Online College Fair

From College Fairs Online:

College Fairs Online is still hosting our biggest virtual college fair yet for your region with around 100 colleges. Students can research and connect with great affordable colleges and universities for free without having to leave home or school, this is the perfect resource for the virtual learning environment we find ourselves in now.  Students can chat with admissions counselors to ask questions about academics, campus life, financial aid, scholarships and more! Have your students register now so they don’t miss it! Each student is also entered into a drawing for a $300 scholarship each time they ask a question on a virtual booth. They can go online now to to register for the US Northeast region fair scheduled for the week of December 14th-19th. We will send reminder emails to the students when the fair starts. 

Tamara Pendleton
Founder, College Fairs Online

Need a Tutor?

Finding yourself overwhelmed with attendance questions and online exams?

The Tutors and Tutees Club is the place for you.

Whether you can’t tell apart a circle and a square, or forget how to tie your shoes, our mission is to assist students in achieving all their academic and personal goals.

With a long list of semi qualified and eager tutors, our club can provide you assistance in Math, ELA, the daunting SAT, and even guidance in nutrition and fitness (courtesy of Morgan Peters).

Whether you wish to tutor or be tutored, be on the lookout for announcements from your teachers, so we can begin to improve our lives, grades, and college resumes together.

Please complete this form if you are interested.

– Cochairs: Image, Mahi, Morgan, and Oleg


We are so honored to have The National Chorale as our vocal partner. Below is a special message from our PTA Vocal Delegates along with an amazing video dedicated to the memory of our beloved vocal instructor Matthew Truss. It brings tears to my eyes:

In celebration of the National Chorale’s December 20 virtual performance of Handel’s Messiah—which our vocal students will be part of—we wanted to share with you this beautiful homage to health care workers that National Chorale made last month, featuring National Chorale members singing the Hallelujah chorus from the Messiah. Please watch until the very end for a very special dedication to someone dear to our hearts.

Be well, everyone!

Vocal Delegates

Dance Newsletter Dec 2020

Thank you, families!

Happy December, PPAS Family!

Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who joined us for our virtual curriculum and cocktails last month. It was great connecting with you and getting to see our school family during these difficult and unprecedented times. We enjoyed meeting you and we hope that we were able to get some of your questions answered while providing you with an overview of the Ailey dance major’s curriculum.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at We’ll do our best to have your questions and concerns addressed in a timely manner.

Alvin Ailey’s Revelations turns 60!

December 2nd marked the kickoff to The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first ever virtual season and its absolutely free to view. Register to view the Opening Night Virtual Benefit featuring Revelations Reimagined now through December 9th. Continue to watch for new works from the company through December 31st.

Master Classes and Workshops For Our Dance Majors

Coming up in January, PPAS Ailey majors levels C and D will have the opportunity to participate in a 4 masterclass series with MICHIYAYA Dance. Students in levels A and B will participate in a contemporary workshop also taught by MICHIYAYA.

Last But Not Least

Last but not least, would you be interested in a virtual paint night fundraiser taught by Black Village Arts? Donation would be $30- $35 and would include all supplies. All funds would go to providing support to our dance majors. Please complete the interest survey. Be sure to include any ideas you may have as well!

On behalf our PPAS Dance Co-delegate Jasmine Battiste and myself, I would like to wish you and your families a joyous and safe holiday season and we look forward to connecting with you all in the New Year.

Dawn Bowen

PPAS/ Ailey Dance Co-Delegate

Pre-Med Club

Pre-Med Club is back this year!  

Our mission statement: Anyone who is interested in science and/or wants to be in the medical field, come join the Pre-med club! In our club you will learn about what doctors do, the kinds of places they work, jobs they have, and tools and resources they use to help people stay well or get better when they are sick. We’ll talk about what you can do to help get on a path to apply to medical school and learn about medicine in your community.

Please go to our google classroom link for more information and to join us.

Thank you so much,

Kassaundra Ferm, founder and co-president

Reminder: School Meal Application

Although many students do not take advantage of the free lunch program, it remains important that all families complete the School Meal Application.

Information received from the application may result in Title I funding for supplementary programming and:

 • College fee waivers for students 
• Tutoring programs
 • PSAT, SAT and ACT fee waiver for students.

The deadline to submit the application is December 21st

It only takes a few minutes!
Please complete the application.

Thank you!

Self-Esteem Rising Club

Hello Everyone! 

We are Maria Palagian and Mollie Grodsky. We are sophomores and presidents of the new club called The Self Esteem Rising Club! We are so excited to start and can’t wait to meet you all. 

To be great in every other aspect of your life, you have to be good with yourself. This club is going to focus on self confidence, growth, and loving yourself. 

To join us, please visit us on Google classroom.

Thanks, and please join us if you are interested!

Yours Warmly,
Maria and Mollie

In-Person Learning Update

From Principal Ryan:

As you have likely heard, the NYC DOE will be phasing students back to in-person learning, starting with Pre-K through 5th grade next Monday, December 7th. As of this morning, the DOE has not determined a return date for grades 6-12. We will update you as decisions are made by the NYC DOE. Meanwhile, there are a few important elements of the return to in-school learning that you should be aware of even before the date is announced:

When in-person learning continues, it is only available to those students who are currently enrolled in the BLENDED learning program. All students currently in the REMOTE program, will continue to learn remotely.

Although the mayor has been publicly speaking about increasing the amount of in-person days, this is wholly dependent on space in our building and social distancing rules. Currently, we do not anticipate increasing the in-person days because many class sections are already at social distancing capacity. We have run models of reprogramming for more in-person days, but we cannot solve issues of social distancing and safe in-person instruction as per the CDC. Therefore, the rotating A-B-C day structure will stay in place.

All students in the BLENDED program are now required to provide consent for COVID-19 testing in order to participate in in-person instruction. If you have NOT already consented, you can do so by filling out the attached consent form and sending it with your child on the day they return. You can also complete the consent form on-line if you have NYC School Account. If you do not have an NYC Schools Account but would like one, you can get a registration code from Ms. Gindi – request one from her by emailing Schools Account is a hub for your child’s school records: grades, test scores, attendance, school records, etc.

Please see the chancellor’s letter attached about the return to in-person learning for BLENDED students, and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you, be safe, and be well.

Keith Ryan

Holiday Art Auction

Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS)


Art Auction Fundraiser

~Featuring Affordable Gifts~

~something for everyone~

Follow this link to access the auction:

Online Bidding:

November 30-December 15

Proceeds to Benefit PTA at PPAS

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