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    SMS
    Welcome to SMS!
     
    SMS Membership Toolkit Link - CLICK HERE  
     
    Have a safe and happy summer!
    First day of school is Wednesday September 1, 2021!
     
    The checklists and links below are intended to provide important information for you and your children. The SMS PTA will continue to add to and update information as it becomes available.
     

    Summer Reading Lists

    6th Grade Summer Reading List

    7th Grade Summer Reading List

    8th Grade Summer Reading List

     

    School Supplies 2021-22 

    Please visit EduKit's web page for SMS -- the last day to place orders is Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

     As in prior years, you can order pre-selected school supply kits from Edukit, specifically chosen by the teachers in your child's House. All Houses, with the exception of Butler 6, suggest you order the Starter Kit in addition to the House/Grade specific kit. The kits will be shipped directly to your homes in August.

    *Please note that this is also a fundraiser for SMS PTA.

     

    Volunteering for the SMS PTA

    Please fill out our Volunteer Google Form. Questions? Email Leah Dembitzer at scarsdalemiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.

     

    What if I have feedback or questions about SMS? 

     
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    Please click on our Suggestion Box above and share your question or feedback with us, anonymously if you wish. We may not have all the answers, but we promise to try our best and to listen to you––together we can work toward making the school year the best it can be.
     

    Who do I contact about a private bus?

    Private buses are coordinated by SMS parents for families who are not eligible for District transportation but are interested in private bus routes.

    Private bus coordinators are currently doing their best to try to organize private bus routes. However, some bus companies are dealing with staffing issues and are unable to offer private contracts for certain routes at this time. The parent coordinators of the routes without confirmation are optimistic that the situation will be resolved later in the summer, but cannot guarantee anything. For information on private buses, please contact your neighborhood coordinator. Thank you in advance for your patience.

    2021-22 Contact Information

    *Please note that private buses are not run or coordinated by the Scarsdale School District or SMS PTA.

    If you have questions about District-provided transportation (greater than 1.5 miles from the school), information (including contacts) can be found here.

     

    House Counselor and House Secretary Contact Information

    BUTLER HOUSE: House Counselor: Ms. Cass, House Secretary: Ms. DeGennaro

    COOPER HOUSE: House Counselor: Mr. Williams, House Secretary: Ms. Barzelatto

    FOUNTAIN HOUSE: House Counselor: Mr. Divino, House Secretary: Ms. Solano

    POPHAM HOUSE: House Counselor: Ms. Bellas, House Secretary: Ms. Rukaj

    CHOICE: Ms. Parrott 

     

    How does my child order lunch?

    Please remember to check out the lunch menus, which are available on Nutrislice. All items are “Grab n Go” for quick and easy pick up. Deli sandwiches are available as a pre-order option onlySandwiches must be ordered by 8 am the day of service. In an effort to remain “cashless,” please remember to check your MySchoolBucks balance to ensure funds are readily available for purchasing. 

     

    How do I watch live or a replay of Board of Education meetings?

    Board of Education (BoE) meetings are held at Scarsdale High School in Room 172 near the District Offices.

    Community members are invited to speak during the "Hearing from the Public" portion of the meeting. Community members may also write to the BoE via emai: boardofed@scarsdaleschools.org

    You may watch live on cable tv at channel 27 (FIOS) and channel 77 (Optimum).

    Live stream may be found at this page: https://www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/Page/18030. The left hand menu will take you to the live stream and the archive of previous meetings and community forums. 

     

    How do I access the daily health check/EZscrn app?

    You will receive a reminder via e-mail by 6 a.m. to complete the ezSCRN daily health assessment.

    To complete the daily assessment, click here: app.ezSCRN.com  or download and use the ezSCRN iOS app . More details can be found here.

    Please complete the assessment every day that your child(ren) is/are supposed to be in the building.  This should be done if staying home sick, going to a doctor's appointment, coming in late or leaving early, etc.  If they are out sick, they will fail the screening.......but that's OK!  Only the nurse has access to that information and uses it to track illnesses in our buildings.

    After completing Ezscreen, please go to dismissal manager and enter the absence and reason, "sore throat, stomachache, etc".  This should be completed by 7:30 a.m.

