Queens Parent Advisory Board Meeting 2/25 Topic – Rights of Special Needs Children, IEPs, and Parent Advocacy

Queens Borough President Sharon Lee invites you to her next Parent Advisory Board meeting that will be held on Tuesday February 25, 2020 at 6pm in Room 200 at Queens Borough Hall located at 120-55 Queens Blvd in Kew Gardens.

We will host several guest speakers who will speak on the rights of special needs children and how to navigate the NYC Department of Education if your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and how to better advocate for your child.

Our guest speakers will be Mary Jo Pisacano – Director of Special Education at Queens North Field Support Center at the Department of Education who will talk about the process to obtain an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the process that follows and resources available for parents.  We will also have Paola Martínez Boone who is the Senior Advocate in the Disability Justice Program at the not-for-profit called New York Lawyers for the Public Interest who will speak about advocacy and IEP’s. We will also have Sherry Algredo who is the Chair of the Education Committee on Community Board 9 who will share her experience as a mother of a special needs child and will give some tips on how parents could better navigate the education system.

There will be an opportunity at the end of the presentation for all attendees to ask questions.  RSVP online at education@queensbp.org  or via phone at (718)286-2850.

Chipotle Fundraiser TODAY!

Join us for a fundraiser to support MS 67 Louis Pasteur. Visit Chipotle at 254-56 Horace Harding Expressway in Little Neck on today, February 12th between 4pm – 8pm. Bring in the flyer HERE or present it on your smartphone and tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to MS 67.

Valentine’s Day Dance; Test Prep Academy Fair; Navigating High School Admissions Process as a Parent; Carnival-themed Refreshment Sale & Gift Baskets

Dear MS67Q Families:

We hope 2020 is going well for you.  There is a lot happening in February – even with the upcoming winter break.  Here are some highlights of the events coming up!

See you on Monday!

1.  Happening Friday 2/7/2020 right after school – Student Organization’s Valentine’s Day Dance in the school gym.  The PTA will be selling pizza, candies, refreshments, and ice cream.  All parent volunteers are welcome! From 2:00PM-430PM.

2.  A very special event for all families!

The PTA is excited to present to you our very own Test Prep Academy Fair at the school lobby this coming Monday Feb. 10. 2020 from 6:00PM- 7:00PM!  Meet the test prep academies from the area whose business is to help prepare the kids for SHSAT/TACH/SSAT/PSAT/AMC-Math exams. Get all your questions answered and take advantage of their offers and discounts!  (The vendors include Kweller, Top Prep, CEED, Premier, C2Education and many others!)

Then join us at the PTA Meeting from 7:00PM-8:00PM as we host Part 1 of  “How to Navigate Through the High School Admissions Process as a Parent”– our guest speaker will be Ms. Nina Scalici, our Guidance Counselor, who will explain the overall process – what to do in 6th grade, 7th grade, and then 8th grade. 

Raffle drawings for gift certificates to various test prep places will be taking place during the meeting!

3.  PTA’s Chipotle Night Fundraiser will take place Wednesday Feb. 12. 2020 from  4:00PM- 8:00PM at the Chipotle at Little Neck Plaza.  Show THIS flyer at the time of your purchase and portions of the proceeds will be given back to the PTA!

4.  MS67’s Annual Musical “BIG” is coming up Friday Feb 28, 2020 at 6:30 PM and Saturday Feb 29, 2020!  The musicals are always a huge hit with the entire family and we hope you will bring your children and friends to the show.

This year, the PTA will be preparing and selling carnival-themed refreshments, gift baskets, flower bouquets for sale, so come prepared to enjoy this festive event!   Doors will open at 5:00PM so we have plenty of time to enjoy the refreshments.

We need parent volunteers to help sell the refreshments and to donate items for the gift baskets.  Please sign up HERE to volunteer or donate.

STEM Spring Break Programs for Students

This spring break, STEM is taking over the city! Kindergarten through grade 12 students can apply now to attend exciting enrichment and experiential learning programs with STEM Matters NYC. A wide range of programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics; the Bronx Zoo; Central Park Zoo; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; Museum of the City of New York; New York Aquarium; New York Botanical Garden; New-York Historical Society; Prospect Park Zoo; Queens Botanical Garden; Queens County Farm Museum; Queens Zoo; Solar One; Staten Island MakerSpace; Staten Island Zoo; and Wave Hill. Students will meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real-world learning experiences.

Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Monday, February 10. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download our flyerlearn more, and apply now. For questions, contact STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov.

