October PTG Update for HVES and HVMS

HV Elementary (Grades P-3)

  1. Meeting Minutes – click here
  2. Trick or Treat event! – Monday October 30th bring your kids to school for trick-or-treat in the classrooms, 4:30-5:30 for HVES students only
  3. FundraisingYankee Candle was a huge success!  Thank you to all who participated.

The next meeting of the Elementary PTG will be November 14 @ 6pm in Room 222!

HV Middle School (Grades 4-7)

  1. Meeting Minutes – click here
  2. Raffle baskets – the PTG is soliciting donations from each classroom and any parent who is interested to have a table full of gift baskets to raffle off.  Any theme is welcome!  There are a few events at the school during the coming months where we will have the baskets on display
  3. Election of New Officers – Your new PTG officers for the 2017-2018 school year:
    1. President – Lisa Odvar
    2. Treasurer – Shannon Nicol (this position is open to new nominations!)
    3. Secretary – Stacy McCarthy
    4. Arts Enrichment – Mara Woolley

The next meeting of the Middle School PTG will be November 28 @ 6pm in the Resource Center!

Advertisements

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!

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!

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!

Spring Fair April 25th!

SpringFairPoster

Click here to print a poster: SpringFairPoster

If you would like to be a vendor click on the application here!

To check out the latest updates or let us know you are going check out the facebook event facebookicon

Thank you!!

Urgent Call for Parent Support of School District Budget

mailboxOur school district is in financial crisis. We have a $1,000,000 shortfall in the school district budget for next year. Our towns cannot possibly come up with this amount of money. To fill this void, our district will have to cut 25-28 jobs next year. That is unacceptable. We were told during a recent audit by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that we need to hire more classroom teachers, reading and math coaches, interventionists and a curriculum director. How can we follow this advice given our current fiscal situation?

This is how parents and other members of our community can help! Write letters to our State Representative and Senator to let them know that our children deserve the best education and right now we are not able to give that to them financially.

Below is a list of information that can be included in your email to Senator Ben Downing and Representative Gail Cariddi. A rule of thumb is that if they get more than 20 emails on one subject then it becomes a top priority. Imagine the concern if we send hundreds. We need as many people as possible to send an email so that we can get our school district the financial help it needs. Our children deserve this. All emails should be sent with the subject line: Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. Please include the following information below in your email.

  • We have the LOWEST per pupil expenditure in Berkshire County. Our students receive approximately $12,500 per school year. Some districts are as high as $19,000 per student. This is not OK. Our children deserve the best too! Let them know we need their help.
  • Our buildings are old and in need of some repairs that will cost approximately $1,000,000. The roof repair for CES is $300,000. We also have additional maintenance and repairs needed which will cost approximately $200,000. Plunkett needs the roof repaired at a cost of $400,000 and the additional maintenance needed for Plunkett will cost $400,000.
  • Pittsfield and North Adams are eligible for grants that we cannot receive because they are labeled a city and we are a town. These grants would help to fund staff, technology, supplies, etc.
  • Right now we need new computers and MORE computers for both schools. We will begin a new testing in the near future called PARCC testing and that will require students to have computers. Right now we only have enough computers for the students to share. They only receive 1-2 days of computer classes per week due to the lack of technology without a computer teacher. Most schools have a computer for each student and they work with them daily. Our students are at a big disadvantage.
  • We should receive 100% reimbursement for our transportation. This was promised years ago for regional school districts. We only receive 60% (this just changed…) reimburse at this time. We get NO reimbursement for special education transportation or the 2 buses that transport BArT students.
  • The formula they use to figure how much we pay to send a student to BArT has to change. We spend approximately $14,500 per student we send to BArT. We have about 62 children going to BArT. This totals $899,000. This could almost close the gap in our budget.

Please write a letter for our Schools. Make sure you are aware of any meetings or voting that may take place. Our children deserve the best education. They should not have to settle.

For more information you can go to the budget meetings. The next meeting is Thursday March 26th @ 6pm at HVHMS.

