Upcoming Events

November 2-15

Opt-In for In-Person Learning


November 3

ELECTION DAY

All students learn remotely

November 4

Chalk the Walk

November 4-5

Family Conferences

November 5

EARLY DISMISSAL - 11:15 AM


November 5, 8:55am

Respect for All Assemblies

Middle School Cohort A

November 10, 7:00pm

PA General Membership Meeting via Zoom


 

CEC D3 EMERGENCY TOWN HALL

General PA Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 10

Join us for the next General PA Meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00pm.

Via Zoom

General PA Meeting 11/10 Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 655 087 9186

Passcode: 414304

CANCELLED

K-5 Meeting Monday, Nov 2

The K-5 Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 2 has been cancelled to make sure everyone can attend the emergency CEC3 D3 Emergency Town Hall - Opposition to Hybrid Education Opt-In Policy meeting.

Health Screening Reminder

Thank you for your cooperation in implementing our new arrival procedures.

Our goal is to keep students and families safe and to keep the school open. We will continue to take student temperatures upon arrival and prior to entering the building. We will also continue to ask families for the required Health Screening. 

NYC DOE Health Screening


Students need to complete the health screening prior to entering the building.  They should log-in as a guest if they are unable to log in as a student.  Students (or families) can complete the screening on their mobile phones or on a computer at home and then print out the confirmation to show school staff at entry.  If a student does not have access to a printer or mobile phone then we will conduct the screening at entry.  

PRO TIP:: 

You can save the health screening website to the home screen on your phone. Click on the bottom of the web page where it says “Add this tool to your phone."

We appreciate your partnership with these necessary safety routines.

 

Best wishes,

Kerry

Join Us for Chalk the Walk!

Let's thank our teachers and staff for their amazing work!


Grab some chalk and join us outside the school on Wednesday, November 4. School will be in session, so plan to draw between

9:30am-2:00pm or after 4:00pm.

SUPPORT MSC

PARENT-OWNED BUSINESSES!

Whoops!

 

We apologize for the technical difficulties while trying to fill out the form and thank you for your patience while we fixed the issue.

  

If you own a business and would like to share that information with our community, please complete the new form below. 

Thank You!

MSC Parent-Owned Business Form

Please Note: Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by the Friends of MSC Parent Association. 

¿Habla español?

We need your help!


  • We are looking for bilingual members of the MSC community (Spanish/English) please email us at copres@fomsc.org


  • Estamos buscando miembros de la Comunidad de MSC que son bilingües (español/ingles)por favor mandanos un correo electronico a copres@fomsc.org 

K-5 Letter from Kerry

Dear K-5 Families:


Thank you for your cooperation in helping us meet our assessment deadlines.  No doubt many of your children had individual appointments with teachers that required assistance. This is one of many first steps in getting to know your children as learners. Where are they starting from and what strengths can teachers capitalize on? This information will inform our small groups and help teachers and families set goals during conferences.
 

Classroom Visits

Ben and I have begun visiting classrooms to better understand how we can support you during this transition to hybrid learning.  These visits are non-evaluative.  As a first look, our lens is around safety and engagement.  It has been so impressive to observe the ingenuity and adjustments made by teachers and students thus far.  For example: 


  • How quickly our students have taken to safety routines in the classroom and bathroom, i.e. mask-wearing, bathroom independence, and keeping all personal belongings/supplies at their desks

  • Our most important writing tools typically housed in student writing folders were transferred into an online padlet accessible to all students (remote and hybrid) and referenced during a writing conference 

  • Math manipulatives housed in individual baggies to safely support student engagement in math

  • Students Hopes and Dreams displayed on the walls in the classroom and on the Google Classroom bulletin board 

  • Morning meetings, reading, and writing taking place outside of the classroom in the yard and park

  • Physically distanced student collaboration in the form of math partnerships, writing partnerships and Turn and Talks 

 

Professional Development Surveys

Claire, Ben and I have surveyed the staff to get a better understanding of how to support teachers during hybrid learning.  This school year has presented so many unique challenges.  Our goal is to create a professional development structure with a specialized menu of topics that meet the individual needs of each teacher.  Our math coach will be meeting with grades 3-5 teachers this week to support teachers new to the curriculum and to support SBCs online and in person.


Friendly Reminders:

In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, please do not linger at drop and pick-up.  There are 3 adults supervising 3-5 students (Claire, Malaka and Ana) and 4 adults supervising K-2 students in the yard (Kerry, Lorraine, Maxima and Areceli.)  Once your child finds little blue or pink feet to stand on, say goodbye and exit the area.  It is difficult for us to maintain CDC safety guidelines with so many adults standing around.  Remember, our goal is to keep the school open!  Thank you for your cooperation.


