PS 8's overcrowding

It is not new news that PS 8 is very very crowded and their kindergarten class may be "capped" in fall of 2015. That means that there may not be enough seats available for all in zone families at K. I have found, in other neighborhoods where this has been a problem (look to Park Slope and Kensington for Brooklyn prototypes), that the families who have the best outcomes are the ones who stop shaking their fists in frustration and try to affect change and/or avail themselves of the system which may also provide them with a wide range of school options. The DoE will do what the DoE will do, but they are not against listening and numbers will always get attention. You will feel frustrated through this process and rezoning (which will happen with a new plan or building) is always painful for someone.
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Park Slope rezoning update, and more cents from me

I attended the meeting at John Jay last night where the new version of zone lines where announced. As DNA info leaked, the 39 zone changes have been taken off the table. The 107/10 zone lines remained the same. The 321 zone has been cropped at 5th Ave.

The PS 39 parents pledged to remain active to help the new St. Thomas building program ramp up their new PTA. There will be meetings, yet to be scheduled, so that rezoned families can meet Elizabeth Garraway, the proposed new principal, see the building, and get more details about the new program. This will probably be after the vote has occurred.

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more on pta fundraising with ps 295

You may have seen the NY Times article about changing neighorhoods and school fundraising. I truly admire PS 295's PTA for going to the mat for their school and their out of the box creative fundraising. Whether it is the Portrait Press Fundraising Projects, Beat the Blahs Winter Concert Series, or Touch a Truck - you don't have to be a student at the school to love community there. So get ready, Touch a Truck is BACK!

Sat. April 28 noon to 5pm, rain or shine $5 per person, plus food available for purchase
at PS 295, The Studio School of Arts & Culture, 18th St. (btwn 6th & 7th Ave.)

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pta: put this in your fundraising 'must do' folder for next year!

Do you want an eco-friendly/healthy/creative way for your school to raise funds and partner with organizations that help kids overseas go to school? Tired of buying cheap t-shirts, water bottles, wrapping paper and chocolate? Say yes (that chocolate isn't that good).

Check out PortraitPressFundraising.com. This great system was developed at Brooklyn's own PS 295 by a local mom. A class or school can request a kit. The students create self-portraits that put their individual personalities and creativity at the heart of each fundraiser. This artwork is then printed on high quality, eco-friendly products like tea towels, pillow cases and tote bags. They even give you the marketing materials!

CALLING ALL ORGANIZERS OF SCHOOL AUCTIONS!

Eleanor Traubman, professional organizer to busy Brooklyn moms, is looking for 10 schools - public or private - to which to donate her services for school auctions.

Eleanor helps parents de-clutter and set up user-friendly organizing systems for home offices, filing cabinets, closets, children's rooms and more. Her motto: less clutter equals more room for you and your family!

Each donation will consist of a 2- hour consultation with Eleanor.
To contact Eleanor about her offer, please email ETraubman@aol.com and also visit her blog at creativetimes.blogspot.com

Please note: Eleanor will select 10 schools; after your initial email to her, she will contact you  if you fall within that 10.

Author/Illustrator talks to schools


I just heard Melanie Hope Greenberg speak to several elementary classes this morning at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. She is the author/illustrator of many picture books including "Down in the Subway" and her current "Mermaids on Parade". She was adorable and so interesting and the room of 60 or so kids just ate it up. She describes her process in a very engaging way. She walked us through the illustration process from her plans through preliminary sketches to the finished work. She described the editing process and how it is helpful and hard sometimes. She showed us pictures and told us stories about her inspiration and gave personal details that she weaves into her work, which made us feel like real insiders. The kids were jumping out of their seats to ask questions and she spoke to them with an ease that let me know that she was with her people. Today she was speaking in conjunction with the show of her work in the youth wing of the Central Library (free to the public through June 13)
She is always available to speak to local elementaries. All you PTA's should call her to set up a program for your librarian!
Also a little shout out for the libraries. If you have a little to spare they are in dire need. You can contribute to your own local branch too. No amout too small.
They are also planning a special start to summer reading festival on June 4. Come sign up for your summer reading goodies and have fun in the plaza. That is a school holiday so come and enjoy the library! More information on that shortly.

Calling All School Auctions


Eleanor Traubman, professional organizer to busy Brooklyn families, is looking for 10 schools - public or private - to which to donate her services for school auctions.

Eleanor helps parents de-clutter and set up user-friendly organizing systems for home offices, filing cabinets,
closets, children's rooms and more. Her motto: less clutter equals more room for you and your family!

Each donation will consist of 3 hours of Eleanor's services.

To contact Eleanor about her offer, please email ETraubman@aol.com and also visit her blog at
creativetimes.blogspot.com

Please note: Eleanor will only be able to select 10 schools; after your initial email to her, she will contact you only if you fall within that 10.