May 23, 2019 Issue

School Closed Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day

In this issue:

  • New Date for Year End Mix & Mingle: Mon. June 17
  • MADE X MORTON Student Art Show Wed. June 12
  • SoulCycle Ride for Morton, Thurs. June 20 
  • Skate Party Sat. June 8: Volunteer & Buy Tickets
  • Volunteer for New Family Orientation June 11
  • Staten Island Yankees Game: Buy Your Tickets!
  • Bike Racks are In – so Bikes Go Outside...
  • Google Computer Science Activity for 6th Grade
  • Community Corner: Fresh Air Fund Application
  • Updates & Reminders
  • Important Dates

Year End Mix & Mingle Cocktail Party Date Changed to Mon. June 17!

Morton Mix & Mingle - NEW DATE!  Monday, June 17, 6-8pm. Same location: Brass Monkey*

Celebrate the end of the school year! Join 75 Morton parents/guardians, teachers and staff members at Brass Monkey (55 Little West 12 Street) for an adult-only evening of drinks, light bites and good company. Tickets are $25 each ($30 at the door.). Click HERE for flyer. Please join us for this community event. If the price of the ticket is cost prohibitive, contact Jill at jill@75morton.org.

*Please note the NEW date for the event is Monday, June 17. If you already purchased a ticket for June 10, please email Stella at stella_nyc@mac.com if you can no longer attend.

Purchase your tickets or sponsor a teacher, click here:

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MADE X MORTON Student Art Show Wed. June 12 at La Nacional

Please join us on Wed. June 12 from 6 - 9pm for MADE x MORTON, an exhibit of artwork by 75 Morton students! This special event will take place at the gallery space of La Nacional, the Spanish Benevolent Society, at 239 West 14th Street, 2nd Fl. Light bites provided by the incredible Spanish restaurant downstairs + cash bar. Admission is FREE!

This first-ever exhibit of the work of Morton students will feature stunning artworks from many of the 6th and 7th graders. (Any students NOT included in the show this year will have the opportunity to be included next year!)

RSVP to Tania Vargas at tania@goatmilknyc.com

SoulCycle Charity Ride to Benefit 75 Morton Thurs. June 20!

Please join us on Thurs. June 20 at 6pm for our 2nd Annual SoulCycle charity ride, led by master instructor and 75 Morton mom Amanda Max. All proceeds go to our PTA to support our kids' education! This year, the ride is at the West Village studio – ONE BLOCK from school. So you've got NO excuse to miss it;)

Just click on the store link below to sign up. Share the link with friends and family so you can ride 'n sweat together! And consider sponsoring a teacher!

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Please plan to arrive a bit early at the studio (126 Leroy St., corner of Greenwich St.) to check in and get set up (between 5:30-5:45pm). Shoes and water will be provided. The ride starts at 6:00pm and lasts 45 minutes. Refreshments will be served afterwards. 

Kids are welcome as long as you plan to ride with them and they are age 12 and 4'11" tall.

Volunteer & Buy Tickets for Roller Skate Party on Sat. June 8!

Tickets now on sale for our first ever fantabulous 75M Roller Skate Party! Click on the Store button below. $10 per student gets you skates and safety equipment – plus snacks, fresh-popped popcorn and lemonade. You must either purchase ticket(s) in advance for your student (which includes an online waiver) – or arrive with your student to purchase ticket(s) and sign a waiver on site. (If ticket price is an issue, your student may still attend, provided you show up and sign waiver.)

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Also... please sign up now to volunteer!  We need parents to check in, chaperone, and work the snack table. Chaperones, get your tube socks on, you'll be skating with the kids. Old-school skates will be provided or you can bring your own roller (or inline) skates.  Sign-up below.

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Orientation for New Families is June 11. Please Volunteer!

On Tuesday, June 11, we are welcoming 300+ new rising 6th grade families to our community!

Please help us roll out the Welcome Wagon by volunteering for Orientation on:  

Tuesday, June 11 from 8:30 – 11:30am.  

We’re also looking for volunteers to help prep materials on:

Friday, June 7 at 9am.

Please sign up here:

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Questions? Email us at: orientation@75morton.org

Staten Island Yankees Game: Buy Your Tickets Today!

Jacqui gets a little coaching from 6th grader, Andrew Choi. (She got a 'Not Yet' for 'Being Prepared' – because she forgot her sneakers;) 

Join us for the Staten Island Yankees vs. Brooklyn Cyclones game on Sat. June 15 at 7pm. It’s a fun event for the entire family - enjoy the views from the free Staten Island ferry, watch the post-game fireworks, and kids 12 and under can run the bases after the game. Tickets are $18 each and are limited – so be sure to purchase yours today by June 1! Click HERE for flyer. We don’t want you to miss out, so please contact Jill at jill@75morton.org if cost is an issue.

