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    Sleep Away Camp Opportunity

    Pocono Springs Camp will give a 5-week session at its overnight summer camp to any family that donates $4,500 to MS104. The session is valued at $7,700 so it is a great savings for a family and an incredible donation to the school. The offer is only for new families to Pocono Springs Camp, boys or girls, aged 7-14. The camp dates are June 22-July 26, 2019.
     
    Pocono Springs Camp is located in the beautiful Poconos Mountains, just 75 miles from New York City. The camp offers a unique concept in the world of overnight summer camps: a traditional co-ed camp experience in a 5-week program. Pocono Springs offers an extensive variety of activities and healthy challenges that allows campers to flourish.
     
    If you are interested in a 5-week session for your child, please contact Jennifer at ms104auction@gmail.com to discuss.
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Spring Auction 2019

    Dear Parents,

    Plans for our Spring Auction 2019 are already underway. We need your help to make this event another success for our school. Below are the forms you can use to ask businesses for a donation to  MS104's auction. 

    Items we need include: restaurant gift cards, Broadway shows, sporting events, unique NYC experiences, vacation homes, health and beauty gift certificates. 

    Please reach out to those businesses you frequent or are familiar with using the attached donation materials. We have also attached an email template which you can personalize. Email is an effective way to secure donations. Or better yet, ask the businesses in person for a nicer touch. 

    Auction sponsors help keep our ticket prices reasonable. We have been successful with dentists, orthodontists, real estate management companies, medical services, and other businesses that will benefit from advertising to our large community. Parents are also welcome to sponsor the event and will receive the same recognition. The sponsorship form is attached. 

    Thank you!
    MS104 Auction Committee
     
     
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Principal Announcements

    Congratulations to the MS104 Chess Team!!!

    MS 104 Chess team had a very good turnout at 53rd Annual Greater New York Scholastic Chess Tournament held in Brooklyn this past weekend. Nine Simon Baruch students participated in the competition and several of our students will be traveling to Saratoga Springs in March again for this year's New York State Scholastic Chess Tournament as well. 

    Nico Chasin took first place in the Junior High Championship section.

    The Baruch team which won fifth place in the U1300 section included Claire Adams, Nicky Samowitz, Chellam Kothandaraman, Leah Hart, Zara Shah and Zoe Kothandaraman. Jake Steinhauer and Elvis Vasquez played in the U1900 section.  

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Book Fair | January 25th to February 1st

    The Book Fair will be held in the library on January 25 through February 1 from 10:00 am  to 3:00 pm.  It will also be open for parents to shop for themselves or their child's class during the 1/28 and 1/31 parent teacher conferences.  

    Volunteers / Vaulters are need to help set up on Thursday, January 24 at 2:00 pm and pack up on February 1st at 2:00 pm.  If you're interested in helping out sign up using this link. 
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting Dates

     
    The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of people who develop educational policies for their school. They also make sure there are resources to support those policies. 
     
    Below are MS104  SLT Meeting Dates.  Meetings starts at 7:45am. 

    February 13, 2019
    March 13, 2019
    April 17, 2019
    May 15, 2019
    June 12, 2019
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Parent Teacher Conferences Registration | Friday, January 11th at Noon

    Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on January 31, 2019 and February 1, 2019.   

    Registration for Parent Teacher Conferences will be available starting at 12 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019. 

    For more information on specific dates/times and how to sign up for a slot, please click here (MS104 PTC Letter)

    These letters were sent home in your student's blue folder.  

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Manhattan Youth After School | Free SHSAT Prep Course

    Manhattan Youth is offering a FREE SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admissions Test) prep course to 7th grade students enrolled in our programs. The course begins in spring 2019 and continues into fall 2019, leading up to the SHSAT test. The program is free, available by lottery. The lottery will open on February 4 on the Manhattan Youth website.

