Save the Date

Join us via Zoom (instructions below) for our End of Year General PTA meeting on Tuesday June 9th at 7pm. This meeting will include a playground update, end of year overview, and votes on the 2020-2021 proposed budget and officers for next year. The proposed slate of officers for 2020-2021 is:

  • President: Alana Argersinger
  • VP: Clarisa Bejar
  • Secretary: Shayna Williams
  • Treasurer: Maria Marta Sobico

We also welcome additional officer nominations.  Nominations can be made at the meeting or beforehand by email to PTA President Sara Faccidomo at

Join the Zoom Meeting using this link:

Meeting ID: 988 455 6697
Password: 15112

Spotlight on open PTA positions

Even at this unusual time, the PTA is planning for next year.  Below find descriptions of several PTA positions that need to be filled for next year. Please email if you are interested in learning more about these or other open positions.

  1. Treasurer: Maria Marta Sobico works all year round to maintain financial books for the PTA and works with the Board to create an annual budget. She manages funds and expenses of the PTA, answers financial questions, writes checks weekly to reimburse teachers, staff and volunteers for expenses. Without her, we wouldn’t be able to receive or spend money! We thank her for her tremendous service to the school! Maria Marta is willing to volunteer in this position but it is OPEN for another volunteer.
  2. Grant writers: Grant writers are imperative to long term PTA funding. They apply for and follow up on grants requested by the school or PTA. In the past, it has been grant writers who have secured funding for an outdoor music center, 5th grade trip, summer learning program, water stations, science expo, and supplies for the playground. This position is OPEN for THREE OR MORE volunteers for next year.
  3. School supplies: Collects school supply lists from grade levels, coordinates bulk purchase of supplies, and keeps the school supply closet well stocked. Sara Faccidomo is willing to volunteer in this position again and would love 2-3 more volunteers to assist this effort.
  4. Social media: This is a new position! The PTA is looking for someone who will keep social media accounts up to date for the PTA. This would include posting announcements, reminders, and other information on different platforms. It would also include maintaining the integrity of the contacts. This position is OPEN for 1-2 volunteers.
  5. Uniform Coordinator: Sara Faccidomo was our Uniform Coordinator. With assistance, she collected, washed and re-sold used uniforms last year during back to school events as well as gave them to incoming and returning families in need. This position requires some effort in the spring/summer to collect clothes, and in the late summer to wash and sort clothes for re-sale at the back to school events. This position is OPEN for next year!
  6. TABLE/ PORCH Coordinators: Jennifer Jackson has been our TABLE/PORCH coordinator.  She is the FPGB liaison between the school community and TABLE/PORCH to provide school families-in-need with nutrition assistance. She coordinates a group of volunteers to raise funds and deliver food to kids each week. This position is OPEN for two volunteers for next year.

Resources for Families

This list of resources was compiled by FPGB staff and parents.  It will be updated continuously as we identify new resources.

Click on one of the topics below to open a list of relevant resources.

  1. Talking to Children About the Covid-19 Coronavirus (in Spanish) A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists
  2. Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease (in Spanish) from the Centers for Disease Control
  3. Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19 (in Spanish) from the Centers for Disease Control
  1. The CHCCS at-home learning website provides resources to support educators, families and students throughout the coming weeks.  On that site you can find:
    1. Lots and lots of online learning resources curated by CHCCS staff.
    2. Instructions for obtaining tech support and internet access while schools are closed.  Read more about obtaining free or low-cost internet access below.
  2. The NC Zoo’s Education Office is beginning a Facebook Live series that will air every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. on the Zoo’s Facebook Page.
  3. Homeschooling and need a laugh?
  1. Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
  2. For children age 18 and under, text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate the nearest food distribution locations. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
  3. TABLE – food delivery of healthy, non-perishable food items to children in Chapel Hill/Carrboro
  4. OCIM – provides food to low-income families in rural Orange County.
  1. Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs that help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. St. Thomas More Financial Assistance Ministry-During the crises, we will focus on rental assistance for residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  Call 919-942-6216 for more information.
  3. United Way-Call 866-211-9966 and provide your zip code. You will be given a list of local agencies providing help with bills, rent and food.
  4. NCCARE360 – Resource Information has been concentrated and is robust for the following: Housing, Employment, Food Assistance, Interpersonal Violence, Transportation, No Wrong Door and Income Support. NCCARE360 continues to add and verify resources daily and will continue to expand as the program completes implementation throughout the state.
  5. Mutual Aid Carrboro COVID-19 Mutual Aid Relief Fund-To support workers sent home without pay. They are not accepting new applications but will open them once they have processed current requests.
  6. Interfaith Council-Schedule an appointment by calling 919-929-6380 x19, 9 am to 5 pm.
  7. Orange County DSS-Orange County provides emergency assistance to low-income residents of Orange County. For more information, call 919-245-2490.
  8. Town of Carrboro: The Town provides assistance with rent, security deposits and utility connection fees for low-income residents who find or have housing in Carrboro. For more information, please call 919-918-7321.

