Monthly Archives: March 2017

How would you spend $1M?



Do you have a minute to decide how $1m in NYC funding should be used?  We have a suggestion for a project that will address an urgent need within our Bayside community, and invest in the future of our community and children.

NYC’s 6th annual Participatory Budgeting Program PBNYC is underway and Vote Week runs from March 25th to April 2nd!

PS 41 Crocheron will be celebrating 100 years this year, and is in dire need of an electrical upgrade to support modern safety standards and support 21st century technologies.  Members of PS 41′s PTA have worked with NYC Council Member Paul Vallone’s Participatory Budgeting Office to submit our project proposal into this year’s PB cycle.  We have an opportunity to secure the funds needed to complete this important project for our school, but we need your votes!

Through Participatory Budgeting, our community can decide how at least $1 million is spent on improvements to NYC parks, schools, libraries, streets and more.  When this project began, Council member Paul Vallone’s office took suggestions from each of the communities within District 19 through several neighborhood assemblies. After gathering all of the project ideas, Vallone’s office coordinated with community volunteers, who served as Budget Delegates, to create a ballot of projects that would best serve our community’s needs. Budget Delegates met several times throughout the winter to narrow down the project ideas through field research, discussions, and consultation with city agencies. Over one hundred project ideas were analyzed for feasibility and practicality with help from city agencies, with nineteen projects ultimately being placed on the final ballot for voting.

PS 41 Centennial Electrical Upgrade

Our 100-year-old school requires an electrical upgrade to meet safety standards and support 21st Century technologies.

Since August, community members across all five boroughs have proposed and developed projects for improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, and other public or community spaces as part of this year’s PB cycle.   Members of our PS 41 PTA have submitted a project proposal for an Electrical Upgrade and it is on this year’s ballot!

How can you help?  PS 41 parents will be dispersed throughout the community to collect your votes!  Every signature counts, every parent counts, every child counts!

Anyone over the age of 14 who lives within District 19 may vote!


How to Vote

You may cast your vote once either in person or online.  Anyone who lives in District 19 (Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, College Point, Douglaston, Little Neck, North Flushing, Malba and Whitestone) and is at least 14 years old can vote, even if you are not registered or eligible to vote in electoral elections.  If you are unsure whether you live within District 19, please take a look at the 2017 District 19 Map.


Voting In Person:

PS 41 Crocheron will be a voting site!  You can come to PS 41 to cast your vote in person during any of the days/times listed below.

P.S. 41 Crocheron
214-43 35th Ave, Bayside, NY 11361

Schedule for when we will have volunteers available to help you cast your vote at PS 41:

Mon 3/27 – 8:00am-4:00pm
Tue 3/28 – 8:00am-4:00pm
Wed 3/29 – 8:00am-4:00pm
Thur 3/30 – 8:00am-4:00pm
Fri 3/31 – 8:00am-8:00pm


Sample Voting Ballot for our District 19

There are 19 projects on the ballot, and you can vote for up to 5 projects.  PS 41 Electrical Upgrade is shown as project #9 in the list.  The voting ballot will look like this:

2017 District 19 PB Sample Ballot-page-001

Voting Online

This year will be the first year when online voting will be allowed as an alternative to in-person voting.  You should only vote once – either in person or online.

When ready to submit your vote, you can do so at this website: PBNYC Online Voting Website (our project is in District 19).

For instructions on how to vote online, click here: PBNYC 2017 Online Voting Instructions .

You will need a cellphone with text messaging in order to receive a unique code from the website that will allow you to cast your vote online.


Other Voting Locations

You may also cast your vote at any of the other designated NYC area voting sites.  For information on all NYC voting locations.

PB GOTV 2016-2017 Flyer Final (1)


How to Volunteer during Voting Week

Participatory Budgeting (PB) Volunteer Orientation and Training Material

Here is the link to the presentation:

Here is the link to the Guide. Also in Spanish.

Attend PB Volunteer Training in Queens

Thursday March 23
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Sunnyside Community Services
43-31 39th St.
Sunnyside, NY 11104
RSVP here


Please help us get the word out!

You can also help us by sharing this information through your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, etc.).

Below are some suggested posts you can use.


