March 15, 2019 Issue

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In this issue:

  • Auction Action: Buy Your Tickets Now for Apr. 4 Party
  • Health Ed Curriculum Starts Mar. 21
  • Stop Sign Installed at Washington & Morton!
  • Soccer Fans: Red Bulls vs. L.A. Galaxy Sat. May 4
  • Staten Island Yankees Game Sat. Jun. 15
  • CECD2 Panel on Desegregating Schools Mar. 26
  • Gifts & Grants from Google & NYC Parks
  • Community Corner: Resources for Your Kids
  • Updates & Reminders
  • Important Dates

Auction Action: Three Weeks and Counting...

Our fabulous Auction is just three weeks away! It’s our biggest single fundraising event of the year so we need everyone’s help. Remember, the proceeds from the Auction go towards things that directly benefit all of our kids, like school supplies, books, teacher development, field trips and more. All the good stuff that makes 75 Morton so special.

Donations! Donations! Where are you? We have just 260 donations – and we are in need of many more. The math is simple. We make money on items people bid on. The more items, the more we can raise for our school. Imagine, if every family brings in just one donation, we’d have more than 500 items! Please reach out to your favorite local places as well as your family and friends – ask if they might be able to donate something. Donations can be submitted online at GiveSmart | 75M Online Donation. Or you can go old school and download the Donation Form. Even if you don’t have an item in hand, please complete the form so we know to expect something. We’ll be accepting donations 'til Fri. Mar. 22.  

Join us at our Live Auction Party on the evening of Thur. Apr. 4! Purchase your tickets today! Tickets are $75 in advance; $100 at the door. 

Looking for another way to support the auction? Consider being an Auction Sponsor for $500 or Sponsor a Teacher Ticket for $75. As our thank you, all teachers are invited as our guests to the Auction Party. Sponsorships help underwrite the costs of our event so we can raise as much money as possible for our students. 

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

Health Ed Curriculum with Jess Lewis Starts Mar. 21

Starting Mar. 21, our students will be embarking on a DoE Health Ed curriculum with Dance & Health teacher, Jess Lewis. If you missed Jess's terrific presentation at our March PTA meeting, here is her PowerPoint presentation.

All students in New York City public schools are entitled to comprehensive Health Education throughout their school careers. At 75 Morton we will be continuing our holistic approach by spending several weeks studying subjects such as Identity, Body Image, Healthy Habits, Positive Choice Making, Gender & Sexuality, and Sex Education. All of these subjects have city and state approved curricula that we will be using. Additionally, every year of their school careers, students must receive age appropriate lessons on the subject of HIV/AIDS. You can access that curriculum HERE.

Questions? Feel free to contact Jess at jess@75morton.org, as well as Jacqui, Katie, and Ilene at info@75morton.org. All are happy to discuss any concerns, questions and thoughts with you.

We Got a Stop Sign at Washington and Morton Streets!

Sometimes community activism really works!

Thanks to the efforts of so many of you - those who wrote letters, sent emails, made phone calls - stop signs were installed this week at the intersection of Washington and Morton Streets. We couldn't be more pleased by this news - which will help to ensure the safety of 75 Morton students... and ALL pedestrians in our community!

Special thanks to Corey Johnson, our wonderful City Council Speaker - and his entire office - as well as Shirely Secunda, Chair of the Traffic & Transportation committee of Community Board 2. And most of all, thanks to all of YOU!

Soccer Fans: Tickets on Sale Now for May 4 Red Bulls Game!

New York Red Bulls vs Los Angeles Galaxy game on Sat. May 4 at 2pm at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.  Join fellow 75M friends & family for one of the biggest soccer matches of the season. Tickets are $40 each and are limited – so buy your tickets today! 

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Staten Island Yankees Sat. Jun. 15: Guess Who's Throwing the First Pitch?

Save the Date! Staten Island Yankees vs Brooklyn Cyclone game on Sat. Jun. 15 at 7pm. 
Join your 75M friends & family for Opening Day. Guess who will be throwing out the first pitch? Our very own principal, Jacqui Getz!  Tickets are $18 each and will go on sale in April.

CECD2 Panel on Desegrating Schools: Tues. Mar. 26, 6:30pm

The Community Education Council for District 2 (CECD2) a/k/a our School Board, will be hosting a terrific workshop on "Desegregating Manhattan Public Schools: Moving Forward Toward Equity and Excellence."

