Dear East Side Families,
Welcome to East Side Community High School. We are pleased to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year after what we hope was an enjoyable summer break. We look forward to your children’s success and to working with all of you to achieve the goals of your children and our school.
To help achieve these goals we, the Parent Association, Inc., raise money to help fund the school activities that make our school a special place. As you know, the DoE is continually cutting school budgets, which means that our schools must either cut programs or find other ways to fund them. The Parent Association organizes fundraising events throughout the year, which we hope you will participate in and we also support community building events because that is what we are, an integral part of this community.
Organizing these events requires a lot of commitment and hard work from our members, but we do it because we are motivated to make this school a better place. In addition to our fundraising events, we also ask that parents contribute once a year to our Direct Appeal. We do this at the beginning of the year in order to give ourselves a head start and have some money in the bank for the things we will be asked to fund during the course of the school year. Any amount of money that you can donate is appreciated, and as we are now registered as a 501(c)3 organization your donation is fully tax deductible. Also, if you work for a company that will match charitable donations you make, please be sure to let them know about your donation to the Parent Association; this can potentially double your contribution!
Much of the money we raise is used to fund our sports teams. We have two very strong boys’ basketball teams, both of whom won their respective divisions championships of the 2015 Edouard Montepetit Basketball Tournament in Quebec, Canada. Our high school baseball team was the 2014-2015 “AA” Baseball Public School Athletic League Champions, and our girls’ soccer team were the Asphalt Green Champions in 2015. We also have very competitive girls’ softball and volleyball teams. However, uniforms, league memberships and travel require funding. We also have a very successful chess team. In fact, our chess team is so good that the Chess in the Schools Program dropped us from the program, which is a testament to the quality of our players. However, we now have to raise money for them to play in tournaments around the country, including the National Championship. The Parent Association has also been very proud to fund “Women in Science” which is a series of lectures by female scientists which encourages our young girls to consider careers in the sciences.
So won’t you please support our school? You can make your donation via PayPal through a link below or by using our general email: ESCHSPAB@gmail.com.
Also, please be sure to fill in the form with your child/children’s name(s) and advisor(s). We greatly appreciate your financial support, and we look forward to working with you throughout the school year.
East Side Community High School Parent Association, Inc.