December 20, 2018 Issue

School Closed Mon. Dec. 24 - Tues. Jan. 1 – Happy Holidays!

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In this issue:

  • JumpRope Workshops TOMORROW with Holiday Merch!
  • First Ever Morton Movie Night Fri. Jan. 11!
  • Auction Committee mtg. Fri. Jan. 4, 8:30am
  • Snow Ball Date Change & Committee mtg.
  • Community Dinners... Coming in January!
  • Winter Sports Teams' Amazing Start...
  • Updates & Reminders
  • Important Dates

JumpRope workshops TOMORROW with 75M Holiday Merch on Sale!

One last meeting before the holidays! Join Jacqui, Katie & Ilene for a workshop on Mastery-based Grading and the JumpRope online grading platform.

Looking for that last minute gift idea? We'll be selling the full line of 75M swag! So come learn about JumpRope... and buy a pair of pajama bottoms while you're at it;)

In the Library (4th Fl.):

7th grade: 8:45-9:30am

6th grade: 9:30-10:15am

First Morton Movie Night: Fri. Jan. 11 - Free for the Family!

You asked for it. You got it! Our first ever Morton Movie Night will take place on Fri. Jan. 11, from 6 - 9pm in the Cafeteria. It's a FREE community event. You can send your kid(s) on their own – or bring the whole family! We'll provide pizza & popcorn. You provide your own blankets & pillows. Get cozy for a screening of The Karate Kid (the 2010 version with Jaden Smith & Taraji Henson, of course;).

And to make things more interesting – and more Morton –  we're asking for a Suggested Donation of a new, unopened toy or game – to be donated to local children in need.

Please use the sign-up button below to RSVP - so we can get a headcount for the pizza! - and to volunteer as a chaperone.


Questions? Contact Stella Chang <>

Auction Committee Meeting: Fri. Jan. 4, 8:30am in Library

You know we've got a new date for our Live Auction Party: Thurs. Apr. 4 evening in the Gym!

But we need your help to make it happen! Please attend our next Auction Committee meeting on Fri. Jan. 4 at 8:30am in the Library. We've got opportunities to volunteer in these areas:

  • Online Auction
  • Live Party Planning
  • Item Solicitation
  • Donation Cataloguing & Organizing
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Fulfillment

We like the sound of that last one... who doesn't want to be fulfilled;)?

Questions? Contact Auction co-Chairs - Irma Gomez-Dib, Alessandra Vesi Jenkins, Kim Youngberg & Florie Huppert at

Snow Ball Date Change: Now Wed. Feb. 13; Committee Mtg. Jan. 3, 8:45am

The first annual Snow Ball (the kids' winter dance) has a new date: Wed. Feb. 13 from 6 - 730pm in the GYM. And we need creative minds, crafty hands, and everything else you can think of to pull off a fantastic event for our wonderful kids. 

Our first team meeting will take place on Thurs. Jan. 3 at 8:45am in the PTA office (ground floor, next to main school office). If you can’t make it but can help in any way - just email and we will make it work. All help is greatly appreciated. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for being the most active, involved, awesome parents ever!!!

Questions? Contact Shenae Osborn, Lydia Cohen, Christine Pardo and Laura Paris at

Revised Community Dinner Schedule: Check Your Dates!

Community Dinners - our parent potlucks by Advisory groups - are starting on Thursday evenings in January. (If you don't know your Advisor, just ask your student!) Please double check the dates below, as some have changed, and mark them in your calendar! We'll dine in our beautiful Library, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Enjoy conversation with fellow parents, advisors, Jacqui and staff!

  • Jan 10: Adrienne, Ben, Bill
  • Jan 17: Brian, Brooke, Danielle
  • Jan 24: Elaine, Fish, Ginger, Yashira
  • Jan 31: Hannah, Kate, Kayla, Theresa
  • Feb 7: Kinza, Kiran, Nancy
  • Feb 28: Olivia, Ramsey, Rina
  • March 7: Donna, Fred, Jessica, Val * NOTE NEW DATE
  • March 14: Alanna, Andy, Cristine * NOTE NEW DATE
  • March 28: Mary Ann, Melicca, Sarah, Nicki

A Google doc will be circulated before your potluck, so you can sign up to bring your favorite dish. Free childcare will be available in the Cafeteria (please let us know in advance).

Questions? Contact Parent Coordinator Jill Bennett at

75M Winter Sports Teams Off to an Amazing Start!

All of our teams got off to an incredible start this week, with fierce basketball games played on the Clinton Court. Special thanks to Coach Josh Heim for getting our girls and boys into shape on short notice! Shout out to the Boys' Varsity team, which opened its season with an amazing win against Clinton! With 8 seconds remaining on the clock, trailing the Clinton Hawks 32 - 30, the Thunderbolts passed the ball to Julius, who took it from half court, did some fancy ball handling to the three-point mark in mid-court, and threw an incredible shot for a 33 - 32 win with no time remaining! Go Thunderbolts! You can view a video of the final shot on our HOMEPAGE, thanks to student Henry Ratner.

Updates & Reminders

  • PTA has 501(c)3 status with Tax ID #! As Jacqui announced on Monday, the PTA has received our official nonprofit designation from the IRS. Our Tax ID # is: 82-2989349 and our official name is 'MS 297 PTA, Inc.' Please remember to donate before the end of 2018! Tell the grandparents! And get your employer to make an employee match!


  • Friday 12/21 afterschool schedule: Regular Manhattan Youth clubs are canceled. MY will be offering Games Lounge, Recess Games, etc. instead. All programming ends at 4:35pm
  • Holiday Caroling Friday 12/21. Teacher Amy Musick will lead a group of 7th graders singing tomorrow - in the neighborhood from 12:45 -1:45pm, and at school from 1:45 - 3pm. Contact Amy at if you want to tag along!
  • Next chance to learn about changes to High School admissions. Community Board 2's Schools & Education Committee will meet on Tues. Jan. 15 at 6:30pm, location TBD, to discuss the Mayor’s Proposal to change admissions for NYC specialized high schools.
  • Thanks to Judy Young and the Bake Sale crew. We raised more than $1,200 for our PTA and made a whole lot of kids - and grownups - very happy!

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. 

  • Fri. 12/21 at 8:45am (Library) - JumpRope Workshop with Jacqui et. al.
  • Mon. 12/24 - Tues. 1/1 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Winter Recess
  • Thurs. 1/3 at 8:45am (PTA Office) - Snow Ball student dance planning meeting
  • Fri. 1/4 at 8:30am (Library) - Auction Committee meeting
  • Fri. 1/11 at 6pm (Cafeteria) - First Morton Movie Night - "The Karate Kid"

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