TOMORROW TUESDAY AT 8:00 PM
LAST PTA Meeting of the year
CHB PTA’s Zoom Meeting – Last PTA meeting of the year!
Time: Jun 15, 2021, 08:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 953 6243 7393
– Recap of PTA activities this year
– Plans for next year;
(return to school, Spanish outreach/translation,
equity realted programs/town halls etc.)
– New Exec. team voting
– What do you want to see from PTA moving forward?
See you tomorrow on Zoom.
Dear CHB Friends,
Thank you to every one of you who came out to our Eco-Fair 2021. It was amazing to see all of you IN-PERSON. Wow.
Thank you very much to the Eco-Fair Committee; Amy Richardson, Amy Parness, and Aviva Arad, who worked hard and very fast to make this event a reality.Thank you to our fantastic ASE team for organizing 2 x virtual ASE sessions this year + our very first Spring ASE In-Person session. Thank you to ASE Committee; Sarah Hudson-Plush, Kimberly Latortue, and Najla Nazeemudeen. Please see a call for volunteers for next year’s ASE leadership team later in this newsletter.
Have a wonderful week.
CHB Envelope Fundraiser 2021
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.
Thank you to all our families and friends that have contributed so far. We have received almost $11,000 as we speak! YEAH. Thank you so very much! Please help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 for our school. Thank you, friends.
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 #5. Eco Fair
We were so excited to see so many of you IN-PERSON this past weekend for our annual Eco-Fair, where amazing student projects were highlighted, and many community organizations and parent volunteers demonstrated ways to promote environmental sustainability.
Reason # 6. Community Support
PTA also provides support to our families in need through Thanksgiving Meals and Holiday Giving, shows our appreciation to teachers during our Cookie Banquet and Teacher Appreciation Week and shows community support in and out of our school building during Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “DAY ON” of Service. We have helped parents and caregivers with evening Workshops run by esteemed psychologists and social workers.
ASE concluded a couple of weeks ago and was a success, with 13 classes and around 115 CHB students participating! Thank you to all the parents and children for enrolling in ASE! And thank you as always, to CHB staff – particularly our custodians Mr. Johnson and Mr. King -for their help and support in ASE.
We also want to extend a huge thank you to the ASE volunteers this session- we could not have done it without their support and commitment:
Kristine Bhatt, David Gaynes, Alex Kiernan, Amy Levine, Liz Hartmann, Benedetta Cachola, Susan Joseph, Anna Rothberg, Christina Inyang, Aviva Arad, Jenna Uthman, Logan LaVail, Jennifer Bladel, Jill Beckman, Kate Stanford, Cristina Tudino, Carlin Miller, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Veronica Holtz, Ben Guzik, Deborah Sprzeuzkouski, Jaime Bedrin, Zoe Torpey, Tracy Rebe-Bogulavsky, Charlie DeLuca and Kyle Lauture.
Volunteers for ASE leadership team
We are on the lookout for the next ASE committee. Would you be interested in taking a leadership role in ASE? The time commitment is cyclical – and includes some busy periods – but the payoff is awesome when you see kids and families benefiting from a program you put on. And, in the process, you’ll get to know CHB administrators and staff and to work closely with other CHB family volunteers.
Having organized ASE for the past 5 years and with kids in their final year at CHB, we are looking to pass on the torch to the next ASE committee. We have enjoyed putting together the ASE sessions, and honestly, after the initial learning curve, all our roles and responsibilities just fell into place and it went like clockwork. We have all the contacts, forms, templates, spreadsheets, and platforms set up and we will be with you every step of the way to train you!
So how does ASE work? This past school year ASE ran differently due to the pandemic, but below is how ASE runs in a “normal” year, with the caveat that a new set of volunteers could decide to change this up; none of this is set in stone!:
ASE runs twice a year – Fall (beginning of October- to middle of December) and Spring (end of January to March (ends at spring break)). ASE typically runs for 10 weeks, Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. After school, students wait in the school cafeteria for dismissal directly to ASE.
