Artwork Credit: Harrison, 2nd grade
Send us your spring drawing today at email@example.com
CHB PTA stands in solidarity with those that stand against Racism and hate. We send our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and community of the eight women – including six women of Asian descent, whose lives were taken away by the indescribable tragedy that took place in the Atlanta area, as well as the recent tragedy in Boulder. There has been a significant increase in bias, aggression, and violent acts targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities since the start of the Pandemic. There is a deep urge and charge for justice and equity for all marginalized groups of people. We have a long journey of healing and work ahead of all of us. When it comes to dismantling systemic racism, we are stronger together.
NYC. gov has additional resources for addressing Anti-Asian bias, discrimination, and hate here.
We hope you will enjoy this spring weekend.
PTA COMMUNITY MEETING
Tuesday 3/30 at 8:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting here
Meeting ID: 986 3136 0553
Information on Teachers College in preparation for our upcoming PTA vote on this for next year’s budget.
Registration for SPRING OUTDOOR ASE
begins TONIGHT at 8:00 PM!
The PTA ASE Committee will hold a five-week after-school enrichment (ASE) session outdoors this spring at Bullock.
Classes will run from the weeks of April 19 through May 17 (once a week on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM), take place on the CHB playground/field area and blacktop, and follow Covid safety protocols.
The class schedule is listed below and you can register and access full class details at homeroom.com
Online registration will launch on homeroom.com beginning Friday March 26 at 8 PM and ends Tuesday March 30th at 11:59 PM.
Financial Assistance is available for 1 class per student. Please email Lauren Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you need ANY HELP OR ASSISTANCE filling out the registration form, please reach out to us at email@example.com
Calling all parents and caregivers. We are excited to make this first-ever session of Spring ASE happen but we need your help. Volunteers are needed to act as on-site admin for ASE. This would include, but not be limited to, doing temperature checks at sign-in; directing children to their designated area; and ensuring social distance guidelines are being practiced.
We will need volunteers to work shifts from 3:00 to approximately 5:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
If you are a parent or guardian interested in volunteering or have questions on volunteering please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the list of our courses below:
Art a la Carte (K-2) – offered by Artsy Smartsy
There’s no doubt about it – kids love to create! By practicing the basics of art making, they experience a whole new way of seeing the world and expressing themselves. We’ll learn about different kinds of art through time, then we’ll draw, paint, collage & sculpt, and create beaded and handmade projects, bringing kids a fresh and fun way to see their art and a result they will be proud to show off.
MusicStart Keyboarding: Learn to Read Music & Play Tunes (K-3) – offered by Music Path Co.
MusicStart® is a patented progressive music learning system that balances fun and development of skills. Using familiar songs, it teaches all the necessary basics to get started playing music. The MusicStart® Keyboard is especially designed for learning. It uses 4 instructive attachments that vary the challenge from color matching to letter matching to note matching and reading standard musical notation. MusicStart® is preparation for (or a supplement to) playing any instrument and teaches step-by-step problem solving. All materials are provided. Demo video and more information at beginmusic.com
Fashion Dream Designers (1-5) – offered by Hobby Quest
This semester we are creating one of the most iconic staple pieces of all time – a denim skirt (or shorts) of your very own design! Learn everything there is to know about creating this versatile closet regular that can stand the test of all times! Of course, we want you to be original from head to toe, so you’ll get to create a top to go with it too! Then, at the end of the semester, you’ll get to model your original designs in a real runway show! Don’t wait, sign up and make your Fashion Designing Dreams come true today! Design it! Create it! Keep it!
Crazy Chemworks (2-5) – offered by Mad Science of NENJ
Welcome to the world of chemistry! Children will make gooey slime, experiment with different reactions, and learn to use the tools that chemists use. Polymers and catalysts are just two of the fascinating concepts young scientists explore in this thrilling trip through the chemistry lab!
