Monthly eNewsletter School Report

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER -HOMESTEAD SCHOOL-


Hello Homestead families,


October was a busy and exciting month at our school!  Our school district celebrated Spirit Week which culminated in the High School Sports teams visiting Homestead School on October 13th for a pep rally.  The children were in awe of our student athletes who educated them about their sports.  The cheerleaders taught the children some fun cheers to prepare them for the Homecoming game.  Our children attended Arts in Education Yoga this month to help them de-stress.  This program is a huge hit and everyone is looking forward to the next session in the spring.  There have been three assemblies so far.  The students
saw a presentation of ”Jump Up and Have a Great Day” which reinforces the importance of friendship and character education through music and dancing as well as assemblies on railroad and fire safety.  We had our final photo day so if you chose to have your child’s picture retaken, be on the lookout for your new photo shoot email so that you can finalize your picture orders. If you had the pleasure of visiting our school on October 25th, you would’ve been met by a sea of orange as the kids observed our district wide Unity Day.  Mrs. Martinez, our school social worker, visited each class to read the book, Stick and Stone, and then discussed unity and acceptance.

 

I wanted to thank everyone for attending our first Homestead PTA meeting on October 3rd.  The PTA meetings are a great way to stay informed on everything Homestead school.  We also have a speaker present on a relevant topic to our Homestead community.  Just about 40 parents attended and they were treated to updates from me, Dr. Viscovich and the school nurse.  Homestead teacher, Ms. Alyson Sandler, gave a presentation on iPad Usage to Support Classroom Instruction as the school district purchased about 80 new ipads for the school this year.  For those parents who couldn’t attend the meeting, the draft minutes can be found at this link ENTER.  Do not hesitate to reach out to me if you want to discuss anything related to these meetings.  My email address is below.  Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Joint Primary Meeting on December 4th at Locust School.

 

Homestead’s October Box Tops Drive was a success thanks to all of you.  Laura Bley, our Box Tops Coordinator, informed me that we raised almost $200!  We have two more drives to go in February and May.  Please keep collecting 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. Please see the Box Tops website for participating products and for ways to get your children involved.  http://www.boxtops4education.com/

 

Recently Carey Savio, Homestead’s Library Board Rep, sent out the Library Volunteer Sign UpGenius.  Mrs. Compton needs our help more than ever re-shelving all those books the children bring back and forth each week.  We have gotten a really good response already, but we still have available slots later in the school year.  Even if you sign up only once during the year and come for 30 minutes, it is so helpful to spread the work around.  Thank you in advance for helping with this task.  

 

There is so much to look forward to in November!  Parent teacher conferences are scheduled.  Each family is allotted 15 minutes to discuss the academic and emotional progress of their child.  Attached is a link to an article that I think may be a quick read to help you prepare.  This session goes quickly.  Go early and plan your questions. http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/parent-teacher-partnerships/make-most-your-teacher-conferenceAs you all know, Homestead’s Decorations Committee has chosen the works of Dr. Seuss to bring our school’s hallways to life!  On Wednesday November 8th from 9-11am, an army of parents will be hanging up the artistic masterpieces that our children and parent volunteers created.  Anyone who would like to help, bring a scissor and a stapler and stop by for however long you can. Please email Janis Scianablo at scianablofamily@verizon.net, so she can send a reminder and keep you updated on any changes.  Also this month, to celebrate Thanksgiving, the kindergarten families will be invited to the classrooms for a party while our first grade classes will be participating in a service learning project. 

 

The PTA’s National Reflections Contest theme for this year is “Within Reach”.  My Reflections Board Reps, Deepa Rajpal and Jigisha Motwani, want to remind everyone that the deadline is Monday, November 6thGet your entries in!  The entry box can be found by the main office at Homestead. For more info see http://bit.ly/ReflectionsInfo.

 

Important November Dates to Remember!

 

  • November 6th - “Within Reach” Reflections Entry Deadline  Drop-off at front office.
  • November 6th, 7th and 13th - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 7th & 10th - No School for Election Day and Veteran’s Day
  • November 8th - Board of Ed Work Session at 8:15pm, GCHS Library
  • November 14th - Board of Ed Meeting at 8:15pm, Locust School
  • November 18th - Sportswear Sale Pick-up in the GCHS Lobby
  • November 22nd - District-wide Early Dismissal
  • November 23rd & 24th - No School for Thanksgiving
  • November 27th - Two Hour Delay for Superintendent’s Conference Day
  • December 1st - Primary Report Cards
  • December 4th – Joint Primary PTA Meeting Held at Locust School at 9:30am (all primary schools)

 

Did you know?  You can earn money for our school by registering your Stop and Shop Rewards card!  Go to 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.   Have a wonderful month!

 

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

 

Jennifer Sullivan, Homestead PTA Director