ASE takes place inside the school building. ASE utilizes the gym (for sports/movement classes), classrooms and other spaces. There is no setup required. The instructors bring all their materials and use the basic facilities in school.
The ASE committee works with our school staff:
School’s paraprofessionals: They are our on-site admins and aides and are very experienced with the whole ASE process.
Nurse Christine: In some sessions in the past, Nurse Christine has been on-site if there were medical issues.
Principal Kuwabara: For permits, advice on aide assignments to students and classroom allocations.
Ms. L. Gutierrez- the school’s student counselor- to help us connect with families who need assistance.
We also recruit instructors from our school staff/teachers, families, community members, vendors, and others.
ASE roles are roughly divided into 5 parts, but some roles can be split more:
This incorporates all communication with instructors: For example, recruit/vet new instructors, gather availability/details from instructors (days they are available, classes offered, amount charged, grade range) and create class schedules. Send contracts to instructors, on-site administrators and aides.
Set up Homeroom (ASE platform), respond to chbenrichment@ emails pertaining to registration and Homeroom. Touch base with Ms. Gutierrez about enrolling students with special needs and financial assistance. Monitor online registrations and waitlists.
Respond to all inquiries from parents that come through the chbenrichment email address and be the contact person for admins and parents for any issues that arise during the session. Send flyers home with students advertising the program. Be present on the first day new classes are offered (the first full week of classes) and/or arrange for other parent volunteers to be present to ensure smooth running. Help with Administration work
Prepare documents for ASE class and office folders using information from ‘Homeroom’ and making signs for classes:
For example, Attendance and Class roster: Daily attendance form for each day for parent/caregiver to sign-in/out student and student information; lists of participating students for the front office and each classroom teacher, etc
Set class prices and keep track of all income and expenditures. Prepare instructor payment information and communicate with PTA treasurer to make payments and make sure that our records match.
If you would like to get involved or want to learn more, please reach out to Najla at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know by June 21st if you are interested in taking a leadership role in ASE next year. We will hold a meeting this month or next to start planning the fall session.
CHB ASE TEAM
1 Co-Vice President
Two positions for a 2-year commitment by a PTA member. During the first year, each Co-VP will learn the ropes and support the PTA Presidents in all duties. The second year, the nominees will be promoted to Co-Presidents and two new Co-VP’s will be added to the Executive Board.
Time Commitment: 1-6 hours per week.
Responsibilities: Aide and learn from the Co-Presidents; support and identify Committee Chairs to run the various fundraisers and events throughout the year; assist in identifying classroom parents and staff PTA liaison; oversee membership drive and parent directory; aide and/or create weekly PTA newsletter; attend PTAC meetings and run PTA meetings along with the Co-Presidents; manage incoming emails; meet monthly with the Principal; sign PTA tax returns; approve expenditures; serve as President if the President is absence or inability to serve.
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.
Updated EAROG Statement
Dear Dr. Ponds, Dr. Morgan, and Montclair Board of Education Members,
Thank you for your service to our community and our children. The Equity, Anti Racism, and Opportunity Gap subcommittee within PTAC has been tasked with ensuring all students, families, and individuals in our community are treated fairly and with respect. As a committee, we write this statement in order to express our thoughts and concerns regarding the whistleblower statement made by Mr. Kelley.
Please note our statement is one where we support the rights and interests of all persons in accordance with law and district policy. As a committee, we believe in the system of the Montclair Public Schools and want to work directly with district administrators to correct shortfalls and enhance all areas that are working well.
Please allow this statement to show our commitment to our families, their children, and all staff of MPS. We look forward to your next steps on this matter.
Our committee, the Equity, Anti-Racism and Opportunity Gap (EAROG) Committee of the Montclair PTA Council, has read and reviewed the Whistleblower report submitted by Mr. Kelley. As a committee, we feel strongly that many of the allegations made within this statement spoke directly to the EAROG mission. As a committee, we want to thank Dr. Ponds and his staff for being transparent during this time and 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.
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