Friday, March 22, 2019

JFK PTO Update – March 22, 2019

JFK PTO Update – March 22, 2019
 
Important Dates:
TONIGHT! 7th Grade Dance (6:30-8PM) - Volunteers Needed!
April 2 - MCAS testing begins
April 9 - Special JFK PTO Meeting
April 11 - NPS School Committee Meeting
April 15-19 - No School - Spring Recess

READY, SET, GLOW! Tonight is the 7th Grade Dance!
The 7th grade dance will take place tonight, Friday, March 22. We still need a few volunteers, even if you don’t have a 7th grader! Sign up using the totally radical link below.  

Here is the dance info:
- All tickets must have been purchased before the dance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
- Parents/guardians must pick up their students at 8pm sharp. Pickup and drop off will take place at the cafeteria door.
- Students should bring their dance ticket and JFK photo id to the dance.

An important note: If you plan to donate snacks for the 7th grade dance, NO NUTS, PLEASE. This includes peanut butter crackers, granola bars with nuts or any other nut-based product. Things like single serving chips, popcorn, pretzels, etc., would be great. Northampton Health Department requires us to only serve individually pre-packaged store bought items. Thanks so much for your support!

And if all this volunteering at our middle school dances has made you envious, be sure to support Look Park’s 80’s dance party tomorrow night: https://www.lookpark.org/special-events/

Clothing Drive at JFK (March 25-29)
Help the JFK community and donate to a clothing drive led by 8th grader Dahlia Breslow. Dahlia Breslow is this year's Project 351 Ambassador from Northampton. Each year towns across Massachusetts nominate one eighth grade student for Project 351. Project 351 helps Ambassadors foster leadership skills while promoting community engagement and service. The clothing drive is to benefit the non-profit, Cradles to Crayons, whose goal is to provide the necessary tools and a sense of pride and dignity to children. The drive is between March 25-30 at JFK, and is focused on collecting new, like new, or gently used everyday clothing and shoes. Students can drop donations off in the main foyer beginning Monday, March 25.

Teacher Appreciation Week Lunch Organizers Needed
Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 5. We are seeking one or two volunteers to help coordinate a lunch and will be seeking more parent volunteers to cook, donate or serve. Please let us know by contacting us at jfkmspto@gmail.com if you can help!

Eighth Grade Picnic Volunteers Needed
The Eighth Grade Picnic in the Look Park Pines Theater will be held the first Monday in June (June 3 with a June 4 rain date). We are seeking one or two volunteers to help coordinate the picnic. Send us an email if you can help! jfkmspto@gmail.com

Our next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, April 9 (SPECIAL DATE!)
We usually meet the first Tuesday of the month, but in April we will meet on Tuesday, April 9. Join us for a special presentation on vaping by the Northampton Prevention Coalition. Stay afterward to help plan for special spring events, PTO transitions and approve teacher grants. All are welcome.

JFK Directories
Many thanks to our volunteer who coordinated this year’s JFK Directory. Directories went home last week, so if you still need one, be sure to stop by the office and ask.

Step up to Volunteer with the JFK PTO in 2020
This year is the last year for our amazing PTO President. The PTO needs volunteers to carry on the great work we do. With the limited resources of public school budgets, a PTO can make a significant impact in funding gaps to enrich our students’ middle school educational experience. The JFK PTO is highly organized and ready to go; we just need parents willing to set aside an hour a month to keep events happening and approve teacher grant requests. Please send us an email and let us know if you can help next year. jfkmspto@gmail.com

2019-2020 District Calendar Updates
Did you see the news? Friday, June 14 is the last day of school. Wednesday, August 28 is the first day of school for the new year. And that’s when we’ll need lots of new PTO volunteers! Please email us to help.

JFK Yearbook Orders
You only have a few more days to order your 2019 JFK Yearbook online. Now to March 31, the JFK Yearbook is available for $27. Send in cash or check payable to JFK in an envelope with your student’s name and homeroom number or order at www.coffeepond.com. Price increases to $29 on April 1 (no fooling!).  

