JFK PTO Update – June 9, 2020
Dear JFK Families,
At the request of NPS, we wanted to share the following updates with you:
Please find below links to the Community Needs Survey and letter from the Superintendent. These links can also be found on the District Website.
- Northampton Community Needs Survey: To access the survey, please click THIS LINK.
- Encuesta de Necesidades Comunitarias de NPS. To access this survey in SPANISH, click THIS LINK.
To read the Letter to the Community from Superintendent Dr. Provost, please click HERE. Mensaje del Superintendente Escolar en español: To view this letter in SPANISH, please click HERE...
To see the new video from Superintendent Dr. Provost about classroom considerations for reopening in the 2020-21 school year, click here.
JFK Middle School Student Item Pick Up
A schedule for returning student belongings from lockers and classrooms and for students to drop off school-issued supplies and materials can be found on the district website. The schedule is organized by homeroom on the following dates:
- 7th grade: Thursday, June 11
- 6th grade: Friday, June 12
- 8th grade: Monday, June 15 (last day of school)
Chromebook information: Only grade 8 students will return Chromebooks on their designated drop-off day. Grade 6 and 7 students will keep Chromebooks over the summer. Please see link for information from the online copy of Northampton Public Schools Students’ Belongings Cleanup & Chromebook Drop Off Plan.
Free & Reduced School Meals Applications
You are encouraged to complete a Free/Reduced School Meals Application for the 2019-2020 school year. Free/Reduced meal status carries over for the first 30 days of the upcoming school year, at which time a new application will be required. If you feel as though your families’ financial circumstances have changed, you are encouraged to complete a form. Applications will be available at each school when students’ belongings are picked-up. These should be completed by 6/30/2020 and returned to JFK Middle School. Applications are also available online:
- English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XwQxiVggetw1Zl3J56dy75G-RkP6gPMm/view
- Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C9cChZkOR7j8J6OQBHzEpdkKGN1IinOM/view
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mistelle Hannah, Food Service Director, at (413) 587-1487 or email@example.com.
ACTIVITIES & INFO ONLINE
8th Grade Student Celebration (Wednesday, June 10)
In order to celebrate JFK's eighth graders, JFK will be hosting a drive thru celebration on June 10, 2020 for our grade eight students! Attached are the details of this celebration. Social Distancing Expectations:
- Individuals will be expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- Wear a mask.
- Please remain in your car. Your swag bag will be picked up off a table from your car window.
8th Grade Families: A Note about Our JFK PTO List-Serve
Dear 8th Grade Families, if you would like to be removed from the JFK PTO email updates, send us an “unsubscribe” email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Northampton High School PTO welcomes incoming families to subscribe to their weekly e-newsletter. Visit hamphigh-nhspto.org and click the subscribe button in the right navigation.
ASPEN Update Emails from JFK
If you are not receiving JFK emails from Principal Wilson and the admin team via ASPEN, contact Tammy Cook at email@example.com. The team has been updating the system so families receive school communications.
The JFK Yearbook Is Still On Sale!
Stay tuned for the details on pick up time and day. We will have extra yearbooks available for purchase on pick-up day for $29 cash, or, by check made out to JFK Middle School.
2020-2021 School Calendar Posted
You can find the link to the NPS School Calendar online.
Volunteer with the JFK PTO in 2021!
The JFK PTO seeks parent volunteers to help with tasks for the unique upcoming school year. We will focus our efforts on fundraising support for teachers as they strive to meet the needs posed by changes in response to COVID-19.
If you can help, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040949AEAA2BA75-jfkmspto1
5 Easy Ways to Support JFK MS PTO
- Donate online. Your donations are tax-deductible and help fund special programs and teacher grants at JFK. We accept donations year-round!
- Link to JFK MS PTO through Amazon Smile and donate to Parent-Teacher Organization of John F Kennedy Middle School Inc. Click here for instructions on how to use the app.
- Save your Boxtops! Boxtops also has an online app for donations. Online we are: JOHN F KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL| School ID: 573700.
- Register your Stop and Shop card to benefit JFK Middle School using ID#05378. Call 1-877-275-2758 to register or log on to www.stopandshop.com
- Be sure to vote for us in the Florence Savings Bank Customers’ Choice Awards of 2020. Thank you, FSB, for your generous support of our programs!
Additional News and Updates
Please continue to check the NPS site online for the latest updates or visit https://twitter.com/npsdistrict
For city info, visit: http://northamptonma.gov/2104/COVID-19-Coronavirus
For statewide info, visit: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Northampton Parks & Recreation: No Summer Day Camp
Northampton Parks & Recreation has announced that summer day camps will not be running in 2020. To view the announcement, click here. Staff will be working on smaller, modified outdoor recreational programs. For further summer information, visit www.northamptonma.gov/recreation. If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
Salud y Bienestar en Pioneer Valley
Un sitio para promover y compartir información y actividades locales de salud y bienestar en español: https://blogs.umass.edu/bienestar/
Valley Book Rally Seeks Donations
With schools and libraries closed, we're rallying to put books into the hands of young Pioneer Valley readers in need during the stay-at-home advisory. We strongly believe that in times of hardship, books are an important resource that help lift up, educate, and inspire children. Titles will include those by local authors and illustrators, in addition to those published by Interlink Publishing and hand-picked by High Five Books. We are working directly with resident services coordinators at the various housing sites across the Pioneer Valley to match participating children’s ages with high-interest books that offer entertainment, education, and parental relief during this crisis. Donate at:https://www.gofundme.com/f/valley-book-rally
Hamp Rec Virtual 50K Challenge: FREE to ALL AGES!
You must submit your miles by June 12, 2020. Many things may be closed or modified, but the sidewalks, bike paths and parks are still open! There’s no better way to social distance you or your family than going for a walk or hike around the neighborhood, following along to a workout video, going for a bike ride, and receive a medal or certificate! Start anytime but complete by June 12! More info here.
Northampton Family Fourth POSTPONED
The Northampton Family Fourth Celebration, scheduled for June 27, 2020 at Look Memorial Park, has officially been rescheduled to next year on June 26, 2021. The Northampton Family Fourth Celebration Committee hopes that families and community members are staying safe during this difficult time. We look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary together next June. For updates, please visit our website at northamptonfamilyfourth.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look Park Is Open Again
Visit the website for details. 2020 Vehicle Entry Season Passes Available-Tennis and pickleball courts to reopen-Look Park Turns 90!
2020 Census Count: Everyone Counts
The census is online at: https://2020census.gov. By law, your responses cannot be used against you. Your census responses are safe and secure. See our community’s response rate so far at: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html
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