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September 2, 2017

posted Sep 16, 2016, 9:05 AM by Needham High School PTC   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 10:52 AM ]


News from the Needham High School PTC
September 2. 2017
Hi, Howdy, Hola, Bonjour, Ciao NHS FAMILIES:

Welcome to a new year at Needham High School. We hope you all had a fun and relaxing summer and are ready for a wonderful school year. We have been busy working hard getting ready for all of the exciting activities that the PTC plans.

Grade 9 Family Information Night is on Wednesday, September 6th from 6:30-8:00pm and Grades 10 & 11 Information Night is on Thursday, September 7th from 6:30-8:00pm. While this is not a PTC event, we wanted to mention this because some members of the PTC will be there to greet you and introduce themselves. If you have any questions about our activities or want to "jump in head first" and volunteer for a committee, we will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.  We will also have Dues forms so you can pay your $50 dues that night or take it home and do it online. In the meantime, please visit our website at  https://sites.google.com/site/needhamhighschoolptc/ to see what we are all about.


We have other important items to mention but for now we wanted to let you know about next week. Stay tuned for more news soon.

Carolyn Breen
Cindy Carson
Kerry Hurwitch
NHS PTC Presidents
nhs.ptc@gmail.com

May 16, 2016 News from NHS PTC

posted May 16, 2016, 6:07 PM by Needham High School PTC


News from the Needham High School PTC
May 16, 2016

Hello NHS Families!

 

We have one thing on our minds this week: the All Night Party for the Class of 2016 on graduation night, June 6th. Yes, it is an event only for graduating seniors, but we hope that ALL parents read about it, because this is truly a community effort. This event works because parents of younger students volunteer their time to supervise the grads -- they sure don't want their own parents there! It is a true pay-it-forward opportunity. 

 

Of course we need the help of ALL parents, especially those of seniors as well: in order to make this THE place to be for seniors, the ANP Committee has to make it fun...which takes lots of funds (hee-hee). The PTC, thanks to your donations, is able to support the All Night Party, but our sizable donation doesn't begin to cover the cost. If you are the parent of a senior, are friends with the family of a senior, or just plain care about providing a safe celebration for youth in our town -- see below and donate! Then plan to go to Sudbury Farms on Thursday, May 26 so that they can donate for you too.

 

All of the details you need are below, along with a reminder about Dr. Schwindin's upcoming retirement celebration.

 

Sincerely,

  

Marian Slavin (mjslavin@aol.com

Jennifer Quinn (jenniferquinn@me.com)

 

PTC Co-Presidents

In This Issue
All Night Party -- Help Needed
Dr. Schwindin's Retirement Party -- June 1
All Night Party -- Help Needed

Class of 2016 Needham High School All Night Party
June 6, 2016 - 10:30pm-5am
At Pollard Middle School

The All Night Party (ANP) was first organized in the late 50's and has been a Needham tradition ever since with over 90% attendance. The ANP is just that -- a wonderful event for our graduates to come together with their classmates and enjoy a safe environment to reminisce and celebrate their graduation. As its name suggests, this event is an all night party for our graduates and our committee's main objective is to keep our students safe.

A DJ hosts the evening, and events and games are featured all night for the kids to enjoy. A big part of the evening is the prize raffle, which occurs every 15 minutes. Past prizes have included gift certificates, dorm refrigerators, event tickets, etc. We also keep the graduates fed all night with the generous support of the Needham Women's Club, Exchange Club, and local businesses.

How You Can Help

Make a Financial Donation
In order to encourage participation, students are charged only $5 for admission to the ANP. The cost of running this party is significant, however, and donations from family and friends of Needham High graduating seniors, local businesses, and of course the NHS PTC are needed to make it happen.  
 
Donations: Click here to make a donation via Paypal:
 

 
Or, you can still pay the old fashioned way by making checks payable to NHS-All Night Party and sending them to NHS ANP c/o Stephanie Wallace, 81 Gary Road, Needham, MA 02494. Click here for a donation form.

Donate a Raffle Prize
If you wish to donate gift cards, gift certificates, event tickets, or items to put towards the prize raffles (prizes are raffled off every 15 minutes throughout the night), please contact Jen Maitre at jenmaitre@gmail.com.

Shop at Sudbury Farms on Thursday, May 26, 3-7pm
We are very fortunate to receive financial support for this tradition from Sudbury Farms. But we need your participation. It's easy! Simply SHOP AT SUDBURY FARMS (Highland Avenue only) on Thursday, May 26 between 3pm and 7pm and turn in your receipt to the parent volunteers at the end of the registers. Sudbury Farms will donate 5% of your total to the All Night Party. That's it. No extra money! No extra time spent! Tell your friends and neighbors!

Can't shop that day or want to increase your donation? That's easy too. You can PURCHASE SUDBURY FARMS GIFT CARDS. You can buy as many cards as you like in any amount and spend them at a later date. Cards can be used at ANY Sudbury Farms or Roche Bros. Click here for the Sudbury Farm gift card order form.