Intro to Journalism (3-5) – offered by Jaime Bedrin, CHB parent
CHB Reporters Tackle Real Stories at School and Beyond. Ever wonder how journalists do their job? How does an idea become a story? And how do we know when we’re on the trail of a good story? In this course, CHB reporters will have fun exploring the world of journalism. We’ll start by learning a little bit about the history of journalism and the 1st Amendment. We’ll brainstorm ideas for stories and talk about what kind of visuals we can include in reporting. Students will be expected to do some research for this course. We’ll practice our interviewing skills. We’ll study leads, nut ‘grafs’ and kickers. Finally our CHB reporters will draft an article they can share. This course will be taught by CHB parent Jaime Bedrin. Jaime has worked as a journalist for twenty years with stints in radio, television and print media. She now teaches journalism at Montclair State University.
Clay Play (K-2) – offered by Artsy Smartsy
Join in the fun as we explore many different ways to create with clay. We’ll use air dry clay to sculpt and mold, make jewelry and kinetic art with polymer clay and have an awesome time with everyone’s favorite – Model Magic! Make and take a new clay project every other week.Soccer (K-2) – offered by Our Training Academy
Soccer (K-2)- offered by Our Training Academy
Take to the field at CHB for some soccer fun with Our Training Academy! Our Training Academy is a grassroots training company with a focus on youth development on and off the soccer field. Note: due to Covid-19 restrictions, social distancing will be maintained and children must wear masks.
Airplane Pilots (K-3) – offered by Hobby Quest
Get into the cockpit and fly this fall with Hobby Quest’s Airplane Pilots! This semester we are back with all NEW models! Some go up as high as your house or school and some can go as far as a football field. Of course that’s just the beginning, the class will be jam packed with tons of learning, building and flying fun! Have a seat and prepare for takeoff, make Airplane Pilots your next adventure!
Creative Writing (1-3) – offered by Sarah Nahabedian and Erica Brentan
Let’s write stories together! In this class, each student will explore the writing process by writing their own realistic fiction story. Each class will be centered on a different part of the writing process. During each class, students will exercise their imagination, share with peers, get targeted/personalized feedback from a teacher, and feel accomplished when they publish and share a story they wrote at our socially distanced publishing party.
Sarah Nahabedian and Erica Brentan are Montclair moms with a combined 20 years of teaching experience. Sarah is a learning specialist teaching reading and writing at a NYC public school and Erica is a former 1st/2nd grade teacher who now mentors teachers to develop their social-emotional curricula.
Seasonal Crafts with Hammer & Stain (1-5) – offered by Hammer & Stain
Paint. Laugh. Create. Your child will participate in creating seasonal crafts, designed and taught by Hammer and Stain, which has a studio in Montclair (Hammer and Stain Upper Montclair – hammer and stain uppermontclair gretchen’s studio).
Guitar for Beginners (2-5) – offered by Music Path Co.
Learn the basics and foundations of playing the guitar. Technique, scales, chords, melodies, and songs will all be covered. We promise to teach you as many real songs as possible! This class is a great introduction for students who might then proceed to a private teacher. We will get your hands picking, strumming, and fretting. Electric or acoustic guitar is ok (no amplifier required). Materials: Bring in a guitar you already own or we recommend First Act guitars online as an inexpensive solution (starting around $40).
Elementary Egypt (K-3) – offered by Artsy Smartsy
Feel that desert heat as we begin an exciting adventure exploring the daily life of our ancient Egyptian ancestors. We’ll get to experience life in the time of the pharaohs as we make Egyptian jewelry, pyramids, make a pharaoh’s mask to dress up with, paint on papyrus scrolls and create lots more artwork as we learn about hieroglyphics, the Rosetta Stone, King Tut, Cleopatra, and more on this awesome trip back in time.
Mixed Media Animals (K-3) – offered by Montclair Art Museum
This class, offered by the Montclair Art Museum, will explore animals, and habitats. We will use mixed media to create one-of-a-kind 2-d and 3-d works. Students will explore clay, drawing, painting, building and more! Demonstrations in the use of materials and visual references will help each young artist find their unique voice!
