What a great science fair! The students were engaged with their projects and proud to speak about them. Kudos to the elementary teachers (Hilary Cohen, Valerie Cordes and Kaitlin Higuera) and to Megan Sweeney, the science teacher at the middle school, for encouraging and facilitating such excellent work!
Speaking of excellent, I hope that you got to see the new and improved library. The books have been cataloged and organized; the room has been painted and redecorated to make it cosy and inviting. There is even a paper tree in the center of the room and a paper fire in the fire place! Improving the library and setting up a catalog system has been a goal of the Raskob Parent Association for the last 3 years and we want to give our heartfelt thanks to Jessica Baiocchi for making it happen. She worked with the librarian at HNU, got a library intern, shopped for furniture at IKEA and on Craig's List and oversaw a group of middle school girls who helped shelve books and decorate. One of the RPA fundraising goals for our upcoming Social is to purchase 10 Kindles for the library.
Did someone mention fundraising? We voted on the fundraising goals for the Raskob Social at our last RPA meeting. Although the Social on March 19th is primarily a fun social event for parents, guardians and faculty, there is an opportunity to write checks for specific items (like Kindles for the library) or to make a general donation to the school. We will have descriptions of the items and explanations as to why the faculty and administration would like them at the Social. We will also send a follow-up fundraising letter that allows those who could not attend the Social and those who wish to show the letter to others (such as grandparents) to make donations. More information regarding the fundraising goals will be provided in future Notes.
Lastly, I would like to thank Polly Mayer for speaking at our last RPA meeting about the Raskob Clinic, summer program, learning differences and some upcoming conferences about topics that directly impact our students. Our next RPA meeting will be on Friday, March 4th at 8:30 am in the California Room during which we will finalize our plans for the Social.