March 21, 2019 Issue

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In this issue:

  • Auction Action: Online Bidding Starts Next Week
  • Student Led Conferences Next Week: New Merch on Sale!
  • Please Complete NYC School Survey This Weekend
  • Soccer Fans: Red Bulls vs. L.A. Galaxy Sat. May 4
  • Our Library is Open and We Need You!
  • CECD2 Panel on Desegregating Schools Mar. 26
  • Meet the Specialized High School Principals
  • Community Corner: Resources for Your Kids
  • Updates & Reminders
  • Important Dates

Auction Action: Frequent Flyer Miles Anyone?

Join us at our Live Auction Party on the evening of Thur. Apr. 4 from 6:30pm-10:30pm in the gymnatorium! Purchase your tickets today! Tickets are $75 in advance; $100 at the door. 

Last call for donations –  Our online Auction will go live next week so everyone can start bidding on a plethora of fabulous items. If you have any donations, please bring them in as soon as possible - or better yet, bring them with you when you attend your Student Led Conference next week. Donations can be submitted online at GiveSmart | 75M Online Donation. Or you can go old school and download the Donation Form.  

A special request  We’re looking for anyone who is willing to donate frequent flyer miles or airline tickets to help spice up a special hotel stay that was donated. Please email us at auction@75morton.org if you can help.

It takes a village! We have the venue, food and beverages, auction items, and music – and now we need your muscle! Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, check-in/out, Auction tables, and breakdown. And don’t worry, volunteers will have plenty of time to eat, drink, mingle and bid – it is a PARTY after all!

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Drop off physical donations by Wed., Mar. 27. If you've submitted a donation form but haven't dropped off the physical item, please do so by next Wednesday. Envelope-sized items can be dropped in the locked box with a slot in the PTA office, larger items should be left in the school office with Jill Bennett OR you can hand your item(s) to us during Student Led Conferences. 

Looking for other ways to thank a teacher? Consider purchasing a Sponsor a Teacher Ticket for $75. As a thank you, all teachers are invited as our guests to the Auction Party. 

Thank you!  A huge note of thanks to all the families, teachers and staff members who have secured donations and sponsorships for the Auction. All proceeds from the Auction will go towards things that directly benefit our kids, like school supplies, teacher development, field trips and more! 

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

Student Led Conferences Next Week: New Spring Merch on Sale!

Most Student Led 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. Your student's advisor should have been in contact with you to schedule. If you have NOT been contacted, please email your Advisor. Note: Some conferences will take place during additional hours determined by the Advisor.

And remember to stop by our Welcome Table in the lobby, where we'll have new spring 75M merchandise on sale! Fabulous 3/4 sleeve shirts, tanks, zipper hoodies and new supplies of our classic faves.

NYC School Surveys Heading Home: Please Complete This Weekend!

NYC School Surveys are going home with students tomorrow (Friday). Please empty those backpacks and retrieve them! Surveys can be filled out online or using the paper copy, which can be mailed in or returned to your student's advisor. Online is preferred (you will need the survey access code, found on the paper form)!

Each year, all parents/guardians, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey. It is designed to collect important info about each school's ability to support student success. School leaders use feedback from the survey to reflect and make improvements to schools and programs. Also, results from the survey are used to help measure school quality.

So it's super important that our response rate is close to 100%! The deadline is Wed. April 3. Please complete your survey this weekend! Thank 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! View the FLYER HERE.

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Library Hours and a Call for Volunteers...

Encourage your students to come visit us in the Library.  WE ARE OPEN!

MONDAY

  • Recess

TUESDAY

  • Before school (8:20am)
  • After school

WEDNESDAY

  • Recess

THURSDAY

  • After school

FRIDAY

  • Before school
  • Recess

We’re also open most days during English periods so classes can come visit.

We’re still looking for volunteers.  If you’re interested, sign up here:

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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.

Meet the Specialized High School Principals: Mon. Apr. 1

Calling all 6th & 7th grade parents & guardians. Come meet the principals of all of the NYC Specialized High Schools on Monday, April 1 from 6:30 - 8:00pm at Brooklyn Tech HS Auditorium (29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY).

You can sign up by clicking on this SIGNUP GENIUS LINK.

The presentation will include: unique academic features of each school; information about the freshman program in each school and support services available to help with high school transition; descriptions of extra/co-curricular programs. Sure to be an informative evening!

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.
  • In Camera Effects. Don't have that big Hollywood budget for special effects? In this Take Two Film Academy program, 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

  • 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, contact science teacher Valerie Boos at careerday@75morton.org.
  • Staten Island Yankees Game Sat. Jun. 15 at 7pm - Save the Date! Join your 75M friends & family for Opening Day. Guess who's throwing out the first pitch?... Tickets on sale in April.
  • 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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