MSC Thursday Blast!

Today's Blast Includes

  • TOMORROW:  Please join your PTA in the lobby after drop off! Info on all things auction and Bagel Breakfast!!!
  • TOMORROW: IDC Meeting - Friday February 12th in the book room after drop off at 8:45 AM
  • Need a barrier-free school?  What have you experienced? Please take this survey (below).
  • Collecting Plastic Containers for 3rd Grade Experiments
  • Terracycle Info
  • Free Microsoft Software for Students and Families
  • Chat with Claire: Tuesday, Feb 23 @ 6:00 PM in the Cafeteria - Click here for our Anonymous Suggestion Box
  • Safe Haven Presidents Week Basketball Camp

Important Dates

Friday, Feb 12

  • Please join your PTA in the lobby after drop off! Info on all things auction and Bagel Breakfast!!!
  • IDC Meeting - book room after drop off at 8:45 AM
  • Town Hall @ 10:00 in auditorium for grades 4-8

Tuesday, Feb 23


Please join your PTA in the lobby after drop off on Friday, February 12th as we kick off our final month until the annual auction, Celebrate MSC! Come enjoy a bagel breakfast and get info on all things auction.

Early Bird Tickets now on sale! 

IDC Meeting

Friday, Feb 12 in the book room after drop off at 8:45 AM

Need a barrier-free school?  What have you experienced?

Please take this survey.  

ARISE Coalition and Parents for Inclusive Education want to hear about your experiences!

The results of the survey may show the need for more accessible schools, and also the need for more specialized programs for students with disabilities who need barrier-free sites. 

We know how hard it can be for families who need barrier-free sites to find the right match for their child. Now we want to hear from you! What have you experienced? Current or past stories welcome.
 Please take a short survey we've designed to give you a chance to tell us what you think.

Collecting Plastic Containers for 3rd Grade Experiments

Hello families,

Please help me collect plastic containers for 3rd graders' experiments. Especially helpful are plastic egg containers and plastic apple containers from Fresh Direct.
We will be collecting in a bin outside the greenhouse until Thursday feb 25th

Thank you!

Terracycle Info

Dear MSC families,
We will be collecting E-waste terracycling products the week after winter break Wednesday 24th throughFriday 26th in the lobby during drop off.

Here are the items that are accepted:
Standard cell phones, smart phones, iPhones, select toner cartridges and inkjet cartridges, laptops, notebooks, netbooks, e-readers,and iPads.

house/portable phones, phone chargers, ink tanks, or loose batteries.
Non-iPad tablets, iPod devices, digital cameras, camcorders, and graphing calculators.

Have a fun and restful break,
The Terracycle Team

Free Microsoft Software for Students and Families


Fri. Feb. 5Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced an innovative collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to provide New York City students and families with access to Microsoft software.

Students and families will be able to download Office 2016, Office for Mac 2016 and the Office 365 mobile apps available for Windows 10 tablets, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. All of these are part of Microsoft’s Office 365 Education offering and available to download from the website There is no cost for up to five (5) downloads on their personal computers, Windows or Mac, up to five (5) tablets and up to five (5) phones.

“This initiative is about providing students with the tools they need to succeed,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Technology like Microsoft software enhances the educational experience and infuses learning with crucial hands-on computer skills – skills that will be an asset as students prepare for college and the workforce. Learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school day – we want to ensure children and their parents have the resources at home to get curious, organized, and ready to learn together.  I thank Microsoft and the Department of Education for partnering with the New York City Council to make this exciting initiative a reality.”

“We are committed to using technology as a tool to facilitate better instruction and engage students and families,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “This exciting new initiative is going to help us do just that – I thank Speaker Mark-Viverito, the New York City Council, and Microsoft for their partnership.” 
“Ensuring students have access to technology that can support their unique learning styles and will prepare them for the workforce is a top priority for Microsoft,” said Margo Day, Vice President, U.S. Education at Microsoft. “We are proud to join with the New York City Department of Education to support educators in preparing students for college and careers.” 
The software can be used as a tool by educators to facilitate useful learning: for example, students can create e-notebooks. Teachers can distribute assignments or quizzes to the e-notebooks, and students can connect to each other’s e-notebooks and work together on projects. With this new initiative, students have out-of-school access to word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software that they can use to complete schoolwork; skills in these areas will also support them in college and careers. 

"By equipping our students with this technology, we empower them to succeed in school and in the workplace," said Council Member Daniel Dromm, Chair of the Committee on Education.  "I applaud Speaker Mark-Viverito, Chancellor Fariña and Microsoft for forging this partnership which will benefit our children by permitting them to download software free of charge.  I am pleased to support this and other initiatives that will help provide a more robust education for young New Yorkers."

“Every student needs the proper tools to be successful in school,” said Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the Committee on Technology.  “We are long past the days where well-rounded computer skills were optional.  By providing free software to NYC school children, we are ensuring that every student will have the opportunity to become proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the rest of the Microsoft package.”

In addition to the software and professional development for teachers, Microsoft also offers a Microsoft IT Academy for high schools, a program in Information Technology and Computer Science that can lead to industry-recognized certification. Microsoft supports critical pathways to employment opportunities for students. 

Additional information:

The free Microsoft products and features that will be available include:


·         Office 365 ProPlus on Windows: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Access, InfoPath and Publisher installed on Windows
·         Office for Mac Professional 2016: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote
·         Office for iPad, iPhone, Android: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
·         Cloud service
·         Office Online


Families will be able to claim a download by going to and entering either of the following:


1.      Student’s date of birth AND a parent phone number, or
2.      Parent email


Safe Haven Presidents Week Basketball Camp
Click here for form

Dear Parents:
Players  ages 8 to 12 who love basketball will enjoy full days of supervised games and instruction during public school Winter Break from February 17 – 19, Wednesday to Friday.
The Safe Haven West Side Basketball League’s professional instructors will facilitate a dynamic program geared to meet the needs of all players---from beginner to advanced skill levels.

  • Location:  PS 84 on West 92nd Street between CPW and Columbus 
  • Dates:  Wednesday through Friday, February 17 -  19
  • Hours:  9am - 4pm.  (Doors open 8:30 a.m.)
  • Lunch: Bring lunch and   drink.    Pizza option Friday.

Choose all three days or single days; your child will have a great time getting “court smart!”
RESERVATIONS: By Friday, February 12, let us know you plan to enroll your child. 
Fax:        212-875-1602
Include child’s name, age, day(s) and your contact info.
Online registration available Tuesday, February 9 at
Mail or drop off. Make checks payable to
Safe Haven West Side Basketball League, 
c/o Copy Experts, Box 257,  2440 Broadway, New York, NY 10024.   (between 90th and 91st St.)
See you on the court…..Home Court, of course!
Eileen Palley