2021 BACK-TO-SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
an update from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation
Dear Friends:

It was really fantastic to see so many of you at our 15th Annual MSF Junior Triathlon, with smiles from participants and spectators alike. It was a true community effort to pull off this awesome event and we were so happy to see it return in full this fall. What a wonderful way to start off MSF's 25th anniversary year!

Here at MSF we are already launching our grant season, leading with Student Grant applications which are now available, followed by our teacher grant applications. If you have an idea that you think would help a classroom, school, or the district, please pass it along to your child’s teacher or building Principal. We can't wait to see what innovative and exciting ideas our learning community comes up with this year.

MSF extends a warm welcome to all of the new families to the school district. Please visit our website to learn more about our organization, and we hope that you will join us at our Autumn Mixer later this month so that we have a chance to introduce ourselves in person. We also look forward to seeing our supporters there - you are the reason we are able to accomplish what we can - we have much to celebrate together!

Warmly,
Jackie Emmet
President, Mamaroneck Schools Foundation
MSF JR. TRIATHLON - A SUCCESS!
Under blue skies and ideal course conditions, the Mamaroneck School Foundation’s 15th Annual Junior Triathlon was held on Saturday, September 18. Over 300 racers from 7-13 years enthusiastically swam, biked, and ran to the finish line as community members cheered them on. The celebration continued as the athletes were awarded medals and treats, while a lively DJ provided a festive backdrop for all.
 
An event of this magnitude requires the coordinated efforts of so many. Triathlon organizers Lindsey Anderson and Becky Gray worked closely with MSF leadership and Elite Feats – a professional race coordinator – to plan the event. Hommocks School custodial staff went over and above to ensure that all was ready for the day’s activities. Over 125 community volunteers, which included families, students, and teachers, together with the professional support provided by Town of Mamaroneck and Village of Larchmont agencies ensured that the event ran smoothly and safely.  
 
Robust support also came from local businesses and organizations in the form of generous sponsorships. MSF particularly recognizes Badger Sports Camp, which has faithfully taken on the role of Lead Sponsor for the triathlon for several years. Visit our triathlon page for a full list of our community sponsors!

Thank you. Thank YOU. THANK YOU.
YOU'RE INVITED: MSF FALL EVENT
WHAT: Autumn Mixer
WHEN: Thursday, Oct 21 @ 7-9pm
WHERE: Bonnie Briar Country Club

Join us as we kick off the 2021-22 school year TOGETHER on what will be a beautiful fall evening with friends. Enjoy catching up with friends old and new in celebration of the return to school and hear about all that MSF has planned for our 25th anniversary year!

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space is limited!
KINDERGARTEN BOOKS ARE HERE
MSF welcomes our youngest learners! 
All kindergartners in the school district received a copy of Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, courtesy of MSF. 

In the story, readers are reminded to “be kind, be courageous, (and) celebrate what makes you YOU!​” It’s a timeless life lesson.


Welcome to Mamaroneck Schools - we are so happy you are here!
CALLING ALL INNOVATIVE MHS 10-12 GRADERS!
It's Student Grants season - apply today!
We know our high school students are big thinkers and entrepreneurs, and the MSF Student Grants program offers a great opportunity for you to make your mark on MHS and our community. What program, tool, or experience would you like to see MHS offer students - submit a grant application and make it happen!

Here's what you need to do:
1) Visit the Student Grants info page of our website. Here's where you will find all the need-to-know info to help develop your idea and submit an application. You'll also be able to read about previous student grants for inspiration!
2) Contact the Student Grants Liaison, Robert Hohn (rhohn@mamkschools.org) Mr. Hohn is available to talk through ideas as well as partner students with appropriate faculty sponsors, a requirement for each application.
3) Submit your application by the October 25, 2021 deadline.

Any questions about the program? Contact us at MSFoundation@mamkschools.org.

"The MSF Student Grant Program is such a unique initiative that enables our students to explore their passions. As the new Liaison for the program, I'm looking forward to seeing all of the creative ideas that students come up with!
- Robert Hohn, MHS Faculty & MSF Student Grants Liaison
SUPPORT MSF WHILE YOU SHOP!
DeCicco's Store Rebate Program is here!
Each year the DeCicco Family donates over $100,000 back to the community, and MSF has been fortunate to be one of its beneficiaries. 

The rebate program has gone digital - no more receipts in boxes to tally! Follow the steps below to start earning donations for MSF! NO CUSTOMER CARD IS NEEDED!

  1. Click here to sign up for the program.
  2. DeCicco & Sons will donate 1% of your purchases from September to June at no cost to you
  3. Simply submit your customer card or a phone number at check out!

Yes, it's that simple!
MSF GRANTS-IN-ACTION
Check out these updates from some of our recent grant recipients!
State-of-the-art Kiln to enhance the continued development of the Ceramics Curriculum: This kiln uses the latest technology designed to economically and efficiently fire the necessary temperature while using less power. It is a fully programmable kiln which can be monitored from an app with both preset and customizable programs, allowing students to experiment with new firing techniques and different glaze effects. The new kiln will allow the clay program that has grown over time to flourish.

"We normally think of a kiln as a fairly “low tech” piece of equipment. The new Bailey kiln that we have purchased through the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation is actually quite “hi tech”. This kiln has a feature in the computerized control panel that enables me to monitor it using an app on my phone. The app allows me to keep track of the various segments of the firing process while not in school. It will also notify me if there is an interruption or error that occurs during the firing. We can create more complex firing schedules and we have already attempted a crystalline glaze firing where crystals grow on the surface of the artwork!"
- Michael Dollar, MHS Ceramics Teacher


The National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project is based on the implementation of monthly peer-facilitated seminars to help teachers, families, administrators, counselors and other members of the school community engage in structured conversations about equity and diversity. This grant enabled two teachers to attend the SEED leadership training in order for them to implement the seminars in the Mamaroneck School District.

“SEED helped me continue to learn and unlearn, which is so important for personal, pedagogical, and societal growth. The vast amount of resources coupled with the truths that we vocalized allowed me to constantly reflect. This is the type of professional development that is organic and authentic. To be able to grapple with challenging topics with colleagues from all over the district by speaking and listening with empathy, curiosity, and vulnerability is an amazing opportunity.”

“SEED was, hands down, one of the best [Professional Development] experiences of my career. It was transformational, interesting, challenging and will make me a better teacher. It was also one of the rare PD experiences where the facilitators walk the talk in how they deliver engaging lessons, and are modeling great teaching throughout! Can’t recommend this enough!”
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We'd love to hear from you! Email us at: info@mamaroneckschoolsfoundation.org