Week of April 27th

Ithaca High School PTA “E-News”, Week of 4/27/2015

1.  IHS PTA hosts Chromebooks presentation, Thursday, May 7.
2.  Please donate to the Senior Class Fund!
3.  IHS PTA seeks volunteers to fill open positions for next year.
4.  Students interested in running for office (Class officer, student rep to the ICSD school board, student council officer) must attend meeting on April 29.
5.  Casino night volunteers needed for Friday, May 29
6.  “Laughing in the Aisles” benefit for Vitamin L Project, May 1.
7.  Celebrate the 140th anniversary of Ithaca High school, May 2.
8.  “unDiscovered Worlds”, astronomy conference at Cornell; students invited; May 9
9.  Running to Places performs “Wizard of Oz”, May 15-17
10.  Class of 2016 seeks volunteers for Junior Prom, May 16
11.  ICSD accepting nomination for School Board; 4 vacancies
12.  Host families are requested for foreign exchange students.

For more information, see below:


 IHS PTA sponsors a talk on the Google “Chrome Books”, Thursday, May 7, at 5:30 PM at GIAC, 301 W. Court Street in Ithaca. Dominick Lisi of the ICSD Educational technology department will speak about the chrome books and answer your questions.

-parking is available on Court St. and in the lot next to the Alex Haley swimming pool, at the corner of Esty and Albany Sts.

2. Please consider making a donation to the IPEI Senior Class Gift Fund to support the awards given to a deserving teacher, staff member and school club. IPEI handles the fund for the senior class and your contribution is tax-deductable.   For more information and to donate, please visit https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E130565&id=2 (scroll down to select “Class of 2015”) or print a paper form at http://www.ipei.org/uploads/ipei/docs/help/contribution.pdf

Jill Johnson (jmkjohnson@gmail.com  ) & Brenda Rudan
Parent volunteers, Senior Class Gift fund

3.  The IHS PTA seeks nominees for the following positions: President ( and co-President, preferably), secretary, Editor for PTA publication, “The Word”, webmaster, co-membership chair, mini-grants coordinator.
Please contact IHS PTA President Amita Verma, if you are interested (ihsptsa.pres@gmail.com)!  Your volunteer time is greatly appreciated!

4.  If your IHS student is interested in running for leadership positions (including Student Council officer, Class Officer, and Student Representative to the Board of Education) they must attend the mandatory Elections Meeting on Wednesday, April 29 at 3:45 in H-Courtyard. This meeting is mandatory for any student who wants his or her name on the elections ballot. If a student is absolutely unable to attend, he or she must see Mr. Mellander on or before April 28. Please email Mr. Mellander at kmelland@icsd.k12.ny.us with questions.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support!
Karl Mellander

5.  Casino Night volunteers needed!
We need helpers for various roles for Class of 2015 Casino Night, which will be Friday, May 29. This event itself is for seniors only, but we’re looking for any adult volunteers to help decorate, arrange donations (biggest need!), put together (fake) money packets, etc.
Please email Karl Mellander at kmelland@icsd.k12.ny.us if you are interested in helping create this incredible event. Typically, we need 80-100 parents to pull it off, and it’s one of the most rewarding experiences to be involved with!

6.  Do you love to laugh? Who doesn’t?!
Join us for an evening of hilarity, fun, and laughs!
“Laughing in the Aisles”, to benefit the Vitamin L Project!!
-An evening of great comedy songs from all genres.
Everything from Cole Porter to contempary show tunes,
comedy jazz tunes, folk…every genre
including some originals show tunes
8:00 p.m.   Friday May 1
1st Baptist Church Ithaca, Dewitt Park
Tickets: $15.00 at the door
-a project of the Center for Transformative Action

7. All are encouraged to attend the 140th Anniversary Celebration of Ithaca High School on Saturday, May 2nd at 5 PM in Kulp auditorium. There will be a range of guests speaking about the rich and successful history that IHS brings in regards to Academics, Athletics, Arts and Alumni. Story telling, musical presentations, and special guests will be featured. A slew of historical displays will be present and there will be a generous spread of refreshments. Admission is free and all are invited to attend this fun, exciting, and informative celebration. For any questions contact Michele Barr at mbarr@icsd.k12.ny.us .

