January 31, 2019 Issue

Tues. Feb. 5 - School Closed (Lunar New Year)

Check out our website! www.75morton.org

In this issue:

  • PTA Meeting, Wed. 2/13, 8:45a in Library
  • Report Cards Distributed Today
  • 6th Grade Literacy Talk, Fri. 2/15, 8:45a in Library
  • The Snow Ball updates
  • Auction Action: We Need You!
  • Extended Library Hours
  • Community Corner: Middle School on This American Life
  • Updates & Reminders
  • Important Dates

PTA Meeting Wed. Feb. 13, 8:45am in 4th Fl. Library... Free Coffee & Bagels!

Please join our February Parent Teacher Association meeting in the sun-drenched Library, 4th Fl. Come enjoy free coffee, bagels and yogurt shots! 

Our agenda this month includes:

  • mini-intro to High School admissions with Jacqui*
  • intro of new Parent Ambassadors (pilot program)
  • plus updates on Snow Ball, Auction, hiring & much, much more

* Please submit your questions about the High School process to: info@75morton.org. Jacqui will be talking about what to expect, the timeline, and the choices ahead.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning, Feb. 13!

Report Cards Distributed Today

Report cards were distributed today. If you see a class without a grade on your student's report card, it means your student has not yet taken that class.  

If you have any questions please contact Katie (Katie@75morton.org) or Ilene (ilene@75morton.org).

6th Grade Literacy Workshop, Fri. Feb. 15, 8:45am in the Library

The 6th grade ELA department will host a literacy workshop on Fri., Feb. 15 at 8:45am in the Library to discuss how parents can support their students' growth as readers and writers. Join us as we explore the learning units and look ahead to the NY State ELA test on April 2 & 3. We will take a deep dive into the thinking of 6th grade readers and discuss strategies to help your student learn to love to read.

Coffee and bagels – and possibly a bundt cake(!) – will be served. 

The Snow Ball Student Dance is Coming...

February is upon us and that means the Snow Ball winter dance is around the corner! Wed. Feb. 13, 6 - 7:30pm in the Gym. Please talk it up with your students!

Look for the Google permission form, which will be sent to you separately. You MUST provide permission for your student to attend the dance, or they will not be allowed entry!

Your students will receive an email with a link to a Google Form - asking for their 'Top 5 Song Selections.' Please encourage them to check their @75morton.org email accounts and complete the survey!

Thank you to our families for all of your contributions. We still have a few items left on our AMAZON WISH LIST – any help is appreciated.

Do check out the This American Life podcast on Middle School - with a great segment on the Middle School Dance! - in the Community Corner below...

You are all so amazing – we couldn't do any of this without you. Questions, please feel free to contact the Snow Ball team at events@75morton.org.

Auction Action: Here's How You Can Help!

We're happy to report that our Live Auction Party is set for the evening of Thursday, Apr. 4 – in our gorgeous Gym! Mark your calendars. Here's what we're looking for this week:

  1. Donations: Food, fashion, vacation, sports, kids, beauty and entertainment... If each family brought in ONE item we would be off to a great start! Click here for the DONATION FORM and COVER LETTER you can use to solicit donations for our online and live Auction... Just one month 'til our Donation Dealine of March 1!
  2. Copy Editing/Data Entry: Set up Auction entries on our online platform - on your own time table, from the comfort of your own home! Catalogue entries, then revise & polish them so that they are appealing & enticing. This is how we get folks to bid, bid, bid! Work from your home computer - at any time of the day or night! Sign up here:


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

Our Library is Open: Check Out the Hours... and the Books!

The library is open, with extended hours for your kids! If you’d like to join the library committee and sign up to staff a library shift, please email Jessica Goldberg at library@75morton.org

Library Hours:


  • Recess
  • English Classes


  • Before school, opens at 8:10am
  • Afterschool until 3:45pm


  • Recess
  • English Classes


  • English Classes
  • Afterschool until 3:45pm


  • Before school, opens at 8:10am
  • Recess
  • English classes

And while we’re talking books, check out Brightly’s fantastic list – “20 of the Most Buzzed-About Middle Grade Books of 2018!” 

Community Corner: Resources & Opportunities for Your Kids!

