Mon, Oct 5 - Fri, Oct 9
Book Fair
8:45 AM - 3:00 PM

Monday, October 12
Columbus Day
No school
Wednesday, October 21
PTA meeting
8:45 AM

Tuesday, November 3
Election Day
No school
Wednesday, November 11
Veteran's Day
No school
Wednesday, November 18
PTA meeting
8:45 AM

Thu, Nov 26 - Fri, Nov 27
Thanksgiving Recess
No school

6th grade dismissal
Beginning October 1st all sixth grade classes will be dismissed out the 20th street exit. Please speak with your child to ensure that a pick up location is arranged. If a student is waiting for a parent/guardian who is running late to pick them up, please remind them that they may report to the main office to contact their parent/guardian and wait for them to arrive.

book fair
October 5 - October 9

Monday is the start of our annual Book Fair.  It will be held at school in the library until Friday and online from October 5 - 13.
Click here to see when your child's class in going to the book fair.
Please make a note of the day your child is scheduled to attend the fair and send your child in with a few dollars to purchase a book on the day of the fair. Prices of books start from as little as $5/6.

The Online Fair is available for an extended time from October 5, 2015 to October 13, 2015.   Click here for the Online Book Fair (begins Monday, Oct 5)

The online book fair gives you the opportunity to easily shop from the comfort of your home for family and friends. In addition, you may also purchase books for your child's classroom. Just look for the Teachers' Wish lists tab and click on your child's grade to find your child's teacher's list. 


big apple gift sale fundraiser
The PTA is running a fundraiser in conjunction with Big Apple Fundraising, Inc. starting next week.   40% of all sales go to the school so we hope that everyone will make a purchase.   And, since the more you purchase, the more prizes you earn we really hope sales will go through the roof!   Click here to see the prizes.

Items available for purchase range from Holiday Gift Wrap, Candy/Cookies, Magazines, Kitchen Utensils and plenty of gift oriented items.  There's something for everyone.  Click here to see the types of items for purchase. (orders cannot be made online)

Your child will receive a fundraising package on Monday, October 5. The sale goes until Wednesday, October 28.   

All orders must be placed on the Order Card sent home in the fundraising package.   Order forms should be left in the Main Office for the PTA.  Click here for a copy of the form.

Please note:  Checks should be made out to MS104 PTA.  You must write your child's Name and Class on checks or money orders.

All items will be delivered by December 6 to your child in school in time for holiday gift giving!  

baruch buck store
Students who proudly earn and save Baruch Bucks can cash them in for prizes at the Baruch Buck Store.  The store will be open on Fridays during lunch periods usually at the last 15 to 20 minutes of the lunch period beginning tomorrow October 2.   

Senora Mason, Spanish and Yoga teacher extraordinaire manages the Baruch Buck program and store.  She is looking for parent volunteers to help on Fridays.  

Please consider volunteering.  Here is a sign-up sheet which she has created.      Click here for a Baruch Buck Store Rules and Guidelines for those volunteering.  All questions should be directed to Senora Mason 

volunteer list 
We are developing a general volunteer list for the year.  Periodically we may send out specific requests to those on the list for help.  Any and all help is appreciated.  

Please send an email with your name, email and phone number to:
(our apologies for the incorrect address stated at the PTA Meeting)

take the 104 challenge!
Simon Baruch MS104 is committed to equipping every student with academic curiosity, educational excellence and building a diverse and thriving community. Please join us in supporting our teachers and the administration by taking the MS 104 challenge.

As a NYC Public School Parent, you know the importance of your contributions to your school.  DOE budgets can change without notice and often do not cover all programs.   Parent contributions allow the PTA to enhance our school's budget.

With your donations, MS104  is able to:
  • Provide professional and staff development for MS 104 teachers and leadership staff to learn new teaching methods for academic excellence.
  • Purchase classroom air conditioners and other items that create a better classroom experience and support student life.
  • Bring STEM and other academic enrichment programs into the classroom.
Your MS104 Challenge dollars make a difference.  100% of every dollar raised in the MS 104 Challenge will be directed to important programs to help the entire MS 104 community.  Please give what is comfortable for your family whether it be less or more than the suggested amounts.  

Regardless of the amount, we value each and every contribution.  
Thank You.

Click here to make your donation now.  

Checks can made out to MS104 PTA and left in the PTA slot in the Main Office or mailed to: 
Simon Baruch MS104
330 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010 
Attention  PTA

Please be sure to include your name, your child's name/grade, your address, phone number and email with your check donation.

after-school programs
For weekly updates on Manhattan Youth's After-school program you can click the "Afterschool" banner at the top. Manhattan Youth's Monday Memo, will be updated every Monday.

After School Program Contact Information:

Schedule Changes & Change Requests - 
Assistant Director, Cody Kriegsman

Student Attendance - Reporting Absences and Dismissals - 
Assistant Director, Mike Jones

All Other Programming Inquiries - 
Director, Joanna Daley

8th grade families
If you have any questions regarding the high school application process, please contact Ms. Iris Adames, 8th Grade Counselor by email at

high school survey
All 8th grade students should have received the SHSAT and Audition Registration survey in their homeroom.

Every 8th grade student must fill out this form and return to their homeroom teacher by no later than October 1st, 2015 even if they are not planning to take the test and/or audition. 

By filling out this survey, the guidance counselor will know which students would like to take the Specialized High School Exam as well as who wants to audition for up to six studios at LaGuardia, in addition to other visual arts/performing arts high school that require auditions. 

Once Ms. Adames receives the forms, she will register the students in order to get tickets. 

Please note:  Tickets for the SHSAT and LaGuardia will be distributed the week before the test/auditions.

Important Reminder
A reminder to all 8th grade parents/guardians to continue to register and sign up for open houses and information sessions for the schools you are interested in by contacting the schools directly either by phone or on their school website

high school directory corrections
The DOE recently issued corrections to the NYC High School Directory.  This correction sheet will be sent home or you can click here for the document.

plan ahead document
Click here for a Plan Ahead document for high school fairs.

high school fairs

2015 Borough High School Fair
Saturday, October 17, 2015 & Sunday, October 18, 2015 
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Manhattan MLK Jr. Educational Campus
122 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10023

Specialized High Schools
Click here for the Fall Specialized High School Open House Dates This list includes Open House Dates for the Specialized High Schools only.  

Specialized High Schools Admissions Test

All Current 8th Graders-
Saturday, October 24th or Sunday, October 25th 
(Students receive individual tickets with date/time as the test approaches)

8th Grade students who are English Language Learners or students who have an IEP or 504 Plan-
Saturday, November 7th or Sunday November 15th
(Students receive individual tickets with date/time as the test approaches)

LaGuardia High School Auditions are as follows (Manhattan):

Students with last names A- L auditioning for a single studio except Technical Theatre: 
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Students with last names M - Z auditioning for a single studio except Technical Theatre: 
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Students with last names A -Z auditioning for two or more studios or Technical Theatre: 
Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 8:00 AM

The book fair runs 10/5 - 10/9
Class Schedule
Online book fair 10/5 - 10/13

The gift fair runs from 10/5 - 10/28

See the great Prizes!
Download the order form