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Important Activity Dates for Foster School 2017 - 2018

Date

Event

Time

8/31

FES New Families Night

5:30 PM

8/31

Elementary Meet and Greet

6:00-8:00PM

9/5

FES-Coffee & Conversation (Grades 1-5)

8:45-9:30AM

9/5

Kindergarten Interviews

9/6

Kindergarten Interviews

9/7

First day for Kindergarten Students

9/7

FES-Coffee & Kleenex (Kdg.)

8:45 and 12:45

9/13

FES-Picture Day

9/15

FES-Foster Family Picnic

5:00-7:30PM

9/20

FES-PTA Meeting

9:00AM

10/16

Read-a-Thon Kickoff (HES/FES)

10/17

FES-PTA Meeting

7:00PM

10/20

FES-Read-In

6:00-8:00PM

10/27

Read-a-Thon Ends (HES/FES)

11/7

FES-Election Day Bake Sale

7:00AM-8:00PM

11/10

FES-Veterans Day Celebration

9:00AM

11/10

FES-PTA Meeting

9:30AM

11/16

Parent Conferences (AM Kindergarten in session, no PM Kindergarten)

5:30-8:30 PM

11/17

Parent Conferences (No school for K-5)

8:00 AM-3:30 PM

12/18

FES-Holiday Hut

6:00-8:30PM

1/18

FES-PTA Meeting

9:30AM

2/1

Kindergarten Registration Begins

2/14

FES-PTA Meeting

1:30PM

2/15

FES-Science Fair

6:30-8:30PM

3/8

FES-Book Fair

6:00-8:00PM

3/8

FES-Foster Art Show

6:00-8:00PM

3/9

FES-Book Fair

7:45-8:30AM

3:30-6:00PM

3/15

FES-Breakfast with Someone Special

7:30-8:30AM

3/15

FES-PTA Meeting

9:00AM

4/3 – 4/6

FES Community Service Week

4/19

FES-PTA Meeting

7:00PM

5/4

Kindergarten Orientation-District Wide

9:30AM & 1:30PM

5/9

FES-Foster Open House

5:30-7:30PM

5/10

FES-Staff Appreciation Luncheon

12:00-1:00PM

5/17

FES-Foster Friend Award Presentation

1:00pm

5/17

FES-PTA Meeting

1:30pm

5/30

FES-5th Grade Move Up to Mellon

9:00AM

6/11

FES-Foster Field Day

PTA Links

When are PTA Meetings?

When are PTA Meetings?

Meetings dates can be found on the District calendar, on the PTA webpage, and in the Foster Forecast.


September 20, 2017 @ 9AM
October 17, 2017 @ 7PM
November 10, 2017 @ 9:30AM
January 18 2018 @ 9:30AM
February 14, 2018 @ 1:30PM
March 15, 2018 @ 9AM
April 19, 2018 @ 7PM
May 17, 2018 @ 1:30PM

Who can attend Foster PTA Meetings?

Who can attend Foster PTA Meetings?

Foster PTA Meetings are open to all Foster PTA members. Meetings dates can be found on the District calendar, on the PTA webpage, and in the Foster Forecast.

We encourage you to attend. It is an excellent opportunity to hear information on the District from the Council Delegate, school related information from the principal, and to discuss issues and upcoming events.

If you have any questions for the PTA, please feel free to contact a member of the Executive Board.

Where can I find the Minutes from the PTA meetings?

Where can I find the Minutes from the PTA meetings?

You can find copies of meeting minutes on the Foster PTA Minutes page. They are also posted in the Foster Forecast the Sunday prior to each meeting for review.

How do I sign up to receive the PTA newsletter, The Foster Forecast?

Sign up for the Foster Forecast HERE

What does the PTA do with the money collected from fundraisers and dues?

What does the PTA do with the money collected from fundraisers and dues?

The Foster PTA Budget and Donations Reports can be found on the Foster PTA Budget page.


How do I volunteer for a committee?

How do I volunteer for a committee?

Any FES PTA member can volunteer to chair or participate in a committee. The First Vice President in responsible for finding volunteers for each committee in April/May for the following school year. Feel free to reach out and offer your services.

Why should I join the PTA?

Why should I join the PTA?

Being a PTA member gives you a voice in the education of your child as a voting member, provides you a Foster School Directory for each paid membership, gives you the opportunity to volunteer to chair a committee, and your dues provide funding for programs like the Traveling Art Gallery, artist visits, the Family Picnic, Art Night, and many others. We want to have a larger membership than ever this year. Help us achieve our goal!

