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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE CRMACS PTA

The Dear CRMA Families:

Welcome to Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School, an “A” School for 4 Consecutive Years!


This success is a result of a cohesive effort between the teaching staff, school administration and parental involvement. All three groups come together in the Parent Teacher Association or PTA. WE NEED YOU to sustain this success!


PTA Enhances Your Child’s Educational Experience. The PTA is an organization that provides you with the information and services that can help you make the most of your child’s elementary education experience. Your PTA funds numerous school enhancements that would otherwise not be available to our children. These range from extra classroom materials to facilities improvements to playground restoration and safety, and extra curricular enrichment programs.


With state funding cuts continuing to threaten school programs, the aid from the PTA is not necessarily for “extras,” but is in fact, to supplement some of the needs that might have needed to be cut. Last year when the Miami Dade County School Board froze all school budgets the CRMA PTA stepped in. In addition, on an annual basis your PTA provides classrooms with items selected by teachers.


This year parental involvement is more critical than ever. The state legislature has reduced K-12 funding for Miami Dade schools by approximately $50 million and more reductions are expected. We need every parent’s involvement to offset budget challenges and keep our school’s programs intact. Whether you offer your time and participation, offer your creative energy or financial support YOU will make a difference to our school and your child’s experience at Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School.


I look forward to meeting you and working with you to make your child’s experience at Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School a great one. Remember, your involvement is critical to your child’s success.
Sincerely,

Adriana S. Perez

Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School, PTA President

 

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PTA BOARD 2010-2011

We have a new line up of wonderful volunteers for the PTA this year. Spearheaded by Mrs. Adriana Perez as our President for the second year in a row, thank you Mrs. Perez. Also thank you to Mrs. Anna Pelligra for her diligence as the PTA web site coordinator. We would like to thank all of you for your outstanding effort and incredible support. Thank your to our 2010-2011 lineup of PTA Board Members for the most excellent dedication to our children and our school.

 

Adriana Perez (President), native Miamian, has spent the last decade managing grants programs at Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, presenting concerts and shows at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County, putting on plays at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, and managing Broadway shows for major producing offices in New York City. She holds a MFA degree in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University and a BA degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Florida. The most important production of her life is her daughter Christina, who is now in her second year at CRMA in Mrs. Black’s Pre-k 4 class. She couldn’t do it without her supportive husband Alberto and her parents, Christina’s amazing abuelitos!

Gina Richterkessing (Vice President), has been with CRMA for 6 years. She has 2 children attending the school in grades 3 and 6. This is her first year being a PTA board member. Gina has been involved as a room parent for her children's classroom each year. She graduated from FAMU with Bachelors in Occupational Therapy in 1997. She has been active in many programs/organizations including: NBCOT member, Cutler Bay Woman's Club, Saga Bay Community active Board member, team parent for POP Warner Cheerleading.

 

Angelica M. Smith (Vice President), Angelica is a native from beautiful Santa Marta, Colombia. She has been calling South Florida her home since the age of eight. After graduating from Miramar High School, she received her AS in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University in North Miami. She then transferred to Johnson and Wales’ main campus in Providence, Rhode Island, receiving her BS in Travel/Tourism Marketing and Management.

She recounts happily, “I have worked in various fields of the Travel/Tourism Industries… but my greatest reward has been my wonderful husband and energy packed children, Nicholas (4) and Isabella (7). I am currently a stay at home mom and enjoying every moment of it!”

While splitting her time between parenting and being a wife; she still seems to always have time allotted for campaigning for the causes she truly believes in; supporting childhood education ranks high on that list.


Rosemary Smith Hoel M.S., L.M.H.C., C.A.P. (Vice President of Membership/Volunteer Hours), is the Senior Vice President at Fellowship House, a behavioral health program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Counselor Education from Florida International University. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional. Rosemary was born and raised in Miami where she lives with her husband Robert, one year old daughter Madeline and five year old son Bobby, who is now a Kindergartener at CRMA in Ms. Black’s class.

Anna R. Pelligra (Vice President of Marking & Communications), was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and has been living in Miami since the age of nine. A registered nurse at Miami Children’s Hospital for the past 11 ½ years, she has spent 11 years in the pediatric ICU with four years in management. In March 2009, she left the ICU and now works as a nurse practitioner and program coordinator for the Craniofacial Center at Miami Children’s Hospital. She received her BSN and MSN in the family nurse practitioner program from Barry University. One thing she would like to share with you: being a pediatric ICU nurse has changed her perspective in life. My most precious accomplishment is my daughter, Ella who will be starting her 3rd year at CRMA.

