MSC Thursday Blast!

Blast Includes:
  • For Families: Chat with Claire Today!
  • MSC Girls' Volleyball Game Today!
  • View/Print Photo Forms For Your Class
  • School Leadership Team (SLT) October meeting Summary
  • MSC Middle School Open House Event
  • The Annual Appeal is officially underway!
  • Parent Volunteer Recess Form
FOR FAMILIES: CHAT WITH CLAIRE TODAY! 

Location: Cafeteria
Time: 6PM
MSC Girls' Volleyball Game Today!
 
Please come out today and spend the afternoon cheering the MSC Girls of Volleyball!!!!!
Our First game of the season!
 
Thursday, October 16, 2014
4:00pm TODAY!
MSC Basement Gym
 
Thanks
Karen G
PHOTO DAY FORM

If you lost a copy of your Class Photo Day form, you can now view/print your specific class form on our website: click here

This form designates your background choice so please return the form to your child's teacher as soon as you receive this notice or on the day of the photos. Thank you!
School Leadership Team (SLT)
October meeting Summary

During this month’s meeting, the School Leadership Team (SLT) initiated its goal-setting process for 2014-15. Its primary work will be to support MSC’s academic goals of progressive education and its evidence in the classrooms.  Teachers are conducting focus-groups on a range of progressive topics, including universal design, project-based learning, and the importance of play in education.  The SLT can help communicate to parents about the importance of this work and what progressive means at MSC. Events such as the Responsive Classroom and upcoming Partnership Mixer (Oct 23rd at 6pm–children welcome) and Reading Level workshops (Dec 9) help reach those goals. SLT will continue to refine its goals over the next meetings.   

The team also discussed MSC’s 2014-15 budget, how it affects class size and changes from last year.  Changes include an expanded intervention team (such as a Special Ed teacher for upper and lower schools), more software (such as iLearn) and plans for new furniture (including lockers). Enrichment continues to be provided by the Parent Association’s fundraising.  The SLT revisited the continued concerns with elevators.  Claire will add an additional “swipe” card to the Basement entrance to reduce traffic in the lobby, and Bernard is working with children to make additional signage. 

Next meeting:  Wednesday, November 5th at 3:15pm in the Science Room.  All are welcome.

View:
October Meeting Minutes

UPCOMING
MSC MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE EVENT


An informational session in the evening, to help our own families, and 5th grade families at other schools, learn more about MSC's middle school.

Click here
 for flier or view below:


The Annual Appeal is officially underway!

Earlier this week you received the Annual Appeal mailing which, in addition to a nifty school calendar, included a letter explaining just how critical your financial support is to our school. You already know that the money raised goes towards all the special programming, support, and resources our children receive every day at MSC -- that means everything from the greenhouse science program to the end-of-year musical to professional development for our stellar teachers.
 
What you may not know is that a high participation rate in the Annual Appeal campaign demonstrates the strength of our community and shows outside funders that our school is worth supporting. In other words, the more families that give, the better MSC's chance of receiving grants or other outside funds. So more important than the size of your gift is the fact that you give something. Whether it's $10 or $10,000, the quality of our children's education depends upon us all.
 
Annual Appeal volunteers will be in the lobby at drop-off and pick-up through next Tuesday. We'll take your donations and answer any questions that may not have been covered by the letter. We also have extra mailers on hand in case you'd like to forward one to a family member or friend who may also be interested in supporting MSC. Please help us reach our goal of $200,000 and 100% family participation by stopping by.
 
If you can't donate in person, return the remittance envelope by mail or donate online with a credit card at https://manhattanschool.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/201415AnnualAppeal/Donations/tabid/557861/Default.asp. (Though given the choice between a credit card and a check, we'd rather have the check to avoid the credit card fees!) All donations are fully tax deductible.
 
Many thanks from your Annual Appeal team,
 
Laurie Kuntz, Paulina Perera-Riveroll & Julia Rudolph
 
 
Upcoming volunteer opportunities:
 
Join the Lobby Crew next Monday and Tuesday 10/20 and 10/21 at drop-off and pick-up. We need two people per shift,8:30–9:15am and 2:30–3:15pm.
We also need help with the Phone-a-Thon which will be held Monday, November 24th from 6–9pm. Join us in calling families to remind them about the Annual Appeal. Dinner and wine will be served. We promise good food and drinks, great company, and your very own phone script. Bring your cell phone and a friend!
Sign up on the PA bulletin board in the lobby or by e-mailing msc.annualappeal333@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.
 
 
Parent Volunteer Recess Form

Parents at MSC have the opportunity to volunteer during recess. This is an excellent way to get involved with your child’s school. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill out this sign up form: CLICK HERE

 Thank you so much for offering to be a recess volunteer. Your help is greatly appreciated!