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As we head into warmer weather, the Parents Association would like to begin by saying THANK YOU to all the amazing parents that volunteered their time and helped make our Second Annual Valentine’s Day Dance Party a success. Our fantastic Slime Station was a huge hit. We also held our Teacher Time Raffle during the dance and it was a great success. Winners were notified with a note that was sent home in February. Thank you to all the wonderful parents and students that participated in the raffle. We could not have done it without your support and consistent effort in making things fun for the students of P.S. 196, the School with a Heart.

The week of March 12th will be lots of fun for our students, as they will have the opportunity to visit the Scholastic Book Fair and purchase books. You can send in money with your child and there will be parent volunteers at the Book Fair to help them choose books. A flyer also went out towards the end of February which showed some of the books that would be sold at the fair. The Book Fair will also be running during Parent Teacher Conferences in the Library so please make sure to visit and support our school. Please click here for our Book Fair’s flyer and class schedule.

March 15th is Parent Teacher Conferences. It will be a half day for all students, with dismissal at noon. The conferences are 1pm-3pm and 5pm-8pm. A notice was sent home with your child so you can schedule your conference with your child’s teacher. If you did not receive one, please contact either your child’s teacher or class parent. During the Parent Teacher Conferences, class parents will be asking you to fill out Parent Surveys, we would greatly appreciate it if you would fill out the survey at that time. If you do not receive a Parent Survey, please contact either your child’s teacher, class parent or the school’s Parent Coordinator Ellen Maurer @ . Any class with 100% return of the survey will be rewarded with a pizza party or an ice cream party. After School will also be provided on that day, please click here for more information on the after school program on March 15th.

Please join us for a March Fitness Funday on Saturday, March 10th. The focus on this fitness Funday will be Karate, so please join us for some fun! Come for a great Karate class followed by a delicious bagel brunch. There are more fitness days coming this year- please check out the Wellness Council page on our website.

We will continue to host our profitable restaurant fundraisers. Thank you to the wonderful families that continue to support our fundraisers by visiting our participating restaurants. This month's Restaurant Fundraiser is being held at Shake Shack on Monday, March 19th from 11am-11pm. Shake Shack is located at 71-26 Austin Street in Forest Hills. Shake Shack will donate 25% of your total bill back to the Parents Association. How amazing is that! Click here for flyer.

The Parents Association is very excited to host International Night, which will take place on Sunday April 29th from 4-7pm. Please click here for our Save the Date flyer. If you would like to host a country or volunteer your time, please contact Deepali Patel-Sagar, PA Co-Vice President-

We will also have our second annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale on Friday, May 11th. We are very excited for this event and we will be looking for parent volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering your time-please reach out to Stephanie Cooper, PA Co-President- More information coming soon...

What a great way to show your Spirit for PS196--Go online and purchase your school spirit wear. Be in style and check out our new items added to our school this year. Please click here for the online brochure.

Look out- Our very own Student Publication ''Spotlight Magazine" The Mystery Issue is in print and will be ready to be released by Spring Break. Wait until you see the talent, the dedication, the hard work and love that has been poured into this project by the students. We are so thankful to the wonderful parent volunteers that made this all possible. If you would like to be part of the Spotlight committee- Please email

Please don’t forget to mark your calendars, Spring Break starts on Friday, March 30th and school resumes on Monday, April 9th.

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.

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