RACQUEL LEE-SIN (Vice President of Fundraising), Racquel Lee-Sin is the Fiscal Sponsorship Manager for Dade Community Foundation, where she is serves as lead manager for the Foundation’s fiscal agency partnership with a major national foundation. Prior to Dade Community Foundation, Racquel served as the Grants Administrator for Baptist Health South Florida overseeing all pre and post activities for government and research related grants. Before joining Baptist Health South Florida, Racquel was the Grants Administrator for Washington Mutual's South East Region, during which she was selected as a 2006 Hull Fellow with the South East Council on Foundations. Racquel is involved in a variety of community organizations, and is currently a member of the American Association of Grants Professionals and the National Grants Management Association. Racquel attended Florida International University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters in Public Administration. Racquel has a wonderful and supportive husband, Donovan, they have two children, Jayden age 5 currently at CRMA and their daughter Lily, 3 who will start in the fall.

Jesus Rodriguez (Treasurer), was born in Mexico and has been living in South Florida since the age of 4. (Jessie) is currently employed as a Property Evaluation Specialist by the Miami-Dade County Office of the Property Appraiser. He received his Associate in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Miami Dade College, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education from Nova Southeaster University. Jessie has been married to Tammy (TK) for 9 years and have a son, Logan (1st grade) and a daughter, Kira (Kindergarten) who both attend CRMA.

Maria de Lourdes ( Lulu ) Rodriguez ( Recording Secretary), was born in Linares, Mexico. She got married and moved to Miami in 2002. She is married to Edgar who is a wonderful husband; they have two stars that enlighten their lives: Paulina and Edgar, who attend Mr. Cruz-Wiggins and Ms. Black's Class respectively. They will be starting their 3rd year at CRMA. Lulu holds a BA in Hospitality from Regiomontana University. She also obtained the "First Certification in English" at Clifden College, England. She worked for 11 years in the aviation industry in the operations and finance departments. She enjoyed this kind of work very much but not as much as the one she has been performing since 2003, "being a mom". During 2008 and 2009 she worked as a volunteer with Vitas Hospice. At present she serves as a Religious Education Teacher at church. She would like to share with you that she feels very blessed to be part of CRMA where she has been actively working as a parent volunteer.

Linda Klukosky – (Corresponding Secretary), born in Chicago, IL but moved to Miami at the age of 6 and have spent most of my life here. I graduated from Southwest Senior High in 1988 and received my AS in Horticulture from MDC in 2003. I worked for Norman Brothers produce for 7 years and then worked for Wild Oats markets as a produce manager for 2 years. My heart & mind are always in the natural foods field. I am a member of the Weston Price Foundation & am always striving to source the purest forms of real food available to my family while sharing this database of information with others in the community. In 2008 I moved to Memphis, TN with my husband Mark, to work for GE Aviation selling aircraft parts and lived there for 3 years. We returned to Miami to continue to work for GE from home. In 2009 we moved to Whispering Pines & discovered that we were blessed to have a school as amazing as CRMA in our backyard. Our daughter was in Waldorf schools until she was 6 and after one year at CRMA we now know firsthand that the Montessori method works beautifully. Being a wife & mother of 3 kids (Tyler -16, Rowan –7, Colton –3), having a full-time career, being a PTA member and active in our community real foods movement keeps me VERY busy. In Sept 2010 I will go back to school to become a Certified Nutritional Therapist. This will be my second year as a parent & PTA member at CRMA. Our son Tyler home schools, Rowan will be in 2nd grade and my son Colton will be in Pre-K3 at CRMA.


LETTER FROM THE FLORIDA PTA

Florida PTA
1747 Orlando Central Parkway
Orlando Florida 32809

To: Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter School PTA

From: Lenelle Cruse, Membership Chairman

"One Voice For All Children" is the theme of Florida PTA and your PTA has demonstrated an interest in the future by achieving 100% Faculty and Membership Congratulations! This commitment by families, educators and community members is an important part in our children's future. Your PTA membership activities will build a strong system in reaching everyone in your school-community who believes in children. Together we will grow! PTA is the one association that serves as advocates for children with membership open to everyone!Our Congratulations and many thanks for an outstanding job! Best wishes for continued success as we work together putting children first in the state of Florida.