Shop and Raise Funds for JFK
We collect Boxtops for Education all year long; your student can drop them off in the JFK office. Support JFK at Stop and Shop by using the link here. Big Y Express: https://www.bigy.com/rs/educationexpress. Or link to JFK MS PTO through Amazon Smile and donate to Parent-Teacher Organization of John F Kennedy Middle School Inc.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THIS WEEK: The 19th Annual Northampton Adult Spelling Bee, March 27 at JFK
Doors Open: 5PM. Spelling Bee: 6PM. The Spelling Bee is one of the ways NEF raises money to support Small Grants for Teachers and raises awareness of their mission. Last year, 21 grants across school and grade levels totaled almost $50,000. It is also good fun, a great way to dress up, and participate in our community. Prizes are awarded for spelling, costume, and humor. Teams are 3 people, usually in costume, with a catchy 🐝 related name. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to come and cheer for your team! Great dinner options are available at “Le Beestro” (by Cooper’s Corners). Dinner begins at 5pm (bring cash!). There will also be baked goods for sale, and Herrell’s ice cream! Team Registration is now open! Click Here!

Strengthening Families (Tuesday evenings, April 2- May 21)
Raising a young teen (ages 10-14)? This free program is for you. Held at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. Free program, dinner, childcare for younger siblings and weekly giveaways. Fun for the whole family while building life skills for your child and support for the teen years. Learn more here.

Healthy Foods! Northampton Farm to School Summit (April 6)
The first annual FREE Northampton Farm to School Summit on Saturday, April 6 from 9am to 1pm will bring together stakeholders and enthusiasts interested in connecting kids to healthy food and local farms in the school environment. At this gathering we will come together to learn about current successes and challenges, gather input, and create a unified vision for how to take this work forward. Childcare and lunch will be provided, and teachers will receive a stipend for attending. Registration is free. Register to attend for free at this Eventbrite link: https://northamptonfarmtoschoolsummit.eventbrite.com

Free Screening of Paper Tigers (April 10)
Join the Northampton Prevention Coalition on April 10, 6:30-9:30pm in the NHS Auditorium for a viewing of Paper Tigers with an introduction and facilitated discussion by Pam Plumer, NPS Director of Student Services, Kathy Casale, NPS School Psychologist, and Community Action student group Shout Out! They will address topics from the film including ACE scores (adverse childhood experiences), trauma, education, and NPS’s approach to educating and connecting with our most vulnerable students. FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC. NHS auditorium. View trailer here: https://youtu.be/KdDr_nZOIXc

Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills For Your Child
Lumos is offering 2-day Public Speaking workshops during April break (April 15-16, April 17-18, or April 19-20). Your child will learn about:
    •    Speaking Confidence
    •    Impromptu Speaking
    •    Debate Fundamentals
    •    Argumentation and Reasoning
Right now you can use the code COMMUNITY to get $20 off. Email info@lumosdebate.com or call 781-474-3359 with any questions. To register, go to lumosdebate.com/vaca-workshop  

 
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Friday, March 15, 2019

JFK PTO Update – March 15, 2019


JFK PTO Update – March 15, 2019
 
Important Dates:
TODAY! March 15 - Half Day / Early Dismissal
March 19 - JFK PTO Meeting (6-7pm)
March 22 - 7th Grade Dance (6:30-8PM) - Volunteers Needed!
April 9 - Save the Date: Special JFK PTO Meeting
April 11 - NPS School Committee Meeting
April 15-19 - No School - Spring Recess

READY, SET, GLOW! And Volunteer for the 7th Grade Dance!

The 7th grade dance will take place next Friday, March 22. We still need ticket sellers next week during 7th grade lunch and dance volunteers to chaperone, decorate, and help clean up. Don’t have a 7th grader? Don’t sweat it! As a JFK parent/guardian or teacher you can still volunteer to make this event a success. Sign up using the totally radical link below. We need all your help to make this dance an awesome experience for our students.