8.  (un)Discovered Worlds at Cornell, a free astronomy event–students encouraged to attend!  Saturday, May 9, at Call Auditorium at Cornell.

Learn about planets beyond our solar system, far-flung missions and possible life in the cosmos at “(un)Discovered Worlds,” a one-day Cornell University space sciences conference May 9 to inaugurate the new Institute for Pale Blue Dots. The conference will be held in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, on the Cornell campus from 9 am to 6 pm. The event is free and the public is invited, but an RSVP is required by May 1, by email to instituteforpalebluedots@gmail.com

Founded in 2014, Cornell’s Institute for Pale Blue Dots focuses on characterizing extrasolar planets and modeling habitable, rocky exoplanets. Embedded in a rich environment of interdisciplinary cooperation at Cornell, the institute brings together astrophysicists, engineers, geologists, biologists and Earth scientists to find the fingerprints of life in our cosmos.

The conference features international scientific pioneers who will describe their search for exoplanets and the latest results in pinpointing pale blue dots.

9.  “Running to Places” Performs Wizard of Oz’ May 15-17
In an unconventional artistic collaboration, Running to Places (R2P) has partnered with Spirit and Kitsch artist Alice Muhlback to create a story-book “Wizard of Oz” that transforms the classic show into a true “over the rainbow” experience. The show runs May 15-17 at the State Theatre of Ithaca.

Plenty of treats await those who’ve only seen the movie version of The Wizard of Oz, notes Steinhagen, like the Jitterbugs and Winkies. “It’s been great fun to explore the ways in which this wonderfully familiar show is at the same time new and fresh and unexpected.”

This is R2P’s first season with company participation entirely free, the cast includes lots of first-timers as well as seasoned company members. (Donations to keep R2P tuition-free can be made online at www.runningtoplaces.org <http://www.runningtoplaces.org/)

Tickets are $15 the day of the show, $13 if purchased in advance, available at the State Theatre box office at 105 West Martin Luther King Jr. Street, by calling 607-277-8283 <tel:607-277-8283> , and at www.stateofithaca.com <http://www.stateofithaca.com/ . More information at www.runningtoplaces.org <http://www.runningtoplaces.org/

Performance Dates:
Fri, May 15 at 7:00 pm
Sat, May 16 at 7:00 pm
Sun, May 17 at 2:00 pm

10.  The IHS Class of ’16 seeks a team of parents who can set up a photo booth for Junior Prom, which will take place on May 16 at Cornell’s Biotech Building! Setup will begin at 6 pm and end by 7:30 before students will enter the venue.

Please let us know via jhy320@gmail.com if you are interested in helping with the photo booth or would like to give us a hand in any other way. Additional information will be sent to you soon.

Thank you!,​
John Yoon
​Class of ’16 VP

​PS: We’d also greatly appreciate donations to the class fund! This will alleviate the costs of this event and finance many more in the future before graduation, such as senior prom, senior trip, service projects, and other class social events. Please contact us at ihsclass16@gmail.com or donate directly online bit.ly/ihs16donate

11.  Upcoming Vacancies on ICSD Board of Education
There will be four vacancies on the Ithaca City School District Board of Education for the 2015 Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election.  The three Board candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to three-year terms. The fourth highest vote getter will win election to the balance of the unexpired term of office of Seth Peacock, ending June 30, 2017, which became vacant due to his resignation from the Board.
The 2015 Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election will be held on May 19, 2015. In order to run for one of the upcoming Board vacancies nominating petitions must be filed in the Office of the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on April 29, 2015.
Nominating petitions, along with other forms and information for candidates are available on the ICSD website <http://www.ithacacityschools.org/index.cfm/icsd/Menu/board-of-education/budget-vote-and-election.htm  > or in the Office of the District Clerk at 400 Lake Street in Ithaca. For more information please contact the District Clerk at danielle.desilva@icsd.k12.ny.us    or (607) 274-2102.

12. Kimberly McIntosh, of International Fellowship, Inc. is looking for host families in the Ithaca area for foreign exchange students. For more information, go to http://www.internationalfellowship.org/  or email Ms. McIntosh at infelwes@gmail.com

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