School Desk

Amber Charter aims for Lin-Manuel film


The Amber Charter School invites the neighborhood on a movie date Dec. 16 with Mary Poppins while at the same time raising money for the school.

The school hosts an “exclusive” viewing of Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” at the United Palace Theater 4140 Broadway, beginning at 3 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $150, which includes reserved seating and snacks. However, a VIP reception will include actor Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame, who plays lamplighter Jack in the film. A ticket to that reception is a little more expensive, however — $1,000. But it does include hor d’oeuvres.

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Touring Saint Margaret on Tuesdays

Touring Tuesdays is a chance for prospective parents to get a private first look at Saint Margaret of Cortona School. It’s like an open house, except here the Catholic school’s principal, Hugh Keenan, makes time to meet each interested parent. Keenan also uses his team of “tiny” ambassadors — middle school students who act as guides — to entice parents as well.

Throughout the day, parents are provided information about tuition, have an opportunity to meet students and teachers, and sit in classes.

Touring Tuesdays are from 9  to 11 a.m., with the next event scheduled for Dec. 4. Other Touring Tuesdays take place Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and March 19.


Pint-sized politicians get student council

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wasn’t the only one working on his campaign speech a few weeks ago. Students at P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil had an election of their own — for student council.

Having the student council race during the actual November election was no accident, P.S. 24 principal Steven Schwartz said. Schwartz wanted to give students a means of having their voices heard, and thus the student council was born, consisting of fourth- and fifth-graders. Schwartz even took it a step further, treating all the candidates like they were actually running for public office, putting them through both primaries and debates.

In the end, Samara Adam was elected president, Sloan Colbert vice president, Cole Boucher secretary and Emily Fitzgerald treasurer. Other offices include Zachary Mendez as sergeant-at-arms, Laila Arias as commissioner of community service, Lucy Beubien-Paulson as commissioner of spirit, and Charlie Amabile as an alternate.


Lehman gets piece of borough pie

Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., handed out $2.5 million to three City University of New York colleges, with Lehman College among the recipients.

The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will receive $500,000 for new seating in the upcoming fiscal year. An additional $250,000 also will be used toward network and technology updates in more than 200 classrooms at the public college.


P.S. 24 library: From OK to updated

The library at P.S. 24 Spuyten Duyvil has received a serious facelift, taking a leap into a tech-savvy future.

Backed by the school’s parents association as well as local politicians, a new space was carved out of the West 236th Street campus using a $25,000 grant from the National Communication Association to add new furniture and a fresh coat of paint.

With the collective financial support put together by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Councilman Andrew Cohen and outgoing Sen. Jeffrey Klein, the library also was filled with new computers.

Construction took eight months, and during that time, bookshelves were replaced and the room was transformed into two new spaces. One is reserved for research and studying, while the other is more of a lounge space where students can come to read and relax.