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    Mobile Bidding is Now Live!

    Dear MS104 Families
    The excitement has reached a fever pitch. 
    We are all looking forward to the MS104 Spring Into Auction 2018 next Thursday, March 15 at 6:00PM - buy your tickets now.
    We will have electronic bidding on over 400 auction items!!! With that many items, there is something for everyone.
    Silent Auction Update 
    The online auction is open!
    View the items...Register...and START BIDDING now! 
    Don't wait until the event to register... save yourself time and get a jump start on your favorite items.
    Place your maximum bids now so you spend more time enjoying the event that night. You will get an update if you are outbid.
    To register:
    After you register you will get a welcome text message and then there are three ways to bid:
    • By Computer - use your welcome text or email from GiveSmart to start bidding.
    • By Text - Text the 3-digit item number and amount to the welcome message you receive, (e.g., 101 500) no dollar signs or decimals are needed.
    • By Smartphone - Click the link in your registration text. It will take you to a personal bidding page. Click on an item and place a bid, it’s that simple.
    All Bidding at the event will be done through your cell phone (There will be no bid sheets at the event like last year).
    You can bid from anywhere, anytime before the close of the auction on March 15, at 10:00PM
    Send our auction link to your friends and family via email or through social media...the more bids we have, the more money we raise for our students.
    Live Auction Update 
    We will have some exciting items this year again, including tickets to the Tony Award Winner Dear Evan Hansen….You have to be at the event to
    bid on LIVE items.
    Continue to check the auction site as we will be adding many more items, including 104 Teacher Time.
    You may view items without registering but you won't be able to place a bid until you're registered! Buy your tickets or register now!
    Please contact us with any questions.
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    Opportunity | Brooklyn Public Library

    Opportunity: Brooklyn Public Library

    Teens 14-17

    Apply now for the BCAPteen Photojournalism Internship at Brooklyn Public Library! In this two-week summer mini-internship for ages 14-17, teens will learn professional and creative skills; take photos at the library, art museum, botanic garden, park, and zoo; and earn a stipend and volunteer credit hours, while hanging out with other NYC teens!  

    Applications due March 15.

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    Many members of the current PTA board are 8th graders and will be leaving the school at the end of the school year including the current PTA president. We need new members!! Please read on for more details...

    PTA Executive Board & SLT Elections

    Nominations for the PTA and SLT will open at the April PTA General Meeting and close at the May meeting. Voting takes place at the June meeting.

    • All positions on the PTA are open for nomination--existing board members who plan to stay on the board will need to nominate themselves. 
    • There are two SLT spots open for the June vote. One additional slot will be held for an incoming 6th grade family member.

    Nomination Committee

    We are seeking at least two people with no affiliation to the PTA or SLT and who are not planning to run for either board to form a nominating committee to solicit and manage nominations for both the PTA and SLT elections. Please email the PTA if you're interested. 

    PTA Meeting

    The next PTA meeting will be March 21, 2018--new date! Navigating Social Media with your Kids presented by Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executiv

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    Parent Surveys

    Please return your Parent Survey to the school is you haven't done so yet! Completing the survey affects our school's grade from the DOE so please complete them now online or use the hard copy sent home.
    Every year, all parents in grades 6 - 12 take the NYC School Survey. This is a chance for the parents/guardians to give feedback in a confidential forum on MS104's academic expectations, safety, engagement, and communication. The administration as Simon Baruch really value your input and these surveys help us improve as a school community.
    Students received green envelopes with the parent surveys. Parents/guardians are to complete the surveys and place them in the white envelope provided . Students are to bring these white envelopes in to their homeroom teacher. 
    Parents/guardians can also complete the survey online but need to print out a receipt of completion and have their child bring that in to their homeroom teacher. 
    Students are to bring in their surveys to school (and not have them mailed) by March 16.
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    High School | Round 1 Results

    Letters with the Round 1 results of the High School Application process were sent home yesterday.
    If you were not at school or did not receive a letter, please contact the Guidance Department
    From this letter you should know the following:
    • Your Round 1 High School Admissions results
    • Your Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or LaGuardia High School audition results
    • More information about Round 2 of High School Admissions
    If you got a Round 1 offer, choose one of two options on your Round 1 offer letter by Monday, March 26:
    • Choose your Round 1 offer, sign the letter, and return it to your school counselor, or
    • Choose to apply for Round 2, sign the letter, and give it to your school counselor along with your completed Round 2 Application
    If you did not get a Round 1 offer or have not yet applied to high school, you must submit a Round 2 Application. Take these three steps to prepare for Round 2:
    • Search for Round 2 schools in NYC School Finder
    • Come to the Round 2 High School Fair on March 17 and 18 to meet with Round 2 schools and get one-on-one help with your application
    • Talk to your school counselor about any questions
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    Manhattan Youth

    Bravo to all the Baruch fencers who participated in the 'Individual Fencing Championships" that was held at Quest To Learn. Congratulations to:

    *Sierra Cuevas who placed 2nd place in the for the girls

    *Sergio Fitzpatrick who placed 3rd place for the boys


    Last week both of the varsity basketball team earned a berth in the final four, as they each look to advance into the championship game.

