Welcome back to school, everyone! The PTA is excited to welcome back all of the Stratford students and staff. It was a rainy start to the year but pour on, we will endure!
I want to extend a special welcome to all the families and students who are new to the district. We are excited to have you join our Stratford community. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns throughout this year (email@example.com), I am happy to help anytime.
I would also like to extend a special welcome to our new Stratford staff including our new teachers, specialists and nurses. A special welcome to our new Assistant Principal, Lauren Kaufman and congratulations to our new principal, Mr. Hartigan! Additionally I would like to extend a wholehearted thank you to all of the Stratford teachers, support staff and administrators for their tireless efforts in planning another exciting and successful school year. You are what makes Stratford the amazing school that it is.
On August 25th Mr. Hartigan and Ms. Kaufman held a Meet & Greet to welcome back Stratford students. Families were able to tour the building, have a look inside classrooms, meet some of the new staff and take a peek at the beautiful Stratford library. Families, friends and future friends were able to play with the outdoor games donated by the PTA and a special Q&A was held via a live webinar the following day.
The PTA sponsored a Stratford staff Welcome Back Breakfast on August 31st of bagels and coffee to show our appreciation on behalf of all the families in Garden City. We hope that all of the staff knows how much we appreciate all of their hard work and dedication. A great school is built on its people and the dedication of our teachers and staff is exceptional.
Even though the weather was dreary, I hope everyone was able to enjoy the balloons and banners sponsored by the PTA. We hope, as the PTA, that these decorations added to the excitement of starting a new year in school. We have many fun and exciting things planned for the year so be sure to join and be on the lookout for more to come!
The PTA’s mission is as important as ever, and there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer and help out! 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 this year! Click on this link today to join. If you join by Friday, October 1st, you will be entered in a drawing to win a $150 Amazon gift card!
While you are on our 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, September 18th and Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Proceeds go directly to the PTA to benefit our students. The last day to order online is Saturday, September 25th so don’t miss out.
Finally, I want to thank all the parents that volunteered to serve as a class parent this year. You are an integral 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 parents soon. For those who were not selected, please apply again next year – we 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.
I wish you all a wonderful September and a great school year ahead!
Garden City PTA
Stratford School Director
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