Lisa’s Weekly Note – January 7


Hello SMS Families! I hope you are all staying warm during this icy weekend–we’ll all thaw out this week.

K-8 Chess Club:
The new semester of after school chess has begun. Please see attached flyer for more details, and note that Educational Light is offering families an early bird discount of $75.00 through 1/10 or a discount of 50% for siblings.

Ecstatic Music Festival discount for SMS students & parents:
See SMS High School and Face the Music students perform with Kronos Quartet at the 2018 Ecstatic Music Festival in Merkin Concert Hall on February 5!
SMS High School students, parents and siblings get $5 tickets (regular price $25).
To receive the discount, just identify yourself as an SMS High School student or family member at the box office (129 W. 67th St.) or on the phone (212 501 3330).
The Ecstatic Music Festival continues with Xenia Rubinos, Bang on a Can, Glasser, Julianna Barwick, Mahogany L. Browne, Margaret Leng Tan, Buke and Gase’s Arone Dyer and many more.
Festival info:

Auction season is upon us (the big event goes live in March!). In preparation, we need your help contributing items. As in the past, we’re looking for one donation per family.

Some popular suggestions:
• Gift cards: Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s
• Tickets to concerts, sporting events, theater productions, TV tapings, movies
• Museum memberships and passes
• Something homemade: Baked goods, crafts
• Services: practice coaching, piano accompaniment, babysitting, tutoring
• Popular electronics: Apple Watches, iPads, Kindles, etc.
• A stay in your weekend/vacation house, a cruise on your sailboat (a flight on your jet!)
• Gently used instruments and accessories, like shoulder rests, rock stops…

All donations (except instruments) should be new and unused. The deadline is January 29th. Jen Laing (6th grade parent) will be collecting items every Friday morning from 8-9am at KMC. High school students can drop of their contributions with Lisa Stump. You can find general auction info, plus donor forms and solicitation letters at, under the “Fundraising” tab.

Thanks so much and happy fundraising!!

Composers of all ages: Make math your muse! MoMath (the National Museum of Mathematics) is now accepting submissions for its annual mathematical song competition, Open Set. Write your own words to a favorite tune or compose your own melody; the only rules are that the lyrics must be original and must be about math or a mathematical concept. The winners will be announced and will have a chance to perform their winning songs at an “open mic”-style, evening performance at MoMath this spring.
Apply today! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until capacity is reached; please note that while there is not a specific closing date, MoMath expects to stop accepting applications early in 2018. For more information and to submit your entry, please visit

HS Parents: We are still looking for a few Advisory Parents for the HS (you may know the job better as “class parents,” but we have split it into smaller groups so each Advisory Parent has a smaller group to communicate with). It is a low-key way that you can help out your child’s school, often from the comfort of your own living room. If you are interested please let me know!

3rd-8th grade parents:
March 1, at 6:00 pm: District 3 State Testing Workshop: Registration is required by clicking here or contacting me directly.

3rd-8th graders: Saturday, February 10: This is a fun opportunity to represent SMS at the District 3 Spelling Bee. This year there is a math vocabulary theme. We will send two representatives from the 3rd-5th grade, and two representatives from the 6th through 8th grade. Please let me know if your child would like to participate

President’s Council Special Meeting: Mid-Year Check-in
Friday, January 12th 9:30 – 11:30 am
154 West 93rd Street, Room 204
Free Soccer Class
Calling all students ages 7-13 interest in SOCCER! It’s not too late to register for free Beacon Soccer class!
Saturday, January 6th until Saturday, March 24th . There are openings for ages 7-9 and ages 10-13. Click HERE for application.

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