Spring Fair April 25th!

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If you would like to be a vendor click on the application here!

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Thank you!!

Urgent Call for Parent Support of School District Budget

mailboxOur school district is in financial crisis. We have a $1,000,000 shortfall in the school district budget for next year. Our towns cannot possibly come up with this amount of money. To fill this void, our district will have to cut 25-28 jobs next year. That is unacceptable. We were told during a recent audit by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that we need to hire more classroom teachers, reading and math coaches, interventionists and a curriculum director. How can we follow this advice given our current fiscal situation?

This is how parents and other members of our community can help! Write letters to our State Representative and Senator to let them know that our children deserve the best education and right now we are not able to give that to them financially.

Below is a list of information that can be included in your email to Senator Ben Downing and Representative Gail Cariddi. A rule of thumb is that if they get more than 20 emails on one subject then it becomes a top priority. Imagine the concern if we send hundreds. We need as many people as possible to send an email so that we can get our school district the financial help it needs. Our children deserve this. All emails should be sent with the subject line: Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. Please include the following information below in your email.

  • We have the LOWEST per pupil expenditure in Berkshire County. Our students receive approximately $12,500 per school year. Some districts are as high as $19,000 per student. This is not OK. Our children deserve the best too! Let them know we need their help.
  • Our buildings are old and in need of some repairs that will cost approximately $1,000,000. The roof repair for CES is $300,000. We also have additional maintenance and repairs needed which will cost approximately $200,000. Plunkett needs the roof repaired at a cost of $400,000 and the additional maintenance needed for Plunkett will cost $400,000.
  • Pittsfield and North Adams are eligible for grants that we cannot receive because they are labeled a city and we are a town. These grants would help to fund staff, technology, supplies, etc.
  • Right now we need new computers and MORE computers for both schools. We will begin a new testing in the near future called PARCC testing and that will require students to have computers. Right now we only have enough computers for the students to share. They only receive 1-2 days of computer classes per week due to the lack of technology without a computer teacher. Most schools have a computer for each student and they work with them daily. Our students are at a big disadvantage.
  • We should receive 100% reimbursement for our transportation. This was promised years ago for regional school districts. We only receive 60% (this just changed…) reimburse at this time. We get NO reimbursement for special education transportation or the 2 buses that transport BArT students.
  • The formula they use to figure how much we pay to send a student to BArT has to change. We spend approximately $14,500 per student we send to BArT. We have about 62 children going to BArT. This totals $899,000. This could almost close the gap in our budget.

Please write a letter for our Schools. Make sure you are aware of any meetings or voting that may take place. Our children deserve the best education. They should not have to settle.

For more information you can go to the budget meetings. The next meeting is Thursday March 26th @ 6pm at HVHMS.

Also attend the town meetings and show your support for your school. The towns need to know that education and safety are our top priority. This is not something that can be changed by just one voice. These are your elected officials. Please let them know what is most important to you!

Senator Benjamin Downing

Benjamin.Downing@masenate.gov

7 North St., Suite 307

Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 442-4008

http://www.SenatorDowning.com

Representative Gailanne Cariddi
gailanne.cariddi@mahouse.gov
10 Main St.

North Adams, MA 01247

(413) 664-6812

Cheshire Board of Selectmen:
selectmen@cheshire-ma.com
80 Church St. – Box S

Cheshire, MA 01225

(413) 743-1690 Ext. 11

Adams Board of Selectmen:
ddunlap@town.adams.ma.us
8 Park Street

Adams, MA 01220

(413) 743-8300 Dept. #170

Please remember to put Adams-Cheshire Regional School District in the subject line for all correspondence. This budget crisis affects every student in our school district. Please take a minute to let our representatives know that you are concerned for your children’s educational future!

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Yankee Candle and Home Heating Raffle Time!

Yankee Candle and Home Heating Raffle info will be coming home with the kids so watch those backpacks!

Yankee Candle – orders due October 11th

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it allows us to fund all of the field trips, performances, and events that the students enjoy each year.  The PTG gets 40% of the sales for this fundraiser and the kidsscreen capture have sold nearly $18,000 worth of product in past years!  That means the PTG is on track to raise almost $7,200.  Thank you!

