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What Does PTA Mean To You?

Dear Falcon Families,


Next Monday we are scheduled to hold elections for the 2019-2020 PTA Board. As of now we do not have enough parents willing to take on leadership rolls to operate a PTA next year.


Without a PTA board we will not be able to approve the budget and spend money, essentially defunding all of our school defining PTA programs like Performing Arts, The Garden Program, MASC, After School Enrichment, any community building events like The Back to School BBQ, Harvest Festival, and crippling our fundraising efforts from Jog-A-Thon and The Wish Benefit.


LET THAT SINK IN


The current board is made up of many long-time PTA volunteers who have worn many hats over the years. We have children who are moving into and out of the upper grades or have older children who have already moved on to junior high (myself included), and for various reasons many of us simply cannot continue on in a leadership capacity. The majority of our current board is made up of working parents, juggling several outside commitments in addition to PTA. Board Membership is not as time-consuming as you may think. It will only take a few parents with children from the lower grade levels willing to step up and put in a few hours a month to keep our PTA Board and our PTA programming functioning.


CAN YOU BE THAT PARENT?


Here are the open positions:


PTA Board - VP of Membership: Oversee administration of membership, lead membership sign-up efforts, manage assembly of school directory. Expected annual time commitment: 25 hours, mainly at the start of the year.


PTA Board - Historian: Attend Board meetings, gather volunteer hours, and ideally participate in yearbook efforts. This is a great role for someone with a passion for photography who can really help with the yearbook, as our erstwhile yearbook parent volunteer, Liz Foote, will be moving on from McNear. This could be split into two roles, one for Yearbook coordinator, and one for Historian. Expected annual time commitment: 25 hours, mainly in second half of the year


PTA Board - Teacher Supply Fund Treasurer: Keep track of small-value finances centered around the TSF and field trips. Expected annual time commitment: 30 hours, spread out over the year


PTA Board - Exec VP: Support and fill-in for President as needed. Attend all meetings. Expected annual time commitment: 20 hours, spread out over the year


If you are interested in any of these positions please reach out to us at mcnearpta@gmail.com and come to Monday's PTA Meeting at 7pm.

Big Bad Musical- Next Week!

Our Spring Performing Arts production of 'Big Bad Musical' will kick into action next week with public performances on Friday, April 5 at 7:00pm and on Saturday, April 6 at 1:00pm. The doors of the multi will open thirty minutes prior to show time and admission is free to all. We hope to see you there to support all the hard work the lower grades have put in for this great school community event!


Nuestra producción de 'Big Bad Musical' de Spring Performing Arts entrará en acción la próxima semana con una presentación pública el viernes 5 de abril a las 7:00 pm y el sábado 6 de abril a la 1:00 pm. Las puertas del multi se abrirán treinta minutos antes de la hora del show y la entrada es gratuita para todos. ¡Esperamos verlos allí para apoyar todo el trabajo arduo que las calificaciones más bajas han realizado en este gran evento de la comunidad escolar!

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Wish Benefit Update!

The annual Wish Benefit is coming up on Saturday, May 4th...look for invitations and info on ticket sales coming home in Wednesday packets next week!


Donations...We Need Your Help!

With the Wish Benefit coming up just 6 weeks, the call for donations is on! Our event has been such a huge success in previous years thanks to the outstanding help from parents who have encouraged and invited businesses both local and a far, to donate items for our live and silent auction. We welcome all different kinds of donations and encourage you to think outside the box! Know a local artist? Have a friend who makes wine? Do you, your family or friend have a vacation rental? The possibilities are endless. To get an idea of what items were obtained and auctioned last year, there will be a binder on the front desk of the office next week that details each item, the McNear parent who obtained the donation last year and who is signing up to do the same this year. We have a lot of vacancies and welcome new additions to the growing list! Please stop by the office, take a peek and sign up to be a point person for specific donations. To make it a little more fun, we will be giving the parent who obtains the most donations a special thank you gift! Questions? You can contact Stacey Jennings via email at staceytma@gmail.com



Donaciones ... Necesitamos tu ayuda!


