Purchase School Directory Will Be Online via SchoolBee

Exciting news! Purchase School’s directory will be joining other schools in the district and going electronic via SchoolBee. Harrison High School has seen successful with taking their directory mobile and several other schools in the district are all moving towards having their directories online, as well.

SchoolBee is a secure online school directory ONLY accessible to school parents and personnel via an assigned user ID and password. It will now be easier than ever to update your information and get in touch with your child’s friends!

We are looking to have the current year’s directory uploaded and online shortly for families to familiarize themselves with navigating the online directory.

Below you will find SchoolBee’s FAQ.

What can SchoolBee do for me?

  • Manage and maintain the integrity of your family profile; update information in real time, across all Harrison schools participating, at any time during the school year. Once the school year is over, SchoolBee will automatically “graduate” your child(ren) to the next grade level.
  • See lists of parents and students – by class and grade as well as lists of faculty/staff in an easy to read format.
  • Connect with other parents and school faculty/staff from any computer or web enabled device (smart phones, tablets).
  • Call, text, email or get GPS driving directions directly from the app.
  • Control what information you share in both the mobile and paper directories.

How do you ensure Safety and Security of SchoolBee data?

  • The SchoolBee application and directory information is stored on secure servers in Amazon‘s cloud using industry standard protections such as secure firewalls, strong passwords, access monitoring, intrusion detection and audit logging. All log-in authentications are transmitted using industry standard 128-Bit SSL Encryption. Equally important to data security are the people operating the infrastructure and who has access to the directory data.
  • There will be an option for families who would like to opt out and not let the school community see their personal information. However, your child(ren)’s names will appear in the directory – both in alphabetical order and in class lists.
  • Information of families who have opted out of the 2014-2015 directory will not be included in the current online directory.

Stay tuned for an invitation email for you to set up your profile on SchoolBee!

Who do I contact if I have questions?

A Letter From Mr. Kalman:

April 24, 2015
 
Dear Purchase Families:
It is with a sense of both pride and sadness that I announce my retirement as principal of Purchase School. The retirement becomes effective on June 30th.
 
I am proud to have served the children of Purchase, watching them grow and develop over the past seventeen years. I am proud to have been able to lead the work of an exceptionally dedicated and talented group of teachers and staff who fulfill the mission of ensuring that your children’s social, emotional and academic needs are met and nurtured each day. And I am proud to have been a part of the Purchase community; your enthusiastic support makes all of our schools vital, energizing learning environments where we are permitted to do our best work.
 
The pride that I feel is moderated by a sense of sadness as I recognize my active participation with your children, my staff and with you is about to end. Nevertheless, I acknowledge that it has been a privilege to serve as principal of this remarkable school. Leading the work at Purchase School has been professionally fulfilling, and, on a personal level, deeply satisfying. 
 
Sincerely yours,
Robert Kalman

Join Us & Tour Louis M. Klein Middle School & Harrison High School on Tuesday, April 28th

On Tuesday, April 28th, the Harrison Central School District and PT Council will sponsor tours of both Louis M. Klein Middle School and Harrison High School.

  • The Harrison High School (HHS) Tour will begin at 9:30 am on Tuesday, April 28th in the main lobby of HHS (enter through the door by the flag pole). HHS Principal, Dr. Steve Siciliano, and Superintendent Dr. Louis Wool, will lead the approximate 45 minute tour of the high school from 9:30-10:15 am, followed by a Question & Answer (Q&A) session from approximately10:15-10:45 am. The panel will include HHS students, Dr. Siciliano, Dr. Wool, and an HHS PTA Co-President.
  • The Louis M. Klein Middle School (LMK) Tour will begin at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, April 28th in the Nelson Avenue main lobby. LMK Principal, Scott Fried, and Superintendent Dr. Louis Wool, will conduct a tour of LMK, followed by a Q&A session from approximately 1:45 – 2:15 pm. The Q&A panel will include LMK students, Mr. Fried, Dr. Wool, and a LMK PTA representative.

Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience our fantastic middle school and high school first hand! Please extend the invitation to any parents in the district you know that may not be PTA members or on the PTA emails lists. This tour is for parents only; a separate tour designed for your prospective student can be arranged by calling the guidance department at 630-3345.

Please RSVP to PT Council Co-President Ellen Arcara @ ellenarcara@gmail.com and make sure to include your name and which tour/s you will be attending.

Thank you,
Harrison Parent-Teacher Council

LMK Middle School PTA Nomination Form 2015-16

Louis M. Klein Middle School
PTA Nomination Form 2015-16

April 2015

Dear Parents and Faculty:

As we look toward the future, as per the by-laws of the PTA, a five member nominating committee has been formed consisting of two members of this year’s Board and three non-board members. The committee is now accepting nominations for next year’s Board. The PTA Board, elected annually, begins a new term on July 1, 2015. The following positions will be up for re-election in June 2015: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary. Position descriptions are located with this letter and on the following nomination form. You can nominate any PTA member, including yourself.

Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2015. After this date, the committee will review all nominations and present its recommended slate of candidates to all members at the May 4, 2015 PTA meeting. Voting for next year’s board will take place at the June 9, 2015 PTA meeting, so please mark it on your calendars.

