Happy Halloween to the entire CHB Community!
It will be a different Halloween this year, but we hope you’ll have a good one and that our kids will have some fun. Thank you for donating so many books for our Book Swap, we are busy organizing the books for this Friday’s Book Pick-up from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Have a great Halloween!
Please pick up donated books this Friday 10/30 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
RAIN DATE: Monday 11/02 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Where: Outside, CHB (blacktop).
Simply drive up (or walk-up if you have no vehicle), and wait for a volunteer to give you books appropriate to your children’s age(s). That’s it.
Important: Please wear masks and respect social distancing.
We are looking for volunteers to help out!
We are looking for volunteers to help out with the distribution of the books, please sign up via this LINK if you can lend a helping hand.
While you make your way to CHB to pick up books, please consider bringing canned food / unperishable food and drop it off at the blacktop, and we will make sure to bring the donated food to Toni’s Kitchen.
CHB ZOOM Halloween, Saturday, October 31, 02:00 PM
All CHB students and their families are welcome!
Please wear a great, fun, sweet, scary, interesting, awesome costume.
Let’s have some fun. Yeah!
-Please do not share any pictures of other CHB students on social media.
ZOOM Details: Join Zoom Meeting via this link Time: Oct 31, 2020 02:00 PM ET Meeting ID: 924 3236 3852 Passcode: 368645
MFEE (The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence) is bringing back its award-winning Showdown Montclair talent battle on November 7th. ShowUP features local hidden talent gems, success stories from Montclair schools — and even some familiar, super-talented Montclair Public School staff members! Check out this highlight reel that gives you a peek at what ShowUP is all about. Funds raised will support MFEE and its new Arts Open Hearts Fund which fuels innovative arts programs that nurture students’ social and emotional health. Get your tickets here!
Watchung Booksellers’ Virtual Book Fair
In collaboration with Watchung Booksellers’, there will be a Virtual Book Fair during the week of 11/16.More information to come.
Feria virtual del libro de los Watchung Booksellers
En colaboración con Watchung Booksellers ‘, habrá una Feria del Libro Virtual durante la semana del11/16.
Más información próximamente.
CHB Spirit Wear is ready for you!
It’s time to layer up and stock up on short sleeves, long sleeves, pajama pants, hoodies, and perhaps a mask or two. Come check out our revamped site montclairpta.org/chb/chb-spirit-wear/ and see what’s new.
All orders will be delivered within 2-3 business days of receipt of payment.
The following statement has been issued by the Montclair PTA Council and sent to the Montclair Board of Education. It has been written with input from all of the PTA’s in Montclair.
Safely Returning to Our Schools – 10/26/20
The Montclair PTA Council recognizes the complexity and difficulty faced by all interested parties in the district during this very difficult time as they make decisions about whether to return to school in person and how to safely do so.
PTAC must advocate for ALL of our families in deciding what is best for their children. Some families want their children to continue to receive 100% remote instruction. We support those families. Other families feel that their children would benefit from returning to school in person when the schools reopen using the hybrid model. We support those families as well.
As a matter of equity, PTAC has a moral and ethical responsibility to advocate for all students. Families, of course, have the final say on whether they feel it is safe to send their children to school after considering all the information available to them and their personal circumstances. Given the large number of families who have expressed interest in sending their children back to school in person, PTAC is in support of planning for hybrid instruction in accordance with State requirements so that all families can make the best choices for their children.
We understand that many people are frustrated with the amount of information available to them at this time and we expect the administration to pay careful attention to those concerns. We also expect, of course, that the buildings will be made safe for teachers, staff and students in accordance with State and CDC guidelines in advance of any return to schools. This expectation assumes, in good faith, that the district will also provide sufficient and timely evidence of the safety measures taken to allay as much reopening-related anxiety as possible.
We observe that there is frequently a natural tension in relations between the BOE and the MEA, but this must not get in the way of doing what is right for our students. We respect our teachers, many of whom have families of their own and are making similar decisions for their own children. But we expect to see all stakeholders in the Montclair Public School District acting thoughtfully and constructively for the benefit of our children.
We were disappointed by the troubled attempt at re-launching in-person instruction for our ABA classes. We understand that teachers have reasonable questions and concerns about safety during this pandemic. We urge the MEA to clearly set forth a reasonable list of achievable expectations aligned with State and CDC laws and guidelines and the approved and initiated launch of in-person instruction in peer school districts as soon as possible. This would help to facilitate timely response by the district in advance of the next scheduled in-person instruction start date(s).
We soundly reject the notion that we must choose between supporting our teachers and supporting the district in its reopening plan. The role of the school district is to educate our children and put their best interests first, while answering directives received from county, state and federal authorities addressing both safety and educational needs. As PTAC, we are committed to ensuring that the interests of all students and families are represented in the process. If the interests of stakeholders conflict, we urge everyone to stay focused on the educational, physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing of the children of the Montclair Public Schools.
Thank you to all the new PTA members. If you are not a member yet, we encourage you to become a member to support CHB PTA. Membership is $10 per person.
This booklet outlines all of our committees, programs, and activities.
PTA Interest Form
Let us know how you’d like to be involved!
We’re always looking for feedback from our fellow parents. If you have any thoughts, comments, questions, or concerns. Let us know @ email@example.com or reply to this email. If there’s something you’d like to have the PTA include in next week’s newsletter, let us know.
Your PTA Leadership Team,
Irene Rosenthal Marco de Mel
Jaime Bedrin Patti Marin
Zach McAdoo Najla Nazeemudeen
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