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Show Your Spirit on MAS Spirit Day, May 4!

Show your MAS Spirit on Spirit Day, May 4!  The Spirit Store will be open Monday 5/2, Tuesday 5/3 and in the morning on Wednesday 5/4.  Buy a balloon to support Co-Op Camp — we will hang the balloons in the playground for Spirit Day and at the end of the day, you can take your balloon to hang outside your home and show our community your MAS pride.  Balloons are on sale for $10; order forms were sent home in backpacks or can be picked up in the MAS office. Contact maspta850@gmail.com with questions.

Thank Your Teachers — It’s Teacher Appreciation Week

In honoring the MAS staff for all that they do for our students & community, the PTA will be showing our appreciation with daily treats including:  lunchtime snacks, yoga sessions, words of thanks during announcements, and local vendor discounts.  Please encourage your child to say “thank you” to their teachers this week, and to write an appreciation note for the “appreciation board” that will hang this week outside the office.

A National Geographic Kids Giant Traveling Map is Visiting MAS from May 2-13!

Students will explore the map during PE.  Please make sure that students are wearing socks on PE days — no shoes or bare feet are allowed on the map.  Special nighttime activities with the map will be announced soon!  Thank you to the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation for the grant that makes this activity possible.  For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com/giantmaps.

 

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SEPTA NEWS

 

MHS & SEPTA Elections, Budget Discussion and Vote, and Conversation about Preserving Student Health, April 28, 9:15 am, MHS Library Classroom

Come and engage with High School Principal Liz Clain and a newly-formed committee called Preserving Student Health (PHP) which is looking into ways to alleviate stress for students both through institutional changes and teaching coping mechanisms. They seek your input: What are the stress points? What are the conversations at home like? Inspired by Vicki Abeles’ article, “;Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?”, we can work together to preserve our students’ health. RSVP to Kathy Helms at larchmontkathy@hotmail.com.  Please note that at the beginning of the meeting we will be voting on whether to endorse the school budget and elect the slate of PTSA and SEPTA officers for the 2016/17 school year.

 

4th Annual District Wide Literary Event, May 9, 7:00 pm, Hommocks Auditorium

We are fortunate to have Cece Bell, award winning author and illustrator of El Deafo, coming to our district.  All 5th grade students in MUFSD are currently reading or have read the book with their class.  In her graphic novel, Cece chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful but awkward hearing aid. All that Cece wants to do is to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is, which is exactly what we in SEPTA wish for all our kids.  Students in grades 4 through 8, parents and staff are encouraged to attend this evening community event.  Questions?  Contact Liz Paras (paras@cims.nyu.edu).

This event and books donated to 5th grade classrooms are being co-sponsored by MUFSD, PT Council, Central School PTA, Chatsworth Avenue PTA, Mamaroneck Avenue PTA, Murray Avenue PTA, Hommocks PTA and SEPTA.

 

Parent Networking Group, May 11, 9:15 am, Nautilus Diner

This is the last meeting of the school year!  Join us for our monthly networking group and meet other parents. If you have questions on Special Education or the process, this is the place for you! Newcomers are always welcome! Questions? Contact Amy Lieberman (dashdoar@gmail.com) or Suzanne Prigoda (TheFun4@aol.com).

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

STEM-tastic Saturday — Buy your tickets online now for STEM-tastic Saturday & save: www.lmstemalliance.org.

STEM-tastic Saturday, taking place May 14, 2016 from 11am to 5pm at Hommocks Middle School, Larchmont, NY, is a festival extravaganza celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and even Art.  The day offers a full range of irresistible “touch, do, test, build and create” activities for all ages. Look for a 10,000 piece Keva Plank building zone, soldering stations, shark dissection, bubble workshops, beverage science with PepsiCo, flight science, team challenges at the Science Showdown, animal science, littleBits, STEM vendors and much, much more. Keynote – “Rules of Invention” — at noon by Bob Partington: Artist, Engineer & Creative Genius. Open to the public.  Tickets on sale now: http://www.lmstemalliance.org.

Sign up here to volunteer and get great perks.

Help us collect used electronics (nothing with glass or toner) for our Take Apart Zone.  Drop off at Hommocks Middle School from May 4th to May 13th.