Did you know that you can order Yankee Candles products online between now and Christmas??  You can!  You can pay online, have the products shipped to your home in just a few days, and the PTG will STILL get 40% of the profits.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com
  2. Enter the Group# 990037365
  3. Shop, shop, shop!

Home Heating Raffle – drawing October 14th

This one is easy!  Your child will come home with one sheet of tickets for $1 each.  Each ticket enters you into the raffle for a grand prize of $500 toward your home heating bill.  We pay out to any type of heat – electric, gas, oil, wood, we will even pay your landlord if your rent includes heat!  The drawing for this raffle will be at our next PTG meeting on October 14th and the winner will get a call.

Thanks again for your support of the students of CT Plunkett!

First PTG Meeting and Newsletter of the Year!

September 2014 newsletterThe first PTG meeting of the year will take place this Tuesday evening at 6:30pm in the library!  All parents and teachers are members of the parent-teacher group and we love to see new faces.  Childcare is provided as well.

Please take a look at our September newsletter for some information about the PTG and the meeting agenda: September 2014

If you are unable to attend the meeting we encourage you to stay involved by following us on facebook and subscribing to email updates.  There are plenty of ways to be involved!

Thanks!

Our Playground is Coming!

That’s right…thanks to all of our fundraising efforts we were able to order the Plunkett Mega Park in time for our students to have on the very first day of school! Families, we need YOUR help. We will be doing a side-by-side playground build on August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd between 7am and 3pm. This project is for ADULTS ONLY as this is a construction site and safety rules and regulations apply.

If you can volunteer time for any part of a day, or multiple days please contact the Main Office at 743-0876 or email Mrs. Little at littlej@acrsd.net with your name and phone number. Members of our playground committee will be in touch with more specific information as the dates get closer. This is a very exciting time for our school and community and we need YOUR help to make this project come together in time for school to start on September 2nd.
Thank you!

Golf Tournament Raises $1300!

GolfPosterThank you to everyone who came out to support our golf tournament for the playground!! The weather was gorgeous and we had a great group of volunteers who came to help out.  Through the generosity of some local businesses and individuals we were able raise $1300 in just a few short hours!!  Thank you to Forest Park Country Club for your hospitality and for donating some items to our raffle!  Thank you to the 60 golfers who signed up to play.  Thank you to the volunteers who put in many hours of their time to make this evening a success.  Should we make this an annual event??

Have you donated to the playground yet??  Even small donations help!!  And you just need to click on the button!

Donate Button with Credit Cards

In Honor of Eleanor Robinson’s 90th Birthday

thank you noteIt started with an envelope of cash and checks at the school office.  Principal Colvin told me that they had a party for Eleanor Robinson’s 90th birthday, and they told all of the guests to give donations to the  playground in lieu of gifts. I thought that was the sweetest thing I ever heard.  I took the envelope home and entered all of the checks and cash into my spreadsheet of playground donations.  They really added up!  This party raised more money than some of our fundraisers.  But that wasn’t the end.  Over the next few months the checks kept coming!  We have received 31 donations from friends and family of Eleanor Robinson that live locally and have also sent them from all over Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Jersey.  Each one with a note, “In honor of Eleanor Robinson’s 90th birthday.”

You’ll notice on the Playground Fundraising page that there is a section with tallies for Boxtops, Pennies for the Playground, etc.  We’ve added “In honor of Eleanor Robinson’s 90th Birthday” to the tally section because the contributions have been so significant and we are so thankful for them.  To-date the total is $1,645.

Thank You!!