NPR's This American Life Podcast on Middle School. Ira Glass & his team interviewed real-life middle schoolers in 2011... and the results are amazing. Stories from the awkward, confusing, hormonally charged world of middle school. Including a teacher who transforms peer pressure into a force for good, and reports from the frontlines of the middle school dance. It's 58 minutes long - and worth every minute. Thanks to Nina Kaufelt for bringing it to our attention. LISTEN HERE

Gotham FC Boys Soccer Tryouts for 2019 Season. Experience what Gotham FC is all about! Tryouts for Boys Soccer Travel Team – 2005 to 2007 – Fri., Feb. 8, 7:30 - 9pm @ Morton, or Sat., Feb. 9, 3 - 4:30pm at MAT (80 Catherine St. in Chinatown). For more info and to register, email toniann.bonade@gmail.com. Vist www.gothamfc.org. Or DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.

Greenwich Village Little League Spring Registration Now Open. Take me out to the ball game! Baseball and softball season is just around the corner. Register your son or daughter now for the Greenwich Village Little League's Spring Season. All students who attend 75 Morton are eligible. Scholarships are also available. Visit www.gvllnyc.com for more info. Or DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.

Hudson Guild Theatre Co. Seeks Boys & Girls 8 - 12 Who Like to Dance! Perform in a new theatre piece celebrating Spanish music and dance. No dance training necessary - just lots of interest and enthusiasm! This community based company, serving Chelsea, is led by professional theatre artists and welcomes anyone interested in participating in a show as a performer or backstage worker. For more info, contact Jim Furlong at 212-760-9837 or jfurlong@hudsonguild.org. Or DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.

Girl Scout Parent Info + Registration Meeting Sat. Feb. 2. A safe, no-limits space for girls, where they’re inspired to seek out new challenges, build important skills, and take the lead. Attend an orientation meeting on Sat., Feb. 2 at 1pm at City As School, 16 Clarkson St, NYC. All 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls and parents/guardians welcome! For more info, contact Neishja Ransom at nransom@girlscoutsnyc.org or Zuhira Ahmad at zuhira@cityas.org. Or DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.

Free Mini Film Workshops Sun. 2/3 and Sat. 3/2. For ages 5-16. Sun. Feb. 3 is Models and Miniatures; Sat. Mar. 2 is Stop Motion Animation. Take Two Film Academy offers hands-on demonstrations that aim to bring young aspiring filmmakers together with professionals in the field and are FREE to the public. RSVP required as space is limited. Visit Take Two Film Academy to learn more and link to Eventbrite page.

NYU Lamplighters Audtions Fri. 2/1 and Sat. 2/2 for Free Musical Theatre Program. Looking for eager, attentive students with a love of musical theatre for an 8 week mentorship at NYU, culminating in a set of performances in April. Students will, along with their NYU mentors, learn the music, staging and choreography to about 4-6 musical theatre numbers within the fast rehearsal process. Open to both actors and tech crew interested kids. For details, DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.

Updates & Reminders

  • Lost & Found. Please have your student take a look at the Lost & Found, located in the small vestibule between the lobby and the recess yard... or come check it out yourself! We just donated a ton of stuff - and we are already accumulating more. Like the cool watch pictured above.
  • CAASS Text Alerts to Start After February Recess. We are still busy entering your data. Look for our new automated text-based attendance/lateness system to start AFTER the mid-winter recess. 
  • School Photos on Feb. 12. Stomping Ground will be in the house on Tues. Feb. 12 to shoot our annual school photos. Stay tuned for more details.
  • Community Dinner Tonight & Every Thursday! Our weekly Thursday potlucks, grouped by Advisory, are underway. If your student has Hannah, Kate, Kayla or Theresa, then tonight is your night! You can find the complete schedule at 75morton.org/events. Questions? Contact Jill Bennett at jill@75morton.org
  • Calling all Yearbook photos. Parents, guardians, students and caregivers! We need your photos for our Yearbook. Please submit school related photos of sports events, field trips, club activities, bowl-a-thon, dances, ice skating trips, etc to yearbook@75morton.org

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. 2/5 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Lunar New Year
  • Tues. 2/12 (Gym) - School Photos
  • Wed. 2/13 at 8:45am (Library) - General PTA Meeting
  • Wed. 2/13 6 -7:30pm (Gym) - The Snow Ball Student Dance
  • Fri. 2/15 at 8:45am (Library) - 6th Grade Literacy Talk

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