2016/2017 incoming 6th grade families
Welcome to MS104! We are excited to have you as part of our community.
In order to stay in touch, the MS104 PTA sends out an email newsletter called the Baruch Blast weekly during the school year. The Baruch Blast is not the only communication from the school but it does help families keep up-to-date with what is happening. To sign up for the Baruch Blast, please use this link. After entering a parent email address and students’ first and last name, click “2016/17 incoming 6th grade” as the email list. If you have more than one address or family member who would like to receive the blast, please repeat the process for each family member.
An orientation will be held for the parents/guardians of incoming 6th graders on June 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the school's auditorium. The meeting will last approximately one hour. This is an opportunity to meet key personnel at the school and receive information regarding the start of school in September. Please enter the school using the 20th street entrance. A copy of the Principal's letter is included here for your reference. Below are links to the other material included in the package sent to incoming 6th grade families:
Incoming 6th Grade Questionnaire
Summer Reading List Cover Letter
Summer Reading List
We look forward to seeing you on June 27!
school dress code
We are all excited to welcome in the spring season! After a long winter filled with inclement weather it is a breath of fresh air to experience blue skies and warming temperatures. With the weather improving and temperatures rising we want to remind families of the school’s policy regarding appropriate attire during the spring season.
We are aware that there are clothing trends that are popular with our students. We respect students individuality and unique style preferences. However, there are certain types of attire that are not appropriate for the school setting. We expect that students come to school in attire suited for the setting.
We ask that that parents and guardians discuss this policy with their children. The following is a list of expectations for attire:
- Shorts and skirts must be mid-thigh length.
- Clothing that reveals bare midriffs, navels, backs and cleavage. No halters, tube tops of spaghetti strap tank tops.
- Clothing that reveals undergarments. (Yes, this includes bra straps and boxers)
- Clothing may not be transparent.
- Shirts must cover the top of the pant or skirt.
- Articles of clothing may not have cut-outs that reveal bare body parts.
- Bandanas or clothing suggesting affiliation with unlawful groups.
- Tee shirts or any article of clothing may not display offensive sayings, profanity (in any language), ethnic slurs, provocative or suggestive symbols or pictures.
- Hats and sunglasses may not be worn while in the school building.
The school will speak with students that do not adhere to this policy and the family will be contacted. We appreciate your support in ensuring that our students adhere to this policy and look forward to a great end of the school year.
social media safety presentations
As we all know technology and interactions on social media have become increasingly commonplace for children. It is important that all students are aware of the measures that one can take to ensure safe communication when engaging with others through social media. As a school, we want to be vigilant in ensuring that our school community is informed about the appropriate use of social media, the steps that can be taken to ensure one's safety when using social media, what to do when one is subject to inappropriate communication through social media, and the potential consequences of engaging in inappropriate communication through social media.
To ensure that our students, staff, families and community members are informed about social media safety we have scheduled presentations for students during the school day to be delivered by John Benson from the Office of Safety and Youth Development for the New York City Department of Education.
The presentations for students are scheduled for Wednesday, May 25- Grade 8 and Thursday, May 26- Grades 6 & 7
A presentation to parents will be presented at the PTA Meeting Wednesday, June 8.
The safety of our students is of the utmost importance and we are committed to educating all members of our school community in the safe use of social media.
ARISTA applications are available by clicking here
to print the application.
Please note that all ARISTA members will be required to attend 3-4 rehearsals (dates and times to be determined) to prepare for the Arista Ceremony which will take place Wednesday, June 15th at 9AM.
deadline extended - foreign language choices for 6th grade students
Grade six students will receive foreign language surveys have been distributed. Students have a choice of Spanish or French. Please be aware that this is a two year commitment
and that students will take the assigned language for grades seven and eight. Parents/guardians should sign the form and students should return surveys to their homeroom teacher by Friday, May 27th.
spring music concerts
On Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00 pm there will be a music concert of 6th grade musicians.
