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.
The site that we are working with for the creation of our 2016 yearbook allows the community to upload photos. This means you, and we would very much appreciate any photo contributions you make, whether of your child or other MS 54 students.
In order to do so, go to http://community.pictavo.com. Once there, you will see a green button that says “Upload Photos”. Click on this button and it will take you to one of two pages: either a page asking you for an email and password, or a page asking for a school ID. If it takes you to the page where you are asked to log in, you will need to click “create an account” which is written in blue lettering under “Don’t have an account yet?”. Once you have found the page that asks you for a school ID, follow these steps:
Type in the following: 58572. This is our school ID and will allow Pictavo to find our school and connect you to our yearbook.
You will be shown the school the computer has found, so make sure it says JHS 54 BOOKER T WASHINGTON. Once you are sure this is correct, press Yes.
Confirm the account and log in, and you will be able to upload photos from your computer. If the photo is not on a file in your computer, you will have to scan it or upload it onto your computer in some other form so that you can upload it to Pictavo.
We look forward to receiving your photo submissions, and although we cannot include every single photo submitted to us, we will try to get something from everyone into the yearbook!
Wellness and Health Committee
The School Leadership Team (SLT) has created a new committee focusing on Wellness and Health. This committee is open to the entire school community: administrators, parents, teachers and staff. The mission of this committee is to work with the SLT to find ways to improve the focus on the physical, mental and social well-being of our students, in addition to improving the focus on health and nutrition.
The committee's first task will be to find ways to help the 8th grade students who have 60+ students in their gym class. If you would like to join the committee, please contact: Wellness@MS54.org.
Babysitting Training Course
The PTA is considering offering a Red Cross course in babysitting, that covers leadership skills; how to develop a babysitting business, keeping themselves and others safe; helping children behave; and learning about basic child care and basic first aid. The cost for families would be $85. If you would be interested, please take this brief survey. We need to make sure we have enough interest to offer the course. The recommended age for this course is 11-15 years old.
Copper Hewiit's Pixar Workshop
This free program is a series of hands-on workshops exploring the design process of Pixar Animation Studios through hands-on activities. The workshops are led by Cooper Hewitt educators and will be held at our Design Center in Harlem, located at 111 Central Park North (with the exception of the first session, which takes place at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum at 2 East 91st Street).
Middle and high school students in NYC public schools are invited to participate in the Games for Change Student Challenge, a digital game design challenge hosted in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education.
Students can apply their coding skills and passion for games to real-world issues they care about! Prizes include paid internships, mentorships with game developers, and more.