P.S. 40 Annual Toy Drive

Each year the families of P.S. 40 provide holiday gifts for underprivileged children in New York City. As we have done for the past several years, we will be supporting Good Shepherd Services (www.goodshepherds.org), an organization that works with children in foster care.  Last year our community provided toys for over 450 children.  We hope that we can be just as generous this year.

This event provides a simple way of teaching our children the importance of helping others who are less fortunate.  If you choose to participate, you will be given the name, age and gender of a child (or children) for whom you will be buying a gift. The suggested expenditure is $20-30 per recipient.  We will be collecting the gifts from December 8th through December 11th. Need some ideas? Click here.

If you would like to be a part of this year’s toy drive, please sign up ONE of these 3 easy ways:

•    Best way:  Visit http://tinyurl.com/qj9heen and sign up by Monday, 12/1
•    2nd Best:  Email the info requested below to PS40Outreach@gmail.com by Monday, 12/1
Thank you for your participation!  We’ll get back to you with details soon!

Lower Grade Potluck Dinner this Friday

Come enjoy a really fun evening!

Lower Grade Potluck Dinner for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade families.

Where: P.S. 40 School Cafeteria
Date: Friday, November 7
Time: 6pm – 8pm (Looney Louie performs at 7:15pm)

Pre-K: Please bring Salads
Kindergarten: Please bring Entrees
1st Grade: Please bring Desserts
2nd Grade: Please bring Side Dishes

Please do not bring any dishes containing NUTS (peanut, walnut, almond, macadamia, pistachio, pecan, hazel or pine nuts).

Bring your hot or cold dish in a 9”x13” aluminum pan, available FREE from the school store, at the 19th Street entrance and across from the office on 2nd floor.

VOLUNTEERS are needed for SET UP, SERVING & CLEAN UP
Please contact Judy Young (nycjudy2@gmail.com) if you’d like to help.

Upcoming Dates/Events:

Lower Grade Potluck Dinner: November 7
Veterans Day: No school – November 11
Parent/Teacher Conferences: Half day for students – November 13
Upper Grade Potluck Dinner: November 14
Winter care Packages collection: November 10 – 14
PTA meeting: November 19
Thanksgiving break: November 27 – 28
Executive Board meeting: December 3
Scholastic Book Fair: December 8 – 12
Donate toys for Toy Drive: 8 – 12
Picture Re-take Day: December 15

WITS Cafe Day this Friday for students at P.S. 40

On Friday, November 7, Chef Josh Capon will be visiting P.S. 40 during
lunch for our first Café Day to talk to children about avocados and to
offer tastes of guacamole. Wellness in the Schools encourages these
visits as a way to expose children to healthy foods they may not try on
their own.

The ingredients in the dish are as follows:

Avocado,lime, onion, tomato, cilantro, lemon, jalapeno, and salt. Corn tortilla chips made from corn and canola oil will also be served.

If you do not want your child to eat the sample, please send a note to
your child’s teacher so they know to notify staff who will be in the
cafeteria that day.

Winter Care Packages Drive

With the colder months approaching, perhaps faster than we’d like, P.S. 40’s Community Outreach Committee has partnered with the Coalition for the Homeless to provide Winter Care Packages for the population it serves.

We are inviting any interested member of the P.S. 40 community to pick up a shopping bag at the School Store or from the Security Desk and fill it with a selection of any of the following items:

Hygiene Items:  toothpaste – toothbrush – dental floss – mouthwash* – deodorant – lotion* – body wash* – bar soap – sunscreen – comb/hair brush – small washcloth or hand towel – baby powder* – shampoo* – conditioner*

*small or travel-sized, please

Food Items:  non-perishable snacks (granola/cereal bars, small packaged items)
Winter Items:  mittens/gloves – scarves – hats – warm socks
- Please send only new / unused / unopened / unexpired items –
- Items for adults and for children are welcome –

We hope that families will include their children in the selection of items, and encourage them to decorate the bags before they return them to school.

Bags will be available for pick-up at the school store and by the Security Desk the week of November 3 – 7.

Filled, decorated bags should be returned to school (drop-off bins behind the Security Desk on 20th Street and inside the 19th Street lobby) the week of November 10 – 14.

