JFK PTO Update – January 16, 2020
January 17 - Half Day (11:50am dismissal)
January 17 - Spirit Wear Order Due!
January 20 - No School (MLK Day)
January 23 - JFK ASK/PBIS Winter Event
February 17-21 - No School (Winter Break)
Half Day TOMORROW!
JFK Families were notified of a change in the school calendar for Friday, January 17. The proposed teacher work day will now be a half day with an 11:50am dismissal. JFK PTO will still be helping to contribute drinks and nut-free desserts to the staff potluck for the remainder of the teacher training day. We are looking for donations of a variety of cookies and sweets (nut-free) and bottles of seltzer and juice to be brought to the office. Contributions by check are welcome, too!
Spirit Wear Orders Due (Friday, January 17)
Orders are due! Be sure to see our order form here to get your JFK Husky Hoodie. Last chance this year for a JFK sweatshirt so don’t miss out!
Here’s what we have for sale:
- JFK Hooded Sweatshirts Gray Sweatshirt with JFK Royal Blue Graphic ($25)
- Gray Short Sleeve T with JFK Royal Blue Graphic ($12)
- Order sizes Youth XL, Adult S, M, L or XL
- XXL sizes prices are $30 for hoodie and $18 for t-shirt
Didn’t get a paper form? Order online using this link. However, you will still need to send payment in an envelope marked with your student’s name and homeroom and order info with your student to school. Make your check out to JFK PTO with Spirit Wear in the memo line. Cash is ok, too. Orders will be delivered by the end of the month, so that’s why we need to get them in today!
JFK ASK/PBIS Winter Event: Snow Sculpture Contest (January 23)
Come create a snow sculpture with your family. Each team needs at least one adult. Bring props to make your sculpture stand out. The event will start at 6pm on Thursday, January 23 (back up date January 29). Judging will start at 6:45pm. There will be a grand prize of a $150 gift card to PINZ for the winning family and smaller prizes for the runners up. Students can use cash or blue tickets to purchase hot chocolate and cookies.
A Note from the Superintendent of Schools
Dear Caregivers: We enter this budget season without knowing the outcome of the Proposition 2 1/2 override vote. As always, we will advocate for the high priority needs of our schools. Obviously, we would be able to address those needs more effectively with additional funding from the override. We will plan for either outcome by preparing multiple budget scenarios this year. As is always the case, we will solicit input from the faculty, staff, students, and community members to help us determine priorities for our budget planning. We invite you to share your thoughts by responding to this survey which is posted on the district website and available directly at this link. Sincerely, John Provost, Ed.D.
Need Help with Aspen?
Cynthia Kelley is the Aspen coordinator for NPS. Learn more about how to contact her here: http://www.northamptonschools.org/profile/cynthia-kelley/
Health Screenings for 6th and 7th Grade
During the next two months, the JFK nursing staff will be conducting annual health screenings for 6th and 7th grade students. Letters went home in backpack mail on January 16. These screenings consist of checking backs for 6th graders and checking backs, heights and weights for 7th graders. If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified. Otherwise, you will not hear from the Health Office. If your child has had a physical within the last 6 months and the provider has documented these exams, your student can be excused from the screening. Please provide a copy of this physical as soon as possible. You also have the right to opt your child out of this screening. If you prefer to do this, please contact Karen Schiaffo, JFK School Nurse via phone at 413-587-1488 or email: email@example.com
JFK PTO Meetings
Stay tuned for info on our winter raffle calendar sales, 6th and 7th grade dances, spring teacher appreciation fundraiser, and the 8th grade picnic. If you can help with any of these events, join us at our next PTO meeting. PTO meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of the month, and our next meeting is scheduled for February 4 from 6-7pm in the JFK Library. If you can’t attend the meeting but can help at other times, email us and let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JFK Silverware Drive
JFK is organizing a silverware collection to reduce plastic use. You can donate your extra items in the JFK office any time during the school year.
The JFK Yearbook Is On Sale
The 2020 JFK Yearbook is on sale for $27. To place an order, send a cash or check made out to JFK Middle School in an envelope to school with your student’s name and homeroom number and “yearbook” in the memo line. Online, go to www.coffeepond.com and click “place an order” then “yearbook”. Order before 3/29 as the price increases to $29 after that date. The last day to order is 4/26.
5 Easy Ways to Support JFK MS PTO
· Donate online. Your donations are tax-deductible and help fund special programs 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.
· Send in your Boxtops with your student to the JFK office. The next deadline is February 14, and we can accept Boxtop donations year-round. 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 2020 Florence Savings Bank Customers’ Choice Awards.
Northampton Boys Youth Lacrosse (Registration closes February 10)
The registration fee is $195 per child plus a $30 US Lacrosse membership, which is required for each player. Teams continue to be registered by age (U10, U12, U14) rather than by grade. More information here.
VINS Dog Show (March 7)
Save the Date! The annual VINS Dog Show has been scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 12-3pm. This is a great fundraiser for Volunteers in Northampton Schools, Inc. More info coming soon.
Doodle for Google
This year’s Doodle for Google theme is: “I SHOW KINDNESS BY...” Friendship, smiles, thank yous, and hugs. But kindness is so much more than just being nice. This year’s theme invites you to tell us how you show kindness. Is it by helping around your home? Volunteering in your community’s green space? Maybe it’s comforting someone who’s down, or picking up trash in the park. However you define it, let us know how you bring a little bit more kindness into the world. Take your ideas and bring them to life in your doodle! This year’s contest is open for online and mailed entries until March 13 at 8pm PST. Download instructions and entry form here.
The Sound of Music Tickets!
Tickets are on sale for this year’s Northampton High School musical, The Sound of Music (March 19-21). Go to Brown Paper Tickets to buy your tickets today! (Remember that last year’s musical sold out.)
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