Friday, January 12, 2018

Dear Pelham Families,

The Pelham PTO is sponsoring a Box Top drive during the months of February and March.   Please look for the Box Tops logo on products you buy or already have in the cupboard, cut it out and have your children deliver your box tops to the collection containers in their classroom.

For each Box Top clipped the school receives 10 cents. Last year that meant $270 for our school. That was great, but we can do better!

The Box Top drive will run from February 1st to March 2nd and the class that collects the most Box Tops will win a movie and popcorn celebration!! But you can start collecting now!

Visit the Box Tops website at to learn more about how to find Box Tops. It’s easy, free and you’ll discover a new way to help Pelham School earn FREE MONEY!

Sincere thanks from the Pelham PTO!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Honorable Stan Rosenberg
24 Beacon Street, Room 332
Boston, MA 02133

July 17, 2017

Dear Senator Rosenberg,

On behalf of the Parent Teacher Organization at Pelham Elementary School, we are seeking your support today.

As you know, Pelham is a small town in the Pioneer Valley. The state department of education recently informed the school committee in Pelham that it owed the local Chinese Immersion Charter School $67,000. That represents 4% of its budget. It has only one teacher per grade.

The state was supposed to let the district know long before the budget was completed but failed to do so. Now, our highly rated public elementary school is trying to figure out how to find $67,000. How did this happen, one might ask? Normally, Pelham would have received notice of the two students attending the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School after the charter school submitted residency information to the state in October. However, that October data, contained an error that was corrected in a subsequent February filing.

In recent years’ state lawmakers have not fully funded charter school reimbursements for sending districts. Since 2012 lawmakers have failed to appropriate full funding for charter reimbursements, which were underfunded by $35.3 million in fiscal 2015 and $47.1 million in fiscal 2016, according to the nonprofit Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

There is a reason that the majority of Massachusetts voters cast ballots against the expansion of charter schools in the state this past November. The current system is not working for our students, or our educators. We respectfully ask that you look into this matter and see what you can do to help fill this funding gap which is a major hit to this exceptional school.


The Pelham Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.

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