Hello SMS Families! Can you believe we May is here? 2018 has been a whirlwind, and I don’t expect things to slow down any time soon. Thank you to Nathan Blom for the transcendent experience for half of the HS students who saw Miss You Like Hell at The Public last week. From what I hear, MANY tears were shed by students and faculty alike. And thank you Angie Ramos (10th grade parent) for filling in as an additional chaperone.
Congratulations to Ms. Shwecky and Dr. Rawson on a successful bake sale for Dress for Success. We have a substantial monetary donation to contribute, but there has also been interest in putting together a “business clothes” clothing donation. Please contact me directly if you are interested in donating or overseeing the drop off. Also, I wanted to send out a big thank you to all students, parents, facutly, and particularly, Ms. Skelly, for a successful SAT/PSAT day. In spite of it being the FIRST time the DOE has administered the exams during the school day AND it was a reschedule after a school snow day, things ran smoothly and successfully!
HS students: Please refer to Ms. Palmieri’s information for regents scheduling.
6th and 7th grade students must pack a lunch Tuesday and Wednesday for state tests. Since the exams are untimed, we cannot predict the timing of their lunch, and therefore cannot let students leave campus for lunch on testing days.
8th grade students: have a delayed start time of 11:15am on Tuesday and Wednesday, due to 3rd-8th grade testing. 8th grade students must eat lunch BEFORE coming to school, and they will be dismissed at the regular time.
SMS Parents: May 4: Want to get more involved with your child’s school? There are multiple positions open on next year’s PTA board. If you would like to learn more about any of the positions on the board, or would like to nominate yourself (or a friend!) for one of the positions, please email our current PTA preseidents: Ann Wazelle: email@example.com
or Margie Penrod: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THE PLAY-A-THON SCHEDULE HAS BEEN COMPRESSED INTO FRIDAY, MAY 11 AND SATURDAY, MAY 12 ONLY. THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY, MAY 13 EVENTS.
Special Music School is New York City’s only public K-12 school for musically gifted children. SMS is jointly funded by Kaufman Music Center and New York City’s Department of Education. Each student receives a full music scholarship from Kaufman Music Center worth over $8,000 per year. Each year the Play-a-thon brings SMS students out of the practice room and to raise funds for the music program and share their gifts with busy New Yorkers. Our goal this year is to raise $40,000.
Elementary and Middle School students are scheduled to perform as per schedule below. Details for each event are being coordinated by each grade’s class parent or other parent volunteer.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
Busking at Richard Tucker Square
Columbus Ave & W 66th St, New York, NY 10023
from 2:30 pm – Middle School and High School
from 3:00 pm -add Elementary School
SATURDAY, MAY 12*
BARNES AND NOBLE UNION SQUARE
SIGN UP TO PLAY!
HOW TO DONATE
1. Online gifts should be directed to Kaufman’s Music Center website
2. Checks can be made out to Kaufman Music Center and dropped off or mailed to the Development Office at
Kaufman Music Center Development Office
129 W. 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
3. Create a Crowdrise page (see below).
RAISE FUNDS ON CROWDRISE
2. Scroll down and click on “JOIN THE TEAM”
3. Click on “SIGN UP”, Do not click on “Login Using Facebook”
4. Fill in your child’s name (not yours) and grade.
5. Upload your child’s photo. You may also include a short description, additional photos, and a video of your child performing.
6. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Post to social media, email the link to friends, family members and anyone else who wants to support your child’s music education.PLAY-A-THON FORMS
HS Students: NY Historical Society programs:
Sound Thinking Internship Application– Sound Thinking NYC is a new major initiative to address gender disparities in the music industry by providing opportunities for young people – especially young women – to explore career opportunities in the music industry. Sound Thinking NYC empowers young people as they explore how to turn a passion for music into a possible profession in New York City’s thriving music industry. Program participants will learn about the tools, technologies, and career paths that power songs, concerts, theaters and film. The program includes opportunities for students to visit recording studios, learn about the science and physics of sound, and meet fellow students and people in the music industry that share their passion.
The program begins with a three-week Sound Thinking NYC Summer Intensive, July 9th-27th (for details or to apply, see the Summer Intensive tab; to share offline, download the flyer). All graduates of the Summer Intensive will be invited to:
· participate in a series of events during their 11th grade school year;
· apply for paid summer internships before they start 12th grade; and
· apply to take free college credit courses at CUNY during their senior year of high school.
Applications are now open through May 4th for the Sound Thinking NYC Summer Intensive. The Summer Intensive is offered to any New York City student who will be entering 11th grade in fall, 2018.
Apollo Theatre Internship Application–The 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
The Classical Theatre of Harlem has a fantastic 80 min show currently running:
Now through May 6th.
Wed – Sun
USE code: FLASH for $20 tickets!
CTH’s Monthly Free Reading Series
Monday, February 26th at 7pm
WeWork Harlem, 8 W 126th Street
5/10/18: DISTRICT 3 BULLYING SEMINAR: Please note RSVP is required.
District 3 Art Fair: Mark Your Calendars! SMS will have both live performances as well as visual art exhibits (curated by Ireena Gurvich), so I hope you all go out and see what’s happening in District 3!