Dear MSPA Families,
This is the final MSPA newsletter of the 2018-19 school year and with that a truckload of gratitude! This will be a long one… Lots and lots of thank yous, and 2019 grant updates!
The 8th grade celebration was a fantastic culmination of our 8th graders’ 4 years at CEMS with a little Pond Cove nostalgia mixed in. (Yes, the song they walked into the Cafetorium to, “I’m on Top of the World”, was the song over 100 of them sang in 4th grade at that celebration.) Again, as 8th grade parents we were so fortunate to have the best group of parents on the planning committee for this event. It was collaborative, creative, and fun. Thank you to the committee members, Gwen Moore, Kerry Novak, Deb Glidden, Rachel Reeves, Amy Lombardo, Ann Gray, Kristine Eremita, Elise Bridge, Diana Tighe, Karen Ryer, Roxanne deVries, Aimee Zanovello, and Liana Erickson. A special shoutout to Trudi Bakke for taking the leadership of our meetings and many behind the scenes details, Alysa Cohen for our innovative Class of 2023 logo, Jen Scarpitti for the inclusive class bulletin board (across from the office), and Joanne Lee for a wonderful slideshow. Thank you to our student speakers Charlotte DeGeorge, Abdul Hakizimana, Grace Gray, and Thijs Gilda. Thank you Tabitha Eastman for a great montage of top ten lists that fit the class perfectly. Thank you to the 8th grade team of teachers who stuck with our kids all year through the ups and downs. We especially thank 8th grade teacher Steve Price for his patience and institutional knowledge of the many events at CEMS that helped the celebration flow smoothly. Thank you to Troy Eastman and Nate Carpenter for your insightful remarks as building administration. We look forward to the next phase in our children’s journey.
As mentioned in previous newsletters there are many volunteer jobs that go on behind the scenes (and are great for parents with young kids as well as working parents - sorry just needed to make the plug). Several of these people are moving on to the high school. Thank you Aimee Zanovello for the timely and often humorous gifs on Facebook for the past several years, Elise Bridge for staying on top of the Boxtops for many years which generates about $700 each year, Roxanne deVries who took over the website in September, and Eden Millecchia who co-chaired the last four book fairs. We are still looking for a new Facebook and website administrator for next year, FYI.
During the second half of the year the MSPA was fortunate to be able to fund many grants including a “digital badge” pilot program for the 6th graders, a manners and etiquette course to be piloted in the 5th grade with whole-school access to the downloadable program, mental health books and novels for the 5th grade to continue the efforts started this year with the mental health initiative, and of course Chewonki subsidies. We were honored to be able to build upon CEEF’s generous donation to fit out the expanded the Maker Space with a $3000 gift to continue to outfit the space with much needed supplies and equipment. The MSPA works hard to raise money and generate support for programs that cannot be funded by the school budget at this time. Again we thank the CEMS families for their volunteer time and financial support to be able to give our kids these amazing opportunities.
Last, we would like to thank you all for the support this past year as MSPA Co-presidents. We officially hand over the reigns to Jen Pollick and Heather Reeves. The organization is in dedicated hands and we’ll still be around as our now-freshman (yikes!) have siblings who will all be students at CEMS next year
Cheers to a wonderful school year and a happy, safe summer!
All our best,
Emily Garvin and Julie Halter
Outgoing MSPA Co-presidents