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◾◾ How and Why P.S. 47 Alumni was formed
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News
Alumni online website Store launched (9/20/14)
Sports Fund renamed to Eugene “Silent” Hairston Sports Award (1/26/15)
Alumni email address upgrade (2/20/15)

History
History of P.S. 47
History of School’s Name (Infographic)
School Milestones (Infographic)
Rubella epidemic (1963-1964)
History of Principals
◾◾ Principals Under P.S. 47 School for the Deaf (1908-1940)
◾◾◾ Margaret A. Regan (1908-1910)
◾◾◾ Carrie W. Kearns (1910-1936)
◾◾◾ D. Frances Kauffman (1936-1939)
◾◾ Principals Under J.H.S. 47 School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (1942-1972)
◾◾◾ Harriet F. McLaughlin (1940-1960)
◾◾◾ Catherine Wilman (1961-1966)
◾◾◾ Alice Rooney (1966-1972)
◾◾ Principals Under J.H.S. 47 School for the Deaf (1972-1996)
◾◾◾ Helen Page Reilly (1974-1978)
◾◾◾◾ Anniversary Celebration Theme “Togetherness”
◾◾◾ Joan O’Shea (1978-1993)
◾◾◾ Frances Briffa (1994-1996)
◾◾ Principal Under “47” The American Sign Language and English School (2002-2005)
◾◾◾ Martin Florsheim (1996-2005)
◾◾ Principals Under “47” The American Sign Language and English Lower School (2005- Present)
◾◾◾ Rebecca Marshall (2005 – 2010)
◾◾◾ Dave Thacker Bowell (2010 – Present)
◾◾ Principals Under “47” The American Sign Language and English Secondary School (2005-Present)
◾◾◾ Martin Florsheim (2005 – 2008)
◾◾◾ Watfa Shama (2008- Present)
“47” Songs, Poems, and Poetry
◾◾ School Memory of Deaf Singer Johnnie Ray
◾◾ “47″ School We Love
◾◾ “47” We Proudly Say
◾◾ How I Love “47”
◾◾ 47, my 47
◾◾ English is Insignificant” Poet by Hinda Kasher
◾◾ Let Us Shine
◾◾ Our School Cry
◾◾ P.S. 47
◾◾ Progress of Our School – P.S. 47 ASL
◾◾ The Colors of Forty-Seven
◾◾ The Voice
◾◾ We Will Never Be Sorry
◾◾ Happiness Is Being A Teacher

Fireplace in School Lobby
Grandfather Clock in School Lobby
School Colors
School Motto
School Newsletters
◾◾ “47″ Speaks
◾◾ The Voice
School Physical Education
◾◾ PSAL Winged Victory Medal
◾◾ Shooting Tigers of “47” (Archery)

◾◾ Shooting Tigers of “47” Win 2016 New York State Olympic Archery Championship
◾◾ Farewell to our beloved physical education teacher, Arnold Allison

School and Alumni Logo and insignia over the years
School Anniversary Proclamations
J.H.S. 47 ARISTA (National Honor Society)

Archivist’s Corner
◾ Meet our Official Archivists – Steven Fertik and William Newman
Meet our new co-Assistant Archivist Sarita Laina
◾ Alumni Open House
◾ Alumni YouTube ASL Videos
◾◾ ASL Rendition of “47” Our School Cry – 1st Performance June 5, 2013 – YouTube
◾◾ ASL Rendition of “47″ Our School Cry – 2nd Performance June 14, 2013 – YouTube
◾◾ ASL Rendition of “47” Our School Cry – 3rd Performance June 14, 2013 – YouTube
◾◾ ASL Rendition of “47” School We Love – June 14, 2013 – YouTube