**Volunteer Your Time**
...at Sudbury Farms
We need a few volunteers for the Sudbury Farms Fundraiser on Thursday, May 26 from 3;00-4:14, 4:15-5:30, or 5:30-7:00.  If you have questions or want to volunteer, email or call Cindy Wolfe at wolfe191@comcast.net or 781 455-0664.

...to chaperone the All Night Party
Traditionally, parents of juniors are asked to volunteer their time in 2 hours shifts as they "pay it forward" for next year's event for their children. However, we certainly encourage all grade level parents to volunteer.

New this year: sign up is via the link below to SignUpGenius. The slots go for the whole night: 10pm-12am, 12-2am, 2-4am, 4-5am. We could also use volunteers to help with clean-up between 5am-6am. Please consider one of these shifts -- grab a friend and come chaperone. It's a great evening for our seniors and can only be successful with the help of our NHS parents. Click here:



Please contact Jen Maitre with any questions at jenmaitre@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Dr. Schwindin's Retirement Party -- June 1
 


May 10, 2016 News from NHS PTC

posted May 16, 2016, 6:06 PM by Needham High School PTC


News from the Needham High School PTC
May 10, 2016
Dear NHS Families,

We are excited to announce that Cindy Carson has stepped up to be a new PTC Co-President next year! This year marks Marian's fourth year on the job and her son is also graduating next month, so filling this spot was very important. We are both very grateful for Cindy's enthusiasm and volunteerism. If you were interested in the job but too shy to say so...fear not! There is still time to get involved. Jennifer is completing her 2nd year in the position and would love to share the fun with someone new. Please let us know if you are interested! 

This newsletter contains some repeat reminders and a couple of new items. The end of year festivities are just beginning -- stay informed!
  
Marian Slavin (mjslavin@aol.com)
Jennifer Quinn (jenniferquinn@me.com)
 
PTC Co-Presidents
In This Issue
NHS Vocal Support Concert - May 14
Balloon-a-Grams - Deadline May 22
Dr. Schwinden's Retirement Party -- June 1
All Night Party -- Donations Needed
Amazon Smiles Program to Benefit NHS PTC
8th Annual Vocal Support Concert - May 14
Help Needham High A Cappella Singers Raise Money for 
Alzheimer's Association!
 
Needham High School a cappella singers are giving a concert to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, and hope you'll come with friends and family to help them make a difference.

Get your tickets now for the 8th Annual Vocal Support concert on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30pm in the Needham High School auditorium. Sponsored by Needham High School Friends of Music (FOM), the concert features contemporary and classic song favorites performed a cappella by Needham High singing groups - the Subway Dwarves, Treble Rebels and Fermata Nowhere.

FOM and the Needham High singers are thrilled to welcome Sound Off to the stage. An award-winning, semi-professional a cappella group based in Boston, Sound off will perform hits from its diverse repertoire of modern pop with a soulful twist.

Concert proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association, a group dedicated to fighting a disease that affects millions - including Needham High School performers' families.

To purchase tickets for Vocal Support 2016, visit the FOM website at https://sites.google.com/a/nhsfriendsofmusic.org/nhs-friends-of-music/home. Ticket prices range from $10 to $15 (advance); $15 to $18 at door. General admission. Doors open 7pm.
Balloon-a-Grams -- Deadline May 22
Balloon-a-Grams are back for Graduation Season in Needham!

Congratulate Needham High School Seniors with this fun tradition. Send one or send a bunch! At $9 each, you can send many blue or gold mylar balloons with your personalized message. Don't forget your sons, daughters, grandkids, nieces, nephews, teammates, friends and neighbors!
Dr. Schwinden's Retirement Party -- June 1
 

All Night Party -- Donations Needed

NHS graduation will be on June 6, and the All Night Party Committee and several community groups are in full swing preparing for this annual fun event for NHS graduates. Seniors will safely party all night at Pollard thanks to the efforts of these dedicated folks!

In order to encourage participation, they charge students only $5 for admission to the ANP. The cost of running this party is significant, however, and donations from family and friends of Needham High graduating seniors, local businesses, and of course the NHS PTC are needed to make it happen.  
 
Donations: Click here to make a donation via Paypal:
 

 
Or, you can still pay the old fashioned way by making checks payable to NHS-All Night Party and sending them to NHS ANP c/o Stephanie Wallace, 81 Gary Road, Needham, MA 02494. Click here for a donation form.
 
Raffle Prizes: they could also use gift cards, gift certificates, event tickets, or other items on interest to graduating seniors; please contact Jen Maitre at  jenmaitre@gmail.com if you'd like to make a contribution.

MORE details about volunteer opportunities and support will be coming soon!

Fundraise While You Shop -- Amazon Smiles Program to Benefit NHS PTC

If you shop through the Amazon Smiles link below, Amazon will donate .5% of your qualifying purchases to the NHS PTC! It's easy and it doesn't cost you (or us) anything!

