This Week at SMS: September 9, 2018

Hello SMS Families. I hope you have had a smooth transition into the new school year. The shortened weeks help to ease us back in to the school schedule. Please note there is NO SCHOOL Monday (September 10) and Tuesday (September 11) in observance of Rosh Hashanah

We hope to see you at the first PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 13, at 6:30 pm, at the high school. There will be a vote on budget revisions, so we encourage you to attend. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or information you would like to share. I am available via email, telephone, or in person at the contacts in my signature.
Click here for your digital copy of Achieve NYC, NYC DOE’s Parent Guide for grades PreK-12–it is available in multiple languages!
All Parents: The DOE requires that all parents complete the school meals form  – ClickHERE 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: 

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 Parent Permissions

5th-8th Grade Families: Running Club with Mr. Fox: Running Club is back for Fall 2018: Thursdays, from 3-4pm. There will be 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). Class size will be limited to 16 students. Please email Mr. Fox ( and Jen Laing ( by Monday, September 24, 2018. See attached for more detailed information.

K-8 FamiliesWelcome Back Picnic–9/15/18 2pm in the northwest area of Sheep’s Meadow, Central Park (see Red Star on map below). Message from  Ann Wazelle (K-8 PTA co-president): Hello SMS Families of Lower and Middle School! I thought this would be a casual opportunity to reconnect and meet and greet whomever joins the fun. Anyone who wants to attend would bring their own: blanket, food, drink, and any safe outdoor fun things, if you’d like– a casual community welcome for fall (weather permitting!) I hope to see many of you there and cross fingers for good weather! Any questions should be directed to
High School Students: One of the great benefits of being a part of a multi-school campus is our access to a wide variety ofPSAL (Public School Athletic League) teams. If you are interested in finding a team, pleas visit the PSAL website: on the home page go to schools and click on the Martin L. King Jr. Campus. after each team offered at our school, you will see a coach. Click on that coaches name to find contact information for tryouts.
Join NYC Parks Stewardship to care for local street trees! Volunteers will learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees. They will also learn about the important roles street trees play in New York City. 

BrooklynStreet Tree Care – Sunset Park Saturday, September 22, 9:00am-12:00pm

Street Tree Care – Crown Heights Saturday, September 22, 9:00am-12:00pm

ManhattanSuper Steward Intro Workshop – Central Park Thursday, September 27, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Street Tree Care – Bayside Saturday, September 8, 9:00am-12:00pm

Trail Work – Forest Park Saturday, September 29, 9:00am-12:00pm

Wednesday, September 12: CEC3 (Community Education Council) District 3 Business Meeting:  at 6:30 pm: Joan of Arc Educational Complex – 154 West 93rd St, Room 204. See attached agenda for meeting details
Tuesday, September 25: Middle School Principal’s Forum:  at 6pm – at PS 76
8th Grade Families: High School fairs are taking place on the weekend of Sept 22-23. Please click here for sites and schedules.
10th Grade Students: 
The Parsons Scholars Program is pleased to invite 10th graders who are interested in art & design to apply for an extraordinary pre-college scholarship opportunity at Parsons School of Design. The Parsons Scholars Program provides youth from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to explore art & design in a college environment. Accepted students receive college credit while preparing for the college admissions process at no cost to them. It is important to note that we are not a talent search.  We hope to get this information into the hands of all students with financial need, regardless of demonstrated skill or experience, so that students can decide if they are eligible and interested in making this commitment.

Deadline to apply is October 19th, 11:59PM

It is required that all applicants attend the information session. They’ll be able to schedule their interviews at the information session.

Friday September 21, 2018, 3-5pm

55 West 13th St., 2nd floor, Theresa Lang Student Center

Make up date: Saturday, September 29.

*Only available to those who cannot attend 9/21. Space is limited: please contact to RSVP for the make-up session.
Please download the INFO SHEET for important information on applying.
The Parsons Scholars Program recognizes the brilliance of communities who are historically underrepresented and unrecognized in fields of art and design, and we are committed to bridging the gap to college and fulfilling careers. Don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions,

14-18 year-old female and gender non-conforming students: YWCA fall programs: With the start of fall comes the arrival of a number of no cost and exciting programs at the YWCA of the City of New York! Offerings are for self-identified young women and gender non-conforming youth between the ages of 14 and 18. We invite your students to learn more about empowering women and eliminating racism through the programs detailed below. Please click “APPLY” below for applications – Deadline to apply is 9/20. 

All programs are FREE with NO ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT – Stipends, Metrocards, & Snacks provided!
AMP Leadership Program:  Get ready to activate your inner activist through workshops, field trips and a Spring 2019 internship! APPLY HERE

Geek Girls: Going Places: Learn how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) work together to create solutions for a more diverse and inclusive world! APPLY HERE
Step In and Stop It! Bystander Intervention Program: Engage your community this school year by learning effective strategies to stop racism and sexism by leading your own intervention workshops!  APPLY HERE

NYPL Riverside Branch (Amsterdam Ave, between 65-66th St): Monday, September 10 screening Dispicable Me at 3pm. 

Rosalia Malik (6th Grade) was awarded Most Distinguished Artist at the 2018 Ragusa Ibla Piano Festival and Competition in Italy and will appear in a documentary about the festival. Congratulations Rosalia!