Picture Retakes and Mixed Bag for Giving Tuesday

Hello all,

Welcome back. We hope you all enjoyed a great Thanksgiving!

Picture Day Retakes: It’s time to schedule retakes and order your school pictures.  Both the retake day and the deadline to get free shipping to the school are Friday, December 8.

For those who need to do retakes (and those who missed picture day), we need to gather the information to coordinate with Stomping Grounds.  Please send an email to me at tholden@qcc.cuny.edu (303pta@gmail.com also will work) with your child’s name and class by Tuesday 12/5.

In case you missed the flyer, you can view your proofs and order by going to shop.stompinggroundphoto.com, entering the online code, which is PS303 + First 3 Letters of First name + First 3 Letters of Last Name (e.g. Victoria Jones = PS303VicJon).stomping-ground-header

Giving Tuesday and Our Mixed Bag Fundraiser:  Giving Tuesday is a global day and has become a movement that connects people, businesses and organizations to celebrate and encourage giving.

As you think about how you might give to others, we hope you’ll consider supporting AEA.  Find something for loved ones or for yourself, every order counts, and supporting us is easy. Enter our fundraiser id 367843 or shop our custom web store.

P.S. Help spread the word about our fundraiser – forward this part of the email to your network!




Black Friday Shopping

Biggest shopping day of the year is almost here. Don’t forget to use our Amazon Smile link, when making your amazon purchases this weekend! A percentage of your purchase goes to AEA PS 303, with no cost to you.

As you’re shopping, you may want to consider a toy purchase for our Toys For Tots donation boxes, now set-up at school.

And save all those Box Tops from all your holiday grocery purchases. Another submission to the school will be  happening in the Spring.

Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

Weekend Blast

  • Socks in a Box – Thank you for participating in our second annual collection! AEA donated 418 pairs this year, beating last years’ number of 412. Way to go! Thank you for helping New Yorkers in need…and a BIG thank you to Katy Chiu for heading up this amazing effort!
  • Pajama Drive – our efforts to help the needy continue with the Pajama Drive. Send in new pajamas in all sizes by December 15th.
  • Mixed Bag Fundraiser – thank you for placing your orders. We have submitted them to Mixed Bag. You can continue to shop online until November 30th. Use this link; our fundraiser number (367843).

Monday Mash-up

  • Fundraising Committee – Ashley Salazar will be heading up our Fundraising Committee this year. If you’d like to get involved or connect with her with ideas, please email 303pta@gmail.com
  • Harvest Pancake Breakfast and Classroom Visits – 11/13 to 11/15 at 8:20 am for Breakfast with Ms. Leto and 9:00 am for the classroom visits. Notices went home in your child’s folder last week.
  • Parent Teacher Conference Bake Sale – November 16th – We will be having popcorn and baked goods for sale during the conferences. Please sign up here to contribute your delicious bake goods, and/or your time!
  • AEA P.S.303 is now on Social Media – Ms. Leto and staff have started sharing photos and updates. On Twitter @ AEA303Q & on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/aea303q

Mixed Bag fundraiser update and info

Hi Academy for Excellence Through the Arts Friends and Family!

Our mixed bag fundraiser is off and running. We are extending our mixed bag catalog fundraiser deadline until Monday, November 13.  By that date we need you to send in the order forms and payment (checks written out to PTA of AEA or cash) in your child’s backpack.  This will insure that we can receive all the items by December 8 (Hanukkah starts 12/12). By ordering on the paper forms, the items are shipped free to the school, there is no tax, and the PTA receives 50% of your purchase cost.

The following link will allow you to participate in our online mixed bag fundraiser: shop online & support ACADEMY FOR EXCELLENCE THROUGH THE ARTS. For the online fundraiser, you have to pay tax, shipping is not free for orders under $75, and the PTA only gets 40% of the purchase cost, so it’s better to do the on the paper forms if possible.

Help us raise funds for the great programs and resources we support at our school. Every order counts and I’m hoping you can take a moment to check it out.

Happy Shopping,


(PTA of AEA co-President) PS Help spread the word about our fundraiser – forward this email to your network!