On Thursday, June 2 at 6:00 pm there will be a music concert of 7th and 8th grade musicians.
june pta meeting
- it's the last one of the year and it's a big one!
The last PTA Meeting of the year will be held Wednesday, June 8 at 8:45 am. There's lots going on so we hope to have a large attendance.
PTA Elections will be held at this meeting. In addition to the election, Mr. Macri will be sharing some end--of-year remarks. And at 9:15 am, there will be a social media safety presentation for parents. And, finally we're hosting a Schoola spring clothing drive on this day also. (see below)
(and hope for nice weather because June 8 is also Senior Trip day to Great Adventure)
spring clothing drive - schoola fundraiser
Moving to all your hot weather clothes? Have a ton that junior grew out of? All your last year summer clothes are so last year? We have a place for it all to go.
The PTA is are having a one-day spring clothing drive in conjunction with Schoola. Bring your clothing donations to school on Wednesday, June 8. We will be collecting clothing donations and we will also have on hand Schoola bags for clothing you'd prefer to send in from home.
As a reminder, Schoola accepts clean children, teen or women's clothing, handbags and shoes in new or like-new condition.
There are 2 ways to donate your children, teen or women's clothing:
1. We will be holding a clothing drive on Wednesday, June 8 in which you can bring any donations directly to the school and we will take care of the rest. We will be collecting the clothing donations inside the Main Entrance to the school and at the PTA Meeting on Wednesday, June 8.
2. After the clothing drive you can request a Schoola bag directly from their website and donate any time during the year. Click here
to request a Schoola bag.
Schoola will prep and sell them online, and 40% of the proceeds come back to our school
. For more information, check out the Schoola website by clicking here
You can visit MS104's Schoola page here
. You will see the clothes currently on sale that have been donated from our school community and see how our school is making money from these donations.
high school process meeting for current 7th grade parents
For current 7th grade parents and/or guardians interested in learning about the high school process, an informational meeting will be held on Friday, June 17th 2016 at 9:30am in the auditorium.
There is an additional meeting being held directly after this one at 12:30pm for parent/guardians who require translation.
(If you require translation, please notify our parent coordinator Blanca Rivera at BRivera@schools.nyc.gov)
. The following will be discussed at this meeting:
- The Specialized High School admission and testing process
- Review the High School Directory
- The various selection methods of the New York City Public High Schools
- Other related issues
The content of this meeting will also be presented again in the new school year. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please feel free to contact Rachel Schleifer via email at Rschleifer@schools.nyc.gov
Mark your calendar. This year's Awards Night will take place on Thursday, June 16 at 4:00 pm. Awards Night recognizes students who have participated in clubs and sports. More information to come.
8th Grade Families
Wednesday, June 8 -- Senior Trip to Great Adventure
Please see the attached letter
for more information regarding the senior trip.
Friday, June 17 - Senior Prom
Details to be announced.
Thursday, June 23 -- Graduation
Graduation will be held at the Hunter College auditorium. Tickets for graduation will be distributed in June and each student will receive four. Additional tickets will be given only to those students who have paid senior dues and have a written request from a parent. Please understand additional tickets will be limited and given out on a first come, first served basis, as we cannot exceed the capacity of the auditorium.
Any residual funds from senior dues will be used to support the following school programs:
- Cover costs for families in need of financial assistance regarding these fees, as well as fees for senior trip and/or senior prom.
- School-wide PBIS program (costs include Baruch Bucks, items for the school store, class rewards for positive behavior in relation to the PBIS program, etc.)
- School-wide after school sports, arts, and academic programs (costs includes art, drama and music supplies, uniforms for school teams, referees for competitive sports, equipment for after school programs, etc.)
Manhattan Youth is available to assist students and talk with parents in the Main Office, Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm.
To register for programs and for further information, click here
For Manhattan Youth MS104 Calendar click here
For weekly updates
on Manhattan Youth's After-school program you can also click the "Afterschool"
banner at the top. Manhattan Youth's Monday Memo will be updated every Monday.