Suggested message you can share via Twitter or Instagram (less than 140 characters):

Cast your vote to help PS 41 Crocheron in Bayside get a much needed electrical upgrade!
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Suggested message you can share via Facebook (longer message):

Dear Families,

One of our local elementary schools in the area, PS 41 Crocheron (a Blue Ribbon School) will be celebrating its 100th year anniversary this year! As exciting as that is for our children, the 100-year old school is in dire need of an electrical upgrade to support modern safety standards and support 21st century technologies needed to educate and better prepare our children for the future. Working with NYC Council Member Paul Vallone’s Participatory Budgeting (PB) Office, we have submitted our project proposal into this year’s PB voting cycle. We have an opportunity to secure the funds needed to complete this important project for our neighborhood school, but we need your votes!

So how can you help? Anyone who lives in District 19 (Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, College Point, Douglaston, Little Neck, North Flushing, Malba and Whitestone) and is at least 14 years old can vote, even if you are not registered or eligible to vote in electoral elections.

For information on where you can vote in person or online during voting week (March 25th through April 2nd), please visit: .

Your vote will help PS 41 Crocheron continue to support our children and community for the next 100 years!

Thank you!


Additional Information on PBNYC

PBNYC is open to everyone age 14 and older who lives in a participating district – regardless of immigration status, gender, race, ethnicity, or ability.

Information about voting locations and times will be posted on each participating Member’s Council page in the coming week.

To learn more about this exciting grassroots process, visit

Science Makerspace Donation Request


Final reminder and information about Spring Picture Day
View as a webpage<>
[Lifetouch School Portraits]



PS 41 Crocheron
Picture Day is
Thursday, March 16

Remind families that
Picture Day is
Thursday, March 16

Families can see
before they buy!
Portrait proofs will be sent home
after Picture Day.

March School Events

Dear PS 41 Families,


Welcome back from the President’s week break, we hope everyone enjoyed the time off. March promises to be a packed month, with daylight savings time starting on Sunday, March 8th, exciting events are right around the corner.


March 2: Annual Science Fair: Thursday is Evening Hours: 6:30-8:30 PM: Exciting projects from weather to nutrition awaits us! Parents, come see the great experiments that our budding scientists have created under the tutelage of Mrs. Pierides.


March 3: Annual Science Fair: Day 2 is during school hours on Friday, classes will visit the fair.


March 7: Report Cards Distributed (2nd Marking Period).


March 9: Parent Teacher Conferences: Today is a half-day with dismissal at 11:30 AM, followed by Parent Teacher Conferences from 12:20-2:20 PM and then 4:30-7:30 PM. During the conferences, please be sure to visit the Scholastic Book Fair and Bake Sale.


March 9: Scholastic Book Fair: Encourage excitement in reading as the book fair comes to PS41. Running from school hours to the Parent Teacher Conference hours, students can browse and shop for fun books that they’ll love to read. There’s something for everyone, from Magic School Bus to Goosebumps.


March 12: Daylight Savings Time Begins (Spring Ahead!)


March 13: Basketball AWAY Game (newly re-named Hawks) to play PS 162


March 15: School Leadership Team Meeting at 7:10 AM. All parents are welcome.


March 16: Picture Day: Smile, it’s Spring Picture Day, don’t forget to wear your Spring best.


March 16: PTA Meeting: Join the PTA meeting at 7 PM and find out how to take part in enriching our children’s PS41 experience. February Students of the Month will be awarded.


March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Green Spirit Day (sponsored by the Student Council) Show your School Spirit and wear GREEN


March 19: Morning at the Movies: Come dressed in your Disney best and join us at the movies to see “Beauty and the Beast” at Movie World Cinemas, located at 242-02 61st Ave., Douglaston NY 11362 at 10 AM. The cost is $12/person (including popcorn and a drink). Download the response form at


March 21: Second Grade Theater Arts Show presenting “The Little Mermaid” at 7:00 PM.


March 22: Mask Making Parent/Child Art Workshop at 7 PM for those who have registered for the event.


March 24: Career Day: Parents can arrange to speak to their child’s class about their career and help expand everyone’s knowledge and curiosity in this fun and factual activity.


March 28-30: State ELA Test (Grades 3-5)


March 31: State ELA Test Make-up Day


March 31: Carnival: We’re in the works to have a Carnival (2:30-8:00 pm), more details to come.


March 31: Learning Surveys Deadline


SPECIAL NOTE: Look out for further details regarding the Paul Vallone Participatory Budget Ballot for our Electrical Upgrade Proposal. We need everyone’s vote to make this much needed electrical upgrade happen.


Last but not least, save the date/mark your calendar for International Night (the biggest PTA event of the year) is coming on April 28th.


Best regards,

Susan Chin

PTA Co-Corresponding Secretaries


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