An important note: If you plan to donate snacks for the 7th grade dance, NO NUTS, PLEASE. This includes peanut butter crackers, granola bars with nuts or any other nut-based product. Things like single serving chips, popcorns, pretzels, etc. would be great. Northampton Health Department requires us to only serve individually pre-packaged store bought items. Thanks so much for your support!

Our next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, March 19 (NEW DATE!)
With so many activities at the start of March, we have decided to move our monthly meeting to Tuesday, March 19 from 6-7:30pm in the JFK Library. We usually meet the first Tuesday of the month, but in April we will meet on Tuesday, April 9. Join us to help plan for upcoming 7th grade dance, teacher grant requests, and special spring events. All are welcome. To review our March meeting agenda, click here.

Clothing Drive at JFK (March 25-29)
Help the JFK community and donate to a clothing drive led by 8th grader Dahlia Breslow. Dahlia Breslow is this year's Project 351 Ambassador from Northampton. Each year towns across Massachusetts nominate one eighth grade student for Project 351. Project 351 helps Ambassadors foster leadership skills while promoting community engagement and service. The clothing drive is to benefit the non-profit, Cradles to Crayons, whose goal is to provide the necessary tools and a sense of pride and dignity to children. The drive is between March 25-30 at JFK, and is focused on collecting new, like new, or gently used everyday clothing and shoes. Students can drop donations off in the main foyer beginning Monday, March 25.

A note of thanks from our teachers: After an incredible turnout of writers this year (we had just about 40 every week), which then allowed us to submit 40 submissions (which is the maximum), we had 17 winners, including 4 gold medalists. Our gold medalists then get entered into a national competition, where we learned today 2 of them won national silver medals. This is an incredible win for both students as they are entered into a blind judging contest and their work gets assessed against 7-12th grade students nationwide. The judges know nothing about them, so to win as a middle school student is extremely difficult, to say the least! We know we could not have done this this year without the support of the PTO teacher grants and parent contributions, so just thank you again and again for considering our project and funding it.

Teacher Appreciation Week Lunch Organizers Needed
Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 5. We are seeking one or two volunteers to help coordinate a lunch and will be seeking more parent volunteers to cook, donate or serve. Please let us know by contacting us at jfkmspto@gmail.com if you can help!

Eighth Grade Picnic Volunteers Needed
The Eighth Grade Picnic in Look Park will be held in June. We are seeking one or two volunteers to help coordinate the picnic. Send us an email if you can help! jfkmspto@gmail.com

Step up to Volunteer with the JFK PTO in 2020
This year is the last year for our amazing PTO President. The PTO needs volunteers to carry on the great work we do. With the limited resources of public school budgets, a PTO can make a significant impact in funding gaps to enrich our students’ middle school educational experience. The JFK PTO is highly organized and ready to go; we just need parents willing to set aside an hour a month to keep events happening and approve teacher grant requests. Please send us an email and let us know if you can help next year. jfkmspto@gmail.com

JFK Yearbook Orders
You only have 25 days to order your 2019 JFK Yearbook online. Now to March 31, the JFK Yearbook is available for $27. Send in cash or check payable to JFK in an envelope with your student’s name and homeroom number or order at www.coffeepond.com. Spring forward! Price increases to $29 on April 1.

Water Reports Analysis
Interested in the results of the water testing done at JFK? Click this link here. Reports were released for all schools in January.

Shop and Raise Funds for JFK
We collect Boxtops for Education all year long; your student can drop them off in the JFK office. Support JFK at Stop and Shop by using the link here. Big Y Express: https://www.bigy.com/rs/educationexpress. Or link to JFK MS PTO through Amazon Smile and donate to Parent-Teacher Organization of John F Kennedy Middle School Inc.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THIS WEEKEND! Northampton High School Presents “Grease!”
The NHS musical is back this year and celebrating the 40th anniversary of Grease! March 14-16 at 7pm. Matinee Saturday, March 16 at 2pm. More info here: https://hamphigh-nhspto.org/ TICKETS At the door: students and staff: $5, general admission:$15, senior citizens: $10. OR find online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608578

