2017-04-21 / School

Garden City PTA News

Special Meeting Today

There will be a special meeting of Garden City PTA on Friday, April 21st at 9 am at the St. Paul’s Senior Center on 108 Rockaway Avenue. PTA members are invited to attend and vote on the use of PTA Grant funds for a seven-part speaker event to be held on October 24 and 25, 2017 with Jessica Lahey.

Ms. Lahey is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and an English teacher. She writes “The Parent-Teacher Conference” column at The New York Times, is a commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and is the author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. If approved, Ms. Lahey will give seven presentations, five to Middle School and High School students, one to GCPS faculty, and one to the Garden City community (evening event). The community event will also include a book signing.

Deadline to order your school supplies is today!

Attention K-7 grade and all incoming September 2017 kindergarten families. Save time & money with quality products with teacher approved and custom packed for your child’s classroom. Avoid summer shopping hassles: No crowds, traffic, or guesswork and order your September school supplies online.

• 4/21, F – Deadline to order School Supplies online at http://bit.ly/ GCPTASchoolSupplies

• Enter School ID: GAR054.

• Follow the instructions to order online.

• Order the grade pack your child will be starting in September 2017.

GC For A Cure

Garden City Teachers’ Association’s (GCTA) 8th Annual “GC For A Cure” is TOMORROW! The Garden City PTA is a proud contributing sponsor to this wonderful community event. We hope everyone enjoys the run and have fun!

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who sent a letter in support of Garden City Public Schools last month. It’s important to let our elected representatives know that Garden City parents are actively engaged in our children’s education and that we support our public schools. We assure you – your participation in these campaigns makes a difference!

The Garden City PTA will continue to keep you informed about important issues facing our schools and public education. Read our monthly newsletter and connect with us @ GardenCityPTA on the web, Facebook, and Twitter. Feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns and to get more involved. Again, thank you for your participation – advocacy works!

Staff Appreciation

The PTA, in collaboration with our school families, host Staff Appreciation Luncheons at each of our seven school buildings during Teacher Appreciation Month. These time-honored luncheons are a wonderful way to show our appreciation to the teachers, administrators, and staff for making a positive impact on the lives of our children. Look for an email with a SignUpGenius link in the May PTA Newsletter detailing the different opportunities to participate - there is something to fit every culinary level.

Staff Appreciation

Luncheon dates:

• Friday, April 28th – GCHS

•Thursday, May 18th – Hemlock School

•Friday, May 19th – Stewart & Stratford Schools

•Monday, May 22nd – Locust School

• Tuesday, May 23rd – Homestead School

• Thursday, May 25th – Middle School

What to make positive change? Get involved!

Consider serving as a parent representative on a school committee, become a member of a GCPS Site-Based Team. The purpose of schoolbased planning and shared decision-making (Site-Base Committee) is to improve the educational performance of all students in our schools. The PTA is charged with the responsibility of selecting the PTA parent members to serve on the district’s Site- Based committees. If selected for this Committee, you will work directly with administrators, teachers, students, and parents addressing issues that may arise at the school level.

The following open Site- Based parent positions for the 2017-2019 school years include Middle School (1 position), Stewart School (2 positions), Locust School (1 position), and Homestead School (1 position)

If you are interested in learning more about Site-Base committee visit our website www.gardencitypta.org and click Apply for Site-Base under Quick Links on the homepage. Applications for open positions are being accepted during the month of April.

Upcoming GC PTA Events:

• 4/21, F, General Membership Meeting (date added), 9 am St. Paul’s Senior Center, to approve the use of PTA Grant funds.

• Until 4/21, F - K-7 grade and all incoming September 2017 kindergarten families order your child’s September 2017 school supplies, http:// bit.ly/GCPTASchoolSupplies CODE: GAR054.

• 4/28, F – Stratford School Family Fun Bingo Night 7:00 pm, PTA co-sponsored event.

• 4/28, F – High School Staff Appreciation Luncheon

PTA at the BOE and Start Time Community Forum

• 5/1, M – Community Forum: 7-9 pm, GCHS to discuss the feasibility of changing school start times.

• 5/9, W – Board of Education Meeting: Work Session at GCHS at 8:15 pm

Upcoming GCPS Events:

Attention All Parents

• 5/1, M – Community Forum Early Start Time

Attention Stratford Parents

• 4/26, W – Second Grade Vocal Concert at 9:00 am

• 4/28, F – Stratford School Family Fun Bingo Night 7:00 pm, PTA co-sponsored event.

Attention High School Parents

• 4/24, M – PTA Reflections Ceremony honoring GCMS and GCHS students in the GCHS Library at 7:00 pm

• 4/25, T – NCA Spring College Expo at Hofstra from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

• 4/26, W – GCHS Spring Concert (Chamber Choir/Wind Symphony/Wind Ensemble/ Women’s Choir) at GCHS from 7:00 to 11:00 pm

• 4/27, Th – Afternoon Tea, 3:30 pm GCHS. PTA is proud to be a member of the district’s Tea Committee and contributor to this wonderful community event sponsored by GCPS.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Talk with young people early and often about the dangers of underage drinking. With your help, we can make sure that young people understand that they do not need to drink to fit in, have fun, or deal with the pressures of growing up. Use the resources on https://www.toosmarttostart. samhsa.gov to help young people be “too smart to start”. (Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

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Who We Are

Since 1945, the Garden City Parent Teacher Association has been dedicated to serving children and families in our community. Today’s Garden City PTA is a network of parents, teachers, administrators and community members devoted to the educational, social and emotional success of children. Our commitment to creating a collaborative environment where families and the school community can work together has and will continue to foster positive change in our schools and within our community. Together we are a powerful voice for all our children, a relevant resource for our families and a strong advocate for public education.

Through our annual membership drive and fundraising efforts we are able to provide cultural programs, speaker engagements, health and safety programs, monetary awards to high school seniors and so much more. Many of our events and programs have become longstanding traditions in our schools and for our students. Our grants have enhanced the educational experience for students in each of our seven schools. Our members can be found volunteering their time and talents in our schools and throughout our community.

Thank you to all who support the Garden City PTA.

Together we can achieve great things!

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