October 5, 2018 Issue


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In this issue: 

PTA Meeting Wed. Oct. 17, 8:45am in Cafeteria: Q&A with Afterschool Director

Our October PTA meeting will take place on Wed., October 17 at 8:45am in the ground fl. Cafeteria (NOT the Library). Coffee, bagels and yogurt shorts will be provided! We promise the audio system and A/C will be working!

Our agenda this month includes:

  • Q & A with Cynthia De Leon, Program Director, Manhattan Youth afterschool at 75M (Note: Please submit your questions about afterschool in advance to pta@75morton.org!)
  • Presentation by Ewa Asterita, Principal, & Yakeen Dinmahamad, AP, of Manhattan School for Career Development (D75 middle school located on 2nd floor)
  • Fright Night Halloween Dance, The One Run (5K), Bowl-a-thon
  • Committee formation & much more!

Please join Jacqui and the Executive Board for a lively morning of information and conversation. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Seeking Adults + Kids for Middle School Fair: Thurs. Oct. 11, 4 - 8pm

Please volunteer to be a 75M ambassador at the District 2 Middle School Fair on Thurs., October 11 at Stuyvesant High School (345 Chambers St.). We ask you to arrive at 4pm to help Jacqui and the staff set up, talk to prospective families and answer questions about our amazing school, and stay to clean up afterwards. If you have a large car, please meet the staff at school to help transport the Morton gear (renderings, flyers, pictures, etc...).

We are seeking 6 adults with 6 students. Click below to sign up & make sure to add a note if you are able to offer your car!


Bowl-a-thon Fundraiser: Sat. Nov. 10, 4-6pm. Sign up to BOWL!

Save the date of Sat., Nov 10 for the first ever 75 Morton Bowl-a-thon Fundraiser! Students, families, teachers and staff are all welcome to sign up to bowl for pledges. Bowling shoes, food, and non-alcoholic drinks included. There's no fee to bowl, just the promise to solicit pledges for your highest score (out of two games). Space is limited! Click HERE to register as a bowler. Sign up deadline: Oct 19. 

Saturday, Nov. 10: 4-6 PM  - Location: TBA                 

Questions? Email bowl-a-thon@75morton.org

Fright Night Halloween Dance Thurs. Oct. 25: Sign up to Volunteer

We're planning a terrific and terrifying event full of fun for all our kids. And we need your help in one (or more) of these areas: decorations, baked goods, set-up, clean-up, food & drink, paper products, chaperones. We are in serious need of scary/animated Halloween decorations and/or scary mood lighting, as we lost our amazing source from last year. 

Please sign up to help:


Our team meets Tues., Oct. 10 at 10:00am in the PTA/Community Room. Join us if you’d like to help plan! And please email us if you have a lead on great decorations and/or spooky mood lighting! Starting Oct. 10, we'll have a "Halloween Box" in the lobby from 8:15 - 9am each morning so you or your student can drop off decorations.

Questions? Contact Jacqueline Luxenberg <jacquelineluxenberg@icloud.com>, Milpa Curiel <mcuriel3044@gmail.com> or Joanne Mulholland <joanne.mulholland5@gmail.com>

Exciting Communications News!

We've launched a Facebook page – 75 Morton Middle School MS297. Please ‘like’ us and follow us for news, updates & info!


Our weekly PTA newsletter and Jacqui’s family letter are now available via Google Translate in multiple languages, including Spanish, Chinese and French! Just visit the page on our 75morton.org website - “Jacqui’s Letter” or “PTA Newsletter” - click on one of the links, hit Google Translate, and there you go!

¡Nuestro boletín semanal de PTA y la carta familiar de Jacqui ahora están disponibles a través de Google Translate en varios idiomas, incluyendo español, chino y francés! Simplemente visite la página de nuestro sitio web, "Carta de Jacqui" o "Boletín de la PTA": haga clic en uno de los enlaces, haga clic en Google Translate, ¡y listo!

Notre lettre d’information PTA hebdomadaire et la lettre de la famille de Jacqui sont désormais disponibles via Google Translate dans plusieurs langues, dont l’espagnol, le chinois et le français! Il suffit de visiter la page de notre site Web - «Lettre de Jacqui» ou «Bulletin d’information PTA» - cliquez sur l’un des liens, cliquez sur Google Traduction, et voilà!

我们的每周PTA时事通讯和Jacqui的家庭信件现在可通过谷歌翻译以多种语言提供,包括西班牙语,中文和法语! 只需访问我们网站上的页面 - “Jacqui的信”或“PTA时事通讯” - 点击其中一个链接,点击谷歌翻译,然后你去!

Please Confirm Your Contact Info for Printed School Directory

In the coming weeks, each family will receive a printed school directory – a super handy way for kids and parents or guardians to connect with each other.  We want to make sure we've got accurate contact info for you. If you have not done so already, please take a moment to confirm your info by clicking on this button:


Make sure to enter the primary email address you provided for your family!

You can review and add to your address(es), phone number(s), email(s), etc. and choose what info you want to share. Please note: if you choose to hide your family info, then your child's name will not appear in their class list.


  • Sign up for The One Run - 5K Walk/Run. Sunday, Oct. 28, 8:15am at Wagner Park. All proceeds benefit participating public schools, including 75 MORTON! Register now at RunSignUp link and start signing up your sponsors. It’s not too soon to start training! Questions? Contact Kathryn Kellinger <kksidedish@gmail.com>
  • Crossing Guards. Keep up the pressure! 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. The precinct is short staffed for crossing guards and is actively looking for new hires. If you know someone who might be interested, the pay is $13.50/hour + benefits, 20 hours a week. Perfect for retirees, etc. Let’s find someone from our own community to work for the community! Click here to find out more about becoming a school crossing guard.
  • Thank you from the Gamec family. The family of the Morton & PS3 brothers whose father passed away want to thank everyone who participated in the recent bake sale and other efforts on their behalf. They were super successful! If you still wish to help in some way, please contact Tania Vargas <tania@goatmilknyc.com> or Gena Gerbier <gerbiers@gmail.com>
  • Metrocards. Please be patient! The office is still awaiting additional metrocards for students who were deemed ‘ineligible’ due to an outdated school address or other snafus. Meanwhile, If your student loses their metro card, they will not get a new one and will have to wait for the next round of cards in February. So tell your student to hold on tight!

Important Dates

  • Mon. Oct. 8 - SCHOOL CLOSED, Columbus Day
  • Wed. Oct. 10, 10am, PTA Office - Fright Night Planning Meeting
  • Thurs. Oct. 11, 4pm, Stuyvesant HS - District 2 Middle School Fair
  • Wed., Oct. 17, 8:45am, Cafeteria - PTA Meeting
  • Thurs., Oct. 25, 6pm, Cafeteria - Halloween Dance
  • Sun., Oct. 28, 8:15am, Wagner Park - The One Run: 5K Walk/Run Fundraiser
  • Sat. Nov. 10, 4 - 6pm, Location TBD - Bowl-a-thon Fundraiser

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