Arts & Letters Bulletin for 10-29-15

Arts & Letters Bulletin for 10-29-15




Please Help Us Reach Our Goal!  

We're just 2 days away....and what a ride it's been. Over $23,000 in online donations in 2 weeks;$4300 in checks and over 50 new donors, nearly half of them monthly which we LOVE. And while we're still short of our $35,000 goal (final numbers tomorrow), what you've done is AMAZING, and will go a long way towards getting us where we need to be.  Thank you to all who have donated !!!


Haven't donated yet?  Wanna help us get to $35,000 by Friday.  There's still time to get in on the raffle and maybe win a jawbone UP24!!! Can you make a minute now and DONATE ONLINE TODAY at or drop a check off in the purple mailbox inside the door in Room 309 or in the PTA mailbox.   


A&L NYC Marathon Bake Sale / School Fundraiser

Nov 1

But please bake something beforehand!

The NYC marathon is November 1, 2015!  Every year A&L sets out hot coffee, cider and a variety of sweet and savory treats in front of Lucy Kutchins-Hamilton's house (4th grader), that happens to fall at mile 9 on The New York City Marathon route. We set up around 9:30am and keep it going until most of the runners have passed or until we run out of coffee. Each year we raise more and more money at this event, so please dust off those favorite muffin, scone and quick bread recipes and get baking. Of course, if you don’t bake, other store-bought items do well —  bagels with spreads (pre sliced and wrapped are even better), single-servings of bottled water, napkins, cups & lids, or milk, and sugar packs for coffee, are graciously accepted. Be creative, anything that we can sell to hungry and cold marathon viewers is welcome. Donated items can either be dropped off on Friday at school, or on Saturday evening or Sunday morning at the bake sale site. If for some reason you don’t feel incredibly compelled to donate items to the sale, please come purchase some breakfast to support this 4-figure fundraiser!


Please let us know what you can bring by signing up here:


Garden to School Cafe Day

Harvest: Nov 4

Cafe Day:  Nov 6

Garden to School Cafe Day is a great event that serves both schools at the 225 Adelphi building. Produce from PS 20 farms is combined with other local organic produce and prepared by chefs, then served by parent volunteers. Please sign up to volunteer and help spread the word about this event which takes place on Friday, Nov 6 (and the harvest of food from PS 20 Farms on Wednesday, Nov 4th).

The link to sign up is:

For more info about the program itself, see:

Upper Grade Class Parents STILL (Very Much) 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


Spirit Day — Book Character Theme!

Oct 30

A little pre-Halloween school spirit!  Students are encouraged to come to school dressed up as their favorite book character!


Family Sing for Grades K-4

Nov 6, 9:15AM

Friday Nov 6 is the next Family Sing for grades K-4.  Parents should meet their kids at 9:15 in the gym as lower grades come together to sing songs and build community!


Spirit Day — College Theme!

Nov 6

Friday is Spirit Day at A&L.  Kids should dress in a college theme!  Break out those college t-shirts and varsity sweaters!


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

Tues 11/3: Election Day (School Closed)

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)


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

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

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:


The event is run by parents like you!  Volunteering your time would be extremely helpful and appreciated. For more information or if you are interested in working on one of the activities- entertainment, crafts, decorating, food or publicity- please 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:


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



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%, but only through the end of October.   See attached flyer for more information!


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.


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!

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:


Tues 11/3: Election Day (School Closed)

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