Dear AmPark Family,
Wishing Ramadan Mubarak to all who celebrate! We continue to hope that our weekly updates find you all in good health and good spirits despite the many challenges. These weeks are surely a test to our resilience and strength, but our community continues to show up for one another. Our Earth Day celebrations lasted through the week with amazingly well-attended poetry and sculpture events. The words and creations of our students brought so many smiles.
In this update, I would also like to recognize the extraordinary efforts of our staff members, who like many of you, are balancing working from home, homeschooling their own children, and doing their absolute best to provide our students with a continued sense of community while advancing learning. Many teams have already partnered with parents for check-in meetings and we look forward to continued collaboration and growth during these remote learning days. Your words of encouragement mean so much, as does your perspective in how instruction is rolling out in real time in your homes. A remote PA meeting has also been calendared for Wednesday, May 6th at 6:30. Please be sure to send in your questions in advance so that we can best meet your needs.
Make Every Day Earth Day! Sharing a note from AmPark's friends at Cafeteria Culture with the offer of a FREE Screening of their Award Winning Film MicroPlastic Madness tomorrow April 25th! Check out their note here:
Dear friends of Cafeteria Culture,
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this very difficult time.
In honor of the virtual Earth Day season, we are excited to offer teachers, students and families special online screenings of our award winning documentary, MICROPLASTIC MADNESS.
Scroll down for highlights and visit our Remote Learning Resources website page for more dates and details.
Our team is busy adapting our classroom lessons and activities for Remote Learning, many that align with the movie. We're excited to be sharing more resources very soon.
If you have the time and energy, please take a moment to Take Action for a zero waste, plastic free, healthy future. Your voice is needed now more than ever (see below).
Save the NYC compost program (organics collection), which is now on the chopping block.
Sign the petition to let Mayor de Blasio know that composting is essential to NYC.
The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020
Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D- Calif.) introduced the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 in February, ground breaking, comprehensive legislation to address the root causes of the plastic pollution crisis on a national scale.
Our US Senators from NY, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, have not yet signed on. They need to hear from you!
Please contact us if you have suggestions of how we can best help your students and your school community.
Thank you to everyone who is helping others at this time.
Take good care,
The CafCu Team
Instagram: @CafCu, twitter @cafeteriacu FaceBook
Youtube: CafCu Media
Want to watch at home together?
Saturday, April 25th, 4-6pm
Virtual Screening for Families with Q+A
(tickets are limited; 1 ticket per household;
RSVP required --->)
Next week, we are pleased to offer the following LIVE lunches at 11:30 for all grades:
Monday, April 27th at 11:30: "Would You Rather...?" live chat edition with Kelly & Bonnie
Wednesday, April 29th at 11:30: Field Day Practice with Caitlin
Friday, May 1st: Friday sing-a-long with Josh and friends
We also invite you to continue to use daily affirmations as a family in order to give yourself a quick mental health boost each morning:
Monday: I forgive myself for my mistakes
Tuesday: My challenges help me to grow.
Wednesday: I can do hard things.
Thursday: I can use a strategy to deal with a difficult emotion.
Friday: I can treat myself with kindness.
As a reminder, please sign up for Notify NYC to receive important information about everything Covid19 related from food delivery services, to mental health services, to remote learning updates. You can sign up by texting COVID to 692-692.
Kelly, Bonnie, and Francisco