Updates & Resources
Wrapping up 2019-2020 - and looking forward to the future
Who knew, when we kicked off this school year, that we would be here in June, wrapping up the school year after three months of virtual learning, with our children having only seen their teachers and classmates on screens since mid-March? That we would have had to cancel our Family Fun Night Event, and hold a virtual Family Fun Week? That we would miss many fun and special end-of-year events and field trips - not to mention celebrate our fifth graders with lawn signs? Yet here we are. As we look forward -- to a summer with continued social distancing and cancelled summer camps, and to an uncertain fall -- we remain grateful...
...Grateful for our school community, that has been so strong and resilient during this time.
...Grateful for our administrators, teachers and staff, who pivoted so quickly to a completely new way of teaching - who stayed personally connected to our kids whether it be on Youtube, Seesaw or Flipgrid videos, Zoom meetings, or in-person drive-bys.
...And grateful to you, fellow parents and guardians, for your continued commitment - whether it was through engaging your children to participate in thank you videos; donating to MAS Cares to provide support to families in our community; supporting each other through sharing virtual learning resources through our Friends of MAS PTA Facebook group; being vocal boosters of the WPCSD Budget Election that the PTA supported despite voting challenges; and so many other examples of our tremendous community. We are so proud to be part of this PTA.
And let's not let the last three months overshadow what this community accomplished in the first three quarters of this year. We have immense appreciation for the hundreds if not thousands of parent hours that were contributed over the course of the school year, as together we accomplished a number of achievements:
Encouraged the love of reading in our children through PARP Week and the Book Fair
Supported out-of-classroom learning by sponsoring assemblies and field trips (author Daniel Sardelli, interactive improv workshops, SK84life)
Offered students enrichment through lunchtime programs like yoga, musical theater, dance and chess
Developed community bonds at our fall picnic, skate playdate, and Westchester Knicks game
Created special memories for our kids at the Halloween Spooktacular, not to mention our virtual Family Fun Week
Donated Spiritwear, costumes, food and coats
Showed our appreciation for our teachers through our Valentine's Day Breakfast
Initiated a new way of fundraising through the first Annual Appeal, allowing the PTA to use fewer resources on fundraising, and more time planning enrichment and programs for our children
Worked (and will continue to work) to make all MAS families feel welcome as members of the PTA, and tried new methods to make our meetings and communications accessible to all
A special 'Thank You' to our Committee Chairs and volunteers, and to all parents who contributed their time and energy to make all this happen! And a particular thanks to our outgoing Fifth Grade parents for their efforts on behalf of all MAS students and families.
Given the unique circumstances of the end of this year, and under the recommendation of the NY State PTA, we have determined it appropriate to delay PTA elections for executive board members until next year, when things will (hopefully) be more stable and our members can more actively engage in the PTA. Therefore, we, as well as other executive board members, will be continuing our roles through the summer and into at least the early fall. At that time, we will make a determination on the most appropriate next steps for leadership roles. For those that are inclined, we welcome your interest and involvement, and look forward to growing our team come September!
In the meantime - we wish you safe, healthy and restful summers. We hope that the conditions continue to improve, and that September will see us all returning to 'normal'. No matter what the future holds, we remain confident that our MAS PTA family will continue to grow stronger than ever. And we look forward to engaging with you in the future - in whatever form it may take - for the betterment of our children's educational experience.
- Sitso and Jenn
School Supplies - due June 24th
It's that time of year again! Don't worry about shopping for back-to-school supplies, the long lines and the hassle of finding the right #2 Ticonderoga pre-sharpened pencils. Let the PTA handle it for you by ordering your school supply kit now through June 24th. The packages are delivered directly to your child's classroom in time for the first day of school. You can order online here (click "Parents Login", Username: Mamaroneck, Case Sensitive Password: mas2020). And, 15% goes back to the PTA!! More information here, and supply lists with prices here. PLEASE NOTE, due to supply shortages, the supplies will NOT include certain items (tissues and wipes); parents would be responsible for providing these items separately. Questions? Please contact email@example.com.
Link to WPCSD Social Justice Resource Page
Please make sure to read the Superintendent's email message from Tuesday, June 2nd, with links to the School District's Resources and Readings for Families Structural Racism and Social Justice. While we are saddened to live in such a challenging time, we are proud to be part of a district that is committed to "raise children who reflect the inclusive and socially just principles of our great school district and community."
GW Pantry Servicing WP Community
The GW Pantry will be servicing the WPSCD community. The GWPTA is collecting funds to support this Feeding Westchester Food Pantry hosted by George Washington Elementary School. This pantry is currently providing food to 400+ WPCSD families weekly. All funds (minus PayPal fees only) will be used to supplement the contributions provided by Feeding Westchester. Please donate here if you are able. They also are looking for volunteers to help prepare the bags for distribution or to help with distribution. This is labor intense work and we ask you to take that into consideration before volunteering. Our community needs support and we thank you in advance for your help!
Be Counted, White Plains!
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