    Our JV Lady Lions lost in the playoffs, but they had a very successful season as they were led by Coach Anthony.

    They played at their best and showed a lot of growth throughout the season.


    Spring Sports Try Out Dates:

    Boys & Girls Volleyball (All Grades): 

    Monday, March 12 3:00-6pm


    Co-ed Tennis (All Grades):

    Monday, March 12 3:00-4:30pm


    Lady Lions Softball (All Grades): 

    Monday, March 12 4:30-6pm


    Spring Session

    March 12 - June 22

    Registration opens Feb 28 at 1 pm


    April Break Camp

    April 2 – 6


    Summer Program

    July 9 - August 3

    Registration Opens:

    March 2 at 12 pm

    Information & Link


    See MY's website for more information on scheduling etc. 

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    MS Arts Bootcamp

    Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, two-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grade 8th in September, 2018. The goal is to provide equity and access in preparation for screened DOE high school arts schools/programs. This is an intensive program for up to 350 NYCDOE public school students. 
    Accepted students must commit to full attendance and participation for the entire program.
    Dates:                 July 30 – August 10, 2018
    Schedule:            Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm 
    Location:             Lincoln Center Education, The Rose Building 165 West 65th Street, NY, NY 10023
    Student Application Period: February – April 23, 2018
    TO APPLY: Click here or visit 
    Admission to Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is by online application and audition/screening. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio.
    Studio Options:
    1. Dance
    2. Instrumental Music
    3. Theater
    4. Visual Art
    5. Vocal Music
    Student Auditions/Screening: May 5 and May 6, 2018
    Talent Unlimited High School -
    Julia Richman Education Complex
    317 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065
    Questions?: Please e-mail or call (917) 521-3762
    Visit our website for more information: 
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    Amazon Affiliate Program

    MS104 PTA is now an Amazon Affiliate. Please use this link from our website, bookmark it and use it every time you shop Amazon. It's that simple.
    Every time you shop via our website and purchase something at Amazon, a percentage of your sale will go directly to the MS104 PTA at no extra cost to you and with no change to your existing membership services (such as Prime).
    Ignore any popups that ask you if you want to shop “Amazon Smile” to benefit MS104 PTA. This program pays out at a much lower rate, so please do not use this option.
    Bookmark this link or click on any Amazon ad on the 104 website before shopping at Amazon instead.
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    Thank you...

    We truly appreciate you...

    • Jennifer Economou and Melissa Piccolomo for chairing another successful dance
    • Manhattan Youth for ably assisting and chaperoning the dance
    • Lucy Green and Jan Biberaj for saving the day and selling merchandise and snacks during the concert last Thursday
    • Shazia Razzaq, Yana Coren, Jessica Handler for coordinating the 6th Grade mixer
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    New Metrocards!!!

    New metro cards will be distributed on Wednesday, January 31 at the end of the school day by your child's homeroom teacher.  

    The new metro card will be in effect starting Thursday, February 1 through Tuesday, June 26. 

    Students will continue to use their present card until the end of the day on January 31.

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    Winter Break Camps

    Arts in Action
    Registration for spring classes now open. See flyer for more information.
    Lumos Debate
    Public Speaking and Debate Workshop. 
    Lumos is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during December, February, and April vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with experienced instructors. The class is lots of fun and very active - a good class even for shy or quiet kids. The class is open to students Grades 6-9. For more info call 617-901-4564. Register here.

    Registration is now open for weeklong filmmaking camps during the school breaks in February and April. As a partner, our school community gets a $50 discount on all registration! Use code SCHD18 during registration

    Kids will explore all aspects of filmmaking - storyboarding, set creation, camerawork, lighting, sound design, and more - to create a short film.

