Challenger Baseball at Staten Island Little League

 

Hello Parents,

The spring is here (so says the calendar)!!! We are ready to begin the first season of Challenger Baseball at Staten Island Little League. To achieve the full little league experience we will start off with a parent meeting on Thur., 3/31/11 @ 8PM, inside the SILL Clubhouse (225 Seaver Ave behind Staples on Hylan Blvd). During this meeting we will layout our plans for a memorable 2011 season.

We will also take registrations on Thurs & continue there after. SILL currently has approx 50 players signed up and we look forward to our Challenger Baseball division to grow.

I do look forward to getting our players started and anticipate a successful experience for our players. There will be a lot of information and we hope to meet all the parents on Thurs. night.

Let’s play ball!!!

Rick Clark (917) 836-7088

2011 Willingness to Serve Application for PTA Officer Positions for P.S. 373R

WILLINGNESS TO SERVE APPLICATION FOR PTA OFFICER POSITIONS FOR P.S. 373R

 CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION: LINK

Nominations are being sought for the 2010-2011 PS373R PTA Executive Board.  In order to serve as a PTA Officer, you must be a Parent or Legal Guardian of a child attending this school.  Below, is a short overview of each officer’s duties:  

President: preside over all meetings; coordinate the work of officers and committees.

Vice President: aide to president; fills vacant committee head positions; “Ways & Means”- oversees all PTA fundraising activities, Monitor committee projects.

Treasurer: prepare budget, maintain checkbook and prepare financial reports. An accounting background is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for this position, but not required.

Recording Secretary: take/prepare minutes and collect information for historical files.

Corresponding Secretary: Recording Secretary’s backup, Conducts and maintains a file of all correspondences, sends notices of all meetings, sends letter or cards correspondence to members, coordinates PTA coverage at various events.

PTA Nomination Duties

Nominating Committee: Distributes contest information, collects entries, arranges judging, and informs winners.

ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, JUNE 11th, 2010 AT THE PTA

GENERAL MEETING, 9:00 A.M being held at the Main Site Auditorium

**Nominations will also be taken off the floor**  

If you should have any questions, please submit them in writing to the attention of the PTA Nominating Committee.

Staten Island: Rab’s Country Lanes & North Shore Rotary Club – Autism Events

The North Shore Rotary Club has benefitted the Staten Island Community in many ways. In the past they have used their fundraising efforts to support autistic programs as well as to support individual families affected by autism.

This year they will be hosting three separate  events for the same cause.

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Noon to 3p.m. – Celebrate Autism Day at Rab’s Country Lanes,1600 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10305, – Rab’s will close its doors and allow any autistic individual and/or program in to bowl for free. Call Christine DeHart(917) 417-9450
  • Friday, April 1, 2011 Midnight Bowl-A-Thon Richmond County Roteract Club & the Interact Club of Staten Island team up for a Bowl-A-Thon. Young adults will be rasing money by bowling at Midnight for the cause.
  • Sunday, April 3, 2011 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  – 3rd Annual North Shore Rotary Bowl-A-Thon – Bowlers are sponsored by friends and family – the person who raises the most money gets a prize! If you don’t bowl, sponsor someone else for a minimum of $25. You can be a spectator and watch the action in the lanes while participating in the raffles! Sponsor a lane all weekend for a donation of $100. Your company name will be displayed over one of the lanes for the entire weekend. Please call Christine DeHart, event chairperson (917) 417-9450.

POWER TO THE PARENTS: 2011 Citywide Community Education Council Selection Process

The New York City Department of Education is preparing to launch the 2011 Citywide and Community Education Council Selection process. We are inviting you and public school parents of New York City to run for a seat on a Citywide or Community Education Council.

LINK: http://powertotheparents.org/

For the first time this year, Parent Association and Parent Teacher Association executive officers can self-nominate for a seat on a Citywide or Community Education Council.

Also, the candidate application process and the selection process will be conducted online, as we did in the prior election. There are computers available in local libraries and in some schools in order to make participation convenient for all parents.

