Happy December! I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you again to all of the Reflections participants. We had 15 winners across 5 categories with some entries advancing to the Nassau County level. Congratulations to all!
PARP kicked off in November, with information and a reading list being sent in your email. The students enjoyed a virtual author visit on Thursday, November 12th with Tara McCarton, author of “The Wish”. The students had many questions for her at the end, which she was very gracious to answer all of them. What a fun evening!
On Wednesday, November 18th, our PTA President, Alison Volpe, and Superintendent, Dr. Kusum Sinha, hosted the first book club meeting for GC’s Shared Shelf. The author of the first book, Lauren Sandler, hosted a zoom meeting for all who wanted to attend to discuss her book, “This is All I Got: A New Mother's Search for Home”. Thank you to all who attended and to Ali and Dr. Sinha for organizing such an amazing event.
The Stratford Family Fun Committee planned an amazing scavenger hunt for our students. The weekend of November 6th was for the 2nd grade, the weekend of November 13th was for 3rd grade and the 4th and 5th graders were the weekend of November 20th. Each weekend, approximately 40 students participated and those that were able to follow the clues to the SUPER FIND (and provide a picture as proof) received a prize of a homework pass. Thank you to our Family Fun Committee for all of the hard work you put in to make this a successful and fun event for the students!!
Stratford’s Toy Drive in partnership with The Hance Family Foundation is currently underway until Friday, December 17. Toys can be dropped off in the lobby or a virtual gift can be donated through their website: https://www.hancefamilyfoundation.org/toydrive.
Our Box Tops representatives sent out a communication in October on how to help Stratford raise funds by downloading the Box Tops app. We are trying to reach and exceed $1,000 for the 2020-2021 school year bypassing the $652.30 raised last year. Please see https://www.boxtops4education.com for more information and to download the app.
The GC PTA has also recently joined AmazonSmile. When you register at this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/51-0253182 , Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases. Perfect timing for the holidays and another great way to earn money for our schools.
Coming up on Thursday, December 3, Laura Campbell will host a virtual parenting workshop at 7PM. Please check your email from Garden City PTA on November 30th where there is a link to register for this workshop.
As we close out what has been a different year for all of us, I wanted to thank the Stratford families and students, the teachers and staff, the PTA and Board of Education for your ongoing commitment. We have all grown and adapted, learned new ways of going about our daily lives, and most importantly, supported each other throughout this year. I wish you and your families all the best for the holidays and a safe, happy and healthy New Year!
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have a question or concern.
Stratford School PTA Director
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