Dear AmPark Families,
It doesn’t seem possible that we’re already into November with the school year in full swing! Before we look to the month ahead, I want to thank everyone in our community for coming together for an extremely successful, albeit wet and rainy, March of Dimes/March for Babies Wonderwalk. It was so good to see so many of you and thank you for making it happen rain or shine! While we haven’t finalized the tallies just yet, it’s certainly looking like we’ve raised an impressive amount for the March of Dimes. Thank you for supporting your children in their efforts to raise money for premature babies and a cause that is so near to many of our hearts and families.
This month’s Book of the Month is Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story details the amazing lives of mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, whom, at a time when being Black and a woman limited what they could do, made immeasurably important contributions to NASA and the USA winning the space race. These remarkable women embody Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind, as through their persistence and dedication to math and science, they truly changed the world.
If you haven’t done so already, please send in any extra Halloween candy to be sent off to our Troops deployed overseas through Treats for Troops. There is a purple monster in the lobby waiting to happily (and hungrily) take your contributions to send over to our men and women in uniform.
As we prepare to celebrate Veteran’s Day here at AmPark, we will proudly be supporting District 10’s Operation Gratitude initiative and writing letters of thanks to service members on active duty. The District goal is 10,000 letters by Thanksgiving and AmPark is happy to contribute. In keeping with the theme of both Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, we are excited to invite AmPark’s veteran family members in to share stories with our classes and speak with students about their service experience on Monday, November 25th.
The Great American Spellcheck fundraiser is underway and we hope that many students will participate by getting sponsored for their spelling skills! The Spellcheck will take place in classrooms on November 15th. Our Spellcheck Fundraiser can also be a great way for 3rd-5th graders who would like to participate in AmPark’s Annual Spelling Bee on November 21st to get in some extra practice! See the Spelling Bee resources in the “Programs” tab on this website for more information.
Please note that November 14th is Parent Teacher Conferences and will be ½ a day for students. Children will be dismissed at 11:30. We look forward to seeing you all there!
In collaboration and with appreciation,
A Note From our Parent Coordinator
Hello AmPark Families!
Sibling picture codes have been distributed! AmPark will be having Picture Day reshoots on November 13. If you would like to participate in the reshoot please contact me no later than November 12. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Parent Teacher Conferences are next week November 14 and that day will be a Half A Day. If you are in need of childcare Roads to Success will be able to accommodate with a drop in fee of $35 please visit Roads to Success.org to register and a link will be sent out before November 14 to register for the Half a Day.
Here are some free events/workshops for you to look into in our neighborhood!
Understanding your Child's IEP.
November 7, 2019, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Registration Required please visit- htt://go.includenyc.org/williamniles-iep
Address- William Niles- M.S. 118, 577 E179 street Bronx, NY 10457 session will be in English and Spanish.
Battle of Fort Washington — Inwood
Sunday, November 17
Kids can experience history at the reenactment of this epic Revolutionary War battle, which celebrates its 243rd anniversary this year. Head to the stunning Fort Tryon Park to see members of the Brigade of the American Revolution perform drills. Find out what life was like during the war by watching blacksmithing demos, listening to live 18th-century music, making crafts, playing games of the era, and touring the battlefield with heroine Margaret Corbin. Dress up for the occasion: Celebrants in the most authentic costumes win prizes. FREE
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show — Bronx Park, the Bronx
Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
The NYBG's annual holiday train show is a must-see for tourists and locals alike. In fact, it's No. 39 on our list of 100 things to do with kids in NYC. More than 25 model trains go whizzing by approximately 150 NYC landmarks meticulously made out of acorns, twigs, bark, berries, and leaves. Afterward, kids can hit the Evergreen Express in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden to make train puppets, march in musical parades, and craft miniature scented sachets. Word to the wise: Even though timed advance tickets are required, it gets super crowded.
A Note from the Wellness Committee
November’s Wellness Committee Meeting will take place on Friday, November 22nd at 8:30 in the K Cafe. Please feel free to join us and to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or ideas about our Wellness work here at AmPark.
On November 7th, we will be having a Blue Apron tastings day in the cafeteria where students will have an opportunity to participate in tastings of some of Blue Apron’s healthy and delicious fresh recipes!
"What’s for lunch?", you ask? Please find the November Alternative Lunch Menu here.
The Wellness Committee
November Blast from Our PA Co-Presidents
Good Evening AmPark Parents and Families,
Welcome November! This will be the email with the breakdown of the entire month. We look forward to seeing you all at the Book Fair, Parent/Teacher conferences (where 5th Grade will be selling food items as you wait to attend your conference), Harvest Festival, and General PA Meeting. Attached please find the breakfast and lunch menus for this month as well as the November calendar and the Square 1 Art Flyer. You all should have received your child's Square 1 brochure last week. Orders are going in now.
11/4 - 11/7: Treats for Troops collection in the lobby (Please donate some candy from Halloween by feeding the monster in the lobby (Hillman Entrance). The candy will be donated to Treats for Troops.
Tomorrow 11/5: Election Day- No School
Our Harvest Festival is fast approaching on 11/16 from 11am-3pm.
Sign Up Genuis link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445aead2fa7fc1-harvest1
Food Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445aead2fa7fc1-food
The Book Fair will take place from 11/12 thru 11/15 and will be open until 8pm on Parent Teacher Conferences (11/14). Sign Up Genuis link: Will be sent out this week
The General PA Meeting will take place on 11/20: Evite link: http://evite.me/cEhZseEp42
We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair, Harvest Festival and General PA meeting this month! Square 1 orders are due by 11/15. There will be a Pie/Cake fundraiser this month, be on the lookout for the flyer in your child's folder.