Lisa’s Weekly Note – October 8, 2017

Hello SMS Families! I hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Please remember, there is no school tomorrow, Monday, October 9, in observance of Columbus Day. Also, in observance of Shemini Atzeret, KMC will be closed on October 12 & October 13–this means TH K-8 will not have music classes and there will be no after school classes in the building on Thursdayand FridayBUT SCHOOL WILL STILL BE IN SESSION.


ALL FAMILIES: There are still students with outstanding BLUE CARDS. Please return them as soon as possible. It is imperative that we have emergency contact information for ALL students.

HS Parents: Now that the year is in full-swing, we are looking for “Learning Collective Parents” for each student Learning Collective. This is a similar parent volunteer position to what you remember as class parents in your child’s elementary and middle schools. It involves reminding parents within your child’s learning collective about important events via email, reaching out for parent volunteers for all school events, and reminding parents to participate in community events and fundraisers. Please email me if you would be willing to take this role on for the year. It is a great way to get to know other parents and do something truly valuable for your child’s school, primarily from the comfort of your own living room! 



K-2 parents: Attached (in English and Spanish) please find information on Bedtime Math, a DOE initiative that creates a fun ritual of math akin to a bedtime story for you and your child, and you can even have it as a free app on your phone! Please contact me if you have any questions. Hard copies will be sent home with your teachers in the coming weeks.

SMS Halloween Party:

10/28/17: at MLK south cafeteria from 5-9pm

PARENTS: K-8: we ask that each grade create a table game/activity for the party and provide hourly volunteers as well as provide one refreshment beverage/platter per grade. You can volunteer at the following link:

HS (see below!)


SMS Halloween Party: The SMS Halloween Party is happening on the evening of Saturday, October 28. Each year our HS students create the haunted house to scare the younger students. Thank you Melody Rubie for overseeing all of these creepy crawly hijinks.

 We are looking for: 

  • 1 HS student to organize the volunteers and planning of the haunted house
  • 10-20 HS student volunteers to make it all happen (build, orchestrate, and be spooky). **All student volunteers receive community service hours.

Please email Marjorie Penrod ( or me ( if you are interested in any of the above mentioned tasks. 

K-8 parents, each class is responsible for creating an activity and providing a food for the event. Stay tuned for more information from the PTA or your class parent.

HS Europe Trip: 

The High School is traveling to Germany, The Czech Republic and Switzerland this April.  All high school students are welcome to join as well as parents.  Please see the tour website for more information and to sign up!

6th Annual STEM Career Day: Registration just opened for the 6th Annual STEM Career Day. Spots fill up very quickly! High Schools: 6th Annual STEM Matters NYC Career Day

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017

Event: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Contact: /212-608-6164

High school students interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), are invited to learn first-hand about career pathways in these fields by visiting up to two New York City companies for an inside look. There are so many STEM careers in unexpected places. High school students sign up for the event individually and travel on their own to their chosen companies. Sessions take place at individual companies and occur from 10:00-11:30am and 1:00-2:30pm. Registration is required. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and a round-trip MetroCard. Sign up now for this amazing experience! Click below to register:

STEM Career Day
NYC Department of Education


The SMS PTA is opening up 3 more PTA “at-large” positions and one additional recording secretary position for new families and HS families, to be voted on at the November meeting. Please email or if you would like to be added to the roster of nominees.


Taylor Weinstein (10th Grade) will perform as part of the Manhattan Girls Chorus at Carnegie Hall in Symphony No. 3, Kaddish by Leonard Bernstein on October 11th with the American Symphony Orchestra. Congratulations Taylor!


Please join SMS Class of 2018’s Autumn Owens, Nina Tompkins, and LaAsha Nelson on 10/12 at 5:30-8pm at Teachers College: 525, W120th. The session will be an experiential workshop that explores questions of racial identity authored by three of our seniors. They will be facilitating the workshop and leading a discussion afterwards. 

The Racial Literacy Roundtable has been going on for over 7 years at Teachers College. Autumn, Nina, and LaAsha’s session will be the first in this year’s series of workshops, lectures, and discussions. It is often led by professors, graduate students, and leaders in the fields of critical race theory, social justice pedagogy, and English education (though there have been sessions in the past led by high school students).

All SMS students, parents, teachers, and administrators are welcome to join as participants. Food will be served at 5:30.


NYC High School Fair comes to th MLK campus: 

CSD3 Middle School Fair


Tuesday, October 10, 2017 : 5:30pm to 7:30pm

At Young Diplomats Magnet Academy, 134 West 122 Street (Trains 2 or 3 to 125th Street Stop)


Lisa Stump, Parent Coordinator

Special Music School

917-441-3692, option 2

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