¡Con el Wish Benefit en solo 6 semanas, la convocatoria de donaciones está lista! Nuestro evento ha sido un gran éxito en años anteriores gracias a la excelente ayuda de los padres que han alentado e invitado a empresas locales y lejanas a donar artículos para nuestra subasta en vivo y silenciosa. ¡Le damos la bienvenida a todos los diferentes tipos de donaciones y lo alentamos a pensar fuera de la caja! ¿Conoces a un artista local? ¿Tienes un amigo que hace vino? ¿Usted, su familia o amigo tienen un alquiler de vacaciones? Las posibilidades son infinitas. Para tener una idea de qué artículos se obtuvieron y subastaron el año pasado, habrá una carpeta en la recepción de la oficina la próxima semana que detalla cada artículo, el padre de McNear que obtuvo la donación el año pasado y quién se está inscribiendo para hacer el Lo mismo este año. ¡Tenemos muchas vacantes y damos la bienvenida a nuevas adiciones a la creciente lista! Pase por la oficina, eche un vistazo e inscríbase para ser una persona de contacto para donaciones específicas. Para hacerlo un poco más divertido, ¡le daremos un regalo especial de agradecimiento a los padres que obtengan la mayoría de las donaciones! Preguntas? Puede comunicarse con Stacey Jennings por correo electrónico a staceytma@gmail.com

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School Lunch Tasting

Did your child come home talking about taste testing some new foods on Wednesday? The kids seemed really excited to try options from local favorites Amy's Kitchen and Alvarado Street Bakery and gave us great feedback on potential new menu items. The School Lunch Committee has been working with the district on some short term and long term goals for improvement of school lunches and this was the very first step of implementing some short term goals of integrating local businesses to provide nutritious and exciting breakfast and lunch options at our site.


¿Vino su hijo a casa hablando sobre probar el sabor de algunas comidas nuevas el miércoles? Los niños parecían realmente emocionados de probar las opciones de los favoritos locales Amy's Kitchen y Alvarado Street Bakery y nos dieron excelentes comentarios sobre posibles nuevos elementos del menú. El Comité de Almuerzos Escolares ha estado trabajando con el distrito en algunos objetivos a corto y largo plazo para mejorar los almuerzos escolares y este fue el primer paso para implementar algunos objetivos a corto plazo de integrar negocios locales para brindar opciones nutritivas y emocionantes de desayuno y almuerzo en nuestro sitio.

Spring After School Enrichment

First off, I'd like to acknowledge the hard work and outstanding programming our ASE Coordinator, Jeanne Schroeder has organized and managed over the last two school years. This will be her final session as coordinator. Jeanne, you have done a fantastic job!


Okay! Registration begins next Wednesday when After school Enrichment packets will go home in the Wednesday folders with classes beginning the week of 4/15. Here is a preview the courses that will be offered this session. Please reach out to Jeanne with any questions.


En primer lugar, me gustaría reconocer el trabajo arduo y la excelente programación que nuestra Coordinadora de ASE, Jeanne Schroeder, ha organizado y administrado en los últimos dos años escolares. Esta será su última sesión como coordinadora. Jeanne, has hecho un trabajo fantástico! ¡Bueno! La inscripción comienza el próximo miércoles cuando los paquetes de enriquecimiento después de la escuela irán a casa en las carpetas de los miércoles con clases a partir de la semana del 4/15. Aquí hay una vista previa de los cursos que se ofrecerán en esta sesión. Por favor comuníquese con Jeanne si tiene alguna pregunta.

PTA and ELAC Meetings 4/1

As mentioned above, the April PTA meeting in next Monday. Please join us in the library at 7pm. Childcare will be provided. Here are the minutes the March association meeting for review:


March Minutes


This month ELAC will be meeting from 6-7 in the MASC room prior to the PTA meeting.

Translation will be available at both meetings!


Como se mencionó anteriormente, la reunión de abril de la PTA en el próximo lunes. Por favor únete a nosotros en la biblioteca a las 7pm. Se proporcionará cuidado de niños. Aquí están los minutos marzo para su revisión:


Minutos de marzo


Este mes, ELAC se reunirá del 6 al 7 en la sala MASC antes de la reunión de la PTA. ¡La traducción estará disponible en ambas reuniones!

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Upcoming Events

ELAC meeting: 4/1- 6-7pm MASC Room

PTA Meeting: 4/1 - 7-8pm Library

Performing Arts Shows: Friday 4/5 at 7pm and Saturday 4/6 at 1pm

Earth Day Celebration 4/19

Variety Show Auditions 5/2

Cinco de Mayo Celebration 5/3

Wish Benefit 5/4