What is the Spruce Street School Bookfair?
Once a year, the PTA sets up a bookstore at the Spruce Street School. It is a pop up store within the school where Spruce families and teachers are welcome to shop. Proceeds from the bookfair go to the PTA to help fund school programs that enrich the educational experience of Spruce students. In order for children to be able to purchase the books, families should leave the amount of money necessary to purchase the desired books with their child in advance of their designated class visit day. Families are notified in advance which day and time their children will be shopping with their class and are welcome to join their children during these times. Typically the book fair is open for one week.
Who gets to buy books at the bookfair?
Spruce Street School teachers and students, their families, and their guests are welcome and encouraged to buy books at the school bookfair.
When can we go to the bookfair?
Adults are invited to join their children during the open hours which families are notified about in advance of the bookfair. Students will also be brought to the bookfair with their class by their teacher(s) during the school day. 3rd grades and older will attend the bookfair once to browse the books and to make their purchases. Pre-K through 2nd grades will attend the bookfair twice. The first time to browse and create their wishlist. The second time to purchase books. The class schedules for the class bookfair visits are coordinated with teachers’ schedules and families are notified in advance.
Why is the bookfair in December?
The bookfair is in December so that families can conveniently shop for the holiday season in their children’s very own school. Children get to join in the fun by letting their families know what books they would like to read and/or get as or give as gifts during the holidays. Complimentary wrapping paper as well as a wrapping service is available from the cashier(s) for items purchased at the bookfair.
What is a wishlist?
Children in Pre-K through 2nd grades create a wishlist of the books they would like to purchase. Bookfair volunteers and teachers assist children in picking out books and adding them to their wishlist. The wishlist indicates the title, location of the book at the bookfair, and the cost. Students bring home their wishlist in their folders so that their families can determine which items they would like their child to purchase on their second visit to the bookfair. In order to be able to purchase the books, families should leave the amount of money necessary to purchase the desired books plus tax in a zipper clear baggie so that students can make the purchase during their next visit and bring home change to their families in the baggies. Children in 3rd grade and older grades may also create wishlists.
How much money should I give my child for the bookfair?
Families are not required to purchase any books. However, any purchases directly benefit the school and the programs offered to your child so every purchase is greatly appreciated! For Pre-K through 2nd grade students, families may wish to have their child bring in money based on the books on their wishlist plus tax. For 3rd grade and higher grades because children will not be able to indicate in advance the books they wish to purchase on their bookfair class visit, students can bring in an amount that the family feels comfortable with their child spending.
Why do some grades visit the bookfair once and other grades visit twice?
Younger children may need more time to browse the books so children in Pre-K through 2nd Grade are given an extra day to browse in addition to a day to make their purchase. Additionally, having a second day allows families the opportunity to view the wishlist and decide what books from the wishlist they would like to provide their child money to purchase. Older children in 3rd grade and above are typically more comfortable browsing more quickly. Parents who wish to help their children in 3rd grade and above can accompany their child during one of the open browsing periods.
Why do some boxes have pictures or names of teachers on them?
Class teachers and cluster teachers are invited by the PTA to create their own wish list by putting the books they would like for use in their classroom in the box with their picture or name. In some cases teachers may select duplicate copies of a book to accommodate the possibility that multiple children will want or need to read the book at the same time. Students and their families can purchase these books along with their own purchases. The cashier(s) at the bookfair will assist families who purchase books for teachers in placing to/from tags, provided by the cashier, on the books to be placed in the teacher’s box. Books purchased for teachers will be distributed to the designated teachers the next day for use in that teacher’s classroom.
What should I do if I have additional questions?
Please contact the PTA@SpruceStreetNYC.org with any additional questions.
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Spruce Street School - PS 397
12 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038
Nancy Harris, Principal
Kara Levin, Assistant Principal
Stefanie Ericksen, Assistant Principal
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