From the Principal:
It seems almost impossible that here we are, already in June, with many wonderful celebrations and events winding up even as our school year winds down. It has been an amazing year with so much to glow about here at AmPark. Before we bid Happy Summer to our taller, wiser, AmPark Owls there is an exciting June ahead...
This Wednesday, June 5th, we are looking forward to our Career Fair for our 4th and 5th graders from 9:15 - 11:00. Thank you to the parents in our AmPark Family that have volunteered to share with our students about your vocations. Students will get to hear from a flight engineer, an orthopedist, an illustrator, an author/personal trainer, a college professor, police officers, a civil engineer, and a fashion stylist! We hope it’s an inspiring event for all.
You’ve heard sneak peeks at our Monday Sings and now our Annual Spring Concert & Arts Festival is here! The celebration will be held from 6pm-8pm on June 11th. Ina will transform our first floor atrium into a museum of carefully curated masterworks created by your brilliant young artists. You can walk the gallery and head to the PS 95 auditorium where Josh will lead your singers and musicians in musical performances guaranteed to get your hands clapping and toes tapping. We can’t wait to see you all there!
Once again, we welcome all to our Science Fair on June 19th. Classes will each be creating individual projects to present to one another and students are invited to create independent projects as well. For ideas and more information please click on the ‘Programs’ tab and then ‘AmPark Annual Science Fair’ in the dropdown menu.
All end of year Report Cards will be coming home to families on June 21st. Class supply lists for fall will be posted here on the AmPark website, for your reference regarding preparations for the fall. Summer packets with teacher letters and back to school information will be emailed in mid to late August.
Book of the Month:
Imani’s Moon by JaNay Brown-Wood is a story about a child who wants to touch the moon. Although people doubt her ability to do so, she doesn’t give up.
Wellness In The Schools News:
The results for Wellness In The Schools awards are in and we are very proud to announce that AmPark has received a Gold Award for the 2019 Excellence in School Wellness Award presented by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene! This award places AmPark among a select group of schools in New York City working to create healthy environments for students and we could not do it without the support of all of you, our amazing families. We have to give a special shout out to our amazing WITS supermom, Audrey Routliffe, who has been such a champion for supporting wellness work at Ampark. Thank you Audrey!
It was so wonderful to have so many of you join us for our Dinner & Dancing with WITS and Alvin Ailey night last week! Bonnie so enjoyed dancing alongside so many parents and students with our incredible Alvin Ailey artists! During our break between African and Hip Hop dancing, Chef Ricardo taught us all about the high sodium content in many pre-prepared foods and showed us just how much salt in actual salt cubes. Chef Marion, Chef Ricardo, and Chef Cathy made a healthy and beautiful pasta salad for all, which we certainly enjoyed after all that dancing!
Our June Wellness Committee Meeting will be held on June 13th at 1:30. All are welcome to join us as we reflect on our year in Wellness and plan for an even healthier 2019-2020 school year. Please check out the June Alternative Lunch Menu here.
Along the lines of wellness, we will be transitioning out of the “Grab and Go” breakfasts that have been available for late arriving students in the main office. June will be our pilot month to troubleshoot the challenges that these breakfasts have posed so that we can fully launch a better plan in September. The Grab and Go program has contributed to interruptions to learning time, challenges with students eating the provided breakfast, food waste, and a reduction to our overall Wellness score. Accommodations can be made for late bus students and for special circumstances. Please reach out to Angie with questions or concerns. If you need to bring your child to school late, please feed them or send them with a breakfast that can easily be eaten in the classroom.
End of the Year Events:
6/4 Ramadan ends, Eid-al-Fitr - No School
6/5 4th and 5th Grade Career Day
6/6 Chancellor’s Conference Day - No School for students
6/10 Final Sing for 3rd-5th grades
6/11 No Students, Spring Concert & Arts Festival @ 6pm
6/13 K-4 Field Day & 5th Grade trip to Club Getaway
6/19 AmPark’s Annual Science Fair
6/20 PK, K, 1 Rec Day
6/21 2, 3 Rec Day
6/25 4, 5 Rec Day
6/21 5th Grade Party
6/24 5th Grade Moving Up
6/21 Family Tea/PA Recap
6/26 Last Day of School ½ Day
6/27 Incoming PK and K Social
From the Principal:
It was wonderful to see your children’s faces and hear them buzzing about their spring break adventures! It sounded like families made sure to spend time together sharpening the saw during the holiday weeks. We came back in well rested for the 3rd-5th grade math exams and were very proud of the perseverance the students showed.
May 5th - 11th is Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s no secret that teaching is one tough gig illustrated by the fact that nearly 50% of teachers leave within their first five years. A little appreciation can go a long way in helping teachers to come to work feeling energized each day when their community recognizes efforts and works to build a collaborative network of support. Our teachers certainly feel the love here at AmPark from our parent body with the many happenings that take place across the week. Check out https://www.pta.org/home/events/PTA-Teacher-Appreciation-Week to learn more about ways to #thankateacher.