Please take a moment to go to the link below to select the Needham High School PTC as your charity of choice:


April 28, 2016 News from NHS PTC

posted May 16, 2016, 6:05 PM by Needham High School PTC


News from the Needham High School PTC
April 28, 2016
Dear NHS Families,

Our last Principal's Coffee of the year will be next Wednesday, May 4 at 8:00 am.Our guest will be the Chief of Psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, who will talk about a new Outreach Program that NHS families will have free access to. This includes care, in-service prevention, professional development, a parent component, and a community partner program.  We will then close out the meeting with topics of interest at NHS and questions for our Principal. Hope you can join us in the Faculty Cafeteria.

In this newsletter we also bring your attention to Balloon-a-Grams, the Vocal Support Concert, Amazon Smiles, and the All Night Party! Please read on for all the details.

And finally, we are in need of a PTC Co-President (or two) for next year.  This very rewarding volunteer position comes with complete access to the current presidents (and a great treasurer), along with an established plan and timeline of all activities that the PTC is involved in. Your first thought is that there is an overwhelming amount of work, but that would not be true.  It is enjoyable, gratifying, and has many perks! Please contact us (soon) for all the details.  
  
Marian Slavin (mjslavin@aol.com)
Jennifer Quinn (jenniferquinn@me.com)
 
PTC Co-Presidents
In This Issue
NHS Vocal Support Concert - May 14
Balloon-a-Grams - Deadline May 22
All Night Party -- Donations Needed
Amazon Smiles Program to Benefit NHS PTC
8th Annual Vocal Support Concert - May 14
Help Needham High A Cappella Singers Raise Money for 
Alzheimer's Association!
 
Needham High School a cappella singers are giving a concert to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, and hope you'll come with friends and family to help them make a difference.

Get your tickets now for the 8th Annual Vocal Support concert on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30pm in the Needham High School auditorium. Sponsored by Needham High School Friends of Music (FOM), the concert features contemporary and classic song favorites performed a cappella by Needham High singing groups - the Subway Dwarves, Treble Rebels and Fermata Nowhere.

FOM and the Needham High singers are thrilled to welcome Sound Off to the stage. An award-winning, semi-professional a cappella group based in Boston, Sound off will perform hits from its diverse repertoire of modern pop with a soulful twist.

Concert proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association, a group dedicated to fighting a disease that affects millions - including Needham High School performers' families.

To purchase tickets for Vocal Support 2016, visit the FOM website at https://sites.google.com/a/nhsfriendsofmusic.org/nhs-friends-of-music/home. Ticket prices range from $10 to $15 (advance); $15 to $18 at door. General admission. Doors open 7pm.
Balloon-a-Grams are back!
Balloon-a-Grams are back for Graduation Season in Needham!

Congratulate Needham High School Seniors with this fun tradition. Send one or send a bunch! At $9 each, you can send many blue or gold mylar balloons with your personalized message. Don't forget your sons, daughters, grandkids, nieces, nephews, teammates, friends and neighbors!
All Night Party -- Donations Needed

NHS graduation will be on June 6, and the All Night Party Committee and several community groups are in full swing preparing for this annual fun event for NHS graduates. Seniors will safely party all night at Pollard thanks to the efforts of these dedicated folks!

In order to encourage participation, they charge students only $5 for admission to the ANP. The cost of running this party is significant, however, and donations from family and friends of Needham High graduating seniors, local businesses, and of course the NHS PTC are needed to make it happen.  
 
Donations: Click here to make a donation via Paypal:
 

 
Or, you can still pay the old fashioned way by making checks payable to NHS-All Night Party and sending them to NHS ANP c/o Stephanie Wallace, 81 Gary Road, Needham, MA 02494. Click here for a donation form.
 
Raffle Prizes: they could also use gift cards, gift certificates, event tickets, or other items on interest to graduating seniors; please contact Jen Maitre at  jenmaitre@gmail.com if you'd like to make a contribution.

MORE details about volunteer opportunities and support will be coming soon!

Fundraise While You Shop -- Amazon Smiles Program to Benefit NHS PTC

If you shop through the Amazon Smiles link below, Amazon will donate .5% of your qualifying purchases to the NHS PTC! It's easy and it doesn't cost you (or us) anything!

Please take a moment to go to the link below to select the Needham High School PTC as your charity of choice:


April 13, 2016 News from NHS PTC

posted May 16, 2016, 6:04 PM by Needham High School PTC


News from the Needham High School PTC
April 13, 2016
Dear NHS Families,

As you prepare for the joys of school vacation week, please take a moment to check out the notices we've included below. In particular, we'd like to encourage you to save the date for Needham Talks on April 28. This is a great event organized and hosted by NHS students of the HOPE Club -- and sponsored by the NHS PTC! 

Also be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom in order to get a new link to Amazon Smiles. You can designate the NHS PTC as your charity of choice, and then Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .5% of all eligible purchases to us! Please check out the details below.

We wish everyone a wonderful April vacation! Hopefully it'll feel like spring!
  
