PA of PS196Q


December Toys for Tots Smencils Spotlight boosterGroovy Lab in a box Candy Cane o Gram Cheeburger CheeburgerPA Meetings



As we prepare for this holiday season, it’s a great time to remind ourselves and our children the importance of giving back.

And thanks to the many families that donated, our school community was very successful in giving back through our sock drive to benefit Coalition for the Homeless, and our food drive as well, in November.

We would also like to thank all the children that submitted a poem, a story, a quiz, an interview or a work of art for the Spotlight magazine. Our parent volunteers are working tirelessly to make sure that the publication is a huge success! If you have a business and you would like to advertise it in our magazine (and reach 1,000+ PS196 families), please click here for more info. If you have questions regarding Spotlight, please send an email to

Earlier in November, the PA also hosted a book swap after another successful Fitness Funday and it was a great turnout. The kids and parents enjoyed the book swap so much that we are planning on hosting another one sometime in the spring. And speaking of Fitness Funday, our next one will be on December 10th. Please click here to sign up.

December brings author visits for our Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. For more information on our special guest authors, as well as the dates of the author visits, please visit our “Events” tab on the PA’s website.

Please support our fifth graders on their candy- cane-scented pen-gram fundraiser. Students and parents, have the opportunity to send a candy cane pen to a friend, teacher or school staff with a special message for the holidays. Please click here to place an order.

Come support the PA as they host another Restaurant Fundraiser from Saturday, December 16th- Friday, December 22nd. A full, week- how exciting! This time it will be at Cheeburger Cheeburger on Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills. Please make sure to come support our school while enjoying a delicious meal. Please click here for the flyer.

In time for a big shopping season, we also kicked off our Groovy Labs Fundraiser. If you are looking to do something fun and educational with your child, or for a cool gift for a special kid, these STEM kits are amazing! Please click here to information on how to order a kit.

If you attended the book swap and the November PA meeting, you would have had an opportunity to purchase Smencils.(Delicious smelling pencils!) We will be selling smencils exclusively online throughout this month and then will send home a flyer in January. Please click here for instructions on how to order smencils.

Please remember to come to our PA meeting on December 12th. We will be discussing all the great things that happened in November for the PA, as well as upcoming events.

As a reminder- don’t forget to mark your calendars- there will be winter recess and no school starting December 25th – and school resumes Jan 2nd.

Here are a few ways to get involved with the PA:

*Volunteer- We love when parents get involved. It doesn’t have to be a yearlong commitment. If you have time to help out, please contact us at

*Donate- Every bit helps. Donations allow us to give back to our children in meaningful ways, whether it’s supporting our amazing after school program or throwing our amazing Halloween or uncoming Valentines dance parties. We are so grateful for all the support on our Annual Appeal thus far! We will keep you updated at the next PA meeting.

*Visit our website

We update information daily on not just what’s going on with the Parents Association but also on what’s going on in the school.

*Come to our monthly meetings which are on the third Tuesday of every month. A list of meeting dates can be found under the. “About the PA” tab.

*Like us on Facebook: Parents Association of PS 196Q

Without your generous donations we would not be able to do the things we do for our children here at P.S. 196. So we thank you and wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year filled with joy, love and health!