This area will be frequently updated with info very soon.
This area will be frequently updated with info very soon.
Hi - Welcome the PTA and Parents section of PS 84's website!
This first post will be a quick review of last month's PTA meeting highlights.
The fourth grade ballroom dancers were given a shout out for their Gold win in the local ballroom dancing competition held this year at PS84. They went on to get a silver in the finals. Fourth grade teacher, Ms. Colaianni, worked with the Dancing Classrooms personnel (http://www.dancingclassrooms.com/) and the students to help make their success possible. The funding for the competition was supplied by the proceeds of our Marathon Bake Sale fund raiser.
The Family Portrait fund raiser made $1325.00. Big shout out to photographer and parent, Daphne Youree, who both organized the event and took the pictures!
Our recyclable arts center is a reality. Donate your recyclables in the wonderful train created by arts teacher, Mr. Soto, and they will be placed the materials center room on the first floor. If you haven't checked out the room yet, go see it! Many parents worked along side Mr. Soto to clean out that room as well as the additional library room and the updated music room. Major thanks to parent Louisa Thompson who conceived of and is running the materials program and thanks also to the other parent volunteers who cleaned up the rooms: Klaus Rosburg, Elka Nikolova, Vivien Moses, Dolores Zarilla, Stephanie Anderson, Susan Golub, and PTA president, Ileana Santos-Moya. Another big thank you to parents Cristina Miragem Dodd and Stella Metzner who donated a substantial amount of arts supplies from their store, Space Craft.
Follow up - Kids are already using the materials. Pre-k students are designing trucks that will be built out of our donated recyclables for instance.
Third grade teacher, Ms. Pecoraro, was on hand to discuss the efforts of her third grade class to collect and distribute items to Brooklyn Animal Coalition (http://www.barcshelter.org/givetobarc/donate). They were able to collect a great deal of helpful items and delivered them to BARC last month. Local paper, Greenline, did a wonderful piece on the kids: http://greenline.stnicksalliance.org/?p=440
Second grade teacher, Ms. Vizcaino, was also at the PTA meeting and discussed her efforts with parent, Elka Nikolova, to write additional grants for the school. If you would like to join the grant writing committee, contact: Elka Nikolova: email@example.com
Elka Nikolova is also working on a spring benefit fund raiser with parent Courtney Smith to raise money for the Marquis Studio program for 2012/13. If you'd like to join contact Elka.
Principal Rodriguez and parent, Heather Langsner, discussed the work being done by the roof top garden committee. Currently, there is an energy assessment being done on how to conserve electricity and how to save energy and money in the school. Besides being more environmentally friendly, we are going to try to use the savings to help fund our new roof garden. If you have an interest in this committee, please contact Principal Rodriguez directly.
We also discussed how to improve communication both to prospective parents and current parents. We decided to change the tours somewhat, and to add certain features to our website.
Follow up - For the tours, a power point presentation was developed by parent Jennifer Tracy and then worked on and executed by Asst. Principal LaCioppa. The website committee had an opportunity to meet with Fifth grade teacher, John Frezza, who will be updating school information on the site. Parent and website designer, Peter Calvin, added a calendar, this newsletter blog, and expanded the classrooms section. He also gave a training session. If you would like to join the website committee, contact Stephanie Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PS 84 has been approved an ASD Nest Program for the following school year and will be the only school in this area to provide such services.
The ASD Nest program is an Integrated Co-Teaching program for higher functioning children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Nestled within supportive neighborhood schools, the ASD Nest program helps children learn how to function well academically, behaviorally and socially in school and in their community. The ASD Nest program provides a therapeutic environment in which the requisite supports are provided by a transdisciplinary team of specially trained educators and therapists.
For more information on the program, follow http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/ParentResources/2010ASD.htm
Here are some of the things we have been doing:
Our first GALA AUCTION FUNDRAISER is on its way. We are looking for donations from parents, businesses, relatives, artists, babysitters anybody who can donate something we can auction to raise money for our school. We are working on finalizing our space and date for the event and will reach to you as soon we have that in place. Come and join us for good food, life music, lots of fun and get to know your schools community. We are looking for volunteers to help in the every stage of the planning and execution of this event. If you want to help us please contact Courtney Smith at email@example.com
Our DIRECT DONATIONS CAMPAIGN is on its way. Soon you will be receiving a letter in your child's folder asking you to donate money to P.S. 84 so we can expand our arts and science programs and bring music back to our school. Our goal is 100 % participation. Even $10 can make a difference towards reaching our goal of $50,000 this year. We have already raised $4000 dollars towards our music program from donation by parents. Look for our meter in the lobby for updates on how we are doing.
MATCHING DONATIONS: If you work for a company which has matching grands please consider asking them to match your contribution to our school. We are looking for a parent with a business experience to help us in soliciting funds from businesses. If you are interested in helping please contact Elka at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also working on our online donation drive. Soon you will be able to contribute through our website www.ps84K.org Parents Stephanie Anderson, Peter Calvin and Molly Findlay are volunteering to make this happen.
GRANT WRITING: We also applied with the help of our teacher Ms. Vizcaino and parents Meredith Barish and Elka Georgieva for three grants: The Laura Bush Library Grant, The Loews Toolbox Grant ( to fund the Materials Center), and the Trout in the Classroom Grant (to bring an exiting science program to P.S. 84). We are looking for volunteers to help us with grant research and grant writing. If you want to get involved please contact Elka at email@example.com
RECYCLABLE MATERIALS PROGRAM: The PTA helped fund the Materials Train (parked in our school lobby) where you can donate recycled materials to be used in our kids art and science classes. Our art teacher Mr. Soto and parent Louisa Thompson are working on the Materials Center, where all the recycled materials will be collected. If you are interested in helping them on this inspiring project please contact Louisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
We had a great meeting this last PTA, and I am very exited because we have a lot more people helping out on fund raising already.
MUSIC ROOM committee. If you want to get involved in helping the music room project please contact Jordan Margolis at email@example.com.
GALA AUCTION FUNDRAISER committee: to get involved contact Courtney Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECT APPEAL FUNDRAISER: to learn more or donate money contact David Ransom at email@example.com or Elka at elkankol@ gmail.com
GRANT WRITING: with ideas, leads or to give a hand please contact Chris Toker at firstname.lastname@example.org
WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS for the following:
EXTENSION OF THE LIBRARY: We need one parent to head the extension of the library commitee. We have a room next to the present library space, which was repainted during the Christmas break. What needs to be done is to work with the school to organize the new room into a library for the younger children. We are already raising money for this project but need one person to spearhead this and move it along. If you are passionate about books please get in touch with me at email@example.com. Holly McDade who is heading the library at the moment will help you to get started.
CORPORATE MATCHING GRANTS/CORPORATE GIVING: this is maybe something for a person with business experience but not necessary. We need to solicit money from businesses and corporations on behalf of P.S. 84. If you feel that this is up your alley please contact me.
TECHNOLOGY GRANTS/DONATIONS: We need new computers/I-pads for the library and for the teachers room. We also need one parent to head this initiative. If you have experience in this area please contact me.
BOXTOPS FUNDRAISER: with questions about Boxtops and how to get involved please contact Ileana Santos-Moya at firstname.lastname@example.org. The boxtops site is: http://www.boxtops4education.com/
I hope to see you at the next PTA meeting with more good news. Meanwhile, I will be updating you about our progress in reaching our goal of $50,000. So far, we have raised $4050. Look for the meter in the school lobby as well.