Welcome back to school, everyone! We are thrilled to welcome all the Stratford children and staff back this September! Whether your children will be joining us in person, or participating as a remote learner, we anticipate a wonderful year ahead!
I want to extend a special welcome to our parents and children that are new to the district – we are so excited to have you joining our Stratford community. Should you ever have any questions, please never hesitate to reach out – we are here to help.
For those who joined us in person on the first day of school, we hope you enjoyed the PTA-sponsored balloon decorations and lawn signs out front! We thought this was truly a special first day of school that deserved some extra special decorations. We hope they also helped your children to feel excited about returning to school after such a long period of time away!
Additionally, we would like to extend a big, huge, thank you to the Stratford teachers, administrators and staff for their tireless efforts in planning for this upcoming school year. You have all worked so hard this summer to think through every last detail of our children’s school experience, and we thank you for all the planning you have done to ensure our children’s health, safety, academic and social experiences are as exceptional as ever.
The PTA will be sponsoring a Stratford staff welcome back/thank you breakfast of individually wrapped bagels and pastries this week to show our appreciation on behalf of all the parents in Garden City! We hope they enjoy it!
While this year may look different than years past, the PTA mission is as important as ever, and there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer and help out! As we always say, if you aren’t sure if you have the time to volunteer, be a member first, and a volunteer second – we appreciate each and every one of our members and hope we can achieve 100% participation in the PTA this year! Click here today to join!
While you are on the website, check out our fall sportswear selections as well – dress your family in maroon and gray and get ready for some cozy fall weather! See www.gardencitypta.org/sportswear. You can also check out the fall offerings at our cash and carry event at St. Paul’s on Saturday, Sept 12 from 9AM to 12 PM. Proceeds go directly to the PTA to benefit our students! The online shop will close on Friday, Oct 2nd, so purchase your sportswear today!
You can also support Stratford by joining the Shop and Stop A+ Rewards program and designate
Stratford as your school of choice. Go to https://stopandshop.com/pages/a-plus-rewards to register! Another way to support Hemlock is by scanning your box top receipts and clipping any remaining box top coupons on your groceries. Please see https://www.boxtops4education.com for more information and to download the app. Physical box tops can be collected and sent to school in your child’s backpack.
Lastly, I want to thank all the parents that volunteered to serve as a class parent this year! You are such an important liaison between the parents and the PTA and we really appreciate your taking the time to serve in this capacity. We will extend an invitation to class parent meetings soon. For those who were not selected, please apply again next year - we do try our best to give everyone who wants to be a class parent an opportunity to do so during their time at Stratford School. You will all be hearing more from your class parents shortly!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question or a concern.
I wish you all a wonderful September and a great school year ahead!
Stratford School PTA Director
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Here are a few upcoming events to mark on your calendar:
-Wed, Sept 9 at 8:15 PM: Board of Education Work Session
-Sat, Sept 12 at 9:00-1:00 PM: Sportswear Sale at St. Paul’s
-Wed, Sept 16 at 10 AM: SEPTA General Membership Virtual Meeting
-Mon, Sept 21: PTA Reflections “I Matter Because…” begins
-Tues, Sept 22 at 8:15 PM: Board of Education Meeting
-Wed, Sept 23 at 6:30 PM: Hemlock Virtual Back to School Night
-Thurs, Sept 24: Stratford Photo Day (Remote Learners see Sept 25)
-Fri, Sept 25: Remote Students Photo Day at Middle School
-Mon, Sept 28: School Closed
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