Dear CHB Friends,
Happy Pride Month!
June is Pride Month. Wondering why? This quick video explains what Pride Month is and why we celebrate it in June:
Montclair residents recently started a new group,Out Montclair dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ population of our town.
Out Montclair’s website is a source of information and event listings for the community, including events during this month’s Pride Month.
Looking for book ideas for elementary-aged kids to discuss LGBTQIA+ issues with your kids?
Here is a great compilation of books, from picture books to chapter books.
Annual Envelope Fundraiser!
Thank you to all our families and friends that have contributed! In our first two weeks, we have surpassed the $8,000 mark! Thank you so very much! Please help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 for our school. Thank you, friends.
Remember our upcoming CHB ECO-FAIR on Saturday, June 12 from 1-4 pm.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dear CHB Families,
2020-2021 has been an extraordinary year in so many ways. As a PTA, we have continued to provide amazing experiences for our kids. In order to continue providing our students and community with these enriching activities, we always need your time and volunteerism, but we also need your financial support. The Envelope Fundraiser will be our only fundraiser this year. Thank you for your support.
There are 250 envelopes ranging from $10 to $1000.
From the received donation submissions, we will draw a number of winners who will win some awesome CHB Spirit Wear!
WHY SHOULD WE SUPPORT OUR PTA?
Reason #2. Author Visits!
The above photo is from one of many author visits funded by the PTA.
(Third Grade Author Visit with Grace Lin.)
Reason #3. School Assemblies and Field Trips
School assemblies and Field Trips often bring learning and fun to our students on a regular basis. During virtual learning, our 3rd graders experienced a Weather Assembly with John Marshall and a tour of the Yogi Berra Museum. Normally, our 4th graders plan a camping trip and our 5th graders celebrate their achievements with a moving up ceremony.
Reason #4. Secret Garden
In our Secret Garden, we grow food for our kitchen and community and provide gardening experiences that tie into our children’s learning. We are working to expand this and our outdoor learning experiences in years to come.
Please join SEPAC for our final monthly member meeting for this school year on Monday, June 7th at 7 pm. This meeting will feature the presentation “Parent Advocacy, Institutional Resistance, and the ‘Battle’ for Inclusive Education” with Dr. Priya Lalvani, Professor at Montclair State University and Program Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Inclusive Education. Dr. Lalvani will focus on the benefits, myths and misconceptions about inclusive education and will draw attention to the socioeconomic, racial and cultural inequities in the experiences of parents of children with disabilities. Please feel free to submit questions in advance at montclairSEPAC@gmail.com.
Join the Zoom Here
Meeting ID: 875 5958 3588
SEPAC is seeking additional Leadership Team members for the 2021-2022 school year. All are welcome. Your time commitment can be as little or as large as you can give, but we want your voice! We work as a team, and we welcome new energy and enthusiasm to join. Email here to express interest!
SEPAC Leadership Team
The Montclair PTA Council (PTAC) is grateful and proud to announce our new Executive Board (taking office on July 1, 2021). Deborah Villarreal-Hadley (President) and Kristin Wood-Werner (Treasurer) will be stepping down after four years of service as required by our by-laws. They have been amazing volunteers and have helped guide parents and PTAs through an unprecedented and difficult time. Their dedication to our students, our families, our PTAs, and our community is remarkable.
Our new Executive Board consists of:
Tessie Thomas, President (2021-2023)
Reggie Valentine, Vice President (2021-23)
Brian Fleischer, Vice President (2021-22)
Diane Tehranian, Treasurer (2021-23)
Courtney Redfern (2021-22)
Download a PDF with the new PTAC BOARD PROFILES 2021-22 here!
We have prepared brief profiles on the officers to introduce them to the community, though many of them are already well-known for their years of service to the schools and to our community. Please take a moment to “get to know” these parent leaders.
If you need general information about PTAC and our mission, please check out our website montclairpta.org. For general information about our school district, see PTAC’s user-friendly district guide. https://montclairpta.org/district-guide/
Dear Dr. Ponds, Dr. Morgan and Montclair Board of Education Members,
Our committee, the Equity, Anti-Racism and Opportunity Gap (EAROG) Committee of the Montclair PTA Council, has read, reviewed and carefully discussed the Whistleblower report recently submitted by Mr. Kelley.
We as a committee feel strongly that many of the allegations in this statement speak directly to the EAROG mission. As a committee, we want to thank Dr. Ponds and his staff for being transparent during this time, keeping our community informed, expressing the seriousness with which he takes the allegations, and initiating an independent third party investigation. We also applaud those individuals who stood firm in their support.
EAROG would like to offer our support to the district in establishing our community’s agreement and commitment to the following principles: All schools and school facilities must be maintained equitably, in accordance with state guidelines and the health, safety and educational needs of the students and staff. No facility, regardless of location or student population, should be denied the support it requires for effective cleaning, maintenance and remediation of hazardous conditions. All staff and families must be engaged in a shared commitment to uphold the District’s equity and anti-bullying policies. And that commitment must extend to all students, staff and families who may be subject to bullying, harassment, intimidation or neglect.
Any behavior, verbal or written, that does not exhibit these values should be reported immediately and investigated in accordance with the District’s policies and regulations. When the district receives a credible allegation that meets the definition of harassment, intimidation and/or bullying under state and district laws, policies and regulations, it is essential that the rights and interests of all individuals be protected. Whenever legal and operationally possible, the accused should not be allowed to remain in a position to do further harm. Reassignment or administrative leave should be leveraged whenever appropriate.
EAROG and all of our PTAs will be here to support the District, its staff and all of our families, in whatever way we can, to ensure equity among ALL individuals.
One position for a 2-year commitment by a PTA member
Time Commitment: 1-4 hours per week
Manage the CHB PTA budget including compliance and tracking incoming funds and spending; bill paying and check writing to venders and fulfilling reimbursement forms; file annual tax returns while working directly with an independent accountant; file 1099 forms to independent contractors who work with the PTA; deposit checks and cash into CHB account; track income for fundraising projects; present budget updates to Executive Board and community members.
PTA Recording Secretary
One position for a 2-year commitment by a PTA member
Time Commitment: Approximately 2-5 hours per month
Responsibilities include: Record the minutes from both the PTA Community meetings and the PTA Executive Board meetings; Post the minutes to a shared PTA website; Assist the VP and Presidents in creating communication to the CHB community (meetings, request for volunteers, etc.); assist Committee Chairs when needed regarding building use and fire permit applications.
+ The following Committee Co-Chairs:
-Assemblies & Field Trips
We’ll find a place for your talent and interest!
Thank you so much.
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