Lisa’s Weekly Note – April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day SMS Families! I hope you are taking advantage of the rare beautiful day to get out there and participate in one of the Earth Day events/celebrations around the city. Congratulations to the 3rd Grade on a successful Town Hall presentation on persuasive essays and stamp design, and thank you HS Choir for performing for everyone–it was great for the younger students to have the opportunity to hear you at Town Hall!


Thank you to Jill Jones, Yulia Freynk, and Jen Laing for their help with K-12 picture retakes and 12th grade cap and gown photos. A link for proofs will be make available for parents/students in 2-3 weeks.

I hope everyone knows what an asset our local branch (Riverside branch) of the New York Public Library is. Aside from their wealth of literature, hard copy research sources, and computer access for students, they always have programs running for young children, tweens, teens, and adults. Below are a few things happening at the Riverside Branch this week, and you can check out YOUR local branch or future dates at

  • Monday, 4/23 at 3:30:  Movie Monday presents “The Brave Little Toaster (PG)”Five electrical appliances find that their young owner has disappeared. The toaster takes charge, rounding up the vacuum cleaner, the electric blanket, bedside lamp and radio. Together they take off for the big city in search of their master.
  • Friday, 4/27 at 2:30:  Teen Cafe: Come join us for fun at the Riverside Library Teen Space. Just come and hang out with your friends! Do homework and group projects, check out laptops or borrow one of our library board games or cards.
  • Saturday, 4/28 at 1pm:  Play! Board Games: A variety of board games for all ages and abilities will be provided.  


Monday and Tuesday, 4/23-24: HS Ensembles: Yearbook Photographers will be coming to your ensembles for yearbook photos. Please be prompt to your ensembles, attentive, and courteous, so that your rehearsal is not disrupted for more that a few minutes. Thank you!

5th-8th grade Running Club: Please return your waiver to Katie if you received an email from me this past week. If we do not receive it, you may not be able to participate this week.

PARENTS: Have you wanted a way to feel more connected with SMS? Consider joining the PTA Executive Board! It’s a great way to get to know other parents, understand the mechanics of the school, and really make a difference. Stay tuned for the list of available roles and what their responsibilities are. We want YOU on board (or should I say, THE board! 



Apollo Theatre Internship ApplicationThe Apollo Theater Academy Summer Internship Program provides high school students with opportunities for professional and personal development as they explore managerial and production careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries. Interns learn about non-performance careers and what takes place behind the scenes at the Apollo Theater. THIS INTERNSHIP WILL NOT TEACH YOU HOW TO BE A PERFORMER.  Interns are assigned to work alongside staff members of the Apollo Theater for six weeks in various production departments to learn about lighting design, videography, audio engineering, carpentry and prop creation; interns will also be exposed to careers in arts administration while learning what it takes to produce live shows. **Application Due: Friday, April 27, 2018



Tuesday, April 24: The Anderson School is excited to invite District 3 parents to a parent-only cyber safety workshop Tuesday,  April 24th from 8:45-9:30 am in the O’Shea Campus auditorium: 100 W. 77 Street.   This workshop will be led by an expert in the field, Liz Repking from Cybersafety Consulting.

This expert will talk about what it means to engage in safe, savvy, and ethical online behavior. She will address as many topics as time permits including: Cyberbullying, appropriate online behavior, overexposure, online predators, and sexting.


Middle School Committee Meeting

April 24th at 9 AM


270 W 70th Street


Congratulations to Aaron Kernis (composer and 9th grade parent) on the New England Conservatory Orchestra (under orchestral program director Hugh Wolff) premiere of his 4th Symphony (“Chromelodeon”), written for the 150th anniversary of the school’s founding, presented in a special concert at Symphony Hall.

Congratulations to  Sophia Shao (4th grade student), student of Natela Mchedlishvili won first place in Division II (10-13) of The Steinway & Sons Piano Competition on April 14, 2018, and also won first place in Division II (10-12) of the International Grande Music Competition on April 8, 2018.


4TH -12TH GRADE: FACE THE MUSIC: What is Face the Music?

Face the Music is Kaufman Music Center’s contemporary music education program for teenagers, and the country’s only youth orchestra dedicated to post-genre music by living composers. It features a collection of ensembles including chamber orchestras, a jazz big-band, an improvisation collective, string quartets and mixed chamber-groups, dedicated to studying and performing experimental, new-classical, new-jazz & avant-garde music written exclusively by living composers. Face the Music also offers mentorship, support and unique promotional opportunities to developing young performers and composers, through its unparalleled network of professional contemporary musicians, organizations, media and venues. In partnership with Luna Composition Lab, Face the Music mentors young female composers.

Every Sunday, more than 100 students from the New York City tristate area come together to work with a team of coaches and conductors, to explore and study the music of today as a vehicle to learn collaborative decision-making, gain leadership skills and produce performances of music composed by its own members. Each year, Face the Music presents more than 20 concerts at some of New York’s best concert venues, experimental performance spaces, as well as schools and educational institutions.

Videos of recent performances

Criminals of the Dream by Greg Saunier

String Vectors by John King

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