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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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!
Dear AmPark Community,
February may be short on days, but it is certainly not short on happenings! I am frequently struck by the vibrancy of our school community. For a comparatively small school, we have such a number of events taking place and opportunities to come together. Thank you for your participation and commitment to making these memories happen.
Last month, teachers Andrea and Casey opened up the PA meeting with the Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) initiative with families that we begun with staff and students. WIGs are an important piece of Year 2 Leader in Me work. Have you been able to make progress so far? Let us know how it is going! Leadership notebooks launched for students and we cannot wait to share them with you as they grow.
Along the social and emotional lines, February’s Book of the Month, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? aligns with our Leader in Me endeavors by supporting the creation of tangible school wide “Emotional Bank Accounts.” In the text, students learn about how words and actions can fill someone’s metaphorical bucket or take from it. Classrooms have created interactive displays where students can leave positive notes for one another and make deposits into the Emotional Bank Accounts of their classmates. Our staff has also followed suit. We know that all people are far more likely to do better when they are part of a high-trust community in which they feel valued and cared for. We are excited to use this practice as another way to contribute to these feelings.
Our Chipotle fundraiser raised $118 towards the 4th grade partnership with the New York Historical Society and our Parents Association generously offered to sponsor the balance. We are very grateful to all of of families for the willingness to support this type of hands-on social studies enrichment for our students. Celebrations of the program will be shared when the partnership begins!
We have had a number of volunteers for our National African American Read-In (with an Alvin Ailey theme this year!). While each class does have a reader at this time (or even two!) you are still welcome to reach out to me or Tahese if you would like to take part. This community building serves as an annual nod to the work of the civil rights activists. The Read-In is symbolic of the sit-ins used as a means to work for positive change in building equality for the black and brown people of our country. It is foundational to our beliefs in this community school that activism is taught into from an early age and our Read-In is a true orchestration of these efforts as families, students, and community members taking part.
A Message from the Wellness Committee:
Our next Wellness Committee Meeting will be held on February 7th at 1:30 in the K Cafe. Coming for the Read In? Consider staying for Wellness! : ) Of course that evening will be our Family Fun Fitness Night at 6pm.
This month, Chef Ricardo supported Zoe's PreK class in planting leafy greens in the hydroponic tower garden! We are so excited that our youngest Wellness students will get a chance to grow greens and then make a salad with them. Farm to table? We've got classroom to table here at AmPark.
Please check out this month's Alternative Lunch Menu here to see what is upcoming, healthy, and delicious in the cafeteria.
A Message from our PA President:
Please help us extend a warm welcome to Anna Goldman our new PA Secretary for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you so much for stepping up Anna! We sent out a super detailed email regarding the Spring Auction and are hoping for more volunteers and attendees. Please reach out if you have any additional questions or need documentation to solicit donations. Join us this Thursday for Family Fitness Night hosted by the School and our amazing Admin and WITS Chefs. This week is also our Family Sweetheart Dance on Friday Feb. 8th from 7pm - 9pm. Here is the link for the sign up genius: AmPark Family Sweetheart Dance 2019. Be on the lookout for the AmPark's Got Talent Flyer that Dean created. As always we hope to see you at the next general PA meeting (Invite link: http://evite.me/Cr8cxdXam2).
Happy New Year! I wish you all the very best that 2019 has to offer.
As we roll into the winter season, please be reminded that both AmPark and the Department of Education are committed to active, outdoor recess whenever possible. This means that students may go out when it is wet and/or cold. Be sure that your child comes prepared each day with the appropriate outerwear for such conditions.
January’s Book of the Month is Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. This text teaches students about the value of creativity and standing by interests that you love. It emphasizes that doing your best is more important than doing things perfectly.
Our representative from The Leader in Me visited AmPark to meet with staff and check in on how our second year of implementation is going. We reviewed results from last year’s Measurable Results Annual Survey and it was wonderful to see how students, staff, and parents agree that students take on active leadership roles in the building and that parents are committed partners in the work. From now until June we plan to further “leader-ize” school routines and events by giving all students even more time to shine in established school leadership roles. For example, adding a classroom “greeter” as a leadership position in each room, as well as creating a Student Lighthouse Committee to support planning occasions such as Field Day and The Spring Arts Festival. Student Leadership Notebooks are launching this month which will be used to help students keep track of their own personal Wildly Important Goals (WIGs). We look forward to sharing more!
We have a number of upcoming happenings that are sure to bring some warmth to these colder months:
January 7th - PK-2 Sing
January 14th - 3-5 Sing
January 10th Wellness Committee Meeting (8:30 in K Cafe)
January 11th College Awareness Day: Take part in this annual DOE initiative by sending your child to school in gear from a favorite college.
January 21st Martin Luther King Jr. Day: School Closed
January 23rd General PA Meeting and Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) Night run by AmPark teachers
January 25th Family Tea and PA Recap
January 28th Chipotle Fundraiser: The fourth grade needs your help raising money for their partnership with the New York Historical Society. Grab some dinner from our local Chipotle between 4 and 8 p.m. Be sure to show the flyer to receive the donation! Copies going home, in main office and on website.
January 31st 4th & 5th Grade National Geographic Geography Bee
February 8th National African American Read In: This event is the nation’s oldest to celebrate diversity in literature and is done in recognition of the sit-ins of the civil rights movement. Please let us know if you would like to be a guest reader for this annual event. Be on the lookout for more details!
With warm wishes,
Kelly Fitzpatrick, Principal
A Note from the Wellness Committee
Please consider joining Caitlin, Chef Ricardo, and our student Wellness Ambassadors this Thursday, January 10th at 8:30 in the Kindergarten Cafe for our monthly Wellness Meeting. The Committee will be discussing initiatives for the 2019 year ahead and even begin planning into our spring Family Wellness Night featuring Alvin Ailey Dance (scheduled for May 30th)!
As always, check out this month's delicious offerings on the PreK-8 Alternative Lunch Menu here.
A Message from our PA President
Hello AmPark Families,
Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed the holidays. We have so many great things to look forward to and we're so excited to get back to work.
The SLT meeting will be held on Monday 1/7 at 5:15pm.
The next general meeting is on 1/23 and we will be holding elections for the Secretary and VP of Fundraising positions. Please join us and consider becoming part of the board. RSVP via the link: http://evite.me/mJ27NTFQU7. Also, Angie will be holding part one of her three part math workshop on 1/23. Time is TBD.
The Spring Auction will be on April 5th from 6pm - 9pm. Come enjoy a night of food, drinks and fun. Childcare is provided for AmPark students and tickets are currently $15 dollars.
Letters went out for the annual appeal back in December. Please help us reach our goal by submitting your appeal if you haven't already.
The Talent Show will be on 3/22. Start thinking of what you'd like to do.
We really need our awesome parents to volunteer for the events we have coming up like the Auction and the Family Sweetheart Dance coming up in February on 2/8. Please reach out to the firstname.lastname@example.org address. As always, we are so grateful for any and all volunteers.