Save Beyond the Bell
5/9/2023 11:15 am
Dear Parents and Teachers,
It has come to our attention that the District is considering transferring operation of the Beyond the Bell program to a third party. This poses many logistical issues that can have unintended consequences and have had a tangible negative impact on our students’ experience. Please consider writing an email to Superintendent Dr. Taylor and the SOMSD Board of Education members to voice concerns about this plan and ask for transparency and community collaboration. A sample letter is provided below and you can find an online copy here.
PTA presidents of the 6 SOMSD elementary schools
Dear Dr. Taylor and Members of the SOMSD Board of Education,
It has recently come to my attention that the District is considering outsourcing the management and implementation of the Beyond the Bell program to a third party next year. As a parent in the school district, I have concerns about this plan and ask for transparency and community collaboration.
Past efforts to outsource services such as lunch aides, para professionals and transportation have come with many unintended consequences and have had a tangible negative impact on our students’ experience. I am concerned the same will happen if BTB receives the same fate
Not only does outsourcing this program – the success of which depends so intrinsically on working hand-in-hand with district staff – pose many logistical issues, but it also affects our most vulnerable students. How will a third party be able to work with school administration and social workers to help arrange for financial aid? Currently, BTB is able to provide para support for all who need it, will a third party be able to continue this benefit?
Additionally, aftercare and after school program options are already limited. There is not enough space to meet demand. Beyond the Bell spots fill within minutes. Families want and need these after school alternatives. Combining or reducing after school program options would only further exacerbate the problem.
As you move through this decision process, which could have significant impacts on this valuable program, I ask that you provide transparency into the goals and rationale for the switch and the opportunity to submit community input.
PTA Meeting: May 6th @ 10:00am
5/5/2023 11:28 am
PTA General Meeting: All are welcome!
When: Saturday, May 6th at 10am
Where: Seth Boyden backyard (the school library if raining)
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Bingo Night Magic!
4/30/2023 3:53 pm
BINGO Night Magic!
What a night! Thank you to everyone who came out to Bingo Night and made it a huge success!
A shout out to Jackie “Josephine” Gambardella for making the night full of fun and laughter.
And a big thank you to Anna Dunbar, VP of Happiness, who made this event happen (!), our Bingo Planning Committee (Carey Brown, Zsofia Sereghy, Katie Tichacek, and Elizabeth Leonard Evangelista), our amazing day-of volunteers, and all the families who donated gift cards and baskets.
And our night wouldn’t have been complete without the support from our wonderful teachers! Thank you to Mr. Hein and Ms. Fakhoury for being good sports and serving as our Bingo callers, and to all the teachers and their families, Ms. Canzonieri and Ms. Murphy for coming!
This was a SB community-wide labor of love and it showed! We had a blast and can’t wait to do it again next year!
Bingo Night Fundraiser!
3/31/2023 7:46 am
***ONLINE Bingo sales end at 12pm TODAY (4/29). Tickets are available for purchase at the door**
Please note that entry is free -- ticket purchase is to play Bingo
We hope you'll join us for our first-ever Bingo Night Fundraiser!
We promise a fun and exciting grown-up only evening full of lots of winners and prizes!
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2023. Doors open at 5:30pm, Bingo starts at 7pm.
WHERE: The Woodland, Maplewood, NJ
WHAT: 12 games of Bingo plus Raffle Baskets, Specialty Raffles, a 50/50 Raffle and a Wine Pull
DONATIONS: If you can't make it to our Bingo Night Fundraiser, but would like to donate to the Seth Boyden PTA, please donate here. Thank you!
Please note: This event is BYO food and drinks. Our tables will accommodate 8 people, so we encourage you to find friends to sit with and coordinate your meal. It can be as easy as ordering a couple pizzas or coordinating a potluck or themed courses. (We will email you after your ticket purchase with a form link to tell us who you'd like at your table.)
Dress is very casual. We encourage themes, teams, lucky clothes or your finest grandma chic!
All Raffle Tickets will be sold on-site, including Basket Raffle Tickets, Specialty Raffle Tickets, 50/50* tickets (*cash only) and Wine Pull Tickets.