BIG FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES
Each fall, our Annual Appeal Committee raises money for all of MSC's supplemental programs, including our arts, music, wellness and greenhouse programs. We hold a phonathon in October, where volunteers make calls to all MSC parents in our community. This evening not only raises funds for our school, it’s also a fun way to meet other parents! There are additional opportunities to assist with mailings and to staff a donation table in the lobby. Funds raised during Annual Appeal account for 40% of the PTA’s operating budget.
CELEBRATE MSC AND AUCTION
Celebrate MSC is our school’s annual gala -- it accounts for 40% of the PTA budget and is also one of the most fun nights of the year! One of the highlights of Celebrate MSC is the auction –- there are both a live auction and a silent auction at Celebrate MSC as well as an online auction that runs for approximately two weeks. Planning for the auctions begins long before the gala and ends just after the event. Fundraising aspects include: soliciting items and experiences, designing materials, selling sponsorship opportunities, coordinating class art projects and more. There are also a number of event planning and coordination activities where we need your support!
Held several times throughout the year, parents bring in baked goods and make fresh popcorn to sell after dismissal and at select MSC events. Healthy foods are encouraged!
Held once a year, the MSC Book Fair truly reflects our community’s love of books and literacy. This is an approximately three-day community event in which parent volunteers organize and run the fair events, which take place during and after school. The fair can include events such as class-wide Book Swaps, book and literacy workshops, and a book sale (either new or used books from the Book Room).
BROADWAY LOVES MSC
Now in its fifth spectacular year, BROADWAY LOVES MSC is a favorite event! Broadway performers light up our stage and bring the house down with their amazing talent. MSC students also have an opportunity to perform a group chorus number. The event is held in late January. Volunteers are needed two weeks prior and on the night of the event, which begins with a pizza dinner and bake sale at 4:30 and with the show starting at 6pm. Each volunteer receives one free ticket to the show!
HOLIDAY PIE SALE
Each November, the PTA sells a variety of delicious pies for the holidays. Parents are needed to coordinate and organize this sale, including taking orders and distributing pies right before the Thanksgiving break.
Love to spend your days with smiling children? Then help us out on picture day! We need parents to help usher kids through the auditorium for class pictures and assist in making sure our little ones look picture perfect.
RELATIVES & SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY
Each December, MSC opens it doors for a special welcome for relatives and special friends to spend a morning in the classroom with their child(ren). Volunteers are needed to help organize /publicize this one-day event, welcome/register guests, serve food and provide direction to the classrooms the day of the event.
This annual school-wide event, usually held at the end of May, seeks parents to assist teachers and administration in planning experiments, setting up and breaking down exhibitions, and helping out on the day(s) of the event.
These fundraising events take place throughout the year and are intended to build community. Certain events take place at MSC (e.g. Movie Night and Family Fitness Night), others take place in different venues (past examples include Jazz at the Underground, Family Mountain Biking, and Night of a Thousand Laughs). We schedule events both for parents and for the entire family.l
STAFF APPRECIATION DAY
Each spring, parent volunteers join together to celebrate our teachers, staff and administration by distributing treats and coffee as well as running free raffles and giveaways for everyone working in our school. It’s a fun and festive way for parents to show our gratitude for everything MSC offers our kids all year long!
INCLUSIVENESS AND DIVERSITY COMMITTEE (IDC)
MSC’s Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee (IDC) was created to support diversity in our school community, by encouraging, facilitating and creating opportunities for students, families, staff, and faculty to grow in their own understanding of diversity, and to promote equality of opportunity for all. We believe children learn best from participation in richly diverse environments. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring that MSC fosters an environment where all have a voice that is heard, valued, respected, and equal. We hold monthly meetings and regular school-wide community-building events, which we seek help in planning. We are comprised of parents, faculty and administrators. All are welcome regardless of time availability! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
WELLNESS/GREEN COMMITTEE (WITS)
This committee organizes MSC’s terracycling program, Family Fitness Nights, & other events related to health, wellness and environmentalism.
PARENT WELCOME COMMITTEE/NEW PARENT OUTREACH
The Welcome Committee helps new families entering MSC settle in at our school. Parent volunteers can be involved in many aspects of this committee: welcome families at the Kindergarten visits in May, be a buddy to new families throughout the summer, organize a kindergarten play date before the start of the school year, and organize and host the first-day-of-school breakfast. We seek volunteers to welcome the new 6th grade families, as well as families who enter MSC in 1st -5th grades.
Being a class parent is a fulfilling way to actively participate throughout the school year. The primary role of the class parent is to help and support our classroom teachers. Class parents also serve as a connection between families and the larger MSC community by sharing information about all our school's various happenings and events. We help set the tone for MSC's caring and committed community.
The Book Room at MSC was created in 2010 by a group of parents dedicated to supporting teachers and fostering literacy. We house thousands of K-8 books, including “leveled” fiction and nonfiction as well as other genre- and subject collections, all of which are available to supplement MSC teachers’ classroom libraries. The Book Room is fully maintained by MSC parents. We seek volunteers to help with circulation, reshelving, and ongoing leveling-, inventorying-, and organizational projects. Join us!
Caring Community works to involve our community in acts of kindness within MSC and the larger world. Campaigns include: Kids Speak Out/Kindness March, Kind is Cool, Elevator Etiquette, and various Coat & Food Drives. Join us in teaching our community about caring for others. Volunteer timing is flexible and can be done outside of school hours.
The Greenhouse opened in 2010 and is utilized by all students at MSC. It uses Hydroponics Urban Farming Technology to provide science and sustainability education – and gives students the opportunity to appreciate a green oasis in the middle of NYC! We are seeking volunteers to help with upkeep of the greenhouse space, distribution and use of the food produced in the greenhouse when not eaten by the students, and outreach so the entire community can experience and support this amazing space.
We are seeking parents with experience in grant writing and research, who will identify and create grants to fund various school-wide projects and activities. Volunteer timing is flexible and can be done outside of school hours.
Once a week from 8:45am-9:45am in November & December, MSC welcomes groups of prospective families to tour the school. Volunteer guides have the fun job of chatting with families and sharing the MSC experience during a guided tour. One hour of training is required. Volunteers can sign up for as many or as few tours as desired.
MSC GEAR SALES
The PTA offers MSC-branded apparel for sale to the community throughout the year. We are seeking parent assistance to facilitate these sales and manage the inventory process.
Parents are trained to supervise K-8 recess. We seek volunteers to cover regular recess shifts and work with school staff to ensure a safe and active recess period for all our students.