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** WHY IS THE DIRECT APPEAL SO IMPORTANT? (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=0aebdd7bd6&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
Your donations to our annual fund directly impact your child’s daily experience at PS 321. Without your Direct Appeal contributions, the PTA would need to cut its spending in half. That means more kids per class and fewer resources and enrichment opportunities for kids and teachers. We are aiming for 100% participation, so please give what you can, whether that means more or less than the $800 per student that the PTA will spend this year. All contributions help! Make your contribution today by clicking HERE (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=03e8650b6e&e=c7d38fbfd6) for a one-time or monthly donation or drop your donation in the main office. Thank you! Have questions about the Appeal? Email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .
** CHILDREN’S ORIGINAL ART – SHOP NOW (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=b211adc6f0&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
Get a head start on your holiday shopping! The children’s art fundraiser offers lots of great products personalized with your child’s original artwork, perfect for holiday gifts! Time is running out for FREE SHIPPING. Order online by THIS Wednesday, November 15 to get free shipping and convenient, guaranteed delivery to PS 321 (week of December 11th). You can still view your child’s artwork online and place your order: Go to SILVERGRAPHICS.com. Click the SHOP button to log in to our school gallery: Username: 321WP. Password: 321ART. Scroll to find your child’s artwork in their class gallery (listed along the left side) and order directly. Easy! And remember 33% of your total is donated to the PTA. Email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) with any questions.
** NOV. 21 PARENT DAY AT TEACHERS COLLEGE READING AND WRITING PROJECT (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=034a741caf&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
On Tuesday, November 21, we have an opportunity to send 10 parents to Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) for a day entitled, “Parents Make the World of Difference to Kids as Readers and Writers: Parents as Partners, Supporting Joyful Literacy.” The day is designed to help parents support your children in reading and writing. There will be a keynote by Lucy Calkins, the founding director of the TCRWP, followed by three rounds of workshops. This event is at Teachers College, 120th Street and Broadway, Manhattan, from 9:30-1:30. YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO BE ADMITTED. If you are interested in attending, contact Deb Orr at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Teachers%20College%20Parent%20day) to reserve your ticket.
** ELECTION DAY BAKESALE – HUGE SUCCESS! (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=57acc75e7e&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
Thank you to all who helped make the day a success and a whole lot of fun, especially the kids! Please stop by the parent center and pick up your containers by Wednesday (tomorrow!). Any containers that aren’t picked up will have a good home in the PTA basement, to be used for future events 🙂
** ANNUAL COAT DRIVE (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=f059e958f0&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
Our annual coat drive will take place Nov. 27th to Dec. 1st – right after Thanksgiving. Please donate new or gently used coats and jackets of all sizes (clean and in good repair only) to the collection bins located just inside the front doors of PS 321’s main building. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will distribute donations to those in need all over Brooklyn. Final donations will be accepted immediately following Family Friday on Dec 1st. To volunteer for sorting and bagging donations that week, please contact Maria Gea (mailto:[email protected]) .
** TESTING TASK FORCE (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=b991ce3f8d&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
Did you know that despite several years of sharing deep concerns about the quality of the ELA tests, teachers are still not allowed to read the tests that are administered to students? Did you know that PS 321’s SLT wrote in a letter to the NYSED Commissioner and NYS Board of Regents Chancellor, “we continue to be horrified that this is how children are being assessed as readers and writers”? You can read the rest of the SLT’s letter here (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=61e29f3b8f&e=c7d38fbfd6) . This week during conferences, members of PS 321’s Testing Task Force will be at tables in the main building and in the mini-school. Please drop by for more info. And you can sign up for updates from the TTF here (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=2b56ea519e&e=c7d38fbfd6) .
** PICTURES HAVE ARRIVED (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=6f3761eb35&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
Picture proofs arrived last week! They will come home in your child’s red folder if they have not already. To access your child’s individual and class pictures, go to pictureday.com‬‬, enter the code on the proof sheet, and place your order. All prints and items ordered will be sent directly to your home (shipping is free for a limited time!). School pictures (and mugs and keychains and magnets) make wonderful holiday gifts!!! Order soon! Email Stacie Brensilver (mailto:[email protected]) with any questions.
** CALLING ALL HOLIDAY HELPERS! (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=b3137daad8&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
It’s time to share some holiday spirit with a student who could really benefit from it. Please send a check made out to the PS 321 PTA, or cash, for $25 per child – and each donation will be used to buy a gift card for a student. Please submit to your child’s teacher no later than FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH. Fliers were sent home in your child’s red folders last week. You can also drop contributions off in the main office in the HOLIDAY HELPER folder. You may sponsor more than one student. For more information contact Marie Nachsin (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=d9ddfde99b&e=c7d38fbfd6) . We appreciate your generosity!
** LOOKING FOR 321 AMBASSADORS (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=57fbbaa358&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
Please consider leading a very quick tour for prospective new 321 families. Principal Liz Phillips will give a brief orientation at 9:00 am in the auditorium and we are looking for volunteers to take small groups into a few classrooms and showcase our amazing school. School tours will be given on December 7th and 13th and we could use your help. Contact Catherine Douglass (mailto:[email protected]mail.com?subject=School%20tours) for more information or to volunteer.
** KIDS CLUB NEWS (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=7f1f469e49&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
If you are interested in teaching a Kid’s Club in the winter (Jan – March) or the spring (Apr – June) please email Courtney (mailto:[email protected]) . We could really use your help! Next Thursday, November 16th, there will be no Kid’s Clubs due to early dismissal @ 11:50 am (11:45 am for K). For the first time ever, we are offering a half day after school option from 11:50 am – 2:50 pm.
** SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR – THIS WEEK (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=ab2ccd3c3f&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
Get ready for some book fair fun! This year’s fair is taking place from 11/13 through 11/20. We need lots of volunteers to set up the fair, help students pick out books, run the cash register, and re-stock the shelves. Sign up for a time slot via Volunteer Spot (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=2889b095f0&e=c7d38fbfd6) . Want to help but cannot volunteer? Please consider purchasing a gift certificate for your child’s teacher, just email one of the Co-Chairs and we will do the rest! Also join us to shop during Parent Teacher Conference hours. Email Co-Chairs: Lucy Rorech (mailto:[email protected]) , Sarah Galvin (mailto:[email protected]) , Cristi Sauser (mailto:[email protected]) , Megan McKeever (mailto:[email protected]) or Gosia Dekempe (mailto:[email protected]) with Qs.
** NYC SCHOOLS ACCOUNTS – NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS PLEASE NOTE (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=5c6e19c850&e=c7d38fbfd6) ————————————————————
If a child has parents living in more than one household, the non-custodial parent can now get their own code to access their child’s NYC Schools Account. Please email Deb Orr (mailto:[email protected]) , the Parent Coordinator – she can help you obtain access, or if you are the custodial parent, invite the non-custodial parent to view the account separately. Results for the 2017 State ELA/Math tests, as well as grade and attendance information, are all viewable on your child’s account. To set up your account, email Deb Orr (mailto:[email protected]) and let her know you’ll be stopping by the PTA office to pick up your Account Creation Code. Go HERE (ps321.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=36dfc8a92727b03d873a6bd1a&id=ef3956e494&e=c7d38fbfd6) for more information on NYC Schools Accounts