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

Dear PS 144 Families,
 
The year-end whirlwind begins with May!
 
Residencies are winding down. As our kindergarteners finish up with Together in Dance and Music with Betina, our first graders conclude Music with Betina, and second grade explores the Architecture of the Neighborhood with Marquis Studios. Third grade is finishing up their folk song residency with Ms. Betina and completing their year with Mr. Jeff with the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art program, fourth grade is learning music history with The Broadway Class’s Beatles and Beyond, and fifth grade is studying genetics with DNA Learning Center, and working with Ms. Betina as well.
 
May 3: Club 144! This event was a big hit! Thanks to chair Patricia Taddeo, DJ NOPE, and to all of our volunteers!
 
May 8: Our Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale was a huge success! Thanks to chair Beth Goldstein and to all of our volunteers!
 
May 10: Deadline for nominations for SLT and the 2019-2020 Executive board. More information can be found in this letter. Nominations must be in writing, and can be either on paper or by email to elections@pa144.com. It’s shaping up to be a great election. We’ll also need volunteers to run polls on May 20. If you are interested and are available before or after school, please email elections@pa144.com.
 
May 13-17: Spirit Week!
●     Monday: Pajama Day
●     Tuesday: Tie Dye day! No tie dye? Celebrate the peace loving 60’s however you wish.
●     Wednesday: Crazy Hair/Silly Hat Day
●     Thursday: Super Fan Day! Sports, Heros, Harry Potter? We’re all fans of something!
●     Friday: We’ll have some shirts for sale at Tuesday's Parent Teacher Conference, and you can always buy spirit wear online in our Online Apparel Store (check with the vendor for ordering/shipping times).
 
May 13: Folk sing-along event for Third grade residency Music with Betina, 8:10-9:00.
 
May 14: Career Day
 
May 14: Meet the Teacher night for the 2019-2020 school year. Meet the grade teachers for your child’s next year, and find out what the curriculum will be like. A schedule can be found here. (Please note this is held one day earlier than the official DOE calendar.)
 
May 15: There is no After School on this day.
 
May 17: Check out our amazing prizes at the Class Basket Raffle Preview at dismissal, weather permitting.
 
May 18: SUPER SATURDAY!!!
It’s one of our biggest days of the year! Our Talent Show is from 12:30-5:00. Tickets are $10 for adults, and kids are free. Tickets are available on line here. If you’d like to help us sell tickets or set up, please email talentshow@pa144.com. If you’d like to sell concessions, you can sign up here (be sure to scroll down). Concessions will be on sale in the cafeteria, and we’ll also have our Class Basket Raffle and Grand Raffle in the cafeteria. Our team is working on assembling some pretty great prizes. They could still use some help making baskets, handling online sales for the grand raffle, and running the raffle on the big day--if you’d like to help, you can sign up here . Finally, we’ll also be holding our annual Teacher Experiences Silent Auction. Does your child want to be principal for a day, or have an outing with a favorite teacher? This is their chance to do just that! We hope you’ll join us for a truly SUPER Saturday.
 
May 20: ELECTION DAY! Polls will be open before school and after school, and at the General Meeting at 7 PM in the cafeteria. Nominations and candidate bios are due by May 10, and additional nominations may be taken from the floor on Monday, May 20.
 
Want to make a big impact but don’t want to run for elected office?  Every two years, we hold a large raffle or auction. It's a huge part of our budget, and winners have taken home some amazing prices! Our next scheduled raffle is in the 2019-2020 school year, but we need to start soliciting six months ahead of time, so ideally we need someone to start planning now.
 
We need a chair for this incredibly important event that raised over $18,000 in 2017!
 
May 22: All of this activity will have made you hungry! Join us for Restaurant Night at Eddie’s Sweet Shop from 2:00-11:30 PM, and support both your PA and a local business.
 
May 24: Culminating event for 4th grade Residency The Beatles and Beyond
 
May 30: Theatre After School Performance, 4:30 PM, auditorium
 
June 1: Science Fest!
 
June 2: Family Day at the Guggenheim Museum, featuring art by select PS 144 third graders as part of our Learning Through Art Residency for 3rd grade.