Friday, September 14, 2018

JFK PTO Update – September 14, 2018



 
JFK PTO Update – September 14, 2018

Important Dates:
September 20 - JFK Open House starts at 6:30pm
September 25 - School Picture Day and Chromebook Info Session
October 2 - JFK MS PTO Meeting 6-7:30pm
October 3 - Half Day - Teacher Work Day
October 8 - No School - Columbus / Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 17 - Health Advisory Council Meeting at JFK (New Date!)

Reminder about Take-Home Thursdays
Thursdays are the day that JFK sends home flyers with important information about school programs. Be sure to check with your student for flyers on Thursdays.

JFK Open House (9/20 at 6:30pm)
Parents and guardians are invited to attend the JFK Open House. The evening will begin with homeroom and then classroom visits. Come early and learn about the PTO and afterschool program. The library will hold a Sponsor a Book campaign and you can purchase books for the library. It’s a great way to honor someone. There will also be an election for School Council seats. If you are interested in serving, please contact the main office before September 18. If you need transportation to school or childcare while here, please call 413-587-1489.

Note: This event is for parents and guardians only. Unfortunately, we do not have room for students, siblings, or young children to attend the classroom presentations. Please be looking for other activities during the year for students and families. Childcare will be available for young children in our Community Room.

Family information sessions will be held in the community room during the JFK Open House on 9/20 and also on Thursday 9/25 at 6:30pm. Learn about the Digital Driver’s License and the Repair Strategy, charging stations and more.

Sign Up to Volunteer at JFK
In order to volunteer in Northampton Public Schools, every parent or guardian needs to fill out a “CORI” in the school office. The CORI volunteer application is good for 3 years. You can learn more at this VINS link or in the office. It only takes a few minutes but helps a lot!

… And Volunteer for Picture Day (9/25)!
JFK staff is seeking volunteers for our upcoming fall picture day. We need about 6 adults to come to school on Tuesday, September 25 in one- or two-hour shifts from 8-11:30am. This is a great chance to get a glimpse of your student’s world at JFK. It a fun quick volunteer experience for parents or guardians new to JFK. To volunteer click on the link below or contact us at jfkmspto@gmail.com.


It’s a Carnival Celebrating the Northampton Public Schools!
Sunday, September 23, 12-4pm at JFK Middle School
The Northampton Public School Carnival is a joint effort between the Parent Teacher Organizations of all six Northampton Public Schools and School Local Northampton. The all-ages, community-wide carnival will feature games and prizes, a bounce house, obstacle course, glitter tattoo, face painting, and refreshments. Community organizations staffing informational tables include Racial Equity and Learning (REAL), Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), the Northampton Survival Center, Smith Art Museum, Forbes Library, and the Girl Scouts and we’ll have information about the Northampton Public Schools available for interested parents. A shuttle service will stop at each Northampton elementary school, Florence Heights, and Meadowbrook Apartments to simplify parking and transportation. Rain date is Sunday, September 30.

100% of the net proceeds from this event will go directly to public school PTOs for student enrichment programs. Check out this event of Facebook at this link: www.facebook.com/events/222253581943608

The carnival also needs lots of volunteers to make it a success! Sign up to help at the link below. www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b48a4a629a57-community

Next JFK PTO Meeting (10/2 from 6-7:30pm)
Our October PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, October 2 at 6pm in the JFK library. We will discuss upcoming events, hear from administration and staff and review plans for the year. It’s a great way to learn about what’s going on day to day at JFK and to connect with other parents/guardians.

RESCHEDULED: Health Advisory Council Meeting
Please save the date for the first Health Advisory meeting of the year on October 17, 3:30pm, JFK Middle School, exact location TBD. We will be discussing a revision of the district Wellness Policy. You can find the current policy and implementation procedures here. This policy will also be taken up for discussion at the Rules and Policy subcommittee meeting of the School Committee on October 4. If you want to be added to the Health Advisory email list for future updates, please contact Karen Jarvis-Vance, MSN, RN, NCSN via email at kjarvisvance@northampton-k12.us.

Don’t Forget about Stop and Shop Rewards!
If you need to review how to sign up and support JFK with your shopping dollars, click here.