It is important to keep in mind that some positions require more of your time than others. The President position, for instance, requires you to attend all PTA and PT Council meetings. These meetings occur both during the morning and evenings. Officers are expected to attend all PTA meetings.

To submit a nomination, complete the following form and send it any PTA Nominating Committee member via email by Friday May 1, 2015. Any questions about the nominating process should be directed to any member of the committee.

Thank you for your attention.
The PTA Nominating Committee

Kim McLaughlin
mclaughlin00@optonline.net

Noreen Lucey
noreenlucey@hotmail.com

Meredith McGurk
mcgurk714@optonline.net

Patricia LoParrino
patricia1210@optonline.net

Terri Kung
madterri@gmail.com

Position Descriptions

President: Has general charge and supervision of the business and affairs of the association. Signs and executes all contracts and agreements in the name of the association. Prepares agendas for, and presides over board meetings and general membership meetings. Attends PT council meetings. Appoints committee chairs, fills vacancies and is a member of all committees. Assists other board members as needed. Is a liaison between school administrators and the PTA. This position can be filled by two individuals agreeing to share the above listed duties as Co-Presidents.

Vice President: Manages the school’s PTA Membership Drive. Chairs the Hospitality committee (Welcome Back Breakfast, Browse & Brunch, etc.). Sends all communication. Assists/supports President as necessary.

Secretary: Records and distributes the minutes of all the meetings to members. Maintains a permanent file of minutes, treasurer’s reports, committee reports, membership lists and records pertaining to the work of the association. Sends notes and notices as necessary (thank you for donations, etc), handles all correspondence for the PTA and the Executive Board.

Treasurer: Custodian of the association’s funds. Keeps a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures. Chair of the PTA Budget Committee. Collects, counts and deposits PTA monies, writes PTA checks, maintains books and keeps the ledger. Presents the Treasurers Report at the PTA monthly meetings.

Please note that board participation may require you to attend meetings during school hours.

NOMINATION FORM

Please use this form to nominate yourself or other PTA members for the following positions. You do not need to provide a nomination for each position.

Position:

President: Has general charge and supervision of the business and affairs of the association. Signs and executes all contracts and agreements in the name of the association. Prepares agendas for, and presides over board meetings and general membership meetings. Attends PT council meetings. . Appoints committee chairs, fills vacancies and is a member of all committees. Assists other board members as needed. Is a liaison between school administrators and the PTA. This position can be filled by two individuals agreeing to share the above listed duties as Co-Presidents.

Nominee Name: _________________________________
Nominee Phone: ___________________

Vice President: Manages the school’s PTA Membership Drive. Chairs the Hospitality committee (Welcome Back Breakfast, Browse & Brunch, etc.). Sends all communication. Assists/supports President as necessary.

Nominee Name: _________________________________
Nominee Phone: ___________________

Secretary: Records and distributes the minutes of all the meetings to members. Maintains a permanent file of minutes, treasurer’s reports, committee reports, membership lists and records pertaining to the work of the association.

Nominee Name: _________________________________
Nominee Phone: ___________________

Treasurer: Custodian of the association’s funds. Keeps a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures. Chair of the PTA Budget Committee. Collects, counts and deposits PTA monies, writes PTA checks, maintains books and keeps the ledger. Presents the Treasurers Report at the PTA monthly meetings.

Nominee Name: __________________________________
Nominee Phone: __________________

Please submit this form to any PTA Nominating Committee member on the list above via email.

CD Cover Art Contest

Calling All Artists
CD Cover Art Contest

Enter your original drawing and you may be chosen to be the winner to be featured on the front or back cover of this year’s Purchase School CD!!

Use any color markers on the square paper that your child has brought home. Please hand your artwork in at the front office (do not fold) by May 1st. Remember that this year’s theme is “2000 and Beyond.”

This year’s CD will be recorded on May 7th and May 8th. Please try to have your child be there—we wouldn’t want to miss any of their voices!!

Please contact Alicia Englander (Aliciaenglander@aol.com) or Kim Kaplan (Kimkaplan61@gmail.com) with any questions.

* Your children have been given a paper square from their teacher to do the artwork if they were interested in participating. Please return the square to your child’s teacher. Thank you.

 

Attention All Dads

Let me introduce myself, my name is Jorge Veintimilla and I have two kids; 2nd grade and preschool.

Enough about me, lets talk about US! Having parental involvement at Purchase Elementary is one of the most endearing things about our school. Some of us are putting together a group of Dads to become a little more hands on and active. In other words, getting our hands dirty to make Purchase Elementary even better.

We will work in collaboration with the PTA and the EEC to create opportunities for our children to have the best possible experience (academically and socially) while at Purchase.

Some of the event ideas we have discussed include:
· Helping at Field Day
· Father-daughter Valentines dance
· Halloween ball
· Dad meetings for Monday Night Football, World Series and other sporting events
· But most importantly, we are open to suggestions

If you have interest in becoming a member (and it’s completely free) please send me your email address. You will receive updates of activities and events for the remaining school year and upcoming year as well.

