December 14, 2018 Issue

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In this issue:

  • Bake Sale & Holiday Swag Tues. 12/18
  • JumpRope Workshop Fri. 12/21
  • Volunteers Needed for Snow Ball & Yearbook
  • Holiday Caroling on Fri. 12/21
  • Proposed Changes to Specialized High School Admissions
  • Apply for Free Summer Arts Intensive
  • Updates & Reminders
  • Important Dates

Bake Sale & Holiday Swag: Tues. 12/18 at Lunch & Dismissal

Please bake (or buy!) for our Holiday Bake Sale on Tues. Dec. 18. Donations will be gladly accepted in the lobby throughout the day (if your items contain nuts, be sure to let us know). 

And don't forget to send in a little extra money with your student so they can buy GOODIES and MERCH! It's your last chance to purchase 75M mugs, pencils, buttons & tattoos before the Holidays! The Bake Sale will take place during lunch (10:50am - 12:15pm) and at dismissal (2:45 - 3:30pm).

If you can help set up or sell, please contact Judy Young:

Workshop on JumpRope & Mastery-Based Grading Fri. 12/21 in Library

Please join Jacqui, Katie & Ilene for a workshop on Mastery-based Grading and the JumpRope online grading platform. Submit questions in advance to - and our fearless leaders will do their best to answer them! We'll meet in the Library, as follows:

7th grade: 8:45-9:30am

6th grade: 9:30-10:15am

Looking for Lead Volunteers for "Snow Ball" Dance and Yearbook

We’re looking volunteers to take a leadership role on these projects:

THE SNOW BALL: Student dance on Thurs. Feb. 14, 6 - 7:30pm in the Gym. We need a team of 2 or 3 lead organizers to help plan the event: volunteer sign-ups, food & beverages, decor, chaperones, set-up/break-down, etc. It's easy and fun and will be over before you know it;) Enlist a friend and step up together!

YEARBOOK: We need 1 or 2 point people to support our afterschool provider, Manhattan Youth, and teacher Brian Curry-Hartmann to produce our 2018-19 Yearbook. We use a super easy content management system, Picaboo Yearbooks, which allows us to plug photos into templates. Brian and our afterschool students (in 3rd trimester) do most of the work. You'll just be there to ensure we collect a range of photos, manage costs, and run smoothly. 

Please contact Nick and Bob at if you are interested. We need YOU!

75M 7th Graders Go Holiday Caroling on Fri. 12/21

During the final stretch of classes on Friday, 12/21, a volunteer group of 7th grade students will be caroling throughout the neighborhood and school along with parent Victoria Paterson on violin and some friends from the 2nd floor District 75 school!  Neighborhood singing will take place between 12:45 -1:45pm, with school singing between 1:45 - 3pm. Be on the lookout for our carolers as they offer a musical send-off for the holiday break - handing out candy canes, personalized notes & Morton swag to the neighborhood!  

Questions? Contact teacher Amy Musick at

Proposed Changes to Specialized High School Admissions

If you've been hearing about the Mayor's proposal to change admissions for specialized high schools, please consider attending the next meeting of Community Board 2's Schools & Education Committee (Jeannine Kiely, Chair) on Tues. Jan. 15 at 6:30pm, location TBD.

The agenda will feature a discussion of the Mayor’s Proposal.

Meanwhile, here are some additional resources and articles that have appeared on the subject:

  • An open letter In Support of Equity and Integration in Specialized High Schools Admissions. Read here.
  • Brooklyn Tech's position paper (Executive Summary) opposing the proposed changes. Read here.
  • An article from U.S. News & World Report, "Asian-Americans Sue New York City Over School Desegregation Plan." Read here.
  • New York Times coverage, "Support from parents for specialized high school plan." Read here.

This is a complex issue. Consider attending the CB2 Schools & Education Committee mtg. on Tues., Jan. 15. Details to follow.

Free Summer Arts Institute for current 7th Graders

Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week arts program for NYC public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2019 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). This intensive program is held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Summer Arts Institute is administered by the Office of Arts and Special Projects.

Our own music teacher, Amy Musick, has this to say: "Summer Arts Institute is a fantastic and FREE Arts program offered by the DOE. I have had past students attend and they have all come back more poised, more prepared for high school auditions, and spilling with stories and rave reviews (parents have also praised the experience)."

Click here to view a brief profile about the Summer Arts Institute.

Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio.

Program Dates: July 8 – August 2, 2019

Student Application Period: November 26, 2018 – February 1, 2019

Student Auditions: Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

TO APPLY: Click here.

Questions?: Please e-mail or call (917) 521-3713

Updates & Reminders

  • School Photos on Feb. 12. Stomping Ground Photo will be in the house on Tues. Feb. 12 to take our official school photos.
  • Ice Skating Field Trips. 7th grade goes on Dec. 17 & 18. Please send in signed permission + $12 if you haven't already. And contact your Advisor if you can chaperone!
  • New Date for our Live Auction Party - Thur. Apr. 4. Save-the-Date! We've shifted our Live Auction Party to Thurs. Apr. 4 in the Gym. Lots more info to come... We'll see you there!

Important Dates

Consider subscribing to our Google Calendar! Just CLICK HERE for our website calendar page, then click on the "Add to Google Calendar" icon at bottom right. 

  • Tues. 12/18 at lunchtime & dismissal - Kids' Holiday Bake Sale
  • Fri. 12/21 at 8:45am (Library) - JumpRope Workshop with Jacqui et. al.
  • Mon. 12/24 - Tues. 1/1 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Winter Recess

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