The national news continues to remind us that MSC may have to transition to fully remote learning at any time.  In the event that we go fully remote, all student cohorts will follow Cohort D’s/ or fully remote student schedules. 


Please do not hesitate to contact me at KPowers3@schools.nyc.gov if you have any questions.

 

Best wishes,

Kerry

MSC and Trinity School Virtual Reading Buddies!

Trinity 9th through 12th graders offer virtual storytelling and homework help for K-5 students.

Questions?

Please email Kim Vinnakota at kim.vinnakota@trinityschoolnyc.org.

Middle School Letter from Ben

Dear Parent or Guardian: 


Your child’s health is important to us. In New York City public schools, we provide health education classes that include age-appropriate lessons about family health, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, in addition to other important health topics. Mayor de Blasio’s multiyear investment in the new Health Ed Works initiative strengthens DOE’s commitment to student health by increasing support for health education in all our schools. 

 

Statistics show that we have students who are having sex before the age of 13; students who have had multiple sexual partners; and students who are not protecting themselves against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS. We have an important role to play in educating our children about sex and the potential consequences of engaging in risky behavior. We must provide our students with medically accurate information and communication skills to help them make decisions that can keep them healthy and safe. To that end, the required one-semester, comprehensive health education course in both middle and high school must also include age-appropriate sexual health education, as well as the HIV/AIDS lessons that are required each year for students in K-12. 

 

We understand that our students and their families have a range of beliefs, cultures and customs. As a parent/guardian, you have the right to keep your child out of some sexual health and HIV/AIDS lessons about birth control and methods of HIV/sexually transmitted infection prevention. However, you cannot remove your child from abstinence or other sexual health education lessons. If you have questions about which lessons you may opt your child out of, please check with your child’s teacher, our parent coordinator, or me. You can also view the entire NYCDOE HIV/AIDS Curriculum online at:

NYC DOE HIV/AIDS Curriculum

If you would like your child to be excused from birth control and HIV/STI prevention lessons, you must write a letter to me stating that:  

  • Your child should not be in the classroom during lessons about birth control and methods of HIV/STI prevention; and

  •  You will provide instruction on prevention to your child in your home. 

 

As in all areas, parents and guardians are a child’s first and most influential teachers. Parents, guardians and schools share a common goal: we want students of all ages to be healthy in all aspects of their lives. When it comes to talking with students about sex, our shared goal is to delay sexual activity in school-age youth. We encourage you to ask your child what he or she is learning in health education class and to make sure your child knows what you believe are the best ways to lead a healthy life. Conversations you have with your child about sexual health will place the information they are receiving in health class in the context of your family’s values.


Again, if you have any questions about health education or would like to review our school’s health education curriculum, please contact me at 917.310.3543 or bschott@schools.nyc.gov.

 

Sincerely, 

Benjamin Schott

Assistant Principal

Items from Student Lockers Pickup Info

We have cleaned out lockers and placed student items in labeled bags for pick-up. Families can come to school to pick-up items from their child's locker. We will have a table set-up in in the lobby.

Wednesday, November 4 and Friday, November 6

9am - 2pm


NYC High School Admissions Guide

We have received copies of the 2021 High School Admissions Guide for 8th graders. We will distribute copies to students in school next week.

The guide can be picked-up by families of remote cohort D students next Wednesday, November 4 and Friday, November 6 between the hours of 9am and 2pm. We will have a table set-up in in the lobby.


Families and staff can find the most up-to-date Information about admissions and high schools online:


  • The searchable online high school directory in MySchools is updated with school information for 2021 admissions. Families and school staff can use this searchable directory in English and the nine DOE languages without logging into their MySchools account.

NYC MySchools High School Directory


  • The 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide is available online, both digitally and as a PDF. Everyone (including families, school staff, and DOE staff) can access these resources in English and the nine DOE languages.

NYC DOE High School Admissions


  • Information about admissions for the Specialized High Schools.

NYC DOE Specialized High School Admissions


  • The new High School Admissions Video Series is now available, and more videos will be added soon

NYC DOE High School Admissions Video Series
 

Format of the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide

In previous years, the Office of Student Enrollment provided two separate print publications to families to learn about high school admissions and school options:


  • The NYC High School Admissions Guide

    (formerly called the NYC High School Directory)

  • The Specialized High Schools Student Handbook

For 2021 admissions, the DOE has combined these two guides into one publication offering all of the most salient school and admissions information for students applying to high school, all in one place. This combined book is designed as two guides in one and organized as a flip book with two covers:


  • Side A is the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide:

    • This is the guide for all paths to public high schools in New York City, including: applying to high school and testing and/or auditioning to apply to the Specialized High Schools.

