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Ed Smith: REMINDER: 2017 MLK Essay Contest- Deadline Friday

A good reminder copied from the Nottingham Listserv…

Since MLK Day was just celebrated this past Monday, a reminder about this essay contest honoring his legacy seemed appropriate. Deadline to enter is this Friday, January 20th.

From Bennie Williams at LeMoyne College –

“…For the second consecutive year, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be sponsoring an essay contest about the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All participants will be recognized and winners will be announced at our MLK Convocation on Thursday, January 26, 2017.

Please find attached the directions for the essay contest. Note that there are 3 divisions (Elementary, Middle, and High School). Please use the directions that are pertinent to your students. All essays should be submitted to myself by Friday, January 20, 2017.

We hope you are able to participate in the essay contest this year. Thank you for your time. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.”



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Syracuse University Basketball Game 2/4

This is a message from Coach Miller about tickets to an SU basketball game
on February 4. I would ask that teachers please share this information
with their students so that everyone can be included. Please see the
contact information below for tickets.

Hello it is Coach Miller, The SCSD is going to give the ED. Smith community
a chance to see a SU basketball game at the Dome for free!! The game will
be at the Carrier Dome against Virginia on 2/4/17 at 12:00PM. *Anybody
interested can email Coach Miller at Smiller2 [at] scsd [dot] us <Smiller2 [at] scsd [dot] us>.*
Give name and grade of the student and how many tickets you need. We are
getting 300 tickets and will be given first come first serve. Thanks Coach

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December Box Top Results

Thanks to all who brought Box Tops to school for our December race.
> I am happy to announce that Mr. Roger’s class won the Box Top race for December 2016!!! Prizes were presented to the class.
> Here are the complete results for December:
> Rogers: 133
> Unlabeled: 108
> Gratien: 95
> DiTucci: 87
> Fiacchi: 79
> Siedman: 53
> Warner: 13
> Remember to keep bringing those Box Tops to school to help your class win the January Box Tops race!
> Please contact me at kari [dot] zheheimerman [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions.
> Thanks for your help with Box Tops,
> -Kari Zhe-Heimerman

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Clarification about Performance

The All-Night Playwrights performance is tonight, Saturday, January 14th at 7pm.

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All -Night Playwrights Performance at 7:00 p.m.Tomorrow

I am forwarding the message below from Nottingham to let you know about this great tradition, but also to let you know the performance is tonight at 7pm and is open to all. Might work best for adults and mature middle schoolers but use your own judgment.

Our annual Nottingham High School’s All-Night Playwrights’ performance is tomorrow, January 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

What is All-Night Playwrights? It is a student written, student acted/directed/ tech supported event of usually a half-dozen or so plays, written this evening (and throughout the night and early morning hours) by Nottingham students. As the sun comes up, our exhausted playwrights go home, and are replaced by a fresh-faced crop of new faces busily acting, directing, and providing tech support to those plays just written.

Our talented students never fail to impress, as the results are often profound, inspiring, quirky, and often sometimes hilarious. Great entertainment at NO COST (although donations are always welcome).

We hope to see you there!

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Ski Club!

Ski Club is cancelled for tomorrow, January 12th, due to today and tomorrow’s weather forecast. We will make it up on Thursday, February 16th, weather permitting.

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Important Dates

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Ed Smith SWAG

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Families of The Lion King, Jr. cast

From Kristin Esposito…
Yesterday your child was given a handout indicating basic costume items that they will need to secure by Tuesday, January 17th. Handout attached. Please send the items in a plastic bag labeled with your child’s name on it. It is also preferable that you also label the tags of the clothing items with your child’s name. Please make sure the items are free from words/logos/pictures and are items that you don’t mind being altered slightly. . I am collecting these items from Mrs. Wilson to build costuming in the upcoming weeks, so it is imperative that your child bring them in no later than Tuesday, January 17th. Costuming for this play will be very involved so your help with this is greatly appreciated. If you have difficulty acquiring a specific item, please let Mrs. Wilson know. Thank you for your continued support of the arts at Ed Smith. Regards, Kristin Esposito

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Middle School Debate Team Mini-Academy

From Mr. Barber –

I would like to start a team for this ! I was curious if we have any parents that would like help and facilitate a Mini-Academy & if we have any students that would like to participate.

If your child would like to participate please email me with your child’s name and grade level.

If you would like to volunteer to run a Mini-Academy, let me know the times and dates you are available after school. Thanks!
Mr. Barber

Samuel J. Barber
Edward Smith K-8 School
1106 Lancaster Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 435-4650 x4652
sbarber [at] scsd [dot] us


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Upcoming events of interest from PTO

Below is a by no means complete nor exhaustive list of things going on at the school and in the district that parents and students might be interested in. It’s from Samantha Pierce, PTO President. Also just wanted to add that there is an Eastside TNT meeting at Nottingham on Tuesday 1/10 at 7pm which will include a short presentation on upcoming Save the Rain projects.


January Meetings and Events

(This is not everything happening but most of what we know about.)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Board of Education Monthly Meeting 5:30pm 725 Harrison St

Thursday, January 12, 2017: PTO meeting, 7:00pm, Ed Smith cafetorium

Monday, January 16, 2017: Martin Luther King Day. No school for students.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017: Superintendent’s Parent Council Meeting, 6:30pm, 725 Harrison St

Wednesday, January 18, 2017: Family Resource Fair, 5:30pm, 1085 E. Genesee St

Sunday, January 22, 2017: Liverpool Winter Scholastic chess Festival Tournament at Donlin Drive ES, 299 Donlin Drive, Liverpool, NY 13088

Monday, January 23, 2017: Board of Education-Operations Work Session, 4:30pm, 725 Harrison St

Wednesday, January 25, 2017: Board of Education-Education Work Session, 4:30pm, 725 Harrison St

Saturday, January 28, 2017: Dr. King Community-Wide Celebration, 12:00pm, 3100 E Genesee St, 132

Monday, January 30, 2017: Superintendent’s Conference Day. No school for students.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017: Ed Smith Building Renovation Presentation, 6:00pm, Ed Smith cafetorium

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MA.S.H. Camp for 8/9th graders

From the Nottingham Listserv –

Program Details

When: February 23 & 24, 2017
Where: Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus (Syracuse, NY)
How to Apply: Online
Application Deadline: February 3, 2017
What is M.A.S.H. Camp?
M.A.S.H. Camp, or Medical Academy of Science and Health, is a fun and educational day camp for students entering 8th and 9th grades to explore health careers.

Students enjoy two days of fun and interaction at a local hospital, where they will:
Learn about a variety of health professions as viable career options
Learn about the educational requirements, skills, typical job duties, and personal qualities of successful health professionals and para-professionals
Participate in interactive, hands-on workshops that highlight the skills, equipment, technology,and resources used by health professionals
Increase awareness and understanding of the hospital setting and structure where many health professionals work
As part of the camp experience, each participant will receive scrubs and lanyard with name badge to wear at camp; breakfast, lunch, and snacks; certificate of participation; and lots of attention from caring health professionals!

Link to the application:

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