JFK PTO Update – March 31, 2020
Dear JFK Families,
At the request of NPS, we’d like to share with you some updates in a letter from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
- Read the 3/30/20 DESE updates here.
- Pasos que tomamos para apoyar a los estudiantes mientras las escuelas están cerradas (carta de DESE de 3/30/20)
The Student Services department has compiled a number of resources during this challenging time. Please see the link to learn about options for medical and mental health emergencies, transportation, and food and housing concerns.
Meals for Children 18 or Younger
Beginning Thursday 3/26/2020, Northampton Public Schools is providing meals to school-aged children ages 18 or younger two days per week to limit the number of days families have to leave their homes. You do not need to be a student from the Northampton Public Schools district to participate. We are going to provide meals:
Tuesdays: 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts
Thursdays: 3 lunches and 3 breakfasts
11am-12pm at the following sites: Hampshire Heights * Florence Heights * Meadowbrook Apartments
A comenzar el martes, el 26 de marzo, 2020 las escuelas públicas de Northampton les darán alimentos a los niños menores de 18 años 2 veces por semana para limitar el número de días las familias necesitan salir sus casas. No necesitas ser estudiante de las escuelas públicas de Northampton para participar. Vamos a hacer alimentos disponibles 2 días por semana:
Los martes: 2 almuerzos y 2 desayunos
Los jueves: 3 almuerzos y 3 desayunos
Serán disponibles a las 11 de la mañana hasta el mediodía en los siguientes lugares: Hampshire Heights * Florence Heights * Meadowbrook Apartments
Please continue to check the NPS site online for the latest updates or visit https://twitter.com/npsdistrict
For statewide info, visit: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
For city info, visit: http://northamptonma.gov/2104/COVID-19-Coronavirus
ACTIVITIES & INFO ONLINE
Attention Grade 6 Families
Some of you may be experiencing difficulty connecting to WiFi. Please contact IT services at (413) 587-1235 if you continue to have difficulties.
The JFK Yearbook Is On Sale (Order Online)
The 2020 JFK Yearbook is on sale for $27. To place an order online, go to www.coffeepond.com and click “place an order” then “yearbook”. The last day to order is 4/26.
JFK April PTO Online Meeting (4/7/20)
PTO meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7pm. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 7. Stay tuned for info on how to meet with us online. If you can’t join us for meetings, but still want to help us organize teacher appreciation in May, please email us at email@example.com.
JFK Student named Poetry Finalist
Diana Ajjan, 7th grade English teacher here at JFK Middle School, inspired her students by combining a study of Greek Mythology with a ROW field trip to the Mill River. She submitted a batch of wonderfully diverse poems to the annual ROW contest and Trey Rivera was chosen as a Poetry Finalist. Read the poem here.
JFK 7th Graders win PLTW Mass STEM Hub Challenge
2019 Official Accountability Report - Northampton
As noted in the 2/27/20 edition of JFK News that went home with students, the School Report Card is available online.
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.
· Save your Boxtops! We can accept Boxtop donations year-round in the office as long as they are not expired. 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. This year we’re hoping to get above 50 votes to receive support for our teacher grant programs.
EMERGENCY SHELTER: Volunteers, Donations & Staff Needed!
Volunteers are needed for 6-8 hour shifts to support ServiceNet shelter staff.
NHS senior uses 3D printer to aid hospital workers
- LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
- Draw Everyday with JJK: http://www.studiojjk.com/
Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity
Northampton Recovery Center Online Resources
The Northampton Recovery Center has closed its doors for face to face meetings, but is still offering all of their support groups via ZOOM. See schedule below and call, 413-834-4127, or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NRCrecovery/ for additional schedules and updates. www.northamptonrecoverycenter.org
Remote Recovery and Wellness Support Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous -
https://aa-intergroup.org/directory_telephone.php for telephone meetings
http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php for online meetings
Narcotics Anonymous - https://virtual-na.org/
Marijuana Anonymous - https://marijuana-anonymous.org/find-a-meeting/
Smart Recovery -
Recovery Dharma - https://recoverydharma.online/
SAMHSA National Helpline 800-662-4357
(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Local Crisis Hotlines - Northampton CSO 413-586-5555. Greenfield CSO 413-774-5411. Holyoke BHN 413-532-8016. Springfield BHN 413-733-6661
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
April 1, 2020 Census Count: Everyone Counts
In mid March households received materials from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail. It’s your choice: you can respond securely online, by mail, or by phone. By law, your responses cannot be used against you. Your census responses are safe and secure. https://2020census.gov
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