Photos: Halloween Disco and Arts Fest 2015

Photo courtesy of Cesar Kastoun

Photo courtesy of Cesar Kastoun

Because it’s never too late for great photos!

Thank you again to parent Cesar Kastoun for the visual recaps of the Halloween Disco, held on Friday, Oct. 30, and last year’s Arts Fest, which took place on Wednesday, June 10. If you’re new to our school, the Arts Fest is an annual celebration consisting of an in-school gallery displaying the best of our children’s art work, and a live musical written by and starring our graduating 5th Grade class, and incorporating performances from all other grades. The show takes place on the big stage at BMCC and exemplifies the beauty of our small school: every child takes part.

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Turkey Trot 2015

Photo courtesy of Cesar Kastoun

Photo courtesy of Cesar Kastoun

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fresh from the camera of parent and photographer Cesar Kastoun are photos from last Tuesday’s second annual Turkey Trot. This year, the Second Graders joined in the fun, kicking off the morning with a non-competitive 850-meter run around the plaza. They were followed by the older students from Third through Fifth Grades, who raced twice around the course. It was a cold morning and we applaud all the children for their effort!

Thank you to Tony Kunin for organizing the Trot, and to the parents who volunteered to marshal the course.

CEC Town Hall with Chancellor Fariña Tonight

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With apologies for the late notice!

The Community Education Council District 2 will have a Town Hall meeting with Chancellor Carmen Fariña this evening, Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 6PM to 7PM at MS 260 the Clinton School for Writers & Artists, at“ 10 East 15th Street.

Immediately after the Town Hall, CECD2 will have its monthly calendar/working business meeting. Refreshments, babysitting and interpreters will be available.

Please come out and hear about the exciting new initiatives and express your concerns.

New School Lunch Menu

FeedYourMindDid you know we are using a new school lunch menu this year? In an effort to provide our children with more healthful meals, PS 150 has moved to the Alternative Lunch Menu, which, for the month of September at least, alternates between entrees featuring chicken or turkey (there is no red meat) and vegetarian entrees, plus a daily vegetable side. Compare it with the Regular menu and you’ll quickly notice the absence of chicken tenders, burgers, and french fries!

Also relatively new is the payment plan. No longer do you have to decide in advance whether you are going to do school lunch every day or only on Fridays, and pay for the whole year at once. Now, you set up an account at MySchoolBucks, register your child(ren), and deposit money from a credit card. Every morning, your child only needs to tell her teacher that she would like school lunch, and the money is debited from your account. This gives parents greater flexibility – which in our house means a more frequent reliance on school lunch.

The standard price for lunch is $1.75, and you can opt to have your account replenished automatically when it dips below a certain level.

And don’t forget about breakfast! Breakfast is free at all NYC public schools and at PS 150 it’s a great way for your child to meet children in other grades. Breakfast is served in the multipurpose room beginning at 8AM. Children in K-5 may be dropped off; pre-K students (who eat breakfast again in their classroom) must be accompanied by an adult.

You can check out all the breakfast and lunch menus here. And there is even an app for checking menus on the fly.

Weekend at the Movies

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I missed posting about it last week, but there is one more Movie Night at Washington Market Park this season, this Sat. Sept. 26. The feature film is the 1984 classic The Karate Kid and show time is at 7PM, although I hear you may want to get there an hour or so early to stake out a good spot. Many PS 150 families attended last week’s showing of The Princess Bride, and by all accounts it was a ton of fun. Thank you to Shinola Detroit on Franklin St. for sponsoring this great family-friendly event!

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.