Upcoming Events



General PA Meeting

Tuesday, Nov 9 • 7:00 PM


NO SCHOOL

Veteran's Day

Thursday, Nov 11


IDC Meeting

Thursday, Nov 11 • 5:30 PM


Family Wellness Committee Meeting

Thursday, Nov 15 • 6:30 PM


Family Giving Town Hall 

Thursday, Nov 16 • 8:00 PM




2020-2021

PA Contact

Information 

Barrett Schlotthauer &

Rachel Connors Phillippe

Co-Presidents

copres@friendsofmsc.org


Nadia Murray Goodman & Rahsaan Harris 

Co-Vice Presidents

covpres@friendsofmsc.org


Danielle Alden &

Shanna Tengshe

Co-Secretaries

cosecretary@friendsofmsc.org


Margo Beth Fleming &

Adams Pinckney

Co-Treasurers

cotreasurer@friendsofmsc.org


Friends of MSC Updates:

REMINDERS:

TODAY ONLY: Pop-Up Vaccination Site at MSC Building

All New Yorkers age 5 and over can now receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. In partnership with the city, our school building will serve as a pop-up vaccination site for all eligible students ages 5-11, offering a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Please visit our MSC Website for more details.

TONIGHT: General PA Meeting, Nov 9 @ 7pm

RSVP for General PA Meeting

PS 333 MSC Official Spirit Wear Sale!

Show your MSC spirit! Shop a selection of shirts, totes, water bottles, and more for a limited time only - store closes November 21. Don’t miss out!

Shop Now for a Limited Time

Here are some initiatives the PA is working on:

Classroom Supplies

The parent association's bulk order of supplies has arrived. While this will fill the gap for now, we are looking into other options to create a system that is more efficient, economical, and will keep the supply closet stocked with basic supplies for all classrooms. We welcome anyone who wishes to help!

Help Manage Classroom Supplies

Virtual Reading Buddy Program

MSC graduate Benjamin Epstein has created a Virtual Reading Buddy Program for MSC. Join us tonight at the Parent Association meeting to learn more!

Future Events and Partnerships

A quick shout out to the many parents who have suggested events and partnerships to bring to MSC this year - Thank YOU! We have a number of exciting things in the works for this year. Have a great idea? Please share! We are always interested in hearing about the events YOU want to see at MSC. 

Submit your Ideas HERE!

Family Giving Town Hall

Dear Friends of MSC,

Do you have questions about Family Giving? Want to learn more about how your gift will support our community of learners? Let’s talk!

The Family Giving team is hosting a Town Hall to discuss our fundraising efforts on Tuesday, November 16th at 8 p.m.

Join our Town Hall - Zoom Link
Submit your Questions

Donate here:

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee

Already people are making suggestions about how to use the IDC budget!

What’s your great idea?  Let’s discuss them at the next virtual meeting on Thursday, November 11th at 5:30 PM.  And as always, bring any other concerns you have.  You can always email us, too. 

Email your IDC Suggestions
RSVP for IDC Meeting

Family Wellness Committee

As we begin to emerge from a time where our communities were stripped of the connection we all thrive from, please join parent volunteers in a collective to communicate and learn from each other.

MSC is participating in a new, citywide DOE initiative to support family wellness.  Please join parent volunteers to discuss ways for the adults in our school community to connect with each other and communicate with each other—things that are always appreciated but that feel extra important now during this extended time of isolation. 

Please join us on Monday November 15 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm by Zoom.

Topic: Family Wellness Committee
Time: Nov 15, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Draw the HEART of MSC

Our community values progressive education through the arts, and no one knows it like you. That’s why we’re putting out a call to every student artist!

The Friends of MSC invite you to submit an original masterpiece that depicts the heart of MSC, and expresses how you, your classmates, and MSC families create community. We’ll feature your submission in our Giving Tuesday messages and on a super special piece of spirit wear, to be revealed later this month.

Please send a high-resolution image to cotreasurer@friendsofmsc.org by November 16, 2021, and we’ll let you know when your art is slated for the spotlight.

