JFK PTO Update – October 26, 2018
October 27 - National Prescription Take Back Day at JFK (10am-2pm)
November 1 - School Picture Make-Up Day
November 4 - Antique Sale & JFK After School Fundraiser (Bakers Needed!)
November 6 - No School - Election Day
November 7 - JFK PTO Meeting
November 12 - No School - Veterans Day Observed
November 21 - Half Day
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Make it Count is back! Our annual appeal starts in November.
Once again the JFK PTO will be raising funds with our second annual Make it Count fundraiser. Stay tuned for more information on JFK’s Facebook page, in a letter going home and here in the weekly newsletter. Last year we raised $12,000 with your generous donations! This year we hope to raise $13,000 so we can continue to fund a wide variety of amazing programs for our students here at JFK.
Are you a Baker? The JFK After School program needs your sweet treats for their annual Antiques Show.
Bakers are needed for the bake sale. The Antique Show and Sale is organized by Pioneer Valley Antique Dealers Association but directly benefits the JFK After School Program. The annual bake sale is a big part of the event. They are seeking bakers to bake sweet treats for the sale. The show runs from 9am to 3pm in the JFK Cafetorium. If you can bake for this event, contact Peggy Clapp ASAP at email@example.com
Please Participate in the District Review Parent Survey
The Northampton Public School District is scheduled to participate in a District Review this year. The Office of District Reviews and Monitoring (ODRM) at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) conducts district reviews on a regular basis to provide all districts with an assessment of district systems, enabling district leaders to reflect on progress and strengthen performance.
The district review is intended to add value to the improvement cycle by providing an experienced team of district leaders who will provide an objective analysis and suggestions for improvement. The value of the district review is measured: first, by the reflection preparing and participating in the review promotes; second, by the usefulness of the findings and recommendations to district leaders and stakeholders; third, by the effectiveness of the resulting action steps and goals that the process generates; and, ultimately, by improved results.
As part of our preparation for the District Review, we have developed a set of standards-linked questionnaires for various stakeholder groups including parents. English and Spanish versions are posted on the district homepage at http://www.northamptonschools.org/
Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts by responding to this survey.
Next JFK PTO Meeting (November 7 from 6-7:30pm)
Due to Election Day, our November PTO meeting will be held Wednesday, November 7 at 6pm in the JFK library. Mark your calendars and join us to help us help JFK.
Shop and Support JFK!
You can support JFK at Stop and Shop by clicking here. Big Y Express can be found at this link: https://www.bigy.com/rs/educationexpress. Be sure to share your Boxtops for Education with us by having your student drop them off in the JFK office. And be sure to link to JFK MS PTO through Amazon Smile. We appreciate your support.
Save the Dates!
The Scholastic Book Fair will be held from December 3-7 at JFK. Stay tuned for more info.
MLK Diversity Day/Black History Month JFK Celebration Day 2019
The School Council at JFK is seeking parents and caregivers who are open to working with the Council on facilitating the 2nd Annual MLK Diversity Day/Black History Month Celebration. Parents and caregivers are the most important people in the lives of children. From the earliest of developmental stages, children rely on caregivers to provide protection and exposure to the exciting originality of the world we live in. This uniqueness includes “a” diversity that is reflected not only in the global connectedness that we live in but also here at JFK. We as a school community are so delighted and honored to celebrate and educate a diverse array of students from almost every culture represented from each of the seven continents. We are in the planning stages and would like to start meeting by November. This is an exciting event and we are asking for your help. This may come by way of planning, fundraising, cultural sharing or other possibilities. This is a multicultural event that will focus on embracing transformative social change and social justice. If you are interested please feel free to contact: Asher Hamilton at Academichamilton@gmail.com or Meg Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Drug Take Back Day is back. On Saturday, October 27, from 10am to 2pm. Area residents can bring their unwanted drugs to 17 locations in Hampshire and Franklin counties for sound disposal. Since 2011, more than 47,000 pounds have been collected in the Northwestern District during Take Back days and from permanent collection boxes. For more details go to the link below.
The Northampton prevention Coalition will host its Annual Retreat on Thursday, November 8 from 9am-1pm at Smith College. Please join us! We will have two presenters at this year's retreat: Aaron Pitrat, a current UMass student, and Diane Fedorchak, Director of the UMass BASICS program. There will be time for Q&A. We'd love to have as many parents and guardians attend as possible. Lunch will be provided by Bueno y Sano. Event is FREE. RSVP is required at: http://evite.me/s2CvMx96BC
Northampton Parks & Recreation is taking registrations for the Quabbin Valley Basketball League. The divisions are for grades 3 & 4, grades 5 & 6, and grades 7 & 8 with divisions for both boys and girls. All participants play in every game and are placed on teams based on grade and skill level. Deadline to register is November 11 or until full. Visit the Parks and Recreation website to get more information and to register. http://www.northamptonma.gov/871/Basketball
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