|News From the Chappaqua PTA
School District 2013-2014 Budget Update
On April 17th, the Chappaqua Board of Education adopted the 2013/2014 school district budget totaling $114,828.088. The proposed adopted budget represents a $2,625,200 or a 2.34% increase over the 2012/2013 budget.
The Chappaqua PTA Executive Committee endorses the process that produced this budget and urges Chappaqua residents to vote"YES" for the budget at the polls on Tuesday, May 21st.
We made this decision after attending all of the Board of Education meetings, listening to presentations and comments from Administration, Board and community members and pursuing answers to our questions about how thebudget would affect our children's education.
Click here to view 2013/2014 School Budget Book
|About the Chappaqua PTA
The Chappaqua PTA is a Unit of the New York State Congress of Parents
and Teachers, Inc., the New York State PTA, whose motto is everychild.onevoice.
Mission Statement of the NYS PTA states that the NYS PTA recognizes
that every child deserves excellence in education and in quality of
life. NYS PTA will maintain its commitment and service to all children
and to its diverse membership through increased parent and community
awareness, advocacy, education and involvement. The NYS PTA functions
for the following purposes: to promote the welfare of children and youth
in home, school, community, and place of worship; to raise the
standards of home life; to secure adequate laws for the care and
protection of children and youth; to bring into closer relation the home
and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently
in the education of children and youth; to develop between educators and
the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children
and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and
spiritual education. For more information, visit the New York State PTA website.
School Closings & Early Dismissals
5/27 Memorial Day
6/21 Last Day of School
Save the Date:
School Budget Vote is May 21st
This is a reminder that the school budget vote will be on May 21st. Voting is in the Greeley HS gym, from 7am to 9pm.
To register to vote: (Note: even students who turn 18 on May 21st can register and vote) Click HERE
Think you might be away that day?
Get an absentee ballot HERE
Volunteers Needed to Help with School Budget Vote - May 21, 2013
Volunteers are needed to help check in voters for the School Budget Vote on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. No prior experience is necessary.
Two-hour shifts are available for the following time slots. Please give your first and second choice of time: 7-9am, 5-7pm, 7-9pm
|For tickets and information about the Horace Greeley Senior Musical click HERE.
| To view the full CCSD 2012/2013 Calendar, click here.
|KidStuff Coupon books are back! Please support the PTA by ordering yours today. Order online by clicking here to access our new secure online payment website or mail in your order by using the form, 2012 KidStuff Order Form
Are you a Sally Foster gift wrap fan? No worries, we have continued our relationship with them for another year. Visit www.sallyfoster.com and credit our account number, 181309.
|GIVENIK is an exciting new way to get discount tickets, premium seats and group rates to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and support the Chappaqua PTA! The PTA gets 5 percent of your ticket purchase. Click here to learn more or visit http://www.givenik.com/index.php/ChappaquaPTA
|Learning to Look
Learning to Look is an art appreciation program sponsored by the
Chappaqua PTA. This Elementary and Middle School school program brings
students and parents together to learn and foster a lifelong interest in
the arts through interactive dialogue and hands-on activities led by
lecturer Susan Skelsey, culminating in a visit to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art. Register by September 21st.This year our Elementary School Learning to Look Program will focus on American Art and will run one Wednesday evening a month culminating in a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in April. For more information and to print the registration form, click here.Our Middle School Learning to Look Program will focus on Art of the 1960s and will run one Wednesday evening a month culminating in a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in April. For more information and to print the registration form, click here.
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To receive emails from your school PTA, use the link at the top of this column to sign up for applicable PTA email lists or to change your email list preference.
