Letter from the PTO Co-Presidents

Hello Underwood Families,
 
Happy Valentine’s Day! Below are a few updates from the PTO Board:
 
Underwood Book Fair
Thank you for participating in this year’s book fair. The students were abuzz with excitement over the new books. The event was a success and thank you to Nisa Dailey & Andrea Chahrour for planning and organizing it!
 
Principal Hiring Process Update
In case you missed Superintendent Fleishman’s update on the new principal search, an excerpt from the Jan 31st notice is below. To view the full letter, please click here.
 
“After a thorough review of the candidacies of the three semi-finalists, and consulting with the SAC, we have decided to continue the search for a permanent principal at Underwood. While this was not an easy decision, we are committed to finding the best match for Underwood and remain confident that we will find a principal for next year.”
 
An updated calendar will be provided sometime after February break. Parent input into the process is encouraged. All current Underwood parents/guardians can share their thoughts in the following ways:

  • Complete the 2019 Underwood parent survey. Parent input from this survey will be used in the selection process and will be shared with the new principal.
  • Attend meetings with the finalists - updated dates & times TBD

Underwood-Ward Task Force
It was great to see familiar faces at the Feb 5th meeting with the School Committee and Superintendent David Fleishman as we learned more about the numbers and reasons for the Underwood-Ward Task Force. If you missed the meeting, materials are posted on the PTO website here. The website will also list the two Underwood parent representatives for the Underwood-Ward Task Force by February 18th.  
 
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at underwoodpto@gmail.com.
 
Bylaw Changes
At our next PTO meeting, 03/11/20 6:15pm, we will be voting on a small change to our bylaws. As they are written now, the PTO is required to have 5 regular members meetings per school year. Due to the low attendance at those meetings in the past, we propose to change it to 3 meetings. We are hoping that having less and more substantial meetings will raise the attendance numbers. The proposed changes are outlined below and on the PTO website here.
 
Existing:
Section 1MeetingsThere shall be no less than five regular meetings of the members of Organization during the school year at times determined by the co-presidents. Any special meetings of the Organization may be called by the co-presidents. The annual meeting of the Organization shall be the last regular meeting of the Organization of a school year.
 
Proposed:
Section 1Meetings. There shall be no less than three regular meetings of the members of Organization during the school year at times determined by the co-presidents. Any special meetings of the Organization may be called by the co-presidents. The annual meeting of the Organization shall be the last regular meeting of the Organization of a school year.
 
As always, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

Best,

Anne-Marie Gravel & Jen Tsuda
PTO Co-Presidents / underwoodpto@gmail.com

Letter from the PTO Co-Presidents

Hello Underwood Families,
 
Happy Valentine’s Day! Below are a few updates from the PTO Board:
 
Underwood Book Fair
Thank you for participating in this year’s book fair. The students were abuzz with excitement over the new books. The event was a success and thank you to Nisa Dailey & Andrea Chahrour for planning and organizing it!
 
Principal Hiring Process Update
In case you missed Superintendent Fleishman’s update on the new principal search, an excerpt from the Jan 31st notice is below. To view the full letter, please click here.
 
“After a thorough review of the candidacies of the three semi-finalists, and consulting with the SAC, we have decided to continue the search for a permanent principal at Underwood. While this was not an easy decision, we are committed to finding the best match for Underwood and remain confident that we will find a principal for next year.”
 
An updated calendar will be provided sometime after February break. Parent input into the process is encouraged. All current Underwood parents/guardians can share their thoughts in the following ways:

  • Complete the 2019 Underwood parent survey. Parent input from this survey will be used in the selection process and will be shared with the new principal.
  • Attend meetings with the finalists - updated dates & times TBD

Underwood-Ward Task Force
It was great to see familiar faces at the Feb 5th meeting with the School Committee and Superintendent David Fleishman as we learned more about the numbers and reasons for the Underwood-Ward Task Force. If you missed the meeting, materials are posted on the PTO website here. The website will also list the two Underwood parent representatives for the Underwood-Ward Task Force by February 18th.  
 
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at underwoodpto@gmail.com.
 
Bylaw Changes
At our next PTO meeting, 03/11/20 6:15pm, we will be voting on a small change to our bylaws. As they are written now, the PTO is required to have 5 regular members meetings per school year. Due to the low attendance at those meetings in the past, we propose to change it to 3 meetings. We are hoping that having less and more substantial meetings will raise the attendance numbers. The proposed changes are outlined below and on the PTO website here.
 
Existing:
Section 1MeetingsThere shall be no less than five regular meetings of the members of Organization during the school year at times determined by the co-presidents. Any special meetings of the Organization may be called by the co-presidents. The annual meeting of the Organization shall be the last regular meeting of the Organization of a school year.
 
Proposed:
Section 1Meetings. There shall be no less than three regular meetings of the members of Organization during the school year at times determined by the co-presidents. Any special meetings of the Organization may be called by the co-presidents. The annual meeting of the Organization shall be the last regular meeting of the Organization of a school year.
 
As always, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

Best,

Anne-Marie Gravel & Jen Tsuda
PTO Co-Presidents / underwoodpto@gmail.com

Underwood-Ward Task Force Updates

Find out updates on the Underwood-Ward Task Force.

Updates - Principal Hiring Process 

Find out updates on the Principal Hiring Process.

Bylaw Changes - March 11th

At our next PTO meeting, Mar 11th @ 6:15pm, we will be voting on a small change to our bylaws. As they are written now, the PTO is required to have 5 regular members meetings per school year. Due to the low attendance to those meetings in the past, we propose to change it to 3 meetings. We are hoping that having less and more substantial meetings will raise the attendance numbers.

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