Monthly eNewsletter School Report

Locust School
March School Report

I can’t believe March is here.  We have had so many great successes this school year, with only more great things to come!  Please see below for what the month of March has in store for you and your children!

PTA Dinner

It is finally here…an event NOT to be missed!  Our Annual PTA dinner will be held at the Garden City Hotel on Thursday, March 23rd.  This is a fun-filled night out with your friends, husbands as well as your favorite administrators and teachers!  Buy your Dinner tickets by March 9th to be entered in a special raffle. 

Dinner and Grand Raffle Tickets can be purchased now, click here: http://bit.ly/TheAnnualDinnerTickets. Grand Raffle tickets can also be purchased at all Parent Teacher Conferences.

  • It’s not too late to make a donation!  if your still interested in contributing something to the dinner please email me at locust@gardencitypta.org.

School Supplies

Order your child's September school supplies ONLINE in March!  Save time & money with quality products.  Custom packed for your child's classroom.  Avoid summer shopping hassles: No crowds, traffic, or guesswork.  Online order dates:  March 6, 2017 – April 21, 2017http://bit.ly/GCPTASchoolSupplies.

Be on the lookout for the flyer in your child’s backpack with all of the details and online order instructions.  Supplies will be available for you to pick up on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Garden City Middle School Cafeteria from 9am-2pm.

PARP

PTA’s Pick A Reading Partner will take place the entire month of March.  Learning to read is the single most important activity in a childs education. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. PARP is a program that asks parents to read with their children for at least fifteen minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative.  Different activities will be coming home with the children. Please take the time to create and foster that love of reading with your children!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are once again here.  Here are some helpful tips to help your conference be a successful one.

  • Start with a positive attitude.  Dont waste valuable conference time by focusing on the negative.  You and the teacher are a team.  Positive comments such as “How can we solve this problem working together?” will be the first step in coming up with good solutions.
  • Let the teacher know if there is a particular topic you want to discuss.  If you want to talk about your childs progress in reading, let the teacher know.
  • Be specific.  Bring with you any work that is of concern.  Describe clearly any situations in the classroom that makes your child uneasy.  Ask the teacher to describe your childs strengths and weaknesses.  Ask to see your childs work.
  • Discuss the whole child.  Your child’s social and emotional development is as important as academic success.  Include questions about his/her interaction with other children and willingness to participate in class discussions.
  • Leave with a plan.  The conference should end with a clear statement of what you will do and what the teacher will do. 

Important Upcoming Dates in March

  • It’s PARP month!  Look for the schedule of activities and events in your child’s backpack!
  • Wednesday 3/1 - PARP Pep Rally at the GC Library at 4-5pm. Space is limited, so if you are interested, please register at GCPL_Events scroll down to March 1st events. 
  • Wednesday 3/1- PTA Primary Reflections Awards Dinner at Hemlock, 6:30 pm
  • Thursday 3/2- Dr. SeussBirthday
  • Monday 3/6- First Grade Trip to Garden City Library- Dallek
  • Monday 3/6- Kindergarten Trip to Frog & Toad Play
  • Wednesday 3/8- School closed for Parent Teacher Conference
  • Monday 3/13- First Grade Trip to Garden City Library- Hayes
  • Tuesday 3/14- Board of Education Budget/Work session 8:15 pm
  • Wednesday 3/15- Kindergarten Trip to Jones Beach
  • Monday 3/20- First Grade Trip to Garden City Library- Joyce & Wills
  • Tuesday 3/21- Board of Education Budget/Meeting
  • Monday 3/27- First Grade Trip to Garden City Library- Maro & Wills
  • Thursday 3/23 - Wish, Believe, Achieve - The Annual Dinner, Presented by the Garden City PTA, 6:30 pm.

If you missed our February 7th Joint Primary PTA Meeting please read the DRAFT minutes. At this meeting, our membership approved PTA Grants to our primary schools, including Locust School, of $15,858. Because of your support of the Garden City PTA, Locust School will be receiving a six Osmo units and one iPad Air to support the district’s STEAM initiatives, fiction books for the library, and outdoor paint to finally paint the map of the United States on the playground in the spring.  Our children will enjoy this outdoor stencil for years to come. These grants will enhance the curriculum and benefit all students in Locust School. Thank you to our membership. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out! locust@gardencitypta.org 

Thank you,

Crista Regazzi
PTA Director Locust School
locust@gardencitypta.org