Arts & Letters Bulletin for 12-1-15

Full School Day on Dec. 4

Contrary to some information that had been circulated, December 4 is a regular school day for all students.  

Family Sing

Dec 4

Friday Dec 4 will be our next lower-grade Family Sing.  Meet in the gym at 9:15!  

Equal Exchange

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

Order Forms Due Wednesday!  

(Online Ordering Continues Through the New Year.)

Our Equal Exchange Fundraiser is 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.  Write your checks out to A&L PTA!

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 (see below), 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 Holiday Market: CAFÉ!

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

The Café at this year’s Holiday Market will raise funds to aid our middle schoolers travel to Frost Valley (6th grade), Boston (7th grade), and Washington D.C. (8th grade). We need any and all donations of food, drinks, desserts, snacks, paper goods, disposable utensils, sterno racks and burners, crock pots, and more! We also need  your help on the day of the market itself! You can help out for one-hour shifts that include set-up, food service, and clean-up. Please visit the Google Doc below to let us know what you can donate and how you can help out on Dec. 12.

Immunization Exclusion Deadline

Dec 4

Friday is the deadline for proof of required immunizations to be returned to the main office. Families who owe these forms were contacted during student led conferences and students are primarily in grades 1, 5, and 6. Policy states that students who do not return forms by Friday will not be permitted to attend class until they are in!

Coat Drive

A&L is having a coat drive to help families in need.  Bring any unwanted winter coats to the 3rd floor -- there will be a box for them in the hallway.

Day Of Service Success!

Thanks to all who helped organize A&L’s day of service, and to all the kids who participated!  Special shout-out to the third grade for collecting 1,200 pounds of food for their food drive, and thanks to all who donated.

Class Parents

Our list of 2015-16 Class Parents is attached below as a .pdf.  If you have not yet received communication from a class parent (except 7th grade), please reach out to your listed class parent to make sure your email address is on their contact list.

Kimtoya Williams, one of our PTA Co-President, has agreed to function as upper grade class parent until others step-up to volunteer. She will be the liaison for upper grade teachers to disseminate important information to the entire class, as well as a point of contact with the PTA. If any parent of a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader is willing to assist Kimtoya with this task – please contact her at for more information.

Inclusion Committee Meeting

December 3, 4:00-5:00PM

The Inclusion Committee is a resource of support, information and advocacy for the special needs community, open to all K-8 families and teachers.  Meeting will be held on the 3rd floor of A&L. contact -

Next PTA Meeting Is Dec 9

Dec 9, 6:00PM

Save the date -- it should be a good one!   Details to come!  In addition, the PTA is organizing childcare for the PTA meeting Wednesday 12/09/15 for grades K-5 at 6PM. $5 per student.  Drop off and pick up will be in the GYM. Pizza will be provided and we will be capping childcare at 50 students. In order to make sure that we have the right amount of caregivers and that they plan age-appropriate activities, please let us know in advance if your child will be there by filling out the information in this link:


Parent/Teacher Basketball Game!

Dec 5, 1:00-4:00PM

Come one, come all!  Support basketball and Arts & Letters!  Cheer on your favorite teacher or parent in the 1st annual Parents Vs. Teachers basketball game.  December 5th from 1-4 in the gym at A&L  Bake sale, t-shirt sale, refreshments, raffle!  If you would like to donate baked goods please sign up at this link Baked Goods Donation  If you would like to join the team teachers email  If you would like to join the parents team email  All proceeds go towards uniforms and league fees for the basketball team.   Admission is free, $10 suggested donation to play.

Wrap at Greenlight Bookstore Monday,

December 21 10:00AM - 8:30PM

Volunteers needed to wrap books and more at Greenlight Bookstore on Monday, December 21 from 10AM-8:30PM.  A&L gets all of the tips, and volunteers get 20% off of anything that they buy on the day that they volunteer.  We are setting up 1 hour shifts of 2.  You can wrap with your child, as long as at least one of you is over 18 years-old OR you can wrap with a friend and catch up while earning money for A&L and a discount for yourselves.

Please sign-up here:

Order Class Pictures NOW

Class picture orders are due on Monday, December 7th. Please place your order by then to receive your pictures before the holiday break. Simply go to, select "View Your Proofs," then enter your online code (student first name+first two letters of last name, for example John Smith is johnsm). If you were absent on picture day or would like to retake your photo, you must sign up in advance on Retake day is also December 7th. Questions? Contact

Toy Drive

A&L is participating in the annual Brooklyn Borough President's Toy Drive, benefiting underserved families in Brooklyn. A collection box will be placed in the 3rd floor hallway UNTIL DECEMBER 9th. Please consider donating a new, unwrapped gift for a child this season.



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 is also 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.


District 15 CEC & PS10 Panel Discussion: Talk About Testing

Dec 9, 7:00-9:00PM A Panel Discussion

While District 13 may have its own discussion in the future, District 15 Community Education Council & PS 10 are hosting a panel discussion on December 9, 2015.  Address: Pre-K 280 for PS 10, 500 – 19th St. at 10th Ave. (formerly the Bishop Ford School)


Carol Burris, Exec. Dir. Network for Public Education Foundation

Kathleen Cashin, NY State Regent

Erika Gunderson, Asst. Principal, PS 172

Jennifer Jennings, Asst. Prof. of Sociology, NYU

Anita Skop, Superintendent of Schools, District 15

Panel presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q & A.


Summer Camp Options!

Not too late to start thinking about summer camp.  The below links offer some good options!



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!


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:



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