Tiger Times

JRMS PTA * April 1, 2022 * Vol. 2, Issue 4

President's Message

On March 3rd, Joy Squitieri, School Counselor Grades 5/7, shared with parents an overview of the PTA sponsored “Peace Corners” that have been created in three grade-5 classrooms to help students learn to regulate their emotions. The response from students has been overwhelmingly positive and Joy explained they plan to roll out Peace Corners to grade 6 in the near future.

On Thursday, April 7th at 9:30 AM we welcome Bonnie Spies, JRMS Art Teacher, who will share what’s new in the Fine Arts program.

We hope you’ll join us and look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Project COOL Achieves Key Milestone!

On Wednesday, March 16th, we achieved a key milestone in the construction of our outdoor classroom known as Project COOL (“Creating an Oasis for Outdoor Learning”). As shown in the photos below, a 24” concrete pipe was installed in the stream bed which flows through the south end of the JRMS property and feeds into the Saugatuck watershed. This was a critical first step as it allows for access to the project site via a “land bridge” over the stream. Site work has now begun to clear the area where the pavilion and amphitheater will be installed. In addition, our pavilion was delivered to JRMS on a flatbed truck. The next phase of construction involves pouring concrete footings and a pad for the pavilion, and installing the concrete block seating for the amphitheater. “The students and faculty are thrilled to see this project coming together”, said JRMS Principal, Meghan Ward.

Not surprisingly, construction costs have risen sharply (like everything else!) and we are still looking for sponsors to help cover our costs. To ensure the project is ADA compliant and accessible for all students, we plan to pave the walkway to the pavilion, at an estimated cost of $10,000. If you or your business would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Darrell Bradford at 203-648-7148. Every donation helps, no matter how small! Your tax-deductible donation can make it possible for us to complete the project this year which will benefit all students at JRMS for many years to come. To donate now via PayPal, please click: Donate Now

Free Math Help

Free Personalized Math Help: If your child in grades 3-8 is currently missing school or has missed class at all this school year because of Covid-19, the brilliant instructors at IvyMath will gladly spend a couple of weeks helping them get caught up with math. IvyMath is offering JRMS four free sessions per student to help your kids get back on track.

There are no strings attached to this offer, just the promise of math help. Simply fill out this form and IvyMath will be in touch very soon. IvyMath instructors are great at math and excellent at working with kids. www.ivymath.com 617-862-0769 info@ivymath.com.

Final Call for Nominations

Volunteers power every aspect of our PTA. We cannot possibly do all that we do without you! We are currently seeking nominees for the 2022-23 PTA Executive Board as well as Volunteers for key committee roles. Below is a list of open Board positions. If you have interest or know a good candidate, please let us know at JRMSptainfo@gmail.com.

  • VP Fundraising & Membership
  • Membership Chair
  • For a complete list of other volunteer opportunities, click here

Paws Up in Appreciation

Heartfelt thanks to:

John Reilly, Mary Beth Magro Belfatto, and Mariana Wanat, who volunteered to help with organizing the 7th grade socials.

Meghan Ward and the Administration team for organizing the 8th grade field trip to Brownstone Quarry, and the 5th grade field trip to Nature’s Classroom.

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Save the Date!

April 5, 2022

Redding Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM JRMS

April 7, 2022
JRMS PTA Meeting, 9:30 AM, JRMS Community Room

Musical Recital 6:30

May 3, 2022

Redding Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM JRMS

May 5, 2022

JRMS PTA Meeting, 9:30 AM, JRMS Community Room

May 5, 6 & 7

Seusical the Musical

May 7, 2022

Spring Artisan Fair at JRMS 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

JRMS PTA 2021-2022 Executive Board

  • Co-President – Jackie Dyar ​

  • Co-President – Darrell Bradford​

  • VP Fundraising & Membership - Maritza Jones

  • Treasurer – Gosia Tedawes

  • Secretary – Janet Parry