September 21, 2018  Issue 

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In this issue:

Stilt-walkers, Bubble Dad & Popcorn at 75M Ribbon Cutting, Sun. Sept. 30, 3pm!

Plans are taking shape for the official Ribbon Cutting at 75 Morton! Come one, come all to celebrate our new school, 12 years in the making! Sunday, Sept. 30, 3pm in front of the Morton Street entrance. Download the flyer HERE. Please share with friends & family and on your social networks!

We're working hard to make this a family-friendly event. We're planning stilt-walkers, Bubble Dad (a 75 Morton parent!), 75M logo temp tattoos and popcorn machines! Plus the participation of our neighborhood friends, the Children’s Museum of the Arts! Please email us at pta@75morton.org if you would like to volunteer to staff the tattoo application and/or popcorn making. (In fact, you can also contact us if you've got a lead on sourcing temp tattoos or popcorn machines!)

We'll hear from new schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, students, local elected officials and many of the community activists who fought so hard for so long to make the dream of 75 Morton a reality! This is a chance to show your kid(s) that their hard work, at the local level, can pay off with amazing results.

The event will run from 3:00 - 4:00pm. Be a part of history! Join us.

Creative Writing Spa for Adults - Wed. Oct. 3, 8:45am in Library Conference Room

Are you feeling disconnected from yourself? Find freedom in creative writing! Milda De Voe (mother of Zina, 702) is a Columbia MFA writing grad and book doctor who started a nonprofit to keep parents on creative track (Pen Parentis). She will be leading occasional Creative Writing Spa Days for 75 Morton parents to help you reconnect with your creative side - or find one for the very first time! 

Love to write poetry but feel weird about it? Got a novel you abandoned after having kids? Always wished you could write a blog? All levels of writing are okay - this is an oasis without judgment, where we will have conversations about creativity. Free-writing exercises and some light instruction on many aspects of creative writing. 

Join the first meeting on Wed. Oct. 3. 8:45 - 10am in the small conference room off the Library, 4th fl. Drop in! Bring a pen and a writers' notebook. No kids. Just you. No experience necessary, but if you do have a writing project you want to complete, Milda can help you. You can RSVP and send any questions to mm@penparentis.org.

The One Run, 5K Run/Walk to Benefit 75 Morton - Sun. Oct. 28. Register Now!

Sunday, October 28: 8:15am check in. 9:00am start time. Rain or shine

The 2nd Annual One Run is a fundraising 5K run/walk to benefit our school's clubs, teams and programs.  Sign up online (and under "choose your event", select 75 Morton) and set up your personal, sharable donation pageThe ONE RUN is a great way to have friends and family support the work of our school by either joining the run/walk or donating to yours.

The course is a flat and scenic tour of Battery Park City along the Hudson starting at Wagner Park . All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate. T-shirts and snacks will be provided as well as prizes for top finishers in 4 divisions. This event is in community with other participating NYC Schools and we hope that 75 Morton's turnout and fundraising will lead the pack!  Registration is $15 for students and $20 for adults. 

Questions? Contact Kathryn Kellinger <kksidedish@gmail.com>

Bowl-a-thon: Oct. 5 Planning Meeting for mid-November Fundraiser...

We're kicking off the start of the school year with a plan for a new 75 Morton fundraiser to take place in November. Students, parents, teachers and staff - regardless of skill or experience! - are all invited to bowl for pledges. It will take place on a Saturday afternoon in mid-November, and pledgers can gather to cheer on our bowlers with food, drink and good vibes. 

To learn more or get involved, please attend our first planning meeting - Friday, Oct 5 at 8:45am in the PTA Room (ground floor, next to the main office).

Questions? Contact Corinne Moreno-Geis <corinne.morenogeis@gmail.com>

75M Family in Need

Vicente & Rebeca are parents of two boys - one at PS3, and Ismael, a 6th grader at 75 Morton. For the past year Vicente has been battling stomach cancer, which has now spread and gotten much worse. He is in constant pain and is being transferred to hospice care. The family is under tremendous pressure. We would like to offer our community the opportunity to help this family with groceries, cooked meals, childcare, or anything else that would be welcome.

Please contact Tania Vargas <tania@goatmilknyc.com> and/or Gena Gerbier <gerbiers@gmail.com> if you would like to help.

Amazing PTA Meeting Turnout & Election Results

Our community turned out!  215+ parents & guardians and teachers showed up for our first PTA meeting of the year. That’s got to be an all-time record. It’s certainly a tribute to the immense energy, enthusiasm and engagement this community is already showing. (We promise to get the audio system and the A/C up & running by next meeting;) 

We had contested elections for 6th grade Executive Board Members at Large and School Leadership Team (SLT) positions. Thank you to all who put themselves forward as candidates. And congratulations to the winners… For PTA Members at Large, Corinne Moreno-Geis and Tony Ageh. And for SLT, Cheryl Wu. Now let’s get to work! 

Announcements

  • Metrocards & School Bus Updates. The Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) has not yet delivered metro cards and has not yet provided downtown school bus routes for our 6th graders. Please contact the OPT directly at (718) 392-8855 to request a downtown bus route for your 6th grader. For now, we encourage you to make other arrangements to get your student to and from school.
  • Keep Calling for Permanent Crossing Guards! If you would like to expedite the process of getting permanent crossing guards assigned to our school block, you are encouraged to contact the 6th Precinct, Youth Officer Harvey, at 212-741-4811; you can also call 311 and the Mayor's Office at 212-788-3000 or email the Mayor from THIS SITE. Make sure they hear from us!
  • Hosting District 2 Principal Conference. We are pleased to be hosting the first D2 Principal Conference of the year on Sept. 26. Go Morton!
  • Ordering more planners. Please let your student's advisor know if your child does not have a planner or lost one so the school can order more.

Important Dates

  • Sun., Sept. 30, 3:00pm - 75 Morton Ribbon Cutting & School Celebration
  • Wed. Oct. 3, 8:45am, Library Conference Room, 4th fl. - Creative Writing Spa for Adults
  • Mon., Oct. 8 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Columbus Day

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