March PTO MeetingOur next PTO meeting will be next Thursday, March 16th, at 5 pm via Google Meet. Hope to see you there!Join Google Meet: https://meet.google.
PTO Notes and News
Spring ConferencesBe sure you've signed up for your student's spring conference with their teacher. The PTO will be providing lunch and dinner for our teachers during conference days to help sustain them through the long days and evenings of talking with families about their students' progress! Please email the PTO if you'd like to help arrange these delicious meals!Field DayOne of the most fun days of the school year is coming up faster than we realize - Field Day! Field Day is an all-afternoon event with games and activities for all of the students on the last full day of the school year. This year Field Day will be Wednesday, June 7th. We need volunteers to help plan this great event and volunteers to help on that day to run the games and make it a huge success! Look for a SignUp Genius in the next couple of weeks to sign up!Air QualityAt our last meeting, a parent shared great resources about the air quality on the Northside near and around Northglade. Many of you may have already been following the story with Graphic Packaging and its pollution in the area. This parent has been monitoring the odor around school and has been reporting it to the city. They are keen for as many parents as possible to become aware of what they can do to help protect their children, teachers and the Northside community from the air pollution created by Graphic Packaging and encourages everyone to use the below links and contact information whenever they smell odors in the area.1. City of Kalamazoo Odor Report Formhttps://observation.
envirosuite.com/Kalamazoo/? fbclid= IwAR0npqhylXuH4BtUnQTsdDQQnKUe C2w5N5G2tFq2w- oJDsWAEmFM5ODVJH4This form is quick and easy to use, though I'm petitioning for one of the "Types Of Observation" selections to actually list the very specific Graphic Packaging smell.2. Monica Brothers: Senior Environmental Quality Analyst, KalamazooMonica is very friendly, helpful and actually encourages direct calls and emails. She is the one who drives around to smell the reports from the above form.Cell Phone: 269-312-25353. Air pollution sensorsHere is a map which shows where the air pollution sensors are located in Kalamazoo. The closest one to Northglade was at Versluis Park but has been out of commission since May 2022. This parent has made an inquiry as to why it has been out of commission for so long.4. Local News Reports on this issuehttps://www.mlive.com/news/ kalamazoo/2023/02/graphic- packaging-forced-to-publicize- data-from-toxic-gas-sensors- at-kalamazoo-facility.htmlhttps://www.mlive.com/news/ kalamazoo/2022/11/pollution- in-kalamazoo-air-for-years- has-experts-concerned-about- health-long-term.htmlhttps://www.mlive.com/news/ kalamazoo/2022/10/99k-fine- odor-control-proposed-for- graphic-packaging-over- alleged-air-violations.htmlhttps://www.mlive.com/news/ kalamazoo/2022/07/see-what- stinks-and-where-kalamazoo- launches-hydrogen-sulfide- dashboard-with-real-time-data. html
Contact the Northglade PTO
Northglade Montessori PTOLinnaea Thomas, PTO PresidentBeth Pappalardo, PTO Vice PresidentSarah Forsyth, PTO SecretaryOlivia Harris Evans, PTO Treasurer
We need volunteers to help with our PTO events all throughout the year! If you want to volunteer, you must complete a background check. Please see the office or email the PTO for the form.
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Resources for Families
Resources for FamiliesCommunities in SchoolsKPS works closely with Communities in Schools to provide our students and families the services they need to be successful! Please contact our CIS Site Director, Mr. Steve at brewersj@
kalamazoopublicschools.net or our CIS After School Coordinator, Ms. Ashley at serioam@ kalamazoopublicschools.net and they can help you coordinate community services for your student!Read and Write Kalamazoo (RAWK)Read and Write Kalamazoo is a community-based literacy organization aimed at providing free literacy programs for Kalamazoo Public Schools students of all ages. They are currently offering free monthly RAWK Nights on zoom and other programs.Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL)The Kalamazoo Public Library offers ongoing programs for children, teens and adults. They offer curbside pick up for library materials and are now once again open to the public.PeachjarBe sure you've signed up for Peachjar to receive flyers posted by KPS and Northglade! They will come straight to your email!If you know of more community resources we can share with our Northglade Montessori families, please email northglademontessoripto@gmail. com and we will be happy to share them.