Manhattan Youth to Honor Wendy Chapman

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On Thursday, May 15, our PTA co-President Wendy Chapman will be among the honorees of the Manhattan Youth 2014 Downtown Community Awards. Over the years, Wendy has worn many hats, including co-chair of Taste of Tribeca, Manhattan Youth board member, and, in the last year, a founder of Build Schools Now. Let’s not forget that it was just over one year ago when the Department of Education announced its plans to move PS 150 to Chelsea, and that it was thanks to the activism of our parents, with Wendy at the helm, that our school remains at 334 Greenwich St.

Wendy’s co-honorees on Thursday are the maintenance team at PS 89/IS 289, who during Hurricane Sandy remained on site to protect the building, and in doing so prevented costly damage to the property and a possible temporary closure of the school.

Tickets for the cocktail reception and dinner may be purchased here. Proceeds will enable working families in Lower Manhattan to send their children to after-school and summer programs, regardless of their ability to pay.

From Farm to Table

All photos courtesy of Shakira Provasoli

All photos courtesy of Shakira Provasoli

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It doesn’t get more local than this. The hydroponic garden in our Pre-K classroom has delivered its first crop of lettuce and basil, which were the competitors in last Friday’s vegetable taste test. Principal Bonnet led the visits to the classrooms, where students were invited to sample the leaves and cast votes for their favorites. It was very close, with basil edging lettuce 71-69.

The monthly taste tests are organized by our Wellness Health And Movement (WHAM) Committee. Coming up for WHAM this weekend is the second annual Family Fitness Day, to be held this Saturday, May 10 from 10:30AM-12:30PM at PS 234. Bring the whole family and get active!

Taste is Just Around the Corner

Photo courtesy of Tanya Burton

Photo courtesy of Tanya Burton

There are just 10 days left until Taste of Tribeca 2014! The restaurants are honing their dishes, the organizers are working tirelessly to pull everything together, and today the first street banners went up on Greenwich St. at the corners of Harrison (by Sarabeth’s) and Duane (by Roc). Soon more will be unfurled all along Greenwich and Hudson Sts. and further north at certain bus kiosks in Soho and the West Village.

Of need now are volunteers — 80 as of this morning — from PS 150 to staff the event in the following areas:

Restaurant Shifts (no food prep or cooking, just manning a restaurant table and checking off a “Taste” on each ticket:

  • 1st Restaurant shift 11:15-1:00
  • 2nd Restaurant shift 12:45-3:00

 Other Volunteer Opportunities:

  • General Set Up 8:30-11:00
  • VIP Tent 10:00-1:00
  • VIP Tent 1:00-3:00
  • Merchandise Sales 1:00-3:00
  • Ticketing 1:00-3:00
  • Beverage Station 1:00-3:00
  • Merchandise Breakdown 3:00-5:00
  • General Breakdown 3:00-5:00

If you can help, add your name to the sign-up sheets on the plaza at drop-off and pick-up, or email ps150tot@gmail.com.

K Notices Out; Downtown Advocates Meet Chancellor

Kindergarten placements for the 2014-15 school year were issued at the end of April, and while this year’s new enrollment system resulted in fewer children being placed on wait lists, the effects of insufficient school seats continue to be a problem in Lower Manhattan.

According to this Apr. 25 article* in the Tribeca Trib:

A record number of kindergartners, in seven classes, are slated to attend Tribeca’s P.S. 234, said Principal Lisa Ripperger. Terri Ruyter noted that 50 zoned children are without seats at her P.S. 276 in Battery Park City. The Peck Slip School is becoming “very tight” in its temporary quarters in the Tweed Courthouse, said Principal Maggie Siena, with 25 of its projected 105 kindergartners coming from the wait list for P.S. 276.

Our own PS 150 continues with its single Kindergarten class.

Following the announcement, downtown school advocates and elected officials met for the first time with Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to reiterate the plea for more school seats downtown for the 2017-18 school year. Chancellor Fariña was reported to have been “receptive.”

“I do hear you,” Farina said in brief remarks. “When you fight for some­thing you want to get some of the re­wards, and I’m hearing 2017. I circled it.”

*Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page for a segment on Build Schools Now!