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BIG FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES

 

ANNUAL APPEAL

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/November, where volunteers make calls to all MSC parents in our community asking for contributions. 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 approximately 40% of the PTA’s operating budget.  

 

CELEBRATE MSC AND AUCTION

Celebrate MSC is our school’s annual gala -- it accounts for another 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!

 

EVENTS

 

BAKE SALES

Held several times throughout the year, parents bring in their baked goods to sell after dismissal and at select MSC events. Healthy foods are encouraged!

 

BOOK FAIR

Normally held once or twice a year (in December and/or May), MSC’s Book Fairs truly reflect our community's love of books. Parent volunteers organize and run these events, which take place during school- and after-school hours. The May event combines a community used book drive and sale, and is overseen by the Book Room committee (see below).  We are seeking both event organizers and volunteers to cover shifts on the days of the event.

 

BROADWAY LOVES MSC

Now in its fourth spectacular year, BROADWAY LOVES MSC is a favorite event at our school! 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 normally 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!

 

ELECTION COMMITTEE

A minimum of 3 volunteers are needed to work with school administration to run PTA and SLT elections according to official bylaws. Duties include running PTA elections meetings, identifying and publicizing candidates for each open position; notifying school administration and current PTA members of day and time of elections as well as publicizing date and time of elections to school community via e-mail blast and posters; distributing, collecting and tallying ballots; submitting election certification forms to school administration. The commitment is limited to the 3 or 4 weeks leading up to the elections in late spring.

 

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.

 

MOVIE NIGHT

We organize family-friendly film screenings for our entire community once or twice a year. We are seeking new committee co-chairs as well as helpers during the event(s).

 

PICTURE DAY

Want to spend an hour or two with smiling children? Then help us out on picture day! Held in October, 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  and publicize this one-day event, welcome and register guests, serve food and provide direction to the classrooms the day of the event.

 

SCIENCE FAIR

This annual school-wide event, usually held at the end of May, seeks parents to assist teachers and students in planning experiments, setting up and breaking down exhibits, and helping out on the day of the event.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

 

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 at our school. It’s a fun and festive way for parents to show our gratitude for everything MSC offers our kids all year long!

 

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

 

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. Throughout the year, we hold monthly meetings and school-wide community-building events. We are comprised of parents, faculty and administrators.  Additional volunteer opportunities include helping to plan awareness- building events and outreach. All are welcome!

 

CARING COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Caring Community works to involve our community in acts of kindness. We have initiated a number of campaigns to promote kindness and caring both within our MSC community and out in the larger world. These include the Kind is Cool campaign, Elevator Etiquette, Kids Speak Out/ Kindness March, Syrian Refugee Relief, Hurricane Relief, and Coat and Food Drives.  Join us in teaching our kids, families and community about caring for others.

 

PARENT WELCOME COMMITTEE

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.

 

CLASS PARENTS

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.

 

BOOK ROOM

The Book Room at MSC was created in 2010 by a group of parents dedicated to supporting teachers and fostering literacy by providing as many books as possible for our children. 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!  

 

GREENHOUSE

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.

 

GRANT WRITING

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.

 

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.

 

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Box Tops for Education coupon collection raises approximately $2000 annually for our school!  We need help putting up collection envelopes outside classrooms, periodically collecting Box Tops from classrooms, and mailing them in to receive funds for our school.

 

MSCMOVES

MSCMoves grew out of MSC’s Wellness committee/WITS but focuses on movement. We aim to facilitate movement for our kids through recess, Fit Bits, yoga, and moving meditation, and to implement movement as part of the learning and educational experience. MSCMoves also trains parents to supervise K-8 recess. We seek volunteers to cover regular recess shifts (maximum 2 per recess period) and work with school staff to ensure a safe and active recess for all our students.

 

MUSIC COMMITTEE

The music committee was launched in 2015 and continues to grow and succeed in our goal of music being part of every child's weekly education. We’ve helped to organize and have hired a wonderful new full time music teacher Maria who is an MSM trained pianist and choir trainer with 8 years classroom teaching experience. We are on track for a wonderful MSC musical production in 2018 and major upgrades are being worked on both in the music room and main auditorium.

 

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Technology is a critical part of twenty-first century education. Our goal is to integrate technology and progressive education at MSC so that our students experience technology not just as a functional tool but as a vital approach to creativity, logical thinking and collaboration.  The committee’s main goals this year are to refresh MSC’s aging stock of computer equipment as well as launch new pilot programs exploring technology-based approaches to progressive education.

 

WELLNESS/GREEN COMMITTEE (WITS)

This is a very active committee that works closely with school administration to integrate wellness into every part of school life. In addition to organizing MSC’s terracycling program, Family Fitness Nights, & other events related to health, wellness and environmentalism, WITS has developed a school-wide wellness policy encompassing healthy eating, exercise and movement, water conservation and recycling initiatives. 

 

Signup at http://www.ps333.org/volunteer or contact ps333volunteer@gmail.com for more info!