No such thing as a free lunch?

lunchAmPark was featured in the Riverdale Press this week in an article discussing the effort to launch a free school lunch program similar to the current free breakfast program. AmPark’s own Christine Milton was quoted several times in the article, and the children of proud Executive Board members Matt Heenan and Robert Branch were shown in a picture sampling the culinary delights of AmPark’s outstanding lunch program. You can read the full article here:,54299

High-Spirited Dancing

dance2Thanks to everyone who came to the Spring Fling dance party on Friday, May 9. Lots of families turned out and it was a rousing, high-energy success. Many kids were decked out in party finery and had a great time dancing, jumping around, playing with balloons, hanging out with friends, and noshing on pizza, chips, and homemade smoothies. The loud music was apparently too much for our poor old school sound system, which gave in under the relentless dance beats of Chad’s super party playlist, so we hope to be buying a new one in the next couple of weeks. If the intention was to let kids unwind and relax and burn off a little pent up energy after several weeks of intense testing, we’d say “mission accomplished.”

Christine Milton Honored

20140425_101835-1Our Principal, Christine Milton, was recently recognized by NYS Senator Jeffrey D. Klein as an Outstanding Educational Leader & One of A Select Few Principals in Our District who is a role model that demonstrates superior leadership, excellence in education & a commitment to parental involvement in our schools.  Both the Parent Coordinator,  Maria C. Correa, and our PA President/CEC Representative,  Dean Parker, were present at the event supporting Christine from the sidelines. What a wonderful honor!

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Baskets needed!

basketDon’t know what to do with an empty basket cluttering up your home? Donate it to Ampark! We’ll fill it with goodies. Or pick a theme, and fill the basket with related items for the Ampark Auction. Some possible themes: Summer basket filled with beach toys & games, wine basket, tea & cookies basket, chocolate basket, gourmet foods, Mom’s relaxation basket, a basket filled with things for Dad. Be creative. Questions? Contact Aldina Kennedy, kennedyvazao at or 646-748-0038.

Spirit Week

School SpiritFun awaits kids at school this week with the AmPark / Roads to Success Spirit Week, with a different theme every day. Monday is Pajama Day – wear your PJ’s to school! Stuffed animals are fine, but no pillows please. Tuesday is Career Day – dress for your future profession! Wednesday is Twin Day – talk to your friends and coordinate identical wardrobes for that day! Thursday is Fashion Disaster Day – Oh no! You are not wearing THOSE pants with THAT shirt, are you!? Crazy accessories a plus! Friday is AmPark Day – wear your finest AmPark regalia, or anything purple and silver, the school colors.

AmPark DOES have talent!

talentFriday, April 4, saw the 2nd annual presentation of AmPark’s Got Talent, which has already become a favorite PA event for both kids and parents. There was singing, gymnastics, musical performances, and even a magic show. And every grade was represented. The repertoire ranged from classics like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the Beatles’ “Let It Be,” to more modern fare from Bruno Mars and the very popular soundtrack to the movie Frozen. Everyone was amazed by the amount of talent up on the stage, and by the sheer chutzpah it takes to get up and perform in front of a group of people. And a very supportive group it was, too, in the best AmPark tradition. Congratulations to all the amazing performers for a job well done!

A Very Hot “Frozen”

Disney-FrozenOn Friday, March 28, the 5th Grade coordinated yet another amazing event, setting a new standard for what constitutes a great movie night. With printed lyric sheets and sing-a-longs to the popular songs from Frozen, the 5th grade really raised the bar for movie night fun and creativity. The movie was very well attended, lots of fun was had, and the 5th grade raised $1,200 towards their end of year activities.

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