TOMORROW: NEF Presents Local Authors
Saturday, March 16, 1-2pm in the Forbes Library Community Room. Featuring children’s authors Anna Alter, Molly Burnham and Lisa Papademetriou in a fun hour for all ages, including the authors in a drawing game and opportunities for kids to try drawing. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Northampton Education Foundation, which provides grants to Northampton schools and celebrates our amazing local authors and our exceptional public schools. www.northamptoneducation.org

Please Join Us For a Drop-In Letter Writing Campaign to Support Our Schools! Monday, March 18, 7-9pm at Jackson Street School Library.
Please bring a computer or smartphone if you have one (otherwise, paper and pens will be available). Addresses, budget information, and prompts will be provided. Drop by for as few as 15 minutes to write a letter! The House and Senate leadership have agreed that deliberation on education funding should be a priority this legislative session. As a result, the Joint Committee on Education will hold its first hearing on Governor Baker's Chapter 70 Update bill, Senator Chang Diaz's PROMISE bill, and Representative Paul Tucker's Chapter 70 Update bill on March 22, beginning at 10am, in the State House in Gardner Auditorium.

Senator Jo Comerford has indicated that it's going to take significant community pressure to see the changes we need in the school funding formula as well as in the bottom line dollar amount allocated. It is important for the Joint Committee on Education to hear the specific ways that insufficient state funding affects our schools. For these reasons, a letter writing campaign is being organized to demonstrate the ways in which our PTOs, the Northampton Education Foundation, and our booster organizations have had to raise money to make up for the budget shortfalls experienced due to inadequate funding of our public schools and demand that legislation be passed that funds our schools more appropriately. You could also share any personal stories that you have of how inadequate school funding has affected your family or what you’d like to see offered in our district if only there were more money in the budget.

Unable to attend next Monday? Here are some other ways Senator Comerford’s office has suggested you can be involved:
-If you would like to testify in person on March 22, please contact jo.comerford@masenate.gov.
-The MTA has created a toolkit with draft resolutions, letters, and fact sheets. These materials can be found here: https://massteacher.org/current-initiatives/fund-our-future/resolutions
-Senator Comerford can bring your written testimony to the hearing and make sure that committee members receive your remarks. Feel free to email them directly to jo.comerford@masenate.gov.
-If you’re on Twitter, please tag @Jo_Comerford so Jo can re-tweet and offer targeted amplification. Similarly, Jo is happy to re-post articles, pictures, videos, and local calls-to-action via Facebook. You can email links to jo.comerford@masenate.gov.

The 19th Annual Northampton Adult Spelling Bee, March 27 at JFK
Doors Open: 5PM. Spelling Bee: 6PM. The Spelling Bee is one of the ways NEF raises money to support Small Grants for Teachers and raises awareness of their mission. Last year, 21 grants across school and grade levels totaled almost $50,000. It is also good fun, a great way to dress up, and participate in our community. Prizes are awarded for spelling, costume, and humor. Teams are 3 people, usually in costume, with a catchy 🐝 related name. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to come and cheer for your team! Great dinner options are available at “Le Beestro” (by Cooper’s Corners). Dinner begins at 5pm (bring cash!). There will also be baked goods for sale, and Herrell’s ice cream! Team Registration is now open! Click Here!

Healthy Foods! Northampton Farm to School Summit (April 6)
The first annual Northampton Farm to School Summit on Saturday, April 6 from 9am to 1pm will bring together stakeholders and enthusiasts interested in connecting kids to healthy food and local farms in the school environment. At this gathering we will come together to learn about current successes and challenges, gather input, and create a unified vision for how to take this work forward. Childcare and lunch will be provided, and teachers will receive a stipend for attending. Registration is free. Please see this Eventbrite link to sign up and attend: https://northamptonfarmtoschoolsummit.eventbrite.com

 
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Friday, March 8, 2019

JFK PTO Update – March 8, 2019

JFK PTO Update – March 8, 2019
 
Important Dates:
SUNDAY! March 10 - JFK Antique Show to benefit JFK Afterschool
March 12 & 13 - JFK Band Concerts at JFK (don't forget to volunteer)
March 15 - Half Day / Early Dismissal
March 19 - NEW DATE! JFK PTO Meeting (6-7pm)
March 22 - 7th Grade Dance (6:30-8PM)
April 9 - Save the Date: Special JFK PTO Meeting

