Letter from Claire - Aug 28

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that it is the almost the end of August. Have missed greeting you in the morning and seeing all the students in the hallways and in their classrooms. Construction has been happening all summer so the building has been empty. We are excited to have a new, bright floor on the third floor.

Construction has started.  The netting is around the building. They are in the process of assembling the scaffolding around the greenhouse. The big yard has been sectioned off for safety reasons so students, staff and families are protected. Great news, a new gate has been installed by the accessible entrance providing more safety for our students.

In July, we received $20,000 from City Council City Council initiative discretionary funds from Helen Rosenthal’s office. These funds are to provide a Cultural After-School Adventure (CASA) program for P.S./M.S. 333 – Manhattan Children’s School.

My summer has been all about deep, inner reflection. It began with participating with District 3 principals in an intensive conscious leadership retreat for educators at Kripalu center for yoga and health in the Berkshires. We delved into practices of mindfulness, stress resilience, self-awareness, and staying centered during social emotional challenges.

This work continued when I participated in a principal training of Restore 360 building community and skill building circles in school (a partnership with Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility). Restorative Circles is another way for students to feel belonging and to have a voice. It teaches students how to strengthen their skills in listening, understanding, managing feelings, assertiveness and problem solving.  Michelle and Diana also participated in the training and together we will utilize these practices as well as our Responsive Classroom practices to provide additional supports for students who struggle to conform to MSC and DOE rules.

I have been visiting the owl eagle, Flaco every week with my nephew at the Central Park Zoo. I did not even know what it was at first. He spends his time perching on branches and trees. Eagle owls are one of the largest owl species. They are powerful birds that can have a wingspan of up to 79 inches. He is quite impressive and while we visit him, my nephew stares at him in awe and asks such astounding questions. He is completely fascinated and asks my brother daily, can we go to the zoo and see the eagle owl, and he is two and a half!

As one school year ends and another begins, there are always staff members who extend a leave, retire or move on to new and exciting places.  We wish Jessica C, Jessica H, Huay, Megan, Nicole W. and Simira and all the best as they embark on the next phase of their educational journey.

We are happy to have Kerry Powers as our new Assistant Principal. As a member of our community for the past three years, she will be able to transition to the new role seamlessly.  For the past three years, she has been working with the MSC community in a part-time supervisory role.  Prior to that, she spent 15 years teaching middle school humanities in Manhattan and a year coaching progressive NYC school principals.  Kerry earned her masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and has continued her professional development over the years with various institutions such as Bank Street and NYU.  While teaching she became a NYC Gotham Fellow with the Teaching American History grant and was awarded a Fulbright-Hays grant to study in Turkey.   She brings a warm heart and a shared love of all children’s wonder and possibilities.  We are also excited to welcome a new staff members to our MSC family: Maria Didur, music teacher.

Below is some helpful information for the opening of school on September 7th:

Class-Placement Letters

Attached is your child’s class-placement letter and class list.  If your plans have changed over the summer and your child will not be returning to MSC in September, please notify Tatiana immediately. You may reach her at Thoover2@schools.nyc.gov.

School Day 2017-2018

Our school day begins at 8:32am and ends at 2:52pm every day.

Lunch:  K &1 students eat in the classroom. 2nd-8th students eat lunch in the cafeteria. 7th and 8th grade students have the privilege to eat off campus. 

Dismissal Remains the same as last year: K students will be picked in the auditorium since they have recess every day until 2:55, 1st and 2nd students will be picked in the classroom. 3rd -5th students will be picked up in the basement gym.   Students are picked up by a family member, babysitter, or after school personnel as stated on their emergency and dismissal forms.

NYS test scores have been released. Log into your New York City Schools Account to see your student's scores. If you need assistance, contact Caren, our parent coordinator, Caren@ps333.org 

Important Dates:

September 7th: First Day for Students (Full day for 1st- 8th grades,

K students dismissed at Noon)

September 8th: All students K-8 have a full day of school

September 13th: Curriculum Night for K-5 @ 6:00 (in each individual teacher classroom)

September 26th: Curriculum Night for 6-8 @ 6:00 (in each classroom) 


All are invited to our Back to School potluck for staff and families on Wednesday September 6th at 4:00pm in the big yard.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know everyone and to build excitement about our return to school

Attached is an updated family handbook. Please take the time to read through. There are some new additions and it is always important to remind ourselves of MSC policies. 


Special welcome to new MSC families! We look forward to you being a part our community.  If you are inspired in volunteering or have questions about our school community, please send an email to Abbey and Maura, our PTA presidents, at msc.copres@gmail.com

Medical Accommodations

If your child needs any type accommodations during the school day, we must have an Authorization Form on file.  If your child is in need of any of the following services, please go to http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Health/SchoolHealthForms/default.htm and download the appropriate form. Complete the form and give to our school nurse -- in the nurse’s office on the first floor.

Immunization: Please check with your doctor/clinic to ensure that your child/children have all required vaccines.

Enjoy the rest of summer. Taking time to relax, and spend time as a family. Don’t forget to encourage your child/children to read, read, and read some more!!


We are so excited to see you all on September 7th.  Here’s to another extraordinary year at MSC.