Parent Association

Dear NEMJDS Parents,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! We look forward to another successful and productive year and hope that, with your help, our PTA will play a vital role in the success of our school.

Annual PA dues, which are $75 per family, help support PA-sponsored programs like monthly birthday celebrations and teacher appreciation week. Dues are essential in helping the PA meet its goals, so please submit your contribution to Pamela Cohen.

The Parent Association has been busy this fall. The PA sponsored the delicious wine and cheese at the Open House, in addition to providing treats for Rosh Chodesh Ruach/ birthday celebrations, Red Ribbon supplies, and coffee supplies for teachers and staff. A special thank you to the amazing Celia Nadler who spearheaded our annual cookie sales which brought in $1,505.40. Thanks to all who participated. With those funds and the PA dues we were able to give our teachers and staff wonderful cash gifts totaling $3,050.

In January we hope to launch a new fundraiser, a Readathon! This should be a fun and educational way to raise money for our school. If you are interested in getting involved in the Readathon email Marisa at

Thanks in advance for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at school!

Kathy Goldman and Marisa Yammer
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, PTA 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 15th
Sukkah Breakdown: September 29th
Scholastic Book Fair: various dates between October 23rd and 30th
Family Fried Chicken Dinner October 24th- set up and break down
Green Day: 3 shifts- set up, event and break down October 27
Picture Day: November 1st
Havdalah/Family Chevruta November 16th’
Tu B’Shevat Community Event
Havdalah/Family Chevruta: February 22nd
Jump Rope for Heart: February 27th
Class Pictures: May 9th
Family Fried Chicken Dinner/ Annual Meeting-set up and break down
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

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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Birmingham, AL 35213
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