PTSA Post - Spring 2022

Publication of the West Irondequoit Central PTSA

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Serving All Ten Schools

Briarwood, Brookview, Colebrook, Dake, Iroquois, IHS, Listwood, Rogers, Seneca, Southlawn

By our mission statement, WICPTSA unites home, school, and community as advocates for the health, education, and well-being of all children so that they may become productive citizens in tomorrow's world.

President's Letter

Dear West Irondequoit Families,


As the end of another very unusual school year approaches, I am so proud of everything that West Irondequoit PTSA and our amazing families and volunteers have accomplished over the past ten months. We began with an exciting and much-anticipated return to full in-person classes but a lot of uncertainty, as we all wondered how much of a return to normal we would see. We worked with changing circumstances and shifting guidelines to create meaningful events and programming that strengthened our community and supported our children.


I have been continually impressed by the willingness of the West Irondequoit community to generously contribute time, money & ideas to support the PTSA and our programs. Because of the creativity and hard work of our families and volunteers, we saw so much of our programming continue or return this year, including our many family events, like bike rodeos, talent shows, and playground nights; spirit wear sales and donation drives; and cultural arts programming.


We are still looking forward to our in-person Honorary Life Award presentation ceremony and our end-of-year celebrations, from the kindergartners moving up to graduation celebrations for our seniors. We are already thinking about next year, and how we can ramp up to do even more to further our mission: to unite home, school and the West Irondequoit community to advocate for the health, education and well being of all children so that they may become productive citizens in tomorrow’s world.


Thank you to the WICPTSA Executive Board, all our WICPTSA Building Reps and Committee Chairs and all of our other volunteers. You all made so much happen this year for our schools, our families, and our kids. I would also like to extend a special thanks to our past president, Bridget Harris, and our Membership Chair, Colleen Smith, who have been so generous with their time, knowledge, and wisdom getting this mostly new Board up to speed.


These past two years have been so hard for our families and children and it will take time for us to rebuild our community and our traditions. Staying connected is more important than ever, and there is no better way to build connections with other families and our school community than by joining WICPTSA. We bring our students, families, teachers, administrators, and the wider community together to share thoughts, ideas, and provide information and resources through family programs, parent meetings, community-building events, and cultural arts programming.


If you want to strengthen that connection even further, please consider volunteering with us, on our central committees or with one or more of our buildings. We can only do this with the help of our amazing volunteers, and we have opportunities for you to be involved, no matter what talent or how much time and energy you can share. Please feel free to email us at westirondequoitcentralptsa@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering or have any questions or suggestions for us.


Have a wonderful June, and a wonderful summer.


Julie Boland

President, WICPTSA

Please join us on June 14th for the Honorary Life Awards!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Reflections Creative Arts Program.
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Thank you to our 2021-2022 building representatives.
Thank you to our 2021-2022 Committee Chairs and Liasons.
Thank you to the 2021-2022 Executive Committee
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PTSA needs your help!

The PTSA needs community support in order to keep programming and traditions alive in our district. We are looking for community members that would like to become involved by volunteering - there are many ways to give the gift of your time and talents!


WICPTSA Building Representative Responsibilities:

● Attend our monthly Central PTSA meeting the second Tuesday of each month to collaborate with other members and share an update of events in your building

● Meet with your building school principal monthly to discuss family events and areas in need of PTSA support

● Help plan and schedule school events both for fun and learning

● Be a voice for all families in your school and help promote positive communication between home and school

● Communicate with building teachers to show support and identify areas in need of support by PTSA

● Have fun and enjoy the time with the children and give yourself the credit you deserve. You are performing a wonderful service to the families of West Irondequoit!!!!!


If you are interested in learning more please email your building principal, current building representatives, or Erica Kane (Vice President of School Affairs) at ericakkane067@gmail.com


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Looking to get involved, but want less of an in-person commitment?


If you are looking for less of an in-person commitment, please consider stepping in as a central committee chair. The majority of these positions can be done from home. We currently have many openings to complement the talents of all our community members.


If you are interested in learning more about open central committee positions, please email Nicole Raisanen (VP of School Affairs) at nicole.raisanen@gmail.com

STEM Scholarships - Deadline extended to June 17th!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Scholarship

Grades 6 – 12


APPLY TODAY!

Are science or math your favorite subjects?

Do you love to build things or experiment with technology?

Are you hoping to pursue a career in the sciences?


If you answered yes to any of these questions,

the STEM Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you!


Find the STEM Scholarship Student Fact sheet and application at the bottom of the page.

Remember the deadline has been extended to June 17th!

Kona Ice visited Iroquois Middle School on June 2nd for their open house, sponsored by WICPTSA!

Kona Ice truck outside Iroquois Middle School, sponsored by WICPTSA

WICPTSA wishes you a wonderful summer

and thanks you for all of your support!


~ WICPTSA Executive Committee