READY, SET, GLOW! And Volunteer for the 7th Grade Dance!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered for the 6th grade dance. We couldn’t have done without you! Now, we go back to the future once again: The 7th grade dance will take place on Friday, March 22. We will need ticket sellers that week during 7th grade lunch and dance volunteers to chaperone, decorate, and help clean up. Sign up using this totally radical link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040949AEAA2BA75-20192

An important note: If you plan to donate snacks for the 7th grade dance, NO NUTS, PLEASE. This includes peanut butter crackers, granola bars with nuts or any other nut-based product. Things like single serving chips, popcorns, pretzels, etc. would be great. Northampton Health Department requires us to only serve individually pre-packaged store bought items. Thanks so much for your support!

JFK Antique Show this Sunday, March 10 -- Volunteers and Bakers needed!
The JFK Afterschool Program is having a fundraiser for the After School Program on Sunday, March 10 from 10am to 3pm. We need volunteers to work 2 hour shifts at the bake sale table. We also need bakers to donate baked goods! All kinds of items needed, just no nuts. To volunteer, email Peggy Clapp at: pclapp@northampton-k12.us

Our next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, March 19 (NEW DATE!)
With so many activities at the start of March, we have decided to move our monthly meeting to Tuesday, March 19 from 6-7:30pm in the JFK Library. We usually meet the first Tuesday of the month, but in April we will meet on Tuesday, April 9. Join us to help plan for upcoming 7th grade dance, teacher grant requests, and spring events. All are welcome.

The JFK Health Office Needs Snacks!
It is common for students to gravitate toward the nurse when they are hungry because they have missed breakfast or lunch or are extra hungry. So far this year, the JFK Health Office has seen over 250 students for this sole reason. Please consider donating single-serving individually-wrapped snacks (e.g., pretzels, popcorn or goldfish--NOTHING WITH NUTS, PLEASE) to our JFK Health Office. Studies document the negative effects of hunger on children’s academic performance and behavior in school. Let’s partner with JFK and support our students with healthy snacks! Please drop off or have your student drop off your donation in the JFK office and label the snacks: “For the JFK Health Office.”

Florence Savings Bank Community Grants
Thank you all who voted for JFK PTO as part of the Florence Savings Bank Community Grants. This year we increased our grant award to $1052. These dollars go to help our teachers host special activities via teacher grants, so thanks! Want to vote for us again this year? Click here: https://www.florencebank.com/vote

First View Budget
Please see the attached presentation regarding the first view of the 2019-20 budget. Click HERE.

Helpful Links for 8th Grade Families
Next week 8th graders will be receiving their course selection sheets as well as guidance from counselors from Northampton High School. Below is a link to an extremely helpful document called "Program of Studies for Northampton High School 2019-2020." This is a comprehensive guide to course selection and assists families in mapping out students’ years at NHS. It's packed full of helpful information:

More information can also be located on the Guidance page of the NHS website.

Congratulations JFK Teachers!
The Northampton Public Schools is proud to announce the 2019 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners:
Kaitlyn Myers – (NEW) JFK Grade 6 Science Teacher
Claire Williams – JFK Band Teacher

2019 Prevention Needs Assessment
Every two years SPIFFY (the strategic planning initiative for families and youth) teams with the Northampton Prevention Coalition and the Northampton Public Schools to survey all 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. The purpose of the survey is to gather information needed to plan important prevention and intervention programs to combat such problems as substance use, bullying, and dating violence in schools and communities. The survey yields data on student behaviors, risk factors, protective factors, and students' perceptions of these risk and protective factors. This data not only informs programming but provides NPS, SPIFFY, and NPC with the information it needs to apply for grants to fund such programs. JFK 8th grade students will take the survey on March 13; NHS 10th and 12th graders on March 12; SVAHS 10th and 12th graders on April 3.

