5/20/23 News+Center

This upcoming week is a busy one! We have our May PTA meeting and elections on Monday, May 22. Finally, we will be hosting our next PTA Community Coffee on Wednesday, May 24, in the courtyard, after morning drop-off.

We will be selling tickets for the annual Basket Raffle at our community coffee and the baskets will be on display! Winning tickets will be drawn on June 1, the day of the 8th Grade Show.

Don’t forget, school is closed Monday, May 29.

Center School Students in the Community

The West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) is having a street fair this Sunday, May 21, and three Center School student poets are reading poems they wrote for the occasion.  The poems were selected by a WSCAH committee. Drop by if you can, to support them and the WSCH between 1:00- 2:30 and you’ll hear them read.

PTA Meeting

We have our monthly PTA meeting on Monday, May 22 at 6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing everyone! As a reminder, we have our PTA elections as well as a special guest speaker. We have included the zoom link and the agenda is attached to this email.

Monday, May 22 @ 6:30 pm


Meeting ID: 839 5798 2322

Passcode: 440935

PTA and SLT Opportunities

Center School Executive Board nominations for the 2023-24 school year are open. Any parent or guardian of a current Center School student may run for a board or SLT seat (with the exception of Center School or DOE employees).

Elections will take place at our virtual PTA meeting on Monday, May 22nd at 6:30pm. Immediately prior to voting, any additional nominations will be taken from the floor. Please be prepared to speak for 1 minute about yourself.

All positions are open:

Co-President – one year term

Co-Vice President – one year term

Co-Secretary – one year term

Co-Treasurer – one year term



CRJE will host a special presentation Monday evening at our May PTA meeting.

“The Quest to Promote Positive and Neutral Content Online”

A special presentation by Rachel Lowenstein, Global Head of Inclusive Innovation at Mindshare, and moderated by Center School Parent and CRJE co-chair Tari Coy about the media consumed by OUR kids and their friends.

Since the pandemic, screen time has steadily increased in children.  According to Common Sense Media, on average, daily screen use went up among tweens (ages 8 to 12) to five hours and 33 minutes and among teens (ages 13-18) went up to eight hours and 39 minutes. 

All children are impacted by the increased time spent online and on social media.  Still, the media has created an unfortunate forced choice where men and boys have two options: media that seeks to radicalize them by buying into anti-feminist, racist, misogynistic ideas OR media that mostly ignores the pain of men and boys altogether.  There are very few options for positive male role models which makes the “manosphere” that much more enticing for men and boys since many toxic creators (i.e. Andrew Tate, Fresh & Fit) position themselves as “role models” to boys and men.

Rachel Lowenstein, Global Head of Inclusive Innovation at Mindshare, will take us through her research and quest to promote positive and neutral content online.

Basket Raffle

You can still purchase tickets to our annual Basket Raffle.

Each homeroom is raffling off a unique, fantastic basket filled with beautiful supplies.  Tickets are $1.00 each. There is an unlimited supply of tickets in the office upon request.   

Please put your name or child’s name on the tickets you purchase and the homeroom number of the baskets you would like to enter to win. The basket proceeds will help make the all-school trip a reality.

Please contact Ms. Berkery with questions or for more tickets.

Special Events

We have one more special event planned – Singer / Songwriter Night! 

We are moving the location of Singer / Songwriter night to the 222 Speakeasy Lounge at Mochi Dolce (http://mochidolci.com/).

Thanks to CS parents Aoommie and Leo Cutone for making this great space available to us! 

Singer / Songwriter Night is Wednesday, June 14 @ 6:30 PM

If you would like to perform, please email CenterSchoolSpecialEvents@gmail.com 


The Auction Committee is excited to announce three new co-chairs for next year’s auction:

Angela Ranieri, Monica Wyche and Julianne Parmenter. Anyone who is interested in joining next year’s effort, can reach out to centerschoolauction@gmail.com. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved in the fall!


Are you a parent of a child embarking on a school transition (5th-6th grade / 8th-9th grade)?

You are invited to a discussion and Q&A with child therapist, Karen Tsiropinas, LMSW of Cope With School NYC, current high school students and parents. The program will be facilitated by admissions guru, Maurice Frumkin, founder of NYC Admissions Solutions.

Please Join us on ZOOM:  Wednesday, May 24, 2023 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Register at: http://bit.ly/3nPX51k

Mark Your Calendar – Important Dates

  • May 22: PTA Meeting & ELECTIONS
  • May 24: PTA Community Coffee
  • May 25: SLT Meeting
  • May 29: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
  • June 1: 8th Grade Show
  • June 5: PTA Meeting (NEW DATE)
  • June 8-9: NO SCHOOL – Chancellor’s & Clerical Days
  • June 14: Singer/Songwriter Night at Mochi Dolci
  • June 15: SLT Meeting
  • June 19: NO SCHOOL – Juneteenth 
  • June 27: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (noon dismissal)


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

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