Brixology- Engineering with Legos (2-5) – offered by Mad Science of NENJ
Brixology sets the foundation for our next generation of makers! Kids learn about different types of engineering, then construct different engineering-themed projects using LEGO bricks. They learn about aerospace engineering while building a space station, mechanical engineering while they build boats and vehicles, and more. Your future engineer will build upon their creativity to solve real-world design challenges while also developing problem-solving skills. Let the tinkering begin!
Lacrosse (grade range TBD, likely 1-5) – offered by Soft Lacrosse, LLC
Unlock your child’s athletic and leadership potential by nurturing self-confidence, hand eye coordination, footwork, and teamwork SKILLS using time tested exclusive soft lacrosse techniques. A great deal of success in life can start by picking up a lacrosse stick. Soft Lacrosse LLC is a not-for-profit organization that has a mission to provide a gentle introduction to the fundamentals of lacrosse. Note: students will be divided up by age/ability levels.
Crayola- World of Design (K-2) – offered by Mad Science of NENJ
Take a journey to the farthest reaches of the imagination while learning about the Arctic, the rainforest, Mars, and a futuristic city! Use the design thinking process to solve real-world problems in these different environments. Experiment with Crayola products and many art techniques like sculpting, storyboarding, collage, and mixed media. Discover careers like graphic design, universal design, urban design, and product design.
Joe Fischer Secrets of Magic (K-5) – offered by Joe Fischer
Discover how magicians do their magic by learning from a working magician. Children are taken behind the scenes to learn how to perform magic and receive their own bag of magic which they learn from every week.
Mixed Media and Upcycled Art (1-5) – offered by Lovlee Tang
Mixed Media and Upcycled Art. During this art experience, students will have the opportunity to use traditional arts and craft materials while incorporating natural and recycled materials in their projects! Will explore various artists and their techniques in addition to creating our own unique works of art!
Comix & Cartoons (2-5) – offered by Artsy Smartsy
One of the most awesome ways to express ourselves is through characters in a comic book or cartoon. The characters can be exaggerated and embellished to become anything we want them to be and the stories they tell are always imaginative and fun. In this class we will travel into the world of cartoon art and learn all the basics for creating comic books and cartoons to share with friends and family.
** Covid guidelines will be practiced and must be adhered to in order to participate.
P.S. Our BARET Equity Survey is still accepting responses using the links below:
The next SEPAC Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday, March 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. The first half of the meeting will feature an orientation session with the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. This session is particularly important for families of current/rising high school students to understand the assistance, programs and services available to individuals who are 14 and older. The second half of the meeting will include a discussion with District representatives about school reopening for students with special needs.
Please submit questions in advance at: MontclairSEPAC@gmail.com by Friday, March 26th.
Please join the Zoom call here
Meeting ID: 874 7383 8538
We, the Nominating Committee of the Montclair Council of PTAs (PTAC), invite all parents, caregivers and community members to submit nominations of PTA members to serve as officers or committee chairs for the upcoming academic year 2021-2022. You may self-nominate or nominate other members by filling outthis form by Friday, April 2nd.
If you, or a person who you wish to nominate, are not a member of a Montclair PTA, you (or they) may join any of the Montclair Public School PTAs here (choose your PTA in the upper left corner).
Please see brief descriptions of the open positions in the nomination form or the PTAC By-laws with more detailed descriptions of the open positions (see pgs 6-7). If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the PTAC Nominating Committee members:
Selma Avdicevic email@example.com
Veronica Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
June Raegner email@example.com
Jada Roman firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Sullivan email@example.com
Thank you for taking the time to think about these parent leader roles that support our PTAs as they support all children, families, and teachers.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Si tiene algun pregunta que requiera traducción en español, puede escribir a Marie Curi(email@example.com).