June 14, 2019 Issue

In this issue:

  • PTA Election Results & New Video
  • 'Into the Woods' Final Performance Fri June 14, 5:30pm
  • PLEASE Write Emails to Fight for More Afterschool
  • Last Chance to Pre-order Yearbook
  • Library is Closed! Get Your Books in TODAY
  • Mix & Mingle Mon. June 17, 6 - 8pm at Brass Monkey
  • SoulCycle Ride for Morton, Thurs. June 20 
  • Updates & Reminders
  • Important Dates

PTA Election Results, New Video & Parent Ambassadors

On June 12, our PTA elected our new leadership. Please join us in thanking ALL who participated in the elections.

Executive Board:


  • Stella Chang & Alexandra van Schie

co-1st Vice Presidents

  • Kim Shay & Kim Youngberg

co-2nd Vice Presidents

  • Irma Gomez-Dib & Carolyn Trufelman 


  • Corinne Moreno Geis & Christie Peale


  • Carmen Lamar Daehler & Meredith Hays

Members at Large (2 additional slots reserved for Fall 2019 incoming families):

  • Beverly Buscemi
  • Cressida Connolly
  • Jacqueline Luxenberg
  • Shenae Osborn

SLT (1 additional slot reserved for Fall 2019 incoming families):

  • Heather Campbell
  • Elizabeth Smith
  • Howard Weller

We also premiered our new 'Welcome to 75 Morton' video, produced by Elizabeth & Noah Smith, with original music by Tao Zervas. The film is now up on our website – at 75morton.org/mission-values – or you can view it HERE. There won't be a dry eye in your house...

And we invited anyone interested in stepping up as a Parent Ambassador to contact Jill Bennett at jill@75morton.org. We've got our two lead ambassadors – Kimmy Bible and Valeri McNulty – and we're looking for more. Parent Ambassadors are a middle school spin on Class Parents and are intended to offer an added layer of welcome, information, referral and resources to new families, especially those who might be new to the community.

'INTO THE WOODS' Last Performance TODAY, Fri. June 14, 5:30pm in the Gym

The Annual Spring Musical, 'INTO THE WOODS,' presented by students in the afterschool program, ends its run TODAY, Fri. June 14 at 5:30pm in the Gym. Tickets are FREE! Running time is about an hour.  

Word on the street is that the show is GOOD! And you can hear most every lyric – thanks in part to a new PTA-funded audio system in the Gym! The space was PACKED yesterday, mostly with students showing their support for their thespian classmates! 

Write Emails to Local Elected Officials for More Afterschool Slots

And, speaking of our afterschool Program, it is in danger of being severely underfunded if we don't fight for it now! 

We need your help to get 125 new afterschool seats for our children! Right now we have 200 seats to serve the 569 students in the school. Next year, we will have 330 new children – but the City has not increased our afterschool seats. Unless we put political pressure on our elected officials, we are unlikely to get additional seats. The result will be much larger classes, fewer offerings, and the likelihood that your child will be shut out of their preferred afterschool activities.

Download THIS TEMPLATE you can use to write to your elected officials, plus a cut & paste email list. Please bcc our PTA email at pta@75morton.org. Thank you for your advocacy!

Yearbooks Will be Distributed Next Week. Buy Yours NOW!

Yearbooks will be handed out to students in Advisory next week. The cost is $20 per book. Please purchase here - and consider buying multiple books to underwrite the cost for other students.

While we need to earn back as much as we spent on yearbooks, they will be distributed to all students. So we urge you to purchase your yearbook now - and please consider sponsoring other students.


You may also download THIS FORM and send in to your student’s advisor along with cash or check for $20 per book (payable to MS 297 PTA).

The Library is Now Closed... Return Those Books or Pay the Price!

The library is officially closed for new check-outs this year. Please return all books by TODAY, Friday, June 14. Overdue notices are going home this week. Any lost library book needs to be paid for – by check payable to MS 297. Please contact Donna Santman at donna@75morton.org with any questions or concerns.

Year End Mix & Mingle Cocktail Party Mon. June 17, 6 - 8pm

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 thru Sunday ($30 cash at the door.). Click HERE for flyer. Please join us for this community event. If cost is an issue, contact Jill at jill@75morton.org.

Purchase your tickets or sponsor a teacher – click here:


SoulCycle Charity Ride Thurs. June 20 – Come Sweat for Morton!

Bring your A-game to the 2nd annual 75 Morton SoulCycle Charity Ride led by master instructor (and Morton mom) Amanda Max!! 

Join us on Thursday evening, June 20 at the SoulCycle West Village studio (just one block from our school) for a ride at 6pm with your fellow 75 Morton families, teachers and staff to support our kids' education. Kids are welcome as long as you plan to ride with them (must be age 12 and 4'11" tall).

Use our EVENTBRITE LINK to buy your bikes before they sell out!

Share the link with friends and family so you can ride together. Can't attend but still want to support our school? Sponsor a teacher or make a donation! 

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. 

Hope to see you on a bike on June 20! 

Updates & Reminders

  • Reminder for Staten Island Yankees Game. The Staten Island Yankees vs. Brooklyn Cyclones game is this Sat. June 15! You will want to arrive at the stadium by 6:15pm if you want to see Jacqui throw out one of the first pitches! Click HERE for the Staten Island Ferry schedule.  
  • End-of-Year Teacher & Staff Lunch – Wed. Jun 26. On the last day of school, all teachers and staff members will be treated to a special lunch as a small token of our appreciation for all that you do. THANK YOU for an amazing school year! You inspire us and our kids each and every day.
  • JumpRope is Now Closed for the School Year. The family portal of JumpRope, our online grading platform, is now closed so that teachers can enter students' grades. Report cards will be distributed on the last day of school.

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. 

  • Fri., 6/14, 5:30pm - 'Into the Woods' Afterschool Musical, Gym
  • Sat. 6/15, 7pm - Staten Island Yankees Game
  • Mon. 6/17, 6 - 8pm - Morton Mix & Mingle, Brass Monkey
  • Thurs. 6/20, 6pm - SoulCycle Benefit Ride, West Village Studio
  • Wed. 6/26 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - 11:30am Dismissal

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