have a great summer
Wishing you all a terrific summer.  This is the last Baruch Blast of the 2014/15 school year.   

Click here for the 2015/16 NYC DOE school calendar.

but before you go off for your summer plans, have you taken the challenge?   if not, please do it today!

registration is now open for after-school programs
Registration for the Manhattan Youth After-School Program at Simon Baruch Middle School is now open!    

The program gives your child a safe place to go after school where he or she can complete homework assignments, play for the school's sports teams, perform full-length plays, learn to cook, compete in citywide robotics competitions and more. 

Thanks to SONYC funding from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), all after-school activities at Baruch are FREE to participants!

After-School Activities Begin will begin on Thursday, September 10th

Click here for more information and to register.  

Click here for the full list of exciting programs for the Fall.

Including......  Dance Team, Coding, Culinary Quest, Fashion Club, Lego Robotics, Fencing Club, Filmmaking, Forensic Lab, Jewelry Making, Science Explorers  - and don't forget sports, art programs, music, drama, language and so much more!


Joanna Daley
Program Director, Baruch Middle School
Manhattan Youth 

(*** Please do not reply to this email with questions, the PTA has no further information on this program***)

manhattan youth announcement

Dear Members of the Simon Baruch MS 104 Community,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the summer season. As we approach August, I would like to announce our newly formed partnership with Manhattan Youth, a community based organization that will facilitate our after-school program. This exciting collaboration will allow our school to build upon our wonderful after-school program and vastly expand our offerings.

Manhattan Youth has a long history of providing quality programs to students across the borough. With a school community as large as that of Simon Baruch, I believe it is imperative that we do our very best to provide our students and families with as many positive opportunities and activities to enhance their educational lives in a safe and nurturing environment. By partnering with Manhattan Youth we will be able to continue our successful programs that have been run historically, and offer new and exciting options across the areas of visual arts, digital arts, performing arts and dance, academic enrichment, instrumental music, vocal music, crafts, STEM, academic enrichment and support, athletics, and more!

Another benefit of this partnership is that programs will begin the first week of school! An on site director from Manhattan Youth will be assigned to coordinate all aspects of our program. Questions can be addressed with our site director once the registration process begins. 

 The program is currently being finalized.  Until then I wanted to at least make this exciting announcement. In the upcoming weeks, information will be disseminated to families with details about the fall schedule, the online registration process and the contact information for our site director.  You can view similar programs offered through Manhattan Youth on their website (click here).  Simon Baruch will also have it's own listing on the Manhattan Youth website for registration.

I look forward to this new element of our school program and am committed to ensuring that we provide the very best after-school program to our students.


Rocco Macri

$104 for 104 challenge
We're bringing back the challenge.  We are challenging every family to donate $104 for MS104.   Please consider making a donation to MS104 PTA to help continue to support the school into the new year. 

Whether you're a graduating family who may want to make a Thank-You contribution or a continuing family who wants to provide ongoing support to your school community.   Any contribution, no matter how small helps. 

CLICK HERE NOW to meet the challenge!  Make it $104, $1.04 or $1,004 or anything in between.  Every dollar counts!  Thank you for your support!

new nyc doe "nyc schools account"
On June 3, the Chancellor announced the launch of NYC Schools accounts -  a new 'virtual report card' that will provide key stats to support families in tracking student progress.  This, in effect, replaces the ARIS system where parents could find student's information online.

Please click here for the press release from the Chancellor.

Please note that according to the information released with this announcement, in August you will be able to view your child's state test scores.  

Click here for a Frequently Asked Questions document, further information on setting on an account and a letter to parents from the DOE.  

metrocard brochure
For information on student metro cards, click here Metrocard brochure.

baruch blast contact information

Please read below carefully regarding the Baruch Blast contact files for September.


If you are a current 6th or 7th grade family returning in September:

You do not need to do anything.  If all contact information is correct, you will continue to receive the Baruch Blast in September.  


** Only email the PTA if you need to change your email address.  



If you are a 6th or 7th grade family NOT returning in September:

Please email the PTA to have your email removed from the contact list to stop receiving the Baruch Blast.


*** Please note:  You must also contact the school administration to inform the school that your child is not returning to school.  



If you are an 8th grade family leaving the school entirely:

Over the summer, 8th grade family contact information will be removed from the Baruch Blast list.  However it is possible that some contacts have been mislabeled and therefore may not end up being deleted.  


If you still end up receiving the Blast and are no longer in school, please simply email the PTA in September and ask to make sure you are removed.  This should only happen to a few contact files.   Please only email the PTA if you still end up receiving the Blast in September.



If you are an 8th grade family with an incoming 6th grader:

Please email the PTA with the name of your 6th grader and email address information as 8th grade contact information will be deleted from the Baruch Blast contacts.  



*** Please note:  Contact files for the Baruch Blast are on the PTA files, not the administration files.  By law, the PTA cannot email you unless you have given permission/requested to be on the list.  

8th grade families

a special congratulations to all of our graduating students and good luck in high school!

High School Fairs
For information on the Borough High School Fairs taking place this fall, click on HSevents.

High School Admissions
For information on the High School Admissions Apps, click on HSapps, and for an admissions informational packet, click here HSsummerworkshop.

Wednesday, September 9
First day of school

Monday, September 14
Rosh Hashanah
No school
Tuesday, September 15
Rosh Hashanah
No school
Wednesday, September 23
Yom Kippur
No school
Thursday, September 24
Eid al-Adha
No school
Monday, October 12
Columbus Day
No school