Back to School Totes

IMG_7390Welcome back – we hope you had a great summer!

Still looking for a bag with which to start the new school year? Parent and Taste of Tribeca co-chair Tanya Burton has a limited selection of Lands’ End tote bags embroidered with the PS 150 leaf logo (see right). The bags are the traditional open top totes made from heavy duty cotton canvas, with dimensions of 17″W x 6″D x 13 ½”H, and come in two colors and handle sizes. The long-handled tote (14″ drop) has navy blue straps, with black straps on the regular-handled tote (9″ drop). Both models are $40 and proceeds go to the PS 150 PTA.

If you would like to purchase a bag, please e-mail Tanya and she will arrange to have one delivered to you.

We hope to see you bright and early this morning at the Welcome Back Breakfast on the plaza, immediately after 8:40am drop-off, generously sponsored once again by Zucker’s Bagels. For a complete listing of school events for this week and beyond, be sure to look at the Calendar on the PS 150 website. You can export all listings to your personal calendar and automatically subscribe to future listings.

Photos: Music Salon 2015

Photo of Paul Shapiro and Pawel Knapik courtesy of Alison Yi

Photo of Paul Shapiro and Pawel Knapik courtesy of Alison Yi

Parent Alison Yi has kindly sent photos of last month’s Music Salon, which by all accounts was a very special evening (and successful PTA fundraiser!) showcasing the talents of four PS 150 parents who are acclaimed professional musicians. Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian is a vocalist specializing in Armenian folk music and member of Zulal, an a cappella trio that has performed at major venues around the country. Marilyn Nonken is a concert pianist and the Director of Piano Studies at NYU. Pawel Knapik is a double bassist and composer, and member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Paul Shapiro is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, whose roots also extend to R&B, hip hop, and klezmer.

Please have a look at Alison’s photo gallery, and here is the program from the Salon:

  • Anais Alexandra Tekerian: Armenian folk songs
  • Marilyn Nonken: Two Debussy Preludes
  • Pawel Knapik and Marilyn Nonken: Humoresque for Double Bass and Piano by Pawel Knapik
  • Pawel Knapik and violinist Emily Stewart: From Opus 39, Suite for Violin and Double Bass by Reinhold Glière
  • Pawel Knapik and Paul Shapiro: Benny’s Gig by Morton Gould; From 8 Duos for Bb Clarinet and Double Bass Celebrating Benny Goodman’s 1962 Russian Tour
  • Paul Shapiro: Bahm Bah by Paul Shapiro

Thank you to Alison for the photos; to Alexandra, Marilyn, Pawel, Emily, and Paul for their wonderful performances; and to parents Daniel Meltzer and Margrit Wiesendanger for hosting the event in their home for the second consecutive year!

Still Searching for Taste Volunteers…

cropped-tot_logo_stacked_2014_215x72Four days left and we are still looking for 54 volunteers from PS 150! Please consider signing up if you haven’t already done so. Our most pressing needs are the Restaurant shifts – and these are probably the most fun jobs! We need one volunteer per restaurant per shift and your main responsibility is to punch patrons’ tickets. At the same time, you get to hang out with a few chefs and watch as they prepare their dishes. Our volunteers always come away having had a great time, and some even try to work with the same restaurant year after year.

Other open jobs include set-up and break down (great if you can only help out early or late in the day), the VIP tent, ticketing, and face painting in the Kids’ Zone. We are thrilled that PS 150 parent Judy Chin will be leading the face painting crew. Judy is a professional make-up artist who works on major motion pictures and has won awards for films including Black Swan and Frida.

Again, the iVolunteer link is here. Please help make Taste a success again this year!

Reminder: Order Your Yearbook by May 18

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For the first time ever, PS 150 is publishing a school-wide yearbook. The book, produced by our partners at TreeRing, will include the individual and class photos taken earlier this year by Stomping Ground, as well as photos of classroom activities and school events taken by teachers and parents. If that is not enough, you also will have the option to create two customized pages for your child that will appear in your child’s yearbook alone. This gives you the chance to create a very personal yearbook that you and your child will cherish forever!

The price of the yearbook, including the two optional custom pages, is $25. Orders placed by Monday, May 18 will receive free shipping to the school and earn our PTA a significant $10 per book, so do not delay! You may still order after this deadline, but you will have to pay for home delivery, and there will be no benefit to our PTA.

To order online, go to TreeRing to create an account. Our passcode is: 101421243837838.

P.S. to our 5th Grade parents: The 5th Grade class is still publishing its own yearbook, but please consider ordering the school book as well, especially for the opportunity to add photos of your child from your own collection.

P.P.S.: Thank you to 1st Grade parent Alison Yi for driving this project and acting as Yearbook Editor!

Taste Tickets Sale at School

Taste_TicketCome to school, buy a ticket to Taste of Tribeca.

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 7, and continuing every day next week, tickets to Taste 2015 will be sold on the plaza at the parent price of $40 per ticket (tickets on Eventbrite are currently $45, and will be $50 at ticket booths on the day of). And for the first time ever, we are also offering a special promotion of Buy 9, Get 1 Free, which drops individual ticket prices to $36. Gather a group and take advantage of this deal only available in person at school!

Cash and credit cards accepted.

Come to the Taste of Tribeca Kickoff Cocktail Party

2015TOTcocktailpartyTaste of Tribeca 2015 is exactly one month away!

The organizing committee, comprised of parents from PS 150 and PS 234, has been meeting since December to prepare for the big event. It’s a lot of work and we could all use a drink, so please join us at the kick-off cocktail party, being generously hosted by Café Noir at its new Tribeca location on Monday, April 27 from 6PM-9PM. There will be Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres by Café Noir, custom cocktails by Steve Olson, much merriment, and only one or two friendly reminders that we will need your help on Saturday, May 16.

Tickets for the cocktail party are $80 ($90 at the door, subject to availability) and include one ticket to Taste. Buy them here – along with extra Taste tickets for your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

P.S. Taste ticket prices go up May 1, so act quickly!

Spring Auction Countdown

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The Spring (in name only) Auction is bearing down on us almost as quickly as the 3-5 inches of snow (?!?) we are supposed to receive tomorrow. If there is something you or your child really wants, act quickly because the following deadlines are approaching:

  • Our teachers and staff are generously offering some very special experiences. You have until tomorrow morning, Friday, Mar 20, to buy tickets ($5 each, 6 for $25, cash only). The draw will take place at Friday pick-up.
  • $40 pre-event admission tickets for the auction will be sold online until 12PM on Friday. After that, tickets will be $60 at the door. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle ($5 each, 6 for $25) are also being sold online until 12PM tomorrow.
  • The online portion of the auction is underway and will run until Sunday evening when the live auction begins. Place a bid and take your chances, or buy an item now if you don’t want to lose it. Either way, there are many wonderful items and experiences available, so please take a look. And be sure to tell your relatives and friends too!
  • The organizers are still looking for volunteers to help on Sunday before, during, and after the auction. If you still haven’t signed up, please consider doing so. It takes a school to put on an event of this magnitude!

That’s it – we’ll see you on Sunday!