Dance Performance Concession & Bake Sale Sign-Up

MS 51 needs help with concessions (selling food/drink) during the dance performances happening this week (December 18-20). These concessions are one of our biggest fundraisers and we can't do it without you! We need:

  • Donations of baked goods (cookies, brownies, cakes, etc)- just drop off on your way to see the show
  • Donations of pizzas -bring them with you when you come to the event or have them delivered to the school at 7:30
  • Parents to work the concessions -Please use this link to sign up
    Please note- this sign up genius only has intermission sales time slots. We also need people to come earlier (6:30pm on Thurs/Fri and 1:30 on Sat) to help set up.

Please email the PA to confirm that you are bringing baked goods and/or pizzas so we can keep track. middleschool51pa@gmail.com. You do not have to be a dance talent parent to contribute! All proceeds go directly to the PA and all of the students at MS 51.

Get your tickets NOW for the 4th Annual Beer Tasting Fundraiser
Learn the distinctions and flavors of traditional Belgian beers with Brian Ewing, Founder of 12% Imports

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Hosted by Megan Mardiney and Cory Hill, MS 51 Parents

Time: 6:30-9:00 pm « Park Slope

Tickets: $50.00 per person Space is limited.

Parents: If you would like to host a house party fundraiser, please email the PA at middleschool51pa@gmail.com.

NYS ELA & Math Test Prep After-school Course

MS 51 is offering an after school test prep course. This is in preparation for the State wide exams. If you are interested, you can down load the forms under our links & resources tab under general notices.  

If you celebrate Christmas, buy a tree to support MS 51

If you are planning to purchase a Christmas tree this holiday season, Foley Firs is donating $10 for every tree sold to our PA. Just mention our school when you purchase your tree and sign the school’s fundraiser list and MS 51will receive the donation.
Tell your friends and family! Foley Firs will contribute a personal donation if there are more than 100 participants that mention our school. This donation is 50% of our total amount raised and it will double to the full amount of funds raised if we reach over 200 participants.

See flyer for more information.

Mohammad Naiem Uddin
The PTA of PS 130 joins our community in sadness over this loss. Mohammad Naiem Uddin graduated from PS 130 in 2011. The PS 130 PTA will be accepting donations for the Uddin family and will deliver all money raised to the family.

Checks made out to PS 130 PTA can be mailed to:
PS 130 PTA
70 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11218

Please note Family of Mohammad Uddin on your check.
Individuals may also make a donation through the PTA’s website.

Summer Arts Institute 

Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2015 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). This intensive program is held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Summer Arts Institute is administered by the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects.Students can major in dance, theater, instrumental music, orchestral strings, vocal music, film, or visual arts. Download the application for further information. 

2015 Summer Arts Institute Application.pdf


Dear MS 51 Leap Parents and Students,

Please sign up to the Leap After-school Remind.com text communication service to receive up to date information on the program. The service is free and a safe way for us to communicate any program changes, cancellations or announcements. 

Please click on the link below to register:


We are still accepting students on a rolling basis. You will find all enrollment information on the MS 51 website under the Links and Resources tab.


Jeneen Garcia

Leap Program Director 

Technology Upgrade
MS 51 has over 300 computer desktops and laptop managed by an ancient file server (Win 2003), which needs a desperate upgrade. The improved server would allow the computers to be updated and maintained simultaneously, enabling more effective teaching and unify communication. In addition, the server will install classroom management software and prevent potential viruses. Moving forward to comply with DOE regulations all Common Core Standardized Tests will be online.

Vote Here!!

Installing Air-Conditioning on the Third Floor

The first two floors of 51 had AC installed eight years ago. Due to budget restrictions, the third floor was not upgraded. As warmer weather approaches those classrooms can obtain temperatures of 90 degrees which can make teaching and learning impossible.

Support The Cause!

Lenore DiLeo Berner
James Gilabert (School Tech)

MS 51 has joined CFK ecycling Funding for Education,  a waste management company which pay us for recycling. They will accept old cell phone, Laser & inkjet cartridges, laptops, Ipods & MP3 players, Ipads/Tablets/Ereaders & PDA's. Should you wish to donate any of these old items, they can be dropped off in room 133. 

Ms. Berner's MS51 Reading List

for parents and teachers

by M. Gladwell
David and Goliath,  by M. Gladwell
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Powers of Character, by P. Tough 
Teach Your Children well,
by M. Levine
The power of habit, by C. Duhigg
Character Compass,  by S. Seider
Mindset, by C. Dweck 

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Singer, Song Writer Taylor Swift joins current and former MS 51 students to discuss music and books. Read more click Taylor Swift or ABC News

Upcoming Events

Thu, Dec 18 - Fri, Dec 19
Dance Performance
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 20
Dance Performance
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, December 23
LEAP Afterschool Cancelled
There will be no LeAp after school program 
Wed, Dec 24 - Fri, Jan 2
Winter Recess- No School
Tue, Jan 13 - Fri, Jan 16
Playwriter's Festival
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, January 14
6th & 7th Grades Pictures
PA Meeting
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

MS 51's School Calendar can be exported into Microsoft Excel, iCal or vCal.  Click on the "View Monthly Calendar" link above and then click on the Export Events icon, located on the top right corner of the monthly calendar, and follow the prompts to complete the export.