Picture Day is Monday, September 29

Monday, September 29 is Picture Day at P.S. 40! You should have received an order form this past Friday but if not, it should be in your child’s backpack on Monday. If you’re interested in ordering photos, please complete the form and return to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible. Be sure to enclose payment.

Please follow the directions carefully as there are a few more options this year, including different poses.  Although we’re using the same photographers this year, they’re working through a new company called Lifetouch. This company is well known for the quality of their photography as well as their customer support and as always, satisfaction is guaranteed!

Remember, a portion of all proceeds goes to the P.S. 40 PTA.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Bierlein at ps40pictureday@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events:

Picture Day: September 29th
Class Parent Meeting: September 30th, 8:35am
September PTA meeting/Hospitality Night: September 30th, 6:30pm
Hospitality Morning: October 1st, 8:35am
Healthy Snack Sale: October 16th
Barnes & Noble Event: October 18th, 11am – 4pm
Fright Night: October 25th, 6 – 9pm
40th Day of School/School Spirit Day: November 3rd
Election Day – No school: November 4th
Lower Grade Pot Luck Dinner: November 7th
Veterans Day – No school: November 11th
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Half day for students: November 13th
Upper Grade Pot Luck Dinner: November 14th

Innisbrook Fundraising Orders: Friends Can Order Online

Friends and supporters can now order Innisbrook items online and have the items shipped directly to them by following the instructions below. Please forward to friends and family to help us meet our fundraising goal. Forty percent of all sales go to support the P.S. 40 PTA.

School number:  119222

Parents, click here to register.

http://goo.gl/pww9zj

1. Click on the “Register” button in the top right corner to create an account.
2. Select a teacher and add students before sending emails to friends and supporters.
Friends & Supporters, click:

https://www.innisbrook.com/credits/index/assign/ 

1. Enter the seller number(s) you receive from the family
2. Shop and pay with credit card or PayPal
3. Items ship directly to your home (orders with $85+ of products qualify for free UPS Ground Shipping)
Please contact Jill Bregenzer at ps40jill@gmail.com or Jen Oakes at ps40jen@gmail.com with any questions.

Auction Kick-off Meeting: Please Join Us on October 7th

Please join us for an auction kick-off meeting on Tuesday, October 7th, at 8:35am in the cafeteria.

This year’s auction is going to be held on Friday, May 1st at Slate, located at 54 West 21st Street. This is P.S. 40’s biggest fundraiser of the year and we need your help making it a great success.

If you’re interested in volunteering or just want to learn more about the auction, please come to the meeting! If you’re unable to attend and have any questions, please contact us at ps40auctioncommittee@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Lori Capon and Florie Huppert

Upcoming Events:

Class Parent Meeting: September 30th, 8:35am
September PTA meeting/Hospitality Night: September 30th, 6:30pm
Hospitality Morning: October 1st, 8:35am
Healthy Snack Sale: October 16th
Barnes & Noble Event: October 18th, 11am – 4pm
Fright Night: October 25th, 6 – 9pm
40th Day of School/School Spirit Day: November 3rd
Election Day – No school: November 4th
Lower Grade Pot Luck Dinner: November 7th
Veterans Day – No school: November 11th
Parent/Teacher Conferences – Half day for students: November 13th
Upper Grade Pot Luck Dinner: November 14th

Class Parents & Grade Liaisons Meeting Information

Please come to our first Class Parent and Grade Liaison meeting on Tuesday, September 30, 8:35 a.m. in the cafeteria. We welcome anyone who is interested in providing valuable support to the teachers and organizing class-related activities.

As a Class Parent you would be assisting on the class level and as a Grade Liaison, you will be assisting on the grade level. There is no limit on how many Class Parents there are for each classroom and there should be at least one or two Grade Liaisons per grade.

We hope to see you at the meeting! If you should have any questions or concerns beforehand, or if you’re interested but are unable to make the meeting, feel free to contact us.

Best,

Pam Chait and Amy Huang

ps40pam@gmail.com
ps40amyh@gmail.com

First Wellness meeting & becoming a P.S. 40 WITS Visiting Chef

The Wellness Committee will be holding their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 8:40 a.m. in the cafeteria. As many of you know, the alternative lunch menu started at P.S. 40 on the first day of school and Wellness in the Schools is already underway. Chef Jenny, from Wellness in the Schools, started working in P.S. 40 last week and will be at the meeting — come meet her!

If you can’t make the meeting but would be like to be added to the committe’s mailing list, please contact Amy and Lori at ps40wellness@gmail.com.

Also, a WITS Restaurant Partner Chef will be coming to our school three to four times over the year to participate in café days where they will demonstrate the preparation of a healthy dish in the cafeteria during lunch periods. This chef is usually a parent from the school. If you are interested in learning more about this roll and would be interested in the position, please contact us at the emails listed below.

