TAOTS Wins Golden Apple Award

Parents in action at “It’s My Park Day” 2012.

This is the first in an ongoing series featuring TAOTS parents in action.  Parents do so much to for the school and make a big difference everyday.  Whether volunteering on the PTO, in the school, in the classroom, our parents do so much to enrich the lives of our children.

In June 2012, we learned that TAOTS had won the New York Restoration Project Rose Award for 2012.  We received the award for our “TAOTS Children’s Corner Beautification Project” which seeks to create a community garden in Seth Low Park which is located across the street from the school.  This project involved coordination and planning between many parents and will continue next year as well.

Phase I was the general clean-up of the space at Seth Low by “Superkids on a Mission” cluster, parent volunteers and school staff in March 2012.  Phase II was the clean-up and maintenance of the area and the stenciling of children’s games by the 80 plus student, parent and school staff volunteers who came out for “It’s My Park Day” on May 19,2012. We appreciate all the volunteers who supported these efforts!

Special thanks to Susan Yee, parent and Grant Committee member, for writing and submitting the NYC Department of Sanitation Golden Apple Awards application on behalf of our school.

June PTO Meeting – Final Meeting of the Year

The final PTO meeting of the school year is Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30PM in the TAOTS cafeteria.  Don’t miss your last chance this year to have your voice heard and get your questions answered.

The agenda is as follows:

  • Approval of Minutes.
  • PTO elections and nominations:  We will be taking floor nominations.
  • Review of Treasurer’s Financial Reports
  • Approval of Budget for 2012-2013 school year
  • Transfer of Direct Appeal fundraiser money to PS 682
  • Vote for short fall of funds towards TA.
  • School Leadership Team update
  • After-school Enrichment Programs update.

o        Gently Used Books Sale on June 19th 8:30AM-2:30PM    

o        Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony June 22nd

 o        TAOTS End of Year Celebration: Brooklyn Cyclones Friday June 29th 7PM
@ MCU Park in Coney Island

May PTO Meeting

Get a head start on next year by attending this month’s PTO meeting.  Both Ms. Lotz and Ms. Rogalle will be on hand to present on the school expectations per grade for next year.  Find out what your child will need to know!

The school year is coming to end and we’re finishing up with some great events.  See below for a quick summary and attend the meeting for a full discussion.


  • Approval of Minutes
  • Review of Treasurer’s Financial Reports
  • PTO elections and nominations:  We will be taking floor nominations.
  • School Leadership Team update
  • School supplies and school uniform collective ordering update
  • After-school Enrichment Programs update
  • Event Reminders
    • Mother’s Day flower sale Reminder May 11th
    • Teacher Appreciation day Luncheon May 11th
    • “It’s My Park Day” Saturday May 19th 11AM-1PM Seth Low Park
    • Gently Used Books Sale on June 14th 8:30AM-2:30PM
    • Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony June 22nd
    • TAOTS End of Year Celebration: Brooklyn Cyclones Friday June 29th 7PM MCU Park
  • End of the year summer gift for all TAOTS students
  • Grants committee update: grant proposals and discussion of rooftop greenhouse
  • Guest Speakers: Ms. Lotz and Ms. Rogalle will review the school expectations per grade for next year.

Gently Used Book Sale

Date: June 14, 2012
Time: 8:30AM to 2:30PM
Location: Room 135

Pre-owned and pre-loved books will be available for a fraction of the cost. All books are priced from .50¢ to $4.00. Let’s go green by purchasing pre-owned books for our children’s summer reading. If you would like to donate books, please bring your books to Room 228.

We are looking for parent volunteers to assist with setup on June 13th and sales June 14th.

All proceeds go directly to the PTO and help support our children.

Sponsored by the PTO of TAOTS

April PTO Meeting – Wed, April 18 at 6:30pm

The April PTO Meeting is going to be a great.  With a guest speaker and parent group discussions.  Here is a preview of the agenda:

  • Workshop:“Parents as Partners” Writing Workshop.  Ellen Lotz, TAOTS Curriculum Specialist, will explain how to evaluate your child’s writing and what defines an exemplary piece of writing.  Through the use of actual writing samples, Ms. Lotz will provide an overview of the rubrics used by teachers to evaluate writing.  She will also discuss the writing conference and its role in supporting writing.
  • Group discussion of PTO feedback survey results
  • PTO elections and nominations:  Nominations are being sent and parents should send in their notices if they would like to run.
  • School Leadership Team update
  • Committee formation for end of year book sale and Mother’s Day flower sale.

Childcare will be available!