Save the Date – 282 Rocks Spring Benefit June 6, 2015


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Family Movie Night – Friday, February 13 at 6PM


Please join us on Friday, February 13 at 6PM in our auditorium to watch “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY” Admission is $5 per person*, and snacks will be sold at our concession stand.

Proceeds will benefit The Library Committee, a PTO committee.  Calling all book lovers! Please come and support our LIBRARY ! Helping us helps our students: our most urgent needs are for up-to-date hardcover nonfiction titles and hardcover new fiction, signage and bookends. The library is open to all students and staff, with twenty formal classes per week. Students from all grades stop in to check out books, and open access periods allow time for students to use the library for research. The library is in constant use, and needs to update! Come out and support the library in its first year!

Want to volunteer at this event, or donate items for the concession stand? Please contact

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY – Rated PG; 81 minutes    Alexander’s day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister – who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

*Suggested Donation

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Please support the 282 Royal Panthers Chess Team!


I want to help save the extraordinary Royal Panther Chess Team of PS/MS 282 in Brooklyn. Invest in tomorrow, share the love today!

As 2013 National Champions, the Royal Panthers of PS/MS 282 in Brooklyn shocked the chess world. We need your help to continue!

PS/MS 282 is a public inner-city elementary and middle school located in Brooklyn, NY. We serve students, both locally, and from across the boro, who are too often lost in a large and complex system. Our mission: provide the very best in education to every child, regardless of means. Open doors, inspire the imagination, create real and lasting opportunities.

Five years ago our Principal had a dream for a program that would promote in her students a stronger sense of self-confidence and uniqueness. She found a Chess Master willing to start a chess program. Some kids had never heard of chess, others were already playground legends. With the enthusiastic support of our amazing families, we built a team.

As the neighborhood around us has changed, our school has remained committed to serving a socio-economically and racially-diverse school community. Today, students travel long distances from comparatively disadvantaged neighborhoods to be part of our national champion team. Chess is so popular, we must hold multiple days of tryouts. What began as a dream has become an incredible source of pride, a pathway to possibilities beyond the walls of our school.

For some, chess offers a singular opportunity to overcome the cycle of poverty; for all, chess is a chance to compete on a national stage, representing the amazing diversity that is Brooklyn.

Imagine the courage it takes to travel far away from home, from all that’s familiar. Imagine that you carry the hopes and dreams of your family, your school, and your community. Imagine the focus of a child who can sit, face-to-face, with an opponent, and compete for hours in a single game. Imagine the possibility that this event might open a door they might not otherwise have known existed. This is not just about chess, this is about life, and about seeing beyond the next move to brighter futures.

Most of the kids in our program go on to their TOP choice middle or high school. That alone is a staggering accomplishment considering that the best NYC public middle and high schools have more competitive admissions statistics than Ivy League Colleges.

At the core of our program is our community. And that is perhaps the most extraordinary discovery. We are from everywhere and yet we are one.

As with every public school, our funding is always at risk. Last year we lost 50% of our subsistence budget. The families in our program have rallied, and we are continuing. However, we are falling behind and urgently need help!

If you want to make a real difference, this is your chance. Every penny will change the direction of a miraculous child’s life.

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School Closed Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Due to severe weather conditions, all New York City public schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

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In preparation for what some predict to be a very  significant blizzard, the mayor has ordered all after-school programs closed for tomorrowMonday, January 26th, 2015!!!
Please stay tuned for updates, get some shopping done today, prepare for difficulties commuting.

“Schools will be open on Monday but after-school activities will be canceled, and schools will “likely” be closed on Tuesday, de Blasio said. Alternate-side parking will be suspended Monday and Tuesday and garbage and recycling pickup will be suspended as well.” – DNA Info

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Family Movie Night – Friday, January 23 at 6PM


Please join us on Friday, January 23 at 6PM in our auditorium to watch “The Boxtrolls.” Admission is $5 per person*, and snacks will be sold at our concession stand.

Proceeds will benefit The Green Zone, a PTO committee dedicated to bringing hands-on, fun, and educational gardening experiences to PS/MS 282 students. Year-long Green Zone learning opportunities are provided through parent and community donations, PTO fundraising, events, and grants. Get involved!

Want to volunteer at this event, or donate items for the concession stand? Please contact

The Boxtrolls – Rated PG; 96 minutes    A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.

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Last chance to make a Tax-Deductible donation for 2014

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The PS/MS 282 annual appeal needs your support now . The funds we raise will help bring music and arts to our school. With your help….

Pre-K will have Circus Arts, a beloved tradition at 282, with a weekly residency centered around creativity, movement and fun, culminating with a performance for families.
Grades K-5 will have music class; we are currently hiring a new music teacher (and happily grades 6-8 already have music which will continue).
All teachers can get supply grants of up to $200 for their classroom.

If you’ve already contributed to PS/MS 282’s annual campaign, thank you! If not, there is still time. Please help support PS/MS 282 by donating here.

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