    • Based on feedback from families and school staff, this guide now includes even more information about each high school. In the 2019-2020 school year, much of this information was only available in the online directory in MySchools. Now it will also be available in the printed guide.

  • Side B is the NYC Guide to the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test for 2021 Admissions.

    This is a guide to preparing for and taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), including two full-length practice tests.

REMINDER:

OPT-IN WINDOW FOR

IN-PERSON LEARNING

There will be only one blended learning opt-in window for families through the last day of the 2020-2021 school year.  This best meets the needs of students, families, teachers, and staff as we can establish strong routines and structures for learning. 

 

The process for blended learning opt-in is as follows: 


Important Dates: 

  • Monday, November 2 – Sunday November15:
    Blended Learning Opt-In Window for Families.

    Click on this link:
NYC DOE Learning Preference Survey


  • Families requesting to change from 100% remote to blended learning should complete and submit the learning preference survey during this window.  Schools will be able to review individual students’ updated learning preference on a rolling basis. 
  • November 30: Students Begin In-Person Learning 


SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Need supplies?

Contact Malaka to get what you need!

Email Malaka

REMINDER:

FAMILY CONFERENCES INFORMATION

Dear Families,

Family conferences will take place on November 4th (evening session) and November 5th (afternoon session.) All scheduled parent-teacher conferences (afternoon and evening) will occur remotely. This is an important opportunity for teachers and families to review progress together and set individual goals for students. Teachers will discuss strengths, next steps, and provide information about what your child should be working towards as the second grading period starts.

Families can access progress reports and report cards from marking period #1 on https://mystudent.nyc beginning on November 4th. For assistance in gaining access, contact Malaka at MBanks5@schools.nyc.gov. To streamline the scheduling process, we will use our Google Classroom platform.


Session times and scheduling details are as follows:


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

STUDENT DISMISSAL IS AT 11:15 FOR K-8


K-5

Wednesday, November 4, 2020: Evening- 4:30 pm -7:30 pm 

Thursday, November 5, 2020: Afternoon- 12:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.

(STUDENT DISMISSAL IS AT 11:15 FOR K-8)

  • Teachers will create a google meet. Ten minutes will be allotted per family 

  • If a family cannot make the google meet slot, notify the teacher. Teacher will reschedule the family conference during office hours

 

6-8

Tuesday, November 3, 2020:  Elections Day- 8:50am to 2:40pm

(November 3rd is a remote learning day for all students.

Students will be learning asynchronously)

Wednesday, November 4, 2020: Evening- 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

Thursday, November 5, 2020: Afternoon- 12:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.

(STUDENT DISMISSAL IS AT 11:15 FOR K-8)

  • Teachers will create a google meet based on the assignments below.  Ten minutes will be allotted per family

  • If a family cannot make the google meet slot, or if families want to meet with a teacher not on the list, notify the teachers.  Teachers will reschedule the family conference during office hours

 

6th Grade - Anna, Logan, Rachel, Doug 

7th Grade - Matthew, Logan, Brian, Mary Ann

8th Grade - Alaina, Wyatt, Raphael, Margarita


UFT Citywide Parent and Family

Virtual Conference 2020

D3 Friends and Family,

On behalf of the UFT: 


Parents, guardians and students are invited to the annual UFT parent and family conference. This year's event will be citywide and held entirely online. There will be more than 30 workshops to choose from, a teen conference and child's programming. 

Registration is required:

Register Here

During the parent and family conference, there will also be a teen summit for youth between the ages of 13 and 18. We'll have workshops, music and more.

See the flier in English, Spanish and Chinese.

AmazonSmile for MSC!

Sign up for AmazonSmile and donate 0.5% of all your eligible Amazon purchases to MSC.

And now, you can support MSC from your phone on the Amazon Shopping app!

Turn on AmazonSmile in the Mobile App Here

Keep Connected!

Add or Update Your Information Here

2020-2021

PA Contact

Information 

Lisa Kussell &

Paulina Perera-Riveroll

Co-Presidents

copres@friendsofmsc.org


Alison Papalia &

Linda Saffire

Co-Vice Presidents

covpres@friendsofmsc.org


Liz Green &

Rachel Connors Phillippe

Co-Secretaries

cosecretary@friendsofmsc.org


Rahsaan Harris &

Barrett Schlotthauer

Co-Treasurers

cotreasurer@friendsofms.org

 

This message was sent to you by Friends of MSC

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, you can unsubscribe at any time