Arts & Letters Bulletin for 11-19-15

Equal Exchange

Buy Holiday Gifts and Help Raise Money for A&L!

You may have received a catalog in your child's backpack along with a bright yellow flyer. (If it has not come home yet, it will come home soon.) This  is our Equal Exchange Fundraiser and it's a great way to get your holiday shopping done easily AND support A&L. It's simple:

1. Go through the catalog (choose from Fair Trade Coffee, Chocolate and Olive Oil, Handcrafts from around the world and items like wrapping paper) and decide what you want to purchase for friends and family.

2. Fill out the order form and return it to your child's teacher or the PTA mailbox by December 2nd.

3. Your items will come home with your child before winter vacation!

If you need items sooner or want to invite friends and family to support A&L, you (and they) can buy directly from our online store using the following link:

Happy Shopping!

A&L Holiday Market: Save the Date

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

Join us for a bit of holiday shopping, craft activities, a bite to eat and some musical entertainment. There will be dozens of Brooklyn-based artisans selling their wares- hand-crafted jewelry, clothing, accessories, books, food and more. Plenty of activities for the kids- from ornament making to a snowball toss. And the A&L Cafe, supporting our Middle School students, will be open from 12 to 4.

For those of you who like to plan in advance, sign up:

For more information, go to or contact Justine Fasciano (2nd grade parent)

A&L 3rd Grade Food Drive is ON

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

Parent/Teacher Basketball Game!

Dec 5, 1:00-4:00PM

Do you think you have skills?  Come show them off at our parents and teachers basketball game on December 5th from 1pm to 4pm.  It is an opportunity to dust off your old gym shoes and have a great time!!  It is a $10 donation to enter.  Proceeds go to the ARTS & LETTERS UNITED basketball program. There will be baked goods and t - shirts for sale.  

Parents sign up contact Andre Jennings  (

Teachers sign up contact Cameron Johnson (cjohnson@artsandlettersbklyn,org)

Picture Day Photos Online Now

By now you should have received information and a flyer on how to view and order your students’ pictures online.  Printed proofs will be coming in around a week.  Order deadline is 11/29 for paper orders, 12/6 online.  If you still need assistance, or did not receive the information, contact Carrie Larrier at  

Next PTA Meeting Is Dec 9

Dec 9, 6:00PM

Save the date -- it should be a good one!   Details to come!  

Library Committee Needs Help

The library committee is meeting right after drop off on Monday, November 23 in the library to discuss the next steps necessary to finally get our library up and running after two years of hard work by many A&L parents, grandparents, administrators, teachers, and students! If you are interested in learning more or have ideas you'd like to share, please stop on by. It's a great group. If you can't make it but would like to be kept abreast of future library volunteer opportunities, please email rebeccapaley@gmail. Thanks and hope to see some of you there.

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.  UPDATE:  It appears Target will be ending this program in May, 2016.  Still good until then, though!  

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.

Lost And Found!

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/December

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)


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


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:


Wed 11/11: Veterans Day (School Closed)

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)


Have questions about this Bulletin or information for the next one?  Contact Jonathan at