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In this Issue: HS Articulation Meeting, 6th Grade Recitals, More 
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Important High School Meeting for 7th Grade Parents

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM we would like to share with you information regarding high school choices and options, the high school application process, and other pertinent information which will help you and your children make the best decisions possible with regard to high school choice. (NB: The previous date for this meeting was March 22. The new date is March 29.) Click here for the High School Preparation information package.

Sixth Grade Music Recitals

The recitals will take place during the week of March 28th. The schedule is as follows: 
  • Tuesday, March 29: classes 601, 603, 605
  • Thursday, March 31: classes 602,604, 606
  • Friday, April 1: classes 607, 608, 609
The recitals start at 9:00AM sharp and will end by 9:45AM. 

Does Your Old Instrument Need a New Home?

Are you sick of watching that old clarinet collect dust in your apartment? Booker T. wants it!

Recently, a few of you have graciously reached out and offered to donate used instruments to MS 54's music program. These donations have gone a long way toward ensuring that we continue to have thriving wind and string instrument programs here (an increasing rarity among public middle schools in NYC). 

The majority of the instruments that we use here at Booker T. are quite old, and while age does not necessarily determine the quality of an instrument, 40 years in the hands of middle-schoolers certainly does, and repair costs are high.  

This is why we are asking YOU to donate any instruments that you may be willing to part ways with. We will take any and all musical instrument donations as long as the instruments are in GOOD PLAYING condition. Cosmetic flaws are not an issue.

We are very proud of the fact that we have enough instruments here for everyone to use; we've never had to ask students to rent or purchase their own instrument in order to participate. Your donations will help keep this tradition alive and well! Email Dan Fagen, Band Director, to donate your instrument to MS54.

Auction News

The auction is MS 54’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  It raises money to provide our students experiences that other middle schools don’t offer. In order to have an amazing auction, we need volunteers!

Please spend an hour or two supporting our school. It’s also a great way to meet and interact with other parents. Examples of some volunteer opportunities are:
·        Setting up and decorating
·        Registration
·        Bartending
·        Selling Raffle Tickets
·        Check Out & Item Distribution
 
If you are interested in helping out, please visit the signup genius link: 
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040544A4A92DAB9-volunteers2 

To see the areas of need & sign up for the areas in which you would like to help out.  Feel free to sign up for more than one time slot, there are plenty to go around.
 
Since it is always more fun to volunteer with friends, please forward this to your friends so that you can coordinate working together.
 
Purchase your auction tickets today for the social event of the year -- the MS 54 auction! It is on Saturday night, April 16, at Rodeph Sholom on 83rd Street between Columbus and CPW. Click here to purchase your tickets now!

Also don't miss your chance to win two tickets to see Hamilton!  Purchase your raffle tickets while checking out.

We are still accepting last-minute donations! Those can be dropped off with Anne Pejovich at school or entered online

Thank you for supporting MS54!

Singing in the Rain Tickets Available!



March 31 and April 1 – 6:30 PM

Students - $5
Adults - $15
Reserved seating- $25
Reserved seating first two rows - $50

Cash or check to The PTA of MS 54

Attention: Anne Pejovich

Afterschool Activities


The deadline to sign up for Spring afterschool activities is Monday, March 28th. Click here.

Wellness Council

The next meeting is on Monday, April 18 at 12:25pm and will continue the conversation around the benefits of physical activity with two guest speakers, to be announced at a later date.

Boxtops Reminder


Please don't forget that MS54 participates in the Boxtops program and that the collection box is in the lobby of the school. We recently submitted Boxtops worth $354. Keep the Boxtops coming! It's free money for our school.

Sign the Petition to Improve Our Playground

If you have a child at Booker T Washington, you’ve seen them. You’ve stepped on them, swept them up and plucked them from socks fresh out of the dryer: tiny black pellets from the field adjacent to MS54 where our kids have recess and play before and after school. Now it’s time to do something about it. The PTA and SLT, in conjunction with MS54’s newly formed Wellness Council, are sponsoring a petition to the City Council for funds to replace this degraded turf with a new, eco-friendly material that is better for our kids and the environment.

But to make it happen we need your support — please click here to sign our petition! The more signatures we gather, the greater our chances of success. A new field will benefit not only our MS54 students but the many neighborhood residents and soccer and baseball leagues who use the field frequently. 

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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