No PTC General Meeting for April, 2020
Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, all school related activities and athletic programs have been cancelled till April 14th, 2020 or until further notice.
Stay Safe, be healthy and practice social distancing to weather the current situation and we will come out the other side stronger for it!
"USC Schools Care for USCSD Families” fundraiser
Hello Upper St. Clair School District Families -
To no surprise, USCSD families have been reaching out to see how they can help others during this pandemic. As it stands, we currently have families in USC that could use some help right now and we unfortunately expect to have many more in the future.
This is why the Boyce PTO, in conjunction with all other USC PTO/PTA/PTSOs, has established the "USC Schools Care for USCSD Families” fundraiser. If you can and want to help out during this difficult time, please donate any monetary amount here: paypal.me/BoycePTO
Every donation, dollar for dollar, will be turned into gift cards and e-gift cards for places like Walmart, Giant Eagle and Target. 100% of the funds donated will be distributed to USCSD families. Our district’s student support services will be responsible for distributing the gift cards. All recipients will remain anonymous.
If you know of a family that could use a little help, please notify your building’s principal. This could be someone who unexpectedly is laid off, a sick family member, etc., and is not necessarily based on demonstrated financial need. Again, all recipients of gift cards will be anonymous.
Thank you so much for being so wonderful, so giving and so caring. The strength of our community will get us though this.
We Rise By Lifting Others.
Contact Boyce PTO President: Gina Swanson firstname.lastname@example.org
Boyce PTO Board Advisor: Jen Schnore email@example.com
PTC hosts District-wide Annual Food Drive throughout February
The Upper St. Clair Parent Teacher Council is hosting a district-wide drive to benefit the families served by the South Hills Interfaith Movement throughout the month of February. This effort is a part of SHIM’s annual Sack Hunger community wide campaign. Collection boxes will be located within all six of the district’s schools.
SHIM has been providing food, clothing and services to people in need in Pittsburgh’s southern suburban neighborhoods for more than 50 years. The organization works to reduce the devastating effects of suburban poverty among the working poor, unemployed, families, single parents, senior citizens, women, and the high concentration of refugee families in its service area.
According to officials with SHIM, some of the items most needed include:
- Dried beans (kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans, etc.)
- Baking products (flour, sugar, oil, etc.)
- Pasta sauce in jars
- Soup (especially low sodium)
- Boxed rice mixes
- Cereal & Oatmeal
- Canned proteins (tuna, chicken, salmon, beans)
- Spices and seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, chili powder, turmeric, etc.)
- Beverages (juice, tea, coffee)
- Diapers, sizes 3-6
- Personal care items (shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine items, etc.)
The PTC has partnered with South Hills Movers for this community service project. On March 2, company representatives will transport the donated items from the schools to SHIM. For more information regarding the district-wide drive and/or to help out, contact Jennifer Schnore, event chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about SHIM or to make a donation directly to the organization, contact Seth Dubin, director of development, at email@example.com or call 412-854-9120 ext. 109.
Two showings of “Screenagers” set for Feb. 18
The Upper St. Clair community has the opportunity to attend two screenings of the documentary, “SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. The 67-minute film will be shown at 10 a.m. at the McLaughlin Run Road Activity Center and at 7 p.m. at the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park. A facilitated discussion will follow each showing of the film.
Released in 2016, SCREENAGERS encourages parents and educators to engage in the conversation about how screen time impacts their lives and what they can do about it.
Watch the “SCREENAGERS” movie trailer.
According to the film’s website, “SCREENAGERS is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions that work. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into a national movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to screens.”
The program, which is free and open to all, is sponsored by several Upper St. Clair groups including the Parent Teacher Council’s Wellness Committee, Youth Steering Committee, Community Foundation, Township Library, Community & Recreation Center, and the school district.
Learn more at www.screenagersmovie.com.
According to Common Sense Media, the leading resource of media and technology information for families and schools, “Parents need to know that Screenagers is a documentary that will likely strike a chord with many parents. It explores how teens interact with each other using electronic devices (smartphones, computers, social media, etc.) and looks at whether parents can – or should – try to limit or control this behavior. Many experts share their thoughts on the topics the movie covers, which include tech addiction, violent video games, digital citizenship, and more. It's sure to prompt conversations about family communication and responsible tech use if kids and parents watch together.”
In March, community members will be able to view the follow-up documentary, Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience,,” released in 2019. Showings will be available at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Award-winning author and expert to address adolescent issues
Internationally recognized child development expert and best-selling author Dr. Michele Borba will deliver a presentation for parents and educators from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in the Upper St. Clair High School theater. Titled, “Unselfie: Raising caring, successful kids in a plugged-in, trophy-driven world,” the program is free and open to the public.
According to Dr. Borba, in our hyper-connected, social-media-saturated society, many of us (especially young people) are so obsessed with snapping “selfies” and living a virtual life online that we’re forgetting how to care for the people right in front of us. That resulting Selfie Syndrome is leading to an empathy crisis in youth.
But there is a solution: studies show that the antidote to Selfie Syndrome is empathy. And the good news is that empathy can be cultivated in children, starting even before they can talk. In “UnSelfie,” Dr. Borba presents new and compelling research that explains how to impart this key skill to kids—whether it’s teaching toddlers how to comfort one another or giving teens the tools to stand up to bullying—and why empathy paves the way for future happiness and success, and offers audiences practical ways to activate empathy to raise kids with compassion, courage, conviction to become social changemakers and make a difference in our world.
Caring about others isn’t just about playing nice; it’s a skill that’s vital for children’s mental health, leadership skills, and continued well-being, today and tomorrow. Dr. Borba’s 9-step plan for raising successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient provides a framework for learning empathy and is culled from 30 years of research and traveling the world to find the best solutions. Her findings show that empathetic kids will thrive in the future, but the seeds of success can be planted today—one habit at a time.
“This program represents a collaboration between and among our families, community organizations and the school district,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of the Upper St. Clair School District, said. “To truly make a difference for children and adolescents, we will need a sustained partnership that supports, empowers and enriches the lives of families.”
Dr. Borba is an educational psychologist whose work focuses on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. She has delivered keynotes and workshops to more than 1,000,000 participants and authored 24 books including “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.”
Dr. Borba received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco. She earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Santa Clara, and a Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She is a former classroom teacher who has worked with children in regular education as well as with learning, physical, behavioral and emotional disabilities, and in a private practice for troubled youth.
Her numerous awards include the National Educator Award, presented by the National Council of Self-Esteem; Santa Clara University’s Outstanding Alumna Award; and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Educational Profession, presented by the Bureau of Education and Research. She was named the honorary chairperson for the Implementation of Self-Esteem in Hong Kong.
Following the event, a book sale and signing will take place in the theatre lobby.