We wish you a weekend full of sunshine and family. Spring is springing and hearing the birds chirping and clang of the bat at the park will hopefully help us to leave some of the winter blues behind. We are in the theme of self-care this month, and sincerely hope that each member of our community has been able to find some these past few weeks.
Our Parent Association Executive Board helps our school administration with an endless amount of things, from self-care gifts to teachers to brainstorming picture days resources to supporting fellow families, the list can go on and on, truly. This past Monday they reminded us that despite there being difficult days, there is always something to celebrate at AmPark. In the spirit of “Some Good News,” we would like to share what was also shared at Wednesday’s PA meeting and start the trend weekly of outlining specific celebrations:
Some Good News at AmPark!
Feathered Friends After School Birding Club is Back... Remotely!
When - 3:00pm - 3:45pm, Tuesdays
Where - On Zoom (And hopefully with an in-person session later this spring!) with our very own Caitlin and ornithologists from the NYC Audubon
Dates - Weekly on Tuesdays from March 16th - June 22nd
Parents & families please click here to sign your 3rd-5th graders up!
A Program Description from the Audubon Society:
The virtual Feathered Friends After School Birding Club will help our AmPark student bird enthusiasts to learn even more about the birds of NYC, birds around the world, and to become the ultimate bird experts! During this interactive and engaging club students will do easy at home activities, talk to real scientists, meet birdwatchers from all over the USA, and learn how to observe birds right in here in NYC. Kids who already love birds will love learning more about them, but students new to birds are sure to enjoy themselves too!
Fifth Grade Committee
Each 5th grader receives a T-Shirt at the end of the year as a special gift to remember their time with AmPark. Please complete this T-Shirt size survey for your child. This selection is final and all sizes are in adult sizes not child sizes. Please complete the survey by March 14th.
We are still collecting yearbook pictures! Please send them all to email@example.com and each picture should include:
1) the school year or grade in which it was taken
2) the names of the children and staff members pictured (if known).
3) if possible, the event/circumstance that the event took place in (I.e sweetheart dance, class party, etc).
It’s really important that you include this information!
We need many pictures!
1) special memories at the school at an event, trip, function of any kind! This includes the first day of school pictures!
2) headshots for this year
3) one baby picture of your child for a babies then and now section
4) pictures of your child doing school things this year
All memory pictures must be received by March 31st.
Save the date! Next 5th grade committee meeting is Tuesday, April 6th at 6pm.
Parent Coordinator's Corner
Hello Beautiful AmPark Families!
Attention! If you haven’t created a mystudent.nyc account please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org., you will need a creation code and osis number to proceed with the account! Two important documents that you can get from creating this account is your child’s enrollment info for TAX purposes and ALL your child’s report cards.
I hope you all are safe and happy! This is our 3rd month of Parent Resources and they just keep getting better! For the month of March we are going to focus on self-care! Some of us if not all of us have so much going on in our lives especially parents with children in the DOE, all the consistent changes and still you all make the best of it and persevere! I do hope these resources are helpful for you and your families. When you click the link you will find past resources and our new resources for March!
Brain Power & Wellness Flyer!
Brain Power and wellness has been working in our classrooms and providing awesome workshops for our families! We have been able to develop many skills that you probably didn’t realize you were working on. We’ve been working on stress management, positive discipline, cognitive skills, emotional wellness, physical health and so much more. Check out the Brain power Link tree, it has resources from Youtube videos to live Instagram posts, try some out with the family and tell us which one stood out the most! Our next Brain Power workshop will be Friday, Mar 19th: 5:00PM - 6:00PM I hope to see some of you there!
From Maria Correa & the Bronx Strong Team on Celebrating New NYC Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter!
As our Executive Superintendent will soon be transitioning into the position of NYC Chancellor, we want to acknowledge her as a champion of children in the Bronx and recognize that there is no loss, as we've gained an advocate for ALL children citywide and beyond. Chancellor Ross-Porter has dedicated her life to serving the Bronx, and we want to celebrate her in a way that reflects her dedication to the children and families of our borough with the same level of support and encouragement that she gives each and every day.
Together, as one "Bronx Family", the Borough’s FLC’s and FSC’s have come together to ensure that our collective excitement and appreciation for Chancellor Porter’s success is celebrated by our entire "Bronx Family" in a personal and heartfelt way.
We would like to collect video clips from anyone who is interested in sharing an uplifting message for our new Chancellor. The clips from our Bronx Districts will be combined into one montage and forwarded to Chancellor Porter. We are seeking your video of no more than 30 seconds by Friday, March 12, 2021.
As an added opportunity and bonus, we are also hoping to play this collage of videos on BronxEdulution, the 1-hour per day educational program that was started during Chancellor Ross’s tenure as Executive Superintendent of The Bronx in collaboration with BronxNet.
Please feel free to ask your staff members and families if they would like to participate in honoring our Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter.
Below is the one-drive link that will be used to upload your videos/content. (Choose District 10)
Meisha's Appreciation Video
Please review the attached video formatting presentation so your videos fit the proper specifications. (slides 13 and on).
I am also attaching the media release forms for parents & students.
For now please think of pics and videos of when Chancellor Porter visited your school or if you would like to send congratulations on your behalf, behalf of your school or students and families.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
A Note About Water Testing from the NYC Water Testing Team
At the end of March 2020, a pause was placed on water testing by New York State due to COVID affecting school operations. Now that schools have begun to resume in person learning, the DOE will resume water testing only in buildings that are open. If your building is currently closed, we will wait until it re-opens to perform water testing.
Families and staff should rest assured that New York City drinking water is safe and of the highest quality in the world. New York City’s water meets or exceeds all Federal and State standards. In addition, the DOE works with other City agencies to ensure there is safe drinking water in schools. The safety and well-being of students and staff is our highest priority.
Please visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/water-safety
Water Safety - web
Remediation Summary 2017-2018. At the start of the 2018–2019 school year, we shared an update of the remediation progress from the 2016–2017 round of testing.
to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school.
Water Testing Team