Marian Slavin (mjslavin@aol.com)
Jennifer Quinn (jenniferquinn@me.com)
 
PTC Co-Presidents
In This Issue
Needham Talks -- April 28
SEPAC Awards -- Nominations Due May 1
All Night Party -- Donations Needed
Amazon Smiles Program to Benefit NHS PTC
Needham Talks about Initiating Environmental Change-- April 28

Please join us for the third annual Needham Talks on April 28th at 7:00-8:30pm in the Needham High School auditorium! 

Organized and run completely by students, Needham Talks is a free event for students, parents, teachers, and other community members. Modeled after TED Talks, our two incredible speakers will give share their experiences, work, and advocacy for initiating environmental change in both global and local communities, followed by an open panel for the audience to ask questions. 

The two incredible speakers have each pursued their own individual aspirations and turned them into concrete careers. One of the speakers is Bradley Campbell, President of the Conservation Law Foundation, previously a White House senior appointee during the Clinton administration and a former Regional Administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region, and in 2006 he went on to launch an environmentally focused law firm. Our second speaker is Dr. Chris Swan, the Associate Dean of the Jonathan M.Tisch College of Civic Life as well as an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) department at Tufts University. 

This event is free to the public and refreshments and food will be provided! This event is hosted and organized by NHS students through the HOPE club.

2016 SEPAC Awards - Nominations Due May 1

2016 SEPAC Awards - Now Accepting Nominations!

Do you know a teacher or staff member who goes above and beyond for students with special needs? Nominate them for a SEPAC Award!

Each year, SEPAC recognizes  Needham Public School employees who are truly exceptional. If you know of an outstanding educator who you think should be recognized for their work with special educations students, please submit a nomination by May 1. Nominations may be submitted by current students or their family members, but we can accept only one nomination per household. The identities of all nominators will be kept confidential, and are not shared with the nominees at any time. 

The 2016 SEPAC Awards will be held Thursday, May 19, 7pm at Broadmeadow Elementary School. Mark your calendars!


All Night Party -- Donations Needed

NHS graduation will be on June 6, and the All Night Party Committee and several community groups are in full swing preparing for this annual fun event for NHS graduates. Seniors will safely party all night at Pollard thanks to the efforts of these dedicated folks!

In order to encourage participation, they charge students only $5 for admission to the ANP. The cost of running this party is significant, however, and donations from family and friends of Needham High graduating seniors, local businesses, and of course the NHS PTC are needed to make it happen.  
 
Donations: Click here to make a donation via Paypal:
 

 
Or, you can still pay the old fashioned way by making checks payable to NHS-All Night Party and sending them to NHS ANP c/o Stephanie Wallace, 81 Gary Road, Needham, MA 02494. Click here for a donation form.
 
Raffle Prizes: they could also use gift cards, gift certificates, event tickets, or other items on interest to graduating seniors; please contact Jen Maitre at  jenmaitre@gmail.com if you'd like to make a contribution.

Fundraise While You Shop -- Amazon Smiles Program to Benefit NHS PTC

If you shop through the Amazon Smiles link below, Amazon will donate .5% of your qualifying purchases to the NHS PTC! It's easy and it doesn't cost you (or us) anything!

Please take a moment to go to the link below to select the Needham High School PTC as your charity of choice:


April 13, 2016 ANP Letter to Senior Parents

posted May 16, 2016, 6:04 PM by Needham High School PTC


News from the Needham High School PTC
April 13, 2016
Dear NHS Senior Families,

We are forwarding the All Night Party letter that you received in your Senior Packets at the request of the All Night Party Committee.

Having it electronically makes it very simple to scroll down and click on the button to donate to the ANP :)

  
Marian Slavin (mjslavin@aol.com)
Jennifer Quinn (jenniferquinn@me.com)
 
PTC Co-Presidents

Class of 2016
Needham High School All Night Party
Monday, June 6, 2016
POLLARD MIDDLE SCHOOL - 10:30PM-5:00AM

Congratulations - you're almost there!  It's hard to believe that the end to the school year is fast approaching and it is almost time to graduate the class of 2016.  The Needham High School All Night Party Committee is working together with community groups to provide an evening of fun-filled activities and most importantly a safe haven for this celebratory night for our graduates.  

The All Night Party (ANP) was first organized in the late 50's and has been a Needham tradition ever since with over 90% attendance.   The ANP is just that -- a wonderful event for our graduates to come together with their classmates and enjoy a safe environment to reminisce and celebrate their graduation. As the name suggests, this event is an all night party for our graduates and our committee's main objective is to keep our students safe.

Please keep in mind, if, for some reason, a student must leave earlier than 4am, we require parental consent and we will contact the parent directly from the event (even if that means waking you up).  Keeping our students safe is of the utmost importance.

The evening is hosted by a DJ and events and games are featured all night for our kids to enjoy.  A big part of the evening is our prize raffle which occurs every 15 minutes.  Past prizes have included gift certificates, dorm refrigerators, event tickets, etc.  We also keep the graduates fed all night with the generous support of the Needham Women's Club, Exchange Club, and local businesses.

