Below is a e-mail written to the attendees of the School Budget Crisis Meeting by the ECCC PTA hosts, we are posting it here because it contains good information and actions that all of us can take.
There was standing room only at the December 4, 2013, East Cobb County Council of PTAs Panel Discussion on the School Budget Deficit. Thanks to everyone who attended. We appreciate the candor of our panelists — Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of Schools, and the members of the Cobb County Board of Education, Mr. Randy Scamihorn (chair), Mr. David Banks and Mr. Scott Sweeney — on the serious nature of the expected budget deficit, and that hard choices will need to be made in order to balance the budget in 2015. If you haven’t seen it, here is a link to the MDJ article about the meeting: http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/24167063/article-Chair-Randy-Scamihorn--Cobb-County-school-system-is-broke?instance=home_top_bullets
The clear “take away” from this meeting was to communicate with our elected officials about this issue — so that they understand that we believe this is a critical issue for our community and state.
What can we do as parents and community members?
- Be educated and spread the word.Tell your friends. Share the CCSD budget video via email, FB and other social media. Take this issue viral. CCSD School Budget Video — Projecting $79 M Deficit
- Participate in Town Hall Meetings on the School Budget Deficit. Next week, Face It Cobb is launching a powerful grassroots campaign. There will be a meeting at Walton in January — just before the legislative session begins. Show strength in numbers and build momentum!
- To date there have been meetings at Sope Creek Elementary School, Walton High School, Mt. Bethel Elementary School, East Side Elementary School, Dodgen Middle School, Mountain View Elementary School, and JJ Daniels Middle School. We will share news of additional meetings.
- Call your elected officials and share your concern.
- This means the Governor’s office, our state legislators and our Cobb County Board of Education.
- Tell them that you are a constituent and that the school budget deficit in Cobb County, and the reduced funding for schools statewide, is a serious threat to the quality of education for our students and to the strength of our economy.
- Ask them to commit to finding a solution.
- Ask to support increased funding for education and No More Austerity Cuts.
- Don’t know who represents you? See this attached list for contact information on elected officials. ECCC PTA Elected Officials Listed by School
Please consider the ECCC PTA as a resource and voice for children on this issue. We will not give up. Neither should you. See www.ecccpta.org for more information.
ECCC PTA Co-President
ECCC PTA Co-President
ECCC PTA Legislation Chair
We have exciting news! The ECCC PTA has scheduled Dr. Michael Hinojosa, School Superintendent, Mr. Randy Scamihorn, chair of the Cobb County Board of Education (BOE), and BOE members Scott Sweeney and David Banks to attend an informal dialogue on the school budget shortfall this Wednesday, December 4th from 9:30am-10:45am at East Side Elementary. This is an excellent opportunity for us to have an honest discussion with our School District leadership about the practical impact of the budget crisis in our schools. More details regarding the budget crisis can be found in the latest edition of our Tiger Times.
The annual Halloween candy collection began Friday, November 1st and will run through Friday, November 8th. Collection bins are located in the front atrium and by the bus port. The donated candy will be distributed to The Ronald McDonald Peachtree Dunwoody House and Project Mail Call at Mt. Bethel UMC for the troops overseas. So donate your extra candy today!
The East Side Book Fair is coming this month! Mark your calendars for Nov 18-22 in the Media Center. Come see all the new books in stock as well as old favorites. The book fair will run during the following hours: 7:30am-6:00pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs); 7:30am-3:00pm (Tues); 7:30am-12:00pm (Fri). Also Family Night will take place on Tues, November 19th from 6-8pm. There will be games, door prizes, and teacher readers so make sure to join in the fun. Please also consider donating your time. The Book Fair is run by East Side parent volunteers. Follow this link to see what you can do to help out: http://vols.pt/vi67Bi.
Do you have books to donate? Please contribute to Ms. Sahadevan’s Re-Book Book Drive during book fair week. All books are accepted. Boxes will be located to the left as you enter the Media Center. All donations will be given to area homeless shelters for the holidays. What a great way to share your outgrown books with others!
Mark your calendars for Sat, November 9th from 5-9pm for PE Movie Night. The cost of the program is only $25. Reservation forms are being sent home today.
Finally, all 4th and 5th graders and their parents are invited to a Study Skills Seminar hosted by one of our Partners in Education, Huntington Learning Center, and the PTA. The seminar will take place on Monday, November 11th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Media Center. Topics will focus on study skills, homework and time management, and tricks for memorization. Please contact email@example.com for any questions.
Ms. Sahadevan’s Re-Book Book Drive! Have your children outgrown some of their books? Re-Book them! During book fair week (Nov 18 – 22), clear out some space and donate books to the Re-Book boxes in the media center. Books will be given to area homeless shelters for the holidays. Now other children can enjoy those same books! All books are accepted – from board books to novels! Boxes will be located to the left as you enter the media center.
