Lisa’s Weekly Note – February 4

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…



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: AP Test registration time is here. Please sign up for your AP Exams as per Ms. Skelly’s instructions.



DEADLINE EXTENDED: The fundraising committee has extended the deadline for contributions for the SMS online auction until February 9: 

Classroom equipment for teachers, NDI, MS Spanish, technology upgrades, community building events, AP teacher training, science equipment and more: The SMS PTA funds these and many other school-wide programs through fundraising. Our biggest fundraising initiative of the year is the online auction (this year’s goal is $50,000!), but no auction can be held without merchandise to bid on, and so far we have some—but not nearly enough. We need every SMS family to contribute an auction item by donating something on their own or by forming a group and submitting a donation together. Some suggestions:

• Gift cards: Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s

• Tickets to concerts, sporting events, theater productions, TV Tapings, movies

• Museum memberships

• Something homemade: Baked goods, crafts

• Services: practice coaching, piano accompaniment, babysitting, tutoring

• Gently used instruments

• Popular electronics: Apple Watch, iPad, a Kindle, an iPod, etc.

• A stay in your weekend house

Donating is easy and can be accomplished one of two ways: Via the “Donate Items” button on our Bidding For Good auction homepage or by downloading a donation form at, filling it out, then dropping it in the PTA folder at the Kaufman Music Center front desk or with Lisa Stump at the SMS high school.



Congratulations to SMS Parent, Hector Del Curto for his Grammy win: Best Latin Jazz Album: “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio


Special Music School parents and families are invited to a special matinee for school groups with the acclaimed Kronos Quartet and string quartets from Kaufman Music Center’s youth new music ensemble Face the Music. SMS students will be featured! The program includes new works commissioned through Kronos Quartet’s “Fifty for the Future” program.

Mon, Feb 5, 11 am in Merkin Concert Hall (Free; no tickets or RSVP needed).

129 W. 67th St.

Winter Arts Camp is coming!The February Presidents’ Week vacation is right around the corner! We hope you will join us for Lucy Moses School’s Winter Arts Camp!  This is an immersive arts experience for kids in grades K-5 combining music, drama, dance and the visual arts.


On day one, campers learn about the Mystery Theme that will guide the week. (Past years’ themes include “A Restaurant in Outer Space”, “A Day at the Beach”, “The Arts Olympics” and “A Kingdom at the Bottom of the Sea.”) For the rest of the week, teaching artists work with the children to develop their own songs, plays, dances, and art objects in response to the theme. Also incorporated into each day is some downtime, so that kids can get to know each other and make lasting friendships.


The emphasis is on creativity and stress-free fun. On Friday, children will share what they’ve been working on with family and friends at a final Share and Party.


Winter Arts Camp

Two groups: Ages 6-7 and 8-11

Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb 23 

8:30 am – 3 pm

Sign up today!  To register, you can download a registration form or give us a call at 212-501-3360.


Registration is now open for Summer Musical Theater Workshop!

Lucy Moses School 
Jul 2-Aug 2, 2018 

New York City offers many summer activities for kids, but where else can they perform original musicals written just for them on the stage of a major concert hall? Kids participate in all aspects of producing a show in this 6-week workshop, which culminates in a full-scale production in Merkin Concert Hall. Final performances take place on July 31st and August 1st.


Campers work together with small groups of children based on their current grade. In the morning they take classes in acting, singing and movement. During the afternoon each group works with its director and interns to create its own musical play. Participants will take theater trips and receive a t-shirt and a video of the final production. Click here to see camp in action! Doesn’t it look like fun?


Summer Musical Theater Workshop 

Ages 6-18
Monday, July 2 through Thursday, Aug 2 

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

 Sign up today!  To register, you can download a registration form or give us a call at 212-501-3360.





Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2018 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). This intensive program is held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Summer Arts Institute is administered by the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects. 

Students can specialize in FILMDANCEINSTRUMENTAL MUSICORCHESTRAL STRINGSTHEATERVISUAL ARTS or VOCAL MUSIC. The program is designed for students atanintermediate or advanced level of study in their discipline. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university or conservatory.

The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting arts venues and exploring careers. The Institute culminates with an exhibition and performance showcasing the students’ work.

Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio.

PROGRAM DATES:                                          

July 9 – August 3, 2018


December 6, 2017 – February 5, 2018

STUDENT AUDITIONS:                                   

Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts  

TO APPLY: Click here or visit
Questions?: Please e-mail or call (917) 521-3713

Visit our website for more information: 

CUNY BECAS Scholarship Program 2018

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY is proud to offer scholarships of up to $6530 to current and prospective CUNY undergraduate and graduate students. Past recipients may reapply for additional funding (use “Returning applicant” form). Scholarship winners are selected based on academic achievement, financial need, and commitment to service in the Mexican and/or immigrant community. CUNY BECAS scholarship primarily aids students with little or no access to financial aid. The selection committee does not discriminate based on immigration status, race, gender, age, ethnicity, or national origin. All are welcome to apply.

Apply Here!

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