WELCOME TO THE GREENACRES SCHOOL PTA WEBSITE! 

 

The GAPTA is a non-profit organization comprised of parents, teachers & administrators who voluntarily work together in the interest of enriching our children’s Greenacres Elementary School experience through programs & activities.

 

We welcome your involvement, whatever your schedule allows. PTA activities include planning and implementing programs and services at the school that benefit our school & students; raising funds to support these initiatives; and bringing the Greenacres School community together.  

 

Questions about the GREENACRES PTA? Contact Jen Galeon our PTA PRESIDENT.

 

If you would like to request website content edits, updates or have suggestions for features you would like to see, please email Michele Dalton. 


 

CALENDAR AT-A-GLANCE

May 20:

  • Principal Hill Coffee with 4th Grade Parents, 9:00am - OMPR

May 21:

  • School Budget Vote - 7:00am - 9:00pm, Scarsdale Middle School
  • GA Kindergarten Orientation - 9:15am - Learning Commons

May 22:

  • GA Band & Orchestra Concert & Art Show - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

May 27:

  • School Closed - Memorial Day

June 6:

  • GA Pizza Day

June 7: 

  • Spirit Day & Walking School Bus
  • GA Last Day of Spring ASC

 

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NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL
SCHOOL BUDGET
NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
 

The Greenacres PTA Executive Committee and Greenacres Budget Chair support the Proposed School Budget for 2024-25 and encourage all eligible community members to VOTE YES.  We believe that this budget preserves the quality and standard of education in our schools as well as the core aspects of the student experience.

The Proposed Budget exceeds the tax cap and thus requires a supermajority YES vote (60% of those who vote) to be approved.  If the Budget is not approved and the Board of Education makes further reductions, we are concerned that additional cuts required to meet the tax cap would have a negative impact on our schools and students.

See the Budget One-Pager for additional details and find voter information here.


OUTSTANDING RECEIPTS
 

Any outstanding receipts for the 2023-24 school year need to be submitted to Amanda Beckman by June 16th to get reimbursed.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
 

Greenacres Elementary offers the 1st Day School Supplies Program as a convenient and easy option to order school supplies for the 2024-2025 year. 

The kits are custom made to include the supplies selected and approved by our school.

Click HERE to order online by July 1st.  

Please make sure to order for the grade your child is ENTERING for fall of 2024! A confirmation will be emailed to you after your order has been placed.  If you miss the July 1st deadline, it will be your responsibility to source the supplies on your own. 

* Headphones are included in the kit for KINDERGARTENERS.  For GRADES 1-5, headphones may be added to your cart if your child needs new ones for school.

*All kits for ALL GRADES will be delivered to school and be placed in your child's classroom. 

Any questions, please reach out to Jen Galeon.

BOOK CLUB
 

The Greenacres PTA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) committee is excited to announce a spring Book Club event! 

 

Part of our district's mission is for each student "to understand themselves and others within the broad fabric of human experience and the natural universe." In an effort to support our children, schools, and community, let's come together for a night of adult learning, exploration, discussion, and growth. 


The selected book is Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong. The book is a NY Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist. Hong weaves personal stories as an Asian American woman into larger cultural commentary and historical accounts. Newsweek says she "uses her own experiences as a jumping off point to examine race and emotion in the United States." 


You can purchase the book locally at Bronx River Books in Scarsdale and you will receive a 10% discount if you mention the Greenacres Book Club or from their website (discount already included in the price). The book can also be found on Bookshop or Amazon.


You can also listen to Cathy Park Hong share reflections on her book on podcasts by clicking here and here.
 
You do NOT have to read the whole book to participate! Read it all! Read a little! Or just listen! Then come join us on Tuesday, June 4th from 7:00-8:30 pm for a book club discussion! 


RSVP to Casey Hogan if you would like to participate. Email Casey Hogan if you are interested in joining and/or have questions about the event.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 

Our parent volunteers are the driving force of our PTA, helping us provide the Greenacres community with a multitude of activities and experiences.  Some programs we run include after school clubs, fun family events, community service projects and other enrichment programming.  Without your help, none of this would be possible.  

Please consider volunteering for the 2024- 2025 school year by filling out our volunteer form HERE.  You can find a description of all of the PTA committees on our website.  

If you have any questions about the responsibilities of a particular committee or the time commitment, please feel free to reach out to Tulika Khemani.

Thank you and I look forward to working together in the year ahead!

DEI LANGUAGES PROJECT
 

The Greenacres Language Library site is LIVE!

 

Thank you to all the parents who contributed to our collection so far! Our library currently features students speaking 11 different languages, including multiple Chinese dialects. We will be using the recordings in our classrooms, featuring them in a display at school and sharing them with our community on the Greenacres district website.