◾◾ PowerPoint Presentation History of “47″ – June 14, 2013 – YouTube
◾ Photographs and Videos on Fridays
◾◾ Photo Purchase Order Form
◾ PowerPoint Presentation History of “47″
Eugene “Silent” Hairston Sports Award Biography
◾ PowerPoint Presentation Moses E. Josephs Auditorium Grand Re-Opening
◾◾ Moses E. Josephs Auditorium Biography
◾ School Museums Tour
◾◾ Room 216 Museum
◾◾ Auditorium Foyer Museum
◾◾ J.H.S. 47 Vocational Education Museum
◾◾◾ Museum Photo Gallery
◾◾◾ Recent Discoveries
◾◾ J.H.S. 47 ARISTA (National Honor Society)
Donating Your School Memorabilia
Whats’s Happening at School Today
◾◾ Moses E. Josephs Auditorium Upgrade
◾◾ School Building Exterior Work
◾◾ Renaming of two schools
Revival of “47” Milestone Book

Events
“47″ ers Travel News Photo Gallery
Events Coming Soon
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“47” Alumni Association General Meeting and Museums/School Tour – November 15, 2016
◾◾ 110th Anniversary Celebration of “47” – 2018 Stay tuned for more information
Past Events
◾◾ 50th Anniversary Celebration of JHS 47 – May 10, 1958 Photo Gallery
◾◾ Dedication Ceremony – December 12, 2005
◾◾◾ The Carrie W. Kearns Library
◾◾◾ The Edith (Allerup) Kleberg Library
◾◾ 100th Anniversary Celebration of “47” – June 1, 2008
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Dedication of 100th Anniversary Journal Book in memory of Robert H. Penn ’58
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100th Anniversary Celebration of “47” Banquet Program Guide
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100th Anniversary Congratulatory Letters
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Letter 1/8 City of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
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Letter 2/8 City of New York Borough of Manhattan President Scott M. Stringer
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Letter 3/8 New York City School Chancellor Joel I. Klein
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Letter 4/8 Rochester Institute of Technology NTID Dean/CEO T. Alan Hurwitz
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Letter 5/8 Gallaudet University President Robert R, Davila
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Letter 6/8 National Association of the Deaf (NAD) President Bobbie Beth Scoggins
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Letter 7/8 “47” The American Sign Language and English Secondary School Principal Martin Florsheim
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Letter 8/8 “47” The American Sign Language and English Lower School Principal Rebecca Marshall
◾◾◾ 100th Anniversary Photo Gallery
◾◾ “47” Alumni Online Fundraising – 2009 (External link)
◾◾ Dorothy (Finkelstein) Pakula Memorial Service – March 12, 2011
◾◾ Dedication Ceremony – June 3, 2011
◾◾◾ 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Grandfather Clock
◾◾◾ The David M. Schwartz Gym
◾◾◾ The H. William Bernstein Cafeteria
◾◾◾ The Moses E. Josephs Auditorium
◾◾◾ The Walter J. Connolly Playground
◾◾◾◾ Story Behind the New Walter J. Connolly Playground
◾◾ “47” Alumni Association General Meeting/Election – November 20, 2011
◾◾ “47” Alumni Live Auction at St. Elizabeth Church in Manhattan – January 14, 2012
◾◾ 13th Annual “47” Alumni Reunion Picnic at Eisenhower Park Long Island – June 3, 2012 (Photo Gallery)
◾◾ Big Apple ASL Expo and Festival at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden Astoria, NY – September 8, 2012
◾◾ 105th Anniversary Celebration of “47″ April, May and June 2013 (Photo Gallery)
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105th Anniversary Celebration of “47” Morning Program Guide (Blue)
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105th Anniversary Celebration of “47” Evening Program Guide (Gold)
◾◾ Dingo/Flea Market at St. Elizabeth Church Manhattan – May 18, 2013 (Photo Gallery)
◾◾◾ Dingo 101 (Bingo games played by deaf people)
◾◾ 14th Annual “47” Alumni Reunion Picnic at Eisenhower Park Long Island – June 9, 2013 (Photo Gallery)
◾◾ 2nd Annual Big Apple ASL Expo and Festival at Governor’s Island – September 1, 2013
◾◾ NJ Deaf Awareness 2013 DEAF FEST at East Brunswick NJ Middlesex County Fairground – September 22, 2013
◾◾ Dingo Halloween Night at St. Elizabeth Church Manhattan – October 26, 2013 (Photo Gallery)
◾◾ “47” Alumni Association General Meeting/Election – November 19, 2013 (Photo Gallery)
◾◾◾ Reading of the “47″ Alumni Association of the Deaf ByLaws Amended November 19, 2013
◾◾◾ Election of Current Board Members for 2014 – 2015 Term
◾◾◾ Post election message from the Alumni Association President
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Dingo Night at St. Elizabeth Church Manhattan – March 29, 2014 (Photo Gallery)
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Dingo Night at St. Elizabeth Church Manhattan – May 17, 2014 (Photo Gallery)
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15th Annual “47” Alumni Reunion Picnic at Eisenhower Park Long Island – June 22, 2014 (Photo Gallery)
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3rd Annual Big Apple ASL Expo and Festival Manhattan – October 5, 2014 (Photo Gallery)

