Weekly Review + Look Ahead
Sun, Oct 1 5:08pm

Look Ahead:

(see your Konstella calendar for more details)

m  2  coffee talk for 3rd grade parents
t   3  fall photo day
        coffee talk for 4th grade parents
th  5  coffee talk for 5th grade parents
f    6  school spirit day + "no place for hate" assembly


Committee Updates:

Beast Relief
Interested in teaching kids about animals near and far? The Beast Relief PTA committee is holding its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 623 11th St., between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West.  Anyone who wants to find out more or join the committee is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Katherine Eban or simply click here to join the committee on Konstella.

Beast Relief has animal-related projects throughout the year to teach the PS 107 kids about animal conservation, to instill in them a love of animals and to take concrete steps to help endangered animals. Those concrete steps include: raising thousands of dollars for rhinos through the Cinco de Rhino spare-change drive; voting for a superstar animal of the year; and first graders practicing their reading skills by reading to therapy dogs. 

In our fifth-grade book project, the students write, illustrate, and publish, via Amazon.com, the life story of an endangered animal, in partnership with a wildlife organization. Proceeds from the book go to support animal conservation.


Community Outreach
Brooklyn AYSO is organizing a hurricane relief drive for countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Now through October 18, they will be collecting school supplies, backpacks, reusable bags, bedding and towels, medical supplies, food, personal hygiene items, household supplies, and warm-weather clothes for children and adults. You can drop off donations at 491 1st Street (please ring the doorbell and leave items on the stoop if weather permits). If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Shearouse, Brooklyn AYSO Community Affairs Director, at (646) 236-3566.


Diversity Committee
In lieu of our normal First Friday activities, the Diversity Committee has organized a special ceremony this Friday in celebration of PS107 Day and PS107 attaining the Anti-Defamation League’s "No Place For Hate" status. All students should report to the big yard on October 6th at drop-off. (Kindergarten classes will meet their teachers in designated spots close to the ramp by the cafeteria.) Parents and guardians are welcome to join their children; however, due to the large number of people, strollers will not be allowed in the big yard. Once the celebration is complete, at approximately 9am, parents will say goodbye and depart the big yard, so the students can be led into the school by their teachers. In this case, parents will not be visiting the classrooms this month.

In the event of inclement weather, however, the ceremony will be canceled and instead, we will have a more traditional First Friday, with parents accompanying their children to their classrooms. All students, and their families, are encouraged to wear their PS107 gear and school colors (blue + gold) on Friday to show their school spirit.


Fall Festival
Have you signed up to volunteer yet??
When: Saturday, October 14, 12-4pm

Fall Festival is 2 WEEKS AWAY and we still have many volunteer slots that are not yet filled! As you know, every activity at the festival is run by a volunteer and without all of YOU some of our activities CANNOT run!! This is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers and your volunteer efforts will go directly to funding the PTA activities our children love and benefit from. I promise you and your families will have a GREAT time while supporting PS 107! Please consider signing up for an hour of your time during the festival by clicking HERE or entering the Chili and Pie Contests by clicking HERE

Thank you for your help and support!


Fall Photo Day
Photo Day is this Tuesday, October 3. If you would like to volunteer, the Konstella Sign-up has been updated with the times that each classroom will be having their photos taken. We will also be scheduling a photo retake day later in the fall, but Tuesday is the only day that class photos will be taken. Please contact Jennifer Kattamis with any questions. 


Did you know that the fall and spring Photo Days, PS107 Gear Sales, Scholastic Book Fair, spring Read-A-Thon, and PTA Movie Nights all help to raise money for our school? And that parent donations to the Annual Fund are the single largest source of PTA funds? Come to the next PTA Meeting on October 26, when we will present a detailed overview of all the PTA’s fundraising and community efforts, outline how the funds will be allocated, and ask for your vote on the the upcoming year’s budget.


iGive and Amazon Referral Programs
Earn money for PS107 every time you shop online! iGive is an online referral program that gives money to our school when you shop at most major businesses. Just install the secure widget/extension on your computer browser, and a small iGive logo will appear in the corner of your screen to let you know when you are visiting a participating online retailer. Without doing anything at all, our school automatically earns a small percentage of your purchase. So far we’ve brought in over $3,000 and counting! Apps for iOS and Android are also available. Click here to join: http://www.igive.com/iISXy5Q

Amazon will also donate a percentage of your purchases to our school. Use the Amazon link on the ps107.org website to help us earn up to 10% through our affiliate link (http://amzn.to/2e9UXbe) or simply choose “Public School 107 Parent Teacher Association” as your Amazon Smile recipient for a 0.5% donation. 


Lunch PALS
Thank you to all of our Lunch PALS (Parent Assistance and Lunchtime Supervision) parent volunteers who are working to create a safer, more enjoyable lunch hour for our children in the younger grades. We are still in need of volunteers on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:55-11:55 (Kindergarten lunch). All parents/caregivers are welcome to volunteer! You can even team up with another parent to alternate weeks, as long as your time slot is covered by a trained volunteer every week. Please contact Erica Cohen for details on the next Lunch PALS training session, and click here to view the Lunch PALS signup schedule on Konstella.