Monthly eNewsletter School Report


Welcome to March! It is hard to believe we are about to turn the clocks ahead and spring is within our reach. We had a very informative and fun February at Homestead School. The children enjoyed learning about that temperamental Groundhog, sharing their Valentine's with their classmates and participating in the 100th day of school activities!

On February 6th, Homestead School hosted a Joint Primary School PTA meeting. Our PARP “Pick A Reading Partner” chairs, Mrs. Audrey Bellovin and Mrs. Lauren Kennedy presented on what PARP is, what activities and events are planned, and how we can support our children throughout the month of March. Also, Mrs. Samantha Bennett presented an overview of the Raz-Kids App that our children use in school and at home. A few of our Kindergarten children demonstrated how they use this app. For the minutes for this meeting, please click here.

We have some exciting events taking place in March. Our Annual PTA dinner will be held at the Garden City Hotel on Thursday, March 15th. This is a fun filled night out with your friends, husbands as well as your favorite administrators and teachers! Our very own, Mr. John Bentz, is one of the honorees this year! Dinner and Grand Raffle Tickets can be purchased now, click here.

On March 26th, the Primary School Reflections Award Ceremony will be held at Homestead School at 6:30pm. Come celebrate your child or your child’s classmates! Thank you to Jigisha Motwani who ran this program for us at Homestead this next year! I am pleased to announce our 2017/18 Homestead Reflections Winners: Madison Lada – Dance, 1st*, Anjali Motwani – Dance, 2nd, Anjali Motwani – Literature, 1st, Aiden Schmidt – Photography, 1st*, Anjali Motwani – Photography, 2nd, Matthew Kumpel – Photography, 3rd and Honorable Mention, Bressana Botti – Visual Arts,1st*, Julia Thomas – Visual Arts, 2nd*, Evan Persaud – Visual Arts, 3rd. The names marked by an asterisk had their submission advanced to the Nassau Region PTA level of the competition. Congratulations to all of our participants and winners!

Order your child's September school supplies ONLINE in March! 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 5, 2017 – April 20, 2017. Please click here. Supplies will be available for you to pick up on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Garden City Middle School Cafeteria from 9am-2pm.

Important Upcoming Dates in March - It’s PARP month!
  • Monday 3/5 - PTA School Supplies Sale Website Opens Click Here Code GAR054
  • Wednesday 3/7 - Schools Closed for Parent/Teacher Conferences, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday 3/7 - Board of Education Budget/Work Session, GCHS 8:15pm
  • Thursday 3/8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 6:30pm- 8:30pm
  • Wednesday 3/13 - Board of Education/Community Reception to Meet the NEW Superintendent of Schools, GCHS 7:30pm
  • Thursday 3/15 - Annual PTA Dinner at The Garden City Hotel, 6:30pm
  • Friday 3/16 - Primary Schools Report Cards
  • Tuesday 3/20 - Board of Education Budget/ Regular Meeting, GCHS 8:15pm
  • Wednesday 3/26 - PTA Primary Reflections Awards at Homestead, 6:30 pm
  • Friday 3/30 to 4/6 - Schools Closed for Spring Recess
  • Monday 4/9 - Schools Re-open
  • Tuesday 4/10 - Joint Primary PTA Meeting Held at Hemlock School, 7:00pm (Please note both date and time change)
Hopefully everyone saw the recent e-blasts from Carey Savio (Homestead Library Rep) and Laura Bley (Homestead Box Tops Rep). We need library volunteers for our remaining dates! Please visit the sign up to see where you can help out at

Laura Bley has informed that our February Box Tops drive was a success raising $164 for Homestead School! For the year, all of our hard work has raised a total of $356. Our goal for Homestead this year is to raise $750. We are almost half way there. In order to reach our goal, every family at Homestead needs to clip and send in 15 more Box Tops by June. We can do this! The money that we earn goes directly to Homestead and Dr. Viscovich buys much needed playground equipment for our kids to enjoy. Let your children go on a treasure hunt for Box Tops in your pantry and keep sending them in!

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!

Thank you,
Jennifer Sullivan, Homestead PTA Director