AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM – The Parents Association, in collaboration with the school, offers an After School Program for P.S. 144 students on all full school schools, from dismissal to 5:50pm. Students can enroll in a variety of different fun and educational classes.
AUCTION - P.S. 144's Auction and Reception is our largest fundraiser -raising funds to support art, music and science residency programs. The cafeteria will be transformed for this special occasion, which will consist of a silent auction and raffles. Volunteers are needed for donating auction and raffle items, planning, set-up, clean-up, soliciting donations, and working at the auction. In 2015, the Auction raised almost $21,000.
BACKPACK NEWS - The Backpack News is a bi-monthly newsletter published by the P.A. of P.S. 144. It is distributed to the students who take it home to their parents or guardians.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - Thousands of dollars can be raised through the Box Tops for Education Fundraiser. Children are encouraged to collect and submit Box Tops. Volunteers are needed beginning in October to count Box Tops on the first Tuesday of the month in the school cafeteria.
CAREER DAY - Professionals come from all walks of life to meet with students to talk about their exciting careers. Many of the professionals come from our parent community. This is a favorite among students! Volunteers are needed to contact participants, set-up, clean up and prepare food for the luncheon.
CLASS PARENTS – Class Parents help facilitate communications between the parents and the school administration to enrich the school experience for the entire school community.
DANCE PARTY – Put on your dancing shoes! We’ll host two parties, one for the upper grades and one for the lower grades.
DIRECT APPEAL –The Direct Appeal campaigns for donations throughout the year and is our biggest fundraising program in terms of dollars raised – in 2015, we raised almost $33,000 through the Direct Appeal.
ELECTION DAY BAKE SALE - Election Day Bake Sale Committee is in charge of recruiting volunteers to bake or donate homemade baked goods and to find volunteers to sell during election day at the school. The Bake Sale will be on Election Day.
FIELD DAYS - In June, all classes will have a “Field Day” which is a day arranged with the gym teachers and the Field Day Committee. Parents are invited to attend those field days and will also be asked to provide additional snacks or drinks to the grade/class.
FIFTH GRADE COMMITTEE - The 5th Grade Committee assists with special 5th grade activities and graduation throughout the school year.
HALLOWEEN PARTY - P.S. 144’s Halloween Party is legendary! Generally held on the Saturday prior to Halloween, it offers games, food, music, dancing, a costume contest, and a special Halloween show and Haunted House. The first floor of the school is transformed and decorated for this special occasion. As one of our biggest events of the year, raising over $8,000 in 2015, volunteers are needed for decorating, clean up, baking, running games, supervision and security.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE - We offer the children a variety of holiday gifts to purchase for their friends and family, at kid's prices! Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean up and assisting the children with purchases. The Holiday Boutique happens before the winter break.
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT - This event celebrates the various cultures with food, arts and fun & educational activities. Volunteers are needed to represent their country of origin or simply their favorite country.
MOVE-A-THON – In May we get the students out and moving! Showcase your school spirit by sending in Boosters, In 2015, our inaugural year of this event, we raised over $3,500!
NOMINATING - The Nominating Committee runs the elections for the P.A. board and School Leadership Team (SLT) in June. Volunteers are needed for preparing and collecting ballots, distributing profiles of the candidates and tallying votes.
PATHWAYS TO KNOWLEDGE – Want to see your child’s name on P.S. 144 Pathway? Buy an engraved brick for your child(ren) with a special message.
PLANT SALE - This committee runs a plant and gift sale in the days leading up to Mother's Day. We offer the children, parents and staff a variety of seasonal plants and gifts to purchase. Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean up and assisting with purchases.
PIE SALE - The week before Thanksgiving the P.A. is sending out order forms for different pies to arrive before the Thanksgiving weekend (on Wednesday).
PICTURE DAY: Smile! Slect from individual and/or class pictures for your child.
SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS - This committee coordinates the orders and delivery of the school supply kits. The pre-packaged kits are tailored to the teachers' requests.
SCIENCE FEST – A hands-on science party, where kids of all grades are welcome to experiment and experience the joy of science.
SCRIP GIFT CARDS - Scrips is a gift card program where parents can buy gift cards to certain shops. Depending on the shop, the school receives a certain % of the gift card value. A great way to get holiday gifts or to use them to do your own holiday shopping
STAFF APPRECIATION - In June, the P.A. hosts a luncheon for all teachers, administrators and staff who work so hard all year round. Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean up and preparing food and desserts.
YARD SALE - The Yard Sale committee sells space to rent on the PS 144 school yard to sell gently used items.