Congrats to our PS 3 Chess Players

Our talented fifth-grade chess players–Maria Poulos-Chachere, Theodore Poulos-Chachere, and Siddhartha “Sid” Mutha–won second place in the Reserve (K-12 Under 1500), a fiercely competitive section for the highest-rated players at the 2017 CIS Veterans’ Day Chess Tournament hosted at PS11 on Saturday, Nov. 11. The trio outperformed teams with four or more players, in an unprecedented victory, as it almost always takes at least four players to gain enough points for a section team win. First place in the category went to a high school with four players.

Maria, one of the nation’s top 25 10-year-old girl United States Chess Federation (USCF) rated players, also won all four games, tying for first place in the Reserve (K-12 Under 1500) individual standings.

Chess in the Schools (CIS) fosters the intellectual and social development of youth through chess education, and offers free tournaments throughout the city for every youth player.

PS3 Square Dance: Giddy Up on Over!

Square Dance 2017The annual PS3 Square Dance “fun”raiser is Friday, November 17, from 6-9 p.m.

The annual Square Dance is a great PS3 tradition. Parents and children are invited to Do-si-do along with the caller and live band. Dinner–chili, cornbread and the works–will be available for sale. See the dinner menu here! Cowboy and cowgirl hats and bandanas will also be for sale. There will also be free art activities for the kids.

Entrance fee is $3 per person (child or adult).

We need parent volunteers to make this super fun event a success! Please  sign up for any and all slots you are available to help:

Slots include: set-up, clean-up, food service, desert table, ticket sales/admission, and arts & crafts table!

Even if you’re not available to join us, please donate a dessert (or two)! We sell out very quickly and need lots and lots! Drop off any time Friday 11/17 in the gymeteria kitchen (please label “SQD Dessert”).

And check out our mouth-watering menu here! 1 ticket = $1

square dance menu 2017



PS3 at the NYC Marathon

Marathon_2017Since 2012, the PS3 Marathon Team has been running NYC and raising money for PS3. Every year, 10 fearless parents train for 20 weeks and take on the 26.2 mile race through the streets of New York.

This year the team welcomes a very special member! Isaac Mercado, our amazing safety agent, decided that keeping our kids safe wasn’t enough, so he signed up to run and fundraise for PS3!

Please show your support to the team by donating here:

Newest MAL member

Gloria Chew is our newest member of the PTA Exec Board, elected at the October 2017 meeting. She is the mother of two daughters–Eliza, in Sabrina’s kindergarten class, and Cecilia, who will hopefully join her big sister next year at PS3 for Pre-K. Gloria looks forward to establishing new roots at PS3 and collaborating with the families, teachers and administration to make this the best school year yet.

Bill Gerstel Music Scholarship for 4th/5th graders

 Bill Gerstel fingers with ringsA group of PS3 parents created a musical scholarship to honor the spirit of Bill Gerstel, a PS3 dad who spent many years serving within our school. The mission of the Bill Gerstel Music Scholarship is to provide the opportunity each summer for a musically gifted PS3 4th or 5th grader to attend the Bandwriting Collective Summer Program.

If your 4th or 5th grader is interested in this scholarship but has not received a questionnaire from Bruce in music class, please contact your class parent who will get you the form.

Read more about the Bill Gerstel Scholarship.

Read more about the Bill Gerstel Music Scholarship Bandwriting Collective.

WITS Update for October 2017

wellnessCommunity Letter PS3

Dear PS3 Partners & Community:

Welcome back to a new school year! For those of you who are new to the school I am Chef Lauren. I will be supporting the school kitchen staff in preparing the alternative menu. I look forward to continue working with you all this year to teach the students healthy habits.

Our Wellness in the Schools (WITS) Coaches Jamel and Jordan will continue their efforts out in the recess yard to let kids play!

Our restaurant partner is Chef Michael Anthony with Untitled and will be visiting from time to time to work on projects at the school.

I look forward to meeting with your Food Grow Play Committee regularly to discuss ways in which we can support the wellness activities in your school. There is always room for more members if you are interested in joining!

Our first round of WITS Labs this year will be the week of September 25th. We will be making a recipe using kale! Parent volunteers are always welcome but please limit it to two per class. I look forward to another productive, collaborative year. Please reach out at any time.

All the best, Lauren Nilsen PS3 WITS Chef