PTA Blast update 10/9/2014

UnknownLower Lab Chess and Chess NYC will co-host a chess parent meeting on Friday, October 17 at 5pm.

This is a special information session for all Lower Lab parents who want to learn more about the after school chess program or the Lower Lab chess team.  The directors of Chess NYC, our after school chess vendor, will give us an overview of the chess program, introduce their team of instructors, and explain the requirements for the chess team.  This will be followed by a preview of upcoming tournament events, parents sharing their experiences, and Q&A.

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8 AM to 1 PM
Tweed Courthouse  •  52 Chambers Street  •  NY, NY 10007
Free Breakfast  •  Free Childcare ages 5+  •  On-Site Interpretation
Keynote address by Chancellor Carmen Fariña 

Dear Public School Parent,

Chancellor Carmen Fariña opens the doors of Tweed Courthouse and invites you to attend the Fall 2014 Parent Conferences. These free, grade specific and informative events were created to support parents and to help them have an impact on their child’s education, both in school and at home.

There will be free breakfast, free childcare (for kids 5 and older) and plenty of giveaways, including free books. Plus, the Bronx Children’s Museum will have their wonderful interactive mobile exhibit that teaches kids about the Harlem River and The Bronx River.

These conferences will fill up fast, so act quickly while seats are still available!

Topics Include:

  • The IEP Process Step by Step
  • Bullying – What to Look For, What to Know, What to Say
  • Activities You Can Do at Home with Your Pre-K Child
  • Help Your Teen Organize and Prioritize
  • Managing Teen Stress
  • Get the Most Out of Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Calling All Parents – How to Organize and Advocate for Yourself and Your Child
  • Reading with Your Children
  • Getting the Most from Museum Visits
  • Bilingual Education for Elementary School Students
  • College for English Language Learners

And much, much more..

Register Now:

Elementary School – Saturday, November 1

High School – Saturday, November 15

Middle School – Saturday, December 6

Click here for complete information, including translated flyers.

I hope to see you there.


Jesse Mojica
Executive Director
Division of Family and Community Engagement

Picture Day Schedule PS77 October 24th!

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 1.09.20 PMDear Lower Lab Families,

Please find our tentative schedule for PHOTO DAY. If you have signed up to volunteer we greatly appreciate your help. If you are still able to assist please let Gina Goodman know via email We could use a few more families to assist!

  • 8:15 – 8:20 AM  Staff Photo
    • 8:25 – 8:35 AM      1-103
    • 8:35 – 8:45 AM      1-141
    • 8:45 – 8:55 AM      K-106
    • 8:55 – 9:05 AM      K-101
    • 9:05 – 9:15 AM      2-206
    • 9:15 – 9:25 AM      2-203
    • 9:25 – 9:35 AM      3-208
    • 9:35 – 9:45 AM      5-220
    • 9:45 – 9:55 AM      5-218
    • 9:55 -10:05 AM    3-205
    • 10:05-10:15 AM   4- 243
    • 10:15 -10:25 AM  4-245

Peer Mediators Update

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 12.39.04 PMDear Lower Lab Families,

Beginning on Wednesday, October 15th Peer Mediators will be available in the cafeteria from 10:30am to 10:55am (during the lower grade lunch period) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. When necessary, our trained fourth and fifth grade Peer Mediators will conduct mediations, at a designated-table in the cafeteria, with students in grades K-2nd who are experiencing a conflict.

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Student Council Representatives




CLASS                                     REPRESENTATIVE              ALTERNATE

Sarah K-101                        Liam Griffin                           Charlotte Lamb

Liz K-106                               Arjun Vora                            Lily Johnston

Kristin 1-103                       Eli Lindenbaum                      Maya Nozaki

Justin 1-141                         Emily Do                               Zac Matasar

Ms. Haimeck 2-203         Violet Plotko                          Andrew Mautner

Donna 2-206                       Daniel Schoenwald                  Mira Iyer

Laura 3-205                         Sheldon Liu                           Joelle Kim

Robyn 3-208                       Olivia Polsky                          Yashna Patel

Ms. Sugarman 4-243        Leila McKiernan                     Anna Stein

Ms. Courtwright 4-245    Loren Sawyer                        Ania Ting

Claudia 5-218                      Brandon Rich                         Jack Guthrie

Ms. Cook 5-220                  Hope Cook                            Kayla Bonilla


Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokémon, and ALL Trading Card

Dear Lower Lab Families & Friends,Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 4.19.10 PM

I am asking that all Yu-Gi-Oh of Pokémon trading cards be kept at home.  Students have experienced issues with trading cards of different monetary values.  Although I am often drawn to the interest, engagement, and creativity involved with this game, some things are better off left for outside of school.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a wonderful weekend.

Michael Goldspiel

The NYRR Youth Jamboree presented by Tata Consultancy Services is back this Fall!

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 12.41.02 PMYouth Jamboree Fall 2014 flyer

When: Saturday, October 25th 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory; 216 Fort Washington Avenue (between 168th and 169th Street) Click here for the google map link:

This is not a School Event. Families please note that if you are interested in participating in the Jamboree you must register on on your own!

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