Monthly eNewsletter School Report

​DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
-HOMESTEAD SCHOOL-

Hello Homestead families,

It is so hard to believe that we have completed the first three months of the school year and that December is already here. During the month of November, our families were able to come into the classrooms and meet with their children’s teacher during the parent teacher conferences. I truly hope these meetings proved to be very informative and helpful for everyone.

To celebrate Thanksgiving, the Kindergarten families were invited into the classroom to listen to their children sing Thanksgiving songs, recite poems and enjoy some treats. Our first grade students participated in a service learning project benefitting the people of Rincon, Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. The children were asked to earn some money by doing chores around their homes. They donated their earnings to Homestead to buy hurricane relief items such as mosquito nets, water filters, headlamps and batteries. Ken and Kerry Smith, parents of first grader, Trevor Smith, put together an amazing PowerPoint presentation all about Rincon and how the children will be helping the people there. On November 22nd, they presented to the children along with Dr. Viscovich and the first grade teachers at an assembly. Please see the presentation here.

Homestead Decorations Committee Reps, Janis Scianablo and Jennifer Davis, along with their army of volunteers (over 35 parents!) decorated the school's halls in the beginning of November. This year they chose Dr. Seuss and his classic book, Green Eggs and Ham as their theme. Homestead's main entrance now has a breathtaking Dr. Seuss display as you walk in the school. As you turn the corner, over 60 large recreated pages of Green Eggs and Ham brighten the halls. By each classroom, the children's decorated Dr. Seuss fishbowls and hats are also on exhibit. In addition, the committee re-hung the past books from prior years for everyone to enjoy. Thank you to our many volunteers that helped to make this wonderful project happen!

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The Literacy at Lunch program will starting up in early January! Our parent coordinator, Amy Mueller, is busy setting up this fun program for all of us to enjoy. Be on the look-out for an informational email and a Sign-up Genius in mid-December. Thanks to a donation from the PTA, volunteer parents and the children will be able to choose from about 12 new, fun and educational games to use for this program.

Mrs. Compton, our school librarian, needs our help more than ever re-shelving all those library books. Please see Homestead’s Library Volunteer Sign Up Genius for volunteer opportunities. We still have available slots. Even if you sign up only once during the year and come for 30 minutes, it is so helpful to spread the work around. Carey Savio, Homestead’s Library Board Rep and I, thank you in advance for helping with this task.

Our Box Tops Coordinator, Laura Bley, asks for everyone to please continue to collect your Box Tops for the next deadline. Our goal is to raise over $750 for our school. If every family submits just 30 Box Tops this year we will reach this goal! This is a wonderful and simple way to raise money for our school.

Upcoming Important Dates:
  • Friday 12/1 - Primary Report Cards
  • Tuesday 12/4 - Joint Primary PTA Meeting Held at Locust School at 9:30am (all primary schools)
  • Tuesday 12/4 - Board of Education Work Session & Student Achievement Report, GCHS 8:15pm
  • Wednesday 12/13 - Board of Education Meeting, Hemlock 8:15pm
  • Tuesday 12/19 - Homestead First Grade Winter Festival at 9:15 am & 10:45 am
  • Wednesday 12/20 - Homestead Kindergarten Winter Festival at 9:15 am & 10:45 am
  • Monday 12/25 thru 1/1 - Schools closed for Holiday Recess. Re-opens Monday 1/2

Our lunch monitors are looking for donations of plastic spoons / forks as we forgetting to pack them when we send in those hot lunches or again when the children drop their utensils on the floor. Thank you for your help with this request.

Did you know? You can earn money for our school by registering your Stop and Shop Rewards card! Go to http://www.stopandshop.com/aplus to sign up. Our school id is 06137. Homestead will receive money that can be used towards wonderful programs at our school!

To see a current list of all of Homestead’s PTA Board Reps and Class parents, please see http://bit.ly/homesteadboardlist. Thank you to all our volunteers! If you have any questions or feedback, please email homestead@gardencitypta.org.

It’s never too late to support the PTA by joining online at http://www.gardencitypta.org/join_now.

I look forward to seeing everyone in school this month at all of the festive celebrations. Enjoy the exciting holiday season and the long break with your family! I will see you back at Homestead on January 2nd!

Jennifer Sullivan, Homestead PTA Director