Love, friendship....and a snowball fight! K-5 students had a blast on Valentine's Day when PTA volunteers turned the Main Building gym into a winter wonderland, with trees, snowflakes and hearts galore. Each child left with a goody bag filled with school supplies, a lollipop and an acrylic character heart!
Photo Credit: Rathkopf Photography
On Giving Tuesday, the PTA at PS/IS 104 partnered with One Sandwich At A Time and The Brooklyn Cyclones to make 500 sandwiches for food insecure families in our community. The event, which was sponsored by Councilman Justin Brannan and Bay Ridge Cares, had kids as young as 5 making ham/cheese, turkey/cheese and sunflower butter/jelly sandwiches alongside their caregivers, 104 administration and teachers and staff from the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Cyclones' mascot, Sandy, made a guest appearance as did Alpha! This event launched 104PTA's new initiative, ONE04 Changemakers. PS/IS 104 has a rich history of civic engagement and responsibility and the PTA is supporting that mission by hosting a series of events throughout the school year that focus exclusively on volunteerism and giving back to our community.
Students, administration and teachers REALLY got into the literary spirit for our first ever Literary Spirit Day when they came to school dressed wearing something inspired by their favorite author, book or character. We were lucky - and thrilled - to see Miss Viola Swamp, The Wizard of Oz, Things 1 - 6, 101 Dalmations, Harry Potter, Dog Man and so many more grace the halls of P.S./I.S. 104 in support of literature.
After a year off, the Scholastic Book Fair was back. For the first time ever, we held this beloved event outdoors in our schoolyard. Thanks to all our volunteers, custodian team and "Gatto Squad," who showed up every morning and afternoon to set up and take down hundreds of books and dozens of displays in under 30 minutes!
Cannonball Park was turned into a spooktacular wonderland when the PTA hosted The Pumpkin Stroll. Hundreds of decorated pumpkins - donated by our students - lined the cobblestone pathways of this picturesque park as more than half of our entire school community showed up for a gorgeous evening of costumes, activities and fall treats. The PTA partnered with NIA to bring a food truck and photo booth to the event and Bay Ridge/Sunset Park Rocks provided rocks, paints and materials for crafty fun. To celebrate Día de Muertos, a Day of the Dead ofrenda with pictures of our families and staff's ancestors, was beautifully displayed. Thank you to our partners, NYC Parks & Services, our families and our staff, who handed out candy and goodies all evening long on our trick-or-treat trail!
Together with volunteers and our custodian team, the P.S./I.S. 104 "Gatto Squad" turned our outdoor space into a bonafide pumpkin patch! Students in K-5 took home a free pumpkin courtesy of the PTA, Whole Foods and Foodtown. We cannot thank these wonderful supermarkets enough for donating over 700 pumpkins - enough to gift every elementary student and arts students in 6-8.
The weather was gorgeous and the view even better! On Sunday, September 26th, the PTA hosted the first annual, Yoga in the Park. Parents, teachers and principals gathered for a one-hour class led by Erica Stavrou of Owl's Head Yoga. Baya Bar provided the most delicious smoothie bowls and 100% of all proceeds is going to our Fall festivities! Thank you so much to Owl's Head Yoga and Baya Bar for their incredible generosity!
104PTA welcomed the newest members of the 104 family on the 1st day of school after Kindergarten drop-off in front of the Annex. One lucky parent walked away with a basket full of books donated by Tilbury House Publishers!
First day photo stations featuring Alpha and beautiful balloon arrangements by 104 parent, Lori B. of Balloons by Lori B. Kids and families had a blast as they posed for pics before heading into the new school year!
Incoming Kindergarteners were treated to a virtual bedtime story on the night before their big day. Thank you to 104 principal, Ms. Gordon, for reading such a special book during this fun-filled pajama party!