Elementary PTG September Meeting Update

The first meeting of the ACRSD Elementary PTG was held last night at the school.  Thank you to all of the teachers and parents who attended!

HV Elementary (Grades P-3)

  1. Meeting Minutes – click here
  2. School Picture Day – September 28th!
  3. FundraisingGet those Yankee Candle Orders in by Friday!  This is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year, please participate and spread the word!
  4. Election of officers – Introducing your new PTG officers for the 2017-2018 school year!
    • President – Jennifer Gageant
    • Secretary – Erin Strek
    • Treasurer – Shelly Crockwell
    • Arts Enrichment – Heather Cachat Blake

The next meeting of the Elementary PTG will be October 3rd @ 6pm in Room 222!

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Kick-off the New Year with the PTG!

Say Hello to a new school year, Good Luck!Welcome back to school elementary and middle school families!!  We hope the routine of a new school year is starting to go smoothly for all.  There are several school events and our first PTG meetings at each school coming up.  Hope to see you there!

HV Elementary (Grades P-3)

  1. First PTG meeting will be Tuesday September 19th at 6pm at the school.  All are welcome!  Agenda  and Minutes from 6-13-2017
  2. Fundraising – start of year kickoff with Yankee Candle at the elementary school,
  3. Election of officers – each school needs to elect a President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Arts Enrichment Coordinator for this school year

HV Middle (Grades 4-7)

  1. First PTG meeting will be Tuesday September 26th at 6pm in the school Resource Center (library).  All are welcome! Agenda  and Minutes from 6-13-2017
  2. Meet the Teacher night – Wednesday September 20th at 6pm
  3. Fundraising – start of year kickoff with pies & cookie dough at the middle school.
  4. Election of officers – each school needs to elect a President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Arts Enrichment Coordinator for this school year

Nominations and election of new officers for each school will take place at the September meetings, as we hope to include as many families from Cheshire and Adams as possible.  This is an exciting development for your PTG as we work to support all of the ACRSD students in Preschool through 7th grade.  We hope to continue supporting the field trips, events, and fun that have been traditions at both Adams and Cheshire schools.  All families are welcome at any PTG meeting.  Please share!

Click here to download our PTG Brochure 2017 with information about our new structure

Click here to download the Minutes6-13-2017 from our June meeting

 

Middle School Open House Tonight!! And June Meeting Update

There is an OPEN HOUSE at Hoosac Valley tonight at 5:30pm for middle school families.  There will be tours, information, and a presentation.  We will be there too, so stop by our table to take a chance at our Bella Sky gift basket or to purchase a Hurricane Pride water bottle!

June Meeting Updates:

  1. New playground equipment – vote to approve spending approximately $10,000 to install a new slide play structure that is geared to 2-5 year old children. Order will be placed through Site Specifics for $7k piece plus installation, concrete, etc.  The 2 pole spinners will be relocated to make room for this larger piece of equipment.
  2. Bylaws – several amendments to the PTG bylaws were presented by Erin Mucci. See Minutes6-13-2017.
  3. Elementary & Middle School finances – A discussion of financing 2 separate PTG committees. Vote to allocate  $5000 cash + $10,000 playground piece to elementary school, and allocate $8877 to middle school. Note: another checking account will be opened for the new middle school PTG.
  4. Fundraising – start of year kickoff with Yankee at elementary, middle school will do pies & cookie dough. A more detailed fundraising  plan will be developed in September-October with input from new membership next year.
  5. Election of officers – postponed to September. Each school will call meeting in September and recruit new members and officers.

Click here to download our PTG Brochure 2017 with information about our new structure

Click here to download the Minutes6-13-2017 from our June meeting

 

Your elementary AND middle school PTG!

Hello!  The June meeting of the PTG will be an important one as we are voting to amend our bylaws and install a new piece of equipment on the CTP playground (pictured here!).

Meeting Tuesday June 13th @ 4pm

We have been informed that the Cheshire PTG is dissolving and we will not be getting any financial support from them in the coming school year.  Therefore, we will be voting to amend our bylaws to include both the elementary and middle school grades, plus expanding our list of officers to include a chair, treasurer, secretary, and arts enrichment coordinator for each school moving forward.

Nominations and election of new officers at each school will take place in the Fall, as we hope to include as many families from Cheshire and Adams as possible.  This is an exciting development for your PTG as we work to support all of the ACRSD students in Preschool through 7th grade.  We hope to continue supporting the field trips, events, and fun that have been traditions at both Adams and Cheshire schools.  All families are welcome at any PTG meeting.  Please share!

End-of-Year Activities!