Please check it out and consider making a submission! Your child does not need to be fluent in the language to contribute! 

Instructions and a script for making recordings can be found here.

Please email Liza King if you would like assistance with the recordings or have any other questions.

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Please contact Jenny Scarpelli with any questions.

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
 

Please review the Arrival and Dismissal procedures from Principal Hill's email and the Greenacres Safety Flyer. Be sure to review the instructions and guidelines with your children and any other person who may be directly involved with drop-off and pick-up arrangements. As a reminder:

 

  • 8:00-9:00am (arrival): STANDING only on the RIGHT side of the street in front of the school building.  NO STANDING on the LEFT side or in the bus loading zones.  
  • 2:30-3:30pm (regular dismissal): PARKING or STANDING only on the RIGHT side of the street in front of the school building. There is NO PARKING or STANDING on the LEFT side or in the bus loading zones.
  • 3:30 and later (ASC dismissal): PARKING or STANDING only on the LEFT side of the street.  There is NO PARKING or STANDING on the RIGHT side.

 

These traffic rules apply to Sage Terrace, Putnam Road and Huntington Road.  We really appreciate your cooperation as we work together to make our arrival and dismissal smooth and safe.

 
PTC NEWS
 

School Budget Reminders

Please note, after closely following the budget process throughout the year, posing questions and discussing it at length, the PTC Executive Committee came to the position that it supports the Proposed Budget 2024-25 and we encourage you to VOTE YES

We encourage all voters to support sufficient resources to maintain the level of education and quality of student experience in our District. Here is a one-pager on the Budget.

Here is the video as well as slides from the PTC Budget Information Session on 4/16. 

The PTC has issued a statement at the end of March on the Proposed Budget, 2024-25 -- you may read it here.

The PTC Budget Study page as well as the District Budget page includes informational resources on the Proposed Budget. We encourage you to look through the resources to help inform your vote.   

PTC continues to encourages the community to ask questions, give feedback and follow the budget process. Budget questions and feedback may be sent to the Board of Education

PTC strongly encourages the community to ask questions, give feedback and follow the budget process. Budget questions and feedback may be sent to the Board of Education. As a reminder, you may livestream Board of Education meetings here as well as access prior meeting recordings

Here is the PTC Budget Study page with helpful links. 

 

Please remember to VOTE on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 

Scarsdale Middle School Gym, 7 am - 9 pm. 

Applications for Early Mail-in Ballots and Absentee Ballots are now available.

Here is additional voter information.


 

SHS PTA SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Honor The Graduates and Give the Gift of Education! 

In honor of the 2024 school year, please consider paying tribute to faculty, staff members, and/or graduates by making a contribution in their honor to the SHS PTA Scholarship Fund for College.  Every year, our graduating seniors celebrate their college acceptances with immense pride. However, that excitement is tempered for some by the reality of financing their college education. The ever-increasing cost of tuition, loss of employment, divorce, serious illness, or the death of a family member can create great financial hardship for some families. For seniors who have exhausted all possibilities to help pay for their first year of college, a grant from the SHS PTA Scholarship Fund for College may be the critical factor that allows them to attend school next year.

The SHS PTA Scholarship Fund depends on your generous support. 100% of the money raised goes directly towards assisting with first year tuition payments. The more the Fund raises, the more it is able to ensure that students in need of financial assistance, who have worked so hard for college acceptances, have the opportunity and the means to attend. 

To purchase a tax-deductible e-letter or card, orders must be received by Friday June 14, 2024. You can learn more about the SHS Scholarship Fund for College here. Please contact Beth Cukier with any questions. 


 

PTC DEI

Vesak (Buddha Day) - May 23, 2024 

Vesak is the most important of the Theravada Buddhist festivals, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. The event is observed on the full-moon day of the lunar month Vesakha, which falls in April or May. 

The day is celebrated across Asia and is recognized as a public holiday in many countries. It is marked by special devotional services and various deeds intended to be meritorious, such as the presentation of food or alms to monks or the release of captive birds.

For more information click here. Read more about Vesak on the District website

Memorial Day - May 27, 2024

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the individuals who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. 

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers. 

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season. 

Read more about Memorial Day on the District website.


 

Friday Coffee: How to Create a Family Media Plan 

Friday, May 31st from 9 to 10 AM 

Heathcote Multipurpose Room 

The Heathcote PTA and the PTC Technology Committee invite parents and caregivers from all five Scarsdale elementary schools to come together for learning and discussion about creating a family media plan with Jeannie Crowley, District Director of Technology and Innovation, Co-Director of the Center for Innovation, Chief Information Officer and Data Privacy Officer.

