PS8 PTA Co-Presidents Kim Glickman and Ansley Samson have not sat idle since the November 20th town hall meeting that outlined the serious issues of overcrowding at PS8. The over-arching message of their latest missive, sent yesterday is that it is not too late for your voice to be heard. If you have not signed the petition, you may still do so and several key meetings are scheduled for the New Year.
A special Kindergarten Admissions info session will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 20th at the PS8 Lower School auditorium. Prospective PS8 parent, Annie Greenberger has offered to mobilize other incoming families and key meetings regarding residential development are also listed. Links to all events and contact information are contained in the original email, reproduced below.
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Dear all who signed in support of our PS8 overcrowding letter petitions:
We are writing to let you know that we sent a copy of our November 20th presentation and letter petition (with 656 signatures as of December 17th) to Chancellor Fariña at the end of last week. People can continue to sign the petition and we will include the additional signatories when we present the letter to groups in the future.
Other opportunities for discussion and advocacy:
Upcoming meeting with the NYC Department of Education (DOE): Senator Squadron’s and Council Member Levin’s offices have organized a meeting with the DOE in the PS8 lower school auditorium on Tuesday, January 20th, at 6:00pm. The DOE will discuss the kindergarten application process for those within the PS8 zone. No decisions have been made about kindergarten at PS8 in 2015-16; this is a meeting to clarify how to complete the application and promote broader understanding of how the application process works. Email Casey Adams in Council Member Levin’s office and Zeeshan Ott in Senator Squadron’s office if you have questions.
Prospective PS8 parent Annie Greenberger has offered to organize prospective PS8 parents who are interested in advocating on PS8’s overcrowding and potential responses to that overcrowding. If you are interested in being part of that group, please email Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming meetings at which new residential construction in the PS8 zone and school overcrowding may be discussed:
Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council meeting: January 27th @ 6:30pm.
Community Board 2 Youth, Education, and Cultural Affairs Committee meeting: January 28th @ 6pm.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Board of Directors meeting: February 26th @11am.
Thanks for your interest and support.
Kim Glickman & Ansley Samson
PS8 PTA Co-Presidents
Note: Post updated to reflect K application deadline is February 13, not January 13.