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.