The Framingham Teachers Association will be celebrating Read Across America Month by hosting reading groups throughout district schools. We hope to have older Framingham students visit younger students’ classrooms for an hour of reading. By coordinating with at least one teacher per school and planning each event like a field trip to, students will be able to provide reading time throughout the district.
We need teachers to volunteer to participate in either taking their class on a minor field trip or host a class in his or her classroom. Our hope is to have the Framingham High School students visit Stapleton or Cameron, the Cameron students visit Stapleton, Walsh students visit Dunning, etc. Ensuring that schools are walking distance to each other will make the event more manageable.
The visiting classroom will not only read, but they will also donate the books being read to the hosting classroom. When we coordinate these visits we will ensure the hosting teacher is able to choose books that align with her/his curriculum. All subjects are welcome to participate! We simply ask that you are granted approval by your principals before contacting us.
The Framingham Teachers Association is excited to assist in the coordinating of these visits and the contact person for this month long event is Maria Davis, Public Relations Chair, at Cameron Middle School. If you are interested in participating please send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that we may not be able to coordinate visits to every classroom that volunteers. We will certainly try our best to ensure there is a visit in every school. We have limited funds to purchase books so it will be on a first come first serve basis.
Building reps in all building are collecting a donation of $1 per teacher to ensure we can replenish our funds and continue to donate books for Read Across America Month. If you are interested please see your building reps to make a donation.
Beginning March 12th at 6:30 a.m. via email, FTA members may order up to a total of two (2) tickets each. We will continue to sell the tickets until they are sold out. If you are interested in buying more than 2 tickets, please put that request in your email. If we do NOT sell out, we will contact you about purchasing more tickets.
Once notified that your request has been granted, a check for the FULL amount must be received in the FTA Office within two weeks. Payment must be made with a check made out to: Framingham Teachers Association.
Over the past few years FTA has applied for the Mass Child Grant, a grant to help students in need. This money is often used for students whose parent has lost a job, has had a house fire, whose parent has been diagnosed with a serious illness and can no longer work, are living shelters, or, are just simply in need.
The Mass Child grant reimburses for expenses that directly benefit students in crisis and make it possible for them to succeed in school.
• Basic medical exams and dental procedures
• Books, school supplies, and materials
• Educational field trips
• Outerwear (hats, gloves, scarves, etc)
• Eye glasses
Gift certificates and gift cards given directly to students and/or their families are NOT reimbursable. You must purchase actual items, save the receipts, and send them to me for reimbursement.
Here is how it works, the FTA member must shop for the student and the FTA member is reimbursed once I receive the receipts. Please keep original receipts for reimbursement. The money is given out on a first come, first serve basis.
If you have any student(s) who can benefit from this money, please e-mail Maria Davis at email@example.com and let me know the following information:
- child's name/school
- a brief description of his/her situation
-what the money will be used for
Thanks in advance for your response!
Meet the Candidates: Roundtable Discussion
Monday March 31
Walsh Middle School (Auditorium)
301 Brook St., Framingham MA, 01701
The Massachusetts Teachers’ Association (MTA) will be electing a new union president and vice-president in May 2014. Join members from different locals in meeting all of the candidates for the positions. This is an important moment for members to decide in which direction they would like their union to go, given the national attacks on public education. As professionals within the education field, we have a long road ahead of us, and it matters what we say and DO!