News & Views
Morris County School Media Association
Letter from the President
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." ~ John Lubbock
Now that spring break is behind us, we are in the homestretch before Summer welcomes us. Rather than worry about your Professional Development Plan (PDP - formerly PIP), this year I challenge you to forget about planning for next year and focus on renewing yourself. Design your personal Summer Improvement Plan (SIP).
What is an SIP, you ask? It is a time for you to reflect on what makes you happy. Just the little things that can be added to and then checked off of your summer bucket list. I use this term "bucket list" loosely. I don’t mean you have to go skydiving or eat scorpions, although both of these may be on your personal list. I am thinking more local and down to earth challenges like growing an herb garden. I personally have a brown thumb so this would truly be a challenge for me. Even trying to fit in something as simple as reading an adult book, just because you want to. Take a virtual cooking class. Try a new food you have never had before. Take a few day trips and visit New Jersey’s national parks or state parks. If you're looking for some inspiration check out these sites & blogs.
For next year, consider joining the MCSMA Executive Board! There are several officer and committee chair positions open. Positions on the board are for 2 years and we meet once every other month. You are compensated for your time and commitment with professional development hours and lasting friendships. Please take a look at the Call for Officers included in this newsletter and posted on our website www.mcsma.info.
Join us for a little fun to end your school year! On Thursday May 6, 2021 we will host our final General Meeting of the 2020-2021 year. It will take place in person and virtually via Zoom at Painting with a Twist in Montville from 4:00-5:45 pm. We will be painting and voting on our new slate of officers at that time.
If you have any programs or events you’d like to highlight please submit your photos with a short caption for publication here in our MCSMA newsletter. Submissions can be sent to email@example.com.
As I eagerly await new additions to our Executive Board I look forward to seeing you all and counting your votes at our next meeting on May 6, 2021.
Painting With a Twist
Thursday, May 6th, 4pm
440 Main Road
Join us for a little fun to end your school year!
On Thursday May 6, 2021 we will host our final General Meeting of the 2020-2021 year. It will take place in person and virtually via Zoom at Painting with a Twist in Montville from 4:00-5:45 pm. We will be painting and voting on our new slate of officers at that time. The cost is $39 per person.
Register for this event here:
Event Password: MCSMA
Call for Officers / Committee Members
Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity? Have you been eager to put your talent in critical thinking, forecasting educational trends or project management in the service of a great cause?
Well, look no further! If you are committed to keeping librarianship at the forefront and nurturing new leaders in our profession, we are looking for you!
The Morris County School Media Association is looking for leaders like you to join our executive board. For 57 years, our volunteer board has been the strategic heart of our organization, ensuring that in our work for children, we deliver real results and respond to changes in our school library landscape.
The primary responsibility of our e-board is to steer the overall policy and direction of MCSMA in accordance with our mission and values. A big part of this work involves active engagement on one of our board committees such as Legislative, Programming, and Independent/Private/Parochial School representation.
If you are one or more of the following, we’d love to have you:
Energetic and not already overextended with other commitments.
Eager to use your enthusiasm to keep our members at the forefront of the changing educational landscape.
Willing to engage your peers.
If you hold yourself to high expectations, then you’ll find board service very rewarding.
We are looking for folks who will:
Attend board meetings & general membership meetings (some are virtual)
Actively serve on one of our committees.
Advocate for our needs in the community and among your colleagues and peers.
Be always curious to learn more about the field of School Librarianship.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our board, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by May 2, 2021 with a short bio and any positions that you would like.
Open positions are:
President- To preside at all meetings. To appoint committee chairs for carrying out the activities of the Association. To serve as liaison with the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) and other professional associations.
VP / Programming- To preside at meetings and assume all duties in the absence of the president. To serve as Program Chair. To serve as liaison with the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) and other professional organizations at the direction of the President. ]
The Program chairperson is the Vice-President who plans the programs for each school year, coordinates with the Technology chair and the Professional Development chair to keep abreast of new education trends pertinent to school libraries and oversees all correspondence dealing with the programs.
Independent/Private/Parochial School- The representative of independent schools presents to the Executive Board the needs and opinions of the school librarians of the independent schools in Morris County. In turn, the Executive Board may inform these school librarians about current issues and actions through this representative.