Authors Visit 282 for Reading Celebration Day!

The Read-A-Thon is in full swing, and will be capped off at the end of the week with author visits. We are so excited and grateful to welcome a total of 14 authors to 282 this year. Thanks to them generously sharing their time, every single student, from Pre-K through grade 8, will get to meet an author!

Many authors will also attend the party for Read-A-Thon participants Friday evening, at which time students can purchase or order their books.* Big thanks to Community Bookstore, located at 143 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, for partnering with us again this year at the after-party for book purchases and orders. Click here to order: Community Bookstore.


Selina Alko – The Case for Loving, My Subway Ride, B is for Brooklyn, I’m Your Peanut Butter Big Brother

Cathleen Bell – Little Blog on the Prairie, SlippingI Remember You

Danielle Chery – Peers, Cheers, and Volunteers

Zetta Elliott – The Last Bunny in Brooklyn, The Girl Who Swallowed the Sun, The Phoenix on Barkley Street, Max Loves Muñecas, The Magic Mirror, Room in My Heart, The Boy in the Bubble, Bird

Brianne Farley – Ike’s Incredible Ink

Jane Kelley – The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya, Nature Girl, The Girl Behind the Glass, The Book of Dares for Lost Friends

Angela Parrino – Gus, the Feeling-Better Polar Bear, Gretta the Geep is More than a Sheep, Wendy Warbler Up Close!

Chiquita Camille Payne – Just Because

Matt Payne – Monster Juice Series: Fear the Barfitron, Fartsunami, Boogers from Beyond, Burpstronauts, Tomb of Brain Ooze, Zits from Python Pit

Julie Salamon – Cat in the City

Louella San Juan – The Crowded Kingdom, The Underground Labyrinth

Aaron Starmer – The Riverman, The Only Ones, Dweeb

Greg Takoudes – When We Wuz Famous

Bianca Turetsky –  The Time-Traveling Fashionista Series: On Board the Titanic, At the Palace of Marie Antoinette, And Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile

*Please note note that books ordered through Community Bookstore must be picked up if the purchaser does not live within walking distance of the store. Read-A-Thon coordinator Jen Gordon has kindly offered to pick up and bring to 282 books ordered by families who do not live within delivery distance.

Scenes from last year’s celebration, featuring authors Louella San Juan, Brianne Farley, Angela Parrino, and Matt Payne with Read-A-Thon Chair Jen Gordon. We are so lucky and thankful that these authors are returning this year!

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282’s Second Annual Read-A-Thon!


We’re having a Read-A-Thon! Flyers, sponsor logs, and reading logs are being sent home in backpacks – click here to download additional copies: Read-A-Thon Sponsor LogRead-A-Thon Reading LogRead-A-Thon Flyer. Complete details are available at our site’s Read-A-Thon page:

Sign up for the Read-A-Thon in the school lobby. Students who participate in fundraising will commit to a daily reading goal and find adult donors to sponsor them. The fundraising period runs from Friday, March 20 through Thursday, March 26.

All students will enjoy Reading Celebration Day during school on Friday, March 27, which will include author visits, literary character dress up day, and DEAR – drop everything and read! – opportunities throughout the day.

Fundraising participants are invited to a post-school party, at 6PM on Friday, March 27Prizes will be awarded to students who read for the greatest amount of time and who raise the most funds.

Check out the suggested reading lists, with great titles for readers of all ages, in a variety of genres. Teacher recommendations will be added as we receive them, so keep checking back. Books purchased through our Amazon stores earn us a commission, so we increase our fundraising potential.

The Scholastic Book Fair, which will be held on Thursday, March 19 and the week of March 23, will be a great opportunity for students to buy books to read during the Read-A-Thon.

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Green Zone Flowerpower Fundraiser

Support the 282 PTO Green Zone by purchasing top quality seeds for herbs, flower bulbs, indoor planters, cookbooks and more!

Make purchases online:

For every purchase made on this site by Friday, May 1st, 2015, Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to 282 PTO Green Zone! Your order gets shipped directly to your doorstep, and you get a 100% money-back guarantee.

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Start Your Book Fair Shopping Early!

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Greetings PS/MS 282 families,

Our in-school Book Fair begins on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 but you can begin your book shopping now at the Online Book Fair. Visit the Book Fair Homepage at and click on the Shop Now button. Online shopping is available until Friday, April 3rd, 2015.

You can create wish lists and invite friends and family to shop with eCards. Best of all, purchases benefit our school and will help us achieve our Book Fair goal. All online orders ship for FREE to the school, after the Online Fair has ended.

Don’t forget to look for your teacher’s online Wish List and add a book or two to your order for their classroom library. Click on the Classroom Wish List tab to see if your teacher is participating.

Benefits of Online Shopping:

  • Convenient access 24 hours a day from today – Monday, March 16, 2015
  • Expanded selection for ALL ages—preschool to adult
  • Send a wish list to invite family and friends to shop
  • Search for books by category, grade, age & price
  • ALL purchases benefit our school
  • FREE shipping directly to our school (orders will be sent home with your child)

So get a jump on your Book Fair shopping and thanks for supporting our school!

Drew, Lori, Aletha, Andrew, Lorna & Kathleen
2015 Book Fair Committee

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


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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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