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Happy Summer Wishes from the Friends of MSC
Dear Friends of MSC,
Well, here we are, we made it. Nobody knew what this school year would look like when we started back in September but, through all its ups and downs, we've made it to June. Our children have grown and learned and our community has become stronger - in no small part because of you!
During this especially challenging year we have been inspired by how we all came together to support our school and support one another. Thank you for being a part of this amazing community - you truly are the heart of MSC!
As we reflect back on this year, let's celebrate all of our successes and learn from all of our challenges. Let's head into the new year - in person! - taking those lessons with us and forge ahead as a community stronger than ever.
We cannot wait to see everyone in person again in the fall. Until then, have a safe, restful, and happy summer!
- The Friends of MSC Parent Association
Final IDC Meeting of the Year!
Join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 939 6428 6177
Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting
International numbers available: https://nyit.zoom.us/u/ac16IQTewx
In a school year like no other, our teachers and staff all went above and beyond educating our students and giving back to our community. The UFT has recognized the following individuals for their outstanding work this year:
Carisma Taylor received the "UFT Middle Schools Division EOE (Engagement, Organizing, and Empowerment) Award" for her outstanding accomplishments -- both as a paraprofessional and as an active union member of our school's UFT chapter.
Congratulations Carisma! Thank you for being such an integral member of our school community, as well as for always going above-and-beyond for our students and for our union!!
Bernard Winter, along with colleagues Wendy Smith and Suzanne Blank, launched a pilot program, School Meals 2 Pantries, to deliver prepared and packaged community-allocated meals to pantries in the neighborhood. 5,214 breakfasts and 5,327 lunches were delivered between September and May!
Congratulations Bernard, Wendy, and Suzanne! Your volunteer work and dedication to our community is an inspiration!
MSC Recognized for Achievement in Sustainability
Congratulations! P.S. 333 Manhattan School for Children, has officially earned a Gold S.E.E.D. (Sustainability, Efficiency & Environmental Dedication) Certification from the NYC DOE Office of Sustainability! Very well deserved!
Your school has completed a series of sustainability-related actions that have positively impacted your school community and directly supported NYC’s goals for a sustainable city. Due to your inspiring commitment and leadership, you are building a foundation for today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders.
D3 Cafe with Superintendent Christine Loughlin
This summer, any New Yorker who wants them can get free "grab & go" meals across the city starting June 28th.
No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free breakfast or lunch
Locations will be available for search on 6/25/2021 after 5pm
Meals Hubs are open for children and families Monday–Friday
Breakfast and lunch service times will be 9am to 1pm
Vegetarian meals are available at all locations
All meals are Grab and Go, not to be consumed on site
Kosher and Halal meals are available atselect locations
There will be no service Monday, July 5th (Independence Day Observed) and Tuesday, July 20th (Eid-ul-Adha)
Community Based Organizations may call the Office of Food & Nutrition Services Accounts Receivable department at 718-707-4371, 718-707-4382 or 718-707-4383 for additional information
DOE NYC Public School Families
to Receive Food Benefits
The Continuing Appropriations Act of 2021 and Other Extensions Act reauthorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a reduction in in-person learning due to the pandemic. These temporary food benefits are being provided to help cover the cost of meals children would have otherwise received at school during the 2020-21 academic year.
Because New York City is a universal school lunch district, all public school families regardless of income will receive the benefits! Families will soon receive up to $1,320 in food benefits to help cover the cost of missed school meals while students learned remotely during the COVID pandemic. You do not (and cannot) apply for Pandemic EBT food benefits. P-EBT food benefits will automatically be issued to eligible children. Read more about it on the NY State announcement and Chalkbeat.
Early RAPP Summer Program
The Early Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (Early RAPP) provides free, interactive workshops that help NYC middle schoolers identify unhealthy behaviors, build healthy relationship skills at a critical time in their development, and create space for students to reach out for help when they need it. This summer Early RAPP is hosting an exciting summer program that will bring middle school students from schools all over NYC to explore together concepts of healthy relationships. The program is free and open to all DOE middle school students.
Summer Discovery Day Programs - Apply Now!
This summer, discover together with STEM Matters NYC! Students entering kindergarten through grade 9 in September can apply now for Discovery Day, a day-long hands-on learning experience, and enjoy a special interactive class with one adult caregiver.
Students can explore their passions and uncover new interests, learning together with a caregiver during the day! A wide range of programs are offered at the Central Park Zoo; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; New York Botanical Garden; New-York Historical Society; Queens Botanical Garden; Queens County Farm Museum; Queens Zoo; The Green-Wood Cemetery; UrbanGlass; and Wave Hill.
Don’t miss out, spots are limited, and the application deadline is Wednesday, June 23.
