May 29, 2020 Weekly Newsletter
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Chancellor's Day
Thursday, June 4

No School
DOE Admissions Policy Meeting
Monday, June `1 at 6 pm

The DOE is engaging with parents, school leaders, students, and other stakeholders to collect ideas and perspectives on admissions for fall 2021. All parents and students are invited to join virtual borough-based meetings with Executive Superintendents: 

Register here for the Manhattan virtual meeting with Executive Superintendent Rosales on Monday June 1st (6pm-8pm) 

Email to share your thoughts on admissions screens.
Click here for the PowerPoint on Screened Admissions that was presented at the Bronx meeting on Wed. May 27th

PTA /SLT Elections - Nominations Deadline

Nominations are due by Tue. June 2nd
This deadline is based on the assumption that the DOE will allow schools to hold their PTA elections virtually.  We expect to receive official instructions from the DOE this week.

Elections planned for our PTA meeting on Tue. June 16th at 7 pm

Descriptions of the available positions listed below can be found in the PTA By-laws and SLT by-laws 

PTA Executive Board Officers (one-year terms)
Co-VPs of Fundraising
Co-Recording Secretaries
Co-Corresponding Secretaries
Co-Assistant Treasurers
8th Grade Representative
7th Grade Representative

School Leadership Team Delegates (two-year terms)
4 parent positions

Any parent interested in getting more information about the open PTA and SLT positions or joining the nominating committee should email

Virtual Coffee Morning

Thank you to Community Education Council 3 President Kim Watkins and everyone who joined us for our virtual coffee morning today.

Our next virtual coffee morning will be on
Friday, June 5 at 8:30 am

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 937 3489 9371
Password: 988757

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School Wellness Council Meeting

Please join us on Tue. June 2nd at 8:30 am for the last School Wellness Council meeting of the school year.  We will review the work that our committee has accomplished and discuss future plans. 

All parents (current and incoming), teachers, and students are welcome!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 972 6288 6909
Password: 669815

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PS.  If you haven't already taken a look, please check out our Wellness Resource Guide - a list of free resources in the areas of mental, social-emotional, physical, and nutritional health, as well as family activity ideas including community service opportunities.

Help Close the Funding Gap!

For the 2019 - 2020 school year, our goal was to raise $475,000 through various fundraising events and we’ve raised nearly $410,000 in spite of unprecedented challenges and the cancellation of all our spring events.

We recognize that this is an extremely difficult, stressful, and financially uncertain time, but after much discussion, we have decided to try to close the funding gap of $65,000. If you are in a position to donate any amount, it would be greatly appreciated. And if you are not, we understand.

To donate, please visit our fundraising page here.  All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Recommendations/Resource List for High School Admissions

8th Grade Parents - please complete this form to share recommendations/resources you found helpful in the high school admissions process

Support Booker T Family Businesses

Click here to see the list of small businesses owned/operated by Booker T families

Click here if you are a small business owner/operator that would like to be included in this list.
Auction Item Distribution

We are working on getting access to auction items stored in the school. If you have not been contacted about your auction winnings please email
Amazon Reminder

If you are placing orders with Amazon, please remember to always use this link: or click on the Amazon logo on our website or at the top of every e-newsletter and begin your shopping. 

At no extra cost to you, MS54 gets money for every dollar you spend as long as you use our link.
108th Street Construction Update

WSFSSH is a 100% affordable housing facility and therefore qualifies as an essential construction operation and continues to build. WSFSSH is in the process of working out the timing for the Valley Lodge occupants to move back when construction is finished. It will probably be towards the end of this year. 

Jerome Kramer and Chris Giordano have been liaisons between Booker T and WSFSSH and neighborhood stakeholders in the Construction Advisory Group that meets on a monthly basis. Exec Board member Kyle Clayton has volunteered to take over those responsibilities. We have discussed inviting WSFSSH to join a future PTA meeting to share details and answer questions from our community.

Additional information is available on the developer's website:
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
Just under half of New York City residents have responded to the 2020 Census. It is absolutely essential --for fair representation in government, equitable public funding, and much more-- that all New Yorkers participate. Every household has the option of responding online, by phone, or by mail. Learn more here.

Community Education Council 3 (CEC3)

CEC3 High School Admissions Committee Video Meeting
Sun., May 31, 6:30 PM
Register here

CEC3 Business Video Meeting
Wed., June 3, 6:30 PM
Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 874 674 9359
Password: 9359

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School Calendar Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 2
8:30 am    School Wellness Council Meeting

Thursday, June 4
No School - Chancellor's Conference Day
8:30 am     New Family Welcome
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