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From The Desk Of...The Parents' Association Executive Board

 Dear PS 144 Families,
The school year is flying by, as February 14th marks the 100th day of school!  There is lots of important information to share this month.
Next Friday, February 15th, our annual lower grade Winter Dance is scheduled from 6:30-8:30pm. Unfortunately, this PK-2nd grade event, which raised over $1,700 last year, is in danger of being canceled! The dance is without a chair and we need a parent volunteer to step in to help. The Executive Board has already done a lot of the work to fill the gap. We just need someone to organize and run concessions. That person would need to organize the donations and make sure the table is staffed. If anyone is interested please email Also, if you would like to volunteer in any other way please click here and sign up. Admission is $5 per person ages 4 and up and tickets will be sold at the door only. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
On Thursday, February 14th, the 5th Grade Committee will host a Valentine’s Day sale at which baked goods, gourmet pretzel rods and Snifty Smelly Pencils will be sold during lunch periods.  Items will be priced from $1 - $2 and all profits will go towards 5th grade year end activities.
On Friday, February 15th, the new P.A. website will go LIVE!  With a new look and more user friendly interface, the site will make finding important information about the Parents’ Association and the P.S. 144 community easier.  We are incredibly excited to share it with you!
The Camp Fair will be on Monday, February 25th immediately following the P.A. General Meeting starting at 7pm.  Meet representatives from area summer camps and activity providers and find your child’s next summer adventure!
Friday, February 15th is the last day of the Fall After School Program. The Spring semester will start when we return from Winter break on Wednesday, February 27th. Open enrollment has ended but you can still sign up for classes (with limited availability). Please visit the After School webpage at /app/pages/afterschool for more information. As a reminder, After School on Mondays and Tuesdays is run by Commonpoint Queens, formerly the Central Queens Y.
We need your Box Tops and dimes.  In order to make the Box Tops submission date of March 1st, all Box Tops must be submitted to the school no later than Monday, February 25th.  
Residency News:  
This week the first cycle of movement and music for kindergarten will be ending. The three classes that had the new Together and Dance residency had their culminating event on Wednesday, February 6, while the other four will have their final Music with Betina open class on Friday, February 8th. After the winter recess, the second cycle will begin.  
On Thursday, February 14th, the 5th grade will have their final Hamilton Performance that they have been rehearsing with the new Broadway Class residency. The show will be at 9am in the auditorium.
Help Wanted:

 On March 15th from 3pm-7pm we will be hosting our annual Culture and Food Festival and we are looking for LOTS of volunteers!  

Calendar Raffle: every two years, we hold a large raffle or auction. It's a huge part of our budget, and it takes several months to line up prizes, so work needs to begin NOW for a fall raffle. It's a big and important job, best tackled with a co-chair or a committee. If you are interested in volunteering for this future event please email We have some good information from past events and previous chairs that will help you get started.
Thanks for your support!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide maximum educational opportunities for all children at P.S. 144 through an environment which nurtures children and families, maximizes opportunities for individual growth and encourages mutual involvement, responsibility and accountability of the school, home and community. As a school focusing on integrating arts and technology throughout our curriculum, we are dedicated to preparing youngsters for life in the 21st century through literacy, telecommunications, scientific investigations and social interactions enhanced by collaborations with museums and other cultural institutions. We will work with our partners to open doors to the world of the arts for our school community.
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