The cost of running this party is significant and it is done solely by donations from family and friends of Needham High students and local businesses.  We need your help and ask for your donation to help us meet our budgetary needs.  Please consider donating to the ANP by filling out this form and returning your donation to (please make checks payable to NHS - All Night Party):

NHS ANP
c/o Stephanie Wallace
81 Gary Road
Needham, MA  02494

We greatly appreciate your donation and remind you that we can only do this with your help and support.  Thank you.

Jen Maitre (jenmaitre@gmail.com)
Needham High School All Night Party and the entire All Night Party Committee


ANP Donation Form

Class of 2016

Needham High School All Night Party

Monday, June 6, 2016

              POLLARD MIDDLE SCHOOL - 10:30pm-5am


Yes!  I am happy to donate to the NHS Class of 2016 ANP.

 Please include your donation and fill out this form and return to:

NHS ANP
c/o Stephanie Wallace
81 Gary Road
Needham, MA  02494



Your Name:_________________________________


Phone:____________________________________


Address:___________________________________

Amount enclosed:______________________________   

Tax ID# 51-020-8904

Please make checks payable to NHS - All Night Party.

If you prefer to donate online a PayPal account has been created:



THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!



March 11, 2016 News from NHS PTC

posted May 16, 2016, 6:02 PM by Needham High School PTC


News from the Needham High School PTC
March 11, 2016
Dear NHS Families,

Happy Friday!

We have two quick reminders:
  • Our next PTC Principal's Coffee will be this Wednesday, 3/16, at 8am in the faculty cafeteria. Assistant Principal Aaron Sicotte will join Dr. Joe Barnes to talk about the ALICE school safety protocol. Please join us!
  • The NEF Spelling Bee is this Sunday, 3/13, at 3pm right here in A Gym! There are 7 NHS student teams joining in the competition, as well as a NHS teacher team and a PTC team. Please join us in supporting the NEF and cheering on our teams! 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
  
Marian Slavin (mjslavin@aol.com)
Jennifer Quinn (jenniferquinn@me.com)
 
PTC Co-Presidents
In This Issue
NEF Spelling Bee -- Sunday @ 3pm
NEF Spelling Bee -- March 13

Cheer on the NHS Teams at the NEF Spelling Bee!
 
Join friends, neighbors, local businesses and civic leaders at the annual NEF Spelling Bee at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 13th in the Needham High School "A" gym. You won't want to miss this opportunity to cheer on the NHS teams competing in this year's spell-off!

NHS Teams include: Girl's Soccer,  Girl's Hockey, Student Council, HackHers, T minus 10, Greater Boston Project, Tech Leaders, Needham High Hopes (PTC), and NHS Teachers. 
     
Admission and refreshments are free, thanks to the generous support of many sponsors including Needham Bank, Roche Brothers and Veryst Engineering.         

Support the NEF at the Bee by purchasing tickets for one of our many raffle items donated by local businesses or by purchasing a commemorative cupcakedonated by Treat Cupcake Bar.
 
The star-studded roster of celebrity word pronouncers features Gary Gillis, Partner at
Last Minute Productions and WHDH-TV Alumnus, and Kimberly Bookman, WHDH-TV / 7News Reporter. Dan Gutekanst, Needham Public Schools Superintendent, will be the pronouncer for the elementary school round. For more event information, go to www.nefneedham.org.
 
NEF Bee Cupcake creates a BUZZ!
To help the Needham Education Foundation raise money for Needham Public Schools,
Treat Cupcake Bar at 1450 Highland Avenue is offering a custom Bee Cupcake in honor of the annual NEF Spelling Bee. Purchase a special, bee-adorned cupcake during the month of March, and Treat will donate 25% of the proceeds to the NEF. Bee Cupcakes will also be available for purchase at the NEF Spelling Bee on
Sunday, March 13th.

February 23, 2016 News from NHS PTC

posted May 16, 2016, 6:01 PM by Needham High School PTC


News from the Needham High School PTC
February 23, 2016
Dear NHS Families:

Welcome back! We hope that your family had a healthy, happy vacation week!

As you re-adjust to school schedules again, please take note that there are two school events this week of interest. On Wednesday evening, Needham Public Schools administration is hosting a school safety forum, and on a much lighter note, the NHS French Club will be hosting French Night this Friday! The details on these and other upcoming events are included below.

Also, please save the date for the next Principal's coffee on Wednesday morning, March 16th at 8am.

Thank you!
  
Marian Slavin (mjslavin@aol.com)
Jennifer Quinn (jenniferquinn@me.com)
 
PTC Co-Presidents
In This Issue
NPS School Safety Forum -- This Wednesday
French Night -- This Friday
Needham Unplugged -- Month of March
NEF Spelling Bee -- March 13
Film: Most Likely to Succeed -- March 24
NEF Spring Small Grants Deadline -- March 24
NPS School Safety Forum -- This Wednesday
The Needham Public Schools will hold a School Safety Forum on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Broadmeadow School beginning at 7:00 p.m.   School and Police officials will update the community on ways we are working to ensure the highest level of school safety for every student and adult in our schools.  The new safety protocol, ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) will be shared. All are invited and encouraged to attend.