◾◾ Happy Halloween Dingo at St. Elizabeth Church Manhattan – October 18, 2014 (Photo Gallery)
◾◾ All-Day Activities at School – November 18, 2014 (Photo Gallery)
◾◾◾ Morning Event Program Re-dedication of the Moses E. Josephs Auditorium Ceremony – November 18. 2014
◾◾◾ Morning Event Photo Gallery Part 1 Re-dedication of the Moses E. Josephs Auditorium Ceremony Photo Gallery – November 18. 2014
◾◾◾ Afternoon Event Photo Gallery Part 2 Special Tour of School Museums Photo Gallery – November 18. 2014
◾◾◾ Evening Event Program “47” Alumni Association General Meeting & Entertainment – November 18. 2014
◾◾◾ Evening Event Photo Gallery Part 3 “47” Alumni Association General Meeting & Entertainment Photo Gallery – November 18, 2014
◾◾ Spring Dingo at St. Elizabeth Church Manhattan – May 16, 2015 (Photo Gallery)
◾◾ 16th Annual Alumni Picnic Reunion at Brady Park in Long Island – July 12, 2015 (Photo Gallery)
◾◾ “47” Alumni Association General Meeting/Election – November 17, 2015
◾◾ Remarks by “47” Alumni Association Secretary Dorothy Cohler in Eulogy for Yola Walker – February 11, 2016
◾◾ Yola Walker Lobby Ceremony – June 14, 2016

Board Members
◾ Current Board Members – 2014 – 2015, and 2016-2017 (Two-Terms)
◾ Honorary Board Members and in Memoriam
◾ Past Board Members (1916 to 1988)
◾ Past Board Members (1989 to 2008)
◾ Past Board Members (2009 to 2013)

