Weekly Wrap-up

  • “Pepper Zhang” – Jerry Zhang, the author, read to the children in K-3 this week. The feedback from the kids has been great.  If you’d like to order a copy of the book, go to www.PepperZhang.com and put AEA in the comments. 20% of purchases will go to the PTA.
  • Kindergarten Applications – the deadline has been extended to January 19th. If your child is in Pre-K at 303, you still must submit an application for kindergarten, if you plan to stay.
  • PTA Meeting – This month’s PTA meeting was cancelled due to the snow last Thursday. Since we do not have any pressing items, we will not be rescheduling.  See you at the next meeting on February 1st.

*follow us on Facebook “PTA of AEA 303” and don’t forget to accept the Google group invitations that went out earlier this week.

 

 

Monday Memo

  • Google Group – An informal google group forum has been created for the entire AEA parent/guardian body. This is intended to be a discussion platform on things that effect our school and our community.  Everyone should have received an invitation to join the Google group of AEA. Please accept the invitation, as it expires if you don’t. Note: you do not need to have a Google email to join the group.
  • Facebook Page – PTA of AEA 303 – we are now on Facebook. Click here to join the group. This will be another great way to connect the PTA and the parents and provide a platform to share with each other.
  • MightyNest – The PTA has signed up for a new YEAR ROUND fundraiser! You can now shop at MightyNest and sign-up for our school to receive 15% of EVERY PURCHASE! Their website sells items that are non-toxic and healthy for your family and great for the environment.  As long as we reach $100 per year, the PTA will collect in May.

PTA meeting tomorrow canceled

PTA Meeting Canceled: Due to the school closure tomorrow, the PTA meeting is also canceled.  Keep safe and warm, and stay tuned for our next PTA meeting.

Final Picture Order Deadline 1/5/18 :  Stomping Ground orders entered by this Friday will be shipped to the school for free.  After Friday the free shipping goes away and the price also increases.  The PTA gets 15% of your order to fund our programs for the school.  Pictures can be ordered at shop.stompinggroundphoto.com.  The password is PS303 + First 3 Letters of First name + First 3 Letters of Last Name. At this point all the pictures, including retakes, can be viewed and ordered on the website.

Happy New Year! 1st PTA of the Year is Tomorrow

PTA Meeting Thursday 1/4/18: Weather permitting, we will be having our first PTA meeting of the year tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 PM.  Come, have some coffee, and help us plan for the rest of the school year.

Final Picture Order Deadline 1/5/18 :  Stomping Ground orders entered by this Friday will be shipped to the school for free.  After Friday the free shipping goes away and the price also increases.  The PTA gets 15% of your order to fund our programs for the school.  Pictures can be ordered at shop.stompinggroundphoto.com.  The password is PS303 + First 3 Letters of First name + First 3 Letters of Last Name. At this point all the pictures, including retakes, can be viewed and ordered on the website.

 

Year End Giving and Wrapup

Happy Holidays to all!

  • NEW TAX LAW AND DEDUCTION CHANGES – For those of us who currently itemize deductions, but will not with the new tax law, the end of the year is the last chance to give a tax deductible contribution.  We will be collecting any checks (written to PTA of AEA) tomorrow (Friday) and add the contributions to the annual appeal.  You can also mail us a contribution, but it must be postmarked by December 31 to count for 2017.  Our address is the same as the school’s:

PTA of AEA
108-55 69th Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375

For our records, please note your child’s name and class on the check.  Thank you to all who support our programs this way.

  • Holiday Goody Bags – will be coming home with all kids today.  This fundraiser raised more $500!  Thank you all for your support.
  • School Wide Trip the kids had a great trip to Forest Hills High on Tuesday and were happy to see the performances by the older kids.
  • Penny Drive – Collections Due Friday 12/22
  • Friday is Pajama Day – All grades report to school in pajamas!
  • Winter Recess is coming up – School is closed 12/25 to 1/1, school resumes on Tuesday the 2nd.

Monday Update

Happy Holidays to all!

  • Holiday Goody Bags – Tuesday 12/19 – deadline for $5 donation for the goodie bags being distributed to all children this week.
  • School Wide Trip to Forest Hills High School Winter Concert 10am-12pm – ALL GRADES
  • Little Pulp Fundraiser – Thank you for the orders, Little Pulp will donate $237 from the proceeds to the PTA
  • Penny Drive – Collections Due Friday 12/22
  • Friday is Pajama Day – All grades report to school in pajamas!
  • Winter Recess is coming up – School is closed 12/25 to 1/1, school resumes on the 2nd.

