2017-05-19 / School

Garden City PTA News


The 2017-2018 GCPTA Executive Board was installed at the last meeting and will be under the leadership of President-Elect Jackie Costello (on the far left). Congratulations to all! The 2017-2018 GCPTA Executive Board was installed at the last meeting and will be under the leadership of President-Elect Jackie Costello (on the far left). Congratulations to all! Thank you for passing the School Budget! Another opportunity to inspire minds, empower achievement, and build community!

Remember: School is in Session on 5/26, F (Snow Day Make-Up Day)

Site-Based Committee

Play an integral role in improving the educational performance of all students in our schools. The purpose of school-based planning and shared decision making shall be to improve the educational performance of all students in the school. We need PTA parent members to serve on the district’s Site-Based committees. The following open Site-Based parent positions for the 2017-2019 school years include Middle School (1 position), Stewart School (2 positions), Stratford School (2), Locust School (1 position), and Homestead School (1 position). If selected for this Committee, you will work directly with administrators, teachers, students, and parents addressing issues that may arise at the school level.

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

Upcoming GC PTA Events:

Staff Appreciation Month is well underway!

Thank you to all who donated to make these luncheons so special.

Over the next week, we will be saying thank you to Stewart’s, and Stratford’s teachers, administrators, and staff.

• 5/19, F - Stewart

• 5/19, F - Stratford

• 5/22, M - Locust

• 5/23, T - Homestead

• 5/23, T - Middle School

Final school PTA Meetings and Thank You Breakfasts are fast approaching.

Breakfast is on us! All Meetings begin at 9:30 am unless noted.

• 5/19, F – GCHS: Thank You Breakfast AND General Membership Vote for the use of PTA grant funds to provide additional supplies and equipment to expand the GCHS’s Library Maker Space program.

• 5/23, T - Middle School: Thank You Breakfast AND General Membership Vote for the use of PTA grant funds to provide portable SMART Board to the health and physical education department.

• 5/31, W - Locust School

• 6/1, Th - Stewart School: Thank You Breakfast AND General Membership Vote for the use of PTA grant funds to provide STEAM supplies to Stewart School.

• 6/2, F - Stratford School: Thank You Breakfast AND General Membership Vote to approve 2017-18 Preliminary PTA Budget.

• 6/6, T - Homestead School

Upcoming GCPS Events:

Attention Primary Parents

• 5/25, Th - Kindergarten Early Dismissal at 12:20 pm

• 5/25, Th - Incoming Kindergarteners Orientation at 1:15 pm

Attention Elementary Parents

• 5/24-25, W-Th - NYS Science Performance Assessment for 4th Grade students.

Attention Stewart Parents

• 5/24, W - Stewart Beginners Concert at 9:15 and 10:30 am

• 5/25, Th - Fifth Grade Stewart students to GCMS Field trip for Orientation and ABC Expo

Attention Stratford Parents

• 5/23, T - Spring Concert with Jazz Band, 4th and 5th Grade Band and Orchestra at 7:00 pm

• 5/24, W - Fifth Grade Stratford students to GCMS Field trip for Orientation and ABC Expo

Attention Middle School Parents

• 5/22, M - Spring Jazz Concert at GCMS at 7:00 pm

• 5/24-25, W-Th - NYS Science Performance Assessment for 8th Grade students.

• 5/24, W - MS ABC Expo Open House at 6:30 - 8:30 pm

• 5/24, W - 8th Grade Art Reception at 7:00 pm

Attention High School Parents

• 5/24, W - Senior Transition to College Field Trip

• 5/24, W - GCHS National Honor Society Induction in GCHS Auditorium at 7:00 pm

• 5/25, Th - GCHS Spring Concert with Choir, Orchestra and Symphony at 7:00 pm

May is Mental Health Month

A few ideas from Mental Health America’s “31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health” (Source: Mental Health America):

1. Track gratitude and achievement with a journal. Include 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day. Try the free apps – Happier or Attitudes of Gratitude Journal or make your own journal using one of these tutorials.

2. Start your day with a cup of co¬ffee. Coffee consumption is linked to lower rates of depression. If you can’t drink coffee because of the caffeine, try another good-for-you drink like green tea.

3. Set up a getaway. It could be camping with friends or a trip to the tropics. The act of planning a vacation and having something to look forward to can boost your overall happiness for up to 8 weeks!

4. Work your strengths. Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task.

5. Keep it cool for a good night’s sleep. The optimal temperature for sleep is between 60° and 67° Fahrenheit.

6. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr. Think of something in your life you want to improve, and figure out what you can do to take a step in the right direction.

7. Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.

8. Show some love to someone in your life. Close, quality relationships are key for a happy, healthy life.

9. Boost brainpower by treating yourself to a couple pieces of dark chocolate every few days. The flavanoids, caffeine, and theobromine in chocolate are thought to work together to improve alertness and mental skills.

10. Sometimes, we don’t need to add new activities to get more pleasure. We just need to soak up the joy in the ones we’ve already got. Trying to be optimistic doesn’t mean ignoring the uglier sides of life. It just means focusing on the positive as much as possible.

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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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