5th Grade

Fifth Grade Supplies for the Year!

Incoming 5th Grade Families 2019-20
Please use our DonorsChoose Campaign for the 5th-grade supplies this year.

To buy your child’s school supplies for September 2019, ALL you have to do is go to our page on Donor’s Choose:

Fifth Grade Supplies for the Year!

…and make a donation. That’s it! Once the project is funded, supplies will be delivered directly to the 5th-grade teachers at 261 for the 2019-2020 school year. No more waiting in long lines, no more lugging giant bags into school. And the best part is because we buy supplies in bulk, it’s less expensive for you!

Please donate this spring or as soon as you can to ensure we can get the supplies over the summer.

The suggested donation is $80 per child. If you would like to donate more to sponsor another family, feel free to donate more money. Please donate what you can afford.

*Please note, even though the site is organized by Genoa Jones, this fundraiser is how you buy supplies for ALL UPCOMING 5th-GRADERS.

*Also note that you can help this project get funded quicker by clicking that you want to donate 0% to DonorsChoose instead of 15%. (Part of the full donation amount already goes to DonorsChoose, so there is no need for 15% of your $$ to go to them specifically!) Just hit the ‘edit’ button next to where it says “Includes optional 15% donation to support DonorsChoose.”

Enjoy your summer and we look forward to getting off to a smooth start in September!


The Grade 5 Team 

Meet the 5th-Grade Team

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Laura Burns, Ina Pannell St. Surin

DonorsChoose Campaign

Ms. Laura was born in New York City and spent her formative years in Greenwich Village where she lives now.  After graduating with a degree in English from Smith College, she worked for several years in the arts then became a foster care caseworker for the city.  It was here that she discovered that she enjoyed working with children and decided to become a teacher. Laura received a degree from Bank Street and spent the last twenty years in Ocean Hill-Brownsville at (the recently closed) PS/IS 73 where she taught grades 1,2,4,5 and 6 (both ICT and General Ed). In her off-hours, Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, making things (cooking, baking, knitting, photography), reading, riding her bike and cheering for the Mets, Knicks and the Cleveland Browns.  [email protected]

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Teresa Setzer

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Megan Kane

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Genoa Jones, Kady Safar

This is Genoa’s second year at P.S. 261 and 17th year teaching grades 2-5 in both general education and special education settings. She is originally from Ohio and moved to New York after college. She took a 5-year break from the Department of Ed. to teach at IB schools overseas. The diversity she has experienced through her own upbringing and travels reinforces her drive to help her students develop an appreciation and acceptance of differences on both the local and global level. Genoa views her role as an opportunity to facilitate the development of problem-solving skills, an understanding of empathy, and the chance to help students take action. When she’s not planning her next trip, she can usually be found trying a new restaurant, playing lawn games (an interesting pursuit in an urban setting), rescuing animals, or cycling.

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