Thursday, December 03, 2009


We want to thank all of the parents and staff who attended our PTA meeting
last week. We had a wonderful turnout. It was also great to see so many students
receive their awards for academic achievement - keep up the great work!

We are happy for the many recipients of our Turkey Give-Away. We would like to thank Assemblyman Karim Camara and the 71st Precinct for their generous donations! In addition, thank you for all the donations for our Pot Luck dinner! Lastly, we would like to give a big THANKS to Ms. Eastman for chairing our Uniform Exchange Project. She and her team cleaned, ironed and wrapped each individual uniform. They did such a wonderful job, that the uniforms were going like 'hotcakes'. The Uniform Exchange table will be featured at all PTA events.


School Pictures

Last week was Picture Retake Day open to any students unsatisfied with their original photos, or those who did not participate the first time. If you have any questions regarding quality, reorders or refunds, please do not call the main office. Please call Irvin Simon Photographers, at 51.437.4700 and ask for Laura Fisher. Laura is our Customer Service Rep and will assist you with all of your picture questions.

Before calling, please have the following information available: your child's class, teacher and picture package ordered.

December Calendar

The December Calendar was sent home this week. Below are the highlights:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - SLT Meeting; 5:30 pm
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - Parent Nutrition Workshop; 9:00 am
Thursday, December 10, 2009 - Last Day for Penny Harvest
Friday, December 11, 2009 - Parent ELA Workshop, All Grades; 9:00 am
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - Parent Nutrition Workshop; 9:00 am
Thursday, December 17, 2009 - PTA Meeting/Holiday Program; 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - Heal the World HIV and Mural Fundraiser
December 24 - January 4, - WINTER RECESS

d'Essence Student Fundraiser

The PTA is participating in a new student fundraiser. Just in time for holiday shopping, you will find an order form from d'essence - an LMS fragrance company.

Featuring real perfumes and colognes in a wide selection of designer fragrances (Vera Wang, Chanel, Sean Jean and Gucci) at the wonderful price of $10.00 each! Now is the time to stock up for the holidays - for parents, grandparents, teachers, colleagues. etc.

The class with the most sales will receive an in-class pizza party. The top seller will receive a $100 gift certificate to GameStop - the second prize winner will receive an iPod shuffle.

The forms are due back in two weeks - December 9, 2009 - to ensure delivery before the holidays. Your payments of cash, money order or check will be accepted. Please make money orders and/or checks payable to: PS 161 PTA.