2/6/23 News+Center

Week of February 6, 2023

We have a lot going on this week – both for the adults and the kids!

Valentine’s Day Party

This week at The Center School, the kids will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 10th. Each student is asked to bring an item for the party as well as an item for the shelter that we supported during the holidays. The shelter has requested band aids or antibiotic cream. We ask that the kids bring in their items on Thursday, February 9th. If you have questions, ask your student or their advisor.

Parent Education Series

You don’t want to miss our next Center School Parent Education event. We are very fortunate to be hosting two experts in their fields who are coming to speak to the Center School Parent/Caregiver community TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30 pm by Zoom. Roger Stark, the Founder and CEO of BrainWare, and Betsy Hill, an educator and expert in neuroscience and learning, will be talking about the subject of their new book “Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?.  Roger and Betsy’s premise is that each child learns differently and parents can understand, help and guide our kids based on these differences in Cognitive skills.  

Please fill out this Google Form with any questions or topics you want Roger and Betsy to cover next Wednesday.

Zoom Link for the Event:


Meeting ID: 893 3610 3588

Passcode: 305167


It’s what we’ve been waiting for. Finally! The much-talked-about Center School Auction is back in-person in the school cafeteria on March 9th at 6pm. After a three year hiatus with only virtual auctions,, we are going live and in spectacular fashion to celebrate the “Superheroes of the Center School”! 

Your help is needed! Please Sign up to both 1) VOLUNTEER and 2) either bring a food dish to contribute to the potluck or send in to Ms. Berkery $25 cash/check made out to “Center School PTA”.  ***Important: every family is expected to sign up for (at least) one slot on March 9th in order to make the night a success***

Fill those pockets up… there’s going to be a lot of bidding wars that’s for sure.

Experience lovers- these items are for you!

Weekends in The Hamptons, and Poconos; Jingle Ball tickets; New York Giants, Yankees and Red Bull VIP Tickets; Karaoke Party; Jet Blue Tickets; see the opening bell at the New York Stock exchange and tour the floor live; Your very own Wine Tasting; Cookie making class in your own Home; Sleep No More; Equinox Spa

Food Lovers- you’ll be exhausted by the choices!

Osteria Cotta, Motorino, Bodrum, Leyla, Miriam, Felice, Street Taco, Marlow Bistro, Vin Sur Vingt, Fumo, Shake Shake, Mimi Chengs, Highlife, Amelie, The Ellington and a whole LOT more!

Sweet tooth friends--Bourke St Bakery, Billy’s Bakery, Buttercup Bakery,  Milkbar, Magnolia Bakery, William Greenberg Desserts and Mochi Dolchi. Just for Starters!!

Camps and Classes that are worth the wait-

Krav Maga, The Club at Riverdale, Open Squash, Camp Half blood, Martial Arts, Tim Morehouse Fencing,  Swimming, Pilates and Yoga. Just to get you going!

Teachers Raffles Who can guess which teachers are going where? Sneak peak: Sushi Lunch, Coney Island, Mani Pedi, Paint Sip and Eat, A virtual Moonwalk.

Next week we will reveal more! And, remember…. There’s still time to get your donation in. We ask for TWO donations per family. The deadline is February 20th. You can submit an online donation form HERE.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @csauction2023 to see so many of these great items. 

Questions? Email us at centerschoolauction@gmail.com

Special Events

The special events committee is excited to share updates on our three great nights happening this spring:

Rita Mullaney is organizing our beloved Writers’ Night for Tuesday, April 25 (in honor of National Poetry Month) at Prohibition. Please get in touch with her directly at ritabridget@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate or help organize the event.

Our Chamber Music Event is going to happen on Monday, May 1. Center School parent Kari Docter is organizing the world-class collection of classical performers once again. This is a very special, intimate evening at the home of a Center School family, with chamber music performances by our very own parents! A Center School tradition for years, this spring’s event will be curated and performed by members of the Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus who are Center School parents, and we’d love to have others join us! We are particularly in need of a violinist and violist but would be pleased to include any others too. Please contact Kari Docter directly, at karijanedocter@gmail.com

If you would like to attend that event, please RSVP to centerschoolspecialevents@gmail.com. Please put “Chamber music RSVP” in your email subject. 

And our singer-songwriter night is going to happen on a date TBD in June. We welcome any singers, songwriters or other musicians to perform original work or covers. Last year several of us worked together to perform a few songs and we would be excited to add any new players to our group. Please send a note to centerschoolspecialevents@gmail.com with “Singer / Songwriter night” in the subject line. 

And as always, we’re excited to add any additional volunteers who want to help organize these fantastic nights!

For the Kids

Picture Day

Center School students are scheduled to have Picture Day on Monday, February 13th.

PTA and SLT Opportunities

We will be hosting our PTA and SLT elections in May. If you have questions about these opportunities or positions, please contact the PTA Presidents at centerschoolpta@gmail.com.  

DOE Updates

Nominations are now open for the Big Apple Awards. Nominations will be open until February 28, 2023.  Everyone is encouraged to nominate a teacher by clicking here or emailing NYC Public Schools here. More information, including details about the selection criteria and past winners, can be found here.  

Mark Your Calendar – Important Dates

  • February 8: Parent Education Series (Zoom)
  • February 10: Valentine’s Day Party
  • February 13: Picture Day at Center School
  • February 13: PTA Meeting
  • February 20-24: Midwinter Recess – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • March 9: Auction “Superheroes of the Center School” (In-person)
  • March 16: PTA Meeting & TACS Show
  • April 24: PTA Meeting
  • April 25: Writers Night
  • April 27: SLT Meeting
  • May 1: Chamber Music Event
  • May 22: PTA Meeting
  • May 25: SLT Meeting
  • June 12: PTA Meeting
  • June 15: SLT Meeting
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