You must also register on this website to gain access to school-specific password protected areas.
|Youth Speak Out Initiative
During the 2009/2010 school year, the Chappaqua PTA’s R21K
Committee led by Lisa Levinson and Anne Caywood were able to pull together a
number of community organizations to help sponsor a Youth Speak Out Initiative. The goal of the Youth Speak Out Initiative
was to gain a better understanding of how New Castle teens are experiencing
growing up in our community with the hope that information gained would allow
our community to better understand where we are succeeding with our youth and
where we can be providing them with better support. As described more fully in the Youth Speak Out Short Summary.pdf the main
thrust of the Initiative was a series of structured conversations with New
Castle teens while a secondary component was seeking information from adults
involved with our teens, including teachers, parents and community
leaders. Five themes emerged relating to
how New Castle teens are experiencing life in Chappaqua (1) stress; (2)
connections to peers, family and other adults; (3) recognition; (4) mixed
messages around alcohol and other drugs and (5) transitions, particularly from
middle school to high school. The data
gathered on these topics suggest that our community’s teens are not immune to
the pressures of growing up in the 21st century, and that adults
involved in the lives of our teens can play a key role in supporting our
children during these challenging developmental years. What we learn from what these young people
told us and how we act on that knowledge will define the strength of our
commitment to them and their future. It is our hope that this Initiative will
help our community to:
reduce the stress
strengthen the connections
recognize and celebrate individuality
strive to present practical, sensible and
meaningful support on the issues of alcohol and drugs
seize the opportunities presented by
transitional periods in adolescents’ lives to nurture capable, responsible,
confident, caring and contributing adults.
We hope that we can continue the conversation among
students, parents, teachers, administrators and other involved adults to
identify action items that will make a difference for our youth.
Chappaqua PTA Presents - Richard Ginsburg – Whose Game is it Anyway?
Promoting Excellence, Balance and a Love of
the Game – Integrating Sports into Your Child’s Life in a Healthy and
Sustainable WayDid you miss the presentation?
Ginsburg's talk gave parents food for thought about healthy engagement
and our children's participation in sports. Those in attendance came
away with some valuable guidance on how to make decisions about sports
that work for our children as athletes while also being in line with
individual family values. For more information on Dr. Ginsburg, a
faculty member at the Harvard Medical School and co-director of the
PACES (Performance and Character Excellence Institute of Sports
Psychology) program at Massachusetts General Hospital,Click Here to
visit his website which includes information on his book, Whose Game is
it, Anyway?, a comprehensive guide that helps parents ensure a positive
sports experience for their children.
spring sports and extended travel seasons in full swing, all parents
can benefit from Dr. Ginsburg's experience and expertise - whether their
children are just beginning to engage in recreational-level sports, are
entering travel-league competition or are high school athletes
considering whether to continue their participation in college.
Click here to view. Link only available until May 18.
BOE MEETING SCHEDULE
: Click Here for schedule.(All meetings are at Horace Greeley High School, 8:15pm unless otherwise noted).
PTA Dues and Membership Forms
Paying your $15 Chappaqua PTA membership dues annually supports Chappaqua PTA programming (including our email system and this website) and allows your family to participate in various school based offerings such as ASE, theater programs, etc. To pay your dues online, click here . To print the Chappaqua PTA Membership Form so that you can mail a check in payment, click here.
note that Chappaqua PTA dues are separate and distinct from program
fees/dues collected by the individual schools.
- Elementary schools collect class fees for each
child. The funds are not used by the PTA but rather are used by the
classroom teachers for extra items or activities.
- Middle schools collect program fees for
school-specific PTA programs and activities. To pay your Bell or Seven Bridges Program fees online, click here. To print the Bell Program Fee form so that you can mail a check in payment, click here, to print the Seven Bridges Program Fee form so that you can mail a check in payment, click here.
- High School Class Committees collect dues by
grade for class-specific activities. To pay Greeley Class Dues online, click here , to print the Greeley Class Dues Form so that you can mail a check in payment, click here.
Ways to Help Sandy Hook Elementary School Families
Donations for Sandy Hook Elementary School
Donations will be accepted indefinitely to the Connecticut PTSA "Sandy Hook Fund" to provide ongoing support to the community. Please send checks to the Connecticut PTSA address listed at the end of this email.
The Newtown community has requested only monetary donations at this time. For service or product donation inquiries, please contact email@example.com. To contact Sandy Hook PTA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send snowflakes and donations to:
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12 Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514
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