     

    For more information, we are offering two orientation sessions to any families with 7th graders eligible for this program. Priority in the lottery will be given to parents who attend one of the orientation dates:

    Orientation date 1: 

    Wednesday, January 23 at Simon Baruch Middle School 104 (330 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010) - 6:00PM - 7:00PM

    Orientation date 2: 

    Thursday, January 24 at Wagner Middle School (220 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021) - 6:00PM - 7:00PM

     

    Please feel free to reach out to Mike Jones (mjones@manhattanyouth.org) regarding any questions and or concerns!

     

    Note: February 22, 2019:  Registration opens for 2019 Spring Break Vacation Camp - April 22nd-26th   

     

    Manhattan Youth After School contact info: 

    • Scheduling & Student Affairs: Assistant Director, TBA

    Mike and Adler will be available in the Manhattan Youth Office at MS104 Monday-Friday, 10 am - 6 pm, to answer questions at the school.

     

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    MS 104 PTA Annual Fund

    It's a New Year and a NEW Chance to donate to our Annual Fund!

    The MS 104 PTA Annual Fund pays for many items and programs that support our students. This year we want to provide many needed items like new reading libraries in each classroom, air conditioning in the gym and cafeteria, more laptops, a sound system in the auditorium, professional staff development and more! Help us reach our goal by donating today. 

    We are only half way to our goal with $35,000 raised so far! Please donate what you can to our Annual Fund today!  Every donation makes a big impact on your child's education.

    The MS 104 PTA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which means that all contributions to our Annual Fund are tax-deductible!

    It's a new year and a new chance for a Corporate Match! Don't forget to check with your employer to see if they offer a Corporate Match Program! You may be able to double your donation for free!!!

    Go to www.104m.org to make your donation today!
     
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Auction Committee | Volunteers Needed

    Volunteers Needed

    The Auction Solicitation Chairs need your help! We have an email campaign going to businesses all across the city seeking donations for our Spring Auction. Please help by asking your friend and business networks and favorite vendors to donate to our auction.
     
    In addition, we are in need of Solicitation Committee members. It's a very easy way to get involved and make a difference, even if you have a hectic schedule. Please contact Jennifer at ms104auction@gmail.com  if you are willing to send some pre-written solicitation emails from home.
     
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Community Education Council District 2 (CECD2)

    Community Education Council District 2 (CECD2)  
     
    Community Education Councils (CECs) are education policy advisory bodies responsible for, among other things, reviewing and evaluating the district's educational programs, approving zoning lines, and holding public hearings on certain matters.  
     
    CECs must hold at least one public meeting per month, with the Community Superintendent, where the parents and the community may air their concerns.
    All meetings take place at 6:30 pm and babysitting and light refreshments are provided unless otherwise noted. All meetings provide an opportunity for comments from the public.
     
    Currently Scheduled Meeting dates:
     
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    Monday, April 8, 2019
    Thursday, May 9, 2019
    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    Locations of the meetings varies and are determined as the meeting date approaches closer.   Please go to website cecd2 meeting schedule for the most recent information. 
     
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    8th Grade Announcements

    Attention 8th grade families:

    HS receipts and yellow letters were distributed to students this week. For families that received yellow letters, please return the yellow letter, and if needed the updated HS application by Friday, Dec. 21st. The yellow letter has suggestions for your child's HS application and you are not required to make changes. Below are additional schools for you to consider for Ed. Opt and Open schools. If you do not feel any other schools are a good fit for your child, then feel free to leave the application as is and return the yellow letter indicating you do not wish to make changes.  

    Ed. Opt (pick 50% random/50% screened):
    Academy of Software Engineering
    Business of Sports School
    Chelsea Career & Technical Education HS (2 programs; Screened & Ed. Opt.)
    Food & Finance High School
    High School for Environmental Studies (2 programs; Screened & Ed. Opt.)
    High School for Health Professions (2 programs; Screened & Ed. Opt)
    The High School for Language and Diplomacy
    High School of Economics & Finance
    Lower Manhattan Arts Academy
    Manhattan Business Academy
    Manhattan Early College School for Advertising
    New Design High School
    Pace High School
    Quest to Learn
    Stephen T Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School
    Union Square Academy for health Sciences (2 programs; Ed. Opt. & Ed. Opt.)
    University Neighborhood (3 programs; Screened, Screened for Language and Ed. Opt)
    Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law 
    Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology 

    Open:
    Essex Street Academy
    Harvest Collegiate High School
    *For schools with 2 programs, you can apply to both. Just make sure to add both codes to your application, which will take up 2 spots on the application.
     
