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PTA Meeting Wednesday, November 14

Join Us for a PTA Meeting Wednesday, November 14 at HCHS

6:00-6:45 Pre-Meetings (ending promptly at 6:45)  

Auction Committee - Anyone and everyone interested in helping out with the annual auction,  our major fundrainsing event to be held on April 6, is welcome and encouraged to attend. - Room 222

Annual Fund Committee  - Please join and learn how you can help with raising the funds that enrich our childrens' education in so many ways.  - Room 224 

6:30-7:00 Dinner served outside the Auditorium 

7:00-8:45 Main Meeting (starting at 7:00 sharp) - Room 224     

Please join us to hear psychologist and interpersonal relationship expert Ty Tashiro discuss The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome. Dr. Tashiro unpacks decades of research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and sociology to help us better understand this widely shared trait and its origins. He explains both how awkward people view our complex world and how they can more comfortably navigate it. His message is a welcome, counterintuitive one: the same characteristics that make people socially clumsy can be harnessed to produce remarkable achievements. 

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Transportation:

Following the meeting, the PTA will supply minivan transportation to Flushing along the route of Queens Boulevard/Union Turnpike/Parsons Boulevard.  To reserve a spot, please RSVP to bus@hunterpta.org by Tuesday, November 13 at noon and indicate "PTA meeting minivan" in the subject line. 

MOSAIC Event: Alicia Lombardo Maher, M.D., Nov. 15 at 8:30 am

HCHS Mosaic Committee Presents:

Alicia Lombardo Maher, M.D.

November 15th at 8:30 am in the HCHS Cafeteria

 Dr. Maher will be sharing her ideas for how we parents can help implement tools to improve emotional literacy—the capacity to view the world through others’ eyes—in our schools, community spaces and homes. We’ll hear about exercises and thought experiments that help students build bridges for our Diversity in the Arts Evening. Mosaic is committed to having difficult conversations surrounding important issues of the day.

"Our species is brilliant at bridging divides in science and technology, but we're terrible at bridging divides between one another. Our identities get in the way. We fight or we flee, not because we're bad, but because we're human. With insight, education, and hard work over a long period of time, homo sapiens can change that dynamic. We can change our brain wiring (our neuroplasticity), refine the sapiens aspect of our nomenclature ('be wise'), and move forward.”  —Alice Lombardo Maher, M.D.

This talk will be geared toward HCCS parents and administration.  

Welcome and Reminders from the PTA

Welcome to the new school year! Below are some important reminders:

1) Please review your online contact information by September 17th

  • It is important for parents to review their contact information by this date to make sure that the printed directory is as current as possible.
  • Please check the contact information on file for your family and your child in the Online Parent Directory at hunterpta.org/directory:
    • You must be logged into the PTA website to view the directory.  (If you are having trouble logging in, please follow the instructions at hunterschools.org/howtologin).
    • Click on #3 “Edit Directory Listing."
    • Make any required changes and remember to press the "Click Once to Update" button at the bottom of the screen.
  • The Online Parent Directory is a great source of contact information and search tool for parents to use throughout the year.  By editing your directory listing, you have full control over what information other parents see regarding your family. 

Key Info for Start of School

Dear HCHS Parents,

We hope you have had an enjoyable and productive summer break. The new school year is just around the corner, and we look forward to seeing all of you in the next few weeks.  We welcome the Class of 2024 and their families and are delighted that you'll be joining our HCHS community.

As a short note of introduction to our new families, we will be serving as PTA Co-Presidents.  Paul Radvany is the parent of both a rising 12th grader and a recent alum, as well as an HCHS alumnus himself.  He is a professor at Fordham University and serves as a mediator.  He has served as a grade representative, an assistant legal counsel, and -- most recently -- as a PTA Co-President.  Carin Barbanel is the parent of a rising 12th grader.  Carin has served as both a Recording and Corresponding Secrectary.  Carin works in industrial insulation.

Following are some updates and reminders about important school events and PTA activities, as well as a checklist to help your family get ready for September, but please consult the school’s website and mailings as dates can change.

Annual Fund: Why Your Help Matters

 

Thank you to those parents who have contributed to the HCHS Annual Fund! (You can check your name on the donor list here.) To those of you who have not yet had a chance to give and would like to donate now online, please do so here. Your contributions are essential to making Hunter the rich experience it is, and they benefit every student. Here are some of the many ways that the Annual Fund helps Hunter College High School and our kids:

 

Professional development for teachers, 8th grade advisory, 4 theater productions annually, extracurricular music programs, sports athletic director, coaches, and assistant coaches, middle school sports equipment and supplies, varsity buses, Homecoming, senior breakfast, graduation, library subscriptions and library books, textbooks, supplies for science, art, and other departments, smart board technology, Umbrella handbook printing, over 100 clubs, student publications, college fair, mock admissions, substance abuse counseling, Naviance college planning software, TEDx, student fee waivers, departmental allocations for a range of programs and items, and much more!

 

Thank you so much for your help. Our goal is to reach 100% participation this year. No contribution is too small—donations in the past have ranged from $15 to $15,000. Please give what makes sense for your family. The donation page can be found here

The PTA Needs YOU!

Join the terrific team that oversees communications from the PTA. Help us create emails to the parent body. We have a full-service email system in place, which we'll show you how to use. Just bring a willingness to get involved.

Contact president@hunterpta.org for more information.

Parent Checklist

The Fundraising team of HCHS PTA has provided a handy checklist of things you can do to help financially support our school. Please make sure you have checked off each of these items on your To Do list. Without your help we are not able to fulfill our mission of providing funds to cover essentials such as professional development for teachers, as well as extra curricular activities from sports to clubs to newspapers to contest participation to music and much more.

Pay your PTA Dues (support PTA functions and receive your printed Family Directory) $75 https://www.hunterpta.org/pay/pta-dues-2016

Make your contribution to The Annual Fund (supports all your child’s extracurricular activities, clubs, contests and many essentials)  $1400 suggested donation per student, we strive for 100% participation at the level you can afford.) https://www.hunterpta.org/annual-fund 

Save the date for the Auction (April 21) and begin soliciting items to be auctioned off. https://www.hunterpta.org/auction

 

Thanks so much!

Update Your Online Contact Information Now!

The Online Parent Directory is a great source of contact information and search tool for parents. By editing your directory listing, you have full control over what information other parents see regarding your family. Read the how-to's below.

HCHS & PTA websites: Information at your fingertips

Our PTA and school websites offer a wealth of information and we would like you to use them as a resource to find out answers to your questions. For example, do you wish you could just click on a link to see the safety patrol schedule?  Or do you want to see the notes from the last counseling coffee that was attended by more than 100 parents?  This and other information is all here.  Here is a sampling of what you can find.  Please remember to log in to see the full list. Click on the links to see more!

Parents: Link School Calendar to Your Devices

Parents of Hunter students can now link the school's calendar to their personal devices like smartphones and tablets. The electronic HCHS Calendar is part of the school's website. You can also always find it here. But now you can have it with you wherever you go. The PTA webmasters suggest that you subscribe to the calendar rather than importing it. (A full pdf version can also be downloaded here.)

Need step-by-step directions? Click to read instructions on how to subscribe from various calendar applications and devices.

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