Tues. Mar. 26, 2019 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Education Complex
122 Amsterdam Avenue

Featuring:

  • A performance by Epic Theater
  • Manhattan Students from Teens Take Charge and IntegrateNYC
  • Amy Wells, Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College at Columbia University and Member of the Mayor's School Diversity Advisory Group

Download the FLYER HERE. And RSVP HERE.

Gifts & Grants from Google & NYC Parks

We are delighted to report that 75 Morton has been accepted as a 2019 NYC Parks Stewardship Mini-Grantee to help support our street tree stewardship efforts. Thanks to the efforts of teacher Amy Musick and the Garden Committee, we will receive a $1,000 grant for the tree-bed garden perennial plantings and supplies. Go team!

And... we have been in conversation with Carley Graham Garcia, Google’s Head of External Affairs for NYC and we are anticipating a very generous gift from Google in the form of Apple and Lenovo laptops. Stay tuned for more details! 

Community Corner: Resources for Your Kids

  • Play in a Day. A new children’s theater company, operating out of 75 Morton, blends story-making, dancing, drama, and singing, into one jam-packed day of fun. The program takes place on Apr. 6 and Jun. 22. 75 Morton families will receive a discount. Please see THIS FLYER for details.
  • Models and Miniatures. In this Take Two Film Academy program, learn how models are used to create realistic effects in film. Kids get to try shooting miniature figures against a green screen and compositing into mini movies! Sun. Mar. 17 from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Pine Street School, 25 Pine St. RSVP HERE
  • In Camera Effects. Don't have that big Hollywood budget for special effects? Learn how to create fun and funky looks with just your camera and household materials. Master the whip pan! Make DIY filters! Amaze your friends! Sat. Mar. 23, 10:30am - 12:00pm. PS 340, 64 West 17th St. RSVP HERE

Updates & Reminders

  • Pajama Day this Mon. Mar. 18... Again. Due to the snow day on Mon. Mar. 4, followed by a lack of, shall we say, adequate notice on Mon. Mar. 11, Pajama Day has been rescheduled - again - for this Mon. Mar. 18. Please advise your students. This is it... for real!
  • Deadline for Ordering School Photos Mar. 18. Please click HERE and enter the unique code that is on the proof you received to access your student’s photos. If you order by Mar. 18, you will receive free shipping of your photos to school.
  • Manhattan Youth Updates. Spring Trimester got underway on Mon. Mar. 11, but there’s still time to join the waitlist for classes. Sign up for the WAITLIST HERE. We are especially excited to be offering Lacrosse this trimester for the first time. Try-outs are Tues. Mar. 19. Please contact Cynthia at cdeleon@manhattanyouth.org if you’re interested!
  • Student Led Conferences on Mar. 26 & 27. Most conferences will take place on Tues. Mar. 26 from 5 - 7:30pm and Wed. Mar. 27 from 1 - 3pm. Wed. Mar. 27 will be a half-day of school, with students dismissed at 11:30am. We'll have new spring 75M merchandise on sale! Look for details from your student’s advisor re: scheduling.
  • Jefferson Market Library Temporary Closing. The New York Public Library’s Jefferson Market branch will close temporarily for approximately three months beginning on Mon., Apr. 1 to prepare the building for a $10 million improvement project. The branch is scheduled to reopen this summer and the project is expected to be completed in summer 2020. Additional details HERE.
  • Volunteer for Career Day May 15 (7th grade) & May 16 (6th grade) from 8:40 - 10:50am. Calling all parents & guardians – engineers, artists, technologists, musicians, athletes, business leaders, writers, doctors, lawyers, contractors, architects. Please join us to spark student interest in future fields of work, develop mentorships and possible future internships. If you can be a guest speaker, or know someone who might, please contact science teacher Valerie Boos at careerday@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. 3/26 & Wed. 3/27 - Student Led Conferences
    • Wed. 3/27 - Half Day of School with 11:30 am dismissal
  • Tues. & Wed. 4/2 & 3 - NYS ELA Test (Math test on May 1 & 2)
  • Thurs. 4/4 at 6:30pm (Gym) - 2nd Annual 75M Live Auction Party!

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