A Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.

While you are waiting for our summer letter, which will be mailed to you the week of August 21st, please take a little time to peruse the Lower Lab website, especially the For Parents tab, which has recently been revised.  Here you will find great resources, protocol  and policy refreshers and PTA opportunities.  You can also check out the calendar, which indicates lots of important dates for the fall.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Barnes and Noble event on August 30th, but in the meantime, please give your child a special hug from me!!


Sandra G. Miller


Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – On Monday, August 21, 2017 – All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. 

On Monday,August 21,2017 a total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.This will be the first solar eclipse to be seen coast-to-coast in the United States since 1918.In the city we will see a partial eclipse (about 70% totality) which will start at 1:23p.m.

(peak at 2:45p.m.) and end at 4:01p.m.

The American Museum of Natural History:The Hayden Planetarium will host a viewing event on this day from noon to 4:00p.m.

Resources for Further Information:

The information about the upcoming solar eclipse will be discussed as a phenomena of the solar system as well as lunar eclipses in September during Science.

All the Best,


Has your child read the minimum 5 books for the Lower Lab Read-A-Thon? Not to worry…there is still time to participate!

Summer 2017 – READ-A-THON


Imagine being a superhero, a famous detective, a rock star, a wizard. What will YOU be this summer? When you read books, you can go anywhere your imagination will take you. The Summer 2017 Lower Lab Reads Read-A-Thon is a fantastic opportunity for you to improve your reading skills over the summer and get rewarded for that effort. It provides a great way to raise money for your school at the same time!

What To Do:

  •  Read a minimum of 5 books.
  •  Submit your reading log by September 29th.
  •  Remember to highlight which book was your favorite!

What You Get:

  •  A Lower Lab Reads bookmark to show everyone you are a champion reader.
  •  Your name placed on the Read-A-Thon Wall.
  • Help Support Lower Lab!

Remember to collect pledges from family and friends for your reading. A sponsor may pledge a set dollar amount for every book read, or a total sum for the entire Read-AThon.

Remind your sponsors that ALL money collected helps to fund great programs at your school, Lower Lab!

The class that raises the most money wins a class party!

Attached you will find a BOOKLIST and a SPONSORSHEET  to keep track of everything.

Please make sure to submit this paperwork by Friday, September 29th to “PTA Mailbox– Read-A-Thon”.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Have a great summer and …. HAPPY READING!!!!


Your 2017 Lower Lab Reads Read-A-Thon Chairs

Rachelle Sorensen kas9596@aol.com

Maya Bar Dagan maya.bd@gmail.com

Beacon Afterschool Registration Info for Fall 2017

Dear Families,

This email is to notify all of our parents that Beacon After school @ PS 198/77 has been officially renewed for the school year. At this time we do not have an official start date for program but once we receive a start date we will notify you. With every renewal comes new requirements. These requirements include:

  • Children must attend a minimum of 4 days a week 
  • Children cannot be picked up until after 5pm. 
  • Applications must be completely filled out on the day of registration and cannot be brought home
  • Required documents must be submitted before receiving an application ( See required document list below)
  • All parents are required to give a working email address and phone number and applications must have 2 or more emergency contacts 

CECD2 August Meeting Today

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Join us for the CECD2 August meeting!

Monday, August 7 at 6:30 PM

333 Seventh Ave * 7th Fl Conference Room * Between 27th and 28th Streets

The next CECD2 meetings are scheduled for Monday, August 7 at 6:30 pm. The meetings will be held at 333 Seventh Ave, between 27th and 28th Street, in the 7th Floor Conference Room.

Complete meeting agenda:

Calendar Meeting

Working Business Meeting

As always, there are public sessions for the members of the public to speak.

Babysitting and light refreshments will be provided.

Summer Fun

DYCD’s 2017 Guide to Summer Fun  lists events happening each day during July and August, days that museums have discounted or free admission, and much more.

Free summer meals are available for all children and teens 18 years old and younger at hundreds of public schools, libraries, pools, and parks around the city. No registration, documentation, or ID is required. Find locations by visiting www.schoolfoodnyc.org, downloading the School Food app, or calling 311.