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April 22, 2012

posted Jun 2, 2012, 11:41 AM by Needham High School PTC
News from Needham High School
April 2012
Dear Friends,


We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable April vacation!


Best wishes,

Rebecca Turner 
Rachel Miller
In This Issue
High Rock Pollard Community Week - April 23rd thru 28th
Positive Coaching Alliance Workshop - Apr 26th
Volunteers Needed for All Night Party
Strides Against Stigma - Apr 28th
Vocal Support Concert - May 11th
High Rock Pollard Community Week - Apr 23rd thru 28th
The High Rock Pollard PTC is proud to announce that their first Community Week and Walk will take place from Monday, April 23rd through Saturday, April 28th. All events will occur at Pollard, and they are open to the entire community, free of charge.  Further information can be found at
Positive Coaching Alliance Workshop - Thursday Apr. 26th 


*Followed by a Needham Health Department Concussion Policy Presentation

Open to all Needham Youth Sport Parents and Coaches, this workshop will present a great opportunity for community members to work on developing and strengthening the skills necessary to improve the culture and environment for all children participating in youth sports in Needham. Workshop topics include:

*    How parents can help ensure their youth-athletes' experiences yield healthy, developmental outcomes that will serve them far beyond the playing field;
*    Guidelines for developing strong Coach/Parent relationships; 
*    Defining and discussing the Double-Goal coach model, one that stresses preparing athletes/teams to compete at a high level, while at the same time teaching life lessons related to teamwork, dedication, bouncing back from mistakes and more.

Date: Thursday, April 26th 
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm *Concussion Policy Presentation to Follow
Location: Newman Elementary School Auditorium


ERIC EISENDRATH: PCA Lead Trainer - Ivy League Athlete, HS & Youth Coach
TRACY JONES:  College Athlete & Coach

Micah Hauben Director of Athletics, Needham Public Schools 781-455-0800 x2105


Seeking Volunteers for the All Night Party--Monday, June 4
The big day will soon be here for our high school seniors to celebrate their graduation.  Following tradition, the All Night Party will take place on Monday, June 4, at the Pollard Middle School beginning at 11 pm. This tradition has been going on for over fifty years and rewards our graduates with a safe and fun-filled celebration.  A night of entertainment is planned with prizes and raffles and food,  provided by various community organizations.
The All Night Party is run completely by volunteers and we are asking for your help to chaperone this event. It has also proved to be an enjoyable event for the adults.  We are looking to fill the following shifts: 10pm-12am, 12am-2am, 2am-4am, 4am-6am.  Many of you have expressed interest already, so if you can respond back with a few choices (1st time preference, 2nd choice, etc.) it will help us ensure that all the time slots are filled.
Please email Beth Warner at if you can volunteer your time. The success of this wonderful event relies on our volunteers -- without your support this event could not take place and be the success it has been in the past. 
Thank you,
Beth Warner and Seta Liacopoulos
Co-chairs - Needham High School All Night Party 2012
Strides Against Stigma - Saturday, April 28th

April 28, 2012, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Nickerson Field, Boston University


Strides Against Stigma is not your traditional walk-a-thon.  It is a "stride-a-thon" to raise awareness of depressive disorders, and to build a community dedicated to erasing the stigma around depression.  Participants will gather at B.U. and enjoy a variety of fun activities, celebrity appearances, performances, and games while counting their strides on pedometers. 


Depression affects 1 in every 8 teenagers and 20 million adults in the U.S. every year.  Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people, and depression is the leading cause of suicide.  Many people struggling with the symptoms of depression don't seek help because they're afraid or ashamed.


Help erase the stigma of depressive disorders.  Join with other participants to take a total of 2 MILLION strides to increase awareness and raise $50,000 to support Families for Depression Awareness.  


Please support us and register as a "Strider" now!   Visit to register.


Strides Against Stigma is organized by Families for Depression Awareness, a national nonprofit organization (located in Waltham) that helps families and friends recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides. The organization provides education, outreach, and advocacy to support families. Families for Depression Awareness is made up of families who have lost a family member to suicide or have watched a loved one suffer with depression, with little knowledge about how to help.

Vocal Support A Cappella Concert - Friday, May 11th 
Don't miss this year's Vocal Support concert on Friday, May 11th at 7:30 pm, featuring the NHS a cappella groups Fermata NowhereTreble Rebels and Subway Dwarves as well as the professional group, Five O'Clock Shadow. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.  We are expecting a sold out performance and encourage everyone to get their tickets early. The performance is recommended for students ages 8 and up. Please visit the Friends of Music website, for more information on purchasing tickets in advance.