#National75MortonDay!

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October 7, 2019

Dear Families,

Here is a confession from a mother of three daughters - I missed #NationalDaughterDay! It was on September 22nd. I saw something about it scrolling through Instagram, but I was too late. People had posted all of these adorable photos of babies and young mothers, memories from years ago, etc. Ugh. Nonetheless I belatedly sent out a family text, apologizing and reminding my daughters how perfect (not completely true), loved (completely true) and amazing (mostly true depending on the day) all of them are to me and to David.

But, I did miss the day by a week...

We all sometimes miss opportunities to celebrate the people we adore (and who make us laugh, feel crazy, get on our last nerve, and make life better in every way). Thank goodness we can always catch up with celebrations. Details can slip away but we can always bring them back. 

It may come as a surprise that sometimes we have to ask a parent: What class is your child in? Who is your child’s advisor? How did your child do in (fill in the blank) last year? Who are your child’s close friends? What afterschool activity is your child in today?

And sometimes the answers we get are a blank stare, an “Ummm, let me think", or a nervous laugh. We all have so much going on. I really get it. So, while I may consider marking #NationalDaughterDay on my calendar for next year, and also try to remember where exactly in Brooklyn my oldest daughter lives, or the exact date my middle daughter returns from Hong Kong, please don’t judge me! We never  judge any of you for forgetting or missing information! We are all in this together.

At 75 Morton, we live in a state of hope, forgiveness, and forward motion. We are 2.1 years old, still growing, with a sense of humor, a sense of importance, a sense of pride, and a sense of patience.

And a quick plea: If one of the details that slipped away in these past busy weeks was contributing to the PTA Direct Appeal, you can do it here. As you will see when we review and vote on the revised 2019/2020 budget at the upcoming PTA meeting, (Wednesday, October 16th 8:45 in the Library), our students are relying on our community for a lot - both basic necessities and exciting enrichment opportunities - as we continue to grow together.

With Respect,

Jacqui

PS- It is always #National75MortonDay


A Community Growing Together

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September 23, 2019

Dear Families,

We had a very busy schedule last week. We had our first Tours, our first PTA Meeting and our first Curriculum Night. Each event was about opening the doors of 75 Morton - four opportunities to talk about, to show, to explain, to listen, to explore, to meet, and to share our school.

It was mildly exhausting to spend two mornings touring over 400 visitors through our halls and classrooms so early in the year. It is always a little, teeny bit nerve-wracking to see all of you at the first PTA Meeting. And Curriculum Night is definitely a nail-biter, when the staff meets and greets you and quickly explains their year of work ahead, and then bonds during an Advisory activity. 

But that is why we are here, why you are here, and why your children are here at 75 Morton. We are a community that is growing together. As I pointed out on the Tours, we are 2.1 years old. It is difficult to be compared to other District 2 middle schools that have existed for 10 plus years. As we actively build our staff, curriculum, traditions and rituals, systems and structures, every day is new. We are adding a new grade, welcoming 350 new students and families, adjusting our teams, meeting new colleagues, adapting to the building, and moving forward.

We are starting our 13th day of school on September 23. We appreciate you and the energy you bring to this community. And we know you appreciate the ongoing work of your children and of our staff!

Thank you for joining us at the PTA Meeting and Curriculum Night! 

The next big event will be Fright Night - a spooktacular Halloween party for the 6th grade - on Wednesday, October 23rd. 6th grade parents - this is your chance to get involved! To volunteer and help with the decorations, food, and fun, email Shenae at usc2ny@yahoo.com.  The first Fright Night committee meeting is Friday, September 27, at 8:50 am in the cafeteria. Come if you can but if not, volunteer and help the PTA make this a fantastic Halloween celebration for your children. 

With Respect,

Jacqui