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"Strength to Love," 1963. Photo source lovethispic.com
SMS PTA president letter - january 16th, 2022
Dear SMS Families,
I know that in times like these, any experience that gives our children a sense of camaraderie, an emotional outlet, a way of expression -- the arts, music, athletics, robotics, chess -- is so essential for mental and emotional wellness.
I would like to recognize the incredible work of our SMS Athletics Department and Modified Sports, the Music, Art and Technology Faculty and After School Club Faculty Advisors for their dedication to the physical and mental health and creative expression of our student community.
If you’re available, please join us for our upcoming parent programming: Executive Function Workshop on Wednesday, January 19; Self-Portrait Art History and Paint Night on January 27 and our Book Club Discussion on January 31.
It’s been a challenging few weeks for our community. I sent this letter to Faculty and Staff last week. I know that all of us are moving forward, doing our best day by day. I encourage parents to send words of support to the SMS Faculty and Staff who support, teach and nurture our children every day.
All the best, SMS!
Wellness Coffee - Executive Functioning Workshop
Wednesday, January 19 at 9:15 a.m.
Thank you to all who attended our Wellness Coffee: Executive Function Workshop featuring Dr. Jane Gertler. Here is a recording of the workshop. Courtesy of Dr. Gertler, we include some slides from her informative presentation.
Smart City Kids is offering a complimentary 60 minute tutoring session as well as a complimentary 15 minute session with one of their advisors. **If you are interested in either of these offers, please email SMS Parent and Smart City Kids Advisor, Erica Papir, for the access code.
Wellness Corner - The Power of Kindness
We all know that warm feeling we get when we do something kind for one another, but did you know that practicing daily acts of kindness can greatly improve our mental health and overall well-being? According to Cedars Sinai, scientific research has proven that practicing acts of kindness releases chemicals in the brain such as oxytocin, which is responsible for “making us more trusting, more generous, and friendlier, while also lowering our blood pressure. In addition, practicing kindness causes the brain to release dopamine and serotonin which help to regulate your mood, appetite, and sleep cycles, staving off depression and anxiety.
With these ideas about the power of kindness tied in, all 8th graders learn about the Progressives, the group of people at the turn of the last century seeking to make the United States a better place for its residents. Many Progressives were college-educated women who found purpose in helping the poor, working to create social welfare programs, lobbying for laws to curb the excesses of unregulated capitalism, and trying to make the world a more peaceful place.
In addition, in Butler 6 instead of setting new year's resolutions, Ms. Castiello's class set the goal of 10 random acts of kindness by the end of the month. Students journal about their acts and highlight the one that had the most meaning or impact.
Practicing acts of kindness can do more than lift your mood, indeed it can change the world. So as we continue to navigate such uncertain times, maybe this year we can all resolve to improve our health and to make the world a better place, one small act of kindness at a time.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Day is observed every year on the third Monday of January; this year it is on January 17. King is the 20 th century’s most influential civil rights leader. He entered the civil rights movement in 1955. After King’s death, U.S. Representative John Conyers and U.S. Senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. President Reagan originally opposed the holiday, citing cost concerns. On November 2,1983, however, Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall, to create a federal holiday honoring King. The bill passed in the Senate by a count of 78 to 22, and in the House of Representatives by 338 to 90. The holiday was observed for the first time on January 20,1986. This holiday is a time to both understand and support civil rights and the issues facing communities of color. You may learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights education in these curated lists by the American Federation of Teachers, Civil Rights Teaching, the Library of Congress, and PBS Learning.
No Name Calling Week (January 17-21)
No Name-Calling week, (NNCW) is a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools. The week was inspired by the 'The Misfits' by James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, sexual orientation, and gender expression. Anti-bullying resources may be found at Stop Bullying, including bullying prevention training modules, and at Positive Action.
Call for Art
We invite interested students and families to submit 2D or 3D art to celebrate Black History Month in February. The art may be created by a student or a team.
It should be 1650 in width x 2550 in height (in pixels) if creating digitally.
*If using the school iPad’s Autodesk Sketchbook app (orange icon with a pencil); follow the above digital guidelines; then save it to your photos and upload the image to this link for Digital Submission.
The submission deadline is January 31. Please write to us if you have any questions.
SMS Families- Share the Love!
This weekend, we hope your family will join in making valentines for U.S. troops stationed abroad. These can be handmade, or notes written on printed cards, and will be distributed by United for the Troops.
Cards can be dropped off in boxes that will be in the Great Hall and inside by the gym entrance at the Lower Circle by January 21.
~ Many Thanks, The PTA Community Service Committee
Self-Portrait Art History and Paint Night Workshop
Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Join us for a special parent event! SMS PTA President Leah Dembitzer (former art historian) will present and speak about various and diverse artist self-portraits and how these images convey aspects and symbols of identity. Following the presentation, parents will create their own self-portraits.
Please let us know if you plan to attend -- thank you!
*The PTA will be handing-out some art supplies closer to the event date, I will be in touch with those who have signed-up.
Yearbook and Tribute Ad Information from Jostens
Yearbooks are now on sale! Every grade is included in the book.
Yearbook recognition ads are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate important milestones and to reflect upon the person your child has become. They are also a great way to highlight your student's musical, theatrical, academic or sports-related success. Recognition ads are open to parents from all grades. Jostens is partnering with Tribute Ads again this year to provide additional assistance in creating your ad. No materials will be accepted at the school. Tribute Ads will also be sending periodic reminder emails directly to you.
All ad orders must be placed online by January 28. Questions? Email Mr. Andy Verboys
PARENT-TEACHER BOOK GROUP
Monday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m.
The new SMS Parent-Teacher Book Club is reading The Sentence by Louise Erdrich, a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman's relentless errors.
SMS VIRTUAL STORE
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.
2021-22 SMS PTA MEMBERSHIP - build our sms community!
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.
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.
The Membership Toolkit app is available for free in the Apple Store and in Google Play. Access the SMS student directory, register for PTA programs and purchase items, view the SMS calendar, our eblast archive and much more.
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your purchases to the SMS PTA when you shop at smile.amazon.com. Simply set up SMS PTA as your charity of choice and remember to shop at smile.amazon.com every time (not just amazon.com). AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know, with the added benefit of supporting our PTA -- all the products, prices and Prime are the same. Choose the SMS PTA as your charity today and start giving back to our school!
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