Here are the requirements for becoming a WITS Restaurant Partner Chef and a description of what a Café Day is:
• Executive Chef will register with Chefs Move to Schools (chefsmovetoschools.org)
• Executive Chef will participate in 3 to 4 promotional cafe days at the school. The restaurant chef partner comes to the school and sets up a table to do cooking demos throughout the lunch periods. WITS Cooks schedule and organize the Cafe Days and will liaise with the restaurant chef in October.
• Executive Chef will participate in the WITS Annual Benefit.
• The Executive Chef will execute one project in the school, in conjunction with the WITS Cook. It could be putting together a cookbook, inviting a class to tour their restaurant, etc.

We will need to notify WITS of any parents who are interested by October 1st.

Please reach out to us at ps40kirstin@gmail.com or ps40nicole@gmail.com if you are interested in being an Executive Chef for our WITS program at P.S. 40.

Upcoming Events:

Class Parent Meeting: September 30th, 8:35am
September PTA meeting/Hospitality Night: September 30th, 6:30pm
Hospitality Morning: October 1st, 8:35am
Healthy Snack Sale: October 16th
Barnes & Noble Event: October 18th, 11am – 4pm
Fright Night: October 25th, 6 – 9pm
40th Day of School/School Spirit Day: November 4th
Lower Grade Pot Luck: November 7th
Upper Grade Pot Luck: November 14th

Book swap books available for all grades – 2nd & 3rd grade math books

There are many books available for you to take in the cafeteria near the book swap area. Come at drop-off, pick-up or tonight for Curriculum Night.

Also, math workbooks (appropriate for 2nd and 3rd graders) are available outside room 2-301 on the 2nd and 3rd grade hall. Please take a look at these during Curriculum Night.

Upcoming Events:

Class Parent Meeting: September 30th, 8:35am

September PTA meeting/Hospitality Night: September 30th, 6:30pm

Hospitality Morning: October 1st, 8:35am

Healthy Snack Sale: October 16th

Barnes & Noble Event: October 18th, 11am – 4pm

Fright Night: October 25th, 6 – 9pm

Lower Grade Pot Luck: November 7th

40th Day of School/School Spirit Day: November 3rd

Upper Grade Pot Luck: November 14th

Innisbrook Fundraiser Information

Innisbrook catalogs went home in your child’s backpack this past Friday. An instruction letter is included in each catalog. Please make sure you make your check(s) out to P.S. 40 PTA and hand them into your child’s teacher by Wednesday, October 8th.

A significant portion of the sales go to support the PTA. Please help us meet our goal of $11,000 in sales.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Bregenzer or Jen Oakes at ps40jill@gmail.com or ps40jen@gmail.com.

Thank you and happy selling!

Upcoming Events:

Class Parent Meeting: September 30th, 8:35am
September PTA meeting/Hospitality Night: September 30th, 6:30pm
Hospitality Morning: October 1st, 8:35am
Fright Night: October 25th, 6 – 9pm
Lower Grade Pot Luck: November 7th
40th Day of School/School Spirit Day: November 3rd
Upper Grade Pot Luck: November 14th

Curriculum Night

Parents: Join us for Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 16th, 5:15pm – 7:30pm. Your child’s classroom teacher will give an overview of the grade-wide curriculum, classroom routines and procedures. Specialty teachers (PE, Music, Art, Science, Media Literacy, Spanish) will outline their programs.

5:15pm – 6:15pm

K – 2
Join your child’s teacher in the classroom

3 – 5
Join the specialty teachers
in the auditorium

6:30pm – 7:30pm

K – 2
Join the Specialty teachers
in the auditorium

3 – 5
Join your child’s teacher
in the classroom

Please remember to make child care arrangements. This event is for adults only. Thank you.

Corrections for upcoming events

Last week, we sent you an email with important dates to remember. You will also receive a calendar flyer and Life @ 40 news letter in your child’s backpack today or tomorrow.

Please note that some of these dates have changed due to scheduling conflicts. The dates below are the correct dates for upcoming events:

Class Parent Meeting: September 30th, 8:35am

September PTA meeting: September 30th, 6:30pm

Taste of Gramercy: September 13th, 11am – 3 pm

Hospitality Morning: October 1st, 8:35am

Fright Night: October 25th

Lower Grade Pot Luck: November 7th

Please see the calendar in the upper right area for important school and PTA events.

We’re sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

School Lunch Menu

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 2.51.27 PMWellness in the Schools (WITS) will be coming to P.S. 40 this school year. WITS brings healthier lunches to the cafeteria and helps educate families and students about nutrition. For the 2014-15 school year, a WITS-trained chef will be stationed in the cafeteria during lunch to help prepare more scratch-cooked meals. Instead of fried food, students will see more fresh fruits and vegetables and an expanded daily salad bar. In addition, WITS will run cooking classes for the students, highlighting a seasonal ingredient to teach children how to prepare healthy, delicious food.

Our WITS Chef, will be coming to P.S. 40 starting this Tuesday and will be with our school for the remainder of the year on a daily basis. She’ll be getting to know our children and staff in the cafeteria throughout the month of September and she’ll also be working with our School Foods staff to help cook the DOE’s Alternate Lunch Menu. This Alternate Menu has actually started today. You can find September’s menu here and on the left side bar of our website.