It’s Been A Great Year!

And so after 181 days, the 2013-2014 school year came to an end at 11:50AM today, followed immediately by a multi-grade gathering at Washington Market Park. There were sandwiches and chips, popsicles and cookies, pick-up games of ball and frisbee (younger kids) and highly orchestrated water gun battles (older kids). In all, a great end to a great year.

We invite you to look back on this school year by reviewing the monthly Smileboxes. They are all special, but the final two – covering the Arts Festival and year-end goodbyes – are treasures.

Speaking personally, for a couple of K parents it was our first year at PS 150 – and at the helm of Heard on the Steps. Thank you for visiting and stay tuned: we will be back in September with enhanced features to serve better our parent community.

Enjoy the summer!

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PS 150 Parent Hosts Benefit Dinner Aboard Grand Banks

Starting next week, the waters off Pier 25 will be host to Tribeca’s first floating restaurant, on the deck of the F/V Sherman Zwicker. Grand Banks will offer “sustainably sourced oysters, ingredient driven seasonal plates, and nautically inspired cocktails” for the summer season, along with exhibitions on maritime history and lectures on topics ranging from seafaring culture to aquatic sustainability.

The dinner series will kick off next Monday, June 30 with a guided wild salmon dinner hosted by author and Second Grade parent Paul Greenberg, to benefit Alaska’s endangered Bristol Bay. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here.

See Bill Gordh @ The Clearwater Festival

Bill Gordh. Photo: John K. Kraus.

Bill Gordh. Photo: John K. Kraus.

PS 150 favorite Bill Gordh will be performing at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival at Croton-on-Hudson on Saturday, June 21. The music and environmental festival is produced by the non-profit organization, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, whose mission is to preserve and protect the Hudson River and its surrounding tributaries and communities. It was founded by Pete Seeger, whose songs you have heard often this year at school – and likely at your homes too.

Bill’s performance schedule at the festival is as follows:

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – “Speak Out” – Birch, Gordh, McCarthy, Reiser (13-15 minutes each)
  • 2:30-3:30 PM – “Water & Earth” Bruchacs, Gillman, Gordh, McClintock (13-15 minutes each)
  • 4:15-4:45 PM – “Banjo-Driven Tales” Bill Gordh

Walk the Walk

Among the reasons many of us choose to send our children to our local public school is the fact the school is local, close to home and therefore, presumably, requiring only a short commute along well-lit roads, with wide sidewalks and clearly marked intersections.

Unfortunately, some students at PS-IS 276 in South Battery Park City face a walk to school that is plainly treacherous. These students are in the third through eighth grades and live in the Financial District, far enough that they must walk across some of Lower Manhattan’s busiest streets and the West Side Highway, yet not so far that they qualify for transportation on the school bus that is already bringing younger children, including their own siblings, to the same school.

Parents have repeatedly petitioned the Office of Pupil Transportation to allow these older children on the bus, but so far their requests have been denied. Yet these parents are not backing down, and tomorrow morning they are inviting supporters and interested parties to join them on the same walk they and their children face every school day. Show your support and meet them on Thursday, June 12 at 7:50AM on the southeast corner of Wall and William Streets. Other PS 150 parents will be there.