The October SMS Newsletter is out!!!

 

Well, that was a lot of fun.
A very heartfelt thank you to all our Parent and Student volunteers to helped make this year’s Halloween Party one of the most successful in the history of SMS.  The costumes were the best!  Thank you to everyone for your support, participation and, well, being part of this community.

Thank You: Michelle and Luis, Sara Vogeler, Orli Shaham and David Robertson, Natanya and Larry Freed, Amelia DeMayo, Jake Pine, Mary Kelly and Ken Pantoga, Lauren Flowers, Rina Kofman and Polat Novruzov, Yvonne Lau, Fiona and Jason Mills, Teresa Jones, Vaughn Davis, all the Class Parents, Josh Kail (10th grade) and the High School Crew, Sophia Reyes (6th grade), Margo Pantoga (1st grade), Katie Smith, Kristen Palmieri, Kaufman Music Center Administration, and, last but not least, the “Peanuts” gang from the Drama Club.

Their support included planning this year’s Halloween Party, managing the money, helping to organize the entertainment (drama club and music), rallying the families and students (including the HS students), recruiting volunteers and selling tickets in advance, working with the facilities team at the HS and KMC to make the event happen.

We also would to thank all parents who volunteered to help decorate, donate baked goods, sell tickets at the door, man the activity tables and the other elementary and middle school kids that also helped to man the Haunted House.  If we missed anyone in our thank yous, please forgive us  All of you are special to the SMS Community.  It was a huge undertaking with a great team pulling it all together.

SMSHalloweenCollagePostFor more pictures, and how to order a photo JPEG file, NO CHARGE,
click here to get to the Halloween Page,
or email the PTA at info@smsparents.org.

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Your generosity and support enables the PTA to be a partner, along with the Department of Education and Kaufman Music Center, in providing your child an exceptional educational experience. Our suggested PTA contribution this year is $450 per student. The SMS PTA holds an IRS designation of a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Contributions to the SMS PTA are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
Go to SMS PTA DONATIONS page for more detailed information and PTA DONATIONS REQUEST FORM.
If you have any questions please contact the SMS PTA Co-Treasurers at info@smsparents.org.

Shop for your school supplies at Amazon.com, click on the Amazon ad below or the link/ad on the right column of this page, and the SMS PTA will earn a percentage of your final purchase.
This Costs You nothing.

SMS PTA is an Amazon Associate! We earn a commission on everything you buy, when you start your shopping through this website! There are no added costs.

It’s easy! Click on Amazon ad below. You’ll be transferred to Amazon.com, and they’ll know you came from smsparents.org.  Tell your family, friends and work colleagues.  Talk to you fellow SMS parents, pool your purchasing power, and the PTA will benefit, and it will cost you absolutely nothing.
There’s never been an easier way to support the SMS PTA!

                                                            

GREAT NEWS.  In addition to our Class Contributions of $16,109.44, which includes the MK Trio’s amazing fundraising of over $1,300, our anonymous benefactor has, once again, added to our total $10,000, making this year’s final tally $26,109.44.  Thank you all!

PlayAThonCThe 2014 SMS Spring Community Concert Series & Play-A-Thon is over.  All the information about this year’s newly formatted event can be found at http://smsplayathon.com/.
You Can Still Donate to The Event!

NDI Rattles to Roof at MLK Auditorium. Slide show below.zNDIpost2
Spring Choral Highlights 2014. Slide show below.
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MK Trio ROCKS the Hose, raises funds for SMS! Slide show below.
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OVER $17,000 RAISED FOR THE SMS PTA!

The On-Line Auction raised over $17,000 … that is $4,000 better than last year.  Our community rocks … and so do Jhoanna Wade and Jennifer Laing, whose tireless efforts, insanely long hours and dedication made this amazing Auction so Successful.  Thank you both, from a very grateful PTA Executive Board and SMS Community.

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Visit our After School Pages for Information and Links to: Launch, Chess, Karate, Lucy Moses and Other Suggestions!
to help you navigate your student’s After School needs.

  • NY Times Article on Music’s impact on education: “Is Music the Key to Success?”  Read article here.
  • Community School District 3 website posts Middle School Admissions Process Calendar.  Click here for details.
  • NYC Department of Education Releases First Ever Teacher Preparation Program Reports. To read more, click here!
  • NDI is back at SMS. The D.O.E. and PTA sponsor the program, but, NDI still needs added support.  Please read more about them, their programs and what you can do to help.  Click here for all links and information.
  • Schools Unite Network (“Sun”) report on information from the NYPD regarding how to prevent and address bullying.  Visit the Sun Page for a complete report and links.

BoxTopComp1Last year, our BoxTops 4 Education campaign raised over $500 for SMS.  That is $500 of free money for the school.  Now, what can be easier, or sweeter, than that.  Please, keep collecting the coupons … we will start collecting them again in the Fall.  Lots of brands now offer multiple box box tops on single packages.  It just keeps getting easier and easier!  Visit the BoxTops 4 Education page if you have any questions.  Thank You.

COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS: A Message From Chancellor Walcott

Click Here for D.O.E. Links and Parent Resources.

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) serves more than 1.1 million students and their families in over 1,700 schools. We are committed to providing useful information to parents and families and offering them multiple opportunities to participate in our City’s public school programs and initiatives. This overview is designed to explain the Common Core Learning Standards and how they relate to your child’s education.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS?
Learning standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each grade. Over the next few years, New York and more than 40 other states across the country will transition to a new set of learning standards called the Common Core. These new standards provide a clear picture of what students need to learn each year in order to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers.
The Common Core standards were developed by educators and other experts based on research and lessons learned from top-performing countries. The standards describe the skills and knowledge our students need to succeed in a rapidly changing world, including the ability to think creatively, solve real-world problems, make effective arguments, and engage in debates.
For complete PDF of article, click here.