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A Message From Your PTA Presidents

As our term as PTA Co-Presidents comes to an end, we would like to take a moment and say thank you to the entire Pacific community for all of the volunteer hours and support. We are excited to introduce Jennifer Gale and Faye Cavanaugh, who will be the new PTA Co-Presidents. Jennifer is a mom to an incoming 5th and 3rd grader and Faye has an incoming 5th grader. Together they bring years of experience on both the PTA board and working in the classrooms. We look forward to their leadership!
Thanks, Maya Clem & Wysh Weinstein
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A HUGE THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers that have been working so hard this year to make Pacific GREAT!

Special thanks to our hardworking 2019/20 PTA Board: Maya Clem and Wysh Weinstein (Presidents), Amy MacMaster and Nick Phillips (VPs of Membership), Liz Cebula and Heidi Thompson (VPs of Volunteers), Melissa Benner and Lindsay Frank (VPs of Fundraising), Barbara Franqui (VP of Operations), Payal Kachalia (Treasurer – Check Writing), Terri Warren (Treasurer), Jennifer Laws (Financial Secretary), Summer Sheets (Recording Secretary), Angie Olmos (Parliamentarian), Jen Koch (Communications Coordinator), Manjiri Evans and Jennifer Gale (Programs Coordinators), Amanda Kresser (Social Emotional Wellness Chair), Dana Gardner and Moncia Brudenell-Lachance (MBEF), Karli Fisher and Nicole Hirshberg (Room Parent Coordinators), Rachel Zuckerwise (Historian). It is a big commitment to be on the PTA Board and we appreciate you!

We have a lot of amazing volunteers who have chaired all the programs at Pacific this year. Thank you to…Nedda Lewers (Artist Workshops), Heather Schwarz (Assemblies), Kathleen Hannaway and Mara McPhee (Book Fairs), Elizabeth Peelle (Box Tops and Retail Rewards), Kathy Beckwith and Chris Hartley (Campus Beatification), Summer Sheets (Classroom Supplies), Dana Gardner (Community Walks), Anne Lee (Corporate Matching Funds), Gabriella Pulham (Dining Nights Out), Stephanie Dugary (Directory), Jen Koch (Eblast Coordinator), Katie David and Ashley Maak (Garden), Summer Sheets and Mara McPhee (Gift of Thanks), Tawyna Jackson (Go Green Lunchboxes), Barbara Franqui (Green Initiatives), Alison Rosenthal (Growing Great Nutrition), Rc Shehata (Halloween Parade), Serena Taylor and Ashley Ritter (Hometown Fair), Jennifer Gale (Honorary Service Awards), Faye Cavanaugh (Inventory), Krisa Park (Legislative Rep-Advocacy), Natasha Derow, Michelle Nelson, and Mary Scholz (Movie Night), Maya Brewer and Lindsay Wade (Panther Parties), Carini Bauman and Mary Mann (Pantherthon), Lauren Bruksch and Michelle Gray (Parent Party), Paula Farrace (Popsicles with the Principal), Liz Cebula and Heidi Thompson (PTA Expo), Kati Morris (Reflections), Shawne Spelke (Richstone Programs), Isobel Hoyle and Nicole Stoddard (Run Club), Lisset Durand and Sonal Panchal (Science Night), Isobel Hoyle (Social Media), Carini Bauman (Staff Hospitality Breakfasts and Lunches), Leah Niehaus (Staff Meeting Hospitality), Nicole Hirshberg and Liz Adams (Student Store), Shawn Giaconi (Talent Show), Jen Koch (Website), Jon Gray (Yearbook), Kathy Beckwith, Annie Hendrickson and Kat Newell (Young At Art).

Thank you to all the volunteers with a 5th grader promoting. If this is the end of the road with your time at Pacific, please know that you’ve made a difference and will be missed.

Thank you to ALL the parents and families who spent countless time during the year helping make this school year a successful one for all our students. We appreciate all of you!
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Thank you for the miles

Ordinarily we would be writing a message announcing which class ran the most miles this year, listing the top runners and celebrating our collected efforts every week at Run Club. ….However this has been anything but an ordinary year. Still we wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who has joined us at Run Club this year and to thank you for all your support. We have loved watching the runners getting in their laps, busting their goals and encouraging their classmates in a bid to secure the Golden Shoe. Your motivation inspires us to get out the door and run more! To all the fifth grade runners who are leaving Pacific this year, keep running and setting yourself new challenges.

Our heart-felt thanks goes to our awesome crew of volunteers who have supported us this year. There’s a big crowd who help keep Run Club ticking along but particular thanks must go to Liz Laffoon and Jeff Brunner, who will be leaving the Pacific community this year, as well as Barbara Van Leeuwen, Gareth Sullivan, Raj & Shivani Mehrotra and Alexa Young.

Sadly both of us are leaving Pacific this year as well and so Run Club is in need of new Co-Chairs. It is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities at Pacific and it is so much fun. The best part is, being an active volunteer will help your child reap in the benefits of physical exercise before school, which has been proven by numerous studies to help attention, mood, and academic performance. Please do consider volunteering to Chair Run Club - you will not regret it! If you have any questions, please contact either of us and we would be more than happy to chat. Keep running! Nicole and Isobel
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Thank you to yearbook chair, Jon Gray and his committee

A huge THANK YOU to Pacific Yearbook chair Jon Gray for producing a fabulous yearbook and thank you to the yearbook committee for all your help: Angie Lee, Brenda Phongsa, Christy Fach, Melissa Sugiura, Kenia Khavari, Jeremy Vereecke, Jessamyn Piehl, Carolyn Malhotra, Anne Lee, Courtney O'Connor, Nicole Hirshberg, Angela Dax, Jane Lee, Sandra Meyer, Faye Cavanaugh, Stephanie Ertman, Liz Adams, Jennifer Gale, Nicole Stoddard, Ashley Maak, Faith Derbyshire, Kim Winterson, Cibele Leon, Amy MacMaster, Manjiri Evans, Stacey Corvalan, Monika Mugg, Nicole Swenson, Kat Newell, Isobel Hoyle, and Teri Hampton. If you have not ordered a yearbook this year, visit to order yours.
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Some good news!

Even though there are restrictions that limit the availability of outdoor summer programs in our community, this just in from Art2GrowOn (favorite MBX After School Provider) with an exciting alternative to traditional programs. "Need Summer Fun and Activities? Problem Solved! We bring summer fun directly to you! Check out our Jumbo Summer Camp Art Box
Each awesome Art Box is jam packed with TWO Great Master Artist lessons PLUS EIGHT projects and/or activities.
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Are you interested in volunteering but don’t know where to begin?

There are many opportunities to get involved in small or big ways at Pacific. If you’re interested in hearing more, please contact Liz Cebula at or Heidi Thompson at for more information. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about Pacific while helping to create an awesome learning environment for the students and teachers.
Heidi Thompson and Liz Cebula
VPs of Volunteers
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Child care for essential workers can be accessed via
or by calling toll-free (888)92-CHILD [1-888-922-4453]
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