Also attend the town meetings and show your support for your school. The towns need to know that education and safety are our top priority. This is not something that can be changed by just one voice. These are your elected officials. Please let them know what is most important to you!

Senator Benjamin Downing

Benjamin.Downing@masenate.gov

7 North St., Suite 307

Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 442-4008

http://www.SenatorDowning.com

Representative Gailanne Cariddi
gailanne.cariddi@mahouse.gov
10 Main St.

North Adams, MA 01247

(413) 664-6812

Cheshire Board of Selectmen:
selectmen@cheshire-ma.com
80 Church St. – Box S

Cheshire, MA 01225

(413) 743-1690 Ext. 11

Adams Board of Selectmen:
ddunlap@town.adams.ma.us
8 Park Street

Adams, MA 01220

(413) 743-8300 Dept. #170

Please remember to put Adams-Cheshire Regional School District in the subject line for all correspondence. This budget crisis affects every student in our school district. Please take a minute to let our representatives know that you are concerned for your children’s educational future!

thank you note

Yankee Candle and Home Heating Raffle Time!

Yankee Candle and Home Heating Raffle info will be coming home with the kids so watch those backpacks!

Yankee Candle – orders due October 11th

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it allows us to fund all of the field trips, performances, and events that the students enjoy each year.  The PTG gets 40% of the sales for this fundraiser and the kidsscreen capture have sold nearly $18,000 worth of product in past years!  That means the PTG is on track to raise almost $7,200.  Thank you!

Did you know that you can order Yankee Candles products online between now and Christmas??  You can!  You can pay online, have the products shipped to your home in just a few days, and the PTG will STILL get 40% of the profits.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com
  2. Enter the Group# 990037365
  3. Shop, shop, shop!

Home Heating Raffle – drawing October 14th

This one is easy!  Your child will come home with one sheet of tickets for $1 each.  Each ticket enters you into the raffle for a grand prize of $500 toward your home heating bill.  We pay out to any type of heat – electric, gas, oil, wood, we will even pay your landlord if your rent includes heat!  The drawing for this raffle will be at our next PTG meeting on October 14th and the winner will get a call.

Thanks again for your support of the students of CT Plunkett!

Our Playground is Coming!

That’s right…thanks to all of our fundraising efforts we were able to order the Plunkett Mega Park in time for our students to have on the very first day of school! Families, we need YOUR help. We will be doing a side-by-side playground build on August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd between 7am and 3pm. This project is for ADULTS ONLY as this is a construction site and safety rules and regulations apply.

If you can volunteer time for any part of a day, or multiple days please contact the Main Office at 743-0876 or email Mrs. Little at littlej@acrsd.net with your name and phone number. Members of our playground committee will be in touch with more specific information as the dates get closer. This is a very exciting time for our school and community and we need YOUR help to make this project come together in time for school to start on September 2nd.
Thank you!

In Honor of Eleanor Robinson’s 90th Birthday

thank you noteIt started with an envelope of cash and checks at the school office.  Principal Colvin told me that they had a party for Eleanor Robinson’s 90th birthday, and they told all of the guests to give donations to the  playground in lieu of gifts. I thought that was the sweetest thing I ever heard.  I took the envelope home and entered all of the checks and cash into my spreadsheet of playground donations.  They really added up!  This party raised more money than some of our fundraisers.  But that wasn’t the end.  Over the next few months the checks kept coming!  We have received 31 donations from friends and family of Eleanor Robinson that live locally and have also sent them from all over Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Jersey.  Each one with a note, “In honor of Eleanor Robinson’s 90th birthday.”

You’ll notice on the Playground Fundraising page that there is a section with tallies for Boxtops, Pennies for the Playground, etc.  We’ve added “In honor of Eleanor Robinson’s 90th Birthday” to the tally section because the contributions have been so significant and we are so thankful for them.  To-date the total is $1,645.

Thank You!!

%d bloggers like this: