Monthly eNewsletter School Report

Homestead School
April Report

Spring is officially here!  March was the new busy month at Homestead School.  The children were busy participating in PARP pep rallies and assemblies all month long.  They attended Mad Science Up, Up & Away Pressure, Jets & Rockets and the Long Island Science Museum Star Lab.  They celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday, filled out their weekly PARP boards and won raffle prizes, and they shared their favorite poems and jokes with their classmates.  Hopefully, everyone was able to jump start their spring cleaning by donating their gently used books to the Book Fairies Drive during the last week of the month.  We also kicked off March by celebrating the achievements of our fellow classmates at the Reflections Award Ceremony on March 1st.  A list of our school’s winning entries and artists is now posted by the main office. 

Our Pennies for Patients Drive benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society began on March 23rd and will conclude on Friday, April 7th.  Keep sending in your loose change with your children each day!  We have wonderful parent volunteers that deposit the coins for the school on a biweekly basis.  Our school nurse, Mrs. Schneider, is providing the children with updates every couple of days.  Last year, through the generosity of our families, this coin drive raised over $2,600 for the charity. 

Our annual PTA Dinner was held at the Garden City Hotel on Thursday, March 23rd.  I saw many of our parents there.  Our very own Ms. Jane Jordan, retired Homestead Kindergarten teacher / current beloved substitute teacher, was given a NYS PTA Honorary Life Member Award.  It was such a fun and amazing night. 

With the end of March comes the conclusion of our very successful Literacy at Lunch Program.  Thank you to Amy Mueller for seamlessly coordinating this program for all of us.  Our children really enjoyed having us visit them throughout the winter months to play games with them and their classmates.

On Monday, April 3rd, there will be a Primary Joint PTA Meeting held at Hemlock School at 9:30am.  Mrs. Bellovin and Dr. Cannone will present their Parent University Workshop, “Mathematics, Computational Thinking and Granola?”  In addition, there will be an update on the High School Start Time Steering Committee.  There will also be a membership vote to amend the GCPTA Budget and to approve the minutes from our last Primary Joint PTA meeting on February 7th.  Please see the draft minutes at here.

Our PTA sponsored First Grade field trip is on Wednesday, April 5th!  Our children will be treated to Earthbeats at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.  Click here for details kupferbergcenter.org

Our Homestead Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 23rdOur school committee members, Lauren Kennedy and Deborah Donaghy, are busy planning this event.  They will need volunteer parents to help out.  Be on the lookout for a Sign-up Genius in the next few weeks to help make this event special for our Homestead teachers and staff.

We have open PTA Executive Board positions for next year.  We truly appreciate your help selecting candidates for the following positions: President-Elect and Treasurer. To learn more about these positions or to nominate yourself or a potential candidate please contact, Pat Aprigliano at executivevp@gardencitypta.org or click here, http://bit.ly/GCPTAMake-A-Nomination.

Homestead School will also have various Board Positions open next year. Sadly for me, many of our amazing 1st grade volunteer parents are moving on to Stratford.  I will advertise the open positions by our final Primary PTA Meeting and Thank You Breakfast on Tuesday, June 6th.  

Order your child's September school supplies ONLINE in April!  Save time & money with quality products.  Custom packed for your child's classroom.  Avoid summer shopping hassles: No crowds, traffic, or guesswork.  Online order dates:  March 6, 2017 – April 21, 2017http://bit.ly/GCPTASchoolSupplies   Supplies will be available for you to pick up on Saturday, June 3rd at the Garden City Middle School Cafeteria from 9am-2pm.

Important Upcoming Dates in April

  • Monday 4/3 - Primary Joint PTA Meeting at Hemlock School at 9:30am (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
  • Tuesday 4/4 - Board of Education Budget / Work Session at 8:15pm, GCHS
  • Wednesday 4/5 - PTA Sponsored 1st Grade Field Trip to Kupferberg Center for the Arts
  • Monday 4/10 - 4/14 - No School Spring Break
  • Monday 4/17 - School is Open Due to Snow Make Up Day
  • Thursday 4/20 - Board of Education Meeting, Budget Adoption at 8:15pm, GCHS
  • Friday 4/21 - School Supplies Online Order Deadline
  • Saturday 4/22 – GC Teachers’ Association Race for a Cure

A Look Ahead to a Busy May

  • Monday 5/1 - High School Start Time Update Community Forum at 7pm, GCHS
  • Tuesday 5/2 - General PTA Meeting at 7pm in the Garden City Public Library
  • Wednesday 5/3 - 5/4 - Homestead Spring Sing Concerts
  • Tuesday 5/9 - Board of Education Work Session at 8:15pm, GCHS
  • Wednesday 5/10 - Homestead Open House at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday 5/16 - Get Out and Vote for Our School Budget and Field Day Snack, GCHS Gymnasium - 6 am - 10 pm.
  • Tuesday 5/16 - Board of Education Meeting at 8:15pm, GCHS
  • Tuesday 5/23 - Homestead Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • Thursday 5/25 - Current Kindergarten Early Dismissal, 12:20pm / Incoming K Orientation, 1:15pm
  • Friday 5/26 - School is Open Due to Snow Make Up Day
  • Monday 5/29 - No School Memorial Day 

Our Box Tops Coordinator, Krista Irwin, has informed me that our year to date submissions total approximately $280.  Great job Homestead families!  The Box Tops do add up to real money for our schools so please continue to collect them and send them in with your child.  Krista will be sending out a fun Box Tops activity sheet after Spring Break.  Please look for the sheet in your child’s backpack and an email with some instructions.  The sheet has room for 25 Box Tops so start clipping and saving them now.  No matter how many you are able to collect though, be sure to send them in!

There are still some open spots to volunteer at our school library.  Please visit the sign up to see where you can help out at bit.ly/HomesteadLibrary . 

We continue to need plastic spoons and forks for the cafeteria.  Please consider buying a small box of either and sending it in with your child. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out!  

Jennifer Sullivan, Homestead PTA Director
homestead@gardencitypta.org