In this Issue: Pie Sale, Singin' in the Rain Auditions, Email for Student Absences
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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 18th -- pick-up 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.

What You Don't Know About Kids and Media

Did you know that children ages 8 to 18 spend more time with media than they do at school or with their parents?

If you answered "no," you won't want to miss hearing from Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, at the next PTA meeting on Thursday, November 5th at 8am. Michelle will discuss the many ways -- both positive and negative -- in which media is impacting our children's lives.

To view the minutes from October's PTA meeting, click here.

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.

Singin' in the Rain Auditions

8th Grade Students and Callbacks 
Nov. 4 – 2:30 to 5 PM
Nov. 5 – 3 to 
5 PM
Students must bring an audition permission form, read and signed by a parent, to the audition. The forms will be in the Main Office on Monday, Oct. 26. Students must be available to attend both callbacks. Questions? Email Anne McIntosh Pejovich

Spring Auction Help Needed

Thanks to everyone who attended the kick-off Auction Meeting. It was nice to see so many new faces.  We are very excited for this year’s event. We have some great new ideas and will be making some BIG changes. However, in order to make this a spectacular party we still need more volunteers. Aside from collecting donations, we need parents to help with the following committees: Baskets; Raffle Sales; Data Entry; Solicitations; Communications; and Food. If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Auction Committee at or come to the next meeting on Thursday, November 12th at 8:45 AM in Room 133.

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.

Flu Vaccines for Students

Every year, in preparation for the influenza season, the School Based Health Center will offer the influenza vaccine to any child who is registered with the clinic. We will have both the inactivated injectable vaccine as well as the live attenuated nasal vaccine. In 2015, year, the influenza vaccine consent form was distributed to each student's family with the Ryan Center registration packet. If you did not fill out the consent form in the registration packet but would like your child to be vaccinated, you may fill out the same form that is linked here. Please note that we cannot vaccinate your child unless the general Ryan Center consent form has been filled out and signed. If you also need the registration form for your child to receive general services from the Ryan Center, please stop by the school office or the clinic to pick one up.

Influenza consent forms should be returned to your child's teacher or directly to the clinic as soon as possible since vaccinations begin in late September through October. We will only accept hard copies of the consent form, so please do not e-mail the form to the school. Also, please make sure that the influenza vaccine consent form is filled out completely and signed at the bottom if you wish for your child to be vaccinated. No student will be vaccinated without a signed, completed consent form.

Please also review the 2015-2016 influenza Vaccine Information Statements from the CDC linked below for both the injectable and nasal vaccines.

We look forward to a happy and healthy school year!

The Ryan Center Staff

Vaccine Information Sheets:

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. 

Don't Miss Broadway Night!


“Another opening, another show — In Philly, Boston, MS Fifty Fo!” –

MS54 is hosting an evening of Broadway, Performed by the best of Broadway who just happen to be parents, alumni of MS 54 and their friends!!!!

When: Monday, November 9, 2015 at 6:30PM.
Where: Booker T. Washington/MS 54 Auditorium
Why: The thrill of a great evening of entertainment AND to raise much-needed funds for our beloved school
Cost: Advance tickets and at the door! $20 parents, $10 students, $10 to buy a teacher a ticket.


Eventbrite - Broadway Night

Remember to Donate to the Annual Fund!

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 Fund 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.

Holiday Shopping Jump Start

The Magazine Sale is over, but you can still buy gift items such as wrapping paper, home decor items, snacks, and jewelry. Head on over to and use our school code 2681062 to order online and benefit our school (MS54 receives 40% of all sales). See the brochure here for more information.

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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