At MS54, we commit to caring for our physical, mental, and social health and well-being as an essential part of education. The Wellness Committee (formerly known as the School Wellness Council), founded by the School Leadership Team in 2015, invites the entire school community -- administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and parents/guardians -- to develop Wellness initiatives that become part of the way of life at our school. Our mission is to listen carefully and inclusively to our community's Wellness needs and to respond in meaningful ways. The pandemic has affected each of us differently, so we are paying close attention to people's shifting priorities.
Find out more about our previous work in our Archive and daily tips on our Facebook page, The Well at 54.
The NYCDOE Office of School Wellness Programs newsletter also provides a wealth of information for students and parents.
Alison Gardy, Parent Chair and SLT Liaison
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"Everything But the Turkey" Thanksgiving Food Drive
Would you like a bag of pantry items for your Thanksgiving dinner? Send a confidential e-mail to Parent Coordinator Anne McIntosh Pejovich no later than Monday, November 1, 2021.
If your family wishes to donate Thanksgiving items to MS54 families in need, shop our Amazon wishlist (one of each item, please) no later than Friday, November 12, 2021.
Or, buy all the groceries (listed below) at your local supermarket and drop them off at MS54's West 108th Street entrance, Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4pm by Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
Thanksgiving Grocery List (Please purchase all items.)
Wellness Meeting: Self-Care Workshop
November 10, 2021 @ 8pm
We can be so focused on our children's well-being that we forget to care for ourselves. Yet, we cannot take care of our children unless we take care of ourselves. Come share your questions, tips, and insights! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts you might have.
54 Watch Party: The Social Dilemma
Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 8:15pm
Join the Wellness Committee at a Zoom viewing party for fellow Booker T. families interested in exploring the addictiveness of social media. Heads-up: It's rated PG-13, and may cause a serious discussion. Netflix is offering the movie for free until the end of the month. Make sure to bring popcorn! For more info, contact email@example.com.
MS54 Backpack and Supplies Drive
Thank you to the Booker T. community for giving students the tools for a successful path in the coming year by purchasing an entire backpack of supplies! If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Parent Coordinator Anne McIntosh Pejovich.
Wellness Workshop with Dr. Vijayeta Sinh
September 2, 2021 @ 7:30pm
She's back! MS54 parent alum Dr. Vijayeta Sinh will share her insights with parents on resilience, reducing anxiety and re-evaluating what wellness and success mean in light of the pandemic.
FAMILY HEALING AMBASSADORS
Presentation Panel: How Can We Help Our Children Take Care of Themselves Socially, Emotionally and Physically?
November 3, 2021 @ 8am
Join MS54 panelists Social Worker Nicole Miller, Physical Education Instructor Frank DiPasquale, Parent Coordinator Anne McIntosh Pejovich, and Family Healing Ambassador and Wellness Lead Alison Gardy to discuss a topic of importance to all of us.
The following resources are from the NYCDOE Family Healing Ambassadors. You're not alone!
NYCDOE Family and Community Wellness Collective (FCWC) Training Sessions: