June. We have made it to the end of another school year. Okay, we have one month left, but I can practically taste summer vacation it’s so close. It’s been a really terrific year. We had amazing brain building residencies for the children and we had a ton of fun events. The best part? They’re not over quite yet! Read on…

This Saturday, June 3, from 10am-3pm, join us for the P.S. 144 and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy Spring Carnival! There will be lots of family fun- food, games, prizes, and a dunk tank featuring Mr. Westerlund and a surprise guest! While there, don’t forget to check out our Spring Yard Sale! Was Macklemore right? Is one person’s trash another person’s treasure? There’s only one way to find out! These open to the public (bring your neighbors!) events are all happening in the 144 school yard! Find out more here...

If you’re interested in securing a space at our yard sale, please email Yardsale@pa144.com. Please note, due to the carnival, we will not be able to add vendors the morning of the sale; you must reserve a space in advance.

Few people enjoy school supply shopping. Well, my mother did, but she was the exception. Wouldn’t it be great if you could jump on your computer and with five minutes of effort have most of your shopping for September done right now? You can! Our Schoolkidz school supply kits are now on sale. Go to www.shopttkits.com, enter account number 89910, add the appropriate kit for your child (their grade in September), and check out. You’re done! The costs of the items in the kits are comparable to the retail costs. Plus the PA will receive 10-14% of the cost of each kit. You get all the convenience of online shopping, with your supplies delivered directly to the school, plus you have already helped our fundraising for next year. You can find out more information HERE. The order deadline is June 23rd.

We are currently coordinating the Fall 2017 PA-run After School Program with our teachers and vendors. We plan to release a tentative schedule by June 5th for a preview period, with registration starting on June 12th at 10am for grades 1-5, and July for Kindergarteners. CLICK HERE for any new announcements!

The last PA Executive Board meeting will be on Monday, June 5, at 7pm. We will be doing all the things we do together monthly. Intrigued? These meetings are always open to any member of the general PA membership (that’s you guys!). Please feel free to join us for this one last meeting with the current board.

We will be celebrating the hard work of all the P.S. 144 staff members from Monday, June 5, to Friday, June 9, during Staff Appreciation Week! They are so awesome, we needed a whole week! Here is the rundown of events:

Monday, June 5- Teacher Treat (provided by the PA)
Tuesday, June 6- Bagel Breakfast (provided by the PA)
Wednesday, June 7- Student Note of Appreciation
Thursday, June 8- Staff Appreciation Luncheon at 12:30pm
Friday, June 9- Parent Note of Appreciation

Please note the “Note of Appreciation” days. We hope you will join us in sending in small notes those days to your child’s classroom teacher, a favorite cluster teacher, a custodian, an aide, anyone who works in the school to whom you or your child would like to say “thank you.” You are welcome to appreciate as many staff members as you would like. They won’t mind!

You know it’s June if it’s time for Field Day! While not a PA event, it’s a lot of fun to go and cheer for your child and their classmates. All Field Day events will be held from 9-10:45am in the P.S. 144 schoolyard.

Wednesday, June 7- Kindergarten and 1st grade
Friday, June 9- 5th grade
Wednesday, June 14- 2nd grade and 3rd grade
Thursday, June 15- 4th grade

Mr. Marino has requested water for this event. The PA has money in our budget for Field Day expenses. What we don’t have is a Costco membership or a minivan. If there is a kind parent out there who can help by providing a discount and a ride, please contact me ASAP.

Our final Restaurant Night fundraiser brings us back full circle to where we began. Circles are round. So are the tortillas used to make burritos. Can you guess where? We’re headed back to Chipotle! On Thursday, June 15, from 2-9pm, bring our flyer (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O-0UTYzGn8-e8Z4i6HAivCZz4USt32NEBY7EUekMGa4/) to the Chipotle at 70-30 Austin Street, and the PA of P.S. 144 will get 50% of the proceeds. Let’s eat like we won’t eat again until September!

The last PA meeting of this school year will be Monday, June 19, starting at 7pm. Get a final report on our fundraising, hear any news to note, ask any lingering questions you have, and help us say goodbye to 2016-2017.

As our children end one grade and prepare for the next, there will be several ceremonies, and maybe some tears, to mark these moments of transition.

Tuesday, June 20- 5th Grade Graduation
Tuesday, June 21- Pre-K Moving Up Ceremony
Friday, June 23- Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 28. It will be an early dismissal; exact times to be announced by the school.

With the end of school comes the end of another PA year. This is the last newsletter I will write as president. I have grown and learned so much these past two years. I have had the immense pleasure of getting to know so many of you and your children in this “school parent” role. Thank you to all who worked so hard to help us to have fun and raise funds. Thank you to all who did what they could to make the year all the better. And thank you to your children. They are wonderful and my life is better for having been able to interact with them so often. That was always the biggest and best perk of this job.

Thank you for a great year. Enjoy your summer. Please make sure to have lots of fun and spread love and kindness when and where you can. I know I’m sure going to try.

With peace and love,



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