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    Welcome to the WPHS PTA

    Kristin Mulvey & Silvia Viciedo-Andrade

    PTA Co-Presidents

     
     
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    High School News

     

    Please follow @WPHS_PTA on Twitter for events and information!

    Please "Like" and "Follow" @WPHSPTA on Facebook! 

    We have our own Remind code!  This year WPHS PTA is going to have a WPHS PTA Remind code, using the Remind app that is used throughout the high school.  We will use this system to alert our families of all WPHS PTA happenings and volunteer opportunities.  If you are interested in staying updated through Remind, please send a text to 81010, and enter this message/code @wphspt.

     

    Congratulations to the WPHS PTA - We are excited to announce that WPHS PTA has successfully achieved the 2018-19 Alumni/Community membership award badge from New York State PTA. We appreciate your continued support!

    Important Action Items

     

    Join the PTA today! 

    We currently have 295 members and we are trying to reach our goal of 360 members. Please help us reach our goal and join the PTA!

     

    Membership is critical to the PTA's efforts to support our students, the Senior Recognition Fund, grants for teachers to enhance the students' experiences, parent and student programs and more...Use the membership form attached to join the WPHS PTA today! 

     Click here for membership form

     Click here for online registration

     

    Nov. 14 WPHS PTA Meeting & Guest Presentation, 7pm, WPHS Media Center.  Attend our next WPHS PTA meeting to get our WPHS PTA updates and learn about the programs we support.  We will have a guest presenter, Stephanie Marquesano, Founder of the Harris Project (www.theharrisproject.org), who will talk about CODA (Co-occurring Disorders Awareness) which highlights the critical connection between teens' mental health and substance abuse.  Our WPHS students are supporting teen awareness of CODA in WPHS and WPCSD, which was highlighted at our October 4 Homecoming game.  Come learn, increase your awareness, and support our teens' mental health!  

     

    WP High School Events:

     

    Nov 4: Board of Education Meeting, Education House, 7:30pm

     

    Nov 5: No School

     

    Nov 11: No School

     

    Nov 14: WPHS Guidance - Coffee & Conversation 7am

     

    Nov 14: WP Music Faculty Recital, 5pm in the auditorium

     

    Nov 14: PTA Meeting and Guest Presentation, 7pm, WPHS Media Center 

     

    Nov 18: PTA Council Meeting, 7pm Education House

     

    Nov 19: Guidance: FAFSA Night featuring help applying for Financial Aid - sign up for an appointment

     

    Nov 28: No School - Thanksgiving Day

     

    Nov 29: No School

     

    Rochambeau Events:

     

    Nov 4: Board of Education Meeting, Education House, 7:30pm

     

    Nov 5: No School

     

    Nov 11: No School

     

    Nov 18: PTA Council Meeting, 7pm Education House

     

    Nov 19: Guidance: FAFSA Night featuring help applying for Financial Aid - sign up for an appointment

     

    Nov 28: No School - Thanksgiving Day

     

    Nov 29: No School

     

    Ongoing Events/ Important Information 

     

    2019-2020 School Calendar: click here

     

    Guidance Dept News: Click here for the Guidance Dept webpage.  This page is full of great information for parents.  

     

    Winter Sports Registration is now open: Anyone interested in trying out for a Winter Sport must register at Family ID.  Click on the link to register.  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/white-plains-city-school-district-athletics  

     

    District Wide Events:

     

    WP Music Faculty Recital - Thursday, November 14th, 5pm on the stage of WPHS auditorium.  Have you ever wondered just how talented our district music teachers really are?  Well....now is your chance to find out!  It has been three years since the last recital and we are ready to perform for you again!   Please join us for the third White Plains Music Faculty Recital.  All proceeds will fund a Performing Arts Scholarship for one of our upcoming graduating Seniors.  Please see the attached flyer for a list of performers and additional details.  There will be a small reception following the recital in the lobby of the WPHS Auditorium.  We hope to see everyone there!

    WP Music Faculty Recital 2019

     

    Parenting for Prevention - October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month: See attached newsletter.

    Parenting for Prevention October Newsletter 

     

    Free Book Celebration - Parents Needed:  The White Plains PTA Council is in need of a group of parents to support the Free Book Celebration that takes place on May 2, 2020.  Primary tasks include collecting and leveling books, marketing and coordinating support on the event day.  This is a special event that our colleague Caroline Fury managed for many years.  We are hoping to find volunteers ASAP so we can continue to celebrate and promote literacy in our community through this program.  Please contact James Dean or Gina Norfleet at wpptacouncil@gmail.com for further details to find out how you can get involved.

     

    Did you know?

     

    Susan Murphy is the Student Assistance Counselor at White Plains High School and Rochambeau Alternative High School.  Ms. Murphy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with adolescents and has specialized training in prevention and early intervention strategies with adolescents at risk of having substance or gambling-related problems.

    Ms. Murphy is available to meet with students individually and in small groups for education and prevention activities to correct erroneous perceptions about substance use and to teach students skills to identify and resist social and situational pressures to use substances.  Parent meetings corresponding to prevention programs will also be offered.  Ms. Murphy is available to meet with students who are using alcohol or other drugs, vaping, gambling or have personal, peer, school, or family issues that could lead to substance abuse, including involvement in bullying situations.  If you would like to speak to Susan Murphy about your child or another student, please call her directly at 422-2339 (all calls will be confidential).