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Volunteers Needed

     

    Join Us! Our PTA is 100% parent-powered.  We need your help!  We have a variety of volunteer opportunities.  Every little bit makes a big difference, so sign up for a single hour at an event or join a committee.  It's a great way to meet fellow parents and get to know our school staff better. Our success depends on you! 

     

    We are currently seeking volunteers to train on and assist with the following committees:

     

    Treasury

    Dance Committee

    Auction Team

    Prom Committee

    Secretary

    Website Design

    Graphic Design

    Decorating Team

    School Clothing & Merchandise Development 

     

    Executive Board

    Want to join the PTA Executive Board?  The Executive Board holds once a month morning meetings and helps to spearhead and support a variety of school events, programs and needs at Baruch.  

     

    If you're interested in learning more about any of these positions, please email us at baruch104pta@gmail.com

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    8th Grade Announcements

    An online sign up will be available in the next week for families to meet with a member of the guidance department designated for their house/class number.  Once this is available you will be able to discuss specifics about your child's high school application.
     
    Below you will find the link to the PowerPoint presentation regarding the high school application process meeting, which also includes 2017-2018 High School results for screened schools and Specialized High School.   
     
    There will be a NYC CTE High School Fair at George Westinghouse High School on Oct. 27th from 9 am - 2 pm.
     
    In order to receive a timely response for HS related inquiries, please email hsapplications104@yahoo.com.
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Tour Dates and Open House Information

    Welcome 5th Grade Families!

    We can't wait to meet you all :-)

    Tour dates will become available for registration on Friday, September 14 at 9:00AM via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/simon-baruch-middle-school-tours-tickets-49614073028

     

    Tour Dates and Times

    *September 25 at 8:30AM

    *October 2 at 8:30AM

    *October 9 at 8:30AM

    *October 16 at 8:30AM

    *October 23 at 8:30AM

    *October 30 at 8:30AM

    *November 7 at 8:30AM

    *November 13 at 8:30AM

    *November 20 at 8:30AM

    *November 27 at 8:30AM

     

     

     

     

     

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    **Principal's Message**

    Simon Baruch MS 104 follows to the Department of Education's Cell Phones and Electronic Devices Policy.  Click on the links below to read the policy. 
     
    Simon Baruch MS 104 Cell Phones and Electronic Devices Policy 2018-19.

    Simon Baruch MS 104 Cell Phones and Electronic Devices Parent Letter 2018-19.
     
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Metrocards

    MetroCards will be distributed at the end of the first day of school by home-room teachers. 
     
    The student's transportation eligibility is determined by the DOE OPT (Office of Pupil Transportation) and is based on the distance traveled between home and school.
    • A full fare student MetroCard allows an eligible student to travel to and from school and school-related activities by bus and subway. 
    • A half fare student MetroCard allows an eligible student to travel to and from school and school-related activities on buses only and is only valid for three trips per day. Families are responsible for paying the other half fare
     Please ensure the safeguard of your child's MetroCard; replacement might take up to a week. If you have questions about your child's MetroCard, please contact the Parent Coordinator, Blanca Rivera.
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Breakfast and Lunch

    MS104 is a designated Universal School Meals site as part of Chancellor Farina's initiative to provide free meals to all students in schools serving grades six through eight. All students are entitled to free breakfast and lunch daily. Breakfast will be served each day beginning at 7:30.
     
    In lieu of completing the application for free and reduced lunch, parents are asked to complete the Title I Income Eligibility form. It is essential that all families complete this form as funding that the school is entitled to receive is calculated based on this information. School staff members are available to answer questions and provide assistance in completing these forms.
     
    These forms will be distributed to students on the first day of school so please be sure to check with your child's blue folder to ensure that you receive the form.
     
