January 24, 2020 Weekly Newsletter
Donate to the Annual Appeal
Raiders vs. West Prep (1/21/2020)
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Letter From the Principal
Dear Parents,

The students DO have school on Monday. 

I look forward to seeing you at the Winter Music Concert on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 6 PM. The seventh and eighth graders will be performing. 

The new marking period begins on Monday. 

Elana Elster
Student Resource Fair
Annual Appeal Update

Help us reach our goal!   Donate to the Annual Appeal here
Fundraising ideas for schools, churches, and youth sports teams
Looking for Wellness Day Presenters

The School Wellness Council is organizing
MS54's 4th Annual Wellness Day for our students on Friday, March 13th.  

We are looking for parent volunteers with professional expertise in fitness, wellness, nutrition, or health who would be willing to speak/present on Wellness Day, March 13th from @ 9 am - 11 am

Parents interested in volunteering should email
Uptown Jazz Update

Help us make this community event a big success!
Join us in Room 133 for our next meeting on
Tue. Jan. 28th at 8:30 am

>If you'd like to attend UPTOWN JAZZ, please click here

>If you'd like to solicit donation items, check out our digital and pdf forms

>If you'd like to collaborate on a class basket, please join us on Tuesday, reach out to your class parents, or contact our Parent Coordinator Anne Pejovich at

>If you'd like to join our small band of volunteers, please email event chair Chris Giordano directly at

>If you have any additional questions, thoughts, or ideas, please don't hesitate to reach out to the PTA at

UPTOWN JAZZ - March 21 at 7 pm
Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd Street
New After School Climate Action Club

Climate Action Club: Explore climate change and how to build a more sustainable future! In this club, students will learn about the science of climate change and social impacts through science investigations, simulations, and role-plays. Students will explore the topics of climate change and sustainability through a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History and learn how to argue from scientific evidence. This class is provided through a grant at Barnard College, taught by students from the college.

Feb. 4, 11, 25
March 3, 10, 24, 31
April 7, 21

We are currently accepting 6 students.  Fee, $150.
Papa John's Discount and Fundraiser

We have a great opportunity to provide not only a fundraising opportunity for our school but a discount to our friends and families with our local Papa John's Pizza Community Connect program!  By using our special code you will get a 15% discount on your entire order, AND 20% of the cost will be donated back to our school! Just use code PAPABTW when you order online (, zip code 10025) or by calling 212-864-7272.

This opportunity will be available from January 31-February 8, just in time for your weekend and any Super Bowl parties! 
NY Int'l Film Festival


NYICFF 2020 is just around the corner and will be showcasing the best new films for ages 3-18. The Festival is packed full of fantastic film programs for your family this year and, even better, our school earns $3 back for every ticket you purchase!

Check out the Festival's wildly-popular and diverse short film programs: Short Films 2 (ages 8-14), Short Films 3 (ages 12+),  Friends & Neighbors: Japan (ages 9+) and more

Calling all activists! Meet seven incredible young activists from around the world with unwavering courage to transform our future in this new documentary-- Forward: Tomorrow Belongs to Us (ages 8+).

And if it’s anime that you love, check out NYICFF opening night film, Children of the Sea (ages 10+) on Feb 21st! 

To buy tickets and raise money for our school simply:

  1. Go to
  2. Select our school from the menu at the top of the page (IMPORTANT!!!!)
  3. Purchase tickets

And just like that, for each ticket you purchase, $3 will be donated to our PTA!   

School Wellness Council

This month has been focused on volunteering and getting involved in the community which benefits our wellness as individuals and as a society.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his fourth and last book before his assassination, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?  The book was King’s analysis of the state of American race relations and the movement after a decade of U.S. civil rights struggles. “With Selma and the Voting Rights Act one phase of development in the civil rights revolution came to an end,” he observed. King believed that the next phase in the movement would bring its own challenges, as African Americans continued to make demands for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, an education equal to that of whites, and a guarantee that the rights won in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would be enforced by the federal government. He warned that “the persistence of racism in depth and the dawning awareness that Negro demands will necessitate structural changes in society have generated a new phase of white resistance in North and South”.

After the book’s publication in June 1967, King used its promotional tour to reinforce points raised in its pages, speaking out on the living conditions of many black Americans and against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. King's argument for a basic income system to improve the U.S. economy and statements against wealth inequality have been cited by a wide variety of later publications. The revamped 2010 version of King's work was highlighted in a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries, and was recommended for use in teaching.
Varsity Basketball Update

Monarchs Girls Varsity 8 -1
Raiders Boys Varsity 7 - 2
City Council $$$ for Booker T

A request has been submitted for City Council funds to renovate our Band Room.

You can support the proposal by following this link and clicking the "support this" button at the top of the page and/or posting a comment.

The projects deemed most popular and in need of support will ultimately be chosen by Council Member Levine's office to be voted on by the entire community in the spring.
Booker T Facebook Communication Forum!

Join MS54's Facebook group - a closed group of the parents, teachers, and staff where information is shared and issues of interest to the community are discussed.  Once a member of our group, anyone can post and share articles and messages with our school community.  

You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram

Community News

2020 Census Info - click here

Community Education Council 3

Thurs., Jan. 30 at 6:00 PM
CEC3 Equity & Excellence Committee
P.S. 149 - 41 W. 117th St.

School Calendar Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 28
8:30 am     Uptown Jazz meeting

Wednesday, January 29
4:00 pm     Varsity Girls Basketball vs Computer
5:00 pm     Varsity Boys Basketball vs Computer

Thursday, January 30
4:00 pm     Varsity Girls Basketball vs Wagner
5:00 pm     Varsity Boys Basketball vs Wagner
6:00 pm     Winter Music Concert
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