Friday, October 6, 2017

JFK PTO Update – October 6, 2017

Important Dates:
October 9 - No School
November 7 - Election Day (No School), PTO Bake Sale Coordinator Needed
November 7 - JFK PTO Meeting, 6-7:30 pm, JFK Library

Annual Fall Electronics Recycling Event
Got old gizmos to ditch? Too many useless outdated machines taking up your valuable attic and cellar space? Now is your chance to unload it all! The JFK PTO’s annual Electronics Recycling Event takes place Saturday, October 28 from 9am to 12pm at JFK. Click HERE for all the details. Volunteer sign-up coming soon.

Election Day Bake Sale Coordinator Needed
We’ve got lots of volunteer bakers, now we just need someone to step up and coordinate our Election Day Bake Sale at JFK on Tuesday, November 7. Send us an email and let us know if that’s you at jfkmspto@gmail.com.

Upcoming Community Events:

Teen Empowerment: Finding Our Voice, Increasing Our Power
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Lounge, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Elm Street, Northampton, MA
Trainer: Thulani Davis
Class description: This class is designed to first identify and then discuss in-depth the problems that young folks/youth may be facing that prevent them from feeling their power and raising their voices as forceful agents of change. All experiences will be valued and all voices will be heard. This class is part organizing and part a celebration of youth activism!

Money Talks
Be a part of our six part series. Join us for pizza dinner and conversations with parents and students about Financial Literacy. Sessions are open to all students and parents in Northampton Public Schools thanks to a grant from The Northampton Education Foundation. Program space is limited. Reserve your spot with Brett Costello at bcostello@northampton-k12.us or (413) 587-1489 x7213. All meetings are from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at JFK on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017

26th Annual Youth Conference!
Community Action Youth Programs is teaming up with the Northwestern District Attorney's Office to host our 26th Annual Youth Conference, "Youth Connect: Learn. Lead. Inspire." taking place at Greenfield Community College on Friday November 3, 2017. The youth conference is an exciting opportunity for youth ages 14-21 in the pioneer valley to attend a day of learning, fun, and food. We have a really fantastic workshop line-up this year and we'd love to see your youth there! The registration deadline is October 13th! This is the link for online registration: http://www.communityaction.us/youth-conference.html
We are planning for transportation from a number of high schools across the counties. Click the registration link for more information.

Cyberbullying Webinar
Please register for The Bystander: How to Stand Up Against Bullying on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT at:
Learn how witnessing bullying/cyberbullying affects your child and how to help them stand up against it. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Free Family Program for 10-14 year olds and their Caregivers (new dates)
Runs for seven Thursdays, October 19-December 7 (skip Thanksgiving). Free dinner at 5:30pm, program runs 6-8 pm at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. Register at: www.EasthamptonCoalition.org. Have questions? Email: coalition@epsd.us or call: 413-207-5725.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
Dyslexia Simulation
Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 6:15-8:15pm
Location: The Williston Northampton School, Whitaker-Bement Ctr
Cost: Free
For more information: https://www.innernetworks.com/

Safe Homes Sign-Up
The Northampton Prevention Coalition invites families with students in 6th-12th grade to add themselves to the SAFE HOMES Program Directory. You must sign up every year to be included in the directory. To sign up, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqy9xBK75SCXlXUcUchGo4oEDBMVVwYgZko3bUHM86ON2ZEQ/viewform

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Please note that the fall school event previously scheduled for Saturday, October 14 has been cancelled.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

JFK PTO Update – September 29, 2017

Important Dates:
October 2 - Orders due for JFK Spirit Gear
October 3 - JFK PTO Meeting 6-7:30pm in the JFK Library
October 4 - Half Day at School
October 9 - No School

JFK Spirit Gear!
Place your order now by downloading and filling out the form at the link below or look for the flyer that came home with your child. All orders are due Monday, October 2. Click HERE for all the info!