We also celebrate family members as their children’s first and primary teachers! As you hopefully all know, we place a high value on the input of our families. To that end, we will be sending home a survey to aid in matriculation planning for the 2019-2020 school year. The survey will ask for your opinion on your child’s strengths and needs, as well as any relevant information for placement. While we cannot and do not guarantee specific requests can be honored, due to a variety of factors, your input will be considered. Please also be assured that all teachers and staff members take part in careful conversations and strategic decision-making around classroom assignments.
The AmPark School-Wide Science Fair will be held on June 19th, 2019 from 8:45am - 10:45am! We have learned that unfortunately there is not going to be a city wide NYC Science Expo this year, so our Fair will be in school only. Each class will develop and share a class project. Every child is welcomed to create their own individual science fair project, should they so choose, and we will showcase their work in the multipurpose room. We welcome all families to come and join us for the Fair!
Please also take a moment to take The Leader in Me Parent Survey here: TLiM Parent Survey
Wellness in the Schools News:
Our WITS chefs partnered with Blue Apron on April 30th to provide the students with a tasting of a veggie pasta salad. The recipe was such a hit that we saw more than a few students going back for seconds and thirds!
Dinner and Dancing with WITS and Alvin Ailey on May 30th! Please join us for a free family event led by our Alvin Ailey dancers. There will also be samplings from our WITS chefs to keep our energy levels up. Our student Wellness Committee is planning fun activities to increase awareness around nutrition and exercise. Be on the lookout for more information!
Have you heard about the work that Kindergarten has been doing to raise awareness around recycling and ocean clean-up? Our K students have become experts on strategies for helping sea life and preventing pollution. Check in with them and/or visit https://4ocean.com/products/4ocean-bracelet to learn more about this cause. Kindergarten will also be selling reusable AmPark water bottles in the coming weeks to reduce waste and raise funds for their cause.
Classroom Shout Outs: Spirit Week ended with a door decorating contest with the winners decided on by a student panel. Take a look at some of the ways that classes decided to showcase their creativity.
Book of the Month
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio is a book that follows the spirit of the original Wonder and is adapted for a younger audience. This story reminds readers to “Choose Kind” and recognize the beauty in differences.
End in Mind Events:
5/5 Cinco de Mayo, Ramadan
5/13 PK-2 Sing
5/15 Open School Night 2 sessions taking place between 4:30 and 7:30
5/20 3-5 Sing
5/23 - 24 Science Test
Released 2019-2020 School Calendar: https://infohub.nyced.org/resources/employee-info/school-year-calendar
A Message from our PA President:
Hello AmPark Families,
We look forward to seeing you all at Back to School night on 5/15. Please note we will have a Book Fair next week as well. Back to School night will be the day we have evening Book Fair hours. We also look forward to seeing you at the next general PA meeting on 5/22 at 6pm (http://evite.me/x2sp8WcjNd) where we will be holding elections for executive board positions as well as a few SLT positions.
From Principal Kelly:
Spring has sprung and new beginnings are all around us. If you have been offered a Kindergarten seat at AmPark for the 2019-2020 school year pre-registration will take place the week of April 29th. Please call the main office to schedule an appointment with Damaris. Please spread the word for families that you know within the community.
April 2nd and 3rd bring the ELA State Tests for our 3rd - 5th graders. The test will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Third grade teacher Casey Burns shared tips to “Destress the Test!” at our last PA meeting. The powerpoint will be posted on our website, but the most essential points for students to remember are:
Come on out and join in the fun at the annual Spring Auction on April 5th. It is a wonderful community event and opportunity to make new friend with other family members. We hope to see you there!
In April all families have the opportunity to attend the annual District 10 Parent Symposium at In-Tech on April 6th from 8:30 - 2:30. There are workshops, events, guest speakers, and a new chorus that our own Bonnie, and many of our amazing student singers are a part of!
4/8: PK-2 Sing
4/15: 3-5 Sing
4/15-4/18 Spirit Week
4/19-4/26: Spring Recess
5/3 Family Tea/PA Recap for April - We will be introducing Kiara our new acting Parent Coordinator at this meeting. Please join us!
5/8 AmPark's Science Fair
Hello AmPark Families,
We'd like to thank all of our volunteers for their hard work at the Book Fair, AmPark's Got Talent, with the WITS Labs and those who have been selling Auction Tickets and Raffle tickets. Thank you to all of the parents that attended these events and the amazingly talented staff, students and their families that performed at AmPark's Got Talent on the 22nd. Our biggest fundraiser is just 4 days away and we have amazing donations to be bid on from class art projects to gift cards, experiences (from date night to family outings) and Hamilton tickets! We hope to see you all there. Please volunteer your time if you can!
Spring Auction Special Update – 4/1/19
We are just 4 days away from the Best Party of the Year!!!!
Have you heard that we have 2 Hamilton tickets, center orchestra, up for bid!!
Check out this video promo on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ampark-Parents-Association-521029574733202/posts/?ref=page_internal
We have so many other amazing items up for bid. Here’s just a sample (see full list of donors attached):
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!!
