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17Dec

PTO News: Upcoming January Meeting 1/12

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Upcoming Events

  • Friday, December 24 - Sunday Jan 2: No School, Winter Recess
  • Wednesday, January 12, 7:00pm: PTO Meeting on Zoom
  • Monday, January 17, 9:00am: MLK Breakfast on Zoom   

FROM THE PRESIDENTS

The children are getting restless!  Hopefully everyone is at least halfway prepared for the holiday break.  A personal goal of ours is to not sweat the details this year.  Some packages won’t arrive, teenage drama will happen, holiday meals will come out overcooked.  We are trying to keep focused on sitting and spending time together as a family, however imperfect that time might be.  Stay warm and put your feet up for a few!  As always, we welcome your feedback, questions and concerns.  You can reach us at chenerypto@gmail.com.

Jenny Kresse and Jess Smith
Chenery PTO Co-Presidents

UPCOMING GENERAL PTO MEETING JANUARY 12

Join us on Zoom for our next general PTO meeting on Wednesday, January 12 at 7:00pm.  We will be hearing from the Belmont Wellness Coalition (see note below).  Here is the zoom link for the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83687240003?pwd=VjFtejRVZUwyR2xCM0JaZHA5NDlDdz09
Meeting ID: 836 8724 0003
Passcode: 375647

Belmont Wellness Coalition Presents Important Health Data

As we continue to find increases in mental health concerns and challenges, we offer families the opportunity to better understand what is happening with the students at BPS. The Belmont Wellness Coalition will be presenting data highlights from the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).  The YRBS is given to students in grades 7 - 12, every two years. Shared highlights include data on rates of substance use, causes of stress, and mental health factors, including information on suicide ideation. Time will be allowed for questions and discussion.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION NEWS

The Chenery PTO DEI Committee had its first meeting of the year on December 8, and it was a great brainstorming session.  We are looking forward to hopefully bringing in some new speakers and programs in the Spring, so stay tuned!  The DEI Committee now has a separate email, monitored by DEI Committee Co-Chairs, Caleb Collins and Natalie Leino.  This is a fantastic way for parents to communicate ideas and concerns centered around diversity, equity and inclusion at Chenery, as well as to inform the PTO presidents and DEI committee about specific incidents.  Please reach out!  The newly-minted email address is cheneryptoDEI@gmail.com.  

TEACHER APPRECIATION 

Thanks so much to our PTO teacher appreciation team for making and delivering holiday goodies to Chenery.  The teachers were thrilled to get a little homemade sweet surprise this past Wednesday.

teacher-appreciation

TEACHER LOUNGE RENOVATION:  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The teacher lounge at Chenery has seen better days, and the PTO would like to renovate the space.  We need help from the parents!  If you are in interior design, painting or construction (or just love decorating) and would like to donate your time (or updated furniture!), please contact us at chenerypto@gmail.com.  We would love to have you be a part of this fun project!  It means a lot to teachers to have a nice place to gather.

teachers-lounge

UPCOMING MLK BREAKFAST

Belmont’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast, historically intended to bring the Belmont and Boston communities together in a program of unity around Dr. King’s legacy, will once again take place via Zoom on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 9 am.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Rahsaan Hall, Director of the Racial Justice Program at American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts.  

Advanced registration can be found at Eventbrite at: https://bit.ly/MLKBelmont2022.  For more information about this event, please contact the Commission at belmont.hrc@gmail.com or call 617-993-2795.

ANNUAL APPEAL

Many thanks to those who have contributed so far. Please remember that this is the only fundraising we do for the year. Will you help us meet our goal? No amount is too big or too small.  

If you want to donate before the end of the tax year, you can donate here: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/chenery-pto-annualappeal-2021-2022

Your donation will benefit Chenery students, teachers, and staff and it directly impacts our community. Thank you for your support!

PTO CLUBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Chenery Afterschool Clubs are a PTO sponsored endeavor that offer our students great opportunities for learning and connection after hours at Chenery.  Volunteers are needed to ensure we can keep this program going into the future.   We’re looking for help with club management tasks and we'd love to have your help!  Further questions?  Please contact Anna Churchill and Denise Steiner at CheneryPTOClubs@gmail.com

REQUEST FROM THE DISTRICT

Chenery needs substitutes and professional aides. It is critical our students get supported with caring adults. If you have an interest in working at Chenery as a sub, know that you will have flexibility on which days you work. If you are interested in being a professional aide, the role supports our students with special education plans, includes benefits and all school holidays off. Please contact Mike McAllister at mmcallister@belmont.k12.ma.us.

FACEBOOK PAGE

The Chenery PTO has a Facebook page! (https://www.facebook.com/CheneryPTO) Please like or follow the page for the latest news and updates. This page is for sharing information and improving communication. If you have a question or need help, email us at chenerypto@gmail.com and we will do what we can to help or connect you to someone who can help you.

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