The ability to participate in remote academic activities may require better access to the internet than is typically available to your family.  Many Internet Service Providers are responding to the COVID-19 emergency by offering services at minimal or no cost to your family. Here is some guidance from various service providers for obtaining new or upgraded internet. Please contact your service provider for info.

  • AT&T: All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, they will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program. They’ve expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, they are offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of FREE service.
  • Spectrum: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Sprint: Provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. 
  • T-Mobile: Unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. 

Please note: FPG does not endorse these companies or their services. Individuals should investigate all terms associated with service to decide if it is right for them.

  1. If you are a parent who provides essential services to our community during the COVID-19 closures and your child care has fallen through or is unavailable because of them, call 1-888-600-1685 to be connected with the right fit for you and your child.
  2. YMCA Camp Hope – Child Care for Essential Personnel
  1. El Centro Hispano distributes diapers Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am to 1 pm at their Carrboro location, 201 W. Weaver St. (as of 3/19/2020). Call 919-687-4635 to confirm.
  2. NC Diaper Bank distributes our hygiene product program through established agencies that work directly with families. Call 919-886-8085 for more information.
  1. COVID-19 Emergency Funds by Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Fund-Assistance helps undocumented families have funds for bills, rent, groceries and medical care.  If you are undocumented yourself or have family members who are undocumented and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemice, please apply through our webiste or give us a call.  The amount we can provide each person is based on the donations we received and the amount of requests we receive.
  2. El Centro Hispano COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund Application 
  1. Healthwell Foundation’s COVID-19 Fund: To qualify for assistance through the COVID-19 Ancillary Fund, the following eligibility requirements must be met:
    A. You or a member of your household have a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 OR
    You or a member of your household are part of a high-risk group that should be especially mindful of contact with COVID-19 (including, but not limited to, immunocompromised patients, the elderly, infants) OR
    You reside in a geographic area within the United States or one of its territories where COVID-19 is prevalent OR
    You or a member of your household had a physician or health care provider, or any other official recommend self-quarantine regarding exposure to COVID-19 AND
    B. Your income falls within 500% of Federal Poverty Level
    The maximum award level of our grants are $250. Applications are taken through phone only.  Call 800-675-8416 to apply.
  2. Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill: Emergency financial assistance may be provided when there is a loss of income, medical issues or death in the family, but it is not intended to provide full financial support for any individual on a long term basis. In cases of ongoing need, JFS staff will help the individual or family to find other resources. Anyone receiving financial assistance will need to meet with JFS staff for an initial interview and undergo a financial assessment. All applicants will be asked to provide a summary of their assets, earnings, and debt.  Call 919-354-4923 to schedule an appointment.  Email to get more info.
  • Freedom House  Crisis Unit – 919-967-8844 – 104 New Stateside Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 
    • “Screening carefully” for fever, cough, SOB, recent travel abroad, contact with COVID-19 infected individuals. 
    • Telling people to strongly consider whether they should be in an inpatient facility because of risk of contagion. 
    • Keeping clients six feet away from each other and cleaning common surfaces every two hours. 
    • Only adults. 
    • If they come in for detox they need to have a safe place to go after. None of the homeless shelters in the area are accepting new referrals. Discharge planning currently affected – referral sources for follow up care may not be accepting new clients at this time for outpatient, inpatient or residential services. Oxford Houses (sober living houses) still accepting applications for residence.  
    • Mobile crisis 866-275-9552 – free onsite clinical assessment and transportation to crisis facilities 
  • UNC ER – 919-966-4721 
    • psychiatry crisis pager 919-216-0595 
    • 911 for emergency transport. 
  • Monarch Behavioral Health Wake County Behavioral Health Urgent Care  – 919-703-2845 – 319 Chapanoke Rd., Suite 120 Raleigh, NC 27603 
    • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
    • Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    • Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
    • Can see people who have Medicaid or have some private insurance (some BCBS, United Health – call first if insurance questions) from Orange County, also uninsured people from Wake, Durham and Johnston.  See last patient 1.5 hours before closing. The earlier they can get there the better. Nothing has changed in terms of urgent care. See children 5 and up, teens and adults. 
  • Carolina Outreach Behavioral Health Urgent Care – 919-251-9009
  • 2670 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham, NC 27077. 
    • Entrance at Back.  Safety assessments, emergency medication refills, and crisis counseling to those ages 4 and up in Durham, Wake, Cumberland, or Johnston counties who have Alliance Medicaid or who are uninsured and meet certain income criteria. Walk-in. $440 out of pocket for other counties including Orange, even if they have private insurance. Call to check hours – closed next two Saturdays. 
  • El Futuro – clinics closed as of 3/16/20 – offering remote phone support to current patients by calling their provider’s extension. 
  • Chapel Hill Police Department Crisis Unit919-968-2806 
    • 8 am – 11 pm  
    • 24-hour co-response team that provides onsite emergency response with officers to persons in crisis situations.  
  • Compass Center – 24 hour DV services 919-929-7122  
    • Offices are closed to clients. Office and hotline are being forwarded to staff cell phones.  
    • DVPO – Compass Center can help patients apply virtually – have clearance from clerk of court and judge – if clients need help they can meet in the office.  
    • May be able to help with brief emergency hotel placement – usually contingent on client being willing to consider DV shelter option – currently surveying DV shelters to see which are open.  
    • Courts are still open but have continued cases like jury trials for 30 days. Still hearing ex partes like initial DVPOs. DV court and criminal first appearances still being heard. No Compass Center staff or volunteers will be present in court. 
  • Orange County Rape Crisis Center 24 hour helplines 866-935-4783, text 919-504-5211
    • We will maintain 24-hour crisis intervention services through our phone, text and chat Helplines.  
    • Hospital accompaniment will still be available via video chat. We have provided the SANE staff at UNC Hospitals with an agency cell phone with video chat capabilities, and registered for Vsee Chat, a secure encrypted HIPAA compliant telemedicine app that will allow survivors to connect directly with an advocate for emotional support during their medical appointment.  
    • All client and community meetings will be conducted virtually either via phone or video chat. Secure video chat options will be used for any client contact.  
    • Support groups have been postponed by 2 weeks to allow us time to retool and assess feasibility and best practices for holding virtual groups as needed. 
  • Suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-TALK 
  • Law enforcement 911 
  • NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness Orange County – 919-929-7822 
    • Volunteer organization, staffed by family members of people with mental illness.  “People can call just to talk – we’re a warm line, not a crisis line.”
    • Mental Health Resource Guide