Summer Speech and Debate Camp
We are very excited to announce our 5th Annual "Speech & Debate Summer Camp" hosted by the American Debate League in partnership with Queens College. Due to COVID-19, we will be hosting our summer camp virtually again this year.
Our summer speech & debate camps start from June 28-August 27.
Our weekly camps are for rising 4th-12th graders.
We host morning 9-12 p.m. (EST) & afternoon 1-4 p.m. (EST) sessions. This summer we are introducing Mock Trial as one of our newest classes at our summer camp.
We are also proud to announce our "LEADERS OF TOMORROW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM". This program will offer 100 FULL & PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS for children in to participate in our Virtual Speech & Debate Program. The deadline to apply is on July 15th.
Our Full Scholarships are based on financial need and are awarded on a rolling basis. Please share this email and our flyers with school administrators, school staff members, parents, and community members.
To register click: American Debate League summer camp
Click the link to apply for the Leaders Of Tomorrow scholarship
Camp Options for Students with Disabilities and Elementary Students
Fresh Air Fund — free online and in-person summer programs
- Fresh Air Summer Spaces offers three-hour in-person camps for children between the ages of 5 and 12 at neighborhood-based locations. Activities include arts and crafts, STEM projects, sports and more.
- Fresh Air Open Spaces is for children between the ages of 12 and 15 with an interest in environmental education, STEM or sports. The program is held in two-week sessions at New York City parks.
- Fresh Air Everywhere is a virtual camp for children between the ages of 7 and 12. Participants receive activity boxes to help them try out nature-focused activities during virtual sessions and at home with their families.
- Fresh Air Teen Academy encompasses several internships, job readiness programs and more for teenagers. Programs will be primarily virtual this year.
Tech Kids Unlimited — online workshops for students with learning disabilities
Tech Kids Unlimited offers a suite of technology programs year-round for students between the ages of 7 and 21 who have learning disabilities including autism spectrum disorders. This summer, Tech Kids Unlimited will hold online workshops by age group on topics such as game design, animation and website coding. Morning session workshops run from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and afternoon workshops run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Workshops cost $225, but financial aid is available.
Learn more and register on the Tech Kids Unlimited website.
Brooklyn Public Library — virtual camp, summer reading and teen internships
- Virtual Camp: Children between the ages of 7 and 12 are invited to join the Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program, a partnership among six Brooklyn cultural institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Prospect Park Zoo. There will be daily live sessions at 9:30 a.m.; hands-on activities that can be done at home, including do-at-your-own-pace activities; and optional drop-in events at partner sites. To register, email email@example.com.
- Summer reading: The Brooklyn Public Library also will offer an array of summer reading support and activities. There will be outdoor and virtual events; grab-and-go summer reading tote bags with book marks, stickers and other treats; personalized book recommendations; and more. To get involved, visit the Brooklyn Public Library website.
- Teen internship: Students between the ages of 14 and 18 are invited to apply for the library’s Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies internship program, which is a 16-month internship that includes a two-week summer training. Interns will earn a stipend and school credit while learning new computer skills and helping library patrons and staff.
Intrepid Air and Space Museum — camp for kids with disabilities
Students between the ages of 8 and 14 with developmental disabilities including autism are invited to register for the Intrepid Museum’s All Access Maker Camp from Aug. 23 to 27. The camp costs $75 for the week and includes all materials and a T-shirt. This year, the camp will be both virtual and in-person.
To learn more and register, visit the Intrepid Museum website.
STEM from Dance — coding and dance camp for girls
STEM from Dance offers a two-week summer program called Girls Rise Up for girls between the ages of 10 and 18 interested in coding and dance. There will be two sessions this summer, each lasting two weeks: July 5 to 16 and July 19 to 30. There is a virtual camp and a hybrid camp where campers join virtually for half the week and in-person on Governors Island for the other half. Tuition is on a sliding scale, starting at $50.
You can register online on the STEM from Dance website.
ZCO Dance Project — dance workshops for children with disabilities
ZCO Dance Project invites youths between the ages of 5 and 18 to its online summer dance workshops, which run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from July 10 to Aug. 14. Private classes are also available upon request.
To learn more, visit the website. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metropolitan Opera's Virtual Summer Camp
July 5 through July 30
Back by popular demand, the Metropolitan Opera's virtaul Global Summer Camp returns this July 5–30! Open to kids ages eight and up, the free, four-week adventure will explore a quartet of kid-friendly Met productions with songs, dance, stories, and crafts—plus interviews with the operas’ stars and some of the artists who helped bring them to the stage—all livestreamed for free.
Science Explorers Summer Series
and Free Intro Class
"You can count on Stephanie to create a super-stimulating, engaging, hands-on, educational virtual science class each week. My daughter is always excited, curious, and independent in every session. I appreciate how my daughter's ideas become part of the class."
Lynn Lu, parent, Manhattan School for Children
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