Parent Association

Dear NEMJDS Parents,

Welcome to the 2015-2016/5776 school year! We look forward to another successful and productive year and hope, with your help, our Parents Association will continue to play a vital role in the success of our school.

We are very excited about being co-presidents this year. We look forward to supporting our school and strengthening our parent community. We have some exciting plans for our families, parents, teachers, and students, but we need your help - we need YOU!

At our Kickoff Breakfast on the first day of school, we had our grand opening of our Spirit Store and our first ever School Shirt Swap! We will continue to sell items from the Spirit Store. E-mail or for more information.

If you have not already we encourage families to pay their PA dues which are $75 per family. These funds help support Parent Association sponsored program such as Teacher Appreciation Week, Rosh Chodesh Ruach Birthday Treats, and Teacher Gifts. Our goal is 100% participation. The more dues we bring in the fewer fundraisers we need to have throughout the year. Checks should be made payable to the NEMJDS PTA.

Thanks in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you throughout the year!

Marisa Yammer and Anna Erdich
PA co-presidents


Studies show that parental involvement in a child's education is one of the most important factors in raising student self-esteem and academic achievement. Moreover, most experts agree that parental involvement should go beyond attendance at teacher conferences and back to school nights. We realize, however, that each of our families is unique – with its own priorities, needs, talents, and time constraints -- and so our goal is t to try to provide as many different kinds of opportunities for parental involvement as possible.

Please review the volunteer opportunities suggested below, and check any you are interested in or tell us what you would like to do!! (Note: please click here if you'd prefer a printable form, and please return it to the school office!)

You will be contacted concerning the programs you are interested in by either one of the co-presidents, PA teacher representative, school administrator or chairperson closer to the date of the program or event.

Rosh Chodesh Ruach Recess and Birthday Celebrations (1x a month)
Sukkah Raising: September 27th
Family Chanukah Dessert Celebration, December 12th- set up and break down
Picture Day: May 4th
When Pigs Fly Team (decorations)
Staff Appreciation Week

General Volunteering:
Grade Parent
Helping from home
Grant writing
School garden
Bring in refreshments for special activities
Chaperone a field trip or event
Helping with a big mailing (stuffing envelopes)
Listen to students read…Read to students-K and 1st grade
Come in and talk about your profession or hobbies to the students
Library runner - retrieve and return books to and from local libraries
Car Pool for 6-7 grade students to visit various non-profits
Data input in fundraising data base
Note writing on fundraising materials to encourage giving
Help in Hebrew classrooms: looking for Hebrew proficiency

Library needs

Gala: before, during and after
Box Tops for Education
Fall Fundraiser
Spring Fundraiser
Artsonia: online student art gallery and fundraiser for art class

On Call:
Unsure now how I can help…but would like to be involved: Call me if you are shorthanded for an activity or event

Please fill out the information below so that we may contact you to help with the areas that you have marked.


Also please tell us what you would like to see the PA do or change? How can we meet your needs?

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N.E. Miles Jewish Day School
4000 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL 35213
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