Thursday, May 20, 2010

The 2nd Annual Youth Showcase
Saturday, May 22, 2010
11:30 am to 2:00 pm

This event will feature aspiring youth, showcasing their talents and leadership efforts in community service. There will be exciting performances by the following PS 161 groups:

Steel Pan
Special guest performers from local area schools and
Much, much more

Additionally, there will be an awards ceremony for the poetry contest winners.

Please join us for this free family event celebrating our youth. Light refreshments will be served.

Note: Parents MUST accompany their children at all times.

School Elections


Elections for Officers of the PS 161 Parent School Boards Are Open!

Please Run, Vote and Get Involved!

Will take place from the floor on election night on Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 pm

Will take place on Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 pm. You must be present to run or to vote.

Will be announced at the May 27 meeting

Term of office
July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011

Number of positions available
PTA - 4 positions
PAC – 3 positions
SLT - 3 positions

Positions and general duties of PTA positions (see bylaws for specific duties)
1. President - Heads association & presides at ALL meetings
2. Vice President - Assist president & performs duties in absence
3. Secretary - Prepares meeting minutes, maintains all official records, coordinates all correspondence
4. Treasurer - Conducts & responsible for all financial affairs

Goals and objectives of other offices: PAC and SLT
1. PAC – Parent Advisory Council: Ensure effective involvement of all parents of Title I participating children and to support the partnership between other school community stakeholders (school administration and staff, PTA and SLT); To involve parents of Title I participating students in an organized and timely manner with the planning, review, and implementation of Title I programs and the joint development of the school parental involvement policy and the school-parent compact.

2. SLT – School Leadership Team: Comprising of administration, teachers and parents, the SLT is responsible for developing an educational plan, matching budget to needs, and building a sense of community. Parents make up half of membership; rest is teachers, school staff, union and Parent Association representation, and possibly students or community members

Eligibility for Parent Members: Per the bylaws, whether or not you pay the “suggested dues”, you are automatically a member of the Parent Teacher Association if you are a parent, guardian or person in parental relation to a child attending PS 161. A member is entitled to vote and to run for any position. The election process and officer’s duties are outlined in the bylaws – copies will be made available during the election. You can also obtain a copy of the Chancellor’s Guidelines on the DOE website.

Eligibility for Teacher Members: Per the Chancellor’s Regulations, as a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), membership must be open to all teachers in the school. Any staff person who is a member of the association is eligible to vote, unless otherwise restricted by conflicts of interest. Persons employed in the school cannot serve on a nominating committee, or run for positions on the executive board.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

D'Essense Perfume Fundraiser

Last Friday you should have received an order form with a handout announcing the PTA’s second participation in the D’Essense perfume fundraiser. The order forms are due on Friday, May 14, 2010. If you need another order form, there will be extras in the main office. 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 spring and summer.

This fundraiser is open to EVERYONE in school – students, staff, parents etc. This is a great fundraiser as it allows us to receive 50% of the profits raised.

Successful participation in this fundraiser means we can continue to support:
African Dance lessons
Year-end activities for: Kindergarten, 5th grade and 8th grade classes
Teacher and Staff Grants and more
And much much more.

Top Seller: $100 Gift Card to Target
Second Top Seller: $50 Gift Card to Target
Top Selling Class: Dessert Party (Full works – ice cream, cake, cookies. etc.)
Also… The teacher of top selling class will receive special gift

WE COUNT ON YOUR SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION!!!!!The forms are due back in two weeks – Friday, May 14, 2010. Your payments of cash or money order will be accepted, NO PERSONAL CHECKS. Please make money orders payable to: PS 161 PTA.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

HAPPY TEACHERS AND STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK. This whole week we celebrate all the Teachers and Staff of PS 161.

On behalf of the entire PTA, we thank ALL TEACHERS for their hard work and devotion to our children. We cannot express the sum of our gratitude in just one handout, nor do we feel that our appreciation should be pinned down to one week, but we hope that you know YOU ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED. THANK YOU!!!!

We also want to take the opportunity to thank the entire Main Office staff for all that they do. In particular, I would like to acknowledge, Ms. Arthur, Ms. Chung, Ms. Glenn, Ms. Yaw and Msv for always going above and beyond.

May 2010 Calendar

The May calendar is here and the following are the highlights:

May 5 through 7 - NYS Math Exam; Grades 3 - 8 (GOOD LUCK!!!!)

May 7 - Junior Achievement Day

May 8 - Rockaway Review, 12:00 pm; Young Entrepreneur's Community Project

May 11 - CSLJ Trip to Madison Square Garden

May 12 - SLT Meeting, 5:30 pm

May 22 - Youth Show Case Program, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

May 27 - PTA Meeting: Election, 6 to 7 pm; Meeting, 7 to 8 pm

May 28 - 5th Annual Career Day

May 31 - Memorial Day, School Closed