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In this Issue: Letter from the Principal, 108th St. Construction Meeting, Fairway Double Points Day, Girls Soccer Tryouts, High School Fair, 6th Grade Rep Position. High School Meeting, Auction Meeting and more!
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LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents:

         Your children are now into the “Booker T. routine.” They are finding their way and learning to handle their independence. I had an opportunity to substitute in four different six grade art classes this week, and had interesting conversations with the students about their transition to middle school. Right now it seems as though their biggest problems are getting lost in the building and getting onto the bus at the end of the day.  They had some creative ideas for solving both issues, which I am going to look into implementing.

         In our election class yesterday, the topic was voting. Students had a chance to look at statistics about what issues are most important to Americans and to rank the issues that are important to them.  “Does one vote matter?” we asked the students. The students were then presented with about fifteen different examples from American history of when one vote made a difference. These included, in 1994 when the House enacted a law banning specific classes of assault weapons, in 1993 when the Senate approved a tax increase and in 1941 when the Selective Service Act was passed by one vote. Continue the conversation at home. Several classes also learned some important information about the state they are representing. 

          I am grateful to the generosity of the PTA for extending the official library hours. Starting on Monday, the library will be open at 8:00am every day. The library is also open after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15pm-4:30pm.

          Early Academy began this week. It was great to see so many students taking advantage of the time with their teachers. Once again, Early Academy takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am-8:40am. Students must be here for Early Academy before 8:30am. Breakfast is also available each day, at 8:00am, either in the cafeteria (hot breakfast,) at the main desk (cold breakfast) or in the office (cold breakfast.)

          Encourage your child to get the contact information of at least two other students in his/her class so that he/she has someone to call when they have been absent or if they have questions about the homework. 

          Booker T. is part of the Zero-Waste Initiative and is a pilot school. Each room has been set up with a recycling center. Composting is collected in the cafeteria. 

          The class breakfasts have been moved to December. They will not take place this week.

          The weekends are a good time for your children to do some independent reading.

Elana Elster

108th ST. CONSTRUCTION PROJECT - IMPORTANT MEETING 


Please click here to see a flyer advertising a meeting about the construction on 108th Street. This will be an opportunity to hear about the construction project, and to ask questions and express concerns. The meeting is on Tuesday, September 27th, from 9 to 10 AM, at 250 W. 87th Street, Suite #2.  Parents are encouraged to attend.
FAIRWAY
 
Tuesday, Sept. 27 is DOUBLE POINTS DAY at Fairway.  When you use your card, any shopping you do at Fairway will earn double points for MS54!  If you are a new 6th grade family, please check your child's backpack for your Fairway card.  If you need a new card, we have a limited number of extras.  Please contact Jamie to request one.  Click here to see the flyer with information about special back-to-school savings.
GIRLS SOCCER TEAM TRYOUTS

There are four open spots on the girls soccer team. If your child would like to try out please have her come to the soccer field Tuesday September 27th at 3:15. Please email Ms. Kirk with questions or concerns.
REMINDER: CITYWIDE HIGH SCHOOL FAIR THIS WEEKEND
 
Dates:  Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25th
Time:  10am – 3pm
Location:  Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Pl., Brooklyn, NY  11217

6th GRADE REP POSITION AVAILABLE

Nominations are open for the 6th Grade Representative position and we encourage all parents to consider nominating themselves or others for this role.

The 6th Grade Rep serves as the liaison between the 6th grade teachers and class parents and assists the school with communication and outreach for the class. This is a Board position, with attendance at Board and PTA Meetings required.

Election for this position will be held at the October PTA general meeting on October 13, 2016, at 7 PM. Anyone wishing to nominate themselves or others may do so by notifying Michelle Cave, Chair of the Nominating Committee, by 5pm Friday, October 7. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the PTA meeting on October 13.  A description of the job function for the representative is included in the PTA Bylaws.

If you have further questions about this position, please email Michelle Cave or the PTA.

We hope you will consider joining us on the Board this year!

HIGH SCHOOL MEETING

There will be an 8th grade parent High School Meeting at 6:30PM on Monday, September 26th with our guidance staff. Parents should make every effort to attend to learn about choices, options, and the application process.

Please review the High School Information page on our website for updates on high school tours and open houses.  There are lots of open houses and tours that require registration and fill up quickly.

A number of high schools require interviews.  Click here for some interviewing tips.

Questions should be directed to: Bvonzer@schools.nyc.gov

AUCTION MEETING ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Please join us at a the first auction meeting of the year on Thursday, September 29 at 8:40 AM in room 133 to discuss preparations for the Spring Auction, MS54's biggest annual fundraiser. The auction team needs your help.   New members welcome!   Come join the team - it's a great way to connect with other parents at the school.   Questions?  Please contact the auction team.

 

NY JETS FUNDRAISER FOR MS54


Join your MS54 Community and come out for a fundraiser with the NY JETS!  We have a discounted block of tickets for the JETS vs. the RAMS game on November 13th @1pm.  (Parking passes will be available for $25 instead of $40)

A portion of the proceeds will go to the MS54 PTA.   Face-value ticket price is $113 but through this offer tickets are $100 and all children under 17 will receive a free winter NY JETS cap.  In addition, all students will be entered to win an on-field experience with the JETS. Tickets are limited and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Click here for the flyer.  Questions? Click here to email Jamie.  

CHANCELLOR FARIÑA ANNOUNCES NYC SCHOOL FINDER TO MAKE THE HIGH SCHOOL SEARCH PROCESS EASIER FOR FAMILIES


Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced the launch of NYC School Finder, a new, easy-to-use online tool that lets users search New York City’s hundreds of high school choices by school name, keyword, location, size, and more.

NYC School Finder – built to help families address the challenges of the City’s high school enrollment process and identify 12 choices for their high school application – is currently in beta and is available in Spanish and English. Over 30 school counselors, students, and community members tested NYC School Finder and advised on its design. The City will continue to improve the tool based on ongoing user engagement and through the feedback form on NYC School Finder.

FREE PARENT CONFERENCE OFFERED BY THE UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS


Join over 500 parents, grandparents and education activists for a free, fun-filled day of workshops, networking, exhibitors and raffle prizes.

Date:   October 15, 2016
Time:   8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location:   UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004


Click here for the flyer in English.  Click here for the flyer in Spanish.
FREE SMALL GROUP MATH TUTORING

Top Honors  is a free 1-on-1 math tutoring program on the Upper West Side for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who can be described as under-performing in their math classroom, yet are motivated. 

Click here for more information and to complete an application. 

The Top Honors student interview day is currently scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 28th. When they receive your application, they will invite you in a separate e-mail to register for this day. It is by invitation only; walk-ins will be turned away. Spots are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL (CEC) - D3 MEETINGS

Please click here to check the CEC website for locations, agendas, updates and additional information. 

September 28th, 6:30pm - Special Calendar Meeting of the Zoning Committee
PS166 Auditorium, 132 West 89th Street

October
6th, 6:30pm - CEC3 Business Meeting
Joan of Arc Building Auditorium

October 13th, 6:30pm - Multilingual Committee Meeting
Joan of Arc Building, Room 204


SCHOOL CALENDAR

Click here or on the image to view the Booker T. Washington school calendar.
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