Garden City PTA News

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Stratford School Principal Christopher Hartigan held a virtual Polcar Express read-aloud event.

Get Ready to Board the “Polar Express” with PARP

The PTA’s PARP committee welcomed more than 115 Garden City primary and elementary students for the annual Polar Express virtual read-aloud event. Stratford’s Principal Hartigan donned his festive train conductor attire, and we were greeted by a surprise message from Santa to wrap things up. Thank you to all the families who joined us for this wonderful Garden City tradition. For anyone who missed the reading, a recording can be found on our website. There are more wonderful PARP events coming up in 2024!

Class of 2024 Senior Skit Night:
Important Parent Dates

The 2024 12th Grade Party and Parent Skit Night is scheduled for Friday, March 1. The theme is SENIORS: OUT OF THIS WORLD!  There will be a Mandatory Skit Night Parent meeting on Thursday, January 4, at 7pm in the GCHS auditorium. After the January 4th informational meeting, be on the lookout for an email with a Signup Genius link detailing all the ways to participate.

Rehearsals start on Monday, January 8. Senior Skit Night is for ALL students and parents.  Please help spread the word and look out for additional information on Parent Square or look for information and updates on the senior parents’ Facebook and Instagram channels. Have questions? Contact Jeannine Votruba, Nancy Kephart or Karine McGuiness at

Save the Date for Parent University

The community’s annual Parent University event is coming up on Wednesday, January 24th. Mark your calendars now and save the evening for a series of fantastic learning sessions relevant to parents with students at all ages and stages. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and suggestions with us on the workshops being pursued, and make Parent University even better for everyone! The PTA has a quick survey available at We appreciate any input and suggestions you have to share.

Mark Your Calendars

Grab your calendar to mark down these important upcoming dates & deadlines from across the school district. You can keep an eye on the PTA website and the GCUFSD website “Events” page for even more detail on what’s happening across all seven schools.

  • 25-Jan. 1 – Holiday Recess, School Closed
  • 2 – School Reopens
  • 9 – Board of Ed. Work Session
  • 15 – MLK Jr. Day, School Closed

Your Membership Matters!

Please take a minute today to visit to rejoin for the new 2023-24 school year. While there, click the “Get Involved” tab to see the many volunteer opportunities with the PTA overall, and with your child’s specific schools. We can’t wait to work with you this year!

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