Lisa’s Weekly Note – December 3

Hello SMS Families! Buckle your seatbelts, it’s December and the year is flying by. It was wonderful seeing so many of you at K-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday. Report cards went home at your conferences, and at the HS they were sent home with students on Friday. 

There’s a lot going on this week, so please take a moment to review before the week begins. K-8 has juries this week, so please be mindful of the fact that parents are not permitted upstairs at KMC during jury times, and be sure your children are well rested!




Wednesday 12/6: There will be a PTA executive board meeting  at 8:45am at KMC 1st floor Conference Room. While this meeting is primarily for the PTA Executive Board, it is open for anyone to attend.

Friday 12/8: There will be a PTA general meeting at 8:15 at MLK, in the Library


Congratulations to our next high school student government co-presidents: Kellan Harrod and Mercer Patterson

Congratulations to all the students who performed at TD Bank on Monday for Winter’s Eve–There were many polished and festive performances that evening!


11th and 12th grade: Applications for the ACLU Summer Institute are open to juniors and seniors. Program information and applications (due 1/19/18) can be found here


It’s not too late to join the SMS Community Chorus!

The SMS Community Chorus will perform in the K-8 Winter Choral concert on Wednesday, December 20 at 1 pm, and ALL parents and staff are welcome! 

Remaining rehearsals will take place in Room 520 at the following times:

Thursday, Dec. 7  8-9 am

Thursday, Dec. 14  8-9 am

And in Merkin Concert Hall on

Wednesday, Dec. 20   8-9 am

If you have any questions, please respond directly to Sean Hartley, cc’d above.



Open Art Space at MoMA: A Free Drop-In Program for LGBTQ Teens and Their Allies: 

Thursday, December 7, 4:30 p.m. Open Art Space is a relaxed weekly drop-in program for LGBTQ high school students who are interested in thinking about, and making, art in a creative and welcoming environment. Open Art Space is facilitated by two artists but is shaped largely by your interests.

Free food, drinks, and MetroCards are provided each week. No previous art-making experience is necessary. All high school–age participants may attend. Click here for more information.

Apple celebrates Hour of Code at all Apple Stores

Free Coding Sessions, New Swift Playgrounds Challenge and Teacher Resources Are Available for Everyone

All Apple retail stores will host Hour of Code workshops from December 4 through 10.Apple today opened registration for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions available at all Apple Stores.

HOLIDAY NOSTALGIA RIDES from the NY Transit Museum

Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of subway cars and buses. This holiday season, we continue the tradition of placing our vintage R1-9 train cars and a selection of our vintage buses from decades past in regular service. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Click here for more information.

Nostalgia Train

Catch the Holiday Nostalgia Train on Sunday, November 26th, December 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th! In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway, this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Train will run along the F line between 2nd Av and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street on the Upper East Side.

The Holiday Nostalgia Train departs from the 2nd Av subway station on the F line at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and from the 96th Street subway station on the Q line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.

The special eight-car subway train of  R1-9 cars from the 1930s is complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements.

Nostalgia Buses

Selections from the Museum’s vintage fleet of buses will also be in service on the M42 route Monday, December 4th – Friday, December 22nd from 9am to 5pm.

Lisa Stump, Parent Coordinator


Business & Calendar Meeting

Wed. December 13th at 6:30 PM

PS 241 – 240 West 113th Street

The DOE will make a presentation on “blind” admissions for middle school at the Wednesday, December 13 CEC Meeting. This change has the potential to affect  many NYC middle schools outside SMS. Please attend to learn more and ask questions. 

New York Cares Coat Drive

Donate winter coats to help the homeless. Participate in New York City’s largest winter clothing drive by collecting coats with family, friends, and coworkers.

Drop off a new or gently-used winter coat to any of the drop off sites listed here. Below is the closest public site to SMS: 

1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

November 14–December 29

Open 24 hours a day

Drop-off sites will only accept donations of 2 large bags or less. Any donation larger than 2 bags must be dropped off directly at the Coat Drive Warehouse.

If you don’t have a coat to donate, try our Text-to-Give option. Simply text the word COAT to 41444 or click the button below. Just $20 buys a new coat for a New Yorker in need.

Special Music School

917-441-3692, option 2

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