JFK PTO Update – September 14, 2018
September 20 - JFK Open House starts at 6:30pm
September 23 - Carnival Celebrating Northampton Public Schools
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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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