LIU Young Visionaries Academy

Little Medical School (Grades 5 to 8)

The Little Medical School at the Young Visionaries Academy at LIU Post encourages upper elementary and middle school students (grades 5 to 8) to explore the exciting world of health care. In this program, your child will experience a day in the life of a physician, nutrition specialist, radiologic technologist and laboratory scientist, and other members of a health care
team. Through simulations and group activities, students will discover and understand the roles and duties of health personnel. The series will assist your child in exploring the world of medical providers as a future career.

Saturdays, February 1, 8, 29 and March 14, 2020

View flyer HERE.

NYU College & Career Lab

Join New York University this summer for an intensive, free, non-credit, summer program for rising 8th and 9th graders (current 7th and 8th graders) that go to school in the NYC metro area.

Students can expect to meet at NYU’s Washington Square campus for the summer program to participate in classes, activities, and field trips related to college and career exploration. Each student will be placed in a group with an NYU student advisor to provide mentorship and guidance for the duration of the Lab. Transportation support and lunch will be provided.

Who Should Apply

  • Rising 8th or 9th graders (currently in 7th or 8th grade)
  • Students that attend an NYC metro area public, charter, or home school program
  • The Lab is designed to serve economically disadvantaged, first-generation college-going, and historically underrepresented students.

Program Dates

  • July 13 – August 7, 2020

Application Dates: Remember to review FAQs and Application Tips on our website before applying!

  • Application Opens: January 15, 2020
  • Deadline to Apply: April 5, 2020, at 11:59 PM
  • Admission notifications will go out May 1, 2020
Download the program flyers to distribute to students here. Available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

Town Hall Meeting Agenda with Chancellor Carranza

Calling all District 26 Parents!

The Community Education Council (CDEC26) is announcing their Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor Carranza on January 16th!  Please see below for a copy of the agenda.

The CDEC26 is requesting all District 26 community members and parents to arrive by 6:30 PM for the Public Meeting.  The Town Hall event starts at 7 PM and ends at 8 PM.  You can submit public comments and questions in advance to CEC26@schools.nyc.gov.

Download copy of the agenda HERE.

See HERE for flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean.

Highlights of the Events Coming Up

Happy 2020, MS67Q families!

With the holidays behind us, and the winter winds with us, and spring “just around the corner,” there is a lot happening this winter!  Here are some highlights of the events coming up.

We look forward to seeing all of you soon!

(1) MONDAY 1/13/2020 at 7:00PM (school auditorium) – January PTA meeting

MID-YEAR UPDATE & a Q & A session with Principal Annello

Join us at the January PTA Meeting as we are joined by Principal Annello who will provide us with a mid-year update and answer any questions you might have.

(2) Mark Your Calendar!

Our next PTA meeting will be on Feb. 10, 2020- we have a special Academic Resources Fair from 6:15PM-7:15PM for all our families as local tutoring/academic/prep companies will show their stuff and demonstrate how they can help our students with their academic goals and enrichment.  The PTA meeting will follow at 7:15PM..

(3) Join NYC DOE Chancellor as he visits with families from District 26 on January 16 (Thursday) at 6:30 PM at MS74. Please email your questions for the Chancellor to Community Education Council 26 (CEC): cec26@schools.nyc.gov.

See HERE for flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean.

(4) Family Fitness Night on Thursday 2/6/20 at 5:30-7:30PM right here at our school.

Bring your children and participate in a night of activities and fitness!

(5) Parent Volunteers are needed for the upcoming school events.  Please sign up to help out at least at one event.  Together we can make all these events happen for the students!

* Tues 2/11/20 Career Day for the 8th Graders – The school needs about  20-30 parent volunteers. Please sign up HERE!

* Valentine’s Day Dance on 2/7/20 – The PTA will be selling refreshments during the party 230PM-430PM.  Please sign up HERE!

* Annual School Musical – This year the students will be performing “BIG” on Friday 2/28/20  & Sat. 2/29/20 at 630PM.  Purchase tickets HERE.

The PTA is planning a carnival themed all out EXTRAVAGANZA before the musical starts and during the intermission.

We will also be holding a flower shop and raffle off gift baskets.

All proceeds to go back to the students in the form of all the clubs, teams, enrichment programs that the school provides free of charge!

Please invest in our school community by:

  • Donating baked goods;
  • Helping with the purchase and set up of the goods/food;
  • Selling the items;
  • Collecting donation items for the gift baskets;
  • Buying and selling raffles;
  • Helping to clean up afterwards.

Please sign up HERE to help with any and all part of this special fundraising event.

(6) Other dates coming up:

Winter Break the week of 2/17/2020

Spring PTA membership drive starting in March

Participatory Budgeting to obtain funds for additional technology equipment