Minutes of Board Meeting
January 17, 2017
Sally Brickell, Co-President
Rex Clark, Co-President
Elizabeth Reilly, Vice President
April Stein, Co-Treasurer
Cathy Lee, Co-Treasurer
Cindy Calloway, Grant & Projects Co-Chair
Joel Bloom, Grants & Projects Co-Chair, Secretary Pro Tempore
Henry Turner, Principal
Volunteers are needed to help with the second annual Newton North Faculty Talent Show (February 9). More than 40 teachers and staff are hard at work preparing for an amazing evening of music, comedy, dance, and drama! All proceeds from the event will go to GELF, the Jennifer Price Global Educational Leadership Fund.
Parent/guardian volunteers are needed to
Newton South High School will host the Annual Teen Summer Program Expo. This event is FREE and open to the public. Find the perfect summer experience for middle and high school students. Meet directors of more than 60 enriching summer and gap year programs in the U.S. & abroad. Programs for every budget and every interest include academic, adventure, teen tours, community service, internships, sport instruction, language immersion, arts/theatre/music, STEM and college prep programs.
The Williams Elementary School PTO is holding a HUGE auction fundraiser with tons of donations from many wonderful organizations, both locally and around the Northeast. You’ll find items for restaurants, camps, gyms, salons, hotels, classes, museums, theaters, and so much more! There is something for all ages, interests and budgets.
Donating to the Educational Excellence campaign in honor of a teacher or staff member is a great way to express appreciation while helping the PTSO create Tiger Talks, a fund to bring diverse speakers and inspiring performers, scientists, and business people to Newton North classrooms and assemblies.
Want to learn more about Prague Summer? Students and parents are invited to a short informational meeting on January 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the Film Lecture Hall.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY ATTENDED A PREVIOUS MEETING, YOU DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND THIS MEETING.
The Newton North business students are working on a new, fundraising project: Newtonopoly. Newtonopoly will be similar to the famous board game, but it will represent many local businesses in and around Newton, such as Wegmans, Legal Sea Food, and The Village Bank. The Newtonopoly team has been hard at work preparing for the release, and I am happy to announce we are ready to take pre-orders! As a special promotion, if you pre-order, we will be offering FREE shipping.
Many thanks to all of the families who have already paid their PTSO dues for this year, If you have not yet paid, please take two minutes to PAY YOUR DUES HERE. Paying dues now will save you time on Back to School Night (September 22).
The PTSO is your direct connection for supporting your student's school. The PTSO funds many Newton North activities and events, both educational and social. Here is a partial list of what your money pays for.
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Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo coming up on January 7, 2020!
FUNDRAISING The PTSO holds three major fundraisers during the year for parents/guardians. The PTSO also solicits funds from local businesses. See these charts to get a sense of how the funds are raised and how the donations are used at Newton North.
To learn how you can earn money for the North PTSO click on the logo.
As the use of e-cigarettes (called vaping) has increased, so has the risk of more teens becoming addicted to nicotine, the active ingredient in e-cigarettes. In particular, with its cool design, Juul has helped popularize vaping among teens. Juul devices were designed to look like a tech product; one of the designers worked for Apple before joining Juul. Juul now makes up 68 percent of the $2 billion e-cigarette market. According to the Surgeon General, in addition to nicotine, Juuls contain the following:
Here are some other facts about e-cigarettes.
Here are some healthy ways to take your mind off Juuling.
FDA is failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes, American Lung Association says
How to Talk to Your Kids about Vaping (WBUR)
Vaping, Marijuana, and the Effects on the Adolescent Brain with Dr. Ruth Potee
To Curb Youth Smoking, Vaping, FDA Announces Plan Aimed at Flavored Products
In-house experts share strategies at PTSO program on October 26, 2018: “Just Think: Vaping, alcohol, marijuana--Know the risks for your teen”
Watch this six-minute video about Juuling with your teen, and use it to start a discussion.
Click on the picture to view or download the 2016-17 Student Handbook (1MB pdf).
NNHS communtiy news is posted in OurNewton.org. OurNewton is also looking for volunteer writers, photographers, editors, and staffers. Can you help?
Click on the poster to link to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.