Welcome to Mamaroneck High School PTSA

 

Coming Up

COMING UP:
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES  

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


MHS STUDENT HAPPENINGS
(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. 
PTSA SPONSORED SERIES PART TWO 
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.
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) (note: the district calendar incorrectly lists this date as the Mock ACT) 
Mock ACT Test - March 18, 2017 (Saturday)
 
Or, click below for flyers with registration information.
 
FROM SEPTA
An exciting event will be held on Monday, February 13th at The Picture House in Pelham, NY. In just a few weeks, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health will be hosting a special screening of the documentary Life, Animated, an inspirational story about a young man with autism who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. The story is truly one of a kind and has just been nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Documentary” category.
 
Join us at the screening followed by a special Q&A session with Owen Suskind, the young man featured in the documentary, and his family Ron and Cornelia.
 
An inspiring element of the film is the way a creative and individual-specific approach can unlock seemingly inaccessible potential.  It also shows us that  ”never” should not be a part of our vocabulary when dealing with seemingly impossible situations.
 
 
WHEN:        Monday, February 13, 2017
·         7:30-9 p.m. Movie screening
·         9-9:30 p.m. Q&A
           
WHERE:      The Picture House
175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803
Phone: 914-738-7337

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
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, February 7, 7 pm
Board of Education Study Session – MHS Library Classroom 
Topic: Mamaroneck School District Budget Update/Food Services Contract

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.

Mamaroneck High School Student Government & Furniture Sharehouse Club Sponsoring Drive
On Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., MHS students will sponsor their annual furniture drive to benefit Westchester’s furniture bank.  They collect items, which Furniture Sharehouse redistributes free of charge, to families in need.   The drive takes place in the parking lot of Mamaroneck High School, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, rain or shine.  Only basic home furniture in good condition will be accepted, so before you load up your car, please go to www.furnituresharehouse.org to make sure your furniture meets the donation guidelines.  Furniture Sharehouse helps you “recycle with a difference”!  For more info (or donation questions) contact: Leslie Garwood, lgarwood10@gmail.com  914-315-1982

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 Library
The 5th Annual Larchmont Spelling Bee – Team Registration Now Open through March 23! 
The annual Larchmont Spelling Bee has become a community tradition and is one you don’t want to miss. Team registration is now open and available online at friendsoflarchmontlibrary.org/spellingbee. Entry forms are also available at the front desk of the Larchmont Library. The actual spelling bee will take place on Sunday, April 2 at 4 pm at Larchmont Temple. So get your team together and get registered. Don’t miss out on the fun!  Click here for flyer, or visit BEE webpage: http://friendsoflarchmontlibrary.org/spellingbee
 
FROM THE BETTER SCHOOL FOOD PARENT INTEREST GROUP
At Tuesday’s Board of Education Study Session, District Administration will do a brief presentation on food services, including some of the recommendations made to the District Wellness Committee by the Better School Food Parent Interest Group.  Then, there will be time allowed for public comment. 
 
Why/How to Participate 
The decisions made by the Board of Education impact your child and our community.  The Board encourages your participation and welcomes questions and comments.  Here’s how you can make your voice heard:
            1.  Contact the Board by email:  board@mamkschools.org.  Emails are disseminated to each board member.  Emails to the Board are monitored during meetings, and if time allows, the Board will endeavor to respond to questions related to an agenda item on-air; 
 
AND/OR 
            2.  Speak during the public comment portion of a Board meeting. 
All Board meeting agendas, minutes and other supportive documents are available as appropriate on BoardDocs®.
 
Thank you!

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!