Wednesday, June 20, 2018

JFK PTO Update -June 20, 2018



JFK PTO Update – June 20, 2018

School’s out for Summer!

The JFK PTO would like to extend a big thank you to all our JFK families, friends and partners.This year we were able to raise over $18,000 combined through our various fundraisers such as; Make it Count, Valley Gives - Making Middle School Mobile, the annual Electronic Recycling, box tops, spirit-wear sales, Amazon Smile and more. With our new Make it Count campaign alone we retired the annual magazine drive so 100% of funds raised went directly to our students. With your generous donations we were able to fund so many great programs such as, The Celebration of Ancient Greece for 7th grade, the Connecticut Science Museum trip for 6th graders and a Day of Poetry at UMASS for our 8th graders. We also fund library projects, after school club grants, art department supplies, technology software for video production, Day of Service funding and more. We are extremely grateful for all of your generous donations that make all these programs possible for our students.

We are also very grateful to everyone who’s volunteered their time for the many events we host throughout the year. This includes our annual electronics recycling event, the fall book fair, 6th and 7th grade dances, teacher appreciation brunches and lunches, PTO board positions, meetings and more. Your time, even an hour or two, make all these events come together for our students and staff! Your time, energy and support make JFK a great place to go to middle school!  

Have a wonderful summer.

JFK PTO

Important Dates:
Thursday, August 30 is the First Day of School for 2018-2019. For more dates, see the Northampton Public Schools Calendar online: http://www.northamptonschools.org/district-calendar/

Call for New PTO Officers and Member Volunteers
Please stay tuned for emails regarding PTO summer planning events. The PTO is seeking a new president and more PTO members to help with events. It’s a great way to make new friends and get a glimpse inside the mysterious world of middle school.  Also, If you like writing and are interested in becoming our next newsletter editor we’d love to hear from you!
Email jfkmspto@gmail.com and lend your expertise to our school.

Ways to Support JFK: Amazon and Box Tops
Do your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2157090 and Amazon donates to the Parent-Teacher Organization of John F Kennedy Middle School Inc. Box Tops for Education are always welcome for drop off in the school office. We thank you for your support! Your shopping makes a difference. 



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Sunday, June 10, 2018

JFK PTO Update - June 10, 2018



JFK PTO Update – June 10, 2018
Important Dates:
June 10 - Last Call for Yearbooks (all cash or check orders due)
June 11 - Eighth Grade Picnic (rain date June 13)
June 12 - JFK Day of Service (rain date June 13)
June 20 - Last Day of School (Half Day)

Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday, June 14 is the next School Committee Meeting at 7:15pm in the Mark E. Warner Community Room at JFK Middle School. The public is welcome to attend all meetings, and are welcome to speak in the Public Session of the full Committee meetings.

Thursday, August 30 is the First Day of School for 2018-2019. For more dates, see the Northampton Public Schools Calendar online: http://www.northamptonschools.org/district-calendar/

The Annual JFK Day of Service is coming up on June 12 (Rain Date June 13)
Students and staff will be participating in morning community service activities that range from working in the elementary schools, landscaping in Look Park, making pet toys and blankets for Dakin animal shelter, building bird houses, playing a community jazz concert and more. To view the JFK Day of Service flyer that goes home today, click on the link below.

We need the following donations for various Day of Service activities. Please bring donations to the front office at JFK. If you are lending an item please be sure to label it with your name and phone number.

Donations List
  • Paper towels
  • Plants
  • Yarn
  • Socks (baby, kids and regular) MUCH NEEDED FOR PET TOYS!!
  • Feathers
  • Soft fabric (like fleece)
  • T-shirts
  • Tennis balls (used are fine)
  • Large trash bags
Yard tools: (for donation or lending) Please mark items with your name/number for returning.
  • rakes
  • gloves
  • shovels
  • clippers
  • 5 gallon buckets
  • wheelbarrows
If you have any questions please contact us at jfkmspto@gmail.com.


Call for New PTO Officers and Member Volunteers
The PTO will be seeking a new president next year and more PTO members to help with events. A new secretary to take minutes and assist with the agenda at our monthly meetings is also needed. If you are interested in becoming our new newsletter editor we’d love to hear from you. Email jfkmspto@gmail.com and lend your expertise to our school.

Ways to Support JFK: Amazon and Box Tops
Do your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2157090 and Amazon donates to the Parent-Teacher Organization of John F Kennedy Middle School Inc. Box Tops for Education are always welcome for drop off in the school office. We thank you for your support! Your shopping makes a difference.

New Podcast from our friends at the Northampton Prevention Coalition!
Northampton Prevention Coalition in partnership with Northampton Community Television, has launched a free podcast series, NPC in the 413, addressing topics such as addiction, faith, healthy development, community-building, prevention, and parenting.

