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In this Issue: Holiday Sale, Yearbook, Babysitter Training for middle schoolers, More.
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Donate to the Annual Appeal

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 Double Points Day

 
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!

Tuesday December 1st is double points day, when every dollar you spend at Fairway counts twice for MS54! More information here.
 
Replacement cards are now available! Contact Anne McIntosh Pejovich.

School Store Holiday Sale    

The sale will continue till this Wednesday. Click here to see the discounted prices.
The store has great gifts for the entire family this holiday season.



 
 

Yearbook for 8th graders

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:
  1. Type in the following: 58572. This is our school ID and will allow Pictavo to find our school and connect you to our yearbook.
  2. 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.
  3. Fill in the information that is asked of you. Agree to the terms of use and click “Create”. An email will be sent to you to confirm your account, and then you will be ready to upload your photos!
  4. 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).

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Digital Game Design Challange 

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.


Games must address one of the five Challenge Themes:
  • Animal Welfare (sponsored by A Kinder World Foundation)
  • Smart Cities (Mayor’s Office of Technology & Innovation)
  • Civic Journalism (The New York Times)
  • Literacy (Global Literacy XPRIZE)
  • Youth Justice (ACLU)
Students can work individually or in a team of up to four, and can use content provided by Theme partners to learn about the issue and apply to their games. Games must be playable on a web browser. 
All students are invited to attend free student meet-ups in November and December, and a Hackathon on December 12th at Civic Hall.
Submissions are due January 30, 2016. 
A blue-ribbon jury will select the winners in February. Prizes will be presented at an awards gala and public exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image in March 2016.

Safety Patrol

 
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.

Parent Engagement Thursdays

On December 3rd, Sarah Lichtman will talk about about MS54's science curriculum. Please see the MS54 Calendar for details on all upcoming speakers. 
 


School Calendar



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