Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Wishing you joy, peace and love on this most holy day!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Thank you!

Thank you for attending the PTA meeting last Monday. We had a wonderful turnout of nearly 200 parents, staff and children!!! A great time was had by all - over 30 presents were raffled off to the children, as well as poinsettias and hams to the adults. A special thank you goes to parent volunteer, Suzette Billy, whose efforts made the entire evening a success.

The PTA wishes you a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

– We hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2008!

Happy Holidays!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Security, even when you're not there

No one likes to think about the inevitable, but how prepared are you just in case you pass away and your children are still young. Well MassMutual has an answer for those who thought they could never qualify or afford life insurance.

According to their website: "MassMutual pays the premiums for all policies issued under the LifeBridge Free Life Insurance Program. There is no out-of-pocket cost to any covered insured or his/her children. Each term life insurance policy awarded under the LifeBridge program will have a $50,000 death benefit.

Under the LifeBridge program, individuals will be eligible to apply if they are:

•age 19-42;

•the parent or legal guardian of one or more dependent children under the age of 18;

•a permanent, legal resident of the United States;

•currently employed full time or part time with a total annual family income that is not less than $10,000 nor more than $40,000 annually;

•in good health as determined by MassMutual's underwriting guidelines; and

•the only member of the household who has applied for the LifeBridge program.

If an insured dies during the 10-year term of the policy, the death benefit will be paid into a trust* established by MassMutual for the educational benefit of the children named by the insured. Benefits will be applied solely toward the education of the insured's eligible children. They will be used to help cover school expenses, including books and tuition."

Please check their website for more details and the application form, by clicking here.

Friday, December 07, 2007

you'd better watch out! have you been good or bad???

Well, the PTA believes that all of our PS 161 children have been nice, and we want to get a jumpstart on Santa Claus*. Join us on Monday, December 17th at 6:30 pm for our Holiday Shindig!!! There will be toy giveaways, food and entertainment**

The Fine Print:
* We (The PTA) are not actually affiliated with Santa Claus, the North Pole or any of Santa’s Elves. The use of Santa Claus’ likeness and actions are purely coincidental. And, we don’t really know which list the Big Guy has you on, could be the naughty, could be the nice – only you know if you have been a sweet angel or an annoying little bugaboo.
**On December 17th, at 6:30 PM, please join us for the final PTA meeting before Christmas vacation. There will be a raffle for children – up to 30 toys will be raffled off to children. There will also be a raffle for grownups – turkeys, hams, poinsettias (wow). If all of that wasn’t enough, there will be a catered Christmas dinner, musical acts, the Young Entrepreneurs table and more. DON’T MISS THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT (We have been to PTA meetings at other schools, yeah we’re confident that this is the best!)

A Christmas Carol Story Time

Bloomsbury Auctions opens its saleroom to the city's youngest bookworms for a theatrical reading of Charles Dickens' holiday classic, A Christmas Carol - performed by Broadway actor Charles E. Gerber. Free hot chocolate and cookies are served, too. At 6 W 48th Street (between 5th Avenue and Rockefeller Center), 2nd floor. [212.719.1000;

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2007
Time: 11am, 12n, 2pm & 3pm
Cost: Free
SUBWAY: B, D, F, Q to Rockefeller Center; R, W to 49th Street; 6 to 51st Street

Letters About Literature

Children in grades four through 12 are invited to participate in a national reading-writing contest. To enter, kids must write a personal letter to an author (living or dead, from any genre) explaining how that author's work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. Cash awards are given at national and state levels for winners in three groups: grades four through six, grades seven and eight, and grades nine through 12. Visit the website for official rules, participation guidelines, and an entry form. Click here Letters must be postmarked by 12/14.