French Night at NHS -- This Friday!
The NHS French Club will be holding it's fourth annual Soirée de la Francophonie(French Night), celebrating French and Francophone cultures. 

From 7:00 to 8:30 on February 26th in the NHS Auditorium, French Night includes performances by students as well as food from around the French speaking world.

Every year, the NHS French Club donates all profits made during the event, as well as all other funds raised during the year, to a charity supporting a French-speaking country. This year, that charity is Water is Life, which helps provide clean water technology to communities around the world including Haiti and Ethiopia. Please join the French Club in their fundraising efforts and in celebrating French culture across the globe!

Needham Unplugged -- Month of March
 
Needham Youth Services Presents...
Needham Unplugged
Needham Unplugged is a month long awareness campaign in March to remind Needham families and residents to "unplug their electronics" and "plug into" each other.  It is a reminder that there is more to life than what is on the other side of a plug. 
The highlight of this year's program will be a no-homework, no-sports, and no-activities night for Needham Public School Students on March 10, 2016 Parents can play their part on March 10th by getting home from work no later than dinnertime, canceling/rescheduling any night meetings, and thinking about making this night a special time for the entire family. In addition, there will be no town-related meetings and virtually no community, school, or religious meetings held on that night.  
View the 2016 Unplugged calendar at:
 We will also celebrate Social Media-Free Thursday on March 17th, Phone-Free Friday on March 4th, and Text-Free Tuesday on March 22nd .
Learn about Needham Unplugged at 
www.needhamma.gov/youth/unplugged
 

NEF Spelling Bee -- March 13
Cheer on the NHS Teams at the NEF Spelling Bee!
 
Join friends, neighbors, local businesses and civic leaders at the annual NEF Spelling Bee at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 13th in the Needham High School "A" gym. You won't want to miss this opportunity to cheer on the NHS teams competing in this year's spell-off!
     
Admission and refreshments are free, thanks to the generous support of many sponsors including Needham Bank, Roche Brothers and Veryst Engineering.         

Support the NEF at the Bee by purchasing tickets for one of our many raffle items donated by local businesses or by purchasing a commemorative cupcakedonated by Treat Cupcake Bar.
 
The star-studded roster of celebrity word pronouncers features Gary Gillis, Partner at
Last Minute Productions and WHDH-TV Alumnus, and Kimberly Bookman, WHDH-TV / 7News Reporter. Dan Gutekanst, Needham Public Schools Superintendent, will be the pronouncer for the elementary school round. For more event information, go to www.nefneedham.org.
 
NEF Bee Cupcake creates a BUZZ!
To help the Needham Education Foundation raise money for Needham Public Schools,
Treat Cupcake Bar at 1450 Highland Avenue is offering a custom Bee Cupcake in honor of the annual NEF Spelling Bee. Purchase a special, bee-adorned cupcake during the month of March, and Treat will donate 25% of the proceeds to the NEF. Bee Cupcakes will also be available for purchase at the NEF Spelling Bee on
Sunday, March 13th.

Film: Most Likely To Succeed -- March 24
Please join us for a free screening and panel discussion of the film, Most Likely to Succeed.  This feature length documentary examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in todayʼs innovative world. The film has been named "among the best edu-documentaries ever produced" by Education Week, and called a "smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century" by The Hollywood Reporter. Most Likely To Succeed, a film by award-winning documentarian Greg Whiteley, was an official selection of the 2015 Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.

The film and discussion will take place March 24th at Newman Elementary School. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the film will start at 7:00 pm.

This event is being sponsored by the Needham Education Foundation and all the Needham schools' PTCs.

NEF Spring Small Grants Deadline -- March 24
Bring your ideas! NEF Accepting Spring '16 Grant Applications

Did you know the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) awarded over $60,000 in small grants this fall to fund scientific sensor equipment at Pollard, a musical residency program at NHS, and magnet kits at Mitchell, to name just a few.  For the past 25 years, the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) has funded these and many other entertaining and educational programs that "make learning come alive" for Needham public school students.  If you have an innovative idea to enhance your child's learning experience or school community, we want to hear from you!  

The NEF is now accepting applications for its Spring 2016 Small Grants program. Small grant applications for up to $5,000 are due Thursday, March 24.  Any Needham Public School educator, administrator or community member - including students and parents - is eligible to apply. Contact your NEF school rep for help with an application or shaping an idea. To see what NEF has funded in the past and to apply online, please visit  http://www.nefneedham.org/grants/.

January 29, 2016 News from NHS PTC

posted May 16, 2016, 6:00 PM by Needham High School PTC


News from the Needham High School PTC
January 29, 2016
Dear NHS Families:

We are happy to report that our 2016 Parent Conference was a great success. Many thanks to co-chairs Karen Mullen and Hiroko Hardebeck for their dedication, to all of the NPS administrators and Town of Needham employees who worked together to offer a great selection of break-out groups, and to all of the Needham parents who attended. We appreciate one and all! If you had to miss it, links to many of the presentations are now available on our website.

