October Owl 2019
Dear AmPark Families,
Just as many of our integrated curricular units move from a focus on self, and our own community and school, to a broader sense of community and the world, this month’s Book of the Month: Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall, is a poetic link to our own School District 10 Team as “Keepers of the Lighthouse”. The theme of this book also echoes the message of TLiM Habit 1: Be proactive, because the leader of the lighthouse must work first to ensure that the beacon of light is kept lit before all else.
We are in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on September 15th and will conclude October 15th. These dates are symbolic to coincide with the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Hispanic heritage encompasses a rich history of Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain, Mexico and many nations in Central America and South America. To elevate this celebration we will engage in classroom celebrations on Friday, October 11th. As a school community that values students seeing themselves in their learning experiences here at AmPark, we have encouraged all staff, classrooms and spaces to identify at least one way that each of us can participate in this school wide celebration. We are grateful to the collaborative efforts of our amazing Kindergarten Team for igniting the spark on this celebration!
At AmPark, we strive to teach students to be citizens of the world by engaging in local and larger service initiatives. One way to engage in service is to donate funds or goods to organizations. This month, students are invited to have their WonderWalk sponsored by collecting pledges to benefit the March of Dimes. The Wonderwalk will take place on October 31st to coincide with our Costume Parade. Students are also invited to limit their own sugar intake at Halloween while also showing care to service members by donating candy to Treats for Troops the week after Halloween.
Finally, AmPark is so proud to once again partner with the Audubon Society and offer our students the Feathered Friends after school program! This year’s fall program begins on Wednesday, October 16th for our 3rd-5th graders. Please be on the lookout for permission slips that were backpacked home today!
Important Upcoming Dates:
October 10th - Middle School Information Session (5:00pm-6:00pm)
October 14th - School Closed
October 16th-18th - AmPark Picture Days
October 18th - Costume Party (7:00pm-9:00pm)
October 25th - Big Apple Crunch (2:00pm)
October 31st - March of Dimes/March for Babies Wonder Walk (8:15am)
November 1st - Treats for Troops candy collection begins
A Note from Our Parent Coordinator:
Hello AmPark Families!
Here are some announcements, to keep you informed!
Thursday 10/10 will be our Middle School night, where we can meet and learn about the middle school process and experience. Roads to Success has had a wonderful start, to their Horizon Club Capoeira. There are only 6 spots left, grab them while they’re still here! Roads to Success is also having a S.T.E.A.M Night, October 23, 2019 that will be open to all of our AmPark families.
Let’s get ready, because it’s that time of year again! Picture Day is quickly approaching on October 16th -18th, look out for more info to come!
On October 25th, we’re going to take a bite into health and wellness together with the Big Apple Crunch. This year we will all be taking our bite altogether @ 2pm!
“One is glad to be of service”- Robin Williams (Bicentennial Man)
A Message from Our PA Co-Presidents:
Hello AmPark Families,
We'd like to start off by welcoming our new board members. Co-VPs of Parent Involvement: Joanna Ross and Madeline Rosado and our Co VPs of Fundraising: Camila Vidal and Alisha Speciale! We also want to thank all of the parents that came out to our first meeting and helped with setup as well as signed up to be on committees. We are looking forward to an amazing year!
Coming up in October we have our 1st movie night Friday, October 11th (Toy Story 4) hosted by our 5th grade classes and open to all AmPark grades. We also have the AmPark Costume Party on Friday 10/18 from 7pm - 9pm (Please leave masks, weapons and accessories at home). Lastly, there will be a bake sale on 10/31 at arrival and dismissal times. Please be on the lookout for the PA blasts which will include sign up geniuses. If you are not receiving the blasts or have not yet asked to be added to the email group, please email us at email@example.com.
Odaliz Vasquez and Crystal Teron
From the Wellness Committee:
The Wellness Committee dates and times have been set for (with few exceptions) first period of the last Friday of the month and are all set on the Calendar. Our very first Wellness Committee meeting will take place on Friday, October 25th at 8:30 in the K Cafe with Chef Ricardo and our new team of WITS student ambassadors. If you'd like to be a part of the Wellness Committee please reach out to Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WITS labs will be held during the week of the 21st in K Cafe with Chef Cathy and some delicious sounding Apple Cheddar Melts! Parents are welcome to come and volunteer to assist our young chefs in the K Cafe and please reach out to Niomi at email@example.com to volunteer.
Please see the October PreK-8 Alternative Lunch Menu here.
Finally, as we approach Halloween, please remember that as a Wellness School, candy is not allowed at AmPark. Encourage your children to save their confections as contributions to Treats For Troops in November!
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