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Because of the general busy-ness of the holidays, we've decided to postpone our next PTA General Membership Meeting originally scheduled for this Thursday, 12/13. We will now meet on Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30pm. Please mark your calendars and join us! Babysitting and pizza will be provided.


By now, everyone should have received a note home with a collection envelope for the related arts and support staff holiday gift.This gift--separate from your homeroom collection--covers approximately 30 people including our related-arts team and other staff such as the custodial and administrative staff, school nurse, librarian, therapists and the resource room. Please help the PTA say "thank you" to the huge team that makes Watchung the special community it is!

THREE WAYS TO GIVE:

1. Cash

2. Checks made payable to the Watchung PTA.

3. The following link: http://bit.ly/2E2StfC

Kindly send in donations--at any level--by THIS Friday 12/14. Gifts will be presented at the Staff Holiday Luncheon on 12/19. As always, thank you for your generosity and Happy Holidays!


The Watchung PTA is looking for a new Assistant Treasurer! This role is perfect for a parent who would like to step up and become an active member of the PTA Executive Board and help our current Treasurer and team fulfill our mission for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.
 
Responsibilities may include:
  • Manage all PTA funds
  • Keep financial records and prepare PTA budget
  • Present budget to Executive Board
  • Pay bills and deposit money promptly
  • Attend PTA Executive Board and general PTA meetings
  • Collect and distribute funds for PTA events, as needed
If you are interested in this role, please contact Anneka Street streetanneka@gmail.com
 

A dedicated group of parents from Hillside's SATp was able to get permission to show "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" to all of the district’s elementary and middle school parents. It will be tomorrow, December 11th from 6:30-8:30 at Hillside Elementary school. More details here.
 

The next SEPAC Parent to Parent support meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, December 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm.  From the SEPAC newsletter: The idea is just to have some parents/caregivers gather to share thoughts, concerns, and resources, as well as to get to know one another. As of now, the plan is to meet at Trend Coffee House at 411 Bloomfield Ave at 7:30 p.m.  We would like to get an idea as to how many will attend since we may need to move locations depending on the size of our group. Please indicate how many you are responding for so we have an accurate count. Please feel free to share this link with anyone else who is a member of the Special Education parent/caregiver community who may not be on our mailing list!

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0a49a4a72ba2fa7-parent1/43750682 


Please save the date for our Spring Fundraiser (formerly known as the Davinci Ball) on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Details to follow but you are interested in helping out, please email our Fundraising Chair, Jennifer Mellish, at jennifermellish@gmail.com.


On Wednesday, December 19, the PTA will host an appreciation luncheon for the entire Watchung staff. We will serve the sandwiches, and we are seeking donations of salads, sides, drinks, desserts, and flowers to make the event extra special. All contributions are welcome -- show us your signature dish and show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them! Please remember that everything must be NUT-FREE. We ask that you drop off whatever you're bringing in the staff lounge between 8:30- 10:30 a.m. on the morning of the 19th.

We set up a SignUp Genius listing everything we need. Feel free to add something that's not already there. 
 

Any questions or concerns, please email Selma Avdicevic at selma_avdicevic@yahoo.com.


ASE UPDATE:

All Fall classes are now complete!

The ASE team is working on the class offering for the Winter session.

  • Mid-December: Class schedule published on website
  • January 4th: Flyers go out in backpacks
  • January 7th: Registration opens at 6 am
  • January 17th: Registration closes at 6 pm
  • January 28th: First week of classes
  • April 4th: Last week of classes. The weeks of April 8, 2019, and April 15, 2019 will be for makeups due to unscheduled closures, i.e., snow days.

Please visit the ASE website for dates, FAQs, contact info and more.


The PTA executive board is consistently hoping and dreaming and making grand plans for this school year. But as we've said, we need to go beyond our traditional fundraising events to make these initiatives happen. Field trips, science week, teacher enrichment: these all take money that we don't currently have in the budget. So if you haven't donated to our annual fundraising drive yet, please do today. Every little bit helps! You can donate easily via Paypal at any time. More information can be found in our President's Letterand as always, please feel free to email with any questions. 


Important dates to add to your calendar: 

December 12: Winter Concert, 6-8pm at High School Auditorium

December 21: Abbreviated Day (Winter Break)

December 24-January 1: NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

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