Although it's only January, we are starting to get our ducks in a row for next year. If you think that next year is your year to get involved, please check out the Committees & Volunteer Opportunities page on our website. There is something for every schedule and level of commitment.

One of the best ways to get involved is to stay informed! We had a great Principal's Coffee earlier this month, discussing cultural proficiency, homework, and other topics of interest. Save the dates for our last two meetings: March 16 and May 4. Please note that these dates have changed from our original schedule. We will send out details and information about our guest speakers prior to each Coffee.

There are several notices of interest below. Please check them out!

  
Marian Slavin (mjslavin@aol.com)
Jennifer Quinn (jenniferquinn@me.com)
 
PTC Co-Presidents
In This Issue
SEPAC Presentation - February 11
NEF Spelling Bee -- Register a Team!
French Night -- February 26
Film: Most Likely to Succeed -- March 24
NEF Spring Small Grants
Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention
Educational Presentation from SEPAC - February 11
Understanding and Supporting Children with Executive Function Challenges

Building from definitions and descriptions of Executive Function, this interactive discussion will focus on how to use research-based, tried and true strategies to promote successful and independent learning both at home and in school.  Speaker Kalyani Krishnan, MA is the Assistant Director of Assessment, Language and Learning Specialist at the Institute for Learning and Development in Lexington, MA and is also a licensed school psychologist with more than 15 years experience consulting with families and school professionals.

Thursday, February 11
7:00 Program begins
8:30  Networking and Refreshments 

Broadmeadow School Media Center
120 Broadmeadow Road, Needham

NEF Spelling Bee Team Registration - Due February 12
Calling All Spellers -- Rally a Team for the NEF Bee!

Support enrichment for Needham Public Schools! Rally a team for the 2016 Needham Education Foundation (NEF) Spelling Bee on  Sunday, March 13, at 3:00 PM in the Needham High School gymnasium. This year's Bee will kick off with the return of our elementary school round!
 
As the NEF's largest fundraiser, the Bee draws spellers of all ages from Needham schools, businesses, and the community. To register a team, please fill out a registration form at www.nefneedham.org by Friday, February 12. Your registration fee will help to fund innovative, educational, and enriching programs for Needham Public School students in grades K through 12.
 
Interested in supporting the Bee but skipping the spelling? Sponsor a team with a donation or place an ad in the Bee Program Book. Visit www.nefneedham.org for details.
French Night at NHS -- February 26
The NHS French Club will be holding it's fourth annual Soirée de la Francophonie(French Night), celebrating French and Francophone cultures. 

From 7:00 to 8:30 on February 26th in the NHS Auditorium, French Night includes performances by students as well as food from around the French speaking world.

Every year, the NHS French Club donates all profits made during the event, as well as all other funds raised during the year, to a charity supporting a French-speaking country. This year, that charity is Water is Life, which helps provide clean water technology to communities around the world including Haiti and Ethiopia. Please join the French Club in their fundraising efforts and in celebrating French culture across the globe!

Film: Most Likely To Succeed -- March 24
Please join us for a free screening and panel discussion of the film, Most Likely to Succeed.  This feature length documentary examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in todayʼs innovative world. The film has been named "among the best edu-documentaries ever produced" by Education Week, and called a "smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century" by The Hollywood Reporter. Most Likely To Succeed, a film by award-winning documentarian Greg Whiteley, was an official selection of the 2015 Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.

The film and discussion will take place March 24th at Newman Elementary School. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the film will start at 7:00 pm.

This event is being sponsored by the Needham Education Foundation and all the Needham schools' PTCs.

NEF Spring Small Grants Deadline -- March 24
Bring your ideas! NEF Accepting Spring '16 Grant Applications

Did you know the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) awarded over $60,000 in small grants this fall to fund scientific sensor equipment at Pollard, a musical residency program at NHS, and magnet kits at Mitchell, to name just a few.  For the past 25 years, the Needham Education Foundation (NEF) has funded these and many other entertaining and educational programs that "make learning come alive" for Needham public school students.  If you have an innovative idea to enhance your child's learning experience or school community, we want to hear from you!  

The NEF is now accepting applications for its Spring 2016 Small Grants program. Small grant applications for up to $5,000 are due Thursday, March 24.  Any Needham Public School educator, administrator or community member - including students and parents - is eligible to apply. Contact your NEF school rep for help with an application or shaping an idea. To see what NEF has funded in the past and to apply online, please visit  http://www.nefneedham.org/grants/.

Message from the Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, January 25-29, 2016

ARE YOU AWARE?  In 2014, 35% of Needham High School studentsreported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.*  That's 521 students.   Talk to your child about the effects of alcohol and substance use during the National Drug & Alcohol Facts week by taking the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/2016iqchallenge  
START THE CONVERSATION: your teens will hear you.
 
*MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey, 2014, Needham High School
 
For more information please contact:
 
Carol Read, M.Ed, CAGS, CPS
Substance Abuse Prevention & Education
Needham Public Health Department
1471 Highland Avenue Needham, MA 02492
781-455-7500 (259)
 
Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention~NCYSAP Vision~Needham is a cohesive community that supports all of our youth to grow and develop to be substance free and healthy in mind, body and spirit.