JFK Yearbook Orders
The 2019 JFK Yearbook is available to order now for $27. Order online at www.coffeepond.com or send in cash or check payable to JFK in an envelope with your student’s name and homeroom number. Price increases to $29 on April 1.

Shop and Raise Funds for JFK
We collect Boxtops for Education all year long; your student can drop them off in the JFK office. Support JFK at Stop and Shop by using the link here. Big Y Express: https://www.bigy.com/rs/educationexpress. Or link to JFK MS PTO through Amazon Smile and donate to Parent-Teacher Organization of John F Kennedy Middle School Inc.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

THE PIED PIPER Performance
What do you do when your town is overrun by rats? You call THE PIED PIPER! On Saturday, March 9, take a trip to Hamelin Town with the Missoula Children's Theatre, as over 50 local students present THE PIED PIPER, an original musical adaptation of this classic tale. This original musical production is part of the Missoula Children's Theatre's unique international touring project and is presented locally by Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater. Tickets are $8/adults and $5/children and seniors, and are available at the door. For more information, see www.alsct.org, or call 413-461-6722. Two one-hour shows at Amherst Regional Middle School on
 Saturday, March 9 at 1:30 and 4pm.

Northampton High School Presents “Grease!”
The NHS musical is back this year and celebrating the 40th anniversary of Grease! March 14-16 at 7pm. Matinee Saturday, March 16 at 2pm. More info here: https://hamphigh-nhspto.org/ TICKETS At the door: students and staff: $5, general admission:$15, senior citizens: $10. OR find online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608578

Host Japanese Students for a Weekend -- 2 More Families Needed
Northampton HS and the International Language Institute have partnered with GPI US, a Japanese student exchange organization, to create a one-week study program for Meisei HS students during their school break. The students will be visiting ILI & Northampton High School this spring. Any Pioneer Valley families can apply. Needed: Families to host these students for 3 nights, March 15–18. Double (or single) placements for 26 students. Who: 14 boys and 12 girls, ages 15 and 16. For more information, click on the flyer here.

Calling all 6th-8th graders, the Heart & Sole Community Team is happening for a second season
Smith College is hosting any girl in 6th-8th grade to be part of Girls on the Run's Heart & Sole program. Practices are Tuesday and Friday from 3:30-5pm starting the week of March 11 and ending with our GOTR5K on June 2. Practices will be held down at the Smith College athletic fields. Space is limited, only 10 spots available. Register today!
To learn more, visit: www.girlsontherunwesternma.org

The 19th Annual Northampton Adult Spelling Bee, March 27 at JFK
Doors Open: 5PM. Spelling Bee: 6PM. The Spelling Bee is one of the ways NEF raises money to support Small Grants for Teachers and raises awareness of their mission. Last year, 21 grants across school and grade levels totaled almost $50,000. It is also good fun, a great way to dress up, and participate in our community. Prizes are awarded for spelling, costume, and humor. Teams are 3 people, usually in costume, with a catchy 🐝 related name. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to come and cheer for your team! Great dinner options are available at “Le Beestro” (by Cooper’s Corners). Dinner begins at 5pm (bring cash!). There will also be baked goods for sale, and Herrell’s ice cream! Team Registration is now open! Click Here

Save the Date: Northampton Farm to School Summit
The first annual Northampton Farm to School Summit on Saturday, April 6 from 9am to 1pm will bring together stakeholders and enthusiasts interested in connecting kids to healthy food and local farms in the school environment. At this gathering we will come together to learn about current successes and challenges, gather input, and create a unified vision for how to take this work forward. Childcare and lunch will be provided, and teachers will receive a stipend for attending. Registration is free. Please see this Eventbrite link to sign up and attend: https://northamptonfarmtoschoolsummit.eventbrite.com
  