The Citywide and Community Education Council election will take place in four stages:

  • Nomination UPDATE: Parents interested in running for a Council seat will be able to nominate themselves online until April 22, 2011.
  • Candidates Forums: The Department of Education, in collaboration with district parent leaders, will host candidates’ forums for parents to meet and ask questions of candidates for Citywide and Community Education Councils. 
  •  Parent Vote: Parents will be able to cast an advisory vote online during the month of April, using an identification number that will be mailed to homes in March. The ID number will be used to provide all voters with the secure online ballots for their district. All public school parents will have the opportunity to cast an advisory vote in April that will be considered in the May election. Although the advisory vote is not binding on any Selector, it allows for all parents to learn about the councils and have an influence in the selection of their representative.
  • Final Vote: Finally, during the month of May 2011, the President, Secretary, and Treasurer of each school’s PA/PTA will cast the official vote. However, any President, Secretary or Treasurer of a PA/PTA who is a candidate in the selection process will not be eligible to cast a vote. For any such officer who is ineligible to vote, the PA/PTA will select a member to vote in place of the officer(s). 

Information about the Citywide and Community Education Councils and the election process will be sent to every public school, community based organizations, faith based organizations and elected officials.

Election materials will be available in nine languages. In the weeks to come, additional information with specific dates for the CEC Selection will be provided. Results of the election will be made available in late May and early June. If you have any questions, please call 212-374-4118.

Sincerely, Ojeda Hall Office for Family Information and Action

CEC ELECTIONS PRESS RELEASE: LINK HERE!

Keep the Arts in Your Child’s School!!

From Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Arts Education

The release last week of the fourth Annual Arts in Schools Report by the New York City Department of Education revealed that arts education in city schools is in the midst of a difficult storm. Significant declines in budgeting for arts instruction was coupled with the loss of 135 arts teachers last year.

The threat of additional layoffs could worsen what is already a bad situation. Are arts teachers becoming an endangered species in city schools?

Take action to prevent the further loss of city arts teachers.

Should the Mayor’s proposed layoffs take place an additional 356 arts teachers would be let go–resulting in a 20% decline of licensed arts teachers in city schools. This would be disastrous for school arts programs and city schoolchildren.

Even in difficult budget times we must ensure that our city’s students have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. We will continue to fight to ensure that every school has a certified arts teacher on staff.

Ask Chancellor Cathie Black to make good on her promise to be a chancellor for the arts by ensuring that there is no further loss of arts teachers next year.

The more emails the Chancellor receives, the more attention will be paid.

Please share your concern with friends and colleagues by passing this message along to them. Thank you for your support for this important effort. With your help we can ensure that our schoolchildren receive a quality arts education.

New Look for Your Child’s IEP

At your next IEP meeting there could be more than just news about your son or daughter’s progress. There is a new format to the IEP.The IEP must still give you a child’s program and placement information, but the information will be presented differently.

  • Goals, at one time buried in the back of an IEP will be up front, beginning on page three (3).
  • On page five (5)there is a section for transportation, with notations for
    specialized seating, equipment and type of transportation.
  • On page six (6) information about participation in testing, and possible
    accommodations, appear.
  • On page seven (7) transition planning steps appear.
  • On page eight(8) the parents names and the names of the persons who participated in the IEP meeting appear. Please make sure your name, address, phone number(s) and other information is correct. Make sure the names of the participants and any titles are clearly written.

LINK HERE FOR SAMPLE IEPS: Link LINK

LINK: letter on IEPs from John Englert

Citywide Council on Special Education Meeting – Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 6p.m. at PETRIDES Auditorium, Building C

IMPORTANT SPECIAL EDUCATION MEETING!

HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!! DOE’s TOP PEOPLE WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE TO HEAR YOUR CONCERNS AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS!

  • WHO: DEPUTY CHANCELLOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: Laura Rodriguez DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION: Lauren Katzman DIRECTOR OF COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL EDUCATION (CSE): Jan McDonald

  • WHEN: March 24th @ 7:00 PM

  • WHERE: Michael J. Petrides Center Building C

  • More information: 718-391-8354