There’s always a lot going on at the end of the school year!  Here’s an update on the May meeting from your PTG:

Principal’s Report –

  • 7 new positions posted (interventionists and SPED and Coordinator), if one of the towns votes down the budget, those new positions will not be filled
  • No parent requests for class placements because many in-house teachers have applied for the 7 open positions and can’t wait until the staff is hired to put class lists together
  • Middle school – departmentalized model, every core subject every day, 4th grade will have 2 teams so each student will have 2 teachers, no study halls, common planning time for teachers, busses will be separate from high school, teachers will escort students to lunch and gym

New Business –

  1. Teacher Requests- 4th grade Howe Caverns – already approved, need check by May 26th
  2. Yearbook – cost to print has increased, we will increase the price by $1, order forms are ready to go – $15/yearbook, $7 for 5th graders
  3. Year end –
    • Field Day June 6th – PTG will provide popsicles (can use freezer in cafeteria) 
    • 5th grade picnic June 6th – PTG will order grinders, buy drinks, chips, cookies – get volunteers
    • 5th grade T-shirts – confirm amount with Kale Skrocki and get check to him
  4. In need of a new Arts Enrichment coordinator – volunteers???
  5. Playground equipment – planning to purchase one new piece of equipment for the playground that is recommended for 2-5 year olds, estimated cost $7k plus another $3k for installation, concrete, mulch, etc.

The following have been added to the PTG Calendar:

5/22 – 4th grade visits HVMHS

5/23 – 5th grade visits HVMHS

5/24 – 5th grade to Sturbridge Village!

5/25 – STEAM Family Night (registration required)

5/26 – 3rd grade visits HVMHS

5/26 – Red, White, and Blue Spirit Day!

5/30 – 4th grade to Howe Caverns!

5/31 – K-2 Family Folk Dancing!

6/1 & 6/2 – 3rd grade to Pleasant Valley!

6/5 – Gr3-5 Family Folk Dancing!

6/6 – Field Day!

6/6 – 5th grade picnic

6/15 – half day

6/16 – 5th grade graduation!

6/16 – half day

6/19 – half day

6/20 – half day LAST DAY!

March meeting moved to Wednesday March 15th!

Snow busDue to the snow forecast AGAIN this month we have rescheduled our PTG meeting to Wednesday March 15th at 5:30pm in the Cafeteria.  The agenda is below:

  • Minutes
  • Principal’s Report
  • Officers’ Reports
    1. Chairmen’s Report
    2. Treasurer’s Report
    3. Arts Enrichment Report
  • New Business
    1. Vendor Fair – April 8th
    2. Red Sox Trip – April 15th
    3. Explore program – Laura Scholz
    4. Fundraising Update & Ideas
    5. Teacher Requests
  • Next Meeting Date & Time: April 11th
  • Adjourn

There is a lot to discuss so please try to attend.  Thank you and stay warm!!

November Update

giftThere’s a lot happening with your PTG!

Pie and Cookie Dough Pickup is Tonight!

PLEASE pick up the pie and cookie dough fundraiser orders TONIGHT before 6:30pm in the cafeteria.  We do not have a place to store frozen items so make arrangements for a friend to pick up your order if you cannot make it before 6:30 tonight.

Give-a-Gift will be Thursday December 15th

At this time we are asking for:

  • donations of gifts for our store, each student should bring in 2(or more!) gifts
  • donations of wrapping paper & tape
  • volunteers to help out on Dec. 15

We will need over 600 gifts in total!  Especially for MEN!

Minutes from the November Meeting

Here is a link to the minutes from our meeting on November 15th with lots of information about what we are doing in PTG.  These minutes will not be approved until they are voted on at the next meeting on January 10, 2017.   minutes11-15-2016

Welcome back to school!

Our PTG is trying to plan many things for this upcoming school year. We need more volunteers to make our events happen.  We are looking forward to a great school year for our children!

  • Yankee candle fundraiser will be coming home right away.  Seeing a fundraiser the first day back might be overwhelming, but if there are any problems they can be fixed before the holidays
  • Fuel Raffle– The PTG will pay $500 for any kind of heating fuel. This means, oil, gas, electric, wood, pellets and if your rent includes heat we will make the payment to your landlord. Tickets are due back to the school October 4th and the winner will be picked at the October meeting.
  • A big thank you to our CTP custodial staff, as well as Shawn Wright and those who volunteered to help freshen up our playground. We added some new mulch, a fresh coat of paint and a sandbox is being installed.
  • The PTG will be looking at adding another piece of equipment to our playground this school year. This piece will be geared toward the younger students and we would love our parents and staff to help us with this new addition.

Please join us at our first meeting on September 13th at 6pm where we will be joined by our new Superintendent Dr. Robert Putnam.

Looking forward to a happy, healthy & productive school year!

Meeting December 1st

Conference Table ImageThe PTG will be meeting on December 1st at 6pm in the cafeteria!  Hope to see some more parents and teachers at this meeting.  We will be planning the Give-a-Gift holiday workshop, and winter-spring fundraising goals.  All parents and teachers are encouraged to attend.

Thanks!

Shoparoo for us and earn while you shop!

shoparoo logoThis year we are excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!

 

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. No more cutting labels, selling door to door, or time-consuming coordinating. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

 

Get started today:

  1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store
  2. Select our school from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts – shop anywhere, buy anything!
  3. The first 20 supporters at our school will earn an extra $1 donation from Shoparoo for their first receipt!
  4. Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code
  5. You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions!

 

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo – the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money that we could be fundraising too. Check out shoparoo.com to learn more about this awesome app!
Thank you for your support!

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