Letter from the New P.S. 373R P.T.A. President

To Everyone in the PS 373R Family:


Allow me to introduce myself. My name is John Scarso and I have had the pleasure of being elected president of the PTA association of PS 373R. Most people at the main site know me as Joan Scarso’s dad. She is currently in Ms. Laura’s kindergarten class in the mini building at the main site. My fellow officers are: Jennifer Walsh/ Treasurer, Laura Strohm/ Recording Secretary and Periann Wise/ Corresponding secretary.


On behalf of myself and my fellow new board members, we would like to thank Siri Kagan and the out going board members as well as Kirsten Rorke for their many hard hours of dedication that they donated to the PTA’s many activities.


We are continued to be faced with many extremely difficult challenges in the upcoming year, including overcrowding and DOE budget cuts, and the board would like to invite all parents to come out and help us. Anyone wishing to get involved is invited to call me at 718-986-8856. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Thank you.



John Scarso

President PTA 373R 2008-2009


I’d like to thank all of you who have whole-heartedly snipped and sent in boxtops this year. We really appreciate all you do to help our children. So far the school has earned $102 in boxtops. This was in four months alone! The school received the check for $102 in April. My goal is for $750 for the year. We have a long way to go, but have come a long way in the process. So far I have about $40 for our next installment in early October. Please keep snipping and sending. If you attend PTA meetings, you can bring them in and give them to myself or Kirsten Rorke. If you purchase anything online, there’s the “Marketplace” on the boxtops website. A select amount of stores, such as Target, Oriental Trading, Home Depot, just to name a few, will give a percentage of your purchase to the school.

If you plan to shop online, please log in or register with PS373 Robert Randall School on www.boxtops4education.com and click on “Marketplace” and see if your online store is a donor (you can get a list from the website.)For example, if you shop at Target, then click on the marketplace and find “Target.” Click on Target and make your purchase. They will donate a percentage of your total to the school. There are also cool contests to help our school win boxtops (thousands in dollars)which is all free. Pleeeeeease help our school!!! With budget cuts looming, we need to help our children our own way and what better way than to just snip, send and join the boxtops website! For those who have a child going just through the end of June, please save them up for September. The 12 month programs can keep sending them in as usual. There are also 21 new products to look for boxtops on, which is also available on the website. Thanks to everyone and have a happy and healthy summer if I don’t see you !!! –Sonja Bushey (Box Top Coordinator)

PS 16 Community Health Fair – FREE and OPEN TO ALL – May 31, 2008

Health Plus and PS 16 John J. Driscoll School invite you to join them for their COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR & Blood Drive on Saturday, May 31, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: PS 16,  80 Monroe Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301








Participants include: American Red Cross, March of Dimes, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Staten Island University Hospital, Women’s Outreach Network, Inc., NYCFD, NYCPD, Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Health Care Plus.


To register for HEALTH INSURANCE please bring:

  • Proof of Address (e.g. recent electric, cable bill, etc.)
  • Proof of Child’s Age (e.g., passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of Income (e.g., four (4) recent paycheck stubs)
  • Social Security card (if available)

Visit on the web: www.healthplus-ny.org 



JUNE 2008 – ART BY THE FERRY – Celebrating Art, Music, Dance, Spoken Word & Performance in Staten Island!

Celebrating Art, Music, Dance, Spoken Word, & Performance!
Saturday, June 14; Sunday, June 15; and Saturday, June 21, 2008

Art by the Ferry–three days of exhibitions and performances in
the historic St. George and Stapleton neighborhoods of
Staten Island–just a free, 27-minute ferry ride from downtown Manhattan!

The Staten Island Creative Community, the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI), and ArtLab are joining together with local businesses to celebrate arts and culture in Staten Island with the Art by the Ferry Festival on Saturday, June 14; Sunday, June 15; and Saturday, June 21. The Art by the Ferry Festival will take place over the course of two weekends and will feature art works and events in spaces provided by the St. George Theatre, the St. George Library, and two local real estate companies—Gateway Arms Realty Corp. and Casandra Properties.
Click here for the schedule of events: http://artbytheferry.com/Schedule__Calendar_.html


The 2008 P.S. 373R Carnival is in the NEWS!

Special Needs School Holds Carnival

May 24, 2008

Students at P.S. 373 in New Brighton kicked off the holiday weekend with a carnival Friday.

The elementary school serves autistic, Down syndrome and learning-disabled children.

Parents who helped organize the event say it’s anticipated by the children year-round.

“Today was a carnival for the children, to show them how hard they’ve been working all year, how proud we are of them. This was our way of showing the teachers how much we appreciate them and the kids and all the hard work they do,” said parent Jennifer Walsh.

The carnival featured games, rides, grilled foods, clowns, face painting and music.

Link to NY1 news: http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=242&aid=81999

Free Forum at the Pouch Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Staten Island Mental Health Society, Inc.

Elizabeth W. Pouch Center for Special People

Invites you to a FREE FORUM on


If you have questions or concerns on autism, please join


Medical Director & Developmental Behavioral Specialist

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


at Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC

1466 Manor Road (behind Susan Wagner HS)

Worried that your child may have autism?

*   What are the signs and symptoms? 
*   When should my child be evaluated? 
*   Where should my child be evaluated? 
*   How can I manage my child at home? 

Information & reservations for this free event: 718-448-9775