Meadow Farms Fundraising Packet

499 Parents:

Soon you will receive a fundraising packet featuring Meadow Farms Fundraising. This fundraiser supports many of the enrichment programs and school events provided to children throughout the school year. We need your participation! With your help and support, we can make this our most successful campaign ever! Our fundraiser will begin on October 21st. Thank you in advance for your support!

Thank you,  PTA

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Dear Parent/ Guardian:


This year, we are scheduling our Open School visits on Tuesday, October 25, Thursday, October 27, and Wednesday, November 2, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.   At this time, you will have the opportunity to observe the great learning and teaching that goes on in your child’s classroom on a daily basis.


Please keep in mind teachers are actively teaching their students and cannot meet individually with parents.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers during Parent/ Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 27, in the afternoon, from 12:40- 2:40 p.m. and in the evening, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Parents unable to attend any of the scheduled Citywide Parent/ Teacher Conferences can set-up an individual appointment to meet with their child’s teacher at a mutually convenient time.







Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Grade 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6:

1-1 (Ms. James/ room 210),

2-1 (Ms. Bondy/ room 214), & 2-2 (Ms. Song/ room 216)

3-2 (Ms. Dhandari/ room 222), 4-2 (Ms. Piazza/ English/ Social Studies/ room 226) & 6-1 (Mr. Catinella/ English/ Social Studies/ room 326)



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Grade K, 1, 3 & 5:

K-1 (Ms. Kelleher/ room 120), K-2 (Ms. Shirata/ room 122)

1-2 (Ms. Pabon/ room 212), 3-1 (Ms. Griffin/ room 218),

5-1 (Ms. Adasse/ Math & Soc. St/ room 228) &

5-2 (Ms. Turansky/ ELA & Soc. St./ room 230)




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Grade 4, 6, 7 & 8:

4-1 (Mr. Kong/ Math, Social Studies & Technology/ room 224),

Mr. Catinella/ Grade 6 English & Social Studies/ room 326

Mr. Strohschein/ Grade 7 English & Social Studies/ room 310

Ms. Loring/ Grade 8 English & Social Studies/ room 330

Ms. Shmuel/ Grade 7 & 8 Science/ room 316

Ms. Avila/ Grade 4-6 Science/ room 314

Ms. Shaw/ Grade 5-8 Spanish/ room 324,

Ms. Chow/ Grade 7 & 8-2 Math/ room 328

Ms. Salamanca/ Grade 6 & 8-1 Math/ room 312

Ms. Mistretta/ Music/ room 320

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                                         PS/IS 499 PTA IS HOSTING OUR 4th ANNUAL

                             SPOOKY DANCE

Volunteers are needed! We are also requesting donations of decorations and/or candy you no longer need. We can only accept individually wrapped candy to ensure safety. We will be accepting donations until Friday, November 4th, 2016. Please drop items off at the PTA office.

If you can help in anyway, please send an email to Jessica Hamilton at

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OCTOBER PTA MEETING: 10/20/16 6-8pm

               On Thursday, 10/20/2016 from 6 – 8pm.


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Tennis Lessons for 499 students

Queens College Tennis Center

Queens College is offering a 7 week session of tennis lessons on Fridays from 3-4
pm beginning October 21st. Due to the short notice, there will not be any distribution of a flyer.

There are 3 days available and the dates are as follows.

October 21st, 28th

November 4th, 18th December 2nd, 9th, 16th


October 24th, 31st November 7th, 14th December 5th, 12th, 19th


October 25th, November 1st, 15th, 29th December 6th, 13th, 20th

Be advised that the Friday class is the only one confirmed at the moment. A minimum of 3 children need to sign up to have the groups on Monday and Tuesday

The cost is $180 and you can register any day prior to the starting date of the first class or the day of. Payment is made directly to Queens College Athletics. To register please contact Somadi Druker, Tennis Director, at Please include in your message that this is for the 499 group lessons and include your child’s name, age, grade, and your phone number. You can also call the tennis office at 718-997-2771 with any questions.

*** This program is NOT run by PS/IS 499 or 499 PTA. Parents are responsible for picking up their children after school at dismissal and bringing them over to the tennis center behind PS/IS 499.***

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Parent Advisory Board Meeting

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz would like to invite you to her next Parent Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00pm in Room 200  at Queens Borough Hall located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens, NY.  They will be hosting a workshop on the high school admissions process and the different admissions criteria for specialized high schools, performing arts schools, special program schools, zoned schools, special testing schools, schools that provide college credit, career and technical schools, and special needs schools. All parents and educators are invited to attend this informative meeting.

The panel at the Parent Advisory Board meeting will include the following presenters:

 Department of Education – Margaret Rogers, Queens Borough Director of Enrollment

 Queens High School for the Sciences at York College – Guest Speaker Shanaz Baksh

Specialized High School in Queens

 Bard High School Early College Queens – Guest Speaker Colin Wiseman

High School students graduate with an Associate’s College Degree tuition-free

 Townsend Harris High School – Guest Speaker Principal Rosemarie Jahoda

An academically selective high school that is highly competitive

 Frank Sinatra School of the Arts – Guest Speaker Principal Donna Finn

Performing Arts High School

 Bayside High School – Guest Speaker Principal Michael Athy

Admissions criteria depends on the program

 Thomas A Edison High School – Guest Speaker Principal Moses Ojeda

Career and Technical Certifications upon graduation

The New York City high school admissions process can be intimidating and confusing for many parents and students especially if they are navigating it for the first time. The Parent Advisory Board meeting will provide guidance and clarification in order to help parents and students through the selection process. Please RSVP via email at or via phone at 718-286-2850.



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PTA ELECTIONS: SEPT 28th at 6:00pm

                                                             Nominations Meeting

                                                             PTA Executive Board

                                                  Wednesday, September 28, 2016

                                                             6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The PS/IS 499 PTA will be holding elections for the 2016-2017 Executive Board. Each PTA Executive Board position is a one-year term that can be held for 2 consecutive years. A list of positions and a description of their duties is listed below. If you are interested in any of the following positions, please complete the tear-off and return the form to the PTA office by September 28, 2016.

Vice President/Co-Vice-President: Fills in for President as needed; oversees specific committees; serves as Enrichment Committee liaison.

Recording Secretary/Co-Recording Secretary: Takes minutes at monthly meetings; prepares reports to be distributed.

Hospitality Coordinator/Co-Hospitality Coordinator: prepares and purchases the food, drinks and paper goods needed at all meetings and events.


You may nominate yourself or someone else for any position. Please complete:


Phone Number:______________________________________________________

Child’s Name and Class:_______________________________________________


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We are having our School Picture Day on Monday October 24th.  Our Parent Coordinator is looking for parent volunteers for that day, 8:30-2:00pm. If anyone is interested they can email Ms. Rowe at . Any amount of time that you can volunteer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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City Of Science 


Sunday, September 25th, 2016


York College, Health & Physical Education Complex

160-02 Liberty Avenue., Jamaica


City of Science is a FREE, indoor exhibition that features interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities that bring science to life for the entire family.



contact: or 212-348-1400

Hosted by: York College



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Teacher Night will be on Tuesday, September 13th from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm.

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