“The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. We believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized.”

For more information about Coalition for the Homeless visit www.coalitionforthehomeless.org.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Fran Shapiro & Hillary Perlman – P.S. 40 Community Outreach Committee – PS40Outreach@gmail.com

The Community Outreach Committee will be holding a brief meeting in the cafeteria on Friday, November 7th at 8:35 a.m.  All are welcome.  If you are an upper grade parent and need a pass, please contact Fran Shapiro (PS40Fran@gmail.com).

Monday is the 40th Day of School/School Spirit Day!

This Monday, November 3, is the 40th Day of School/School Spirit Day at P.S. 40! Help you children show their school pride by wearing a P.S. 40 t-shirt, making one themselves, or wearing red on that day. The school store will be open tomorrow during drop-off and pick-up if you’d like to buy a P.S. 40 shirt.

Kids Art Fundraiser order forms due this Monday

A friendly reminder that Kids Art Original Works orders are due on Monday, November 3rd! We will be in the cafeteria on Friday at drop-off (and shortly thereafter) to answer questions and/or provide extra order forms, guidelines and paper in case you’d like to create a replacement or additional piece of art over the weekend.

This is a great opportunity to cross some people off your holiday shopping list and contribute to our school.

Heather (heather.levitt@gmail.com) and Enslow Kable (enslow@elevene.com)
Kids Art Original Works Co-Chairs
Upcoming Dates/Events:

40th Day of School/School Spirit Day: November 3
Election Day: No school – November 4
Executive Board meeting: November 5
Lower Grade Potluck Dinner: November 7
Veterans Day: No school – November 11
Parent/Teacher Conferences: Half day for students – November 13
Upper Grade Potluck Dinner: November 14
Winter care Packages collection: November 17 – 21
PTA meeting: November 19
Thanksgiving break: November 27 – 28

Lost & Found – Come Take a Look for your Items

Please come take a look in the cafeteria this week at all the items that have been collecting in the Lost & Found since the first day of school to see if any belong to your family.

These items will stay in the cafeteria until Friday, October 31st and then they will be donated to a charity so please be sure to stop by.

Fright Night Reminders

We’re almost all set for Fright Night tonight!

We’d like to remind everyone of a few things:

  • Please enter through the 19th Street entrance of the school when coming to Fright Night, starting at 6pm.
  • Please drop off baked goods before 5pm. Come to the 20th Street entrance and ring the bell to the left of the left-hand door.
  • Families with Pre-K – 2nd graders can enter for Fright Night starting from 6 – 7pm, 3rd – 5th grade families can enter starting after 7pm.

Looking forward to seeing you all then!

Volunteering for Fright Night set-up and bringing children

We just wanted to take a second to clarify a potential misunderstanding concerning Fright Night and Haunted House volunteers during set up. During set up, this is one of the rare occasions that we suggest you leave the kiddies at home.

Children are not going to be permitted to work in the Haunted House. The Haunted House team feels that the construction and set up is not safe for them. If you’re signed up to work the Haunted House and expect to include your children, we’re very sorry but we’re going to ask you to leave your children at home. We hope this isn’t too disruptive.

As for general set up, children are permitted but we do not have a great deal of kid-friendly activities and we really need grown-up help and attention to get everything together. We suggest you leave you children at home, especially the little ones who get bored and antsy quickly.

With all of your amazing support, Fright Night will be open and ready to entertain at 6pm on Saturday.

And again, we hope this isn’t too disappointing or inconvenient to you!

If you have any question please feel free to write to Carla (ps40carla@gmail.com) or Florie (ps40florie@gmail.com).

Have questions about Kids Art Fundraiser sent home yesterday?

Have questions about Kids Art? Want to see product samples? Do you have a child not at P.S. 40 who would love to participate? Next week, Kids Art representatives will be in the cafeteria and on 19th St.to help with these and other questions you may have. Please stop by!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – in the cafeteria, 8am – 9am
Tuesday, Thursday – on 19th Street, 8am – 8:30am

Heather (heather.levitt@gmail.com) and Enslow (enslow@elevene.com)
Co-Chairs of Kids Art