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.
WITS Chefs Annie and Laurielle were on hand recently giving WITS Bits demonstrations to the children on how to make delicious french fries from scratch! I must confess, I’m not sure that this writer’s children even knew that french fries came from potatoes before this demonstration. And they are both now converts to the virtues of homemade french fries, and can recite the delicious but simple recipe from memory. For more news from Chef Annie and WITS see the attached newsletter, which also includes the french fry recipe in case you missed it.
As many of you know, BJ’s Wholesale Club is moving into the neighborhood, with a store set to open in May 2014 at 237th and Broadway. If you sign up through AmPark, you get a deal on your membership, and you help support the AmPark PA. Applications will be sent home in backpacks soon, and signup begins March 24.
AmPark parents are a huge resource. By volunteering at the school, parents show their children the importance of service and community participation. Research shows that schools function best when they belong to communities of interested and involved families and friends. Continue reading Get Involved!
On Friday night, March 7, Sara Kempton once again produced a fantastic and successful craft night. This has become one of the favorite events for both children and parents. Kids and grownups alike were working away at the various craft stations that had been setup. Delicious homemade soups and bread were served, a perfect meal for a winter night, and a great time was had by all. Thanks so much to the many parents who helped out at the event!
Everyone should have received a One by One Pledge form in backpacks by now. Please sign it, and have your child sign it, and return it as soon as possible. If we can decrease absenteeism by 20% during the month of March, the PA stands to make $500. Additionally, if parents who might be new to volunteering sign up to help at school, or at a PA event, the PA can make $20 for every 2 hours worked, up to a total of $500!