Local: Orange County Health Department

  • Text updates: To receive daily text updates, text ocnchealth to 888-777.
  • Actualizaciones de texto: para recibir actualizacions diarias en Espanol mande mensaje ’OCNCSALUD’ a 888777
  • Hotline: Questions about COVID-19? Call (919) 245-6111 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Spanish language and other languages available.
  • Email: Email your questions to

Find more information about COVID-19 at:

Multilingual Resources may be found at:

State: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 

National: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

A bit of good news!

Our playground committee chair stopped by school last week morning and was delighted by the sight of our new playground.  It looks really nice…even nicer in real life than on the drawings!

Covid-19 Fund

If you are able, please consider making a monetary donation to our Covid-19 Fund that will be used to purchase grocery store gift cards for families in need in our school community. The cards will be maintained and distributed to families by Barbie Garayua-Tudryn, FPGB school counselor.

You can donate in any of the following ways:

  1. Donate through the FPGB PTA website and choose COVID-19 Fund as the purpose of your donation.
  2. Donate by Venmo to @FPGPTA and indicate COVID-19 Fund in the memo section.
  3. Donate by check to FPG PTA and indicate COVID-19 Fund in the memo line.  Mail your check to Maria Marta Sobico, 415 Ridgefield Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you FPG teachers and staff!


All PTA events have been cancelled until we return to school.

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