PTA Executive Board and School Leadership Team Elections Coming Next Month

Have you thought about running for the PTA Executive Board and/or School Leadership Team?  There is no better time than
right now to find out all the information of the roles, responsibilities, and service you can do for our community.
Download a PDF of the roles and responsibilities here.  You can also email and one of the
Executive Board members will be happy to answer you questions.  Executive Board & School Leadership Team elections will
take place at the May 14, 2014, PTA General meeting.

Layout 1Welcome to the 2014 SMS Spring Community Concert Series & Play-A-Thon.  All the information about this year’s newly formatted event can be found at about the event at About Event, or click here.  You can also review, and sign up for, a Venue and Date by clicking here, the Playing a Venue page.  Look for more information on Volunteering, coming to you via email, backpack xpress, and other means, in the next week or so.  Thank you in advance for your support.


The heart of the event is reaching out to the community and giving back the gift of music to those who do not have the opportunity, or are unable to due to circumstances, to hear the beautiful music our kids offer.  How our kids are so capable is a tribute to the Kaufman Music Center’s (KMC) support of the Special Music School music program.  Now it is our time to give a little back to KMC.  Please support the kids and the program.  Ask your friends, relatives, neighbors and business associates to help out as well.  They can come listen to the kids play, see chart above or invite them to a performance at school.

All monies raised for the 2014 Community Service Concert Series & Play-A-Thon go directly to the Music Program at the Special Music School!  The program is privately funded, completely, by the Kaufman Music Center.  For students in grades K through 9, with additional high school grades being added every year for the next three years, the center spends approximately $7,500 a year on “private” music lessons twice a week, music theory classes, chorus, music history, and more, per student.  This is how we, as a community, and friends of the community, pay it forward!

Visit How To Donate for details and links to donating to KMC.

2014 SMS Spring Community Concert Series & Play-A-Thon Committee

StompGround3webSchool pictures are ready for viewing and ordering.  Go to School Photo Page for details and links.


The 2014 Kaufman Music Center Gala will be held at The Edison Ballroom.

The Gala is the Kaufman Music Center’s (KMC) biggest annual fundraising event and honors individuals who are committed to the performing arts and arts education. This year’s event will feature internationally renowned violinist Robert McDuffie, acclaimed violist Hsin-Yun Huang (an SMS Parent!), performances by Kaufman Music Center performing artists, and performances by students from the Special Music School and Lucy Moses School.  Reduced price parent tickets start at $750 and specially priced journal ads start at $300.

Click here for more information and the 2014 message from SMS Parent Gala Committee members about support the Kaufman Music Center.  Click here for official Response Form for gala.  Visit the Gala Page for details.

Contact Gina Napolitano at 212 501 3350 or with any questions.

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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.

Gina1Click here to visit the Kaufman Center Website for more details.
You can email the Kaufman Music Center at
or call 212.501.3350.

Family contributions are the most important source of income for the Special Music School PTA, Inc.

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


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.

City schools have 22 of state’s top 25 performers on Common Core exams

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