Parents Association

Schedule of Events


2:00 pm: Book Fair Opens
2:30 pm: Pre-K Reading with Head of School Danny Karpf*
3:00 pm:  ECD Art Teacher Lianne Bassin performs songs from her new CD, Everyone Grows: Children's Songs for Mindfulness. 
4:15–5:00 pm: PJ Library at Book Fair! Featuring story readings with RSS Librarian Helen Singer and Rabbi Ben Spratt.
5:00 pm: Family Night and Pizza Party; ECD Art Teacher Lianne Bassin performs songs from her new CD, Everyone Grows: Children's Songs for Mindfulness.


8:00 am: Book Fair Opens
8:30–10:30 am: Author Signing with Stephanie Calmenson   
9:00–11:30 am: Author Signing with Sarah Mlynowski
2:00 pm: Book Fair Closes

*Pre-K will dismiss from the Schafler lobby

Author Signings

Stephanie Calmenson

Stephanie Calmenson
Stephanie Calmenson grew up in Brooklyn, New York and never imagined she would become a writer. She began her professional life as an early childhood teacher and had the pleasure of reading to children and discovering which books captivated them. When budget cuts left her looking for work, she became a children’s book editor and learned how a book is made.

Planning to go back to teaching, Stephanie enrolled in a Master’s Program in Education at New York University where she took a course called “Writing for Children.” Her very first story was published in a children’s magazine, and she was off and writing! Though she now spends her days at home in front of a computer instead of in a classroom, she still thinks of herself as a teacher, speaking to children through her books.

Stephanie Calmenson’s books have been called “marvelous” (Publisher’s Weekly), “lyrical”, “hilarious” (School Library Journal), and “sweet, funny, and right on the mark” (Booklist). Her books include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS StoryTime book; May I Pet Your Dog?, a Horn Book Fanfare selection; No Honking Allowed!, featuring Rex and Stego, the dynamic dino duo; the Our Principal series; and with Magic School Bus author Joanna Cole, the Ready, Set, Dogs! series. To read more, please visit

Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski was born in Montreal, Canada. As soon as Sarah learned to read, she knew she wanted to be an author. She wrote her first book, Lizzie Forshort, when she was in fourth grade. It was about a girl named Elizabeth (Lizzie for short) who won the lottery. Sarah’s mom typed the story up and then mailed it to Bantam Books. They sent her back a very nice rejection letter. But Sarah kept writing.
Sarah studied English literature in college. After she graduated, she went to work for a publishing company. While she was there, she wrote and sold her first novel, Milkrun, which was for grownups. Eventually, Sarah became a full-time writer. She has written thirty-five novels, including the New York Times bestselling series Whatever After and Upside-Down Magic (along with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins).
Sarah’s books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and many have been sold to Hollywood. In fact, Disney is developing Upside-Down Magic as a TV movie right now! Sarah now lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and two daughters. She loves to read, travel, and hang out with her family. To read more, please visit

Class Visit Schedule

2:00-2:30 pm: 7th Grade 

8:15-9:00 am: Kindergarten
9:00–9:30 am: 1st Grade
9:30–10:00 am: 2nd Grade
10:15–10:45 am: 3rd Grade
10:40–11:10 am: 4th Grade
11:15–11:45 am: 5th Grade
12:45–1:15 pm: 6th Grade
1:10–1:40 pm: 8th Grade

Buy A Book, Donate A Book!

Book Fair provides an opportunity to do a simple but impactful mitzvah with your child. As you shop for your home library, please consider purchasing a book to donate. Donations will benefit Elmhurst Hospitals in Queens. Collection bins will be located in the Schafler.

RSS Bookplates

Make your family’s mark on the RSS Libraries! A donation of $18 purchases an RSS bookplate which you can sign or dedicate and have pasted into an RSS Library book from the existing collection. These bookplate donations will be used to support the libraries in each of our divisions.
If you have any questions, please read our FAQ or email the RSS Parents Association.