AmPark 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: http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Advocates-push-free-school-lunch-for-all,54299
The PA achieved more than double our fundraising target at the spring auction, an amazing achievement. And working with Christine, we have moved quickly to identify several important areas for additional PA funding. Continue reading Funding Opportunities→
Thanks 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.”
Our 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!
Well, the Spring Auction, A Night in Madrid, is now behind us. And thanks to the combined efforts of many hard working PA parents and school staff it was a rousing success. It seems that every year PA events keep getting bigger and better, and this event was no exception. Continue reading A Fabulous Night in Madrid!→
The spring auction is literally right around the corner. We sent detailed information last week, but we wanted to reiterate some important bullet points. Also, attached to this email you will find a flyer with information on some of the amazing creative projects being undertaken by the kids for the auction.
Don’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 gmail.com or 646-748-0038.
Fun 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.
Friday, 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!
On 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.