In this Issue: Free Software, Monday Holiday, Parenting Teens Survival Tips, More
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Reminder: No School Monday, Feb. 8th

Survival Tips for Parenting Your Teenager: "It's All in Their Heads!"

Please join us at 7 PM on February 9th to hear from Terence Houlihan on effective strategies for raising tweens and teens in light of the latest research on adolescent development. Learn why they do the things they do, say the things they say and discover ways to manage your child’s adolescence successfully!

For the past 20 years, Terence Houlihan has been a counselor and teacher to adolescents and counselors-in-training. He is also an international speaker who has presented to parents and delivered training seminars for teachers, counselors and principals on the developmental changes associated with adolescence.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Auction News

The MS 54 online auction is closing this Monday, February 8 at 10 pm! Don't delay, check out all the great items we have to bid on:
  • Red Farm
  • FlyWheel Sports 5 Pack
  • Town Shop
  • Citibike One Year Membership
  • Vacations
and so much more!
Click Here to Visit the Online Auction

Register Now: Babysitting Certification

The Red Cross, with support from The PTA of MS54, will offer a course in babysitting and child care training for 25 students on Saturday, Feb. 27th and 25 students on Sunday, February 28th. The training is a full day, from 10 AM to 5 PM, with an hour break for lunch. The cost of the training is $85 per student  (plus a small booking and handling fee), and at the end of the training, each student will be "certified by the Red Cross"


Eventbrite - Red Cross Babysitting Course Feb 27

Eventbrite - Red Cross Babysitting Course Feb. 28

Free Microsoft Software

Parents and guardians of a student enrolled in a NYC public school are now able to download Microsoft software from, at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. 
Free products include:
  • Office 365 ProPlus on Windows: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Access, InfoPath and Publisher installed on Windows
  • Office for Mac Professional 2016: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote
  • Office for iPad, iPhone, Android: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • Cloud service
  • Office Online 
To download, visit and enter either of the following:
1. Student’s date of birth AND a parent phone number, or
2. Parent email
The information that you enter to claim the download must match the information on your Blue Card on file with the school. Therefore, it is necessary that ATS have the most up-to-date parent contact information in order for the verification and download process to be successful. If you have trouble claiming the download, you can visit a school’s main office to make any necessary changes to your contact information. 
There is no deadline to claim the free software. Families may download the software as long as they have a child enrolled in a NYC public school.
As Office 365 is a Microsoft Cloud product, parents must create a Microsoft Cloud account in order to download the software. The website contains not only information on how to create an account, download the software, but also answers to “Frequently Asked Questions.” For technical assistance families may contact Microsoft Customer Service at: 1 (800) 642-7676.

Teacher Talent Show!

Don't miss the show, Weds, February 10th at 6 PM in the auditorium!
Tickets are on sale now in Room 144 for $5 students, $10 adults.
Pizza, soda and baked goods will be for sale at the intermission.

Wellness Council 

The next Wellness Council meeting is February 9th at 12:30 PM in Room 133. Please join us to discuss issues related to our children's health and wellness in school.

Free Ewaste Recycling

Click here for a full schedule.

Worried About State Tests?

Come to the CSD3 Parent Workshops to learn more about getting ready for the state tests.

Click here for more information.

Celebrate Lunar New Year

An exciting day-long Lunar New Year celebration will take place on the new school holiday Monday, February 8 at the Javits Center North, 9:30 AM to 6 PM.

This FREE Students Holiday Celebration commemorates the inaugural NYC Lunar New Year public school holiday.  Highlights will include an opening ceremony, live performances by National Dance Institute's student dancers as well as a mass monkey dance-along with audience participation, and a special video presentation by The Nature Conservancy on the endangered golden monkey and the environment.

Click here for more information.

Project Cicero Book Drive Volunteers Needed

MS54 will once again be participating in the Project Cicero book drive.  Project Cicero is an annual non-profit book drive designed to create and supplement classroom libraries in under-resourced New York City public schools.  We will be collecting books from March 7th to March 10th at MS54. We are looking for several volunteers to help with the collection.  If you are interested, please email Lauri Landry.

Parent Engagement Thursdays

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

Set Builders Needed

Do you have set building skills? We’re looking for a few parents to help build some set pieces for “Singing in the Rain”. Please email Anne McIntosh Pejovich if you are interested!

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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