 
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Friday, March 1, 2019

JFK PTO Update – March 1, 2019


JFK PTO Update – March 1, 2019
 
Important Dates:
TONIGHT! March 1 - 6th Grade Dance (6:30-8PM) - Volunteers Needed!
March 7 - Grade 5 Parent / Guardian Transition Evening at JFK
March 10 - JFK Antique Show to benefit JFK Afterschool Programs
March 12 & 13 - JFK Band Concerts at JFK
March 15 - Half Day / Early Dismissal
March 19 - NEW DATE! JFK PTO Meeting (6-7pm)
March 22 - 7th Grade Dance (6:30-8PM)

READY, SET, GLOW! 6th & 7th Grade Dances
The 6th grade dance is tonight! Friday, March 1.
Here is the info:
- All tickets must have been purchased before the dance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
- Parents/guardians must pick up their students at 8pm sharp. Pickup and drop off will take place at the cafeteria door.

It’s never too late to volunteer! Sign up to decorate, chaperone, or clean up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040949AEAA2BA75-20191

See our great black and neon flyer here: 6th Grade Dance Flyer

The 7th grade dance will take place on Friday, March 22. We will need ticket sellers that week at school and dance volunteers. Sign up using the link below.

JFK Antique Show on March 10 -- Volunteers and Bakers needed!
The JFK Afterschool Program is having a fundraiser for the After School Program on Sunday, March 10 from 10am to 3pm. We need volunteers to work 2 hour shifts at the bake sale table. We also need bakers to donate baked goods! All kinds of items needed, just no nuts. To volunteer, email Peggy Clapp at: pclapp@northampton-k12.us

Our next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, March 19 (NEW DATE!)
With so many activities at the start of March, we have decided to move our monthly meeting to Tuesday, March 19 from 6-7:30pm in the JFK Library. We usually meet the first Tuesday of the month, but in April we will meet on Tuesday, April 9 to accomodate a special guest speaker on vaping. Join us to help plan for upcoming 7th grade dance, teacher grant requests, and spring events. All are welcome.

Congratulations JFK Teachers!
The Northampton Public Schools is proud to announce the 2019 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners:
Kaitlyn Myers – (NEW) JFK Grade 6 Science Teacher
Claire Williams – JFK Band Teacher
Jeromie Whalen – NHS Technology Teacher
Leslie Stein – BSS Grade 5 Special Education Teacher

2019 Prevention Needs Assessment
Every two years SPIFFY (the strategic planning initiative for families and youth) teams with the Northampton Prevention Coalition and the Northampton Public Schools to survey all 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. The purpose of the survey is to gather information needed to plan important prevention and intervention programs to combat such problems as substance use, bullying, and dating violence in schools and communities. The survey yields data on student behaviors, risk factors, protective factors, and students' perceptions of these risk and protective factors. This data not only informs programming but provides NPS, SPIFFY, and NPC with the information it needs to apply for grants to fund such programs. JFK 8th grade students will take the survey on March 13; NHS 10th and 12th graders on March 12; SVAHS 10th and 12th graders on April 3.

JFK Yearbook Orders
The 2019 JFK Yearbook is available to order now for $27. Order online at www.coffeepond.com or send in cash or check payable to JFK in an envelope with your student’s name and homeroom number. Price increases to $29 on April 1.

Shop and Raise Funds for JFK
We collect Boxtops for Education all year long; your student can drop them off in the JFK office. Support JFK at Stop and Shop by using the link here. Big Y Express: https://www.bigy.com/rs/educationexpress. Or link to JFK MS PTO through Amazon Smile and donate to Parent-Teacher Organization of John F Kennedy Middle School Inc.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TOMORROW! 14th Annual VINS Dog Show (March 2, 12-3pm)
Northampton High School Gym. Snow date is Sunday, March 3. FREE ENTRY! Only Dogs Pay! Registration is required for dogs: $8 if received by February 28 and $12 at the door (donations accepted). $5 Non-competing dogs. For more info, see the flyer here. Hosted by Volunteers in Northampton Schools, Inc.