Awards
Alumni Awards
◾◾ “47″ Alumni Awards Nomination Form
◾◾ “47” Hall of Fame
◾◾◾ 1978 – Dorothy (Finkelstein) Pakula ’42
◾◾◾ 1980 – Evelyn Gamsu ’57
◾◾◾ 1988 – JoAnn (Marmo) DiGiorgi ’61
◾◾◾ 1988 – Alexander Fleischman ’37
◾◾◾ 1994 – Dorothy Cohler ’57
◾◾◾ 1994 – Joel Goldfarb ’59
◾◾◾ 1994 – Alfred Sonnenstrahl ’51
◾◾◾ 1998 – Donald Cole Zulauf ’51
◾◾◾ 2003 – Dr. Gerald “Bummy” Burstein ’43
◾◾◾ 2003 – Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Taub ’68
◾◾◾ 2008 – Norman Finkelstein ’40
◾◾◾ 2008 – Robert H. Penn ’58 (posthumously)
◾◾◾ 2013 – Walter J. Connolly ’14 (posthumously)
◾◾◾ 2013 – Betty (Drummer) Kasher ’65
◾◾◾ 2013 – Thomas Samuels ’52
◾◾◾ 2013 – Dr. Allen E. Sussman, Ph.D., ’47
◾◾ Humanitarian Award
◾◾◾ 2003 – Rose Pizzo ’49
◾◾◾ 2008 – Egidio “Al” Lepre ’52
◾◾◾ 2013 – Mario Mucci ‘54
◾◾ Man of the Year Award
◾◾◾ 1998 – Mark Alan Nathanson (left ‘56)
◾◾◾ 2003 – Isaac “Ike” Pakula (left ’55)
◾◾◾ 2008 – Alfred Weinrib ’47
◾◾◾ 2008 – Lloyd Shikin ’53
◾◾◾ 2013 – Lance Fischer (left ’59)
◾◾ Woman of the Year Award
◾◾◾ 1998 – Maureen (Costigan) Woods ‘57
◾◾◾ 2003 – Randy Sue (Nathanson) Rothman (Left ’55)
◾◾◾ 2008 – June (Rothenberg) McMahon (Left ’63)
◾◾◾ 2008 – Rebecca Marshall, Principal
◾◾◾ 2013 – Sarita Laina ’78
◾◾ Young Alumni Achievement Award
◾◾◾ 2003 – Rebecca (Aranow) Gallagher ’77
◾◾◾ 2013 – Charles Chambers ’86
Recognition Awards
◾◾ “47″ Alumni Special Honor Award
◾◾ Achievement Award
◾◾ Award of Appreciation
◾◾◾ 1988 – Evelyn Gamsu ’57
◾◾◾ 1998 – NY State Assembly Member Steven Sanders and his Chief of Staff Steve Kaufman
◾◾◾ 1999 – Sam Wolfson – “47″ Alumni Supporter
◾◾◾ 2003 – Dr. Russell Rosen – Teacher College Professor
◾◾ Dedication Award
◾◾ Former Staff Recognition Award
◾◾ PTA Parent Award
◾◾ Special Award to Former Principal
◾◾ Special Dedication to “47” Award
◾◾◾ 2013 – Rolf Olsen, Class of 1959
◾◾ Special Extraordinary Dedication Service Award
◾◾◾ 2008 – Cheryl (Pipp) Mortensen, “47″ Alumni Vice President and Membership Drive
◾◾◾ 2013 – Kenneth Mortensen (Left ’55) “47″ Alumni Membership Drive and Parliamentarian
◾◾ Special Thank You Award
◾◾ Staff Recognition Award
Student Awards
◾◾ Eugene “Silent” Hairston Sports Award (Established 2015)
Eugene “Silent” Hairston Sports Award Biography
◾◾ Robert H. Penn Community Service Award (Established 2009)
◾◾ Harriet McLaughlin Memorial Award (1984-2001)

Alumni Newsletters
◾ Vol. 40 No. 40 Winter 2011/2012 (Cover Page)
◾ Vol. 41 No. 41 Spring 2012 (Cover Page)
◾ Vol. 42 No. 42 Summer/Fall 2012 (Cover Page)
◾ Vol. 43 No. 43 Winter 2012/2013 (Cover Page)
◾ Vol. 44 No. 44 Spring 2013 (Cover Page)
◾ Vol. 45 No. 45 Fall 2013 – Winter 2013/2014 (Cover Page)
Vol. 46 No. 46 Spring 2014 (Cover Page)
Vol. 47 No. 47 Summer 2014 (Cover Page)
Vol. 48 No. 48 Fall 2014 – Winter 2014/2015 (Cover Page)
Vol. 49 No. 49 Spring/Summer 2015 (Cover Page)
Vol. 50 No. 50 Fall 2015 – Winter 2015/2016 (Cover Page) (Cover Page)
Vol. 51 No. 51 Spring 2016 (Cover Page)
Vol. 52 No. 52 Summer 2016 (Cover Page)

Contact
◾ Contact Information
◾◾“47” Alumni Information Fact Sheet/Membership Application
◾◾“47” School Information Leaflet
◾◾PS 347 School Information Fact Sheet
Directions

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Membership Application
Membership Form
“47” Alumni Store
◾◾Photographs and Videos on Fridays
◾◾100th Anniversary Celebration Memory Souvenirs
◾◾“47” Alumni Polo Shirt

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Page last updated: October 13, 2016