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The Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake Teachers Association embraces service to others. Below are a few examples from this year (2011 - 2013).


The Teachers Association would like to thank everyone who donated items and their time to our 2nd Annual Garage Sale.  The event was a huge success raising $1900 for local students and community members.  The money will be donated as follows:  $1000 to the BH-BL TA Scholarship Fund, $500 to Community Human Services, and $400 to the Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team.  In addition to the $1900, we also donated 8 large bags of women's and children's clothing and shoes to the Bethesda House of Schenectady and two full truck loads of items (including clothing, baby supplies, homegoods, toys, and books) to the City Mission of Glenville.  The Shellstrong Foundation kept the shoppers fed with a variety of tasty homemade goodies from their bake sale.

This event brought TA members, community members and various organizations together for several great causes.  We would also like to thank Josh at Upstate Dumpsters for donating his services for clean-up which allowed us to donate all of the proceeds directly to charity (http://upstatedumpsters.com) . 

Thank you for your help and support. 
-Sue Cifaratta & Melissa Thomas
Event Co-Chairs

More photos here.

BH-BL Teachers Association District Mailing
The Positive Voice Campaigned continued with the below mailing. This newsletter went to 900+ members of the community who are NYSUT members.

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Second Annual First Responders Appreciation Breakfast

April 13th, 2013 - As part of a yearlong focus on community involvement, the Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake Teachers Association hosted an all you can eat pancake breakfast for first responders in our community on Saturday, April 13th. The breakfast took place at the Burnt Hills High School.“Around 40 firefighters, police, E.M.T.’s and their families attended from our community. We invited the first responders that protect our homes, businesses, and schools. You can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to these people. They literally risk their lives  every day keeping us safe,” said Mike Mosall, President of the Burnt Hills -Ballston Lake  Teachers Association, the union which  represents about 280 teachers in the community. 

Special thanks to Kim Brunson for all her efforts!

Hurricane Irene Relief Effort 
August, September, October 2011
-$1140.00 donated to American Red Cross
-$1200.00 in gift cards donated
-Countless folders, books, notebooks, pens, and other classroom supplies donated
-260 man hours donated in the Schoharie Valley
More details here

TA Pancake Breakfast
March 24th, 2012
Over 40 fire fighters attended from all five local companies. It was a excellent way for our Association to thank these important members of our community.
More details here

3x3 Campaign
November of 2011 and April/May of 2012
Each member of the Association was asked to call (or write) three different parents at their home each week for the month of November (and again in April). These correspondence were strictly positive. Postcards (postage paid) were also provided. Communications were about a variety of topics: thanking parents for sending their child to school prepared, participation in class, grades, homework completion, overall effort, little victories, etc. Hundreds of positives outreaches were made. There are few stronger ways to build a positive connection between parents and teachers. This speaks to the BH-BL TA's commitment to our students and this community in an unfiltered way.
More details here

Power School Parent Night
January 18th, 2012
Working with all stakeholders (teachers, admin, IT staff) the TA demonstrated the ins and outs of the Power School parent portal to district parents (middle and high school).
More details here.

TA Garage Sale
April 28th, 2012
$2000.00 for Community Human Services, the Burnt Hills Community Library and the BH-BL TA Scholarship Fund. Additionally, 10 large bags of men's, women's and children's clothing and shoes were donated to Bethesda House of Schenectady. Two truckloads of items (including a variety of baby supplies, home goods, toys, and books) to the City Mission of Glenville.

More details here.

BHBL Flag Day Parade
June 7th, 2012

Check out our Facebook page for information about the BH-BL Flag Day Parade. The BHBLTA was a significant sponsor of the event both financially and with volunteers.  We have audio of retired BHBL teacher, Rick Reynolds, discussing the event and its significance on radio station 101.3.

The parade was held on June 7th, 2012. More than 80 bands, floats, clubs, teams, local businesses, fire trucks, churches & scout troops participated marching south on Route 50 from Kingsley Road & Burnt Hills Lanes as far as Country Acres.