Week of May 4th


Ithaca High School PTA “E-News”, Week of 5/4/2015

1.  IHS PTA hosts Chromebooks presentation, Thursday, May 7.
2.  Last “Morning Munch”, this Thursday, May 7
3.  This Friday, May 8, is the last day to order the yearbook
4.  Seniors can apply for the Joe Cassaniti Community Service Award; deadline is May 15.
5.  Please give to the Senior Class Fund
6.  IHS PTA seeks volunteers to fill open positions for next year.
7.  Link Crew sponsors “Lock-in” for freshmen, Friday, May 15
8.  IHS TSA fundraiser for travel to National Competition
9.  Important information for families of Seniors
10.  Class of 2016 seeks volunteers for Junior Prom, May 16
11.  “Soldier Story Day”, May 22, seeks refreshment donations
12.  ICSD school board budget vote meeting, Tuesday, May 5
13.  “unDiscovered Worlds”, astronomy conference at Cornell; students invited; May 9
14.  Running to Places performs “Wizard of Oz”, May 15-17

For more information, see below:


1. Reminder:
 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.
Please enter the building on Court Street and follow the signs to the gym.

§  -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.

§  Just before the Chromebooks presentation, we will be voting to approve the minutes from our April 7, and April 21, 2015 PTA meetings.  To read the minutes, please visit this link:


2.  The LAST Morning Munch of the school year is this Thursday, May 7th! Please help make it extra special to end the year. Thank you to everyone who came through at the last minute in April to make Morning Munch so great! One teacher remarked “rumor in the hall is that Morning Munch is fabulous with so much variety…not that it isn’t great every month…but this month is really special”.

This Thursday, we need baked goods such as muffins, brownies, cookies, bars, breads and pastries. They do NOT need to be homemade. We also need fresh fruit such as bananas, clementines, grapes, apples, strawberries. Contributions may be dropped off in the Front Office before 9:00 AM, or have your student (or you) bring food to F36 (enter through F35). Arrangements can be made to drop off earlier if that helps.

Please email to let us know what you are planning to bring.  However, we welcome surprise contributions that morning. We are very appreciative of all your help to make this event so popular with the teachers and staff.

Thank you; Ann Poe  (annpoe@yahoo.com)   Roberta Moudry     Claire Nicholson     Helen Evans
Morning Munch Coordinators

3.  This week is the last chance to purchase the yearbook on-line; deadline is Friday, May 8. Go to ybpay.lifetouch.com   Enter Order #12224515 to be guaranteed a copy of the 100th ANNUAL. Questions? please contact Marilyn Reitenbach, LMSW
The HUB at Ithaca HS (G104)

4.  Seniors can apply for the Joe Cassaniti Community Service Award (JCCSA).  Applications are due May 15.  An information sheet, nomination form and application will be posted to the PTA website at: http://www.ihspta.info/wordpress/sample-page/documents/   Scroll down to the Scholarship and Awards section and look for the JCCSA award application.

5. 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

6.  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!

7.  Link Crew sponsors “Lock-In”, on Friday, May 15th from 6-9 pm in the Q Building at IHS for the class of 2018 (freshmen)!!

The event will include activities such as basketball, video games, a movie and crafts. Link Crew, along with help from other IHS clubs, will be selling concessions.

Admission to the “Lock-In” will be $5 per student and $2 for free & reduced lunch students. Tickets will be available for sale the week before and at the door. Freshmen will need to show their student ID.

Link Crew seeks volunteers for chaperones, selling concessions, supervising various locations throughout the Q corridor, and, if interested, providing an activity.

If you are available to help, please complete this survey or email us to let us know!

SURVEY… Click HERE <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jW9oRcBsdFf3fSdHeQwv2WUyW56ei4saT2rYXRPy10s/viewform?usp=send_form
-Meggie New, Link Crew advisor mnew@icsd.k12.ny.us

8.  IHS and DeWitt middle school TSA members are preparing to go to the national TSA competition, to be held in Dallas from June 28 to July 2, and are raising funds for this trip. Over 7,000 students from 49 states and several countries are expected.  DeWitt and IHS students will be pulling late nights from now through June to prepare for TSA nationals. Meanwhile, faculty advisors and parents are busy raising funds and managing logistics to make the trip possible. The IHS group, under the direction of faculty advisor Bill Sauve, has prepared a video crowdfunding campaign. See http://bit.ly/1HYE0Md   to view and contribute.
IHS and DeWitt TSA are Associate Members of IthacaSTEM Advocates, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI). IPEI is a not-for-profit organization that believes the education of every ICSD student is enhanced through community connections and support facilitated by IPEI for students and teachers through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. More information about IthacaSTEM Advocates and IPEI can be found at www.ithacastem.org   and www.ipei.org  .  For further information about the Technology Student Association, see www.tsaweb.org .

9.  Information for families of seniors:

§  Remember to fill out the Class of 2015 information packet that you received in the mail last month. Some forms are due by May 15!

§  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!

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.  The planners of “Soldier Story Day” request donations of refreshments for this event taking place on Friday May 22.  About 40 participants will be visiting IHS.  A variety of beverages (coffee, bottled water, tea, etc.), healthy (fruit, veggie sticks, dips), and sweet snacks would be ideal.  Items can be dropped off at the high school starting at 7:30 AM that morning.
— Questions?  Please contact IHS staff member TC Pelletier (tpelleti@icsd.k12.ny.us; 607-379-0547)

12.  The Board of Education will hold its Public Budget Hearing Tuesday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at 400 Lake Street.
*Please note that the Policy Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 7 p.m. has been rescheduled. It will be held on Monday, May 11 at 4 p.m. in Conference Room A.

-Danielle LaFrance DeSilva, School District Clerk
Ithaca City School District

13.  (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.

14.  “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 > . More information at 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

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