PTA Candy Cane & Bake Sale Fund Raiser

Halsey Parents and Faculty,

Next week Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18 the PTA will host a fundraiser in school during all lunch periods. Students and Faculty will be able to purchase a Candy Cane for $1 each and write a message to a friend! Candy Canes will be distributed in your child’s homeroom class.

We will also hold a Bake Sale during those dates, so please send in any baked or store bought goods with your child those days for us to sell! The more items we receive, the more money we raise for our school 😊

Don’t forget to send your child to school with money on December 17 and 18 to support the Candy Cane and Bake Sale!

Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!

Halsey PTA

Parents Only Dance Workshop!!!!

You are invited to come dance with us at a class structured just for parents. No experience? No problem! Two left feet? Don’t worry! Everyone can be included! The students are currently studying Hip Hop, so our Parent’s Dance Class theme will be “Beginner Hip Hop for Parents.” Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Who: Halsey parents (Just adults, no students)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 pm – 6:45pm before the PTA meeting
Where: Halsey Dance Studio Room 329, hosted by Dance Teacher Mrs. Gruet
What: Beginner Hip Hop Dance for Parents!
Wear: Comfortable attire such as sweatpants, leggings, adidas, etc. Avoid jeans and tight pants

No experience needed – everyone can dance!

For more information contact Mrs. Gruet at

Parent Teacher Conferences Update

Parent Teacher Conferences take place on Tuesday, November 27 2018. There will be a half day of school. Students will report to school at 8:00 am and will be dismissed at 11:20 am. The schedule will be as follows: Homeroom, Period 1, Period 2, Period 3, and Period 4 followed by an option lunch Period 5.

There will be two sessions:
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

You do not need to make an appointment.

Please see the attached letter from our Principal Mr. Suraci for more details on this upcoming Parent Teacher Conference (click the link once it takes you to the new page.)

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Halsey Food Drive Starts November 1st 2018

At a time when nearly one in six New Yorker’s struggle to put meals on their tables regularly, daily delivers of food are vital to keeping the shelves of food pantries and soup kitchens stocked.

Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157, in conjunction with City Harvest and the NY Daily News is proud to announce that we will be joining the 36th annual Daily News Food Drive. The Food Drive will kick off the week of November 1st, 2018 and will run through Friday, November 30th, 2018. We invite all our Halsey students and family members to help keep the City Harvest trucks full with non-perishable foods.

Last year the students of Stephen A. Halsey JHS 157 raised over 500 pounds of food for the needy. We are hoping to exceed that total this year.

A highlight of the drive will be the Kids Can Help Competition, which acknowledges the impact students can have when they work together for a good cause. The school in each borough that runs a drive and collects the most food will win a prize. Here at Halsey JHS 157 we believe that teaching our students about empathy is very important.

What is empathy and why is it important?

Empathy is, at its simplest, awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It is a key element of Emotional Intelligence, the link between self and others, because it is how we as individuals understand what others are experiencing as if we were feeling it ourselves.

We will be collecting nutritious non-perishable foods which City Harvest will pick up. The items in need right now are canned fruit, canned vegetables, tuna fish, peanut butter (in plastic jars), hot and cold cereal, soups, and juice packs.

We will have boxes stationed in the lobby next to the auditorium to drop off. Please make sure the food is placed in the proper boxes.