PTA UPDATE November 7, 2014

child_circleThe Book Fair Is Coming

The Lower Lab Book Fair is Thursday Nov 13th and Friday November 14th. The children will be shopping with their classrooms and class schedules will be posted by Wednesday November 12th.  A flyer will be sent home on the 12th with instructions on how to send money with your child so that he/she can shop with his/her class. Parents can also shop during the PT Conferences and/or purchase gift certificates for teachers and staff to purchase books for their classroom.

We are still in need of volunteers. We need more people to come help unpack Wednesday afternoon between 4-8PM.  Even an hour will help us tremendously. For the volunteer flyer click here.

Once again, the Book Fair Committee is offering the opportunity to purchase Book Fair Gift Certificates in advance.  For a copy of the flyer click here. If you wish to purchase a Gift Certificate for your child’s teacher(s), the advance purchase enables the teachers/staff to shop for their classrooms with their classes to enhance their classroom libraries.  We are always asked about teacher recommendations or books teachers may want for the class room.   Last year we had an overwhelming response to the advance purchase option, as parents were able to purchase the  books prior to the Book Fair, and then concentrate on shopping for ourselves!  As always, Gift Certificates will also be available for purchase at the Book Fair.

Green Cup Challenge Underway!

Please help us conserve electricity during November, as PS77 and PS198 compete in the NYC Green Cup Challenge. Yesterday a group of fourth and fifth graders from both schools took our first meter reading, and each Wednesday until December 3more students will get to help with meter readings. Students will be talking about energy and electricity use in science classes, and making signs of encouragement in art classes, and you may also have noticed our custodial staff turning off some of the hallway lights. We can all help by turning off lights, using appliances and computers as little as possible, and turning things off when they are not being used. The NYC Green Cup Challenge has 168 schools participating, and competition gets stiffer every year, so please help us do our best!

Christiane Stidham and Victoria Belin

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Nomination for the 2014 Blackboard Awards for Schools and Principals

The Blackboard Awards are presently accepting nominations for the 2014 Blackboard Awards for Schools and Principals, which will take place on Tuesday, December 9, at the Auditorium at Scholastic in Manhattan.  Since 2002, the Blackboard Awards have been honoring excellence in education in New York City, celebrating schools, principals, and teachers from all education communities—public, private, parochial, and charter—and at all grade levels, nursery school through high school. In addition to the special awards ceremony at Scholastic, the honored schools and principals will also be featured in New York Family magazine’s annual Ultimate Guide to Education in New York City, an ongoing resource for local parents. See the attached FLYER for more details.  Nominations can be submitted at  The nomination deadline is November 10.

Deadline to Submit a G&T Request for Testing Has Been Moved to November 12

If you are interested in having your child take the New York City public school Gifted & Talented (G&T) assessment, you must submit a G&T Request for Testing (RFT) form by Wednesday, November 12 (extended from Friday, November 7). This test is only for students seeking a G&T placement in grades K-3 for September 2015.

The DOE encourages parents to submit the form online; if you prefer to use a paper form, please review the G&T Handbook for instructions. Whether you apply online or in person, be sure to get a receipt!

For more information about G&T Admissions, visit the DOE website or call (718) 935-2009.