News from MLK PTO, February 22-26

Dear MLK Families, Staff Members, and Friends,

We have six news items to share this week:

  • Successful Flatbread Providence fundraiser!
  • MLK Elementary Tour on Friday, February 26, 9:30 am
  • Teacher of the Year Nominations
  • MLK PTO Ice Cream and Info Meeting! Tuesday, March 15, 6:00 pm
  • Annual MLK mosaic starting soon
  • Recess legislation: letters from families needed

Flatbread Company night out – thanks to all who attended
Many thanks to everyone who braved the wind and rain to attend last week’s fundraising event at Flatbread Providence – and many thanks to Flatbread for their generous support of King! We raised over $500 that will go directly to support spring field trips (that’s more or less the funding for transportation for an entire grade!).

Mark your calendar for upcoming fundraisers: April 6 and April 13 at Gregg’s Restaurant on North Main. We’ll be sharing coupons for those evenings soon.

MLK Elementary Tour, Friday, February 26, 9:30 am
We are offering a tour of King for prospective families and others who would like to visit. The tour will start at 9:30 am. Please share this information with anyone you know who is looking for schools for their children – thanks! More information and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/539377336221701/

Providence Public Schools Teacher of the Year Nominations
The Providence Public School District is seeking nominations for the district’s teacher of the year. Please visit https://providenceschools.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/ppsd-seeking-nominations-for-teacher-of-the-year/ for information about how to nominate a teacher. Anyone, including students and family members, may nominate a teacher! Nominations are due by March 11.

MLK PTO Ice Cream and Info Meeting! Tuesday, March 15, 6:00 pm
Please plan to join Principal Lussier, Assistant Principal Cappuccilli and other school staff members for an ice cream social! We will be discussing King’s newly implemented student of the month and positive behavior support programs. We’ll also be joined by Mt. Hope Learning Center staff members to talk about our ongoing partnership with MHLC. Childcare will be available. Join us for some midweek fun and important information about school improvement efforts at King.

Annual Mosaic Project: starting soon!
Calling all fifth grade and other parents who would like to help support our annual mosaic project: we need volunteers who have a few hours free during the school day to help our fifth graders construct this year’s mosaic project! The students will start planning their theme and designs soon, working with their teachers and MLK Elementary’s artist-in-residence Jess Regelson. Please drop us a note at mlkpto@gmail.com if you’d like to know more, be involved, or support this wonderful work with a donation.

Rhode Island recess legislation introduced: support from families needed!
We’re sharing information from the Parents Across Rhode Island advocacy group about recess legislation that state representative Kathy Fogarty has introduced House Bill H7644, which would require recess for all children in grades K-5 in Rhode Island. This bill in consistent with the policy brief from Rhode Island Kids Count, which states: “Elementary school recess should be required to be a minimum of 20 minutes per day, allow for both structured and self-directed play, not be withheld as punishment or for academic reasons, and optimally be scheduled before lunch. Recess also should not be substituted for remedial or extra academic instruction as it may be counterproductive to achieving desired educational outcomes.”  Here’s more information from Parents Across Rhode Island on the importance of recess for student learning and development.

You can help this bill pass by emailing House Health Education and Welfare Committee Chairman Joseph McNamara with your thoughts on the proposed legislation. Emails should be addressed to LCataldi@rilegislature.gov.  You can also help this bill pass by writing to your Rhode Island state senator and representative and asking them to support this bill. Click here to figure out who your legislators are and how to get in touch with them.

Please do this soon to show your support for recess for all Rhode Island kids. Feel free to share your personal experience with recess for your children. It’s important that the committee understand the issue and hearing from parents and students is the best way to ensure that happens.

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