PTA Meeting & Harvest Bake Sale Update

Thank you to all the families that donated to the bake sale.  We collected $564 in donations, which will go a long way towards purchasing great play/recess equipment for our children.

Out PTA Meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, November 2nd at 7 pm. As usual, babysitting will be provided. We hope to see you there!


Harvest Parade is Tomorrow

Harvest Parade & Bake Sale: Our Harvest Parade is tomorrow. Please be on time for school and arrive in costume! Children will report to their classrooms and then come back outside for the parade at 8:45 am.

While parents wait they can mingle and enjoy treats and coffee at our Harvest Bake Sale! If you have signed up to donate an item, please bring it to the tables outside of the gates at 8:00 am.  If you didn’t sign-up, but would still like to bring treats, please feel free to.

Looking forward to seeing all the great costumes!

Weekly Wrap-up

  • Mixed Bag Catalog Fundraiser: On Monday you will be receiving our Holiday Catalog fundraiser.  We are once again partnering with Mixed Bag Designs, which offers bags, home products and wrapping paper.  Sale runs now through 11/9. All invoices can be returned to school on 11/8, 11/9, and 11/10.
    • By sending in paper order forms, the PTA receives 50% of all orders placed.  Since the PTA is tax exempt, you pay no taxes on these orders.  The items will be sent home through school on 12/15 or earlier (possibly 12/8), so shipping is also free.
    • If orders are placed online, the PTA only receives 40% and you are responsible for taxes and shipping.  On the other hand this is a good option when out-of-town delivery is needed.
  • Annual Appeal: Thank you to all the families who have participated in our Annual Appeal, which will fund Ms. Stewart’s salary, RazKids, Singapore Math and the 92nd St Y Program for 1st and 2nd grade, among other things. Approximately 115 AEA families have contributed so far.  If you have not yet made your voluntary, tax-deductible contribution to the PTA’s Annual Appeal, there is still time to do so!! All families are encouraged to participate within their means.  Also, please check to see If your employer offers matching donations.
  • Picture Day: We had a successful picture day on Tuesday.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who made our children look their best.  Galley proofs should be ready to be sent home by 11/16.

Weekly Wrap-up

  • Reminder: Picture Day is October 24th!
  • Harvest Parade/Bake Sale: Thank you for the all that have signed-up to donate to the bake sale…keep them coming.  Sign up here to contribute.
  • Do you need labels for your child’s clothes, lunch boxes and water bottles?  If you order from Oliver’s Labels, the PTA of AEA receives 20% on your purchase. Just use the link found on our website.
  • Contact Info: Need to reach out to the PTA of AEA? Email us at 303pta@gmail.com.

Annual Appeal Donation Reminder

Dear Parents,

We need your help! Fewer than half of our families have contributed to our Annual Appeal so far. Without your donations, we will be unable to provide some vital programs not paid for by the NYC Department of Education. Please remember that a school’s budget is based on the number of students attending it. Ours is a small school, which has many advantages, but this also means that AEA families have always needed to fund certain programs ourselves.

Do you want our children to continue being among the top performers in New York City on the state ELA and Math tests? Their success is due in part to the PTA’s funding of Raz Kids, an online reading program, and Singapore Math, a specialized math curriculum that is taught at other top-rated schools in the city such as NEST+m.

Do you want our children to continue benefiting from the art instruction provided by Mrs. Stewart? The DOE does not provide the funding for her position. The PTA makes art in our school possible by contracting with Wingspan to hire a dedicated art teacher (Mrs. Stewart).

We need your tax-deductible contributions to help ensure that our children benefit from these and other excellent programs! We are grateful to those who have already contributed. The suggested donation amount is $300 per family, but we are urging all families to contribute within their means. And if you work for a company that offers matching donations, you can double your tax-deductible contribution!

Please consider sending a check or money order payable to The PTA of A.E.A. in your child’s backpack no later than next Monday, October 23rd. Please fill out and include the tear-off portion of this letter with your contribution.

We thank you for your support of our wonderful school!

The PTA Board
Attn: PTA

Letter of Donation

Child’s Name: __________________________ Class: ____________________________
Parent/Guardian name: ___________________ Amount of donation: _____________________

Signature: ______________________________