PTA Announcements


Before the WINTER BREAK!

Please Give to MNS Today!

Thanks so much to each of our MNS families who have donated to the PTA Fund.  However, we need all of our families to give in order to sustain the many activities and programs that the PTA Fund supports. 

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  • Teaching Assistants and partial salaries for some school aides
  • Lunch Clubs for ALL STUDENTS, including programs such as Little House of Chess, funky Jazz and Sewing
  • New! Simply Sports recess program for ALL STUDENTS;
  • Enrichment and Arts Programs for EVERY GRADE, in collaboration with the Manhattan School of Music, the National Dance Institute, the 92nd St Y Music Program, and The Little House of Chess;
  • Books for our classroom libraries;
  • Everyday Expenses which impact ALL STUDENTS, such as air-conditioning, classroom rugs, copy costs, gym equipment, insurance, lice checks, postage, website fees, etc.;
  • The MNS Support Fund for the principal’s use in part for professional development for our teaching staff.

Did You Know… that more than half of the PTA’s total funding to support these activities comes from your donations to the Annual Appeal?

See how your child is benefiting from grade specific activities by clicking on the newsletters below...

Kindergarten  |   1st Grade  |   2nd Grade  |   3rd Grade  |   4th Grade  |   5th Grade

If you have not yet done so, please give your tax-deductible donation to the Annual Appeal TODAY!

Please ask your employer about matching gift & volunteer hour programs.

The PTA Fund is vital to our children’s education, to our arts programs, to MNS.

The PTA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all donations are fully tax deductible.

School Announcements

Large and Small Helping Hands at MNS

On Saturday, November 22nd, over 100 MNS parents and children participated in our Helping Hands Committee’s first event – a fall community service day at John Jay Park.  Working together, families planted bulbs, collected litter, raked leaves, made signs about park rules and enjoyed delicious hot chocolate compliments of the PTA.  Thank you very much to Rachel Justus, Becky Kipnis, Amit Pasman and Faith Silberstein, the founding co-chairs of this new PTA committee, and to all of the MNS families who generously donated their time and effort to help enhance this neighborhood playground.  Everyone who attended shared in a sunny Saturday afternoon of warm community building outdoors.

On Thursday, December 11th members of our school community are organizing a board game event with the Stanley Isaacs Afterschool Center located at 93rd Street and 1st Avenue.  MNS parents and children will be invited to play board games with the children attending this neighborhood afterschool program and all of the brand-new board games used that afternoon will be donated to the center.  Watch for details in the Newsflash and get ready for fun together at this next community-building event.  We hope that as many MNS families as possible will be able to participate in this fantastic opportunity to give back to our larger community during the holidays. 

2014-2015 NYC DOE School Calendar is now available at www.schools.nyc.gov:




Monthly school tours are available one Monday morning per month from 9-10:30 am beginning in October.  School tour dates for the 2014 - 2015 school year are as follows: Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 16 and May 11.  Please contact Sally Mason, our Parent Coordinator , at 212-734-7127, ext. 5 or smason@ps290.org., detailing your name (and how it is spelled), your address, your phone number and that of anyone planning on accompanying you on the tour, to make a reservation (50 people maximum per tour). 



Children born in 2009 are eligible for Kindergarten in September 2014.  Any new zoned K-5 students for the current 2014-2015 school year should come in to register as soon as you are living in our zone. Please check to be sure your residence is zoned for PS 290 by reviewing the current PS 290 school zone shown on this zoning map, noting that only the interior of the periphery of our zone is zoned for PS 290. Please follow all of the instructions regarding required documentation  and bring your child when you come in to register so that you can receive and complete the further documentation needed for registration. Applicants will be offered seats per DOE guidelines based on their zone, district and sibling status. 

If  you have any questions, please contact Sally Mason, our Parent Coordinator, at 212-734-7127, ext 5 or smason@ps290.org.  


Click below to review NYC DOE School Quality Snapshot - PS 290 

                    THE MANHATTAN NEW SCHOOL:
Wednesday, December 24
School Closed
Winter Recess
Thursday, December 25
School Closed
Winter Recess
Friday, December 26
School Closed
Winter Recess
Monday, December 29
School Closed
Winter Recess
Tuesday, December 30
School Closed
Winter Recess

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