Monday, September 26, 2016

Welcome to the JFK Middle School PTO!

Our Mission: We support our teachers and students through grants to enrich the classroom experience, support events connecting to the community, and provide information about school events.
·         PTO Website:  We maintain a website which contains useful links for navigating JFK, a Google calendar, and news updates. Bookmark on your computer:

·         PTO Meetings and Volunteer Opportunities:  The next PTO meeting is Monday, Oct. 3rd at 6:00 in the JFK Library.

We understand that not everyone can make PTO meetings however there are additional opportunities to volunteer:
Ÿ Baking for Teacher Appreciation Days and other events Ÿ Book Fair
Ÿ Communications (newsletters, directory, website) Ÿ Dances
Ÿ Electronic Recycling Ÿ Fundraising (Annual appeal, Catalog sales)
Ÿ Ice cream social Ÿ School Photo Day Ÿ PTO Board Ÿ School store Ÿ
Teacher Appreciation Days Ÿ Teacher Grants Ÿ and more!
Ÿ Afterschool program fundraising (Holiday fair, Student-Faculty basketball)
To volunteer and keep up with what is going on, subscribe to our JFK News emails at:

·         Florence Bank Customers!
Please complete this Customer Choice Community Grant form and return to JFK, your local Florence Bank, or vote online at  Be sure to vote before December 31!

News and Upcoming Events:

Electronics Recycling Event: Saturday, October 15th from 9 am to 12 pm at JFK. Get ready to clean out your old electronics for a cause, and keep them out of the landfill.  Watch for details to follow on items we can accept.  2-3 volunteers are needed for this event – please contact Lisa McCutcheon at

JFK School Council Open Seats

The JFK School Council is hoping to add two new members this year. The
council is an advisory group to the Principal with responsibilities that include helping with the budget, identifying needs of students and the school community, and developing the School Improvement Plan. The group
includes teachers, parents, and a community member. The council meets on the third Thursday of the month from 5 - 6:30. Please notify the JFK Main Office by September 27th if you are interested. An election will take place at Open House if necessary to fill the seats.

HAMP Scarves & Texting Gloves at Cedar Chest
Buy a HAMP scarf or texting gloves for $10 with 100% of the proceeds going to the NHS and JFK PTO's and Northampton Athletic Booster Club.  Only at Cedar Chest!
Northampton Prevention Coalition Event:
A Taste of Motivational Interviewing @ Northampton Survival Center
Oct 30th @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
This brief Motivational Interviewing (MI) training for parents of teens/tweens teaches MI as a goal-directed, youth-centered conversation style for eliciting behavioral change by helping your child to explore and resolve ambivalence. Lunch will be provided.  RSVP to or 413-587-1365.  Top of Form
NEF Event:
Mark your calendar for the Northampton Education Foundation's 25th Anniversary celebration ADULT RE-PROM on Saturday, November 12 and the Cancer Connection Thrift Shop's PROM DRESS & SUIT SALE on Saturday, October 1.  The Northampton Education Foundation (NEF) is a non-profit organization created to fund projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster creativity, and enhance academic experiences in Northampton's public schools. 
The Cancer Connection Thrift Shop has a terrific selection of fancy and fab prom dresses, suits, shoes, costume jewelry, accessories, and more.  Or stop by before October 1 if you have dresses or suits to donate.
Prom Dress & Suit Sale 
Saturday, October 1 - 4:00-6:00 pm (special extended hours)
Cancer Connection Thrift Shop, 375 South St., Northampton, MA -587-9999. Light refreshments. Proceeds from the sale benefit Cancer Connection, Inc.
Then, don't miss NEF's 25th Anniversary "Adult ReProm" on Saturday, November 12 at the Florence VFW.  Dance to the Mike Hooker Experience, enjoy light hors d'oeuvres from Seth Mias Catering and mix and mingle with friends at this 21+ event.  Cash Bar.  Attire is tuxedos to tennis shoes – anything goes.  Tickets are now on sale at Get your tickets early, space is limited!
Saturday, November 12, 7:30-11:00 pm Florence VFW, 18 Meadow Street, FlorenceTickets $25-$50-$75