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Family WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2015
Parents and Guardians are invited to join us from 8:50-9:35am and get a closer look at the hard work that's been going on in you child's classroom. 

3rd Grade Families please see item about the Third Grade Show below. 

For the safety and security of our children, all adults must show your PS11 Photo ID or admission ticket as they enter through the Big Yard. Tickets came home in backpacks and/or were emailed to parents. If you do not have a PS11 Photo ID or ticket, you will need to sign in with the security officer and show ID before you will be allowed into the building. Thank you for your understanding.


It's Third Grade SHOWTIME!
Wednesday, November 25 
at 9:45am in the Auditorium

(with a 1:30pm show for students ONLY due to space concerns)


3rd Grade families are invited to our 9:45 performance. The auditorium will not be open for families until about 9:40. Our kindergartners will also be in the audience for this performance and we need to give them some time to come to the auditorium after their Family Friday event.

Please make sure that you drop your third grader off to school on time on Wednesday, as they will need time to prepare for the performance. Families are welcomed to wait in our cafeteria after drop off until the auditorium opens. The rest of our students will see the performance at 1:30pm. At this time, we will be seating over 500 students so families are not permitted to attend.



Thank you PS11 families for your generous donations and participation in the Annual Fund. We are at 55% school wide participation and have won the $30,000 pledge by anonymous PS11 families!  

But please keep giving... Donate Now!

With 100% participation K-205 and K-201 have both won the ice-cream sandwich party reward! More classrooms can win too if they reach 100% by December 15, so please keep donating. Current front runners: K-202, K-201, 1-311, 1-307, 2-305, 2-409, 3-505, 5-402, 5-405

The PTA currently spends approximately $900 on each PS11 student. We ask each family to please contribute $500 per family, but participation is the key. Donate whatever amount you can...

And don't forget about Corporate Matches
Maximize the impact of your Annual Fund donation

Does your employer offer Corporate Match? 65% of Fortune 500 companies match donations from employees to a wide variety of nonprofits and 2 out of 3 will match donations to educational institutions. Many companies small and large match dollar for dollar and some may even double or triple match a donor's gift. What do you need to do to get us that free money? Connect with us at, we will do all the work. A single additional gift matched can provide thousands of dollars, school wide matches can get us up to $100,000! Act now, many companies gift submission deadline is end of the year!


Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th
NYC schools are closed in observance of Thanksgiving


Last chance for this BEAUTIFUL FUNDRAISER for PS11!

Tues, Nov 24 and Wed, Nov 25 

This is an amazing deal at an fantastic salon generously supporting the public school in their neigborhood! And ALL proceeds come back to PS11! 
Thank you to Antonio Prieto Salon!


The PS11 Chess team won 2nd Place in the 2015 CIS Norman Binger Chess Challenge (Unrated Tournament). 

Two players were in the top ten: Avaan Chamadia (fourth overall), Joshua Isaacs (8th overall).

Go to to see more pictures and find out more about Chess at PS11. 




The Second Annual PS11 School Spelling Bee on Wednesday, November 18th, lasted 19 Rounds. Congratulations to all 15 of our Spellers, and best of luck to our 3 Champs: Brigid, Mohana and Max, as they prepare for the Manhattan District Spelling Bee in January! Stay tuned... For more on the Spelling Bee, click here. 

Thank you Principal Bender and parent volunteers! Special thanks to our volunteer Pronouncer for the evening, award-winning YA author, Todd Strasser!! 

At left: Ella, Abigail, Sydney, Brigid, Sophie, Mohana, Max, Jacob, Raphael, Ansh, Daniele, Isabelle, Amy, Ella Rose, Juliette | At right: Brigid, Mohana and Max | photo credit: Andrea Buman


The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is conducting a review of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. NYSED is conducting a survey in order to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the standards. The results of the survey will directly inform any changes that we make to the standards as a result of the review. Click here to find out more.

Click here to take the survey


5th Grade Families
Please Pick Up Applications

Applications are due Dec 1 for middle school and are ready to be picked up. They will be available in Room 101 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning at 8 AM.

Once you have filled out your application, please return it to your child's classroom teacher. The application is due by December 1st, and you may turn it in earlier. Thank you!

Be sure to check the Middle School News page for updates on tours, fairs and other important information.

**For more information or questions about the Middle School Application process, please contact Christine Leonhardt**


Fairway Double Points Day
Tuesday, December 1st, ALL DAY

After 4 days of eating and drinking, you can go stock up and get double points (and double dollars) for the school. 

Get your Fairway Card...Shop & Support PS11 

Click here to find out what it's all about!


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

All requests for portrait re-takes, or new portrait orders must be received in the main office by Monday, November 30. 

On Wednesday, December 2nd, Irvin Simon photographers will be back at PS11. If parents, or guardians would like to have their child re-take a portrait, return all the unwanted individual portraits from the order in the original envelope to Phyliss Dicembre, in the main office. Please remember to keep the original class picture that was included in your package.

If your child missed picture day and you would like the Irvin Simon photographers to take their portrait, please come into the office and complete a picture order form and make payment. The school main office is open weekdays between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.



2015-16 SLT Book Club 
Cycle 2 Kickoff Meeting
Thursday, December 3rd
at 9am in the Cafeteria 

Childcare available for current PS11 Students only

Click here to read more about it...