Focus on Fitness at the Next Generation Playground this Summer

playground schematicA new playground, Plunkett Mega Park Playground, will replace the former wooden structure, Wacky World, with a modern, eco-friendly playground design that is fully accessible and supports youth fitness this summer!!  The new playground, equipped with slides, swings, climbing systems, and fitness equipment, was named and partly designed by the students at CT Plunkett. Before school was out for the summer, students were asked to come up with names for the new playground, then they voted on the top 5 names and Mega Park was the most popular choice. Students were also asked to draw a diagram of their ideal playground design. The most popular equipment for the playground was, above all, swings and slides. Childhood educators know that some of the most essential learning happens on the school playground. Children learn to challenge themselves physically, and develop fitness habits and an awareness of the importance of daily exercise.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that the rate of childhood and adolescent obesity has nearly tripled over the last twenty years. Playgrounds, free play, and outdoor physical activity programs play a critical role in providing resources to get kids moving.We will maximize the use of the playground to promote physical activity, develop wellness habits, and meet national standards for physical fitness – all in the context of fun.  Our physical education classes will have access to the playground, which has many apparatuses that strengthen core muscles, develop coordination, encourage full body balance, and focus on upper body strength. We want to develop healthy habits in America’s youth because we know the most reliable way to become a healthy adult is to be an active and healthy child.

To date we have been able to raise $56,309.00 toward the playground fund. We have our wonderful students, families, area businesses and community to thank for working so hard to raise funds. Our playground will have room to grow. Our goal is to add different pieces of equipment over time to encourage adults and children in the community to exercise for better health.

Students and staff have been busy fundraising all year long. We have donation cans decorated by our students placed at area businesses, a spaghetti supper was held at Bounti Fare in February, the Adams Ale house held a fundraiser, Pizza Jim’s pizza cards were sold, we held a Father-Daughter Dance, and continuously collected donations in our Wishing Well. Plus we were awarded grants from the William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire, and Savoy and the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.

Our current fundraiser is a golf tournament being held at Forest Park Country Club on Friday July 11 starting at 3:00. There are still a couple of team spots available, and we are looking tee sponsors at $25 and raffle items as well. Email ctpptg@acrsd.net to sign up or call FPCC.

The playground committee met with several playground vendors and an RFP for the project went out in June. Several proposals were submitted and after careful review the committee has selected Site Specifics, LLC of Rochester, MA to bring our new playground to life. Cindy Maak of Site Specifics has created a wonderful design that has incorporated all of the items requested by the students and the committee to meet the fitness focus, the accreditation standards, and the fun! She has extensive experience designing and building playgrounds and we are excited to be working with her.

Next week the committee will begin the work of determining how much of the playground design can be installed prior to the start of school in September, with the money we have raised to-date. Time is running out as decisions have to be made and orders need to be placed. We are approximately $20k short of our goal and are looking to any businesses or individuals who have been thinking about donating to please do it now! Even small donations have helped us to raise over $56k in just one year. Let’s finish this project with a full playground!

Donations can be made by mailing your check to CT Plunkett PTG, 14 Commercial St., Adams MA 01220, by going to our website www.ctplunkettptg.org and donating online, or at Adams Community Bank.

The children are thrilled to have a playground this fall and we can’t thank our community enough for your very generous support!

Golf Tournament to Raise Funds for Playground!

Friday July 11 at Forest Park Country Club

4-person Captain and Crew $25/person

We are looking for 16 teams to play in this Friday night tournament.  Sign up for tee times starting at 3pm.GolfPoster  There’s a poster sign-up at the club or you can email us at ctpptg@acrsd.net to register your team.

Registration fee includes golf and dinner at the club (hot dogs/burgers/salads/dessert)

There will be raffles too!  All money raised will go in the playground fund!

Gather a team and register today!

 

How many pizzas can you eat??

pizza sliceThanks to Pizza Jim’s, we are selling gift cards for a large cheese pizza (big enough to feed a hungry family of 4!) for only $10.00 each. The cards can be used for pick up or delivery, but you MUST present the card at the time of sale to get your pizza! We are attempting to sell 500 pizza cards, and we need YOUR help!! Every card sold guarantees a $2 dollar donation to our Plunkett Playground Fund! We have a chance to raise $1,000 in just this one fundraiser! That’s enough money to add a couple more swings or climbing pieces to our playground design!!

If you are interested in purchasing a pizza gift card please stop in at the Main Office at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School!  You can print out an order form and send it in with your child by clicking here too!

THANK YOU, in advance for helping us move one step closer to getting our playground installed this summer for the children in our school and community!

Wouldn’t your family like a couple of pizzas tonight??  Pizza-order-form

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