What a fantastic Heritage Day! We were blown away by the time, effort and enthusiasm all the participating families put into displaying their heritage by sharing information, crafts, activities and food with other PS107 families. Special thanks to those who've participated for many years and who are, sadly, moving on. We’ll miss you, but hope you'll come back to visit Heritage Day next year as alums! Thanks, as well, to those who ran a room for the first time (especially kindergarten and other families who've never experienced Heritage Day before). We hope your first-time efforts were rewarded with a good time!
This is the first year we did not have an International Food Court in the cafeteria. We didn't miss it and hope you felt the same since the food offerings were delicious and bountiful! Seriously...wow! Families got to travel from one room serving homemade pierogies and blinis to another with trays full of pan dulce, to another with sushi, another with samosas, then yet another with fairy bread, and so on...and then they got to wash it all down with horchata on tap and Moxie soda. We could go on and on about the culinary treats, but we'll stop here and say it was amazing!
Your crafts, games and activities were equally impressive—we loved seeing kids cruising in a Norwegian Viking ship, crafting laurel wreaths underneath the Olympic banner in Greece, making delicate Easter eggs in Czechia & Slovakia, playing foosball in Argentina, beading colorful necklaces in South Africa, guessing about Indian spices and towering over the Taj Mahal in India, panning for gold in the Dakotas, crafting cherry blossom pictures in China, learning calligraphy in Japan, making tissue paper snow cones in Germany, getting their hair punked while waving to a life-sized cutout of Queen E in England and so much more! Thank you, awesome PS107 families!
We want to congratulate the winner of the Indian spice guessing game: Anthea MacDonald from Ms. Moffett's 1st grade class. She won a $50 gift certificate to Dosa Royale at 258 Dekalb Ave in Clinton Hill. Enjoy, Anthea and family! And thank you, India room participants, for creating this fun contest!
We'd also like to thank Athena at 535 6th Ave., on behalf of the Greek room, for generously donating trays of food to their room for all visitors to enjoy!
Deep and heartfelt thanks to 5th grade parent Desiree Cassese, my wonderful co-chair. I couldn't have done this without her—she handled requests on the fly, foraged for supplies in the PTA closet, served as the SMART board/technology expert on hand and stayed for hours after the last participants left to ensure all classrooms were in order. I'm very sad she won't be with us next year.
Heritage Day will definitely need a co-chair or two who can help (especially handling the technology aspect of things) next year. If this is something you'd be interested in doing and/or you have a vision for how to improve Heritage Day, bring it on and volunteer as co-chair! Or, if a few of you have fantastic ideas and love event planning, consider stepping up and taking over! Seriously, this is something to consider ... I have a 3rd grader, so it would be really great to share info, materials and experience with folks who will be with the school after those currently involved are gone. Email me (Shelly) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be more involved with or have questions about the overall planning and execution of Heritage Day.
We also want to thank:
- Nancy Lin for pulling together fantastic 4th-floor entertainment, including her own talented family members (and parents, please pass on a thank you to your own performing family members)!
- Terri Desai for providing indispensable behind the scenes help with various Heritage Day materials and jobs and for securing the Bollywood dance performance and workshop
- Afterschool Director Sandy Phillips for being on hand and ensuring the Afterschool performances ran smoothly
- Becky Hutchinson and Andrea Vaszko for running a super fun, busy photo studio (they were so busy they only got to hear about all your delicious treats)*
- Peg Galella for providing SMART board training and on-the-spot support the day of the event to help with inevitable technology-related hiccups
- Volunteers Scott Mailhot, Julia Kanevsky, Shawn Brody-Kay, Meredith Gray and Marion Porter-Rausch for help with set-up, clean up and front door management at the event
- Carrie Harvey for designing the lovely Heritage Day posters and flyers
- Rebecca Calvani, Deepika Sankaran, and Bobby Markowitz for helping to get the word out about Heritage Day on Konstella, the school website and Facebook
- Santi and his assistant for setting up and cleaning the rooms and 4th floor and for circulating the building throughout the event to make sure all was in order
- Officer Sharon for providing security and delicious West Indian treats
- The PS107 teachers for letting us transform their classrooms into states and countries for a few hours
- Hilary Powell for bringing immigration stories from students at our sister school, P.S. 169 in Sunset Park, to share with visitors in some of the rooms
- Our Community Partners Huntington Learning Center and Investors Bank for their continued support of PS107
- Parent Coordinator Pamela Rosenberg for helping with teacher and room-related communications before, during and after the event
- And, of course, Ms. Eve for being there to support our school's students and parents!
Shelly Auster and Desiree Cassese
Heritage Day Co-Chairs
*some photos and art work (calligraphy from the Japan room etc) were left at the event; please pick these up from Parent Coordinator Pamela in the office this week; they will not be held there after this Friday