Dear Parents and Students of Maurice Hawk for the 2017-2018 school year,
I have to begin by saying it has been my privilege to serve as President of the Maurice Hawk PTA. I have repeatedly witnessed what a devoted community can do to expand their children’s environment for success. Dozens of volunteers devoted hundreds of hours to make our PTA events, programs, and activities a huge success.
On behalf of the PTA Executive Board, I want to thank our entire school community for their support of our many programs and events for the students at Maurice Hawk Elementary School. From basic membership to chairing an event or program, from volunteering to simply attending an event, your contributions of time, effort, and/or money validates and broadens your child’s educational experience. Further, your support of the PTA expands every child’s opportunity for growth.
Here are some highlights from 2017-2018:
The PTA funded student assemblies which showcased Science Circus by Liberty Science Center, Musical Drama by Dennis Korbay, Hip Hop fundamentals from Philly. Some of the PTA special events for parents included: Inside a math classroom, understanding the various testing for K-3, Meet the Specials, Volunteers Social, PTA Breakfast.
Parent Volunteers put on very successful Field Days, Dad’s Coffee, Candy Bar Bingo, 2 very successful Book fairs, Blanket the World, Literacy Festival, Visiting Authors Day, Trenton Thunder Family Outing, Faculty Appreciation Coffee, Plainsboro Food Pantry Drive, Original Artworks, Science Fair, A very successful themed Staff Appreciation week with a staff lunch, International Fair, Family Carnival, 3rd Grade Picnic, produced an awesome yearbook for our graduating 3rd graders.
Our annual teachers mini-grants helped fund additional drum sets, manipulatives for math for our 1st graders, non-fiction books for our 2nd graders book clubs, non-fiction library for reading recovery program, Bee-bots for Media Center, STEM strategy games and materials for our Kindergartners, Materials for Math workshop, OSMO and more.
Join our Facebook Page to check out all the fun and memorable moments from this year. To join the PTA (starting August 1 for next year), sign up to volunteer, or for more information on events, please visit hawkpta.org or contact a board member.
None of this would have been possible without your membership and support from the staff, teachers, parents, and many volunteers, not to mention the significant contribution and exceptional talents of my fellow board members: Stephanie Thomas, Melinda Van Dillen, Neelam Kapoor Khanna, Vasanti Anand, Graelynn McKeown, and Sejal Pandya. We will miss Melinda and Stephanie, but we welcome Padma Katapalli and Minhwa Cho to the Executive Board and are grateful to them for volunteering their time to continue to make Maurice Hawk a school of which we are all proud.
Have a great summer and remember “Stay Safe! Have fun! Read! Do math every day! Above all else, do the right thing!” And speaking of doing the right thing, I encourage you to sign up for something new next year, and you can see for yourself what an amazing school we have the privilege of calling our own. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054ea5a622a20-hawk20
Sonia Gawas, President MH PTA
P.S. Back to School Social will be here before we know it. See you then!
2018-2019 PTA Executive Board
Sonia Gawas, President
Sejal Pandya, Vice President
Padma Katapalli, Secretary
Minhwa Cho, Treasurer
Vasanti Anand, VP Communications
Graelynn McKeown, VP Events
Neelam Kapoor Khanna, VP Membership
This is your PTA and we want to hear from you. Comments or questions? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us online at: http://www.hawkpta.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/mhawkpta/