Welcome to Mark Twain IS 239
HAI Needs Your Help With Enrollment!
Hello Mark Twain Parents,
I am appealing to you for any help you can provide in getting our enrollment up.
We are currently down to 52 kids in the after school HAI program and we need AT LEAST 60 to continue to receive funding. If we don't get up to 60 (my goal is to enroll 15 new kids by Jan 15) we run the risk of losing some $20k+ of funding which means we will not be able to continue to provide such excellent arts after school programming through the 2014 school year.
If you know of any other parents' email and/or cell phone numbers you are comfortable sharing with me and their child is not in the program yet, please feel free to send it to email@example.com. (AS YOU KNOW, I NEVER SHARE ANY PARENT INFO WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION).
I am also offering a prize to any kid in the program who gets his or her friend to enroll and STAY in the program for at least 3 months.
Finally, we have heard your appeals for more homework time for your kids -- we are doing everything we can to make the first full hour as productive as possible. I'm absolutely open to feedback about how we can make this better.
I will be attending the Parent's Association meeting this Friday at 8:30am at Mark Twain if any of you would like to talk with me in person.
Thanks so much for your help with this -- PLEASE spread the word about us -- let's keep the HAI Arts program alive!
Education Programs Director
Location of Winter Concert is Fort Hamilton
Our auditorium renovation is coming along nicely with all the seats recently installed but we're not quite ready for prime time. So our Thursday, December 12, 7pm Winter Concert will take place at Fort Hamilton High School. They're located at 8301 Shore Road in Brooklyn, NY 11209. Please join us in thanking the administration, staff and custodial personnel at Fort Hamilton for coming to our "rescue" in our time of need.
Drama Talent Admissions Test Monologue!
You can get to it as well as a PDF printable copy of it in our Admissions section.
Staten Island Student Carpools
Our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Ganbaatar, has taken on the task of trying to help our Staten Island families coordinate one or more carpools. In order to proceed, you'd need to call her at 718-266-0814x1332 or better yet, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name, your name, phone contact information, email, and address. Hopefully,s we're successful helping those families with some of the longest and most expensive commutes. Perhaps we can extend this further with others down the road.
The Parents' Association of IS 239 is currently very excited to be preparing for our very FIRST “Gala” Evening Fundraiser to benefit our school. The event is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 and one which will honor alumni and our seniors! And we're also launching our first ever Calendar Contest! The PA is actively fundraising to support the creation of this amazing school based calendar and prizes for the selected student artwork, photography, and poems that will be featured in the calendar. You can get further info by download either of these two letters.PA Gala Evening Fundraiser PA Calendar Contest
PA Gala Evening Fundraiser & Calendar Contest
As of today's NYCDOE Office of Enrollment web site, December 13, this coming Friday, is the official NYCDOE deadline for submitting the Middle School Application across all districts.
Download 8 Page Brochure (minor revision uploaded 10-11-13 to Drama Talent section to reflect the 2014 version of the test that's already correct on the last page... there is only one monologue) outlines many of the details about the school we're particularly proud of, as well as a fairly detailed outline of the curriculum for our 11 Talent programs. We suggest you download and print it to read up on material in addition to what the Talent teachers discussed with you during the Open Houses. Our smaller Trifold Admissions brochure can also be downloaded for a more condensed read.
Welcome to Our New Parent CoordinatorPlease extend a welcome to our new Parent Coordinator, Ms. Delgermaa Ganbaatar. You can download her welcome letter here. You can meet her at Wednesday night's PA meeting. She'll be available from 6pm on 10/16. For those of you not aware of the Parent Coordinator's Duties and Responsibilities, here are some of them:
You can get the latest HS Admissions process information including important dates and links over the the right hand side in our Features section. Seniors and their families should make a habit of checking back frequently.
High School Admissions Information
Memo's Available Online
Online PDF's of Parent Memos distributed during homeroom will be available all year long in the Parents' Channel above by month.
Online Payments Update
We had been using the Google Wallet system for our online payments but Google has made a decision to exit the portion of the business we were involved with. We are investigating alternative vendors and hope to have online payments available later this month. Because of the costs involved, we usually restrict them to larger amounts of $20 and up like sizable trips, senior dues, the Prom. We suggest you simply use checks (or cash if absolutely necessary) until an announcement is made in homeroom and here online. It's actually a good opportunity as the alternatives we're investigating are much easier to use.
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