Bill Gerstel, a former PS3 dad and longtime parent volunteer, needs our help. For years, Bill gave tirelessly to the PS3 community, serving as PTA co-president, co-chair of the arts committee, beloved Power Lunch shepard/organizer, alum drummer in the auction band, overseeing the live music at Spring Fling, just to name a few. Bill, who also ran a kids rock camp, was a longtime fixture in the 1980s East Village punk and rock scene.
Bill has again been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the illness he beat many years ago. Bill and his wife Robin are being hit with a new wave of medical bills, as they struggle with everyday for food and other daily necessities.
You can help Bill and Robin by helping to reach the $35,000 goal set by a GoFundMe campaign that’s already raised $30,232.
Go to https://www.gofundme.com/supportbill-robin to donate.
Get ready to raise your digital paddle. Our third-annual Fine Art Auction goes live on Wednesday, June 8, and ends on Friday, June 17. Peruse the collection at https://paddle8.com/auction/ps3/ where you’re sure to find a piece or two to elevate your home or office, or as a gift to lift the spirits of a friend or family member.
This year’s stable features works by Stephen Powers, Roberto Dutesco, Suzanne Anker, Paul Richard, Chris Stein, Mark Seliger, and others.
It’s more than art for art’s sake. All proceeds help the PTA to fund enriching programs and additional support for our kids. Find that unique piece of art while helping PS3 to support students and teachers at every level. Anyone can bid. Please encourage your friends, via social, to visit https://paddle8.com/auction/ps3/. Art will be carefully shipped to buyers outside the PS3 community.
Come shop for new and gently used designer clothing and accessories at the annual PS3 Pop Up Shop!! All proceeds go to support the PS3 PTA.
DATE: Saturday June 4th- Sunday June 12th
PLACE: 700 Washington St @ Perry
TIME: Weekdays 9-7 Weekends 12-7
To the PS 3 Community: Almost Summer!
On June 10th we will host our annual Spring Harvest Day in the cafeteria during every lunch period. Look for a special recipe: watermelon gazpacho, a chilled soup that should be perfect for these sticky days. The school gardeners will be busy harvesting classroom grown pea shoots and all the beautiful baby lettuces and herbs beginning to pop up in the school yard Wooly Pockets garden.
Green Labs Wrap-up-
Please don’t be surprised if your child suddenly craves fresh greens everyday! Our Green Labs were a huge success with students preparing and sampling freshly made salad dressings, see recipes below. Consider making these dressings at home with your child. We had students licking their fingers for every last drop.
The PS3 SLT will be presenting the results of the PS3 Grade Composition Poll which was conducted between February-March 2016. We had an overwhelming response of over 470 responses across multiple cohorts— current parents, current teachers, alum parents, recent alums (currently middle school and high school age children), and administration. It took us some time to analyze the information and we are excited to present the results and start a dialogue as a community about grade composition at PS3. All cohorts are part of the overall PS3 community and so the discussion is expected to be a reflection of the many perceptions which make up our community.
PS3 is an unusual elementary school as the values espoused by PS3 go beyond the elementary school years and have often been cited by alums as the root of their sense of joy of learning and community. It is therefore the pleasure of the SLT to also welcome the voices of our recent alums as part of the discussion. The evening will begin at 6 pm on June 16, 2016, and the overall goal of the evening is simply to start a dialogue and a discussion which will continue.
Feel free to bring children who are interested in participating. Childcare will also be available for younger children.