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Thursday, October 8, 2009

  • Dr. Evans to give NAACP Keynote/Cora Quince honored

  • Jackie Robinson’s daughter visits Norman. S. Weir

  • Parent Awareness Day October 24

Testing the IceMemories of an illustrious dad.  Sharon Robinson is much more than the offspring of an immortal sports figure, she is also an accomplished author. Ms. Robinson will be coming to the Norman S. Weir School to talk to students about her most recent work, Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson. “Breaking the Ice” is a metaphorical tome that closely parallels Jackie Robinson’s travails as one of the very first African Americans to enter Major League Baseball.  Contact Principal Grace Giglio for more information at (973) 321-0750. Ms. Robinson will be appearing on Wednesday, October 14 at 9:30am.

“Bold Dreams, Big Victories” Not only will our own Dr. Donnie Evans be the keynote speaker for this year’s  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Freedom Fund Luncheon, but among the honorees will be Academy of Performing Arts/School 6 Principal, Ms. Cora Quince! This year’s luncheon is particularly noteworthy as it coincides with the centennial of the NAACP and the election of the first ever African-American as President of the United States.  For more information contact Jeanette S. Lyde, (973) 563-2437 or email . The Freedom Fund Luncheon takes place on Saturday, October 24, 2009.

Backpacks and WheelsBackpacks and Wheels. At the start of the new school year, second graders at the Paterson Urban Leadership Academy (PAFUL) received handsome new backpacks courtesy of the United Way. Later that month, the students got something else that would help them transport those backpacks laden with school books and supplies; brand new Bicycles and Helmets! PAFUL Principal, George Featherson remarked, “We are all very thankful to United Way. We’re a school which emphasizes leadership, so it’s great to see an organization like United Way truly leading the way.” PAFUL is now located at 112 North 5th Street, Paterson.

Parent AwarenessLights… camera… parents! October is officially “Parent Awareness Month” and the M.J.M. Parent Resource Center is eager to get the word out. Enlisting the help of parents and grandparents, MJM Director, Mr. Kemper McDowell organized a video Public Service Announcement (PSA).  Besides promoting Parent Awareness Month and Parent Awareness Day, the PSA also presents useful tips for raising better students. The PSA can be viewed regularly on the district public access station, PETV 76 or by clicking here. Don’t miss Parent Awareness Day at Eastside High School, beginning at 8:30am on Saturday, October 24.

Get your car ready for the winter of ’09. Eastside High School Auto Shop students are eager to get your car ready for winter’s worst! Receive a FREE (Parts not included) winterization service for your car at EHS that includes:

  • Check or flush antifreeze
  • Check all fluids and change if necessary
  • Tire rotation and pressure check
  • Brake inspection

You can also get a free computer diagnostic evaluation for your engine and systems.  Call Mr. Stanziale for an appointment – (973) 321-1000 Ext. 51010. (Please call Mr. Stanziale directly at his extension, appointments cannot be made at the main office.)

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“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
— Helen Keller
Author, Lecturer, Political Activist