Purchase your tickets here:

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We Got Our Bike Racks – Now Bikes Go Outside!

We finally got our bike racks! 8 City Racks, installed in front of school on Morton Street. Hallelujah!

Starting Tuesday, all student bikes should be parked and locked on the racks in front of school. Please note, the school is not responsible for student bicycles! The interior storage room will now be reserved for scooters. We are working to address the overcrowding in the storage room, which will only increase next year...

So please remind your student(s) to park their bike(s) outside and LOCK them up!

Google Funded Computer Science Initiative for 6th Grade

On June 5, our 6th graders will participate in a Google funded computer science initiative called, An Unusual Discovery. The program is part of "CS First," one of many initiatives at Google focused on improving access to computer science education. Access to quality computer science education helps all students build the skills they’ll need for the future, including coding, problem solving, creativity and teamwork. The 6th grade activity is intended to help students actively learn the basics of coding.

See the teaching materials here for more details!

Community Corner: Fresh Air Fund Application for 6th Graders

The Fresh Air Fund has extended its application deadline for 6th grade families only. The Fund provides free, safe and fun summer camp experiences to students from families in underserved communities. 2019 programs include sleep-away summer camps, the Volunteer Host Program (Friendly Towns) and Career Awareness Program (CAP). The Career Awareness Program is highly academic, requiring a three-year commitment. This program includes a summer session at Camp Mariah, as well as job shadowing, career fairs, off-season camping weekends and more. For students aged 11 or 12 and in the 6th grade only.

If you are interested, please download the application HERE and contact teacher Bill Poley at bill@75morton.org for assistance.

Updates & Reminders

  • 7th Grade Families, STEM Week Showcase Friday, May 24. 1:20 - 3:00pm in the Gym. See Kinetic Sculpture projects developed by students during i2 Learning STEM Week. A chance for students to celebrate the work they've done this week with friends, family members and the broader community.
  • Garden Club Meets Wed., May 29 at 8:30am. The meeting will start in the PTA office, then move up to the rooftop garden where you will check on the planters. Please be on time so you can head upstairs together!
  • Field Day Details. If you are able to help out at Pier 40 on Thurs. May 30, please contact Josh Heim, gym teacher, at josh@75morton.org. If you can bake (or buy) goodies for Bake Sale, or help set up or sell, contact Judy Young at nycjudy2@gmail.comAll students will participate in Field Day. There is no permission slip required. If you choose to 'opt your student out,’ he/she will still go to the field but will not participate in the activities.
  • 7th grade High School Admissions Workshop Mon. June 3. Please join Jacqui & Jill, Katie & Ilene to discuss the High School admissions process. Monday, June 3, 8:45 - 10am in the Library. Questions? Contact Jill at jill@75morton.org. Also, check out the schedule of upcoming DOE High School Admissions Family Workshops at schools.nyc.gov/High. 
  • Bronx Science Open House for 7th Graders & Families Wed. June 5. 5:00 - 7:00pm at 70 West 205th Street, the Bronx. Please download THIS FLYER for details.
  • 'Into the Woods' Afterschool Musical June 13 & 14 - Save the Date! Our 75M students will be singing their hearts out in this Stephen Sondheim masterpiece. A mashup of Grimms' fairy tales, set to music. Thurs. June 13 at 4:30pm and Friday June 14 at 5:30pm in the Gym-atorium. You don't want to miss this!

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. 

  • Mon. 5/27 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Memorial Day
  • Tues. 5/28 - 7th Grade Field Trip to Philadelphia
  • Thurs. 5/30 - Field Day, Pier 40 + Bake Sale
  • Mon. 6/3, 8:45am - 7th Grade High School Workshop, Library
  • Tues. 6/4 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Eid al-Fitr
  • Thurs. 6/6 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Anniversary Day
  • Sat. 6/8, 2 - 6pm - Roller Skate Party, Recess Yard
  • Tues. 6/11 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Middle School Clerical Day
    • 9 - 11am - New Families Orientation
  • Wed. 6/12, 8:45am - PTA Meeting, Library - Elections and Vote on 2019-20 Budget
    • 6 - 8pm - Student Art Show, La Nacional
  • Thurs. & Fri., 6/13 & 14 - 'Into the Woods' Afterschool Musical, Gym
  • Sat. 6/15, 7pm - Staten Island Yankees Game
  • Mon. 6/17, 6 - 8pm - Morton Mix & Mingle, Brass Monkey [NEW DATE!]

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