Lisa’s Weekly Note – March 4

Lisa’s Weekly Note – March 4

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Hello SMS parents and students! It's hard to believe it is already March. I have attached both the HS March calendar and the Elem/MS March calendar to this email just in case you didn't receive it last week. I'd like to extend a HUGE thank you to the SMS PTA for sponsoring Friday's Media Literacy Day. Thank you to all the parents who braved the ugly weather to be at the Parent Workshop (I have attached the Parent Media Literacy Guide to this email). Michelle gave so much for both parents and students to think about; I believe it was a great jumping off point for deeper conversations with our children. Michelle will be sending me additional information to pass on to everyone, so stay tuned!   HOUSEKEEPING: 8TH Grade…
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Lisa’s Weekly Note – February 25

Lisa’s Weekly Note – February 25

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Welcome back SMS families! I hope everyone had healthy and restful break. I look forward to seeing all of our students tomorrow. Before we look to the week ahead, I just wanted to share the great things that happened in the days before break began... We had a fabulous "PREformance" at the high school with soprano Allison Charney, cellist Rupei Yeh, flutist Carol Wincenc, and pianist Craig Ketter. Students were spellbound, and the artists all took a few moments to discuss their own personal challenges with the pieces they played. Thank you to the performers and thank you Dean of Music, Andrew Copper, for bringing them to SMS.    Our K-8 had an amazing time at our 4th annual Musicians on Ice trip to Chelsea Piers. It was great seeing…
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Lisa’s Weekly Note – February 11 & 18

Lisa’s Weekly Note – February 11 & 18

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Hello SMS Families! I hope you're staying warm and dry on this rainy weekend. I can't believe we are already approaching the midwinter break! Enjoy some family time, and get rest, when we return there will be a lot going on. This update will serve as your bulletin for two weeks. Tomorrow rings in the beginning of Respect For All Week! Join SMS in supporting and maintaining a safe and supportive environment, free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, citizenship/immigration status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or weight. (information was taken directly from NYC DOE's Respect for All initiative) In other words, be kind to everyone around you. SMS is a school and community that…
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Lisa’s Weekly Note – February 4

Lisa’s Weekly Note – February 4

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Hello SMS Families! Happy February, I hope you are staying warm and healthy! I want to send out a big thank you to all the parent volunteers who made our two picture days run so smoothly: Jill Jones, Eriko Kanai, Michael Morelli, Chris Will Kristin Sposito, Margie Penrod, and Jenny Zhou. We couldn't have done it without you! Stay tuned, you will receive a link and individual code to view your proofs and order in about two weeks.   Come out and cheer on Caleb Pinder, Jonathan Berroa, and Sadie Pine in the District 3 Spelling Bee on February 10: This year there is a math vocabulary theme...   HOUSEKEEPING: K-8 Parents: Please return your permission slip and money for the K-8 Ice Skating trip (2/14), as soon as possible. HS Students:…
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Lisa’s Weekly Note – January 21

Lisa’s Weekly Note – January 21

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Hello SMS families. It was great seeing so many HS families (and alumni!) at the SMS Onstage concerts last week. I hope you had a great weekend, and are ready for the week ahead! HS families, we have regents and juries next week. Elementary and Middle School, it is business as usual this week. HOUSEKEEPING: METROCARDS: Qualifying students receive their second semester MetroCard next week. The new MetroCards WILL NOT WORK until February 1. Please do NOT discard your current card after you receive your new card. Your current card will remain active through January 31. During Regents Week, all Student MetroCard regulations are still in effect. REGENTS WEEK PROCEDURES FOR HS STUDENTS: Please remember your Regents Ticket. Similar to AP Exams, students should allow time to leave items in…
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Lisa’s Weekly Note – January 14

Lisa’s Weekly Note – January 14

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Hello SMS Families. I hope you are staying warm during this frigid extended weekend. Thank you to all our Elementary and Middle School teachers who brought the K-8 Community together for our MLK Town Hall celebrating the women of Chelsea Clinton's book, She Persisted: Ruby Bridges, Florence Griffith Joyner, Harriet Tubman, Claudette Colvin, and Oprah Winfrey. I also hope you are taking time this weekend to give back to someone/something that is meaningful to you and your family. We all win when we give of ourselves and are kind to others.  Monday, January 15: NO SCHOOL: MLK Day: Please let your advisor know if you are participating in any service-related activity, so your community service record will reflect your accurate hours. AT SMS: MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: Thursday, 1/18: MS Students…
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