All your generous donations have created some Incredible class themed BASKETS will be up for bid AND beautiful and meaningful CLASS ART PROJECTS! You do not want to miss the opportunity to bring home a beautiful keepsake-work of art from your child's class. You cannot purchase these art projects anywhere else.
This year we have some beautiful works of art created with Ina by Jennifer's class. They are truly beautiful cityscape prints. A picture by one or more of these student artists would be a wonderful addition to any home decor.
You can also purchase RAFFLE TICKETS for the chance for your kid(s) to win a lunch and fun activity with their favorite teacher or staff member. See attached flyer. Raffle Tickets are also for sale in the office. Raffles will be picked at the Auction, but you do not need to attend to win.
With the price of admission, you will be treated to delicious finger foods, an open bar, and a kid-free evening of fun and bidding. Childcare is free for AmPark students.
This is our largest fundraiser of the year. All money raised goes to make all our kids' educational experiences here at AmPark better ones. In order to make it work, we need help from all families.
You can also volunteer at the Spring Auction. If you choose, your ticket for the Auction will be free. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445aead2fa7fc1-spring
Looking forward to seeing you there! Help us make this the best Spring Auction ever! If you have any questions, contact email@example.com or check us out on Facebook or amparkpa.org.
AmPark Spring Auction
April 5th, 6-9pm
Vladeck Hall, Tickets $20 advance, $25 at door
Tickets are always on sale at amparkpa.org/auction or send a check or money in your child's take-home folder.
From Principal Kelly:
I hope that everyone had a safe and warm snow day. March certainly came in like a lion, and hopefully spring is just around the corner.
Please be sure to complete your Learning Environment Survey. Surveys will be distributed prior to parent teacher conferences and are an opportunity to share your voice in school-wide decision making. Each family receives 1 survey. We will hand out the survey to the eldest student. Computers will be set up during PTCs to make the survey return a breeze. If you return or complete your survey at PTCs you will also be entered into a raffle to win a bag of books and AmPark swag, as well as a $50 gift card! Classes with 100% return rates will also receive a special reward!
At PTCs, you will also notice members of our PA circulating in the lobby area to gather input into our yearly planning, such as workshop choices and meeting times. We’d love to hear from you!
At our last PA meeting, we opened up with a presentation on Digital Citizenship. We are sharing the resources on the website again so that all families will have access to the information. Cyber safety lessons also take place periodically in school. Preparing our children for this new world we live in is so important for student safety and the shared resources can support these necessary conversations. This was a timely meeting given the latest cyber safety news.
Information on the Momo Challenge was shared by the Department of Education:
What is The Momo challenge?
Please note it’s better to use this as an opportunity to teach good practices online.
Book of the Month: My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits is a story that shares a message of the importance of staying true to yourself and taking pride in what makes you unique. The people that are worth having in your life will notice the qualities that make you special and love you for them.
Student Leadership Notebooks have launched across the school. Learn more about them here at Leaderinme.org. Students will be sharing their learning during the May evening school night.
In April all families have the opportunity to attend the annual District 10 Parent Symposium at In-Tech on April 6th from 8:30 - 2:30. There are workshops, events, guest speakers, and a new chorus that our own Bonnie is a part of! We hope to see you there.
Last, but certainly not least, we want to extend a huge congratulations to our own Tomas Yafar for not only having won our AmPark School National Geographic Bee, but also officially qualifying for the New York State Geography Bee! We could not be more proud of Tomas and his accomplishment!
Women’s History Month
3/14 Parent Teacher Conferences
3/18 PK-2 Sing
3/22 AmPark’s Got Talent
3/25 3-5 Sing
3/29 Family Tea/PA Recap
From the Wellness Committee:
This month, Chef Ricardo and Chef Cathy will be leading WITS Labs making a truly delicious and healthy Broccoli Salad! You are welcomed to come and join our young chefs in the K Cafe as they prepare the salad themselves during the week of March 18th-22nd.
Please check out March's Alternative Lunch Menu here to see what's upcoming in our cafeteria. Our next Wellness Committee Meeting will be held on March 7th at 8:30AM in the K Cafe. We would love for any and all interested parents and families to come and join us!
From our PA President:
Hello AmPark Families,
We need all hands on deck this month with so many great events taking place. We would appreciate any time you can give us whether a little or a lot. The book fair will run the week of 3/11 thru 3/15 and we need volunteers to set up and run it. Parent teacher conferences will be held on 3/14 and we will be selling Auction tickets that day in the lobby. If we can get volunteers to man that table throughout the day it would be helpful. AmPark's Got Talent will take place on 3/22. If you would like to be part of the show please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. We will also need volunteers for behind the scenes at the show and to sell snacks. Last but not least our Party Of The Year: The Spring Auction is coming up on April 5th. Please come enjoy a kid free night with free wine and finger foods. Childcare provided for AmPark Students! As always thank you for your participation and time. AmPark would not be as great as we are without all of you!