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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.
     
    NYCIFF 

    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: nyicff.org/film-camps To view previous camp films visit: vimeo.com/nyicfffilmcamp
     
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    Book Fair | Jan. 29th to Feb. 5th

     
    We Need Volunteers!!! Please sign up now to volunteer at the Book Fair. Here's the schedule for class visits -- don't forget to send money with your child on the appropriate date.
     
    Main Street Books is our new book fair vendor. We hope you'll enjoy their book selection. A preview of books at the fair will be available soon. The book fair will be open during conferences on February 1 & 2. We hope that you'll show your support and stop by to stock up on books.
     
    Signup now to be a volunteer!
     
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    Senior Dues (8th Graders) | Due February 5th

     
    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 was sent home.
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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Book Fair - Jan 29th - Feb 5th  Sign up here. See the class schedule here
     
    Merchandise Sales - Feb 1st & 2nd; Feb 8th Email us for more info
     
    Translators -- Feb 1 & 2 during conferences. Email the Parent Coordinator.
     
    Dance -- Feb 9th Sign up here
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    Summer Arts Institute | Deadline Saturday, January 19th

    NYC 2018 SUMMER ARTS INSTITUTE
     
    A Free Arts Intensive for 7th Graders
    The deadline for applications is January 19!! Apply here.
     
    Questions?: Please e-mail or call (917) 521-3713
    Click here to view a short film showcasing the SAI program in action.
    Visit the Summer Arts Institute website for more information and program details.
     
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Registration for Parent conferences started today. See instructions here. Register online. Contact the Parent Coordinator, Blanca Rivera with any questions/issues.
     
    Please note, conferences will take place over four days as follows:
     
    Jan. 30  7:40 am - 8:15 am

     

    no translators available;

    limited time to see elective teachers

    Jan. 31  7:45 am - 8:15 am

     

    no translators available;

    limited time to see elective teachers

    Feb. 1
     4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

     

     

    Feb. 2  12:20 pm - 2:40 pm

     

     

     
    * Children will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on February 2
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    Baby Photos Deadline February 14th

    Please note that the baby photos deadline was revised to February 14 so please don't panic. However, take this opportunity to send in your baby photos to: yearbook@104m.org
    Don't forget to look at the 8th Grade section of the blast for updates and reminders!!
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    Afterschool Program Updates

    There will be no afterschool on the following dates:
    • February 1 & 2:  Parent Teacher Conferences
    • February 9: Valentine Dance -- Lip Sync battles will be held in the auditorium prior to the dance
     
    Email is always the best and fastest way to reach MikeMarylyne, and Adler during the day. However, should you need to call, the number to use is 646-859-9116. This is the program line that is available 10 am - 6:30 pm, Monday-Friday. 
     
     
    Winter Break Programs
    MY is offering FREE programs during the February Winter Break. The program runs from Tuesday - Friday, February 20-23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 
     
    Students must sign up for all four days of the program they select. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for all four day by DOE's Schoolfood.
     
    MY Winter Filmmaking Intensive
     
    MY Winter Basketball Camp

    Contact
    Email is always the best and fastest way to reach Mike, Marylyne, and Adler during the day.
     
    However, should you need to call, the number to use is 646-859-9116
     
    This is the program line that is available 10 am - 6:30 pm, Monday-Friday. 
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    NYC 2018 Summer Arts Institute

    A FREE ARTS INTENSIVE FOR MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
     
    Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2018 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). This intensive program is held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Summer Arts Institute is administered by the NYCDOE's Office of Arts and Special Projects.
     
    Students may specialize in: 

    FILM, DANCE, INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, ORCHESTRAL STRINGS, THEATER, 
    VISUAL ARTS or VOCAL MUSIC. 

    The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their discipline. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university or conservatory.
     
    The daily schedule includes studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, attending professional performances, visiting arts venues and exploring careers. The Institute culminates with an exhibition and performance showcasing the students' work.
     
    Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio.

    PROGRAM DATES: July 9 - August 3, 2018
    STUDENT APPLICATION PERIOD:  December 6, 2017 - January 19, 2018
    STUDENT AUDITIONS:  
    March 3 & March 4, 2018
    at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
     
    Questions?: Please e-mail summerarts@schools.nyc.gov or call (917) 521-3713
     
    Click here to view a short film showcasing the SAI program in action.
     
    Visit our website for more information: 
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    Volunteer Opportunity

    Translation Help Needed

    The Parent Coordinator is seeking volunteers to help with translations during Parent Teacher Conferences during the following times:
    • February 1:  4:30 pm to 7:30 pm 
    • February 2: 12:20 pm to 2:40 pm  

    If you speak another language and have the flexibility in your schedule to help, please contact Blanca Rivera ASAP.

    This is also a great opportunity for high school students to earn community hours credit so please share with any high schoolers in your community.

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Schoola

    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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    eBooks

    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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    Metro Cards

    During the Winter Recess please safeguard your child's Metro Card as these cards are good until January 31, 2018.

    Please do not use your child's Metro Card when school is not in session. Your Student Metro Card should only be used on days when your school is in session and only for transportation to and from school-related activities. If you attempt to use your Student Metro Card on days when your school is closed, it may be confiscated and you may be issued a penalty with a summons of $100.
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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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Mission

MS104 is committed to providing its students with a quality education that will empower them in their future. Through the combined efforts of administration, teachers, parents, and community, educational experiences will connect to student lives and allow reasoning in the highest order. To attain our goals we believe that every student must have the opportunity to: l work to his fullest potential l be presented with high teacher expectations and teachers who will be held to the highest professional standards l be provided with multiple opportunities and modalities to express newly acquired knowledge and ideas l become an independent learner and creative thinker as well as work cooperatively in a group setting lunderstand the need to participate in the community as an informed and involved citizen l understand our cultural heritage and develop respect for the differences and diversity in our society l understand the need for environmental protection and an appreciation for the earth l achieve physical and emotional well being l develop and appreciation for music, visual and performing arts

Vision

MS104 is dedicated to providing all students with strong academic preparation. Our goal is to teach young people to think clearly, express themselves lucidly, value creative expression, understand mathematical and logical thoughts, the methods of science and technology, and to appreciate their own and other cultures. Beyond that, MS104 aspires to impart a sense that learning can engage the mind and spirit, a desire to take responsibility, and a commitment to serve others. Ultimately, MS104 students will be prepared with intellectual strength, technical skills, aesthetic appreciation, and positive self-esteem that will enable them to successfully meet the challenges of tomorrow and make positive contributions to the society in which they live.