APRIL 2016

It’s April already. The weather is warmer (mostly). The flowers are blooming. Baseball season is starting. It’s a great time of year!

As we move to the final three innings, okay months, of the year, (I really like baseball) the PA is still swinging for the fences. Just take a look at our April and May line-up.

At the plate are the April Events:

Auction: Our annual Spring Auction is about to begin! Online bidding for our 14th annual Spring Auction begins Monday, April 4th at 8am and ends on Wednesday, April 13th at 11pm. This fundraiser is open to the public. Invite your friends, extended family, and neighbors to participate. There are so many exciting items to bid on at ALL different price points. There truly is something for everyone. If you have any questions you can email the Auction Committee at auction@pa144.com.

While this isn’t a PA event, I want to remind upper grade parents that the State Tests are being given this month. The ELA will be broken up and given over three days, Tuesday, April 5th, Wednesday, April 6th, and Thursday, April 7th. The Math Exam will be also given over the course of three days, Wednesday, April 13th, Thursday, April 14th, and Friday, April 15th. All the testing starts at 8:30am. This year the test has fewer questions and no time limit as long as students are working productively. A good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast will help them be successful. Please make sure they are prepared with two sharpened No. 2 pencils each day. Good luck to all!

Disco Night : After two weeks of testing, everyone will need to blow off some steam. We can help! Bring your child(ren) and yourself to our Club 144 Disco Night on Friday, April 15th, from 7-9pm. Whip and nae nae away the last of the stress ‘cause it’s always a good time. Entry is $5 per person at the door; we are not selling advance tickets. All children must be accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions, would like to donate snacks or beverages, or would like to help work the event, please email disconight@pa144.com.

Spirit Week: As we move past testing and head towards Spring Recess, what better way to keep it fun than our annual Spirit Week? It will be happening from Monday, April 18th, to Friday, April 22nd. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon to a backpack near you. (You might want to get the hair chalk ready.)

Our next PA meeting will be held on Monday, April 18th, at 7pm. This is the best time and place to get information, ask questions, and address concerns. I know it can be hard for families to make every meeting and I appreciate the effort. Children are always welcome as are thought provoking questions, productive conversations, and new ideas.

There was a Box Tops Scramble and the second grade crushed it! They will have their Box Tops Scramble Winners Assembly on Tuesday, April 19th. They’ll be heading to the circus with Mad Science’s “Big Top Science.” From the Mad Science website: “Come one, come all and behold: the science circus is about to begin. Step into our three rings of fun as we present a series of chemistry and physics demos that explain how a bed of nails can provide a great night’s sleep or how important balance can be to a tight rope walker. You’ll be amazed as we hatch our super secret “Snooberfish” eggs and take an amazing high dive that won’t make a splash! When it comes to fun science we provide the greatest show on earth!”

Talent Show: The Talent Show try-outs will happen during lunchtime on Thursday, April 21st, (2nd and 3rd grades), and Friday, April 22nd, (4th and 5th grades). The date for PreK, K, and 1st grade will be determined shortly. This is different than the information on the April PA calendar. These are the new and improved, and most importantly, correct dates. If you have any questions about the tryouts, the Talent Show, or would like to get involved, please email Talentshow@pa144.com.

Who doesn’t deserve a vacation? Spring Recess runs from Monday, April 25th, to Friday, April 29th. School reopens on Monday, May 2nd. Enjoy your break!

The May Events are on deck:

What better way to say I love you than with the gift of a plant? Our Mother’s Day Plant Sale will be on Thursday, May 5th, and Friday, May 6th, during all three lunch periods and after school.

Elections are an important part of any democracy and while ours may not get the same level of national press, they are still just as important. Election Day for open SLT seats and all PA Executive Board positions will be held on Monday, May 16th, during drop-off, pick-up and the first hour of the PA meeting (7-8pm). Of course there can be no election without candidates. Information will be coming soon about the open positions and how to make nominations. Our school works better when there is competition for all these important leadership positions so please consider running for an open seat. We are also still in need of a few people to organize nominations and the actual voting. No one who is running for a position can work the election. Reach out to me at president@pa144.com and be a part of this important process.

Career Day: will be on Friday, May 20th. This is an annual event during which children in grades K through 5 meet professionals to learn more about various careers. In the past, we’ve welcomed television journalists, architects, FBI agents, web designers, dancers, karate instructors, local politicians, solar energy entrepreneurs, actresses, scientists, writers, small business owners, chefs, and more. Our children explore the types of jobs they may encounter when they’re older – and they learn about how the things they’re learning in school can be useful in the “real world.” It’s an educational and inspirational day – for both the students and the presenters. Interested in volunteering for the event? Please email careerday@pa144.com.

Talent Show: With the tryouts done, and our acts practicing for the month in between, it’s time for Tigers Got Talent, our annual Talent Show! On Saturday, May 21st, from 12:30pm-5pm, all kinds of amazing acts will be performing on the P.S. 144 stage. Admission to the show is $5 per adult. But that’s not all! At the same time we will be holding our Basket Raffle in the cafeteria and admission is free! Come and see what our classes have put together and what you might be lucky enough to win. Remember, you gotta be in it to win it. Baskets aren’t enough? Well perhaps your child might be interested in one of our Teacher Experiences. You will have the chance to bid, silent auction style, on all sorts of experiences donated by the 144 staff. Play kick ball with staff members? Pizza lunch with a favorite teacher? Or the ultimate prize, Principal for the day? Stop by and check it out!

Looking for a reliever:

Even though we are still firmly in this school year, it is time to start thinking about school supplies for next year. The current chair of the Schoolkidz Committee is graduating out. Schoolkidz is the school supplies fundraiser where you can order your supplies online and they get delivered directly to the school. It’s super convenient and raises about $3500 every year. We are looking for a person or two to work with her now to learn the ropes and get it going. The order has to be done before we reach the summer so this is an immediate need. If you think you can help or want more information, you can email me at president@pa144.com.

Playing hard until the last out,



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