Friday, October 16, 2009

Gifted & Talented Admissions Update

From the NYC Department of Education:

Gifted & Talented Admissions Update

Information Sessions
Reminder: Information sessions about G&T admissions for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade will be held in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan next week. Information session dates and locations are listed below and on the DOE website.

G&T Testing
If you’re interested in having your child attend an elementary school G&T program, you must complete a “Request for Testing” form. The forms are available at elementary schools, Borough Enrollment Offices and on the DOE website. You can complete and submit the form online or you can submit a paper copy to your child’s school (or local Borough Enrollment Office if your child attends private school). The deadline to submit a Request for Testing form is Friday, November 6.

G&T Handbooks
Gifted & Talented handbooks with practice tests and program guidelines are available at elementary schools, Borough Enrollment Offices and on the DOE website. For more information about the G&T admissions process for elementary school grades, you can visit the DOE website or call (212) 374-4948.

We hope to see you at an information session next week!

Elementary School Enrollment Team


Gifted & Talented Admissions Information Sessions

October 19: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
MS 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center
300 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, NY 11205

October 20: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
New Dorp High School
465 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306

October 21: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

October 22: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Brandeis High School
145 West 84th Street, Manhattan, NY 10024


Please don't forget that Monday, October 19, 2009 is Picture Day. Irvin Simon photographers will be here again all day for our annual school picture event. Please fill the order form and indicate the following: picture package and background. If you have a child in the 5th and 8th grades, do not select a background for them, as they will be taking their graduation pictures in caps and gowns and the background for that will be a pastel color.

You MUST PRE-PAY in order to take a picture – methods of payments accepted are cash, check or money order. If you don’t have an order form you can fill one out on Picture Day (October 19) as the photographers will bring in extra blank forms. You can turn in the envelopes up till the 19th when the photographers are here. As per usual, there will be a make-up date for the students who were absent or not happy with the quality of their pictures

PLEASE NOTE, CLASS PICTURES CANNOT BE REDONE – NO EXCEPTIONS. ALSO, STUDENTS MUST BE IN COMPLETE UNIFORMS FOR THE CLASS PICTURE. School pictures are one of a PTA’s biggest fundraisers, so we need everyone to participate.


We want to thank everyone who braved the weather to attend the PTA meeting last night. We especially want to thank our special guest, Martine Guerrier - Chief Family Engagement Officer of the Office for Family Engagement and Advocacy for providing a wealth of information about her role at it relates to NYC Parents.

Ms. Guerrier spoke about the middle school process and the various events that are related to that: open houses, tours, application deadlines etc. She also informed parents about the vast resources that are available to them and their children. Please go to the OFEA website to learn more.

We also had a guest from the 71st Precinct, Officer J. Evola stop by to meet parents and students. Officer Evola spoke about the work his precinct does to keep our community safe, and asked how they can be better partners. He asked parents to be a first line of defense between their children and outside influences.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

October 2009 Calendar

The October calendar came out this week and below are some highlights:

Thursday, October 1 - Meet & Greet School Night

Saturday, October 3 - Citywide High School Fair; Brooklyn Tech High School

Sunday, October 4 - Citywide High School Fair; Brooklyn Tech High School

Thursday, October 8 - Grade 5 Social Studies Parent Workshop

Saturday, October 10 - PS 161 Entrepreneur Club Fundraiser: Rockaway Revue 1:00 pm

Monday, October 12 - Columbus Day SCHOOL CLOSED

Thursday, October 15 - PTA Meeting; 6:30 pm

Sunday, October 18 - Breast Cancer Awareness Walk; Prospect Park

Monday, October 19 - School Picture Day

Tuesday, October 20 - A.R.I.S Parent Workshop; 9:00 am

Thursday, October 22 - Grade 3 Math Parent Workshop; 9:00 am

Saturday, October 24 - Borough High School Fair; Edward R. Murrow High School 11:00 am

Sunday, October 25 - Borough High School Fair; Edward R. Murrow High School 11:00 am

Wednesday, October 28 - CSLJ Ring Day

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Saturday Parent Academy

The Office for Family Engagement and Advocacy (OFEA) presents its second annual Saturday Parent Academy. The will be sessions on a variety of topics to support parent leaders in their various volunteer positions in our school. Whether you are already active in your school community or considering becoming involved, we invite you to join OFEA for Saturday Parent Academy.

The Program:
Registration: 9:00 - 9:30 am
Opening Session: 9:30 - 9:40 am
Overview of OFEA: 9:35 - 9:45

Workshop, Session 1 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  1. Ensuring success for your child's elementary school experience.
  2. Ensuring success for the first year of middle school.
  3. Title 1
  4. Overview of School Leadership Team
  5. Record Keeping
  6. Roles and Responsibilities of the PA/PTA

Workshop, Session 2 - 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
  1. Ensuring success for your child's elementary school experience.
  2. Ensuring success for the first year of middle school.
  3. Title 1
  4. Overview of School Leadership Team
  5. Record Keeping
  6. Roles and Responsibilities of the PA/PTA

Closing session 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Dates and Locations
Manhattan/Brooklyn - Saturday, October 24, 2009 PS 234 Independence School; 292 Greenwich Street

Queens - Saturday, October 17, 2009 Aviation High School; 45-30 36th Street

Bronx - Saturday, November 21, 2009 The Fellsa Rinconde Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy High School; 1440 Story Avenue

Staten Island - Tuesday, November 10, 2009The Petrides Complex Center; 715 Ocean Terrace Room 118

Contact the OFEA for registration details at 212.374.2323.

School Safety Forum

Community School District 17 invites all parents to a School Safety Forum - Children are welcome.

October 24, 2009, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 1224 Park Place between Troy and Albany (entrance on Sterling Place).

The program will feature:

  • Gang Awareness
  • General Session on the Juvenile Justice System
  • Break-out sessions on school safety, cyber bullying and the NYC School Discipline Code
  • Operation Safe Child (Free Child ID) presentation by the Office of Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes

Special Guest Speakers: Congress Woman Yvette Clarke; Council Member Letitia James; Senator Eric Adams; Council Member Mathieu Eugene; Assemblyman Karim Camara; and Council Member Darlene Mealy.

Refreshments will be served, also Free "Give-Aways". For further information please call 718.221.4372

Rockaway Revue, Inc.

The Young Entrepreneurs Club at PS 161 along with First Baptist Church of Crown Heights Floral Ministry will host a community fundraiser to help purchase a video system for PS 161.

The Floral Ministry will present an autumn spectacular featuring the Rockaway Review, Inc. The performance titled "This is It" will be held at PS 161 on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm. Door open at 1 pm. Tickets are $20.00 (tickets will not be sold at the door on the day of the show.) Please contact PS 161/ Ms. Mackey or Ms. Arthur for more information. Light refreshments will be sold.

got game?

Calling all students between the ages of 5 and 17, the 78th Precinct Youth Council presents their 2009-2010 Basketball Season.

"The 78th Precinct Youth Council is a non-profit youth sports organization that provides Brooklyn children from kindergarten through high school with the opportunity to develop leadership abilities, team skills, and personal discipline."

Information for this season is listed below:


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Season begins the last weekend of October and ends the first weekend in March. Games are in local public school gyms in the Park Slope area.

The Fee is $190 for 12 weeks of basketball training and games, jerseys, trophies or other awards, and a season-ending Pizza Party.

On-time registration has ended, however late fees are waived through October 10th for first-time registrants.