    Families also have the option of completing the form online. Applications submitted online are processed within twenty four hours of receipt and you will receive immediate confirmation  that your application was submitted.
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Entry to the School | Class Assignment | Dismissal

    There are policies in place regarding entry to the school. Please be sure your child is aware of the policies 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.
    Class Assignment
    • Returning students in grades seven and eight should report to their homeroom class from last year at 8:20 am. From there, they will be informed of their new homeroom.
    • Incoming sixth grade students (First Day of School)  should enter using the 20th st entrance and report to the auditorium upon arrival at school.  They will be given a new student orientation and then will receive their class assignments and be escorted to their homeroom class by their homeroom teacher.
    Dismissal
    • Dismissal for all students is at 2:40 pm.
    • Sixth grade students will be dismissed in to the schoolyard by their homeroom teacher. Parents/guardians picking up their children should arrange to meet them in the yard.
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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    Free Access to NYC Museums with your Library Card!!!

    I hope your summers are going great!

     

    Please see the update below from the NY Public Library.

     

    Library cardholders age 13 and older can access a growing list of NY’s cultural institutions for FREE!

     

    Cardholders must register their library card at culturepass.nyc to request passes to these locations.

     

    Kindly share this information with families and colleagues.

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
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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.
     
    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.
    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)

6th Grade Announcements

 Check Back for Announcements :-)

 

7th Grade Announcements

Check Back for Announcements :-)
 

 

 

8th Grade Announcements

 
HS receipts and yellow letters were distributed to students this week. For families that received yellow letters, please return the yellow letter, and if needed the updated HS application by Friday, Dec. 21st. The yellow letter has suggestions for your child's HS application and you are not required to make changes. Below are additional schools for you to consider for Ed. Opt and Open schools. If you do not feel any other schools are a good fit for your child, then feel free to leave the application as is and return the yellow letter indicating you do not wish to make changes.  

Ed. Opt (pick 50% random/50% screened):
Academy of Software Engineering
Business of Sports School
Chelsea Career & Technical Education HS (2 programs; Screened & Ed. Opt.)
Food & Finance High School
High School for Environmental Studies (2 programs; Screened & Ed. Opt.)
High School for Health Professions (2 programs; Screened & Ed. Opt)
The High School for Language and Diplomacy
High School of Economics & Finance
Lower Manhattan Arts Academy
Manhattan Business Academy
Manhattan Early College School for Advertising
New Design High School
Pace High School
Quest to Learn
Stephen T Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School
Union Square Academy for health Sciences (2 programs; Ed. Opt. & Ed. Opt.)
University Neighborhood (3 programs; Screened, Screened for Language and Ed. Opt)
Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law 
Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology 

Open:
Essex Street Academy
Harvest Collegiate High School
*For schools with 2 programs, you can apply to both. Just make sure to add both codes to your application, which will take up 2 spots on the application.
 

15% off Modells

Modells is offering 15% discount on your total purchase if you present this coupon upon checkout. 
 
The school get 5% back on all purchases made using this coupon. 
 

Box Tops

Drop your box tops at the main office and we'll do the rest.

 

Schoola

40% of proceeds from donations go to MS104

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

  

Receive Text Alerts

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

Calendar

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- school closed

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  • Parent Teacher Conferences - Evening

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Parent Teacher Conferences - Afternoon

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Lunar New Year -- school closed

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • PTA General Meeting

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Valentine Dance

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Midwinter Recess -- school closed

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Auction

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  • PTA General Meeting

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • NYS ELA Test

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • PTA General Meeting

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Spring Recess -- school closed

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • NYS Math Test

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • PTA General Meeting

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Memorial Day -- school closed

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Eid al-Fitr -- school closed

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Anniversary Day -- school closed

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • PTA General Meeting

    Simon Baruch Middle School (02M104)
  • Last Day of School

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Important Dates

Please note the following important dates:
  • January 21, 2019 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Birthday - No School
  • January 31, 2019 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • February 1, 2019 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 12:20 pm - 2:40 pm
Please check MS104's calendar at www.104m.org to stay updated on events. Please see the 2018/2019 NYC DOE calendar for other important dates.