Welcome to Mamaroneck High School PTSA

 

Coming Up

COMING UP:
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES  

Jan 23Midterms begin. Click here for the complete schedule.
Jan 25Parent Event: Keep Calm and Learn On with Cheryl Brause, 7:30pm in the Tiger’s Den
Jan 27End of Second Quarter
Feb 16Incoming 9th Grade Orientation
Feb 20-24Winter Recess (Schools Closed)
Feb 28Parent Spring Sport Athletic Information Night
For a full listing of activities and events taking place at MHS, 
please click here.

Attention Parents

KEEP CALM AND LEARN ON
In today’s times we need to take care of ourselves, our family and our community. Warm yourself up with the MHS parent community and join us for a PTSA sponsored series.
 
January 25 from 7:30-8:45pm in the Tiger’s Den–Cheryl Brause a mindfulness teacher, co-founder of 2bpresent, and MHS community member, for a an evening workshop for parents to learn tools to help lower stress, develop resilience, create a positive mindset, resolve conflict and foster deeper connections with our teens. Recent studies show that mindfulness is not only a great tool for coping with stress, it is also a powerful tool to help everyone establish healthy mental habits that will help us all not only cope, but thrive in a demanding world. And, if parents are less stressed then they can help their teens handle all the stresses they encounter on a daily basis!
 
March 7 from 7:30-8:30pm with Jenny Rosentrach, author and MHS alumna class of 1989, for an evening conversation discussing how parents can create family rituals NOW so that when your teens graduate and “fly” they will want to keep returning to “the nest” to celebrate simple moments. Her newest book, “How to Celebrate Everything”, is about family rituals and the role food plays in them. And in keeping with the topic of mindful parenting, infusing days with meaning, slowing down, recognizing moments that matter we thought this was a perfect second in the series.
MHS STUDENT HAPPENINGS

Annual School Dance
Let’s celebrate! Midterms will soon be over so all students are invited to The Phoenix, the annual school dance. It will be held in the Post Gym on Friday night, January 27 from 8:00 – 11:00. Admission is $5.00 and the theme is Hawaiian, so get out your best tropical beach ware and come enjoy the fun!  Note: this is a school event and all school rules apply. Bags will be checked at the door, and no students will be allowed to leave and re-enter the dance.
(Take note parents of Seniors…)  The MHS Blood Drive benefitting White Plains Hospital will be help on February 7nd, from 8:30 – 3:00 in the Tiger’s Den.  Seniors are allowed to donate but must have a signed permission slip and a photo ID. Permissions slips will be sent home or can be downloaded here. MHS is one of the largest blood drives in the area and we are looking forward to, once again, supporting White Plains Hospital.

PACE: Senior Music Night
The senior music class will share their original compositions on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 pm.  Admission is FREE so come and support your friends.

Winter Club Fair is coming! Feb 2nd at lunch in the Palmer Gym. 
Is your child ready to join a club?  Are they looking for something to get involved with at MHS? They should come to the Winter Club Fair. There will be representatives from over 70 clubs ready to answer questions and get your student signed up and involved.
DID YOU MISS ALL THE SCHOOL PHOTO DAYS?  
Due to a unique circumstance, Life Touch Photography will be returning to MHS on January 25 from 11:00am – 12:30pm (in between midterms) near the bronze tigers. Please note, this is not an opportunity to retake your photo;. this is only for students who have not taken any photo yet. Any interested students must email me, cscheffler@mamkschools.org.  

Please note that, pending demands from our publisher, the yearbook staff will make every effort to include these photos in the yearbook, but they will not appear in alphabetical order with your class.  
ACT AND SAT MOCK TESTS AND PREP COURSES
The PTSA, in conjunction with Applerouth Education, is offering mock tests and prep courses to help students prepare for the ACT and SAT on the upcoming dates:
 
Click below to be taken directly to the registration pages.
ACT Group Class - January 28 – April 5, 2017
SAT Group Class - March 4 – May, 2, 2017

Mock SAT Test - February 11, 2017 (Saturday)
Mock ACT Test - March 18, 2017 (Saturday)
 
Or, click below for flyers with registration information.
 
FROM THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE
Attention Seniors (and Parents of Seniors):
Reminder that now is the time to complete financial aid forms.  
Most of your college applications are well underway, so it’s time to make sure you have completed your financial aid applications.  All colleges require you to complete the FAFSA and some colleges require additional forms, like the CSS Profile.  Make sure you have submitted all required financial aid forms by your college’s “preferred filing deadline”.  If you have any questions about the financial aid process, contact Marcia Burkett, MHS Financial Aid Advisor at mburkett@mamkschsools.org or 220.3200
STUDENTS FOR SENEGAL ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING DRIVE
Mamaroneck high school Students for Senegal club are giving back by conducting an athletic, clothes, shoes & equipment drive for youth in Senegal.
 
Students for Senegal is dedicated to improving the lives of children in the villages of Senegal, West Africa. Young boys and girls in Senegal love to run, play soccer and basketball but they do not have uniforms or equipment. Most children use homemade balls of paper or cloth and do not have cleats or shin-guards.
 
Please donate any new or used of the following, all sizes are welcomed: 
  • Sneakers
  • Cleats
  • Shorts
  • Jerseys
  • Athletic socks
  • T-shirts
  • Uniforms
  • Shin guards
  • Soccer balls 
Please bring all donations to high school Post or Palmer entrances during the month of January.  All donations are very appreciated! Questions? Email: studentsforsenegal@gmail.com Website: www.studentsforsenegal.org
FROM THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE “YES” OFFICE
Do you need a dog walker, help with yard work and around the house, party/hostess helper, DJ, photographer, baby sitter, computer help or tutor?
Need an extra set of hands to help organize, file, answer phones, stock shelves or ring up sales?
We have wonderful students, energetic and willing who are looking to fill long or short-term positions in a variety of areas.
Please contact Youth Employment Service office, located in Mamaroneck High School at 914-220-3188 or email: yes@mamkschools.org.
FRESHMAN PARENTS
Don’t forget to designate MHS in the Stop & Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program to earn $$ for the school!

