Please join us for the PIE Public Meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 7pm, in the VIS Media Center. We will be talking about summer enrichment opportunities in the area. Come share your experiences and learn about options.
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.
Mark your calendar for PIE Super Science Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10am -12pm, in the Intermediate cafeteria. Details to come!
Come cheer on our Victor staff as they play against the Harlem Wizards Tuesday, February 26. Tickets are limited and the event usually sells out. Get tickets here.
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/.
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.
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
FIRST LEGO League & FIRST LEGO League Jr Winter Session (Jan-March). FIRST robotics programs for 2nd-4th graders. Volunteers are needed to help run this year’s programs. They typically meet 1 evening a week and some Saturday mornings. Please consider sharing your time.
VIS & VPS Chess Clubs: We are currently looking for volunteers to supervise chess club. It only takes a couple hours a month and allows students to play chess with their peers. Meetings have typically been two Wednesdays a month 3:15-4pm, Oct-March. These clubs can only happen when parents volunteer. Please consider sharing your time.
Please consider joining PIE or volunteering a few hours of your time and expertise as the opportunities arise. PIE believes that involved, active parents can improve the quality of education for ALL students. Watch for upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities for parents who want a chance to get involved in each month’s email issue of What’s Happening. Continue reading