MSC Friday Blast!

Blast Includes:
  • Protect Our Schools: Update & Thank you! (Photos, links and information about the next rally is included)
  • Letter To MSC Families: MSC PTA executive board is seeking 3-5 volunteers to serve on the Nomination/ Election Committee to conduct the PTA & SLT elections  for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Student Videos: Don't Waste Paper & Hurting Nature
  • NJHS Bake Sale: Thursday, March 19
  • City Sculpting Summer Camp Info
  • Friendly Reminders: Important Dates, Lost & Found, Photo ID Card

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PROTECT OUR SCHOOLS:

UPDATE & THANK YOU!

 
Dear MSC community,
 
The PTA and members of the rally committee want to say a big thank you to all the families, teachers and staff that came out yesterday in support of public education! Our hopes were exceeded and the children’s enthusiasm, beautiful singing (Thank you Megan!) and spirit made the whole event something very special. We gathered, sang and celebrated together. A big thank you to all the people who circled around the sides and the back of the school!
 
There have been some questions/concerns about why MSC felt a strong need to be a part of this city-wide demonstration. Is MSC in immediate danger of closing? The short answer is no, but the way MSC educates our children could be in danger along with the job security of many teachers. How? If Governor Cuomo’s proposed law is passed, the following changes very well may occur:
*50% of a teacher’s rating will be based on test scores (currently it is 20%).
*35% of a teacher’s rating will be based on the findings of an outside “independent observer” who will conduct a one time visit to the classroom. (This has never been done before).
*15% of a teacher’s rating will be based on observations by the principal or assistant principal. The people who know the teachers’ work the best will have the least input.
 
At MSC, the teachers take into account the whole child and have fought the tide of test prep but with these proposed changes, fighting that fight is only getting harder.
 
So if this weekend, while you are talking about the rally and why we all came out bright and early on Thursday morning, you can talk to your family about why public education is important to all, how our schools deserve budgets large enough to support each school, that a test score does not tell the whole story of what a child is learning, and that our wonderful teachers deserve to be treated fairly!
 
If you want to take further action before the budget goes up for a vote on April 1st, here’s what you can do:
You can call, email, and/or send letters to
Your state senator:
http://www.nysenate.gov/senators,
Your assemblyman:
http://assembly.state.ny.us/
 The Governor:
https://www.governor.ny.gov/contact
gov.cuomo@chamber.state.ny.us

 
Thank you!
PTA Protect our Schools Rally Committee
Alison Roque and Charlene Speyerer, Co-Chairs
 
Here are video clips of the NY1 piece that aired last night, in both Spanish and English.
http://www.ny1noticias.com/nyc/twc-ny1-noticias/educacion/2015/03/12/padres--maestros-y-estudiantes-protestan-contra-medidas-educativas-del-gobernador--.html
 
http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/03/12/schools-rally-against-cuomo-s-education-policies-.html
 
NEXT RALLY: CITY HALL PARK

 SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH @ 1:30 PM
LETTER TO ALL MSC FAMILIES

The following letter were placed in all K-5 mailboxes today. Middle School homeroom teachers were given letters for their classes, so be sure to check your child's backpack. Join us 3/25 at 8:45 for a special PA meeting to officially nominate the election committee. 
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Dear MSC Parents, 

 
Subject:  PTA General Meeting Tuesday, March 25th, 2015 at 8:45 am in room 615
Volunteers needed to conduct MSC PTA and School Leadership Team (SLT) Elections
 
 
The MSC PTA executive board is seeking 3-5 volunteers to serve on the Nomination/ Election Committee to conduct the PTA & SLT (School Leadership Team) elections for the 2015-16 school year.  The PTA & SLT elections will be held in May 2015. 
 
All in attendance at the March 25th PTA meeting will vote to include up to five members on the Nomination/ Election Committee.  We look forward to seeing you there.
 
 
Date of March PTA meeting:     Wednesday March 25, 2015
Time:                          8:45 am
Location:                      Room 615
 
 
Please email MSC.Copres@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer to be a part of the Nomination/Election Committee and you cannot be present at the March 25th PTA meeting.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
PTA
STUDENT VIDEOS:
  • Each class from Grades 2-5 chose a problem with the planet that they see here at school and they found solutions to those problems. Students used many different types of ways to solve these problems one type of solution was with a video.

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Don't Waste Paper



Hurting Nature


 
  • We will be posting two videos per week. Please look forward to more student videos from Shakira's Class. You can find all posted and future videos on Shakira's Class Page and our Media Page.
NJHS Bake Sale


 
  • Date & Time: Thursday, March 19 /  3-4pm
  • Where: Main lobby & Gym lobby
  • All proceeds will be going to help support scholarships for MSC students for field trips and activities. 
FRIENDLY REMINDERS

Important Dates
  • March 10th: PTA Meeting @ 8:45 in auditorium
  • March 11th: Evening Conferences 6-8 grades
  • March 12th: Half Day for 6-8 grades. Family Conferences
  • March 16th-18th: K-5 Family Conferences
  • March 17th: Chat with Claire @ 8:45 am in the cafeteria 
  • March 19th: Half Day for K-5, family conferences
  • March 28th: Celebrate MSC

Lost & Found: Please be advised that every 15 days, we must clear the items in the Lost & Found box. All items are donated. Please come to the Main Office (Room 516) to claim any of your lost items. If your child has after-school, please check the lost & found box at the lobby near the Nurse's Office.

Photo ID Card:  Please email info@ps333.org with your photo and information (your name, your child's name and your child's teacher). Your ID card will be ready in a week. You can pick up the ID card from your child's teacher.


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