January 10, 2019 Issue

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In this issue:

  • PTA Meeting Wed. Jan. 16, 8:45a in LIBRARY
  • Morton Movie Night Tomorrow! Fri. Jan. 11, 6p
  • The Snow Ball Student Dance Needs You...
  • Curriculum Notes from Jacqui & Co.
  • Auction Action: New Weekly Feature
  • News from the Library
  • Updates & Reminders
  • Important Dates

PTA Meeting Wed. Jan. 16, 8:45am in 4th Fl. Library

We hope to see you next Wed. Jan. 11 at 8:45am in the 4th Fl. Library for an action-packed PTA Meeting. Come enjoy free coffee, bagels and yogurt shots! 

Our agenda this month includes:

  • Special Expedited Election for new Executive Board Member-at-Large: it's super fun & rewarding; attend two regular monthly meetings + supervise one committee or project!
  • Discussion of where we stand with our current budget
  • "Teacher Feature" – math guru Ramsey Merritt on "Finding Your Inner Mathematician"
  • updates on Out-Lunch, Advisory Olympics
  • plus a report from Jacqui & much, much more!

Did we mention the free coffee and bagels? We hope to see you Wednesday...

Movie Night Tomorrow! Fri. Jan. 11, 6pm - Send the Kids or Bring the Family!

It's FREE. It's FUN. It's FOOD. Send your student(s) or come as a family! Make sure your kids know we're screening the NEW Karate Kid - the one with Taraji Henson and Jaden Smith. It's hip, it's current... it's not OLD!

We'll be selling cupcakes and candy – so if you're not coming, send your student with a coupla' bucks! Plus blankets, sleeping bags, pillows. We'll provide the pizza & popcorn.

Suggested Donation is a new, unopened, unused 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 <stella_nyc@mac.com>

The Snow Ball Student Dance Seeks Volunteers

Planning is in full swing for the Snow Ball student dance on Wed. Feb. 13, and we need your help! Chaperones, bakers, Amazon enthusiasts and anyone looking to give our kids a magical and safe evening are invited to sign up.

Parents & guardians... don’t be shy! Sign up today and be a part of the fun. We thank you in advance!


Questions? Contact Shenae Osborn, Lydia Cohen, Christine Pardo or Laura Paris at events@75morton.org

Curriculum Notes from Jacqui & Co.

Hot off the press... curriculum updates from all of your students' teachers! Click on the links below to read detailed plans from all of the major subject area teachers:

6th Grade Curriculum Updates

7th Grade Curriculum Updates

JumpRope online grading portal will be closed to parents & guardians starting tomorrow, Fri. Jan. 11 at 3pm until Feb. 1. During this time, teachers will enter final semester grades. Students have until Jan. 14 to submit all assignments for the semester. Report cards will be sent out on Jan. 31.

The Dec. 21 JumpRope/Mastery Grading Workshop PowerPoint is now available online. If you were not able to attend the super informative session in December, you can access the presentation HERE or visit 75morton.org, where there is a link on the homepage.

Auction Action: Donations Needed, Live Auction Party Thurs. Apr. 4


Planning for our 2019 Auction is underway. We’ll include a dedicated Auction Action feature each week to keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings and help you find opportunities to get involved with this fundraiser that is so essential to our school’s continued success.

Unable to attend our meetings or join one of our Auction committees? We’ve got you covered! NOW is the time to start reaching out for donations – think local restaurants you frequent, health and wellness vendors (spas, hair salons, etc.), tickets to sporting and entertainment events, collectible items and memorabilia, etc. The list is virtually endless!

Here is the DONATION FORM and COVER LETTER you’ll need as you begin your outreach.

Questions? Contact co-chairs, Irma Gomez-Dib, Alessandra Vesi Jenkins & Kim Youngberg at auction@75morton.org

AND SAVE THE DATE for our Live Auction party -- Thursday, April 4. More details to come.

Next week we’ll fill you in on sponsorships. Stay tuned!

Our Library is Open and We Need a Few More Volunteers for January!

We are looking for a few more library volunteers this month!  If you’re interested in staffing the library or have tech skills, please email Jessica Goldberg at library@75morton.org

And a reminder to let your students know that the library is now OPEN with these hours:

Before School: Tuesdays and Fridays, Opens at 8:10am

During Recess: Mondays and Wednesdays

After School: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Open until 3:45pm

We look forward to expanding our hours starting in February!

Updates & Reminders

  • First Community Dinner Tonight! Weekly Thursday potlucks, grouped by Advisory, begin tonight! If your student has Adrienne, Ben or Bill, then tonight is your night! Questions? Contact Jill Bennett at jill@75morton.org
  • Learn about proposed changes to High School admissions. Community Board 2's Schools & Education Committee meets next Tues. Jan. 15 at 6:30pm at Grace Church School (west side dining room), 86 Fourth Avenue, to discuss the Mayor’s Proposal to change admissions for NYC specialized high schools. All are welcome!
  • Java with Jacqui & Jill Monday, Jan. 28, 8:45am. Join us for a conversation with 75M yogi & guru Colin Lieu about how to help your middle schoolers calm their minds... Coffee & bagels provided!
  • Out-Lunch for 6th graders starts Tues. Jan. 22! 6th grade parents, look for a Google Doc permission form in your inbox in the coming week...

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. 1/11 at 6pm (Cafeteria) - First Morton Movie Night - "The Karate Kid"
  • Tues. 1/15 at 8:45am (PTA Office) - Neighborhood Welcome Committee meeting
  • Wed. 1/16 at 8:45am (Library) - PTA General Membership meeting
  • Mon. 1/21 - School Closed (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Thurs, 1/24 at 9am (PTA Office) - Garden Club meeting
  • Mon. 1/28 at 8:45am (Library) - Java with Jacqui & Jill: Mindfulness with Colin Lieu

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