Welcome to the SMS community! We are looking forward to an exciting school year. The PTA is here to help! If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to us at Scarsdale Middle School PTA or fill out our Middle School Messages Google Form.
Membership Toolkit is our school PTA communications service, payment system and website manager. Please register your family below to receive our weekly e-newsletter, to join the PTA, volunteer on a PTA committee, purchase items from our exciting new line of Spirit wear, and more! Please register students with their 2021-22 grade level.
If you already have a Membership Toolkit account with another school or organization, you can use the same log-in above.
Join the PTA and support various school initiatives and experiences for students, parents and faculty. Your annual membership dues enable the PTA to provide a wide range of services, activities and programs for the entire SMS community.
Please note that you as of Thursday, September 30, if you are not a member of SMS PTA, you will no longer receive our eblasts or have access to the directory.
SMS PTA membership is $40; a copy of our printed directory is $10. *A printed version of the directory is not included with payment of a PTA membership.
SMS grade level Parent Coffees
Links to the recent SMS grade-level parent coffees:
SMS VIRTUAL Book fair
Our Virtual Book Fair closes tonight -- you still have a few hours to shop for your holiday gifts!
Here are some books picked up at the Book Fair by the SMS Library!
There are still a few hours to donate to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Library Book Initiative - we are hovering very close to our goal. Here is our Library Wishlist!
To donate any amount, you may click the 'give' link or you may send a Zelle to SMS PTA Treasurer. With a donation of $15 and up, a personalized bookplate with your child(ren)'s name(s) will be placed on the inside cover for recognition. In the coming weeks, a PTA representative will be in touch with those who have donated regarding the personalization message.
Thank you all so much for your donations!
Suggested Student Book Purchases -- by the SMS English Department
Last Chance to Order for Delivery at SMS!
The SMS English Department recommends that 7th and 8th grade students purchase their own copy of certain books, so students can highlight text and annotate in the margins.
SMS PTA has made arrangements with Bronx River Books for any books ordered online by Sunday, October 17 to be delivered to SMS and distributed to the students. *Please use the free "ship to store" option. We encourage you to purchase these books through Bronx River Books to support SMS PTA and a wonderful local business!
Students should check with their English teachers as to which specific books should be purchased. The books are linked here.
Questions? Email Scarsdale Middle School PTA.
October 18 and 23 MAWLID AL-NABI (also known as MILAD AL-NABI)
Photo Source: Early Years Staffroom
Sunni Muslims celebrate the birthday of Islam founder Prophet Muhammad in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. Shi’a Muslims celebrate it five days later than Sunni Muslims.
This holiday was originally known as Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif, or simply Mawlid, which in Arabic, literally translates to ‘the birth of the prophet.’ This Islamic observance places great importance on the role of Prophet Muhammad as the founder of Islam. In many American Muslim communities, Islamic centers hold special events for children and deliver lectures about the character, life, and teachings of Muhammad.
As of the end of 2020, there were about 3.85 million Muslims in the U.S., 1.2% of the total population. This is a 64% increase since 2007. 42% of U.S. Muslims are native born and 58% are immigrants. Of the immigrant population, 20% are from South Asia, 14% are from the Middle East and North Africa, and the remainder are from other parts of Africa, Europe, and the Americas (excluding the U.S.)
American Muslims are one of the most racially diverse religious groups in the U.S. with no majority race, split as 25% Black, 24% White, 18% Asian, 18% Arab, 7% mixed race, and 5% Hispanic. Illinois has the most Muslim Americans, followed by Virginia, New York, and New Jersey.
Multicultural Committee Potluck Luncheon - October 21
Thursday, October 21 at 12 PM.
*The event will take place at a private home.
*The host family requests that all who attend are fully vaccinated.
Call For Artwork, Photographs, and Blogs
The SMS PTA DEI committee invites parents and students to submit artwork, photos, and blogs for the Asian American, Jewish, LGBTQ+, Muslim, and Native American heritage pages.Your contributions will be included in the SMS PTA DEI website. Right now, we especially need artwork and photos for the Native American Heritage page, which is live, and for the Jewish Heritage page which will be launched next.
Wellness Speaker Event via Zoom - october 27
Save the Date!
Wednesday, October 27 at 10 AM.
The SMS PTA Wellness Committee invites you to join us on Wednesday, October 27 at 10 AM. for an informative webinar on "Nutrition and Adolescents" presented by local nutritionist Melissa Wetzstein. A more detailed description of the presentation to follow shortly.