The podcast aims to expand the coalition’s educational programming and generate community discussion about topics impacting healthy youth development. The Northampton Prevention Coalition is a federally-funded substance abuse prevention coalition run out of the Northampton School Department dedicated to reducing and delaying youth substance use and promoting healthy youth development. It was created in 2008.

NPC in the 413 launched March in an effort to make the coalition’s educational offerings more accessible to a broader audience, to disseminate ideas and practices that reduce risk for developing addiction and to promote community engagement and connection. The podcast features local experts on topics such as strong relationships, emotional support, living in recovery, healthy parenting and advocacy.

To date, there have been 14 episodes and sound bites released. All can be found by accessing a podcast platform and searching for NPC in the 413. New episodes are released on Tuesdays.

The podcast features interviews with local experts from various fields including Sharon Saline, an ADHD specialist, The  Rev. Sarah Buteux, of First Churches, Aaron Pitrat, a UMass student and person in recovery, John Pearson, veteran and person in recovery, and Susan Wallace, Training Director for Quabbin Mediation. To suggest topics and/or people to interview for the series, email
alennox@northampton-k12.us.

Direct link to podcast:
https://npcprevents.podbean.com/


Upcoming Community Events and Offerings:

Circus Smirkus is coming to town July 31-August 1
North Star is proudly bringing Circus Smirkus back to the Pioneer Valley this summer! Circus Smirkus (the premier traveling youth circus similar to Cirque du Soleil, but with children performing), is coming to Northampton, Massachusetts, Tuesday July 31 and Wednesday August 1 for four shows. This year will be an all new show, with a Vaudeville theme. Show times are 1pm and 6pm on Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 1 under a Big Top tent on a field at the Three County Fairgrounds. Standard prices for adult tickets (ages 13 and older) are $22, children (ages 2–12) are $18, while lap children under 2 are free. Group rate discounts of $2/ticket ($20/adult and $16/child) for groups of 15 or more are available. By doing a group rate, you will also save a $3/ticket online fee for a total savings of $5/person. If anyone is interested in coordinating a group rate ticket sale for JFK, email us at the PTO and we will get you more info.

LEGO-Inspired STEM Summer Program at Northampton Parks & Rec
Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors in our LEGO-Inspired STEM Summer Program. They dive into our massive collections of
LEGO® parts. And while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore
fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.

We are excited to be offering our LEGO-Inspired STEM Summer Program at Northampton Parks & Rec:

Jun 25th - Jun 29th
Ages: 6 to 8
Ages: 9 to 12

Aug 6th - Aug 10th
Ages: 5 to 6
Ages: 7 to 12

To learn more about what to expect at camp, click here: http://play-well.org/camps-2018.shtml

The Hartsbrook School -Wilderness Camp for teens this July!
Set a fish trap, make fire, weave a basket from materials found in the woods. Join our Wilderness Camp for teens this July! Just a few slots left. Rising 7th grade and up.
July 9-13, 8:45am-3pm
The Hartsbrook School
$325, $295 for siblings


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

JFK PTO Update - June 3, 2018



JFK PTO Update – June 3, 2018

Important Dates:
June 5 - JFK MS Chorus Concert
June 6 - JFK MS Band Concert
June 10 - Last Call for Yearkbooks (all cash or check orders due)
June 11 - Eighth Grade Picnic (rain date June 13)
June 12 - JFK Day of Service (rain date June 13)
June 20 - Last Day of School (Half Day)

Upcoming End-of-Year Concerts
Congrats to our JFK students participating in their end-of-year concerts next week. A special shout out to the JFK MS jazz band who received high praise in the Gazette letters to the editor for their May 19 concert at the Academy of Music. Listeners were “gobsmacked” by their talent! To volunteer to help at the JFK Band Concert on June 6, please sign up at the link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090845a5ac2ba02-jfkband1

The Eighth Grade Picnic is June 11 (It’s not too late to volunteer!)
WHAT?? Lots of fun including a DJ, Photo Booth, T-shirt signing, games and food will be provided. WHEN?? Monday, June 11 during school hours. RAIN DATE: Wednesday, June 13. WHERE?? Look Park – Pines Theater. Everybody’s chipping in to help our 8th graders mark the completion of their middle school years! Use this form to let us know how you can help. Please send donations (any amount is greatly appreciated) with this form. Checks are payable to JFK PTO and be sure to write 8th Grade Picnic in the memo line. Volunteers are needed from 10am to 2:30pm. Volunteers must be CORI checked in advance through the main office at JFK.

The Annual JFK Day of Service is coming up on June 12 (Rain Date June 13)
All students and staff will be participating in morning community service activities that range from working in the elementary schools, landscaping in Look Park, pulling invasive plants from Fitzgerald Lake, building bird houses, and more. Stay tuned for e-mails requesting much needed items you can donate to this event.

