This Week at SMS: September 23, 2018

Hello SMS families, and Happy Fall! It was terrific seeing so many of you at Curriculum Night last week–thank you to all the PTA members who helped both at the K-8 and the High School. This week we have our first full week of school, so I hope everyone is well rested. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or anything you would like to share with the larger community.

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.
The DOE requires that all parents complete the school meals form  – Click here to complete the form online.  
K-8 Parents: If not yet done…

Middle School Parents: High Exposure Field Trip. There are many SMS permission slips and High Exposure waivers still outstanding for theOctober 3rd field trip. Please sign and return the attached permission slip and click on the link here to fill out High Exposure‘s waiver as soon as possible.

High School Parents: If not yet done…

High School Parent Permissions


1st-5th grade families: SMS Musical Theatre Drama Club: There are still spots available for the SMS Drama Club. The club meets on Fridays after school with pick-up at 4:15pm at the high school. Please direct all correspondence/questions to Ashley Byler, Waiver attached.

5th-8th grade families: Running Club with Mr. Fox: There are still spots available: 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 ( and Jen Laing ( by Monday, September 24, 2018. See attached for more detailed information.


SMS PARENTS: There are still a few spots left on the SMS parent private Steinway Factory tour (and thank you Andy Arluk, 1st grade parent, for organizing):

Steinway’s piano factory is in Astoria, Queens, and we have arranged with them for SMS families to be able to get a free private tour. They go through the process of how a piano is built on the factory floor.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 28 from 8:45 am – 12 noon (the tour itself will be about 2 hours, starting at 9:30 am). 

RSVP: Steinway piano factory tour sign up

5th grade parents: Tuesday, September 25: Middle School Principal’s Forum:  at 6pm – at PS 76    URL to register:


5th grade parents: Thursday, October 11 at 5:30 pm: District 3 Middle School Fair. PS 242–134 W122 St. 


All Parents: Wednesday, September 26: District 3 Town Hall followed by CEC Calendar Meeting: 

The District 3 Community Education Council Town Hall with Chancellor Carranza is Wed., Sept. 26th at 6:30pm at PS 163 – 163 West 97th Street –  (more information is provided below and attached).  It is open to all.


CEC3 wants to relay your questions, concerns and issues regarding D3 public schools to Chancellor Carranza and we have attached a public comment card  that you can print and fill in and which you can email back to us at or bring with you to the D3 Town Hall where we will collect it. Please act now so that we can let Chancellor Carranza know your concerns with regard to District 3 public schools. 

 More information about this and other events and meetings can be found at The Town Hall will be immediately followed the CEC3 Calendar meeting at 7:30pm

Lisa Stump, Parent Coordinator

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