    Winter Session:Feb 19-23
    Grades 6-8
    Inspired by the Masters: Aardman Studios - Make a stop-motion adventure inspired by the studio behind Wallace and Gromit
    Spring Session: April 2-6
    Grades 6-8
    Inspired by the Masters: PES and Found Object Animation - Think outside the box with some inspiration from master animator PES and create a short by transforming everyday objects into something completely different

    All camps are held at Pine Street School (25 Pine Street, NY, NY 10005) in the Financial District. To sign up visit: To view previous camp films visit:
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    Looking for ideas about how you can support the school without spending any money?!
    Schoola is the answer! Schoola sells lightly used donated clothing and gives 40% of the sale of that clothing to our school.
    It's so easy:
    1. Click on this link, enter your information and Schoola will send you a prepaid shipping label. 
    2. Select lightly used clothing from your closets (children or women's only please) and pack them up.
    3. Stick the label on your container when you receive it and mail it to Schoola 
    It's that simple. Schoola is one of the easiest ways to support the school AND it doesn't cost you anything! If you're interested, you may also track how much money your clothing contributed to the school. See more information on how Schoola works.
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    Ms. Terzic, the Librarian, is sending home letters that give instructions for accessing the school's ebook system. Here is a link to those instructions.
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    Communications Update

    The school has now added text capability to our School Messenger capabilities. We are currently testing this new option.
    To sign up, all you need to do is text 'Y' to '67587'. If you experience any issues, please contact Blanca Rivera.
    Matching Gifts

    As the end of the year approaches, deadlines are approaching for matching gifts.
    Many large companies match charitable donations so please check with your human resources department or use this link.
    If you have made a donation to the PTA or plan to before the end of the year, please confirm the deadline for submitting your matching gift requests.
    Gift Fair Distribution
    Items ordered through our gift fair will be distributed today. If you had a large order, please make arrangements to help your child after school.
    Report Cards
    Report cards for the first marking period were sent home this week. Don't forget to sign the envelopes and return them to the school.
    Lost & Found
    • A parent left a scarf at the PTA Meeting this morning. You may claim it from Rosie in the main office.
    • A phone was found at the school about two months ago. The owner of this missing phone may contact Rosie in the main office. Please be prepared to give details regarding the phone.
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    NYC Student Account Changes | Include Options for Multiple Users

    Please see the attached flyer for details regarding changes. Your NYC student account gives you access to all of your child's academic results including the state tests. 
    If you don't have an account, you will need your child's Student ID number, which you'll find on his or her report card, as well as an Account Creation Code issued by the Parent Coordinator. Please contact the Parent Coordinator if you need an Account Creation Code.
    8th grade families, please note that MS104 staff will no longer have access to your account after June 30 so please make sure to set up an account before then.
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    Cell Phones & Social Media

    Letters regarding the  school's cell phone policy and social media awareness are being sent home with students and will be reviewed during advisory. Cell phones and other electronic devices should not be taken out in the school building or in the school yard during school hours. If taken out, these items will be confiscated and a parent/guardian will need to pick them up at the school. Please read the attached letter for complete details and indicate your acceptance and understanding by signing the contract with your child.

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    New Policy for Entry to the School

    There are new policies in place regarding entry to the school, effective Thursday, September 7, 2017. Please be sure your child is aware of the changes as outlined below:

    7:30 - 8:35 a.m.          21st Street Side Door, School Yard
    Students may begin entering the school building and school yard at 7:30 a.m. All students may enter the building and yard using the entrance to the schoolyard on 21st street. 
    8:15 - 8:35 a.m.          20th Street Entrance
    The doors on 20th Street will be open beginning at 8:15 a.m. each morning. Students may utilize the 20th street doors until 8:35 a.m. After 8:35, students must utilize the main entrance.
    8:35 a.m. --                 21st Street Main Entrance
    After 8:35 a.m. all entry to the school will be through the main entrance on 21st Street.
    Please also note:
    1. Once students enter the cafeteria or the yard, they will not be permitted to leave the immediate school grounds or building for any reason. 
    2. Children are officially late if they are entering the building after 8:32 a.m. and must sign in with the attendance registrar
    3. Parents visiting the school at any time must use the main entrance, present photo identification and sign in at the security desk before going to the main office for assistance.
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6th Grade Announcements

Ms. Traversa, Assistant Principal for the 6th Grade, is currently on maternity leave.

While she is away, 6th grade families in need of administrative assistance may contact either:

All other inquiries should continue to be directed to the appropriate staff member listed below.

