PIE Status Update

PIE is now considered part of Victor PTSA. When PIE was formed years ago it was a chapter of the NYS Association for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE). We paid annual dues to AGATE and they provided insurance and our non-profit status. They offered conferences and advocacy support.  Over the years AGATE reduced its offerings and last year our dues payment was returned to us, with the note that AGATE is “in a state of flux” and the executive board had not met in over a year. 

Our chapter in Victor has been very active and we wanted to continue our mission to offer support and enrichment opportunities for families.  We did not feel that we had enough parent and financial support to seek our own non-profit status so it made sense to try to partner with a successful parent group active in our district, Victor Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA),  We will continue to have PIE meetings, events and advocate for enrichment opportunities. The Square 1 Art fundraiser will continue to support PIE programming. We have frequently co-sponsored events with PTSA and share many of the same volunteers. The NYS PTA has many training resources and a very active education advocacy department. 

PIE has not charged a membership fee and that will continue. We will maintain the PIE member email list and you are always welcome at meetings and events. PTSA does not require membership to attend meetings or events but only members are allowed to vote on budgets and major decisions. PTSA membership is $10 per year for adults, $5 per year for students and teachers. ($4 of that amount goes to NYS PTA and the rest is used to support Victor.) We do encourage you to join PTSA and invite you to attend a meeting (next one is Thursday Feb 7, at 7pm).  The website is  http://victorptsa.org. We feel that this was a positive move and will provide PIE with stability and longevity.

Meet Authors and Illustrators at Rochester Children’s Book Festival

Meet your favorite children’s book authors and illustrators this Saturday, November 3, at the Rochester Children’s Book Festival, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monroe Community College’s R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center. This event has plenty of children’s activities, including chances to meet and talk with the authors and illustrators of many of our favorite children’s books, and even have them sign books. Get more information at https://www.rcbfestival.com/.

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Women in Engineering Open House November 3

Girls in grades 5-9 and their families might want to check out the Women in Engineering Open House on Saturday, November 3, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at RIT Gleason Hall. Browse and experience activities, demonstrations and posters from all disciplines within Kate Gleason College of Engineering. It’s “a buffet of engineering possibilities”. Get more information at http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/women/werit-open-house.

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November 6 Meeting: FIRST Robotics Programs

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at 7pm in the VIS Auditorium. We are going to go over the FIRST Robotics programs. Parents and students are welcome. We will have the applications for the Winter season of FLL and FLLjr. It is Election Day, so you may want to vote first, and then come to the meeting. Continue reading