SMS WELLNESS CORNER - Living a Sustainable Life
Over the last decade we have become further educated on the daily practices that can be done in order to live a more sustainable life. Acts such as recycling, avoiding single-use plastic, composting and carpooling/vanpooling have become the norm. During the course of a day, it is common to sort your recyclables, fill up a reusable water bottle, go shopping with a reusable shopping bag and organize a COVID-safe carpool. Small adaptations to a family's lifestyle can be impactful.
Students in Ms. Castiello's Butler 6 class and Health 7 recently learned about our local food-scrapping program. Find additional information on Scarsdale's Composting Program page.
- Kristin Nugent, SMS Nurse
- Sima Cass, Butler House Counselor
- Jeanne-Marie Castiello, Butler 6 Social Studies teacher
- Nancy Collins, Butler 8 Social Studies teacher
- Cara Forray, 7th grade Health teacher
- Wendy MacMillan, parent
- Loretta Vickers, parent
Student Organization (S.O.) Pizza Days
The S.O. holds pizza days once a month, with the next pizza day dates October 21st and November 18th. Pizza will be sold during each grade’s lunch period. The cost is $3 per slice; $5 for two slices. Cash ONLY.
Sign-up to be a Parent Pizza Volunteer!
- Please note that SMS PTA is requiring that parents who volunteer in the school and interact with students show proof of full vaccination.
- We are only able to have a limited number of parent volunteers per Pizza Day. We will continue to draw volunteers from this sign-up form throughout the remainder of the year.
- Note that Pizza Day is not run by the SMS PTA, rather it is organized and run by the SMS Student Organization. Our parent volunteers are merely helpers (if they need us).
Parent Teacher Book Club
Crying in H Mart
By Michelle Zauner
We are excited to announce our first book for the newly formed SMS parent-teacher book club! We have selected Crying in H Mart, a memoir by Korean-American musician and author, Michelle Zauner. We are looking forward to an enriching book club discussion between middle school parents and teachers on many of the book's themes. All are welcome. Meetings will be on Zoom. Date and time TBD.
Shop Locally! Purchase Crying in H Mart through Bronx River Books and receive a 10% discount on the list price when you say the magic words “Scarsdale Middle School Book Club.”
If you're interested in additional resources related to the book, click here.
Purchase your yearbook at our Back-to-School Yearbook Sale!
Yearbooks are now on sale and you have two weeks to get them for the lowest price of the year along with up to four FREE personalization icons. Every grade is included in the book and we do our best to ensure that every student is represented with not only their portrait, but one or more candids (each grade gets 12+ pages of coverage). We expect to have clubs, sports and house group shots back in the book this year as well. Every student will want one when they are being handed out in June - NOW is the best time to check this off your to-do list!
SMS Virtual School Store - Now Open!
The Scarsdale Middle School Store is now online! You can log on through My School Bucks to make purchases. Students will be emailed when their items are ready and can be picked up before school or during lunch periods outside of P185. There will be a bin with their items bagged for students to pick up. Inventory will be increasing each week. Teachers have requested current inventory based on classroom needs and are our driving force in what we stock. If you have any questions, please contact our teacher liaison Ms. Dori Rosamund.
SMS PTA: Proposed Nominating Committee 2021-22
The SMS Nominating Committee will be responsible for identifying officer candidates for the 2022-23 SMS PTA Executive Committee. Following are the proposed members of the SMS PTA Nominating Committee 2021-22:
This slate is subject to a vote by membership at our November 9 PTA meeting, via Zoom, 7:00- 7:15 PM. A PT Council Business Meeting will take place at 7:15pm followed by a PTC/SHS/SMS Speaker Event. Additional meeting details will be forthcoming.
FINANCIAL AID - a note from meghan troy
The PTA and I would like to be sure that all children have the opportunity to take advantage of the wonderful extras the Middle School has to offer.
If your family’s financial situation makes it difficult for you to cover the cost of PTA membership, school supplies, after school clubs, or field trips, financial assistance is available to you. Please contact your child's House Counselor to discuss: he or she will discuss the issue with me or the PTA President as necessary. All communications will be held in the strictest confidence.
Please click on our Suggestion Box to the right and share your question or feedback with us, anonymously if you wish. We may not have all the answers, but we promise to try our best and to listen to you––together we can work toward making the school year the best it can be.
For any questions re: SMS PTA, please contact our SMS PTA President.
Please direct any questions re: the directory to our SMS Directory Help Chair.
Please direct any questions re: the webpages to our SMS Webmaster.
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