Questions and topics of particular interest can be emailed in advance to the Heathcote PTA or Jeannie Crowley

Please register in advance to avoid congestion at the entrance. 

There is very limited visitor parking at Heathcote so please give yourself time to park. 


 

Scarsdale Evening of Relaxation   

Monday, June 3, 7 - 8 pm.    

As summer approaches, please join us for a deeply soothing 1-hour experience of relaxation and healing through sound bath meditation.

The Scarsdale PTC Wellness Committee invites all Scarsdale School District adult members to enjoy this special event in a beautiful outdoor setting. 

Please bring a yoga mat and blanket. Space is limited to 35 people. 

Please RSVP to attend this outdoor wellness evening. 

This event will be held at a private Scarsdale residence. Location provided upon registration.


 

PTC CHILD

CHILD invites you to get to know district administrators, staff and parents, and reflect on the school year, as well as what we can look forward to in the coming year. 

Tuesday, June 4th

9:00am - Elementary Meeting 

10:30am - Middle School Meeting 

Friday, June 7th 

9:00am - High School Meeting 

Please RSVP for location.


 

PTC Directory Usage

PTA directories are solely intended to facilitate communication among parents, students, faculty and staff at each particular school. As it is clearly stated in the PTC Directory Use Standing Rule, and posted on each school PTA's electronic directrory access, directories are not available for use by or for distribution to the general public. Use of the directory for unauthorized purposes, including but not limited to commercial, political, charitable or petition solicitations is strictly forbidden. For example, contact information obtained via the student directory may not be used to promote/advertise a business, commercial enterprise, or service, may not be used to call for political action or to promote a campaign, and may not be used to encourage donations to or participation in any other non-profit or charitable organization or endeavor. PTC reserves to right to revoke PTA directory access from persons who use the directories for improper purposes. 

It has come to our attention that the directories have recently been used for improper purposes, including unauthorized newsletters.  This kind of use is strictly prohibited. Please respect the privacy of our PTA community and limit directory usage to its approved intent. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to the PTC Council President. Thank you for your cooperation.

 
DISTRICT NEWS
 

Voter Information --  School Budget Vote and Board Election:  

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, polls are open from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm,

Location: Scarsdale Middle School Gym, 134 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale, NY 

Budget Vote Timeline: 

  • Applications for Absentee and Early Mail Ballots are now available to be submitted via the District Clerk, Honore Adams 
  • May 21, 2024: Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election, Middle School Gym 

**Here is additional voter information.**

 

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Greenacres PTA would like to ensure that all children have the opportunity to take advantage of the wonderful programming offered to our children.  

If your family's financial situation makes it difficult for you to cover the cost of the PTA sponsored programs including dues, lunch programs, after-school clubs, or other activities, there is financial assistance available.  Please contact Principal Sharon Hill or PTA President Jen Galeon to discuss.  All inquiries and/or requests will be held in the strictest confidence.  


 
GOT NEWS?

Gazette submissions and submission changes should be submitted HERE to our Google form.  Click HERE for guidelines and deadlines for PTA communications. Email updates to the PTA webpage at gaptacomm@gmail.com.

 
HELPFUL LINKS

Jennifer Galeon, PTA President

Amanda Beckman, PTA Treasurer

Amanda McCulley, Greenacres Gazette Editor

Greenacres PTA Website



 

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THE GREENACRES SCHOOL PTA WEBSITE!

 

Membership Toolkit is NOW our school PTA communications service, school directory, payment system and website manager.

 

FAMILY INFORMATION:

At the beginning of the school year, the GAPTA now requires that you confirm the correctness of your Family Information (Parents/Guardians & Students) or to register for the first time if you have not before. This is to make sure that all relevant GAPTA communications are sent to the email addresses on file and that the Family Information is correctly listed for our online and printed directory.

 

SALES/VOLUNTEER FORMS:
All GAPTA items for purchases can be made using a credit card or debit card via PayPal. Any relevant SALES and/or VOLUNTEER forms will be available and shown HERE

 

GAPTA ONLINE DIRECTORY & WEEKLY NEWSLETTERS:  

You MUST join the GAPTA to have access to the Greenacres online school directory, participate in PTA sponsored activities like the School Play and After School Clubs and also to receive the GAPTA weekly newsletter, The Greenacres Gazette.

 

DOWNLOAD THE MEMBERSHIP TOOLKIT APP FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE:

Download the Membership Toolkit APP for your smartphone 

(You'll be asked to enter the email address that you use for Membership Toolkit.  The system will automatically send you a reset password email.  Once you change your password, you will then be able to sign into the app).  

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