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

 

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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!

Golf Tournament Raises $1300!

GolfPosterThank you to everyone who came out to support our golf tournament for the playground!! The weather was gorgeous and we had a great group of volunteers who came to help out.  Through the generosity of some local businesses and individuals we were able raise $1300 in just a few short hours!!  Thank you to Forest Park Country Club for your hospitality and for donating some items to our raffle!  Thank you to the 60 golfers who signed up to play.  Thank you to the volunteers who put in many hours of their time to make this evening a success.  Should we make this an annual event??

Have you donated to the playground yet??  Even small donations help!!  And you just need to click on the button!

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Focus on Fitness at the Next Generation Playground this Summer

playground schematicA new playground, Plunkett Mega Park Playground, will replace the former wooden structure, Wacky World, with a modern, eco-friendly playground design that is fully accessible and supports youth fitness this summer!!  The new playground, equipped with slides, swings, climbing systems, and fitness equipment, was named and partly designed by the students at CT Plunkett. Before school was out for the summer, students were asked to come up with names for the new playground, then they voted on the top 5 names and Mega Park was the most popular choice. Students were also asked to draw a diagram of their ideal playground design. The most popular equipment for the playground was, above all, swings and slides. Childhood educators know that some of the most essential learning happens on the school playground. Children learn to challenge themselves physically, and develop fitness habits and an awareness of the importance of daily exercise.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that the rate of childhood and adolescent obesity has nearly tripled over the last twenty years. Playgrounds, free play, and outdoor physical activity programs play a critical role in providing resources to get kids moving.We will maximize the use of the playground to promote physical activity, develop wellness habits, and meet national standards for physical fitness – all in the context of fun.  Our physical education classes will have access to the playground, which has many apparatuses that strengthen core muscles, develop coordination, encourage full body balance, and focus on upper body strength. We want to develop healthy habits in America’s youth because we know the most reliable way to become a healthy adult is to be an active and healthy child.

To date we have been able to raise $56,309.00 toward the playground fund. We have our wonderful students, families, area businesses and community to thank for working so hard to raise funds. Our playground will have room to grow. Our goal is to add different pieces of equipment over time to encourage adults and children in the community to exercise for better health.

Students and staff have been busy fundraising all year long. We have donation cans decorated by our students placed at area businesses, a spaghetti supper was held at Bounti Fare in February, the Adams Ale house held a fundraiser, Pizza Jim’s pizza cards were sold, we held a Father-Daughter Dance, and continuously collected donations in our Wishing Well. Plus we were awarded grants from the William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire, and Savoy and the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.

Our current fundraiser is a golf tournament being held at Forest Park Country Club on Friday July 11 starting at 3:00. There are still a couple of team spots available, and we are looking tee sponsors at $25 and raffle items as well. Email ctpptg@acrsd.net to sign up or call FPCC.

The playground committee met with several playground vendors and an RFP for the project went out in June. Several proposals were submitted and after careful review the committee has selected Site Specifics, LLC of Rochester, MA to bring our new playground to life. Cindy Maak of Site Specifics has created a wonderful design that has incorporated all of the items requested by the students and the committee to meet the fitness focus, the accreditation standards, and the fun! She has extensive experience designing and building playgrounds and we are excited to be working with her.

Next week the committee will begin the work of determining how much of the playground design can be installed prior to the start of school in September, with the money we have raised to-date. Time is running out as decisions have to be made and orders need to be placed. We are approximately $20k short of our goal and are looking to any businesses or individuals who have been thinking about donating to please do it now! Even small donations have helped us to raise over $56k in just one year. Let’s finish this project with a full playground!

Donations can be made by mailing your check to CT Plunkett PTG, 14 Commercial St., Adams MA 01220, by going to our website www.ctplunkettptg.org and donating online, or at Adams Community Bank.

The children are thrilled to have a playground this fall and we can’t thank our community enough for your very generous support!

Adams Ale House Fundraiser This Week!

AdamsAleHouseThe Adams Ale House has generously offered to donate 10% of your check at their restaurant to anyone who brings in one of these coupons this Wednesday-Sunday!  Click here to print out your Adams Ale House flyer!  Bring your coupon into the Ale House this week.  Each flyer has 4 coupons for you to use or share.

Eat at the Adams Ale House Wednesday March 19-Sunday March 23 and 10% of your check will be donated to the playground fund.

Eat, drink, cheers!

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