JFK PTO Update – December 6th, 2016
Bad Rap Contest and Book Launch Party:
Do you have a son or daughter who won't stop talking? Or likes to rhyme? Or likes rap, or just likes comedy? Then you need to take them to Northampton's first-ever Bad Rap Contest at the Parlor Room on Masonic Street, on Friday, December 9.
The event is organized by Henry Reade, a former JFK student who is releasing his first novel, called The Pencil Bandits. In it one character thinks he's a rapper, but isn't very good at it. Henry thought it'd be fun at his book launch party to let anyone who wants to get up on stage and try their hand at rap, rhyme, or whatever they like, with no pressure to be good. It's hosted by NHS student Zion Barbour, aka Zodd the M.C., who will provide the beats. The winners will be decided by the audience. And to make sure it's friendly to middle-school kids, there's an under-15 division. Prizes include a bag of money worth over $50, iTunes gift cards, and copies of Henry's book. There will also be dramatic readings, snacks, and Henry signing copies of his Pencil Bandits book.
This is also part of a fun, family-friendly event going on that night in downtown Northampton called the Holiday Stroll. Main Street will be blocked off to traffic from 5 to 8 pm so folks can stroll around enjoying the entertainment, hay rides, and make s'mores over a bonfire in front of Thornes.
The First Ever Bad Rap Contest and Book Launch Party is at the Parlor Room, 32 Masonic Street, Friday, December 9th from 6 to 8. It's free, and ten percent of the proceeds will go to the JFK PTO. For more information call 587-0713 or visit pencilbandits.com. CLICK HERE for flyer.
Holiday Bakers Needed!
JFK PTO is seeking dessert donations for the Teacher and Staff Holiday Open House on Monday, December 19th. Bakers can drop off desserts on the morning of the 19th in the JFK office. Please use the following link to sign up. Thank you!
JFK School Store – the kids are waiting! We Need You!
The JFK School Store sells things kids love for school – cool pencils, erasers, pens, paper, bookmarks, sharpeners, folders, rulers, stickers, little toys, magnets, and more. This year, we do not have a coordinator so the store has not been running – and the kids are anxious for it to start up. Can you help by coordinating volunteers or by working a regular or occasional shift during lunch 10:30-11:45 any day of the week? It is fun, easy, and you may even get to say hello to your kid as they go to lunch or come by to shop. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northampton Parks & Recreation After School Ski Program:
Northampton Parks & Recreation will once again be running our After School Ski program at Berkshire East for students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The program will run for four weeks on Wednesdays starting January 11th and ending February 1st. From beginners to experienced skiers or snowboarders, this convenient bus trip departing and arriving at JFK will be a great time! Feel free check out this link for more information or contact Rebecca Learnard at the Parks & Recreation office at email@example.com or call 413-587-1040. Registration has already started!
NEF Seeks Development Coordinator:
The Northampton Education Foundation is seeking a part-time coordinator to work with its Development Committee. Please see posting CLICK HERE. Applications are due December 23, 2016, and the committee hopes to hire for the position in January.
Letter to Parents from the Tobacco Free Community Partnership for Hampshire and Franklin Counties:
Please CLICK HERE for a letter on tobacco products and health issues for children and adolescents from the Hampshire Council of Government's Tobacco Free Community Partnership for Hampshire and Franklin Counties.
Stop & Shop Support for JFK:
Please support our school by directing your Stop and Shop points to JFK. It does not cost anything extra for you – just shop as you normally do. So easy. (This does not affect gas points or any other S&S promotion.) Please note that you must sign up each year and choose your schools to support.
Sign up online at:
Just enter ALL 13 numbers on the back and the first three letters of your LAST name. JFK School ID: 05378 (it's listed under Florence, MA)
Upcoming JFK Events:
December 7, District Two Hour Delay – Professional Development
December 23-January 2, Holiday Recess – No School