Register online at www.stopandshop.com/aplus
MHS code #: 09341
 
The district has raised over $125,000 since the program started. Registrations roll over, but new parents need to add MHS. Up to two schools can be designated. Any questions, contact  Michele Sloane.   
FROM THE DISTRICT
Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

Tuesday, January 24, 7 pm 
Board of Education meeting-MHS Tiered Classroom

Tuesday, February 7, 7 pm Board of Education Study Session – MHS Library Classroom Topic: TBD

If you would like to e-mail the Board of Education before, during or after a particular Board meeting, you can send the e-mail to board@mamkschools.org.  All Board members see the 
e-mails when they are sent to that address, and the Board very much appreciates hearing from community members. The Board keeps an eye out for e-mails that come in during the meetings and may, if possible, be able to answer questions on-air. 
 
Q&A w/STEM Alliance Re: 2017 Co-Op Summer Enrichment Program: Jan. 26, 7 pm – An informal meeting about Co-Op Summer Enrichment 2017 under the STEM Alliance leadership. The meeting is open to ALL parents and community members in the Mamaroneck School District to answer any questions about Co-Op’s new leadership with STEM Alliance. Come out and get your questions answered and thoughts heard! Spanish translators will be available.
Date: Thursday, January 26
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Community Resource Center,
134 Center Avenue, Mamaroneck
Contact: 914-835-1512
 
From the Community Counseling Center…
Are you at a loss for how to help your child?  Have traditional parenting strategies been ineffective?  The Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center is thrilled to be offering a 9 week parenting skills group on Mondays beginning late February/early March.  This is our fourth cycle of this curriculum and thus far the reviews have been very positive!  The strategies that will be taught have been specifically proven to: decrease challenging behaviors, improve emotion regulation, improve attention and focus, and improve communication and foster positive relationships. Interested?  Contact Christine Danberg @ (914) 698-7549 ext. 24 or TheCircle.lmccc@gmail.comClick here for flyer. 

From the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Little League…
Play ball! Registration for the 2017 spring rec season is underway. Visit http://lmlittleleague.org/site/ to register for all divisions of Baseball, Softball and T-Ball. Coaches, umpires and sponsors also may register now. The deadline to register for all competitive draft divisions is Feb. 3rd; the deadline for T-Ball, T-Ball Minors and pre-competitive Baseball and Softball Gold is March 5th. Tryouts for the competitive divisions will be held the week of Feb. 27th. Please check the LMLL website for grade-specific dates and times. Any registration questions should be emailed to LMLLregistrar@gmail.com.
 
Additionally, Larchmont-Mamaroneck Little League is looking for boys and girls (at least 14 years old by April 1, 2017) to serve as umpires for the 2017 season. To register and for more information, please go to http://bit.ly/2hA4Wgo
 
The STEM Alliance invites you to join a free Chain Reaction Challenge Workshop to learn how to build a Rube Goldberg machine.  Attend one or both workshops!  January 25th & February 9th @ 7PM – Hommocks Tech Rm.  For students grades 4-8 & their parents. Led by experts from Foley Hardware.  Register here for the free workshop.  Framing kits to help you get started are also available for sale by following the workshop registration link.  Consider joining our Chain Reaction Challenge at Mini STEM-tastic on 3.24.17.  Registration now open to be in that challenge! More details at www.lmstemalliance.org.
From the Larchmont Library… 
Click here to learn about January events at the Larchmont Public Library, including Teen Gaming afternoon, Midterm Snacks in the Loft, Tinkering Tuesdays, a Spelling Bee interest meeting, and more! 

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Please make sure you have updated ALL parent contact information on the Parent Portal, https://parentportal.eschooldata.com. If you have any questions let us know at mamkhsptsa@gmail.com

PTSA Fundraising

The PTSA works to facilitate communication between parents and the administration. Our funds are used for speakers, community-building activities and to help ensure that all students have access to school activities including field trips and the Junior Prom. We also help defray the cost of the Yearbook and assist with events such as Freshman Orientation, Senior Week activities and Homecoming Brunch.  

We ask you to support our fundraisers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Michele Sloane.

STOP & SHOP
As many of you know, Stop & Shop runs an annual program where a percentage of dollars spent is sent back to the local schools. Just last year, the District received $20,000 in support from this program and MHS received just over $5000 of that! 

It only takes a minute of your time to register and can really make a difference. Your registration carries over each year, but if you’re a 9th grade parent please remember to designate MHS as your school. You are able to designate up to two schools per card. Click here to register and enter the MHS school code 09341. Since the program started we’ve raised almost $100k in the district! Your weekly food shopping can benefit the schools. Any questions, contact  Michele Sloane.  

PTSA MEMBERSHIP
Please join the MHS PTSA as soon as possible and please consider adding an extra donation so that we can fund programs, grants and activities throughout the year. New this year–you can sign up for everything online!!!! Please click here or you can find the paper form on our website by clicking here. Your membership and support is incredibly helpful and truly funds efforts both in and outside the classroom!

MHS MERCHANDISE
Show your school spirt and purchase MHS gear. Click here to purchase current merchandise and continue to check back as new gear is added!