Dows Lane Students Donate Supplies to School in Puerto Rico
Students and staff at Dows Lane Elementary School are spreading kindness by assisting students who were affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. They have donated more than 200 pounds of schools supplies to the Juana Colon School in Comerio, Puerto Rico.
“I hope our students took away the simple lesson of how good it feels to give and felt pride in the amazing job that they all did,” said Laurel Warager, a first-grade teacher who spearheaded the initiative. “For some, this may be one of their first experiences in what it means to be a global citizen.”
Throughout the month of November, which also coincided with the Dows Lane’s Character Education theme of taking action, the students collected pencils from kindergartners, glue sticks from first-graders, markers from second-graders and notebooks from third-graders. Then, the supplies were dropped off with representatives from Move to Empower, a nonprofit organization, who delivered them to the Juana Colon School on Dec. 4 and 5.
“In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the Juana Colon School was left with more than 10 feet of water,” Warager said. “Virtually everything was destroyed. Through our partnership with Move to Empower, we were able to provide support and enable the school to get back on its feet. The teachers were overwhelmed with our generosity.”
Warager added that Principal Deborah Mariniello’s support was key to Dows Lane’s success.
December 22nd: Early Dismissal
December 25th - January 1: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
January 2nd: Back To School - Full Day
Happy Holidays! Have a wonderful break!
TOY DRIVE THANKS
Thank you for your generous donations to the PTSA's Holiday Toy Drive. Your generosity will help many children in our community to have happy holidays.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Hello Irvington School Community!
Volunteer to be on this year’s Nominating Committee!
Nominating Committee Member Page
The Nominating Committee’s job is to nominate one person to fill each of the nine upcoming openings on the Executive Committee for the July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020 term. (Those openings are: two Co-Presidents, one Executive VP, one VP for Community Outreach, one VP for DL, one VP for MSS, one VP for IMS, one VP for IHS, and the Secretary.)
Following the vote to appoint the Nominating Committee members at our General Membership meeting in January, the committee will begin its work, and will present the slate of nominees for a vote at our General Membership meeting in June.
Since this way of filling the Executive Committee openings is new to our PTSA, another of the committee’s jobs will be to develop the policies and procedures that the committee will follow to fill the Executive Committee openings, both this year, and for future Nominating Committees.
As such, we’re not sure how much time this will take this year, but the committee would meet at least one time per month from February through May, and committee members would formulate and implement committee procedures, including those for nominee recruitment and selection.
The 11-member Nominating Committee will consist of:
Even if you’re on the Nominating Committee, you can still apply to fill an Executive Committee opening, so if you’ve been dreaming of taking over for one of us, please don’t let it stop you from applying to be on the Nominating Committee.
From among the applicants, the Executive Committee will choose the 4 general members based on whether applicants are currently members of the PTSA and whether and in what capacity they volunteer for the PTSA or other organization.
If you have any questions, please write: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply today to be on this year's Nominating Committee: Nominating Committee Member Page!
Chrys Paul and Jen Barnett
Co-Presidents, Irvington PTSA
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS AND BUY A BRICK!
It’s not too early to think about thanking your teacher, a special friend or a family member at the holidays. What better way to say thank you for all they do than by purchasing a brick in their honor?
Best of all, proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to help bring the amazing new Main Street School playground to fruition, for the enjoyment of MSS students and all children in Irvington! Be a part of this great effort while creating a lasting memory on the campus.
To place your order, go to: http://www.irvingtonnyptsa.org/brick-drive.html
SHOP ON AMAZON SMILE
Do you shop on Amazon? Shop on Amazon Smile instead, and help benefit our schoolchildren.
By specifying Irvington NY PTSA when you buy on Amazon Smile, you get all of Amazon, but at no cost to you, the Amazon Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the PTSA.
To participate, please click on http://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3085349
and enter your existing Amazon sign-in information.
REGISTER YOUR DECICCO’S CARD
If you have a DeCicco’s card, and have not already done so, please link your card to Irvington PTSA at https://www.deciccoandsons.com/ardsley-pta-program/ or at the customer service desk at DeCicco’s.
If you don’t have a DeCicco’s card, please register for one in-store.
DeCicco’s generously donates 1% of your purchases to the Irvington PTSA.
BEST OF WESTCHESTER
The Irvington Union Free School District is in the running to receive the coveted title of Best Public School District in Westchester County. Community members can cast their votes in Westchester Magazine’s Best of Westchester competition for 2018.
The District was voted as the best school district in the area in the annual Best of Westchester list for two consecutive years. In addition, Irvington High School students’ weather website, Weather in the Hud, was voted by the public as the best local website in 2016 and 2017.
The public can vote on a number of categories, including Best Public School District, from Dec. 4 through late January. Let your voice be heard and make IUFSD #1 again in 2018!
Vote now at www.westchestermagazine.com/bowvoting.