    Paper questionnaire can be found here if there is an issue with the app.

     

    Can you explain some of the terms used at SMS (House, Quarterly, Center)?

    A summary of key terms can be found here.

     

    What if we have a tecnical support issue on the iPad?

    In dealing with technical support issues, we ask that students (or parents on a student's behalf) use the dedicated tech support form available as a link from the student iPad home screen. If the device is unusable, the form can be accessed at the following link: https://forms.gle/GjabmDa6JspfVFvu9

     

    What is the procedure if my child will be absent, late or needs to leave school early?

    Using School Dismissal Manager with your desktop or smartphone browser, you can quickly and easily communicate to the Middle School your child's early dismissal, absence and late arrival instructions.

    Unlike the elementary schools, It is important to note that SMS does not using this system for end of day dismissal instructions.

    When creating an exception (early dismissal, absence, late arrival) for the current day, please enter the information in the system as early as possible.It is critical to note the time and detailed reason for the exception.Please make sure you choose the correct dismissal option (HOUSE) so that your House office is notified of your exception.

     

    FAQs about School Dismissal Manager (SDM):

    Do you have to complete SDM every day?

    Parents only need to use SDM for days of absences or early dismissals. When in doubt, please call your child’s house secretary (contact numbers here). 

     

    Is there a deadline for reporting absences/early dismissal?

    It is very helpful if this can be done as early is possible, but no later than 10:45 a.m.

     
    Where can I join the PTA? (click the question for the link to join) *PTA Membership for the 2021-22 school year will open on August 22, 2021*
     
     
     
    How do I sign up for the "Middle School Matters" eblast?

    Click the "register" button on our Membership Toolkit homepage.

     
    Where do I find drop off/pick up procedures and traffic rules?

    Rules are listed on the left hand menu of this website. You can also find them HERE.

    The SMS custodians are phenomenal about directing cars and will help you out. Please be courteous, kind, and patient.

    All cars enter at the Kelwynne Road entrance. The buses veer left toward the back of the school. Parents and caregivers should veer right by the scoreboard. Then you can either go one of two ways around the grassy circle - to the left is the "lower circle" - that will allow your child to enter through the entrance by the gyms. The auditorium is on that level too. If you continue to the right around the circle, the custodians will direct you to the "upper circle". 

    The upper circle is up the hill - it's the main entrance of the school, where the House clases and Great Hall are. It is recommended that 6th graders are dropped off there for the first few weeks as it will be much easier for them to find their homeroom classroom. 
     
     
    How do I subscribe to the SMS PTA Calendar?

    To sync the Calendar to an iPhone Calendar:

    Update the App Settings on your iPhone first. 

    From iPhone>Settings>Scroll to Membership Toolkit App>Allow membership toolkit to access calendars (Needs to be turned on). 

    Then from the Membership Toolkit App>Landing Page>Calendar button>Click on calendar icon in top right corner>Click on Sync to device calendar for each calendar>Subscribe.   

     
    If you have any other questions, please email us at: ScarsdaleMiddleSchoolPTA@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you throughout the school year to help make our children's experiences at Scarsdale Middle School exceptionally rewarding.


    The Scarsdale Middle School PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization consisting of parents, teachers and administrators. We are organized and chartered under the authority of the New York State PTA, a branch of the National PTA, and we self-govern under our own local unit bylaws. We are a noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan association dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Scarsdale Middle School students.

    The pages listed on the Table of Contents at left provide information about how to join the SMS PTA, our programs, volunteer opportunities, notices, meetings, and other useful information. For most of the events in need of volunteers, there is a link to sign up on the "SMS PTA Committees and Volunteer Opportunities" page. Additional links will be added throughout the year and announced in our Sunday weekly e-blasts.
     
    The 2021-22 SMS PTA Executive Committee
    Leah Dembitzer, President
    Deborah Lichtenstein, President Elect
    Samantha Carter, Secretary
    Ophira Cukierman, Treasurer
    Yi Yang, VP of Membership and Student Directory
    Stephanie Klingsberg, VP of Programming
    Lori Harrison, VP of School Events and Initiatives
    Meghan Troy, Principal
    Melissa Salvatori, Faculty Liaison