How do I join the PTA?

How do I join the PTA?

Simply print and fill out the PTA application form!

Mt. Lebanon School District Requirement for Volunteers

1. Program volunteers whose clearances are more than 5 years old as of July 25, 2015 must obtain new clearances.

2. Program volunteers who have been a resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years may continue to sign the Resident of Pennsylvania Affidavit in lieu of the FBI federal criminal history.

3. Casual volunteers will continue to be required to sign the Casual Volunteer Affirmation on an annual basis .

Please refer to theMt. Lebanon School District Administrative Guidelines for Background Checksto help determine if you require clearances to volunteer in Mt. Lebanon Schools. Contact your building principal if you have any questions.

Links to clearance portals:

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151)

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (Act 34)

FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114): Visit www.pa.cogentid.com for information and locations of fingerprint sites.

Volunteer Clearances FAQ

Why does the Mt. Lebanon School District (MTLSD) require clearances in certain volunteer situations?

To ensure the safety of our students, MTLSD requires volunteers to comply with the Mt. Lebanon School District Policy IJOC School Volunteers. The objective of this policy is to "promote a safe and secure school environment by establishing requirements and procedures to be followed to confirm that school volunteers are in compliance with the provisions of Act 153 of 2014 which amended the Child Protective Services Law to require unpaid volunteers in the District’s schools who will have direct contact with children to obtain background clearances prior to commencing services as a volunteer in the District’s schools."

When does a volunteer need clearances?

The Mt. Lebanon School District Administrative Guidelines for Background Checks and Medical Exams Employee and Volunteer Requirements outlines the requirements for clearances.

What should I do once I receive my clearances?

Originals of the PA Child Abuse and Criminal Records clearances will be mailed to the applicant’s home address. Those originals must be presented to the building secretary when you arrive for your first volunteer activity requiring clearances. A copy of each background check will be made from the original and kept on file in the school office. Once all clearances are submitted, you will be issued a volunteer card, to be presented in the school office as needed when you volunteer.

Applicants should provide to the building secretary their PAE Registration # that they received when they registered online for the FBI finger print clearance. The building secretary will share the PAE # with the Human Resources Department so the applicant’s report can be reviewed online.

Applicants may request a paper copy of the federal FBI Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) when they register to be fingerprinted. This will be the applicants’ only opportunity to request a copy. The paper copy will be mailed to these applicants by 3M Cogent. The “unofficial” paper copy is a copy of the CHRI that the School Administrator will review online. The applicant may share the paper copy of the CHRI with prospective employers. However, the School Administrator is required to review the official CHRI online and print a copy of the CHRI if the applicant is hired by the public school or private school or their contractor, or if the applicant is approved for student teaching.

How often do I need to update my clearances?

Program volunteers (works under the general direction of teacher/administrator and provides direct services to students) will not be required to obtain a federal criminal history report if the individual has been a resident of Pennsylvania within the past 10 years and signs a 10-Year Resident Of Pennsylvania Affidavit in the presence of the principal or principal’s designee affirming they have not perpetrated or been convicted of any offense. The 10-Year Resident of Pennsylvania Affidavit will be signed on an annual basis. The state clearances will need to be renewed every 5 years.

Casual volunteers (infrequent volunteers and in presence of teacher/administrator when with students) will be required, on an annual basis, to sign the Casual Volunteer Affirmation in the presence of the principal or principal’s designee affirming they have not perpetrated or been convicted of any offense.

What if I cannot afford the clearance fees?

In the event financial hardship may deter you from volunteering when clearances are required, please see your building principal or the MTLSD Director of Human Resources Katie Devine at (412) 344-2080 or kdevine@mtlsd.net for financial assistance. All information regarding your request will be kept confidential.

Is there any other screening necessary for school volunteers?

The Division of School Health, in discussion with the TB Program at PA Dept. of Health have agreed that volunteers requiring TB Testing are those who provide 10 hours or more per week in direct contact with children.

TB test must be administered within 3 months of employment or volunteer activity or a note (on the physician's letterhead) stating that the person is free of communicable tuberculosis would meet the TB test requirement. This must also be dated within 3 months of employment or volunteer activity.

A copy of the TB test results will be made from the original and kept on file in the school office.

Volunteer Resource Documents