Next JFK PTO Meeting(s)
All are welcome to attend our next JFK PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 3 from 6-7:30pm in the JFK Library. Learn more about school events, special initiatives, and teacher grants.

In general, JFK PTO Meetings are held the first Tuesday evening of every month. Upcoming dates include November 7 and December 5. Mark your calendars and join us!

Safe Homes Sign-Up
Each year the Northampton Prevention Coalition invites families with students in 6th-12th grade to add themselves to the SAFE HOMES Program Directory. The Directory is a phone/email/address directory designed so that parents and guardians can reach out to each other when their teen is invited to another teen's house for a social get together. Parents and guardians sign an agreement to follow the three agreements of the SAFE HOMES Program. They agree to:
  • Not serve or allow minors to consume alcohol or other drugs in their home
  • Actively supervise parties in their home
  • Communicate with other parents in an effort to create a safer community for Northampton youth


You must sign up every year to be included in the directory. To sign up, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqy9xBK75SCXlXUcUchGo4oEDBMVVwYgZko3bUHM86ON2ZEQ/viewform

Free Family Program for 10-14 year olds and their Caregivers (new dates)
Runs for 7 Thursdays, October 19-December 7 (skip Thanksgiving). Free dinner at 5:30pm, program runs 6-8 pm at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton. Register at: www.EasthamptonCoalition.org. Have questions? Email: coalition@epsd.us or call: 413-207-5725.

Annual Fall Electronics Recycling Event
Got old gizmos to ditch? Too many useless outdated machines taking up your valuable attic and cellar space? Now is your chance to unload it all! The JFK PTO’s annual Electronics Recycling Event takes place Saturday, October 28 from 9am to 12pm at JFK. Click HERE for all the details. Volunteer sign-up coming soon.

Election Day Bake Sale Coordinator Needed
We’ve got lots of volunteer bakers, now we just need someone to step up and coordinate our Election Day Bake Sale at JFK on Tuesday, November 7. Send us an email and let us know if that’s you at jfkmspto@gmail.com.

Ways to Support Our School
  • Designate JFK Middle School for your Stop & Shop A+rewards. Go to “My Account” - “Find by Location” - and choose “Florence, MA.” Or, under “School ID Number” - enter “05378” - then “Save and Finish.” Remember, you can support up to two schools!  
  • Donate paint to the JFK Art Department. Both latex house paints and other new/used art paint accepted at the school office. For questions, contact the JFK Art Department at mmallory@northampton-k12.us. Thank you!
  • Support JFK Middle School through the Florence Savings Bank Customer Appreciation Awards Program. If you are a FSB customer, you can vote online at https://www.florencebank.com/vote
  • Look for the JFK PTO Annual Appeal letter coming soon. Your tax-deductible contribution goes toward activities and community-building events to benefit our

Friday, September 22, 2017

JFK PTO Update – September 22, 2017

Important Dates:
September 25 - Deadline to volunteer for JFK School Council
September 28 - Picture Day
October 2 - Orders due for JFK Spirit Gear
October 3 - JFK PTO Meeting 6-7:30pm in the JFK Library

JFK School Council Members Needed
The JFK School Council is looking for new members. The Council is an advisory group co-chaired by the Principal and a parent as elected by the council. The council meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5pm.  Please submit a letter of interest to the JFK PTO by emailing jfkmspto@gmail.com or by submitting your letter to the mailbox at school by Monday, September 25. The PTO may hold elections to the council at the School Open House on Thursday, September 28, depending on interest.

This is a great way to learn about what’s going on day-to-day at JFK. Council members provide valuable input to administration and staff. The time commitment is only two hours a month. This an opportunity for parents and guardians to get involved and support their school community. 6th grade parents are especially welcome.

JFK Open House
Parents and Guardians are invited to the JFK Open House on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30pm. Your student will provide you with a schedule, so please make sure to bring it to the event. You’ll start in their homeroom and follow their class schedule. Due to limited space in the building this evening event is for parents and guardians only.
Click HERE for all the details.

