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Calendar for 2016-17
Community Service Project
Foyer bulletin board sign up
North America 2016-17
Resources for Cultural Learning
South and Central America 2012-13
Support for ELL Families
Proposed Agenda for April 13, 2017
Publicize city-wide immigration law program (see
support for ELL families
page for details)
Be Like Brit wind down--thanks to RTN and Champions; crowdrise and marathon run
Something for Spirit Day? Maybe end-of-day performance?
Report of wellness night
Mariachi event--June 8: who can help? great plan for parent outreach--Cindy Sherman
Secret of school success--who can help? When do we do this?--Juliet Najjumba is in, Sharon Duquette, Cindy Sherman
Maureen Taddeo--deep roots in Waltham
Proposed Agenda for March 16, 2017:
Be Like Brit Charity Update
Outreach to parents
Wellness night dancing--Juliette Nujjamba and Ernesto & Johana Rodriguez
Students of the month--Guillermo, Joshua and?
Parent engagement list
Secrets of success idea
Proposed Agenda for February 16, 2017:
Be Like Brit Charity update
Resources for immigrants/refugees
Student of the month for February--grade 4?
Wellness night in April
Parent engagement list
Secrets of success idea--can we get that going for spring?
Proposed Agenda for January 19, 2017 meeting:
Be Like Brit Charity
Waltham Cultural Council approved our grant for Mariachi Band --can someone contact Margarita Grande to get contact information and set up some possible dates in May/June to run by Mrs. Taddeo
What student should be featured to talk about North America at our Community Meeting in January (31st). Is anyone available to help interview this student? Should it be a fifth grader as they are the featured grade this month
Wellness Night is in early April--ideas for connecting wide range of families with this event
Proposed agenda for December 15, 2016 meeting:
English classes--what is up?
Juliet Najjumba will be performing/storytelling “Christmas in Africa” with grade 2 (also on 12/15
Be Like Brit charity
How else to employ our grade 5 helpers?
Featured kids at community meeting
Multicultural book donation program
Anything else coming? Ideas for working more closely with PTO?
Proposed agenda for October 20, 2016 meeting:
English classes--when to start
Charity: Haitian hurricane
"Be Like Brit"
Using 5th grade helpers and Multicultural student of the month
Update on Waltham Philharmonic
Social events--what do we want to plan? connecting with Girl Scouts, Wellness Council, etc.
Have Eva work with Grade 5 volunteers to research the relief groups working with the hurricane
Organize 5th grade kids and think about how that could work
Maureen get a date for the Mariachi band
Mary Beth Walsh--WFS or Dual Language program might be a better choice
Multicultural Committee: September 22, 2016
In attendance: Trish Umbrell, Margarita Grande, Judi Paradis, Tamar Hanna, Gina DePaoli, Emily Smidt, Melissa Hagan-Alves, Rebecca Carlin
Overview of year:
Focus on North America: Judi: telling kids 'everyone is from North America', We have four new students from WAshington State, Brandeis Student will go to all classrooms to interview students tomorrow to see where they are from; Try to honor where kids say they are from; Also kids who are 8 - 9 generations from Waltham - deep roots in the community
Social events: note Girl Scout and Wellness Council collaborations; PTO Saturday multi-cultural potluck (could they let staff/teachers know earlier...maybe in the summer time; Trish Umbrell will go). How can we make sure ELL families know about it? Margarita mentioned that there aren't many Spanish-speaking families that attend the events. Teachers can mention the potluck in their classrooms today.
Trish: Could we bring in a culturally appropriate entertainment for whole family. Judi asks: possibly for Spring
Melissa: getting certification as Zumba instructor: she wants to find out if she can teach an after-school Zumba class for parents/grownups (possibly kids too)
Ava: Adrian's Mom has dance company. They do folk dance (mostly South American)
Margarita: has an uncle who has a Mariachi band (they are in NJ). Can we figure out a way for him to come to Plympton. Maybe in Spring? Cinco de Mayo?
Judi - Mary Coughlin: knows a woman who does "Chicken Art" She is Mexican
Melissa - English classes: Will start Thursday evenings (date TBD)
American holiday celebrations
Read into New Year
Judi: Fifth Grade Students to come to the meetings (Read-into -the -new year)
Judi - Dia de las muertos...Judi and Gina: Brian and Rosi Amador perform in Boston area;
Need to happen soon (who will help??):
Write Cultural Council grant: Due Columbus Day weekend. Judi: Moody Street restaurant that has a Mexican artist that they feature. Have artist come and do something hands-on...?
Begin planning for English Classes
Begin planning for social event
Meet with our student advisory council
Other things that could happen:
create additional video tours of Plympton
additional outreach to ELL families--including something with a technology focus
choosing a charity for fundraising
reporting regularly to PTO
Getting more parents involved
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