Upcoming Events


IDC Committee Meeting

Thursday, Sept 30 • 5:30 PM


General PA Meeting

Tuesday, Oct 12 • 9:15 AM



2020-2021

PA Contact

Information 

Barrett Schlotthauer &

Rachel Connors Phillippe

Co-Presidents

copres@friendsofmsc.org


Nadia Murray Goodman & Rahsaan Harris 

Co-Vice Presidents

covpres@friendsofmsc.org


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Danielle Alden

Co-Secretaries

cosecretary@friendsofmsc.org


Margo Beth Fleming &

Adams Pinckney

Co-Treasurers

cotreasurer@friendsofmsc.org

Friends of MSC Updates:

Thank you to all who participated in our first general parent association meeting! It was wonderful to see so many faces, returning and new. 

We'd like to update you all on some of issues that were raised during the meeting:

New DOE Quarantine Protocols

Per the Chancellor's letter dated September 21 "Unvaccinated students who are masked and at least three feet distanced from a student who tests positive are not considered close contacts under the DCD and will not have to quarantine."  At the meeting, parents asked what happens if students are exposed while in the cafeteria when they are unmasked.

At this point, there is no new information to share. While administration waits for further guidance, best efforts are being made to ensure that students remain in their seats, focus on eating their lunch and leave the cafeteria in 20 minutes or less to enjoy outdoor recess.Students who do not have time to finish their lunch may do so in their classrooms after recess. The cafeteria is organzied so that students are sitting with their classes in assigned seats so the classes to not mingle.

 Parents who would prefer their students not eat in the cafeteria may sign their students out for lunch.

Water for Classrooms

Water filling stations in the building are now operational and available for use, providing access to water for all of our students and staff. The PA will provide classroom water service via Crystal Springs. Kindergarten and Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classrooms will be prioritized, other classrooms that wish to use the water delivery service will be accommodated. 

Classroom Supplies

The Parent Association currently funds classroom supplies. There is a supply list in the main office that is available for teachers: they circle what they need, and the office places an order and has it delivered. At the end of the year, the PA reimburses the receipts from these purchases.

Parents are being asked to provide the minimum supplies for only their students as a COVID precaution to prevent students sharing supplies. If your student needs school supplies, please email Malaka.

Cleaning supplies, masks, and wipes are being provided by the DOE.

THANK YOU K-2 Families & Staff

When the big yard was flooded during morning dropoff on Friday, our teachers and staff jumped in to action and created a new temporary dropoff system on the fly.

A BIG thank you to our teachers and staff for their flexibility and resourcefulness. And a BIG thank you to our kindergarten, first, and second grade families for their flexibility and patience. Working together, dropoff went smoothly, the students made it to class on time, and no one ended up with wet feet!

Free Money: Your Child's P-EBT Card

Dear Friends of MSC,

If your child attended public school last year, you are set to receive up to $1,320 on your child's P-EBT card. Please use it—when else do you receive free money?!

  • You can spend it at grocery stores, delis, even farmer’s markets. To find participating stores near you, click here.
  • You can buy groceries and donate them to a local food bank, such as the West Side Campaign Against Hunger.
  • You can also spend the funds and donate the equivalent to Family Giving. As an added bonus, your gift is tax deductible.

Want to learn more about P-EBT? Click here for a FAQ from New York State. Want to learn more about Family Giving? Click here for an FAQ from the Friends of MSC, or Donate Now.

Calling Class Parents!

We have several classrooms still looking for class parents - if you are a parent of a first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, or eighth grader, please consider becoming a class parent.

Being a class parent is a fulfilling way to actively participate throughout the school year helping support our classroom teachers and connecting families to the MSC community.

If you are interested in volunteering as a class parent email: classparents@friendsofmsc.org

Join Us! MSC Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee meeting

Thursday, September 30 • 5:30PM • via Zoom

Dear MSC families,

Please join us for this school year’s first MSC Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee meeting on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.

As we are actively seeking new participants, this meeting will specifically focus on introducing the history and mission of the committee, and the opportunities for future projects. We hope to see many faces there, both familiar and new.

Join the Meeting Here

Or, go to https://nyit.zoom.us/join 

Meeting ID: 939 6428 6177 Password: diversity.

We are excited to share that there are some new options for afterschool activities at MSC this year

CLICK HERE for more information on Mohrs Explorers, Roads to Success, Togetherhood, Creative Stage, Hex & Co, and Art with Bernard.

NYC Cub Scouts Pack 520 Open House

Tuesday, Sept. 28 • 5:30 PM • Riverside Park near 114th Street

Pack 520 invites K-5 children and their families to to an Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 pm in Riverside Park near 114th Street. Scouts will be putting up tents in the park during the meeting, among other fun activities. 

Click Here for More Information

Free Tutoring for Special Ed Students

Free tutoring program for special education students run by the Hunter College Learning Lab.  It is first-come, first-served, and they are currently pairing tutors with children. At this time it is being run remotely.

  • The majority of the tutors are teachers already, and they are just being certified in special education. 
  • Each tutor assesses the student and designs a program specific to their needs.
  • It is highly interactive.  The tutors know how to use technology so that students are always being engaged and supported A good example is a program that they use to share a whiteboard to solve math problems. The tutor and student can discuss how to solve the problem and analyze why the student might be struggling to find the answer.  Reading passages can be shared to discuss vocabulary in context or answer comprehension questions.

DOE Special Education Recovery Services

Beginning this fall, every DOE school will offer an afterschool or Saturday program (or a combination of the two) to deliver Special Education Recovery Services. Special Education Recovery Services are specialized instruction and related services, targeted to each student’s individual needs. These services will be provided to students with IEPs in addition to their regular school day. They offer the opportunity for children to receive additional services as soon as possible, without any need for parents to make a request or wait through an administrative process. 

Please join an information session for families on October 5, 2021, at 7:30 PM. Read more and register here.

To learn more about Special Education Recovery Services, visit the Special Education Family Resources page on the DOE website.

Senator Krueger & NYC Health Adolescent Mental Health Town Hall

Thursday, September 30 • 7-8:30 PM

"Supporting Your Child's Emotional Wellness:

Adolescent Mental Health During COVID-19"

It’s September and children are returning to school, some after learning remotely for more than a year and half. Many students are excited to return to school and to see their friends, and some are anxious and concerned about their return.

Research is showing that COVID often impacts our emotional wellness. Learn about the impact of COVID on adolescent mental health, how to identify signs and symptoms of emotional distress, and how to support your child and use available resources to build emotional resilience.

The Virtual Town Hall will feature:

  • Eliot Goldman, PhD, Manager, Curriculum Development, and Susannah Sanchez-Agosto, Training specialist, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • A representative from the New York City Department of Education

  • Benjamin Morden, Community Education Council President,  District 2

The event will feature a question and answer session with the representatives from the New York City Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Education, and Benjamin Morden. If you have questions about how COVID is impacting your child’s mental wellness, identifying signs and symptoms of emotional distress, and how best to support your child with available resources, you should attend the September 30th Town Hall. Attendees will be able to submit questions through Zoom and Facebook during the event but are strongly encouraged to submit them in advance.

Register Here

Once you register for the event, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom and Facebook links, and the call-in information.

Ackerman Institute Free Parent & Caregiver Webinars

Join the Ackerman Institute for these free webinars, designed to help parents and caregivers to support their child’s mental health across a diverse range of subjects. Webinars are created by family therapy experts and will be held on Zoom:

Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, November 10, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


The Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.

 

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