Arts & Letters Bulletin for 11-12-15

PTA Meeting Tomorrow Morning (Friday) -- A&L In Action!

Friday Nov 13 9:00AM

Please join us in the library this Friday, November 13th, between 9 AM and 10 AM for the next PTA General Meeting and a chance to see A&L thinkers in action in the classroom!   Note that PTA Meetings alternate between mornings and evenings to accommodate the variety of schedules of our parents.

Keep Up To Date With A&L Calendar

Do you know that all school wide and PTA events for the year are posted in a calendar you can subscribe to on your phone and see on your desktop?  Go to to be kept up-to-date on all events.


A&L Holiday Market: Call to artisans and volunteers!

Dec 12, 11:00AM - 5:00PM

Vendor Deadline: Nov 14


This year's Holiday Fair will be taking place on December 12th, from 11am to 5pm. There will be vendors selling their unique, beautifully crafted, locally made wares, plenty of activities for the kids, food and entertainment. If you, or someone you know, would like to become a vendor, you can find more information and an application at: Applications are due by November 14th.


The event is run by parents like you! If you are interested in volunteering- by either helping to coordinate one of the activities, setting up prior to the event or helping out on the day, please sign up at:


For more information contact Justine Fasciano (2nd grade parent)


Equal Exchange Fundraiser — Makes Great Gifts!

Want a way to buy gifts for others, support farmers AND have 25% of your purchase go to support A&L? You can buy Fairly Traded Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Olive Oil, Nuts, Greeting Cards, Giftwrap and more at our online Equal Exchange Store! Please also send the link to family and friends so they can make purchases and support our school too! Here's the deal: You make your purchase and it gets delivered to the address of your choice within 10 days. Arts and Letters gets 25%. That's it! Here's the URL:


A&L 3rd Grade Food Drive

Nov 16-24

Lafayette and Myrtle classes need our help to collect 100 lbs of food to feed hungry New Yorkers!  Canned food, peanut butter, mac & cheese (packaged), rice & beans (packaged) hot & cold cereal (family size preferred).  Drop off outside 3rd Grade classrooms 324 and 325

Holiday Shopping on Amazon/Target?

PLEASE Don’t Forget To Click Through!  


As holiday shopping season approaches – and all year long -- don’t forget to click through the link below (and please bookmark it) whenever you buy ANYTHING on Amazon! We get a substantial donation (up to 15%) and you pay nothing extra:


Also, don’t forget to go to Target’s website and connect your Redcard to A&L so we get cash back from those purchases as well! Go to and assign SCHOOL ID #147057 to your card. Every time you shop, you get an instant 5% discount, free shipping, and A&L gets some cash

Lost And Found Update

The lost and found is be in the main office, (Room 304).  However, There are also four enormous bags of Lost & Found in the hallway outside the gym.   And individual classes often have lost & found items located outside the classrooms.  Don’t forget to check for lost items!  At the end of each marking period, they will be donated to charity to make room.

A&L Day Of Service

Nov 24

On November 24th, Arts and Letters is having its first school-wide day of service! Advisories and classes are heading out into the community to lend a helping hand, bond with their classmates, and experience the power of giving back. We could all really benefit from your expertise and connections with community organizations. We are looking for a variety of opportunities for groups of 15 (middle school) and 28 (lower grades classes). Let us know if you have suggestions of sites, connections with organizations, tips, etc. We're excited for this new chapter in Arts and Letters community involvement and welcome all support and suggestions.

School Closings for November

Thurs 11/19: Student Led Conferences (Early Dismissal)

Thurs 11/26-Fri 11/27: Thanksgiving Break (School Closed)



Farmigo is an online Farmer's Market where you can shop for fresh, delicious food — vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, eggs, dairy, breads, and more — while raising money for Arts & Letters. Ten percent of every order donated to the school! Place your order by midnight on Sunday; then pick it up at school between 3 and 4 pm on Wednesdays. Sign up here:


Mabel’s Labels

Never lose your kid’s clothing or lunch containers again! Raise money for A&L by purchasing labels for clothing and other products on the Mabel’s Labels site. For every purchase, A&L gets 20%. To purchase, go to


Facebook Page

Don’t forget to check the A&L Facebook page -- lots of great info and discussion about our school and schools in general!

Upper Grade Class Parents Needed


Upper grade interests are very much under-represented. We need class parents to make sure 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are given as much access to resources, activities, and information as all the lower grades. You can help to make sure your upper-grader(s) have a voice, by becoming a class parent with a direct line to the PTA. This role can largely be handled via email with the occasional class parent meeting. All other grades are represented. Help to make sure your 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, also have representation. For more info, please contact PTA Co-President, Kimtoya Williams at

Girls Read For Girls -- Support the Malala Fund

Nov 15 1:00-3:30

Brooklyn Public Library

Read-a-Thon fundraiser to support the Malala Fund.  Your child can participate by signing up and getting pledges, or just come to the library to hear books read by girls.  For more information:

A&L School Year Calendar

In addition to the important dates listed in this bulletin, there are many more exciting and important events planned for the school year.  Don’t want to miss an important date?  You won’t have to if you subscribe to the online calendar by going to


In the meantime, please be sure to note the following dates that school will be closed or closing early during the 2015-16 school year:



Thurs 11/19: Student Led Conferences (Early Dismissal)

Thurs 11/26-Fri 11/27: Thanksgiving Break (School Closed)

Fri 12/4: A&L Professional Development Day (Early Dismissal)

Thur 12/24-Fri 1/1: Winter Recess (School Closed)

Mon 1/18: MLK Day (School Closed)

Fri 1/29: Roundtables (Early Dismissal for Lower Grades)

Mon 2/8: Lunar New Year (School Closed)

Mon 2/15-Fri 2/19: Mid-Winter Break (School Closed)

Thurs 3/17: Student Led Conferences (Early Dismissal)

Fri 3/25: Good Friday (School Closed)

Mon 4/25-Fri 4/29: Spring Break (School Closed)

Thurs 4/5: A&L Professional Development Day (School Closed)

Mon 5/30: Memorial Day (School Closed)

Thurs 6/9: Chancellor's Day (School Closed)

Tues 6/14: DOE Clerical Day (School Closed)

Fri 6/17: Roundtables (Early Dismissal for Lower Grades)


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