     

    Click here to view the current SAS Parenting for Prevention newsletter for families.

     

    Guidance Department News:

     

     Important AP exam info: Effective 2019-20, the College Board has imposed a new process and timeline with respect to ordering, and paying for, AP Exams.  This year, students are required to create a "MY AP' profile on the College Board website.  Our AP teachers have provided their students with a course, and section, specific 'JOIN CODE.'  It is through this new system that students will indicate their intent to take their AP Exams  this year in May.  This must be completed by November 1, 2019.  All students taking the May 2020 Advanced Placement Exams must submit payment for their exams between Monday, November 4th and Friday, November 9th. For further information, please click here to read the attached letter from Asst Principal Raegan Figueroa, which has also been mailed home. 

     

    Community Information:

     

    Volunteer Spirit Award Nominations Now Open Volunteer NY! is currently accepting nominations for the annual Volunteer Spirit Awards.  The Volunteer Spirit Awards are the premier volunteer recognition event in Westchester, honoring individuals who have dedicated themselves to volunteering and done extraordinary work in their communities.  Volunteers are nominated in six categories, and an independent panel of judges selects one person or group from each category.  Please consider nominating a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or youth who deserves to be recognized for his or her volunteer work!  Nominations are due on November 18, 2019, and the awards ceremony will be held on April 3, 2020.  Details about the awards, as well as the nomination guidelines and form, are available on Volunteer NY!'s website: VolunteerSpiritAwards

     

     

    White Plains Youth Bureau: The WPYB is hosting the following event on Monday September 23rd at the White Plains Cinema Delux: GAMING - The Digital Revolution - A Virtual Tsunami. 

     

    The City of White Plains Census 2020 Census Kick Off event on Monday September 23rd, 2-3pm.  See attached flyer for more details. 

     

    White Plains Library See attached flyer for Edge events during the month of September. The Edge September Events

     

    White Plains Library is looking for Teen Volunteers The White Plains Library is actively seeking teen volunteers for their STEM Buddies and Reading Buddies programs, as well as their ongoing Do Gooders group.  More information can be found here: https://whiteplainslibrary.org/2019/08/fall-teen-volunteers/.

     

    White Plains Library online 24/7 Tutoring (K-12) Your library card entitles you up to 7 free tutoring sessions per week. Please create an account using your full library card number or login now to get your free sessions.  Here is the site with more info:  https://whiteplainslibrary.org/tutor-com-info

     

    Includes live, one-to-one tutoring, a real-time writing center and 24/7 access to worksheets, videos and tutorials in just about any subject. The live, online tutoring and resume writing service is available every day from 2pm until 11pm ET.  Here is a list of subjects. https://tutor.com/subjects  It covers most classes taught in our schools.  They also cover AP classes and SAT/ACT test prep.

    White Plains Library - Parenting Teenagers: an empowerment workshop for parents.  Wednesday, November 6, 7pm.  More information and to register online here:  http://bit.ly/110619ParentingTeens.   Flyer attached.

      

    White Plains Library - How Did I Get Here? Career Panel: Careers in Journalism: Tuesday, November 12, 4pm.  Journalists from the Journal News will talk with teens in grades 7-12.  Refreshments will be served.  Flyer attached.

    White Plains Library is looking for Facilitators and Assistants The White Plains Library is looking for Program Facilitators and Assistants to run and help at Maker Camps during the upcoming school vacations - Dec 23, 26, 27 & 30; Feb 18-21; April 6-9.  Please see attached for full job posting details.

    WP Library Maker Camp - Facilitator Job Posting

    WP Library Maker Camp - Assistant Job Posting

     

    Daily Announcements:

     

    Daily Announcements... A great way to get daily information is to check out the school's websites. For WPHS announcements click here  for Rochambeau announcements click here.

     

    Links of Interest:

     

    New York State PTA - Advocacy, Resources

    http://www.nyspta.org/

     

    Westchester East Putnam Region PTA - Advocacy, Health & Wellness, Parent Engagement, Special Needs Education, Hispanic Outreach  https://weprpta.com 

     

    White Plains Public Library - News and Programs, The Edge, The Trove and coming in October, The Hub

    https://whiteplainslibrary.org/

     

    White Plains School District - Board of Education, Strategic Plan, Meeting Dates, Past Minutes

    https://www.whiteplainspublicschools.org/Page/26

     

    City of White Plains Common Council - Agendas, Adopting budgets, Calendar

    http://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/index.aspx?nid=90

     

    City of White Plains Youth Bureau - Programs, Calendar, Results

    http://whiteplainsyouthbureau.org/index.php?id=3

     

    Join the PTA...

     

    Membership supports the PTA's efforts to advocate for our students, the Senior Recognition Fund, grants for teachers to enhance the students experiences, parent and student programs and more...

    To join the WPHS PTA, Click here for online registration,

    print the attached Membership Form or contact wphspta@gmail.com

     

    Questions/Comments:

     

    Kristin Mulvey, Co-President

    Silvia Viciedo-Andrade, Co-President

    Vicky Rebatta, Bilingual Liason 

    Cheila Mosa, Weekly Email

    Sharon Sohl, Membership

    Contact: wphspta@gmail.com 

     

    The Goals of PTA are:

     

    • to promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.
    • to raise the standards of home life.
    • to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
    • to bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
    • to develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.      

     

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