Monthly eNewsletter School Report

October Newsletter

Hello Hemlock families.
We are already one month in to the new school year and hopefully everyone is settling in. We had a great turn out at our Back to School Night. It was a terrific opportunity to visit the school and get to know the teachers and school administration. I hope you all tried the delicious zucchini bread baked by our principal Mrs. Bellovin. She made it from a 7 lb. zucchini grown by our First graders. A big thank you to our class parents that helped organize the evening and run all of the class lotteries. If you didn’t get a chance to visit the PTA’s Sportswear table that night, please see to place your Sportswear order.

September was a busy and enjoyable month for our children. The children had their Photo Day which was a success. Irvin Simon, our school photographer, will be sending an email shortly including your child’s photo shoot. Thank you to my Photography Chairperson Maria Pepicelli for all her planning. Another thank you to the parents that volunteered their time on Photo Day to ensure everything went smoothly. If you are unhappy with your child’s photos or your child was absent, Photo Retake Day is scheduled for October 24th.

Our first Hemlock PTA meeting will be Wednesday, October 4th at 9:30am in the Multi Purpose Room at Hemlock. Please come and hear updates from me, our principal, and our Hemlock PTA Board Reps. We will also have some past grant accomplishments out for display.

The PTA’s National Reflections Contest theme for this year is “Within Reach”. Our Reflections Board Chair this year is Melissa Kahn. There will be an entry box by the main office soon. Someone will be visiting the classrooms shortly to speak to the children about how they can get started and to show them examples from last year. Hemlock had many successful entries last year. At the primary level, we had 9 children that placed in the Literature, Photography and Visual Arts categories as well as 8 honorable mentions. We even had 1 child who proceeded to the Nassau Region level. The deadline is November 6th, so get the children started! For more info see

Hemlock’s 1st Box Tops Drive is underway. Everyone should have received a flyer in their childs backpack. Please see the following link for participating products Our due date is Monday, October 23rd. Even after our Box Top drive is over, please keep collecting and sending the Box Tops in to get ready for our next drive in February. This is a wonderful and simple way to raise money for our school.

Be on the lookout for an email and Sign Up Genius from Brooke McHugh, our Library Chairperson. Hemlocks librarian needs our help again this year to re-shelve the books that our children take out each week. We had an increase in enrollment this year so the library needs our help more than ever! Thank you in advance for helping with this task. Even if you sign up only once during the year and come for 30 minutes, it is so helpful to spread the work around.

Garden City School District’s Spirit Week begins on October 10th. Hopefully everyone received the email to order t-shirts for the pep rally on Friday, October 13th and for the Homecoming parade / game the following day. If you missed the deadline to order the t-shirts, simply try to have your children wear maroon and gray to school that Friday.

There is so much for our children to look forward to in October!
October 4th - Hemlock PTA Meeting at 9:30am
October 9th - No School for Columbus Day
October 10th - 13th District Wide Spirit Week
October 14th - Homecoming Parade at 1pm and Game at 3pm
October 21st - PTA Sportswear Saturday from 9-2pm, St. Paul’s
October 23rd - PTA Sportswear Order Deadline Order online at
October 23rd - 1st Box Tops Submission Deadline Drop-off box located at front office. If each family sends in just 40 Box Tops this year, we can raise over $1,000 for our school! October 24th - Photo Retake Day
October 24th - PTA Speaker, Jessica Lahey, The Gift of Failure at 7:30pm, GCHS Auditorium
October 25th - District Wide Unity Day
October 31st - Hemlock Halloween Storybook Parade at 9:00am
November 6th - “Within Reach?” Reflections Entry Deadline Drop-off at front office.