As of 2PM on Friday, it is officially Spring Break! For many of us, this winter was a tough one, but you've made it; we've made it! When we return from the break we'll be in the homestretch, with just a few short months from the end of the school year finish line, and while there will still be challenges to face, we're determined to come together to finish this year on a high note - taking baby steps toward our post COVID future.
So we're hoping that, to whatever degree possible, you're able to rest, renew and safely reconnect this week, and we're looking forward to moving forward with you.
Below are some items about what we've been able to accomplish thus far and the plans we're working on for this coming spring after our return from break.
THINGS TO BE PROUD OF: Here's a list of what we've been able to accomplish thus far.
- Raised $46K thanks to your generous contributions, which goes to a whole host of items including:
- Green Arts, the school's art program that is 100% funded by the PTA.
- Funding support for our teachers.
- Purchase of COVID safety supplies for students (children's masks, gloves and sanitizer).
- Purchase of conference cameras that allow blended students to interact between cohorts.
- Provided supplies and support for outdoor learning.
- PTA contributions also fund our School Assistants, who have been invaluable in supporting the school given the DOE's failure to resource schools during the pandemic.
Here’s a list of the ways they’ve supported our community this year:
- Daily coverage for teacher's lunch time in the classrooms.
- Facilitate the weekly COVID testing for all students, teachers and staff at PS20.
- Organize all signage and beautification of the school, including the entry display cases theme of the Month (Black History Women's History Month, etc).
- Set up a brand new teacher's resource room on the second floor; which looks fantastic!
- Interfacing with remote families about devices, books, messaging to teachers and much more ....
- Virtual Book Fair with equitable access to books for all students.
- Scholastic Book Fair; a PS20 tradition that provided our students with a small reminder of life before COVID and gave remote students an opportunity to actually visit the building they've missed.
- Lastly, we can be really proud of the fact that we officially became a part of the DOE's Diversity In Admissions initiative (DIA), which means that PS20 has made actual significant structural change in our efforts to live up to our stated ideas of equity and social justice. This will help ensure that our children will continue to benefit from the diversity that we often celebrate as our strongest asset.
EXCITING THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO: Here's what we're working on for the spring.
- The Happy Hour : On Tuesday April 6th we'll begin having weekly evening meet-ups online so that our Pre-K, K and 1st graders (especially our remote students) can interact outside of class for socializing, activities and storytime before bed.
- Outdoor Movie Night: Movie night has been a PS 20 tradition for a long time. On Friday April 23rd we're bringing it back! We'll be able to come together safely in the school yard where we'll be showing.... Can't tell you yet... It's a surprise!
- Talent Show: Mr. Chung (a PS 20 teacher and parent) is working on making our talent show a reality this year!! He told us to tell you to "Get your songs ready, get your costume ready, get your wigs and all accessories ready: it's going to be show time at PS20!"
- IOBY power up campaign for Green Arts: For years we've looked toward this campaign to support our Green Arts program which is funded 100% by the PTA. If you value the arts, then keep an eye out for the Konstella message with details about how you can support this campaign.
- Parent Volunteer "We Work" space: We put out the call and found a volunteer to lead our effort to create a comfortable work space inside the school for parents who are willing to volunteer. This space will allow parents who work remotely the comforts of a casual office setting while they provide valuable support to the school next year.
- $5K for 20! Marathon: It's in the early stages of development, but we're working on an end-of-year mini marathon for the students as a fundraiser with a goal of raising $5,000. Details are being kept close to the vest, but we'll definitely be looking toward the community to support through volunteering and/or donating.
- Picture Day: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - Thursday, May 13, 2021.
- These are just SOME of what we’re cooking up and we’re looking for more ideas, energy and support! So look out for updates and if you have any ideas about any effort you’d like to bring to the school (especially for fundraising), then email the the PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're looking for a few parents that have web design experience (professional or novice) to help us create a draft of a new PS20 Website. If you're interested, please email email@example.com with "WEBSITE" in the subject line. The draft is being designed using the Wix platform.
We’re also looking for a team of parents who might be able to lead our Virtual Silent Auction! The Silent auction has traditionally been our biggest fundraiser, with last year’s contributions being earmarked for our Diversity and Inclusion work ahead. If you’re interested but not sure how to proceed - don’t worry! We wouldn’t leave you high-and-dry. We have the team of parents who lead the previous years ready to assist you!
We did it! A coalition of parents, teachers, administrators, CEC's and activists successfully lobbied and rallied to demand that Mayor DeBlasio and the Chancellor restore $130 million dollars in funding to NYC public schools after initially holding schools accountable for the register loss of students during the pandemic. Here's a pic of our own little impromptu rally on March 19th.
We Also want to shout out Ms. Cassimiro, our epic EP teacher who had our students energized and excited about the Heart Challenge. They have learned so much about Heart Health awareness, and raised $3764 for the American Heart Association. The students were rewarded with an opportunity to SLIME her!... And Mr. Hampton - our music teacher!
Lastly, We'd like to wish a very happy 73rd birthday to Mrs. Ina Friedman, our school Secretary. If you've ever come into the main office and interacted with the woman affectionately known as "Beyonce", then you know you know that words like "snappy" and "unfiltered" only barely begin to describe this long standing member of the PS20 Family.