Here’s the fine print:

  • Accepted file types: .PDF and .JPEG preferred; AI, .EPS, or .PNG okay 

  • Maximum file size: 10MB

  • Minimum image size: 1500px by 1500px, transparent background preferred

  • Maximum colors: 8

  • By submitting, you permit us to reproduce your work in Friends of MSC communications and on MSC gear for sale.

Calling all Web Designers!!

Still looking for a way to give back to MSC? Do you enjoy graphic design or creating new websites? Then we could use your skill!

The PS 333 website is in need of an update and we are looking for someone to take on the challenge of giving it a new look. Web or graphic design experience is a plus, but not mandatory.

I can help with Web Design!

Togetherhood Winter Registration - Now Open!

We are thrilled to announce that Togetherhood instructors will continue offering after school classes at MSC this winter! You can click here to browse and register. All classes are $35/class, held at MSC, and the term is January 3 - April 14. Togetherhood instructors collect children at 2:40pm and parents pickup from the MSC main entrance at 5:15pm (*or 6pm* as an add-on). Act now, priority booking had a great response and classes are filling up!

Read-a-Thon Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers as we prepare for our First Ever MSC Read-a-Thon! Please reach out if you would like to sign up, or are interested in learning more! We would love to hear from YOU!

Volunteer for Read-a-Thon

Greenhouse News

It has been harder to eat our produce in a safe way, so we figured we would share with families!

Once every 4-6 weeks students will bring home a plant to share with their families. Usually this will be a leafy green such as lettuce, Kale, Swiss chard, or Pac Choi. Students are either bringing them home in their lunchbox or in a reusable bag. If you wouldn’t mind washing the bag and sending it back in with your child that would be super helpful. Also, 2-5 graders have been working on sustainability projects to improve the environment at school. Some made paper projects, which are hanging around the school, and some made digital projects, click to view!

Ongoing: Candy Wrapper Recycling

Have candy wrappers in October/November? You can recycle them! Shakira signed us up for a candy wrapper recycling program, just in case anyone was planning on letting their kids eat some candy. Find out which day your child has Greenhouse Science, and put EMPTY wrappers in a sealed baggie (that can get recycled, too!)

Program is available until mid November.

Click Here for More Information About the Recycling Program

Shakira Provasoli

PS 333

Manhattan School for Children 

Scaffolding Removal Efforts

Are you tired of sending your kids to school in a construction zone and only having access to half of the big yard? If you are a K-2 parent, do you dread the morning drop-off mayhem that ensues every time rain floods the big/little yards? If you are an ICT parent, do you worry about your child safely navigating the various construction-related perils on and around the building? Do you simply want your kids to see actual sunlight from their classroom windows? If you answered “yes”, “maybe”, or even “I’m not sure” to any of the foregoing, then read on!

We are a group of concerned and frustrated MSC parents with varying degrees of expertise and involvement in NYC politics, DOB/DOE, and the real estate and construction industries. Our goal is finding out why construction has been ongoing for over 7 years with no end in sight, and where exactly we can exert pressure to expedite completion (and scaffolding removal) ASAP. We have started piecing together clues based on DOB online filings and conversations with the school, but welcome any historical and/or other insight that parents (especially those of older students) may have. We recently had an encouraging meeting with the new Manhattan borough president who now shares our concerns, and have assured him that we’re ready to make as big a stink as is necessary to get results. This may involve attending and speaking at community meetings, writing and signing (angry) letters, making phone calls, etc.

Anyone interested in joining our crusade should email Gui.Stampur@gmail.com and Lynnsfeng@gmail.com.

We are stronger together!

DOE Universal Mosaic Curriculum Town Hall

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is developing the Universal Mosaic Curriculum—a rigorous, inclusive, affirming, and standards-aligned K-12 English Language Arts and Math curricula by New York City educators for New York City public schools, to be available to all schools in fall 2023. And we want your input!

Please register

Dates: November 9, 13,15, or 16, 2021

Times(s): 6:30-7:45pm (weekday) or 1:00-2:15pm (weekend)

*translations and interpretation services will be available

Happening in the Neighborhood

Interesting Reads

 

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