In this Issue: Report Cards, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Honor Roll, More.
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Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents:

Report Cards
Report cards will be distributed on Monday. We use a numerical grading system with students getting grades between 55 and 100. The conduct grades are E (excellent,) S (satisfactory,) N (needs improvement,) or U (unsatisfactory.) The sixth grade music, language and technology classes are pass/fail. So is the seventh grade health class. Pass/fail classes are not calculated in the average.

Please keep the report card, but sign and return the envelope. If you have concerns about your child’s progress in a particular class, please start by discussing your concerns with the teacher. If you have any problems contacting a teacher, please email Anne McIntosh Pejovich. She will be able to assist you.

Honor Rolls
Students who earn an overall average of between 90-94.9 earn a place on the Honor Roll, and students who earn an overall average of between 95-100 earn a place on the High Honor Roll. Students must have satisfactory conduct to be on the Honor Rolls. The Honor Rolls will be posted in school.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences are on Tuesday. The online sign-up system is open now for additional appointments. If you are not able to get an appointment with a particular teacher with whom you need to meet, please email the teacher. The appointments from 5 to 5:25 PM are first-come-first sign-up. I suggest arriving before 5 PM if you want one of these slots. There is usually a line beginning as early as 4:30 PM. There will be a sign-up sheet outside of every teacher’s door for these slots. The email sent last week has more detailed information about the conferences. The administrators, guidance counselors and special support staff will all be at school on Tuesday should you want to talk with us.

Schoolkeeping Items
  • Eighth grade parents, please remember that only healthy snacks are permitted during fourth period.
  • Please label all sweatshirts, coats and outerwear. The lost and found fills up every week with items that have not been labeled. If your child has lost something, check the lost and found when you are in school on Tuesday.
  • Breakfast is available starting at 8AM each day and at 7:45 on Wednesdays. Students may also pick up a “Bag and Go” breakfast on their way to Early Academy.
  • Please do not text your child during the school day.
I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Elana Elster

Dismissal is at 11:30 on Tuesday November 17th.

Parent-Teacher Conferences 

As noted above in Dr. Elster's letter, Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 17th, from 12:15 to 3 PM and 5 to 8 PM. Click here for more information.

The School Store will be open during the conferences. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

The Thanksgiving Pie Sale runs through Nov. 17! You can order pies during
Parent-Teacher Conferences in the lobby, where you can also purchase delicious baked goods and sandwiches at the Bake Sale.
You can also donate to the Annual Appeal during Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Finally, the auction committee will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets and signing up volunteers during the conferences.

The PTA's Annual Pie Sale!

Click the image above or here to order a pie online for your Thanksgiving holiday and support the PTA of MS54*! Or, download the order form here.

These delicious pies from Food Gems, Ltd are the perfect addition to your holiday celebration -- and so, so easy! They make a fabulous hostess gift, too, or order an extra for a loved one. Plus, these pies freeze beautifully so can be bought in advance and stored for other occasions!

All pies are handmade, pre-baked, and ready to serve. They are packaged in a deep 10" pan, and packed in a sturdy individual box. Each pie serves eight to 10. Pies are completely trans-fat free and the fruit is sulfite free.


Orders are due November 17th and you can order during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Pick-up is at school on Tuesday, Nov. 24

New this year... “Leave a pie behind!”

Buy an extra pie to help feed people living at local homeless shelters. We will also be donating all pies that have not been picked up by 7 PM on November 24. If you want your kids to be part of this special delivery, please let us know.

For more information, please email Lauri Landry Scharankov or Bonni Gibel.

*Approximately 50% of the price of the pies goes directly to the MS 54 PTA.

Bake, Buy, and Sell for MS54!

Please consider baking for our semi-annual Parent-Teacher Conference Bake Sale on Tuesday, November 17th!

All home baked goodies welcome and appreciated. Brownies, cookies, quick breads, chocolate pretzels, granola, just about anything! They can be dropped off all day Monday, November 16th in the room across from the main office and all day at the sale. Remember - nicely wrapped goodies sell the best:) We will also have delicious sandwiches from Butterfield Market for sale!
Interested in helping out a little more? Click here to sign up for a half-hour selling slot.

Raiders/Monarchs Schedule

Click here for the schedule.

NYC School Meal Forms Due 12/16

Please fill out and submit the NYC public school meal application form no later than Wednesday, December 16. School funding – Title I funding – is based upon the school receiving completed forms from every family. Simply put, Completed NYC School Meal Forms Submitted to Your Child’s School = $$$$ for Your Child’s School.

Citywide Council on High Schools Meeting

If you wish to re-address the frustration over District 2 priority for several of the top city high schools, you can do so at this meeting on Wednesday November 8th at 6pm. The meeting will be held at the TWEED Courthouse 2nd Fl. Conf. Room, 52 Chambers St New York, NY 10007.

What to Do If Your Child Misses School

if your child is going to be absent, please send an email to:

MS54 Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones must be turned off before entering the school. They should be put away at the start of your day so they are neither seen nor heard. In the event that such devices are seen or heard, they will be confiscated. Confiscated devices must be picked up by a parent or guardian. Parents must contact the Dean to make arrangements to pick them up.
Please note that the use of these items is not permitted in the school yard during lunch, in the cafeteria during breakfast, and during Early Academy.

Can You Help Out at the School Store?

We need a few volunteers to work at the School Store on Tuesday during conferences. Please give an hour and email Anne McIntosh Pejovich.

Safety Patrol -- New This Year

We are asking parents to volunteer a half hour one time during the school year to walk around the neighborhood at dismissal time. If you are interested in signing up, please email Alix Botwin Krell.

Safe Haven West Side Basketball

The Safe Haven West Side Basketball League was designed to give neighborhood children a safe, supervised recreational activity during the winter months. From early December to late March, games and practices are scheduled on weekends in public school gyms located on the Upper West Side. We are now gearing up for our 28th season and hope you will join us. For the 2015-2016 season read the registration information, then register online or by mail. More information.

Parent Engagement Thursdays

Please see the MS54 Calendar for details on all upcoming speakers. 

For the next few weeks, while MS54 tours and open houses are taking place, Parent Engagement Thursdays will be held in Room 133 or Room 323. 

Diagnosing A.D.D

In this free workshop on Tuesday November 17th at 9 AM you will learn more about distinguishing visual conditions from A.D.D. PS84, 32 W 92nd St, 150 W 105 St. Email to RSVP. More information here.

Remember to Donate to the Annual Appeal!

Please make your contribution today. Every contribution, no matter how big or small will have a positive impact on our children’s education. We are suggesting a contribution of $1,000, but would like to see everyone give what they can. It is important that we receive your Annual Appeal contribution as soon as possible so that we can ensure that all of the PTA projects will be fully funded.
Act now in one of two ways:
1.  Write a check to “MS 54 PTA” and mail it to the school.
2.  Click on the “Donate to the Annual Fund” banner on the top of this email or CLICK HERE NOW.
ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN GIVE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.  Please remember that contributions to the PTA will be kept confidential, are completely voluntary, are tax deductible and meet matching gift programs for most companies.

Fairway Community Partners Progam

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 now available! Contact Anne McIntosh Pejovich.

School Calendar

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