Please consider bringing a donation for Puerto Rico to our Open House
Please consider donating to the JFK drive for Western Mass United for Puerto Rico this week. If every parent who comes to our Thursday Open House would please bring at least 1 item, we could make a very huge impact as a school-wide community. There will be donation boxes in the front lobby.

Supplies needed are: Batteries, flashlights, water purifying tablets, first aid kits, bandages, small tool kits, hygiene products, sewing kits, small fire extinguishers, manual can openers, wrenches to turn off gas lines, battery-operated radios, garbage bags, dish soap, disinfectant, paper cups, plates, napkins, latex gloves and work gloves, baby wipes, sterile eye wash, sun screen, hand sanitizer, antibiotic ointment, adhesive tape and prepackaged tarps. Think about what we can all do together to help the suffering of over 3 million people! All donations will be driven to Nuestra Esperanza this weekend to be packed up.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

NOTE: If you are not coming to Open House, you can send things in with your child as well. There is a box in the Main Office. 


http://www.nuevaofholyoke.org/news-and-events/hurricane-maria-relief-efforts

Picture Day Volunteers Still Needed!
We are still seeking volunteers for Picture Day on Thursday, September 28. Parents will assist with directing students to photographers. Volunteer from 8am to 10am or from 10 am to 12 pm. Volunteers must have a CORI. Sign up for a shift at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090B4EADAD23ABFA7-volunteers

Wait, What Is a CORI?
If you plan to volunteer in school or on field trips, you need to have a CORI. Apply in the JFK office or follow this link to VINS to get a copy of the CORI sign-up form: https://sites.google.com/site/northamptonvins/forms/forms

More Volunteer Opportunities
Feel free to attend our next JFK PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 3 from 6-7:30pm in the JFK Library. Learn more about school events, special initiatives, and teacher grants. Also, look for a volunteer sign-up for our Fall Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, October 28 from 9am to 12pm at JFK.

Get Your JFK Spirit Gear!
Heat wave or cold snap, we’ve got your covered. Sport your new JFK T-shirt or sweatshirt and be comfortable in any weather. You can place your order now by downloading and filling out the form at the link below. All orders are due by Monday, October 2. Click HERE for all the info!

Annual Fall Electronics Recycling Event
Got old gizmos to ditch? Too many useless outdated machines taking up your valuable attic and cellar space? Now is your chance to unload it all! The JFK PTO’s annual Electronics Recycling Event takes place Saturday, October 28 from 9am to 12pm at JFK. Click HERE for all the details.

Want to Support Your School with Every Purchase?
JFK families can register their Stop & Shop accounts in A+ Rewards and support our school. It’s basically free cash from Stop & Shop once you sign up and designate JFK Middle School for your rewards. Go to “My Account” - “Find by Location” - and choose “Florence, MA.” Or under “School ID Number” - enter “05378” - then “Save and Finish.” Remember, you can support up to two schools!  
We Want Your Paint
The JFK Art Department is still collecting latex paints of any color to be used for wall paintings and student art projects. Both latex house paints and other new/used art paint accepted. Drop off paints any time at the school office. Partially filled paint supplies are welcomed. If you have any questions, contact the JFK Art Department at mmallory@northampton-k12.us. Thank you!

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 JFK Middle School as your favorite non-profit in Step 2. Thanks for your support! https://www.florencebank.com/vote

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

JFK School Council Members Needed

The JFK School Council is looking for new members. The Council is an advisory group co-chaired by the Principal and a parent as elected by the council. The council meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 5 pm.  Please submit a letter of interest to the JFK PTO by emailing jfkmspto@gmail.com or submitting your name and contact info to the mailbox at school by Monday, Sept 25th. The PTO may hold elections to the council at the School Open House on Thursday, September 28th, depending on interest.

This is a great way to learn about what’s going on day-to-day at JFK. Council members provide valuable input to administration and staff. The time commitment is only two hours a month. This an opportunity for parents and guardians to get involved and support their school community. 6th grade parents are especially welcome.