Need to leave this list?
If your child is no longer attending JFK and you do not wish to receive these updates, please email us at jfkmspto@gmail.com. We do not have any way to know who is staying and who is not – so please let us know.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Northampton Education Foundation presents: An Evening with Dr. Sharon Saline
Building better brains: 5 easy steps for improving your child's executive functioning skills with less yelling and more cooperation. Wednesday, September 26, 7-8:30pm at Northampton High School Little Theater. For details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/543229439424802/


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Friday, September 7, 2018

JFK PTO Update - September 7, 2018






JFK PTO Update – September 7, 2018



Important Dates:

September 11 - JFK PTO Meeting 6pm in JFK library

September 13 - School Committee Meeting

September 20 - JFK Open House 6:30pm

September 23 - Carnival Celebrating Northampton Public Schools

September 25 - School Picture Day (Retake Day is November 1)

September 26 - Health Advisory Council Meeting at JFK

October 3 - Half Day - Teacher Work Day

October 8 - No School - Columbus/ Indigenous Peoples' Day



September JFK PTO Meeting

Our September PTO meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, September 11 at 6pm in the JFK library. We will discuss upcoming events, hear from administration and staff and review plans for the year. It’s a great way to learn about what’s going on day to day at JFK and to connect with other parents/guardians. To review the agenda for the September meeting click on the link below.




Sign up to Volunteer at JFK with Volunteers in Northampton Schools

In order to volunteer in Northampton Public Schools, every parent or guardian needs to fill out a “CORI” in the school office. The CORI volunteer application is good for 3 years. You can learn more at this VINS link or in the school office. It only takes a few minutes but helps a lot!



Seeking Carpoolers from Amherst/Hadley

School choice family from Amherst/Hadley area seeking carpool to/from JFK. If interested, please email: marnelpat@gmail.com



Volunteers for Picture Day
JFK staff is seeking volunteers for our upcoming fall picture day. We need about 6 adults to come to school on Tuesday, September 25 from 8-11:30am. This is a great chance to get a glimpse of your student’s world at JFK. It a fun quick volunteer experience for parents or guardians new to JFK. To volunteer click on the link below to sign up or contact us at jfkmspto@gmail.com. 



More snacks for our Nurse’s Office needed

Our school nursing staff always appreciates donations of healthy snacks to distribute to our students as needed. Donations can be dropped of at the main JFK office. No snacks with nuts please. Some examples of great snacks are pretzels, nut free granola bars, and sun or veggie chips. Donations are very much appreciated.



It’s a Carnival Celebrating the Northampton Public Schools!

Sunday, September 23, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at JFK Middle School

The Northampton Public School Carnival is a joint effort between the Parent Teacher Organizations of all six Northampton Public Schools and School Local Northampton. The all-ages, community-wide carnival will feature games and prizes, a bounce house, obstacle course, glitter tattoo, face painting, and refreshments. Community organizations staffing informational tables include Racial Equity and Learning (REAL), Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), the Northampton Survival Center, Smith Art Museum, Forbes Library, and the Girl Scouts and we’ll have information about the Northampton Public Schools available for interested parents. A shuttle service will stop at each Northampton elementary school, Florence Heights, and Meadowbrook Apartments to simplify parking and transportation. Rain date is Sunday, September 30.



100% of the net proceeds from this event will go directly to public school PTOs for student enrichment programs. Check out this event of Facebook at this link: www.facebook.com/events/222253581943608



The carnival also needs lots of volunteers to make it a success! Sign up to help at the link below. www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b48a4a629a57-community
 
Ways to Support JFK: Amazon Smile

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.



Calling ALL Florence Savings Bank Customers!

Please consider supporting JFK Middle School through the Florence Savings Bank Customer Appreciation Awards Program. Money awarded will provide after-school and enrichment opportunities for our students. If you are a FSB customer you can vote online at this link: https://www.florencebank.com/vote



COMMUNITY EVENTS



The Northampton Education Foundation presents: An Evening with Dr. Sharon Saline

Building better brains: 5 easy steps for improving your child's executive functioning skills with less yelling and more cooperation. Wednesday, September 26, 7-8:30pm at Northampton High School Little Theater. For details click on the link below.

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Need to leave this list?