 

 

Weekly Wrap-up

  • Thank you all for coming to last night’s PTA meeting where it was confirmed that grades would not be reconfigured for September 2018.  Meeting minutes will be posted next week.  Hope to see you all back at the PTA meeting next month!
  • Holiday Goodie Bags: We are continuing to collect $5 per child for the goodie bags, but we have gone ahead and ordered the items needed. We are asking for volunteers to help us assemble a goodie bag for each child in the school.  Please sign-up to help here.
  • Mixed Bag Update:  We have distributed two-thirds of the mixed bag orders.  If you haven’t picked up your items yet, we will be distributing items on Monday both at drop-off, at and pick-up.  If you want to arrange pick-up after Wingspan, please email Todd at tholden@qcc.cuny.edu.  We could also use a couple of volunteers to help distribute the items.  If you have a few extra minutes in the morning and afternoon, please send an email to Todd at tholden@qcc.cuny.edu.
  • Little Pulp Flash Sale: A flier went out today for Little Pulp personalized sketchbook orders. Submit your orders by the 14th and you will get them by December 21st. The Kiernan family is generously contributing 40% of the sales to the PTA of AEA.
  • Artsonia is having sales on Personalized Art Keepsakes for the Holidays!  Order by December 14 and turn your child’s AEA artwork into something permanent.

 

Mixed Bag Order is Here!

Hello to all of you who placed mixed bag orders.  The final package from Mixed Bag is scheduled to arrive today (Thursday).  I’d like to send them home on Friday (tomorrow). For early morning drop-off, I will arrive around 7:40 and bring the items out to you until about 8:05.  For the rest, we can go in after the kids go up at about 8:15.  If morning does not work, I will also be there at 2:30, so you can pick the items up after you get your kids.  For those who don’t pick up on Friday, I will probably e-mail you individually to work something out.

Thank you for your support,

Todd

p.s. Don’t forget the important PTA meeting tonight at 7PM.  We may also be able to send home some orders tonight depending on how busy it is.

 

Some very important dates this week

Picture Order Deadline 12/8/17 :  Orders entered by the deadline will arrive at school before winter break and will ship free.  The PTA gets 15% of your order to fund our programs for the school.  Pictures can be ordered at shop.stompinggroundphoto.com.  The password is PS303 + First 3 Letters of First name + First 3 Letters of Last Name. 12/8/17 is also the day for retakes.  (If you wanted a retake and didn’t get confirmation from me, email me at tholden@qcc.cuny.edu).

Mixed Bag Order is Coming:  Our order from Mixed Bag shipped last Friday and should be arriving at the school this Friday (12/8).  We generated $2394 in profit for our PTA funded programs, which is even better than last year!

PTA Meeting Thursday 12/7/17: Mrs. Leto will be in attendance to fill us in on the discussions about keeping the current 3rd grade students on for next year. The PTA has no knowledge of any formal proposal by the DOE, but the complete elimination of pre-K classes next year has been brought up (with negative initial feedback for the idea). The original proposal by some parents to have one forth grade class and one pre-K class next year is problematic given current third grade enrollment.  I strongly recommend all parents attend this meeting, particularly those hoping/planning for their children to be in pre-K or Forth grade classes in the future.

Best wishes to all,

Todd Holden

PTA co-President

 

Monday Update

  • PTA Meeting Thursday 12/7/17 :  Mrs. Leto will be in attendance to fill us in on the discussions about keeping the current 3rd grade on next year. Meeting minutes from November can be accessed on our website here.
  • Picture Day Make-up 12/8/17:  If you need a make-up or would like to re-take, please reach out to Todd Holden at tholden@qcc.cuny.edu to sign-up.
  • Little Pump Books: This week you will be receiving an order form for Little Pulp drawing books. These personalized books make fantastic holiday gifts!  Frank Kiernan the owner and parent at our school has offered to donate 40% of all sales back to the PTA of AEA.
  • Pajama Drive ends 12/15/17: Donate new pajamas with tags; Scholastic will match each pair of pjs with a storybook for kids in need.
  • Toys for Tots Drive ends 12/18/17: Donate new, packaged, unwrapped toys.
  • Penny Drive ends 12/22/17:  Mrs. Flood has put our school in touch with Pennies for Patients benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The idea is for the children in K-3 to come home from school with little boxes that they will collect pennies in. There is also an online fundraising component if parents wish to go in that direction too, details were on the flier that came home with the collection box.
    • Over 300 schools participate in this charity drive and now our school is one of them! Our school-wide goal is $750. The drive will run until 12/22/17.   We hope that all of the kids participate so they can see just how far one small penny can go towards helping other sick kids.