Families may also access contact information through our school website,

Ms. Rivera - Parent Coordinator

212-674-4545 press 1


Ms. Schleifer - 6th Grade Guidance Counselor

212-674-4545 press 2

Mr. Sabo - Dean

212-674-4545 x4130


Mr. Lloyd - Dean

212-674-4545 x4150




7th Grade Announcements

Summer Jobs

If your child is interested in a summer job opportunity, the NYC Summer Youth Employment Application is now available. To be eligible for SYEP, you must be at least 14 years old. You must also permanently reside within the five boroughs of New York City. Please see all details in the link below. 

2018 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Application

8th Grade -- Important Dates

Mar 12: Senior trip payment collection begins
Mar 14: Yearbook ads due
Apr 20: Senior dues deadline MUST BE PAID BEFORE SENIOR TRIP
Jun 20: Graduation
All checks should be made payable to JHS 104 Middle School.
To help you plan ahead, here's a list of activities/events for the year.
Yearbook Ads | March 14, 2018
Families have two size options for ads:
  1. Business Card — $25
  2. 1/4 Page -- $40
Ads should be sent to See more details  here .
Senior Dues
$75 payable to GENERAL FUND OF J.H.S 104
Fees will be collected in the main office, during homeroom period. 
Students should check in with their homeroom teachers before going to the main office. 
See more details in this letter that was sent home.
Senior Trip
Important Dates and Information
Collection: March 12 - April 20
Students may submit payment to Ms. Doyle in the main office during LUNCH TIME ONLY
Payment – may be in cash, or by check or money order made out to GENERAL FUND OF J.H.S 104
Senior dues and senior trip are separate expenses and need to be paid in separate payments. 
Senior Dues (also $75.00) must be paid during homeroom before a student can pay for the Senior Trip

8th Grade -- Announcements

Baby Photos, Yearbook
The Yearbook committee is collecting baby photos now.
Please send your child's baby photo to (and any other photos) to
In the subject line, please include the following information: child's name, class, "baby picture". 
The deadline for submission is February 14, 2018.
Senior Dues
Graduation will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
We will start collecting senior dues from our graduating students on February 5, 2018. 
The fee is $75 per student and will be collected in the main office, during homeroom period. 
Students should check in with their homeroom teachers before going to the main office

Senior dues help to cover the cost of renting the Hunter College auditorium, yearbooks and the fees for security, tickets, flower arrangements, programs, diplomas, student awards, and senior buttons.

See more details in this letter that will be sent home at the end of the week.
High School Activities for the Year
To help you plan ahead, here's a list of activities/events for the year.
Details will be provided as we get closer to each event/activity.

Important Dates
February 5 Senior dues collection begins
February 14, 2018 Baby photos deadline
June 20, 2018 Graduation
For any high school inquiries, please email the guidance department and include your child's name and homeroom.

Box Tops

Send your box tops to the main office and we'll do the rest.



40% of proceeds from donations go to MS104

Use this link to request a label. Only like-new items, please!!


Sign up for the Baruch Blast

The PTA sends out a weekly email newsletter called the Baruch Blast. The Blast is not the only communication from the school but it does help families keep up-to-date with what is happening. Sign up for the Blast here.

Text Y to 67587 to Receive Text Alerts

The school has now added text capability so parents may receive texts from the school. Please opt-in by texting "Y" to 67587 from each device on which they wish to receive SMS text messages. This capability is in addition to the phone calls that parents receive regarding attendance etc. If you experience any issues, please contact Blanca Rivera


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  • SCHOOL CLOSED -- Spring Recess

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  • Exec Bd Mtg

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  • SLT

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  • Evening Conf. (by invitation)

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  • Spirit Week

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  • Exec Bd Mtg

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  • Spring Dance

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    Exec Board Nominations Close

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  • Art & Ceramics Show

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  • School Play

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  • SCHOOL CLOSED -- Memorial Day

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  • Spring Music Concert?

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  • SCHOOL CLOSED -- Chancellor's Conf. Day

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  • SCHOOL CLOSED -- Clerical Day

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Save The Date...

Mar 12: Afterschool Spring Session Begins
Mar 13: Report Cards Distributed
Mar 14: Yearbook ads due
Mar 15: Auction!!
Mar 15: Afterschool ends at 4:30 pm
Mar 16: DOE Parent Survey Deadline
Mar 21: SLT 7:45 am
Mar 21: PTA Meeting (new date)
Mar 26: Deadline to accept High School Round 1 offer or submit Round 2 application
Mar 30 - Apr 6: Spring Break
Apr 10: Exec Board Meeting
Apr 11-12: ELA Exam
Apr 18: PTA General Meeting
Apr 25: SLT
May 1-2: Math Exam
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