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Parent - Teacher Association Executive Board - Room 304;

Sharon Cayenne, President

Sharon has been a steady fixture at Ditmas for many years. She is a warm and lively woman who shares the school’s vision of Children First. Many of our students know her by name for she lives in the neighborhood and cares for every one of them. She is proud that two of her elder sons are Ditmas graduates; Shawn (LCS 2005 / 2006) presently attending Brooklyn Bridge Academy & Sheldon (BFT 2006 / 2007) is presently attending Edward R. Murrow HS. Her youngest, Michael BFT. In addition to volunteering and looking after 4 boys/gentlemen she is pursuing her degree in nursing.

Karen Thomas, Secretary

Karen is a preschool teacher at 1199 Future Of America Learning Center and is a former Ditmas graduate (1987). Her daughter Kayla Thomas of APVA is learning to play clarinet for the Ditmas school band. She has lived in the community for 20 years and is strong in her belief that parent involvement and positive, and caring adults can help in the success in the lives of all children.

Kareen Young, Treasurer

Kareen is a Senior Accountant for Publisher’s Clearing House. Her son Dillon Patterson is in the Superintendent Class in APVA. Education and communication – all strong!

Matthew Bascombe, Vice President

Matthew broke the school record for computer installations last year – 13 installations in one day! He immediately took on a role as a volunteer and flew with it by becoming Treasurer in last year’s PTA. Matthew’s daughter Brittany is in BFT.

Make the most of Parent-Teacher Conferences next month!

Are you prepared? Let us help you!

Thursday, February 28, 2008 

§ Afternoon: 1pm – 3pm

§ Evening: 6pm – 8:30pm

The Parent-Teacher Conference: Five Must-Ask Questions
Family Education offers a printable list of questions designed to help parents get the most out of their parent-teacher conference.

Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences
"Just as the teacher must prepare for the conference, so should you," says education writer Jackie Glassman, M.S.Ed. in this Discovery School article. "Here are some ideas for how you can get the most out of your parent-teacher conferences this year."

Parent-Teacher Conferences: A Guide for Parents
This article, prepared for the National Association of School Psychologists, is featured on TeachersAndFamilies.com, a Web resource developed by teachers for students and their parents.

Obtained From Education World

Resources for families:

Summer camp fairs: The American Camp Association and Manhattan Media summer camp fairs are being held weekends in February. See the Insideschools calendar for details, and check out our recent article about summer camps for advice.

Free Broadway tickets for kids: At selected Broadway shows on Feb. 5-6 and 12-13, adults who buy a full-price ticket can bring a kid for free. Check out Kidsnightonbroadway.com for details and show options.

Just for youth:

Students Can Apply for Free Summer Arts Institute

Middle and high schools / Deadline: February 29

Students entering grades 8-12 this September can apply to attend the Summer Arts Institute, a tuition-free, intensive four-week program held at Stuyvesant HS in Manhattan beginning July 7. At the institute, students will have the opportunity to major in dance, drama, vocal music, instrumental music (band), visual art, film, or photography. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their chosen art form. An experienced staff of teachers and artists will guide students in developing their skills and creativity as they prepare for the next level of study.

Admission to the program is by application and audition. For more information and an application, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/teachlearn/arts/ostpro.html. The applications deadline is February 29. Please encourage your arts teachers to share this opportunity with their students. For additional information, contact Jill Rashba at (212) 374-6845 or summerarts@schools.nyc.gov.

Film competition for Brooklyn teens

High Schools / Deadline: February 20

Brooklyn Independent Television is seeking 2-3-minute films made by teens to promote BK 4 Real, a new show for teens. Entrants must be high school students who live or go to school in Brooklyn. Submit your film and an application by Feb. 20. For more information, e-mail bk4real@briconline.org.

Gospel for teens:

Middle and high schools / Deadline: February 29

The Mama Foundation for the Arts in Harlem is holding spring auditions for its Gospel for Teens program, open to teens aged 13-19. Pre-register for auditions being held Feb. 3-16. For more information, call 212-280-1045.

College preparation event:

Register for College Goal Sunday, where students can get help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), required for college applicants seeking financial aid. Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Lehman HS, Bronx. Map.

Free SAT classes for high school students:

The Museum of the City of New York in East Harlem is offering free history and SAT preparation classes on Saturday mornings. Applications are due Feb. 15; classes start March 1. For more information, contact Laurel Daen at 212-534-1672 x3401.

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