January 11, 2016 News from NHS PTC

posted May 16, 2016, 5:59 PM by Needham High School PTC


News from the Needham High School PTC
January 11. 2016
Dear NHS Families:

Please join us this Wednesday at 8am for our Principal's Coffee. This is a great opportunity to hear about what is going on at the Hilltop and connect with other parents. We hope to see you there -- the conversation is sure to be interesting.

Interesting conversations are also to be had at our upcoming NHS Parent Conference, so please take a moment to register today!

As usual, all of the details can be found below.

Best wishes for a great beginning to 2016! 
  
Marian Slavin (mjslavin@aol.com)
Jennifer Quinn (jenniferquinn@me.com)
 
PTC Co-Presidents
In This Issue
PTC Principal's Coffee -- Wednesday January 13
NHS Parent Conference --Register Now!
NHS Parent Conference -- Volunteers Needed
Host Families Needed for Students from France
Needham Youth Services -- Adoptive Parent Group
PTC Principal's Coffee -- January 13, 2016
Our next Principal's Coffee is this Wednesday, January 13 at 8:00 am in the faculty cafeteria.  Principal Barnes will be discussing various topics of interest, including the issue of homework at Needham High. Joining Joe will be Steve Plasko, Social Studies Department Chair, who will provide an overview of what is happening in Cultural Competency at NHS. We hope you can join us!
NHS Parent Conference -- January 23, 2016
Register for the Needham High School PTC Parent Conference
 
Date: Sat. 1/23/16 (snow date 1/30/16)
Time: 7:45 AM - 1 PM
Place: Needham High School Library
Cost: $10 (includes conference & lunch)
Sponsored by: The Needham High School PTC
 
Spend a morning and learn valuable parenting skills. Share your concerns and ideas with other high school parents. Stay ahead of the game and parent your teen with knowledge and confidence!
 
Register now:
 
Sneak Preview...

Keynote: Mindful Management of High School Stress
Speaker:Dr. Christopher Willard, Clinical Psychologist 

Christopher Willard, PsyD. is a psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults.  He has lead workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He is the author of Growing Up Mindful (2016) and three other books on contemplative practice. He teaches at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Willard will present the research and importance of psychological as well as academic preparation for managing stress in high school, college and beyond through mindfulness and related practices.

Parents Choose 3 workshops:
 
  • The Power of Parenting- Learn the Facts about Substance Abuse Prevention (Carol Read, Needham Public Health)
  • The Secret Life of Teens: What's Really is Your Teenager's Mind (Jon Mattleman, Dir. of Needham Youth Services)
  • A Dialogue with Dr. Chris Willard: A Chance to Get Your Questions Answered by the Keynote Speaker 
  • A Dialogue with Jon Mattleman - Learn the Facts about Suicide Prevention 
  • Transitioning to Higher Education for Special Education Students/Families (Kirsten Behling, Suffolk U)
  • Accepting, Respecting, and Celebrating Cultural Diversity (Johnny Cole, Asst. Principal, NHS)
  • Experiential Learning and the Real World Classroom: Gap Year (Tom Denton, Dir. of Guidance, Needham Schools)
  • Transitioning to Needham High School: Freshmen to Sophomore Year (NHS Asst. Principals)
  • The Keys to a Successful Junior and Senior Year (NHS Asst. Principals)
  • Student Panel - Out of the Mouths of NHS Seniors (Mae Hardebeck, NHS Alum) 
Contact the PTC at needhamparenting@gmail.com with any questions or to volunteer for the conference. 

NHS Parenting Conference -- Volunteers Needed
We are in need of a few parent volunteers to help us with food and hospitality at the Parent Conference. Duties will include ordering or purchasing the necessary food and supplies, managing the delivery and presentation of refreshments, as well as helping to serve coffee and bagels in the morning and/or buffet lunch in the afternoon. The hours of the conference are 7:45am-1pm.

For more information, please email needhamparenting@gmail.com.

Karen Mullen and Hiroko Hardebeck
Parent Conference Co-Chairs

Hosts Needed for Students From France
Host a French student chez vous! 

In October 2016 Needham will welcome 24 high school students and 2 teachers from Normandy, France! They will arrive mid-October and will stay approximately 12 days.  Students are interested in learning about YOU, attending Needham High School for 3 days and going on local excursions organized by their group.  Please consider hosting a student or teacher and learning more about France and French culture!  Your student does not have to be a student of French at NHS to host!

For more information, please contact NHS French Teacher, Madame Bashir, at mary_bashir@needham.k12.ma.us

Needham Youth Services Adoptive Parent Group
Adoptive Parents Group

Needham Youth Services presents...
Free 4 week group for adoptive parents of 7th graders and up.

Dates: Thursdays, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Facilitator: Michelle Terry-David, LICSW

For more information contact Maria Papantoniou at:mpapantoniou@needhamma.gov
or at 781-455-7500 x267

Registration is open.

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