Vote For Your Favorite Teacher

As you know, we launched our second annual Big Apple Awards: Recognizing Teacher Excellence in New York City to recognize outstanding educators in our schools. We are thrilled to share that we have received close to 2,000 nominations from more than 650 schools! Equally exciting, almost 60% of the nominations have come from students and families!

Thank you so much for all of the work you have done so far in your school community to help us recognize great teachers.  Our goal, of course, is to have a nomination from every school. We would especially like to increase the number of nominations in underrepresented districts. (Click here to view nominations by district.)

As community leaders, we hope you can help us spread the word and encourage others in your district to nominate the outstanding teachers that they know. (Click here to print a multilingual flyer.) Anyone can submit a nomination: students, families, teachers, administrators, and community members. Nominations are due by next Friday, January 17th.

If you have any questions about this award or should you want more information about nominations within your district, please write to

Thanks again for your support and we look forward to working with you to engage our communities in recognizing our outstanding educators!


 The Big Apple Awards Team & The Division of Family and Community Engagement

May 25th PTA Meeting Review

Thanks parents, Ms. Ortiz, Ms. Pate, guest speakers Judy Zangwill, Matthew Wallace and Ms. Mirelys for attending Thursday morning’s meeting. Many passionate topics were covered, but first, congratulations to Beatrice, Rebecca, and Sean to their elected position of President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

The meeting’s review is as follows:

*) The Treasurer’s Report praised the efforts of the “Box Tops 4 Education” campaign for raising a record amount of three-hundred-twenty-nine dollars. Also, last-minute contributions for the “Read-A-Thon” set the profit at over one thousand percent, bringing in over six-thousand dollars. Cheers to the outstanding readers and their supporters that made this happen! The Spring Carnival is expected to break even. We’ve heard a number of suggestions, complaints and cheers through the grapevine about it. Future prospects for this event will be open for discussion at a later meeting. Stay tuned.

*) The vote for having June 25th and 26th as non-attendance days for “Professional Development” was unanimous in favor. Detailed information, including your choice to “opt out” will be sent home. While the inconvenience for working parents and the untimeliness of having two days off before the last half-day of school are understood, remember that these DOE suggested dates are crucially needed time for teachers to prepare next year’s curriculum.

*) City wide budget cuts are threatening our After School Programs again. As always, our “Knight in shining armour,” Jimmy Van Bramer has promised to fight for restoration. Sunnyside Community Center’s Executive Director, Judy Zangwill as well as Ms. Mirelys with the support of Councilman Van Bramer’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Matthew Wallace – urged the parents and the community to voice out. Currently, Councilman Van Bramer is faced with losing seven out of nine After School programs – your help is urgently needed. Regardless of whether or not your child attends after-school, having these programs intact ensures the safety of all children in our community. The presence of a stable after school program enriches development, nurtures interest and instills accountability in those that would otherwise be left to their own devices. Please take action and keep our community safe. For details on how you can help, please click here.

*) Title One funds have successfully educated parents in technology with computer classes conducted by Mr. Espinoza. In light of that success, future workshops are being considered to cultivate parents in proper nutrition. Providing a balanced diet is critical to your child’s success in school – it affects their performance physically and mentally. It has been noted that students are packing soda, chips and other junk food for lunch. While these snacks may be affordable and conveniently non-perishable, they do not provide the needed nutrients to sustain them through a school day. Guidance of practical nutrition that is informative and convenient would be a great benefit. In the meantime, please be conscious of supplying your child with nutritious lunches and snacks.

*) School Leadership Team (SLT) will be sending periodic reminders about the school’s dress code. While uniforms are no longer a requirement, a respectful dress code is – short-shorts, spaghetti straps, open mid-riffs and graphic tees are not allowed.

The meeting concluded with the New Business election of Beatrice Gomez for PTA President, Sean O’Connell for PTA Treasurer and Rebecca Wilkins for PTA Secretary.

The next PTA Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 14th at 08:30 am. Please check the school calendar as it will be updated periodically. In addition, bookmark the NYC DOE calendar for future events and important dates concerning all public schools.

Vote For Professional Development Days

For Thursday, May 24th PTA Meeting, parents will be asked to vote for Professional Development days – these are non-attendance days. The Board of Education is suggesting that schools assign June 25th and 26th as non-attendance days, which would have been the last two days of school.

The Principal’s Report segment of our meeting will explain the details involved but you are urged to attend to cast your vote.

The meeting will commence tomorrow (May 24) at 08:30 am. We’re looking forward to your support.

Mid-Winter Recess

We are entering Mid-Winter Recess from February 20th through February 24th. We hope you enjoy a safe and productive week and would like to remind you that there are only two weeks left of the Read-A-Thon. Reading should be a daily part of a child’s curriculum regardless of the school break. Remember, for the Read-A-Thon you can count everything your child reads. The recess break is an excellent time to pore over books, magazines, newspapers – anything your child is willing to read.

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” – Emilie Buchwald

Download Read-A-Thon Students Docs

Read-A-Thon For parents

Checks for sponsorship should be made payable to “P.S. 150Q PTA”