources here

STEM Institute at the City College of New York
Deadline: September 15, 2021
Program Dates: October 4 - December 17, 2021
Register for free, fully-remote classes for 6-8th graders, exclusively for District 6 partners and scholars. Offered twice a week from 4 - 6pm, including:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Financial Management
  • Architecture DDC Program
  • Fundamentals of Coding
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