What's Happening

I hope everyone is enjoying the fall! October was a busy month here at Hemlock, and there is still much to come during the month of November. A big thank you to all the generous parents that contributed to our fall décor and to the Beautification Committee for their decorating efforts – the front walkway looks great! We also had a very successful Photo Day – thanks to the Photo Day Committee for volunteering your time to ensure the day went smoothly. I would also like to remind parents to keep clipping those box tops and don’t forget to download the new box tops app and scan your receipts. Additionally, please consider signing up for the A+ Rewards Program at Stop & Shop as well. Looking ahead, November is all about reading, with PARP and two Teachers College Reading Workshop events coming up! 


Pick a Reading Partner (PARP)

  • PARP will take place November 11-22
  • This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Places”
  • Primary Pajama Literacy Night will take place on November 26 at 6:30 pm in the middle school. Please keep an eye on your email for a link to sign up.
  • There will also be arts in education school presentations, high school student visits, the Garden City Library Selfie Challenge and Raffles, and more! 

Teachers College Reading Workshop

  • There are two unique opportunities to learn more about Teachers College Reading Workshop in the month of November
  • On November 18 at 7 PM there will be a Knowledge Café Reading Workshop in the Stewart Cafeteria
  • On November 26 from 9:30 – 1:30 there will be a parent workshop offered by Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. This Family Day, titled Families Make a World of Difference to Kids as Readers and Writers, help parents as they help children thrive as readers. Please request tickets using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c48a5aa2aa2fe3-teachers4

Hemlock Events

  • Nov 2, 9-10:30 am: Garden Clean Up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4AADAD2CA2FA7-winter1 
  • Nov 5, 10:30 am – 12:45 pm: Election Day Map Project https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084fa5a72aab9-election  
  •  Nov 8, 9 am: Hemlock Veterans Day Assembly (students only) 
  •  Nov 12: Bad Weather Games & Chess at Lunch Begin, Library Book Shelving Ongoing (Grade-specific SUG links have been emailed) 
  •  Nov 15: RESCHEDULED Hemlock Photo Retake Day 
  •  Dec 3: RESCHEDULED Joint Primary PTA Meeting at Hemlock at 9:30 am 

Feel free to contact me at hemlock@gardencitypta.org  with any questions or for more information on how you can participate in your child's school. 

Jillian Berbari

Hemlock PTA Director

Important Dates

Nov 4: PTA Reflections “Look Within” Submission Deadline

Nov 4, 7-9 pm: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov 5: No Classes, Election Day

Nov 5, 9 am – 12 pm: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov 6, 8:15 pm: Board of Education Work Session

Nov 11: Schools Closed, Veterans Day Observance

Nov 12, 6:30-8:30 pm: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov 19, 10 am: SEPTA General Membership Meeting & Empowering Parents Workshop, Part 2 at Locust

Nov 19, 8:15 pm: Board of Education Meeting

Nov 23, 9 am – 1 pm: PTA Fall Sportswear Sale Pick-Up at Middle School

Nov 26, 6:30 pm: Primary Pajama Literacy Night

Nov 27: District-Wide Early Dismissal

Nov 28-29: Schools Closed, Thanksgiving Recess

About Hemlock School PTA

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Jillian Berbari, Hemlock PTA Director hemlock@gardencitypta.org

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