Thankful This Thanksgiving

Here is the latest Smilebox made by Wendy Chapman, my co-VP of Community Building. These Smileboxes always highlight the best of PS 150, and this one encompasses it all. (If you want to see the archives, click here.)

And the school spirit displayed at our recent Blue Ribbon celebration did not go unnoticed by the local media. Here we are in the Tribeca Trib (“Tribeca’s PS 150 Celebrates National Blue Ribbon School Recognition,” Nov. 24, 2014) and Downtown Express (“P.S. 150 forms human blue ribbon to celebrate its real award,” Nov. 24, 2014). Amazing!

Happy Thanksgiving and we will see you on Monday.

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Our Most Wonderful Blue Ribbon Celebration

Photo courtesy of Andrew Parsons.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Parsons.

It was, in the wind, painfully cold, yet our children and teachers showed no sign of discomfort as they stood on the plaza last Friday morning to celebrate PS 150’s Blue Ribbon designation. Wearing their Blue Ribbon t-shirts (over coats and under hats and scarves) and standing in the shape of a ribbon (check out the photo above!), the heart of our school listened as Principal Jenny Bonnet read a letter to the students from Governor Andrew Cuomo, and student representatives from 2nd through 5th Grades shared short expressions of their affection for our school. Finally, they performed the song that I at least have been hearing non-stop at home for the past few weeks: “A Brand New Day” from the  1978 movie, The Wiz.

Congratulations again, PS 150!

The Blue Ribbon flag, held by Principal Jenny Bonnet, District 2 Superintendent Bonnie Laboy, and parent members of our PTA Executive Board and School Leadership Team. Photo courtesy of Andrew Parsons.

The Blue Ribbon flag, held by Principal Jenny Bonnet, District 2 Superintendent Bonnie Laboy, and parent members of our PTA Executive Board and School Leadership Team. Photo courtesy of Andrew Parsons.

 

Parents Pantry Drive Is On!

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 9.41.16 AMEvery year, the PTA elects two new parents to serve as Members-at-Large, and this year we welcome Anshal Purohit and Melanie Barrows, who both have children in the Kindergarten class. Members-at-Large traditionally organize our charitable drives, and we are happy to begin this holiday season with a collection for the Parents Pantry Program, which helps families affected by pediatric cancer who are living at the Ronald McDonald House New York.

Many of these families, living in NYC while their children undergo cancer treatment, struggle to afford the basic necessities of life, and the Parents Pantry gives them a place where they can shop, free of charge, for supplies including non-perishable food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and paper goods.

Burlap bags are in place in the lobby and will be there until Friday, Dec. 12. Please support this great cause by dropping off new and unused items from this list:

  • Cereal
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned soup
  • Pasta, pasta sauces, and noodles
  • Juice boxes
  • Canned tuna
  • Individual microwaveable meals
  • Raisins, granola bars, and other healthy snacks
  • Full-size toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Full-size shampoo and conditioner
  • Full-size deodorant
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic utensils
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Paper plates and bowls
  • Clorox/Lysol wipes
  • Liquid hand soap

The Parents Pantry program is supplied exclusively by local schools, and PS 150 is honored to be a part of this program.

Book Fair This Week

All set up and ready to go! Photo courtesy of Wendy Chapman.

All set up and ready to go! Photo courtesy of Wendy Chapman.

The annual Book Fair starts this morning at 8AM and runs through Friday. It will be open every morning from 8-9:30, and again in the afternoon from 2:30-4PM until Thursday. For the first time, we are working with a new distributor, Allbook, and the word is the quality and selection are great. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support PS 150 at the same time!

In the Papers: PS 150 and its Nut-Free Policy

We all know PS 150 is a nut-free school, but two recent articles in the local papers add some background to this policy. “7 Ways to Help Manage Your Child’s Food Allergy at School” (DNAinfo, Nov. 10, 2014) describes how a student’s allergic reaction three years ago led to the ban of nuts and nut butters, while “Schools stockpile antidotes in fight against allergic reactions” (New York Post, Nov. 15, 2014) discusses the rise in children with allergies – and features a quote from Principal Jenny Bonnet:

“I think it’s reasonable if you have a student who has a life-threatening allergy,”

Principal Bonnet said, referring to the no-nuts policy and how such a policy is easier for a small school like ours to implement.

The Blue Ribbon Is Here!

Photo courtesy of Jenny Bonnet

Photo courtesy of Jenny Bonnet

Here’s a photo of our Principal Jenny Bonnet in Washington D.C. last Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizing this year’s Blue Ribbon schools. On behalf of PS 150, Jenny received a plaque and flag, both of which will be on display in the next little while. Meanwhile, our children and teachers are busy preparing for next Friday’s Blue Ribbon celebration, to take place at school at 9am. Parents are invited to join. We can’t wait!

Reminders: School Photos, Pie Sale

Tomorrow, Nov. 14, is the last day to order your school photos for free shipping to the school. After tomorrow, you may still order photos, but you will pay a $6 shipping fee. This is also a school fundraiser and the school will not be eligible for commission for photos ordered after the Nov. 14 deadline.

Tomorrow is also the final day to order your Thanksgiving pies. Order forms were placed in backpacks a couple of weeks ago. Please leave completed forms with payment in an envelope in the “Thanksgiving Pie Order” box on the windowsill opposite Officer Moore’s desk, or hand them to 5th Grade parent Tom Falls. Credit cards can be used directly with Tom or written on the form for manual charge.

Thank you!