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*See below for how you can help with MESA's annual food drive!
*We are still looking for photographers for some Robinson and J/J classes. Look below to see if your student's class is on the list and how you can help!
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Fall Food Drive to Benefit Mansfield's Food Pantry
Monday October 24 - Friday October 28Our Daily Bread relies on the generous donations from our families during this annual drive. Contributions also teach our kids about the importance of helping others. Please consider helping your child to participate in this worthy cause. There will be collection boxes located in each classroom. Recommendations for items not readily available from other sources are provided are below, but any non-perishable and non-expired (please check dates) food (except candy) is appreciated.
*Coffee and tea are "luxury" items that are always appreciated.
*Progresso soup is also appreciated!
*PLEASE CHECK EXPIRATION DATES -- WE NEED TO THROW OUT ANY EXPIRED FOOD.
We also require several parent volunteers for shifts sorting food. Theses volunteers sort the food and pack it up for transport to the pantry and are key to the success of this event. Even an hour or two is a huge help. Please sign up HERE. Suggested times are listed on the electronic sign up.
Jordan/Jackson and Robinson Yearbook Photographers Still Needed!
The Jordan/Jackson and Robinson Yearbook committees are still looking for photographers to help capture those special elementary school memories that last a lifetime.
There are still many classrooms that do not have a designated photographer(s). We need one primary and one back-up photographer for each class to take pictures throughout the year of the activities and special events your child enjoys. In addition, we are also looking for a general back-up photographer. No experience necessary to be a classroom photographer. All you need is your own camera!
Please contact the J/J Yearbook Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Robinson Yearbook Committee at email@example.com and include:
Your child's name
Your preference as to lead or back-up photographer
J/J Photographers are needed for the following classes:
Robinson Photographers needed for the following classes:
Thank you! - The J/J and Robinson Yearbook Committee
Fall Fundraiser Wrap-Up
Thank you everyone for you for your participation in our first fundraiser of the year, Charleston Wrap! As a result of your efforts, MESA will net about $16,000 for our programming. This includes events, such as Halloween Bingo, One Book One Grade, Bookworms, Teacher Grants and so much more!
We would also like to thank those that made direct donations to our organization. To date, our direct donations total nearly $850! As a reminder, MESA will always accept direct donations (at any time or in lieu of contributing to a fundraiser). Checks can be made payable to MESA and dropped off (or sent with your student) at the Robinson or Jordan / Jackson offices. Alternatively, direct donations can be made through Paypal via the following link and clicking on the DONATE button: http://www.mesa4parents.org/support-our-schools
As always, direct donations are tax-deductible within the limits allowed by law. The tax exempt ID is 043-273-013.
The money collected through the fundraising and direct donations goes directly back into the schools for various school needs and MESA programming. Just recently, MESA funds were used to install a new A/V system in the Jordan/Jackson school and purchase iPads at the Robinson!
Lastly, since all MESA events and fundraisers are made possible because of our volunteers, we would like to extend a big thank you to all of our volunteers and especially our fall fundraiser chair people, Kerri McCorkill and Michelle Ward!
SEPAC Upcoming events:
FREE WORKSHOP: Basic Rights in Special Education.
November 15th, 7-9pm in the Jordan Jackson Multipurpose Room.
A representative from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will lead a discussion on special education law and how it applies to children on IEPs and 504 plans. Parents will learn how to work with their special education team to ensure that progress is monitored and appropriate goals are set. Please help us plan enough materials by registering online in advance.
DECEMBER 5TH MEETING: Future Planning: Guardianship and ABLE Accounts
6:30pm in the Jordan Jackson Multipurpose Room
Two speakers will share their knowledge on two important topics for planning the future of young adults with special needs. Kim Piro is a parent, former SEPAC Chair, Jamie Fund President and iCare Program founder. She will share her experience in seeking guardianship and what you need to know as your child approaches age 18. Meredith Rogers Greene is an Attorney at Law in the Trust and Estate Department, and the Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group at Fletcher Tilton PC, and is also the mother of a child with Williams syndrome. She will share what you need to know about the new ABLE accounts and how they can help provide a comfortable, meaningful life for your child with a lifelong disability.
Tuesday October 25 and Wednesday October 26 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Unfortunately this event is full. Please use the links below to make any updates to your RSVP.
Please join us for our popular annual Halloween Bingo. There are two sessions this year -- please only register for one.
Kids are welcome to come in costume (optional) and enjoy an evening of bingo fun and light snacks. Cookies and cider will be served, but if your child has special dietary needs, please consider bringing a snack from home.
This is a free event, but please bring a shelf stable food contribution for the food pantry (no candy please).
Tuesday October 25: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4baba928abfb6-halloween
Wednesday October 26: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4baba928abfb6-halloween1