Hope to hear from all of you,

Jorge Veintimilla
purchasedads@gmail.com

 

Box Tops Update and Keep Them Coming!

Dear Parents -

Thank You all that have been sending in their Box Tops so far since September we have collected over $600.00 worth of Box Tops! It’s never too late to send in Box Tops, I collect them all year round. Also please don’t forget to continue collecting them throughout the summer! Box Topscan be found on hundreds of products in your home.  Each box top coupon submitted is worth ten cents for our school and is used to support existing PTA programs. Keep them coming.

Please submit your Box Tops by sending them in an envelope or Ziploc to your child’s teacher.  Please be sure to include your child’s name and teacher’s name and also make sure there is an expiration date on the Box Tops. They will not accept them with no expiration date or an expired date.

The class with the most Box Tops submitted by March 31st will earn a black and white class photo! The photo will be taken by our resident photographer, Mr. Kalman!!

Please feel free to contact me at jandmcostabile@optimum.net with any questions.

Thanks for your support,
Marianne Costabilebtfepink

Preston/Purchase Multicultural Night April 30, 2015 — We need participants/performers

Preston/Purchase Multicultural Night
April 30, 2015

A Celebration of Diversity and Multiculturalism

S.J. Preston Elementary School will be hosting an evening festival honoring the cultures with-in our community on April 30th. Everyone is invited to attend; however, we are looking for people/groups to participate and/or perform. Previous years have included traditional dances, artifact displays, sharing food from your country and calligraphy booths.

Thank you!
The S.J. Preston Community Connection Team
Mr. Gottschalk (gottschj@harrisoncsd.org)
Ms. Maezono (maezonoy@harrisoncsd.org)

Please fill out the following ONLY if you are interested in participating.
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I am interested in participating in the Preston/Purchase Multicultural Night on April 30, 2015.
E-mail Address: ________________________________

My children are:
_______________________
(Teacher: _______________)
________________________
(Teacher: _______________)
________________________
(Teacher: _______________)

Our Culture: ___________________

We are interested in sharing our culture by…
___ Creating a student performance (no more than 3 minutes long)
___ Cultural artifacts displays and poster representing our culture
___ Sharing food from our country (Each family must bring a dish that represents their culture)
___ Wearing cultural attire

Please return tear-off to Mr.Gottschalk by Wednesday, April 10th. We will contact you with more details.

S.J. Preston Noche Multicultural
24 de abril del 2014
Una Celebración de diversidad y multiculturalismo

La escuela S.J. Preston presentará una noche de festival el 24 de abrilhonorando las culturas de nuestra comunidad. Todos estan invitados, pero necesitamos personas/grupos de voluntarios que quisieran demostrar un aspecto de su cultura a través de una danza, un artifacto cultural o alimento. En años pasados hemos incluido danzas, arte, alimentostradiciónales, y cabinas de la caligrafía.
¡Gracias!

El equipo de la conexión de la comunidad de S.J. Preston
Mr. Gottschalk (gottschj@harrisoncsd.org)Ms. Maezono(maezonoy@harrisoncsd.org)

Por favor complete la siguiente SOLAMENTE si usted está interesado en participar.
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Estoy interesado/a en participar en la noche multicultural de Preston el 24 de abril, 2014.
E-mail Address: ________________________________

Mis niños:
________________________
(Maestra: ________________)
________________________
(Maestra:________________)
________________________
(Maestra: _______________)

Nuestra cultura es: ___________________________________________

Estamos interesado en compartir nuestra cultura…
___ Creando una danza con mi hijo/a (no mas de 3 minutos)
___ Artifactos culturales representando nestra cultura
___ Compartiendo un alimento de mi país (esperamos que cada familia traiga un alimento de su país)
___ Usando un traje cultural

Por favor devuelva a la oficina principal antes del miercoles, 25 de marzo. Estaremos en contacto con usted para planear los detalles del evento.

 

Preston and Purchase School Multicultural Night — Ticket Order Form

Preston and Purchase School Multicultural Night

A Celebration of Diversity and Multiculturalism

Thursday, April 30, 2015

TICKET ORDER FORM

In order to ensure that everyone has a chance to view our program and that the student performers have an appropriate audience for both shows, this year tickets must be reserved. There is no cost; tickets will be assigned up to six total per family. Families may split the total among two shows (i.e. two tickets for the first performance and four for the second performance) or all may be requested for one show. Tickets will be required to enter the auditorium for both performances. Families of student performers will have reserved seating. All other tickets will be general admission. Please return the attached form by Friday, April 24, 2015.

Thank you!

The S.J. Preston Community Connection Team
And
Mr. Barker (barkerj@harrisoncsd.org)

Please fill out and return to your child’s teacher by April 24, 2015
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Family Name ___________________
Child(ren)’s Name(s) _________________________

I am reserving ______ tickets to the first show at 6:45 PM*

I am reserving ______ tickets to the second show at 7:30 PM**times are approximate

Total Tickets Requested ______ (MAXIMUM TOTAL 6)

Tickets will be sent home before MultiCultural Night
AND WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY