10/11/2022 News+Center

The weather looks fantastic for our Mix & Mingle this Friday. We hope to see everyone there. Details below.

Upcoming Events:
Mix & Mingle Friday, October 14th: 5:00 – 7:00 pm 
What you need to know: Everyone is welcome – Students, Teachers, Families! All you need to bring is yourself & your own beverages.
Please join us for this year’s first Mix & Mingle on Friday October 14th from 5 PM until 7 PM in the Center School courtyard/playground.  
We will be providing pizza, and we will arrange for an ice cream truck. 
We look forward to seeing everyone in person and spending time together! No rain date scheduled. 

PTA Committees and Meetings:
Thanks to all the parents (new and returning families) who joined us for our kickoff auction committee meeting last week. 
We are gearing up for an exciting return to an in-person auction this spring (all
students, siblings, staff included!)  We will be following up soon with the entire parent body on how to support Center School’s biggest fundraiser. But, in the meantime, here are some key areas where we need YOUR HELP:
 Item solicitation (most popular items include restaurant gift cards, tickets to
shows/sporting events, any special NYC experience, spas/haircuts/salons); 
 Inputting items into our online Greater Giving platform (we welcome those with experience and newbies too); 
 Soliciting food donations for our incredible potluck dinner; 
 Helping to decorate the cafeteria for the big fiesta. 
For those of you who would still like to join in the fun, it’s not too late. Reach out to us at centerschoolauction@gmail.com. It’s a great way to meet other CS parents and get to know the school & community better.

Things you can do to help the school & PTA
Earlier today, we emailed our annual Pledge Drive letter. Our Pledge Drive is one of our largest fundraising events! 
Each year, the PTA spends over $500 per child to support Center School’s
programming, including but not limited too:

 Computer Teacher/Specialist
 Urban Fellows Program (paying for 2 of our fabulous teachers each year)
 Additional lockers so all students have access to one 
 New Computers for all teachers
 Dues and supplies for student programs, like Debate club and TACS

The Center School relies on our donations to fund essential programs that the
Department of Education budget does not. State and city budgets only meet the bare minimum of a public school’s needs, covering the salaries of teachers, staff and
We are asking ALL families to make a donation to our annual pledge drive. All
donations in any amount are greatly appreciated and make a positive impact on our
children’s educational experience. Every donation makes a difference – our goal is
100% participation! 

Donate Online

OR TO DONATE BY CHECK: Include the following information (your name and email address, your student’s name and Advisor)  with a check made out to “Center School PTA” and mail it to The Center School, ATTN: PTA Treasurer, 100 West 84th St., Room 310, New York, NY 10024. 

PTA Volunteer Opportunities:
We have some wonderful ways to get involved. We are still looking for volunteers for these committees:
 Special Events
 Racial Justice
 Grants
Please email centerschoolpta@gmail.com if you have questions or want to volunteer!
Kids For Ukraine — Cold Weather Items Collection this Friday!
Center School 8th Graders Nazar Zavada and Connor Margolis recently shared an
update about Kids For Ukraine, an organization which they co-founded in March
To date, they’ve raised almost $900, which has been donated to two non-profit
organizations providing support to children and families in Ukraine. With the increased bombing and the resulting loss of heat and electricity, Ukrainians need our support more than ever. 

 Get Your Marie Kondo On: Search your closets for gently used, freshly
laundered (or new) winter gear: jackets, fleece, hoodies, winter hats,

gloves, scarves and donate them on Friday Oct 14 at the Center School
Mix & Mingle in the Yard. 
  Learn more about the charity we are supporting: AidUkraineNow  
 Make a direct donation via our PayPal: kidsforukraine243@gmail.com,
Questions?  Want to help us with donations on Friday?  Want to get more involved on an ongoing basis? Email Co-CEOs Nazar and Connor at kidsforukraine243@gmail.com

Mark Your Calendar – Important Dates:
 October 14: Mix & Mingle
 October 24: PTA Meeting & 5th Grade Q&A
 November 14: PTA Meeting
 December 15: PTA Meeting & TACS Show
 January 23: PTA Meeting
 February 13: PTA Meeting
 March 16: PTA Meeting & TACS Show
 April 24: PTA Meeting
 May 22: PTA Meeting
 June 12: PTA Meeting

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