Letter from Claire - March 7

Dear Families,
We are 5 days away from Celebrate MSC – our annual auction benefit. Please get your tickets! The event is taking place next Saturday night, March 12 at 6:30pm at St. Paul the Apostle Church - I’ll be there and I hope to see all of you there!
When I think back to last year’s Celebrate MSC, I think about the laughter of parents and staff celebrating our community, the spirited bidding wars over our students’ art projects, and the sheer number of paddles raised to support the creation of our MSC music program.  And now I see the smiling faces of our students as they experiment with percussion, learn how to read musical notes and sing their hearts out in Glee.  Without your support, music (and much more!) would not be possible. 
To keep this magical program going strong, we need our community to come together to attend Celebrate MSC.  Of course, the cost of tickets should not be a barrier to anyone attending, to get tickets at no cost, please email Tatiana at THoover2@schools.nyc.gov
Exciting News!
MSC is an inclusive community and we have exciting news for March! The NYC Kids Project puppets will be visiting all K-6 classes to facilitate conversations about accepting each other's differences and how to confront adversity. NYC Kids Project is a social justice arts organization advocating acceptance and inclusion. Performances and classroom programs use theatrical puppets, storytelling, sign language, adaptive equipment and facilitated dialogue to focus on character development and anti-bullying issues. Audiences are encouraged to examine attitudes surrounding disabilities and differences, fostering empathy and awareness of commonalities.
During the week of April 18th, we will have a school-wide food drive to help create awareness about hunger in our community. To achieve this goal, we will be partnering with The West Side Campaign Against Hunger (www.wscah.org). The goal of this neighborhood organization is to change people's perception of hungry people by working in partnership with them, providing food with dignity, and empowering customers to find solutions. The program is two-pronged: MSC classes will visit the organization's food pantry facility in the beginning of April and following that, we will hold a food drive during the week of the 18th. This way, students will know where their donations are going and will be more motivated to participate in this project.
From the Classroom
In 8th grade, the Position Papers unit focused in on nuance/tone of our pieces and on bringing the best evidence to the conversation.  I visited 8th graders publishing their position papers. Some of their topics were childhood obesity, dress code and so much more. They acknowledged the complexity of issues and left it open to discussion with stakeholders who may disagree with ideas for change.  A position paper is more challenging than a persuasive essay, and demands a real shift in thinking. 
Save the date:
The MSC Science Fair is coming, THURSDAY, May 26th 2016!  The fair is a celebration of the science learning that’s going on in school as well as at home.  We’ll have a school day session for students and teachers only, and an evening session for students, families, friends and teachers.
All students will have a chance to participate in this lively, kid-centric event!
· K-4th graders will collaborate on class projects supported by their class teachers and/or science teacher Shakira
· 5th through 8th graders will have independent or group projects supported by their respective science teachers Shakira, Nicole W. and Brian.
· Optional: Any student is welcome to work on additional team or individual science project.
In order to keep our community safe, please remember that pick up is 2:50. If you have to come into the school during other times, school agents will direct you to the main office, where you must sign in to let us know you are in the building.