Happy New Year! It’s a new calendar year and the PA is starting it on the right foot when it comes to our children. Two (two!) residencies started just this morning. The fifth grade has begun its four week DNA residency with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (www.cshl.edu) and the third grade began its eight week mindfulness residency with Mission Be (www.missionbe.org).
January is the traditional time to make resolutions for the New Year. I hope you will join me in resolving to try and be a kinder, more engaged, better human being in the coming year. I also hope this is the time you resolve to help make the most of your child’s time at P.S. 144 by being a more active member of the PA. We are always looking for more hands on deck so we can continue to give all our children the very best we can. I know that everyone in our community has something to offer that would make our school a better place. Come show us what you got!
What other resolutions can you make? Perhaps something below will strengthen your resolve…
1 The first PA general meeting of 2017 will be on Monday, January 23, from 7-9pm. But it’s not just a meeting, it’s our annual Summer Camp and Activities Fair! I’ve already booked several camps and activities providers who will be set up in the cafeteria ready to explain their programs and answer your questions. If you aren’t sure what to do with your child this summer or just want to check out some new options, this event is for you!
1 There were several parents who stepped forward to answer the call to help with the Spring Auction. (Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!) Unfortunately, it’s still not enough. If my last plea didn’t move you, perhaps this one will. Last year's online auction raised $20,103.15, over 15% of funds raised in 2015-2016. The work was done by four people and it was just too much for too few. The pressing need for this year’s auction is people who can help solicit items, services, and/or experiences to be auctioned off. With enough volunteers, we will be able to have a successful fundraiser that will be fun to put together. If you can please devote any time to the auction, email me at president@pa144.com. This can be a great event as long as we have great people behind it. I know that’s you!
1 After the school day there is the After School Program! The Parents Association offers an After School Program (ASP) in collaboration with the Department of Education on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Online registration for the Spring ASP starts at 3pm on Thursday, January 12, and ends on Thursday, January 26. A limited number of paper applications will be available in the Main Office on Friday, January 13. If you submit a paper application, have someone in the Main Office date and time stamp the application for you. The Tentative Schedule for the PA’s Spring ASP has been published on our website at www.pa144.com/afterschool.html and will be available for a preview period until January 11. Registration is held on a first-come, first-serve basis for completed and paid applications. You are strongly encouraged to register early - many of our popular classes sell out very quickly. For all questions, please consult the online FAQs. This is the fastest and best way to get your answers. For the Monday and Tuesday program administered by the Central Queens Y, please contact 144asdc@cqy.org
1 Thanks to generous parental donations, our Annual Appeal has so far raised $28,707.28. We continue to accept donations to the Appeal so if you haven’t had the opportunity to contribute, you still can, at any monetary amount you feel comfortable with. Combining all the money the PA has been able to raise so far from the Appeal and fundraising events, we are at 34% of our fundraising goal for the year. We still have a ways to go, but we can get there together; ensuring all our children have equal access to the PA sponsored enrichment programming. I thank you. The rest of the PA Executive Board thanks you. But most importantly, our children thank us all.
1 If you are the parent of a fifth grader, please be advised that yearbook graduation pictures will be taken on Wednesday, January 18.
1 Looking for another night to beg off making dinner? Our January Restaurant Night will be on Wednesday, January 18 from 12pm-10pm at TGI Fridays! The PA of P.S. 144 will get 20% of the proceeds that night from both dine-in and to-go orders. The only exception is that we will not get anything back on endless appetizers. In order to participate in this fundraiser, you must bring the flyer in. Look for the flyer in your children’s folders and on the PA website soon.
1 Friday, February 10, from 6:30-8:30pm is the time for our lower grades to get their groove on. We will be throwing our third annual Valentine’s Day Dance Party for all students in Pre-K through 2nd grade. Come looking sharp and enjoy a live DJ, arts and crafts activities, and some light food concession. Please note that this is not a drop-off party; every child in attendance must have an adult present who is responsible for them.  Tickets will be $5 at the door and every attendee, adult and child, must pay. (Remember, every event is a fundraiser until we reach our goal for the year.) If you have any questions or are looking to get involved, please reach out to our Valentine's Day Dance Committee at valentinesdance@pa144.com.

1 Don’t forget to keep clipping and saving those Box Tops! Every Box Top is ten more cents that will go to next year’s residency programming. There are contests being planned so keep an out for information coming home via your child’s backpack in the future.
1 This is a very early reminder, but PA Executive Board and SLT elections will be happening in May. Due to term limits and other life obligations, there will be many empty positions that will need to be filled for the 2017-2018 school year. Now is a good time to start getting involved and learning the ropes. It’s your turn next!
Enjoy your January. Stay warm, stay active, and stay happy. I look forward to a great 2017!

Resolutely yours,




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