We currently are seeking the following items in order to assemble pet toys. Please bring donations to the front office.

  • bags of brightly colored socks (ladies or kids)
  • bags of feathers
  • t-shirts
  • tennis balls
  • yarn
  • fabric (for beds)
  • fiberfill

Staying in touch with health issues via the Health Advisory Council
The mission of the Health Advisory Committee of the Northampton Public Schools is to promote and support a healthy lifestyle for our community’s children across the spectrum of physical, mental and emotional health by identifying needs and priorities for our children’s health and well-being and by providing a link between the schools, the community and parents in support of the message that: Healthier children are better able to learn. The Health Advisory Committee meets quarterly during the school year and advises school administration, the Superintendent and the School Committee on issues surrounding the health and safety of the school community. If you’d like to join, be added to our email list or want to view meetings, please contact the Director of Health Services, Health Education and Safety: Karen Jarvis-Vance at kjarvisvance@northampton-k12.us. The first meeting of the 2018-2019 school year will be September 26 at 3:30pm at JFK Middle School.

Call for New PTO Officers and Member Volunteers
The PTO will be seeking a new president next year and more PTO members to help with events. A new secretary to take minutes and assist with the agenda at our monthly meetings is also needed. Email jfkmspto@gmail.com and lend your expertise to our school.

Ways to Support JFK: Amazon and Box Tops
Do your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2157090 and Amazon donates to the Parent-Teacher Organization of John F Kennedy Middle School Inc. Box Tops for Education are always welcome for drop off in the school office. We thank you for your support! Your shopping makes a difference.

Mark Your Calendars!
Thursday, June 14 is the next School Committee Meeting at 7:15pm in the Mark E. Warner Community Room at JFK Middle School. The public is welcome to attend all meetings, and are welcome to speak in the Public Session of the full Committee meetings.

Thursday, August 30 is the First Day of School for 2018-2019. For more dates, see the Northampton Public Schools Calendar online: http://www.northamptonschools.org/district-calendar/

Supporting JFK Teachers through Teacher Grants
The JFK PTO continues to help teachers with classroom initiatives using your generous donations. On Tuesday, May 29 the JFK MS PTO funded a salsa dancing working for about 260 of our students. The students had a great time learning basic salsa steps and practicing them with authentic salsa music. It was a fantastic connection between language and culture. If you are interested in helping with the teacher grant committee, send an email to jfkmspto@gmail.com.

Upcoming Community Events:

Youth Substance Use Prevention in Challenging Times on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:15pm
Karen Jarvis-Vance, program director for the Northampton Prevention Coalition, will lead a presentation on what the new laws on marijuana might mean for families with teens. Research and ideas on how to support your child to make healthy choices will be part of the discussion. The presentation will take place right before the JFK Chorus Concert at Northampton High School’s Little Theatre.

Northampton Education Foundation Showcase on Friday, June 8 from 6-7:30pm
Please join us at the Northampton Education Foundation Showcase during Northampton’s Arts Night Out at the 
Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley Street (Northampton Community Arts Trust building). Enter at lower level, off parking lot. Refreshments included. Celebrate with us as we showcase the projects that Northampton’s public school teachers and students create with NEF grants and thank the donors who contribute to our exciting programs. The 2018 Showcase will feature various projects, including: Scholastic Arts and Writing (JFK) and Working to Eliminate Racism (JFK). The Northampton Education Foundation funds projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster creativity, and enhance academic experiences in Northampton's public schools. NEF also works to broaden community support for our public schools.

Circus Smirkus is coming to town July 31-August 1
North Star is proudly bringing Circus Smirkus back to the Pioneer Valley this summer! Circus Smirkus (the premier traveling youth circus similar to Cirque du Soleil, but with children performing), is coming to Northampton, Massachusetts, Tuesday July 31 and Wednesday August 1 for four shows. This year will be an all new show, with a Vaudeville theme. Show times are 1pm and 6pm on Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 1 under a Big Top tent on a field at the Three County Fairgrounds. Standard prices for adult tickets (ages 13 and older) are $22, children (ages 2–12) are $18, while lap children under 2 are free. Group rate discounts of $2/ticket ($20/adult and $16/child) for groups of 15 or more are available. By doing a group rate, you will also save a $3/ticket online fee for a total savings of $5/person. If anyone is interested in coordinating a group rate ticket sale for JFK, email us at the PTO and we will get you more info.