SUNDAY! REAL (Racial Equity and Learning) “Reading into Diversity”
REAL (Racial Equity and Learning) Northampton (realnorthampton.com) invites people in the NPS community to a gathering led by local educator and social justice advocate Alice Levine, who is currently working with Northampton’s elementary school librarians to implement the NEF grant–funded “Reading into Diversity” program. Please join us on Sunday, March 3 from 4-5:30pm, at 24 Hayes Avenue in Northampton. Children are welcome. The program’s facilitators intend to use literature to help NPS students, staff, and parents/caregivers develop a more nuanced understanding of the perspectives of peers and neighbors from a diversity of backgrounds. Levine has put together an extensive list of books, a number of which will be purchased for the local elementary schools, that enable all of our district’s students, including students of the global majority, to see themselves reflected in our libraries, classrooms, and curricula. Facilitators will also provide teachers, library staff, and parents/caregivers with strategies for engaging kids in conversations about topics raised in/by the selected books. At this meeting, Levine will share more information about the program, pass around some sample books, and gather feedback about the bibliographies she has created.

Northampton High School Presents “Grease!”
The NHS musical is back this year and celebrating the 40th anniversary of Grease! March 14-16 at 7pm. Matinee Saturday, March 16 at 2pm. More info here: https://hamphigh-nhspto.org/ TICKETS At the door: students and staff: $5, general admission:$15, senior citizens: $10. OR find online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608578

Host Japanese Students for a Weekend
Northampton HS and the International Language Institute have partnered with GPI US, a Japanese student exchange organization, to create a one-week study program for Meisei H.S. students during their school break. The students will be visiting ILI & Northampton High School this spring. Any Pioneer Valley families can apply. Needed: Families to host these students for 3 nights, March 15–18. Double (or single) placements for 26 students. Who: 14 boys and 12 girls, ages 15 and 16. For more information, click on the flyer here.

Calling all 6th-8th graders, the Heart & Sole Community Team is happening for a second season
Smith College is hosting any girl in 6th-8th grade to be part of Girls on the Run's Heart & Sole program. Practices are Tuesday and Friday from 3:30-5pm starting the week of March 11 and ending with our GOTR5K on June 2. Practices will be held down at the Smith College athletic fields. Space is limited, only 10 spots available. Register today!
To learn more, visit: www.girlsontherunwesternma.org

Save the Date: Northampton Farm to School Summit
The first annual Northampton Farm to School Summit on Saturday, April 6 from 9am to 1pm will bring together stakeholders and enthusiasts interested in connecting kids to healthy food and local farms in the school environment. At this gathering we will come together to learn about current successes and challenges, gather input, and create a unified vision for how to take this work forward. Childcare and lunch will be provided, and teachers will receive a stipend for attending. Registration is free. Please see this Eventbrite link to sign up and attend: https://northamptonfarmtoschoolsummit.eventbrite.com

Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater Presents Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s THE PIED PIPER!
Auditions will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre musical production of THE PIED PIPER Monday, March 4 at the Amherst Middle School Cafeteria from 4:15-6:15pm. All those auditioning should arrive at 4pm and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of those cast in the show will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions. Students from K-12 are encouraged to audition. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week, and to take on essential backstage responsibilities. There are 50-60 roles available, with parts in every age group. There is a $55 Registration Fee due at the audition for all those who are cast—additional siblings $30 (fee waivers are available). THE PIED PIPER will be presented on Saturday, March 9 at 1:30pm and 4pm at the Amherst Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students under 18 and seniors. For more information, visit: https://alsct.org/childrens_theater/index.html

The 19th Annual Northampton Adult Spelling Bee, March 27 at JFK
Doors Open: 5PM. Spelling Bee: 6PM. The Spelling Bee is one of the ways NEF raises money to support Small Grants for Teachers and raises awareness of their mission. Last year, 21 grants across school and grade levels totaled almost $50,000. It is also good fun, a great way to dress up, and participate in our community. Prizes are awarded for spelling, costume, and humor. Teams are 3 people, usually in costume, with a catchy 🐝 related name. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to come and cheer for your team! Great dinner options are available at “Le Beestro” (by Cooper’s Corners). Dinner begins at 5pm (bring cash!). There will also be baked goods for sale, and Herrell’s ice cream! Team Registration is now open! Click Here

 

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