2/13/23 News+Center

We enjoyed seeing everyone on Monday night at the PTA Meeting.

As a reminder, there is NO after school this Friday, February 17th. And not that anyone has forgotten, but school is CLOSED next week for midwinter recess!

We will share more details about Curriculum Night after the break!


Finally, SO CLOSE! 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”! It’s worth the wait.

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***

Open up those wallets… and get ready to bid!! Here’s just a taste of our incredible items:

Just Because-

VIP tickets for Misty at The Shed, A weekend in Sag Harbor, Tickets to the Thanksgiving Play at Hays Theater, Alice Gunther Objects Shadow Boxes, Autographed Leather Football from Gale Sayers, A signed Copy of Bono’s iconic Book Surrender, A signed Chess Board from the GOAT Garry Kasparov,  New York Food and Wine Tasting Festival Grand Tasting, and that’s just to get you EXCITED.

Self-Care Lovers – these items are for you!

Pilates, Fhitting room classes, Salon Riz, Oolong Tea, Earth and Star gift bundle, Super Attractor Cards,  Bubble Bath, Rest and Heal package, Leather lined Gloves, Stretch Lab, Mario Badescu Facial, Alpaca Blankets, Fresh Honey, Spa Bene Gift cards, and just for you let’s add a fine French Glass of Wine from Amelie Wine Bar after a day of ME time.

Home Cook Book, Kitchen Enthusiasts-

Simple Pasta by Odette Williams, Cooking with Mushrooms by Andrea Gentl, Shake Shack Recipes and Stories, Open Kitchen by Susan Spungen, Ottolenghi Flavor-A cookbook. A gift for your kitchen has to be the Staub/Shake Shack 4 Quart Black Cocotte with 4 Cocktail and mixing Glasses.The amazing Jean George / Tin Building Gift Box, personally curated just for you!

Perfect meals- 

Pappardella, Joanne, Felice, Bar 314, V and T, Arco, Bondi Sushi, Indian Accent NYC, 5 Napkin Burger, The Chick Inn, HiLife, Plum Vietnamese, Community and more.

Always a must, Museums-

MOMA membership, The Museum Of Natural History, The Transit Museum, Behind the Scenes at The MET Scientific labs, The Museum of Moving Image.

Camps and Classes that are perfect for any age-

Chess, Swimming, Martial Arts, Yoga, Pilates, Test Prep, Guitar, Bridge, Parent Guidance, Writing Workshop, Mathnasium and Music Box  Just to get you thinking!

Teachers Raffles Who can guess which teachers are going where? Sneak peek: Dumplings, Bird Watching, Mushroom foraging, Ice cream tour, a long Pizza lunch.

And, remember…. There’s still time to get your donation in. We ask for TWO donations per family. The deadline is February 27th. 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

Just a reminder that there are still spaces available for the May 1st chamber music night. Please email centerschoolspecialevents@gmail.com if you want to attend. Also, if you want to be involved in the singer/songwriter night in June please email centerschoolspecailevents@gmail.com as well. 

Kids For Ukraine

Kids For Ukraine: One-Year Anniversary 

During the Mid-Winter Break, it will be the One-Year Anniversary since the start of the War in Ukraine — and since 8th Graders Nazar Navada and Connor Margolis founded Kids For Ukraine.  Recent news reports have conveyed the renewed urgency of the situation, especially given the cold weather months.  

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Join Our Photo Contest on Feb 24: wear Blue & Yellow to show your support!  ��������

1. Take a pic while wearing your hoodie, T-shirt, hat, ribbon, whatevah!

2. Hold up a sign which says “I Stand With Ukraine.”

3. Post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn; tag: #IStandWithUkraine + #Kids4Ukraine 

  • Buy some Merch on www.kids4ukraine.org.  Spring is around the corner, and your kids will be having a growth spurt!!
  • Make a donation, via Kids For Ukraine website or our PayPal: kidsforukraine243@gmail.com.  Feel free to leave a message along with your donation.
  • Talk about the ongoing war in Ukraine with your kids.  Encourage them to engage in acts of kindness, social justice and community support.

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.  


Supt. Kamar Samuels will host a meeting on Tuesday, February 28th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. See attachment.

In the Community

Safe Haven West Side Basketball League is hosting a President’s Week Basketball Mini-camp. Please see the attached flyer for the details and how to register.

Mark Your Calendar – Important Dates

  • February 20-24: Midwinter Recess – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • March 9: Curriculum Night – 3:45 PM (In-person prior to the Auction)
  • March 9: Auction “Superheroes of the Center School” (In-person)
  • March 16: PTA Meeting & TACS Show
  • March 17: NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)
  • 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 1: 8th Grade Show
  • June 12: PTA Meeting
  • June 15: SLT Meeting

Kindly, Sarah Courtemanche & Joshua Weinberger
Parent Volunteers
on behalf of The Center School

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