February 14, 2019 Issue

School Closed: Mon, Feb. 18 - Fri. Feb. 22 (midwinter recess)

Check out our website! www.75morton.org

In this issue:

  • Two Opportunities to Step Up!
  • Follow-up on High School Admissions Intro
  • Auction Action: Looking for Musicians...
  • Thanks from Your Snow Ball Team
  • Updates & Reminders
  • Community Corner: Opportunities for You & Your Kids
  • Important Dates

Two Cool Ways to Serve the School...

Nominating Committee: Believe it or not, we are starting to think about next year! And we are seeking 3 - 5 volunteers to serve on our Nominating Committee. The committee is responsible for soliciting recommendations of candidates for ALL offices - PTA Executive Board and School Leadership Team - by our May meeting and conducting the elections in June. Members of the committee are NOT eligible to run for office.

Parent Ambassadors: We are piloting a new program to provide an additional layer of support as we build up the 75M community – looking towards next year and beyond, when our student body will number 900+! Ultimately we are seeking 1 or 2 Parent Ambassadors per bungalow to serve, at the discretion of Jacqui. The role would include: directing families, as needed, to the appropriate school resource; helping to support spring Orientation; helping to plan outreach to elementary schools; organizing our welcome for new families in the fall; supporting our fundraising initiatives; generally being a listening ear for families.

Anyone interested in either of the above, please contact Nick or Bob at pta@75morton.org. Please note these positions are subject to the approval of the PTA and Jacqui.

More on High School Admissions

If you missed Asst. Principal Katie Altman's terrific 'Lite High School Workshop' at the February PTA meeting, you can check out her brief PowerPoint HERE. And remember... an in-depth presentation on high school admissions will follow in May. So stay tuned!

Also, a reminder that the lottery link for the free SHSAT program offered by Manhattan Youth and Tutorverse (which begins Sat. Apr. 6) is open thru TOMORROW AT 5PM only. USE THIS LINK TO ENTER THE LOTTERY. Remember, this class is ONLY available for current 7th graders.

This lottery is NOT first come, first served: you can register at any time until Feb. 15. If you went to one of the info sessions, you still need to sign up for the lottery to be eligible for consideration.

For more info, DOWNLOAD THE FLYER. Questions about the lottery? Contact Matt Grant at Matt@ManhattanYouth.org.

Auction Action: Think of Us Next Week!

Whether you are here or away next week, please keep the auction on the top of your mind.
  1. Donations, Donations, Donations: We are asking each family to help bring in ONE item.  We currently have just 80 items. You should have received this letter in your child’s backpack. Getting a donation is simple. Ask your favorite places - restaurant, barber, nail salon, gym, clothing/jewelry store - to help support public education. Or consider what you might be able to donate - tickets to a sporting event/show, artwork, tour of your office, a stay at your weekend home. You can submit your item donation online at GiveSmart | 75M Online Donation. Or you can go old school and download the Donation Form... Less than one month 'til our Donation Deadline of March 1! Envelope-sized donations can be dropped in the slot of the safe, located in the right-hand corner of the PTA room (next to the main school office). Larger items should be left with Jill Bennett, our Parent Coordinator extraordinaire, in the main office.  
  2. Food & Beverage: We'll be partying on Thurs. Apr. 4 in our Gym – so now we are looking for food and beverage donations. If you or someone you know owns or works for a restaurant, catering business, or is in the food or beverage industry, we want to hear from you! Please email us at auction@75morton.org
  3. Calling all Musicians & Vocalists: We’re putting a parent/teacher band together for this year’s Auction party! If you play an instrument or sing (or both) and would like to be part of a fun, low-stress band made up of parents and staff, please email Rob Youngberg at robinternational@nyc.rr.com. We pick a variety of songs based on who's in the band, and perform a short set during the Auction party. There will be just one full-band rehearsal the weekend before the Auction. That's it. It's a joyous highlight of the party – we hope you step up and join us! 

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

Thanks from Team Snow Ball

The Snow Ball student dance was a HUGE success – thanks to all the parents who volunteered. You chaperoned, contributed baked goods, pizza and Amazon products, cleaned up, set up, DJ'd and SO MUCH MORE... We really worked as a team! Special thanks to Rob for the amazing disco ball preparation and assembly, Jacqueline for the pizza, Suzanne & Jeff for the most spectacular DJ, Christine for arranging the photo booth, Stella for the fro yo, our security team for staying late and keeping us safe, Judy and Nick for follow through on everything in between, and our set up and clean up crew. Most special thanks to our wonderful principal Jacqui and her team for allowing us the freedom to give our kids the gift of dance for lasting middle school memories. You were all amazing to work with and we look forward to more!

Sincerely, Shenae, Lydia & the 2019 Snow Ball Team.

Updates & Reminders


  • 6th Grade 'Ancient Egyptian Museum' a Smash! The glorious work of 6th grade Social Studies classes (photo above) is on full display today and tomorrow in the Library. Truly a celebration of creation and discovery. Congratulations kids!
  • Creativity Spa (a/k/a Adult Writing Group) Wed. Feb. 27. 8:45am in the Library. All levels of writers (even total beginners) are welcome! Bring a notebook to write in and an old-school writing utensil. Email m.m.devoe@me.com with RSVP and any questions.
  • 6th Grade Literacy Talk Thurs. Feb. 28. 8:45am in the Library. Join the 6th grade ELA team for a deep dive into the thinking of our young readers, with strategies to help them learn to love to read. Plus a peek ahead to the NY State ELA test on April 2 & 3. Coffee and bagels – and possibly a bundt cake(!) – will be provided.
  • New York Red Bulls vs Los Angeles Galaxy game - Sat, May 4th at 2pm. Join your 75M friends & family for one of the biggest soccer matches of the season. You may not yet know your kids' spring schedules, but pencil this one in! Tickets are $40 each and will go on sale starting in March.
  • 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

Community Corner: Resources & Opportunities

How to Raise Resilient Kids Workshop Feb. 26. The CECD2, our School Board, will host a workshop right after the break on emotional resiliency. There will be Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish interpreters. As we start to discuss high school applications, it's a good time to learn about how to help ourselves and our kids to de-stress! Tues. Feb 26 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at PS130, 143 Baxter St. Free childcare provided. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE!

Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp Applications Open!  FREE two-week summer program at Lincoln Center (Aug. 5 - 16) is for 7th grade students considering auditioning for performing arts high schools in the fall - in dance, instrumental music, visual arts, theater or vocal music. Admission is by application and audition. To apply: Click here. Questions?: Email artscount@schools.nyc.gov or call (917) 521-3762.

Important Dates

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  • Mon. 2/18 - Fri. 2/22 - SCHOOL CLOSED - mid-winter recess
  • Tues. 2/26 at 8:45am (PTA Office) - Neighborhood Outreach Committee
  • Wed. 2/27 at 8:45am (Library) - Creativity Spa
  • Thurs. 2/28 at 8:45am (Library) - 6th Grade Literacy Talk

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