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Monday, May 28, 2018

JFK PTO Update – May 28, 2018


 
JFK PTO Update – May 28, 2018

Important Dates:
TOMORROW May 29 - JFK MS PTO Meeting in JFK Library (Special Date!)
June 5 - JFK MS Chorus Concert
June 6 - JFK MS Band Concert
June 10 - Last Call for Yearbooks (all cash or check orders due)
June 11 - Eighth Grade Picnic (rain date June 13)
June 12 - JFK Day of Service - NEW DATE! (rain date June 13)
June 20 - Last Day of School (Half Day)

Join Us for Our Final PTO Meeting of the Year on Tuesday, May 29 from 6-7:30pm
Our last PTO meeting of the year is Tuesday, May 29 from 6-7:30pm in the JFK Library. Help us plan for the end of the year, summer initiatives, and a new PTO in the fall. All are welcome!

The Eighth Grade Picnic is June 11 (Volunteers Needed!)
WHAT?? Lots of fun including a DJ, Photo Booth, T-shirt signing, games and food will be provided. WHEN?? Monday, June 11 during school hours. RAIN DATE: Wednesday, June 13. WHERE?? Look Park – Pines Theater. Everybody’s chipping in to help our 8th graders mark the completion of their middle school years! Use this form to let us know how you can help. Please send donations (any amount is greatly appreciated) with this form. Checks are payable to JFK PTO and be sure to write 8th Grade Picnic in memo line. Volunteers are needed from 10am to 2:30pm. Volunteers must be CORI checked in advanced through the main office at JFK.

The Annual JFK Day of Service is coming up on June 12 (Rain Date June 13)
All students and staff will be participating in morning community service activities that range from working in the elementary schools, landscaping in Look Park, pulling invasive plants from Fitzgerald Lake, building bird houses, and more. Stay tuned for e-mails requesting much needed items you can donate to this event. If you live within walking distance of JFK in Florence and have a yardwork project you would like help with, please contact us and we can send over a team of middle schoolers to tackle it. Got mulch? Our students can help spread it! Got weeds? They’ll take care of it. Sticks to pick up? We’re on it. Just e-mail us at jfkmspto@gmail.com and we’ll hook you up on June 12.

Call for New PTO Officers and Member Volunteers
The PTO will be seeking a new president next year and more PTO members to help with events. A new secretary to take minutes and assist with the agenda at our monthly meetings is also needed. Email us at jfkmspto@gmail.com if you can help.

Ways to Support JFK: Amazon and Box Tops
Do your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2157090 and Amazon donates to Parent-Teacher Organization of John F Kennedy Middle School Inc. Box Tops for Education are always welcome for drop off in the school office. We thank you for your support! Your shopping makes a difference.

Mark Your Calendars!
August 30 - First Day of School
For more info, see the Northampton Public Schools Calendar online: http://www.northamptonschools.org/district-calendar/

Upcoming Community Events:

Rescheduled for May 30: Alternate Paths to Success after High School (7-8:30pm)
Join the Northampton High School PTO in the NHS Little Theater for a panel discussion and Q&A from the audience. The panel will include Bryan Lombardi, parents of NHS alumni, and Jane Sarouhan, Vice President of the Center for Interim Programs, the first and longest running gap year counseling service in the US.

Funktionlust: Last Improv Show of the Year on Friday, June 1
Come and Enjoy an Evening of Laughter! On Friday, June 1 FUNKTIONLUST
 will be performing in the Northampton High School’s Black Box Theater. The show starts at 7pm and costs only $5! Funktionlust, now in its 13th year is the only Improv group at NHS and has enough liveliness to power Childs Park! But with all their spontaneity and enthusiasm., they have entertained their audiences at Northampton’s First Night, Art’s Night Out at Click Workspace and Historic Northampton, at Senior Centers, with the Umass’s Mission Improvables.

Youth Substance Use Prevention in Challenging Times on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:15pm
Karen Jarvis-Vance, program director for the Northampton Prevention Coalition, will lead a presentation on what the new laws on marijuana might mean for families with teens. Research and ideas on how to support your child to make healthy choices will be part of the discussion. The presentation will take place right before the JFK Chorus Concert at Northampton High School’s Little Theatre.

Northampton Education Foundation Showcase on Friday, June 8 from 6-7:30 pm
Please join us at the Northampton Education Foundation Showcase during Northampton’s Arts Night Out at the 
Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley Street (Northampton Community Arts Trust building). Enter at lower level, off parking lot. Refreshments included. Celebrate with us as we showcase the projects that Northampton’s public school teachers and students create with NEF grants and thank the donors who contribute to our exciting programs. The 2018 Showcase will feature various projects, including: Scholastic Arts and Writing (JFK) and Working to Eliminate Racism (JFK). The Northampton Education Foundation funds projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster creativity, and enhance academic experiences in Northampton's public schools. NEF also works to broaden community support for our public schools.

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