This Week at SMS: September 16, 2018

Hello SMS Families! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend. Please note that we have a four day week ahead–there is no school on Wednesday, September 19, in observance of Yom Kippur, and Thursday, Sept 20 is Curriculum Night for ALL GRADES (we do not follow the DOE calendar for Curriculum Night). I look forward to seeing you there!

 

K-8 Curriculm Night: 5-7pm – You will have a chance to meet your child’s teachers and to learn about the curriculum and expectations of each class. Parents, please report directly to your child’s classroom

HS Curriculum Night: 5-7pm – You will have a chance to meet your child’s teachers and to learn about the curriculum and expectations of each class. Please report directly to the auditorium.

HOUSEKEEPING:

All Parents: It is imperative that we have your up-to-date emergency contact information. Blue Cards must be filled out each year. Please return them as soon as possible. Families are also encouraged to register with Notify NYC (hps://a858-nycnofy.nyc. gov/nofynyc/) to receive information about emergency events.

The DOE requires that all parents complete the school meals form  – Click here to complete the form online.  

K-8 Parents: If you have not already done so, please complete the links below for Biographical Information and Parent Permissions and MS parents, please send in your supply money. These links must be filled out each year: 

K-8 Student Biographical Data

K-8 Parent Permissions

High School Parents:  If you have not already done so, please complete the links below for Biographical Information and Parent Permissions, and send in your supply money. These links must be filled out each year:

High School Student Biographical Data

High School Parent Permissions

At SMS: 

Chess Club: There is still space for  a few more students. Please see the attached document for all of the club details and address ALL correspondence directly to Mr. Sanchez, the chess teacher: superfunchess@gmail.com

12 remaining classes: $455: Sept: 21,28, Oct: 5,12,19,26, Nov: 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec: 7,14

5th-8th Grade Running Club with Mr. Fox: Running Club is back for Fall 2018: Thursdays, from 3-4pm. Eight sessions: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, and 11/15. Cost: $165 to be paid by check made out to: SMS PTA). Limit 16 students. Please email Mr. Fox (sfox@specialmusicschool.org) and Jen Laing (jen.a.laing@gmail.com) by Monday, September 24, 2018. See attached for more detailed information.

MESSAGE FROM THE PTA: 

Dear families,
As a fun event to help kick off the new school year, we wanted to take advantage of a uniquely New York offering: Steinway’s piano factory. Steinway’s factory is in Astoria, Queens, and we have arranged for an SMS parent private tour (at no cost). They go through the process of how a piano is built on the factory floor.

Steinway restricts access to 16+ years old, as it is a working factory, and the tours are only on weekday mornings, so unfortunately, students cannot attend. However, we thought it would be a fun experience for parents and others in the community. 

We have tentatively arranged for Friday, Sept. 28 from 8:45 am – 12 noon (the tour itself will be about 2 hours, starting at 9:30 am). They can accommodate up to 20 people (if an alternative date may work better, please indicate that, and we can assess for the group what may be best, but no guarantees). If you’d like to join this event, please fill out this form: Steinway piano factory tour sign up Also, please indicate if you’d be interested in having a bus from SMS arranged (we would need to cover the cost of that).

Thanks, and hope you may find this an enjoyable experience! Some additional info:

—SMS PTA 

STUDENT NEWS:

Sasha Grossman (5th grade), student of Natela Mchedlishvili traveled to Italy this summer and won Premio Assoluto 100/100 (1st prize) in the Nuova Coppa Pianisti International Piano Competition 2018. He also played the piano in the Mountains and Strings Chamber Music Retreat in Idaho. Congratulations Sasha!

OUTSIDE SCHOOL:

Tuesday, September 25: Middle School Principal’s Forum:  at 6pm – at PS 76

Sept 22-23: 8th Grade Families: High School fairs are taking place on the weekend of Sept 22-23. Please click here for sites and schedules.

Sept. 17: Community Education Council 3 (CEC3):

Tuesday, September 18th: CEC3 Multilingual Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM
PS 163, 163 West 97th Street, Auditorium

 
All best–
 
Lisa Stump, Parent Coordinator



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