Fairway Double Points Tuesday March 14th

Every time we shop at Fairway with our Community Partners key card we earn free money for our school. But next Tuesday, March 14th, is Double Points Day at Fairway: a whopping 6% of your total bill gets donated back to PS 295, at no additional cost to the shopper. This time around, Fairway is also holding a fun recipe contest– details in the flyer below!CP_EBLAST_March_2017

Valentine’s Cupcake Friday Was a Huge Success!

A word from the Cupcake Friday Queens: “We are proud to announce that February’s LOVE themed sale was a rocking success! We earned $436 for our amazing PTA and school. Now that’s showing some serious PS295 LOVE!! The Queens want to send our LOVE to all of you! Huge LOVE to the bakers (and buyers) of our sweets! Endless LOVE to our awesome volunteers! And to our customers, all our LOVE! We wouldn’t be Queens without you! We’ll see you all at next month’s Cupcake Friday sale on Friday, March 31st.”



Burning Bright Poetry Journal Submissions

The annual PS 295 journal of student creativity is now in production! As always, every student at the school will be represented in the book, and every student will receive a free copy. Like last year, this year’s edition will include a piece of artwork for every child, as well as optional poetry for those who choose to submit it. If you’d like to include a poem written by your child in Burning Bright, send it in to your teacher by April 1, 2017, or email it directly to Ms. Shen at pshenribeiro@yahoo.com. Poems may be handwritten or typed, and again—they’re optional. Thanks!

Bagel Bits: Wednesday 2/15

Meet in the gym from 8-8:30 am, and visit your child’sclassroom from  8:30-9:00am. Children will be supervised in the courtyard while you come to the gym to meet with other parents before your class visit.


PTA Meeting: January 31@6PM

The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, January 31. That’s next week! Join us for a casual dinner in the main lobby, starting at 6pm. Business (fun, never usual) starts at 6:30. Kids are welcome—supervision and homework passes will be available.

Library Committee

Did you know that the PS 295 Library is run entirely by parent volunteers?

We would really love to have some more volunteers to help relieve some of the burden from our regulars.  We welcome volunteers to work during school hours to help with circulation (this every other week all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.)  We also need help with shelving and book processing.  This can be done as needed and outside of school hours.  We would also like to expand our scope to set up more author visits and run our Summer Reading program.

Please contact Katrina Motch at kmotch@gmail.com or 347-683-1376 to volunteer.

District 15 Capital Plan Public Forum: 1/18/2017

PS 295 is such a wonderful school, yet there are ongoing issued of space that affect our children’s education every day.  Ever get upset that your child watched a movie during recess on a rainy day?  This happens because we lack space for indoor play on rainy days. Want more music at 295?  Where would it be taught?  Did you know ENL (English as a New Language) instruction happens partly in the hallway?  All these are issues of space, and our school isn’t even close to being the worst.  Some schools in Sunset park don’t even have enough seats in the classrooms for all the students in the class.

On Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM ,the District 15 Community Education Council will hold its annual Capital Plan Public Forum to discuss space issues in District 15 schools. The meeting will be held at the Beacon School of Excellence at 825 4th avenue at 29th street. There is a group of parents who are fighting to get the city build more schools in our district.  If you would like to learn more about that fight and what you can do to help so that we can have recess indoors, and a playground outdoors, this is the meeting for you.

A Hot Meal, a Warm Coat– Thank You!

Although we all look forward to precious time with loved ones over the holidays, it can also be a financially stressful time since the grocery bill is much higher when school meals are not in the picture. Every year before the holidays, Sergio coordinates a grocery gift card collection and distributes cards to families who could use help with their grocery bill over the break. After a call out on the Yahoo Group, we were able to raise $875. Thank you to Sergio and Tina Habib for collecting donations, and to everyone who donated.

And we want to thank you for your coats! Sergio runs our annual coat drive mid-November to December 31. Because of your generosity, families will be warmer, healthier and safer over the remaining months of winter. While the drive has ended, you can still donate a coat this week and next at the New York Cares warehouse: 157 West 31st Street (between 6th and 7th Aves). They will be open from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Simply dial 646- 801-4022 upon arrival and a staff member will be there to greet you. Anyone in need of a coat can pick one up from a Coat Drive Walk-In Center. Find a center here: https://www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive/walk-in. 

Important Info for the School Play

It’s time to brush up on the Robin Hood story and Little Red Riding Hood and lots of other fairy tales and nursery rhymes! We’ve all seen fractured fairy tales before, but never quite like this one, which takes a hilarious detour through Robin Hood’s Nottingham and Sherwood Forest! Our school play Little Red Robin Hood is coming up right after the winter break! Mark your calendars Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday, January 12th at 7pm in the auditorium.

Volunteer request: Attention parents of any grade- please let us know if you would like to volunteer to help the play. You don’t have to have a theater or design background, but if you do, we want you too! If you have that yearning to work with children in theater, and you think you may want to dive deeper into continuing to work with the drama program in future years, this is a great place to start and give a hand volunteering for the show! Many of our current parent volunteers have 5th grade children and so we need to pass the baton to a new group of theatrical volunteers! If you can help, please email our parent liaison for the show, Juli Southwell: jsouthwell02@gmail.com and let her know when and what you’d like to do–anything from wardrobe to ticket sales to backstage or usher help. We’ll take all the help we can get! Saturday, January 7th we’ll need especially wardrobe help and the nights of the show January 11th and 12th from 5:30pm on we need lots of help! Thank you!!

Shop at Fairway to Support PS 295!

Did you know that PS 295 participates in Fairway’s Community Partners program? That means when you (or your family and friends) shop at any Fairway location with a PS 295 Community Partners keychain card, Fairway donates 3% of your bill back to PS 295, at no additional cost to you. For our last quarter’s shopping we received a check for over $300.00. Thank you, Fairway shoppers!

With all the extra grocery shopping we tend to do around the holidays, that’s an opportunity for even more free money for our school. And, mark your calendar for Double Points shopping next Tuesday, December 6th. Double points means we get 6% of all purchases for 295 instead of the usual 3%!

This program was set up by PS 295 parent Gina Carrodo. Anyone needing a Fairway Community Partners key card can get one by contacting Gina at gcaroddo@gmail.com. Please think of requesting one for family or friends– anyone with a card can shop at Fairway to support PS 295.