The East Side book fair is Nov 18 – 22 in the media center! See all the new books and old favorites during these hours: 7:30 – 6:00 (Mon, Wed, Thurs); 7:30 – 3:00 (Tuesday); 7:30 – 12:00 (Friday); Join us for more book fair fun at Family Night on Tuesday, Nov 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for games, door prizes, and teacher readers. Interested in volunteering? The fair is run by East Side parent volunteers. Please follow this link to view the volunteer opportunities: http://vols.pt/vi67Bi
The PTA will be selling Fall Festival Wristbands in the morning during carpool and at the Front Desk during the day until October 17th. Save money by purchasing your children’s wristbands BEFORE the Fall Festival on Friday, October 18th. Wristband pre-sale price is $12 (or $15 on day of Festival). Parents, caregivers, and children 4 and under are free.
Looking for ways to help out? We need your drink donations! Please go to https://eastsideelementaryfallfestival.shutterfly.com/#:tab=115 (password: festival) to sign up. All donations need to be dropped off at the picnic tables near the Gym/Bus Turnaround on Friday, October 18th from 7:20-10:30am. Thanks!
If you have any questions regarding the Fall Festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!
Let’s give a big round of applause to all the students who showcased their scientific thinking and creativity at the 9th Annual East Side Elementary Science Fair! There was an amazing variety of topics and impressive experiments! Thank you to our judges and many parent volunteers that helped make the Science Fair run smoothly. Congratulations to our winners! The top three finishers in grades 3-5 qualify for the Cobb County District competition.
The WINNER’S for each grade level are:
1st Place: Abby Sunderland, “Which Paper Towel is Strongest?”
2nd Place: James Peterson, “Cars”
3rd Place: Natalie Wray, “Balancing An Egg”
1st Place: Samarth Mahapatra, “Magic Memory”
2nd Place: Adith Sriram, “Fingerprints: A Detective Tale”
3rd Place: Fiona Peterson, “Has Man-Made Trash in Oceans Raised the Water Level?”
1st Place: John Wagner, “Does More Carbonation Mean a Bigger Mentos Explosion?”
2nd Place: Rafael Bashizi, “Why Do Some Plants Have Thick Skin?”
3rd Place: Collin Marbutt, “Baking Soda and Vinegar Make the Bag Pop”
1st Place: Shreya Khanna, “Studying With Music: Help or Hinder?”
2nd Place: Javyn Angra, “Why Do We Eat Junk Food When We Are Anxious?”
3rd Place: Grace Haggerty, “EGGstraordinary EGGstravaganza”
1st Place: Samiksha Sriram, “Green Light Slow Down or Stop”
2nd Place: Achyutan Narayanan, “Weather or Not: Predicting Weather at Home”
3rd Place: Jake Haas, “Go With the Flow”
1st Place: Satoshi Inoue, “Does Coffee Have the Power to Kill Germs?”
2nd Place: Stephen Kaste, “Water Rocket Flight Comparison”
3rd Place: Vishaal Ganesh, “Inhale Exhale: How Long Can You Live?”
Save Money! Get your wristbands for Fall Festival now! Wristbands are on sale at the school in the carpool line this week and next and from the Front Office Volunteer during the day. You can also get them using this form. Wristbands are $12 through pre-sale and $15 the day of the Festival.
Click here for the Memory Book order form.
Tiger’s Cage is now open for business! The East Side school store is open from 7:20-7:50am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students can stop by the school store on their way to their classrooms to purchase fun school supply items. They can use their 2013-14 Sunshine Math coupons, as well as money from home. Let your student know that the new location for Tiger’s Cage is in the 5th grade hallway near the end of the stairwell and windows. To help with crowd control, please remember to shop on the days for your designated grade level. We look forward to seeing your student shoppers this year.
Wednesday is our first Waste Free Lunch day for the new school year. Volunteers will be giving out surprise rewards for those students with waste free lunches. If you need any tips on how to pack a waste free lunch, please visit http://www.wikihow.com/Pack-a-Waste-Free-Lunch. Help teach our students how to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
Volunteers are needed for Recycle Fridays. This is an easy volunteer opportunity to help collect paper recyclables from the classrooms. We recycle approximately 200 pounds of paper products at school every week. This will amount to saving 60 trees in the course of a 36-week school year. We need 3 volunteers every Friday morning before school (7:20-7:50am). If you are interested, please contact email@example.com.
Don’t miss out on this year’s East Cobber Parade on Saturday, Sept 21st. The parade will begin at 10:00am on Johnson Ferry/Princeton Lakes Drive and will travel south to The Fountains of Olde Towne shopping center. Get ready to show your support for Ms. Mavity, East Side’s administration, Teacher of the Year, and Professional of the Year. We will need two convertibles with drivers to transport all the honorees. If you own a convertible and would like to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to see you all there!!