If your child is no longer attending JFK and you do not wish to receive these updates, please email us at jfkmspto@gmail.com.  We do not have any way to know who is staying and who is not – so please let us know.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

JFK PTO Update – August 29, 2018




JFK PTO Update – August 29, 2018

Important Dates:
August 30 - First Day of School
August 30 - Cookie Social from 6:30-7:30 for Grade 6 families.
September 3 - Labor Day *NO SCHOOL
September 11 - PTO Meeting 6pm in JFK library
September 20 - JFK Open House 6:30pm
September 25  - Picture Day (Retake Day is November 1)

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!
Tomorrow August 30th is the first day of school. Please arrive to school before 7:55am. If you are driving your student to school please use the parent/guardian drop off area accessed by the driveway closest to Look Park. We know that readjusting our schedules to school time can be a challenge for us all. Make sure to get a good night sleep and eat a hearty breakfast. Our key word for the next few days is flexibility! The JFK PTO is here to support our whole JFK school community of families, students, teachers and staff. Please contact us anytime at jfkmspto@gmail.com. We are here to help!

6th Grade Cookie Social
JFK welcomes our 6th graders and their families after the first day for a Cookie Social on Thursday evening, August 30 from 6:30-7:30pm in the cafeteria. Cookies and lemonade will be served! Get the lay of the land and check out your student’s locker and homeroom.

Snacks for our Nurse’s Office
Our school nursing staff always appreciates donations of healthy snacks to distribute to our students as needed. Donations can be dropped of at the main JFK office. No snacks with nuts please. Some examples of great snacks are pretzels, nut free granola bars and sun or veggie chips.

Call for New PTO Officers and Member Volunteers
The PTO will is seeking a new secretary this year and more PTO members to help with events. The secretary takes minutes at the monthly PTO meetings. We will also be sending out calls for volunteers for events throughout the year. Email jfkmspto@gmail.com anytime and lend your expertise to our school.

Ways to Support JFK: Amazon Smile
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.

Calling ALL Florence Savings Bank Customers!
Please consider supporting JFK Middle School through the Florence Savings Bank Customer Appreciation Awards Program. Money awarded will provide after-school and enrichment opportunities for our students. If you are a FSB customer you can vote online at the link below. Select J.F.K. Middle School as your favorite non-profit in Step 2. Thanks for your support!


Need to leave this list?
If your child is no longer attending JFK and you do not wish to receive these updates, please email us at jfkmspto@gmail.com.  We do not have any way to know who is staying and who is not – so please let us know.


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Transperformance 28🎤🎸🎺🎷AmperBands!


 
On Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 it’s time to celebrate our community and the arts with THE summer music festival at Pines Theater-Look Park. This year we will celebrate connection, collaboration and the power of performing together with Transperformance 28: Amperbands! Your favorite local acts will take the Pines Theater stage to perform material from dynamic duos to famous families to superstars and their trusty backing bands.
When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:00-9:30pm
Where: Pines Theater-Look Park, 300 N Main Street Florence, MA 01062
How Much:
Pre-sale - Adults $10; Senior 65+/Student/Vet $8; Kids 12 & under $5;

Day of at Pines Theater Box Office - Adults $12; Senior 65+/Student/Vet $10; Kids 12 & under $7
Tickets: ONLINE-transperformance.brownpapertickets.com, State Street Fruit Store-Northampton, Cooper's Corner-Florence, AJ Hastings-Amherst; Day of the show at the Pines Theater Box Office starting at 3:30pm.
Featured AmperBands include: Colorway as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Mary Jane Jones as Ike & Tina Turner, Aloha Steamtrain as Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, Steve Westfield and the Lonesome Brothers as Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Soul Magnets as Sly & the Family Stone, Fancy Trash as Paul McCartney & Wings, Zip Cody & Friends as Adam & the Ants, Appalachian Still as Steve Earle & the Dukes, King Radio as Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Olsson and Free Range Cats as Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Page Six as K.C & the Sunshine Band, Johnny Memphis Band as Toots & the Maytals, Wishbone Zoe as Siouxsie & the Banshees, Volstead Act as Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Flathead Rodeo as Bill Haley & the Comets, Bruce Mandaro as Derek & the Dominos, Jerks on the Loose as Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris.
Rain Date: Wednesday, August 22 at Pines Theater, Look Park
Rain Predicted Both Days: Tuesday, August 21 at John M Greene Hall, Smith College
More info: 
Food will be available from La Veracruzana, Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream and other local pizza restaurants including Joe's, Sam's, Roberto's, Pizza Amore, and others. Per request of Look Park: No Pets, No Coolers and No Beverages please. Look Park charges a $5 special events vehicle entry fee for all vehicles without season passes. A portion of the proceeds support arts enrichment programs in the Public Schools of Northampton, Leeds, and Florence.