Health and Safety

Garden City PTA - November 2017 Newsletter

Garden City High School Students Take Part in Upstander Program

In collaboration with AT&T, Siena College and the Tyler Clementi Foundation, the GCHS Administration piloted this program on September 27th to train 14 GCHS upperclassmen as Upstander Ambassadors. The GC PTA expresses it's gratitude to Mrs. McLaughlin, Mr. Perrotta, Mr. Steingruebner and Ms. Bombardiere for their roles in planning and coordinating this day-long student program. CBS News covered this event attended by GCHS students and stakeholders in the community, including Assemblyman Ra and Senator Hannon. Click on the link to learn about it! #upstander

CBS News Segment
"There's a Soul Behind That Screen" - Parent Resources

You’ve just watched the trailer to AT&T’s There’s a Soul Behind That Screen, and you may be worried about whether cyberbullying will or has affected your kids. Click the link for resources and stay tuned for a Parent University event coming soon.

A Peek at Health and Safety within our Garden City Schools

At the Locust, Hemlock and Homestead schools, YOGA classes were enjoyed by student in October. Fall is here so “dress in layers “ so your child is able to participate in outdoor recess during the colder months.

Primary School
students also participated in a Railroad Safety Program where the children watched a 30-minute video on railroad safety and followed by a classroom discussion. October was Fire Safety Month! To highlight awareness about fire safety, kindergarten classes went on a field trip to the Firefighter Museum.

At Stratford School their annual 5th Grade FOCUS Blood Drive on Wednesday, November 15th in conjunction with the American Red Cross. On November 2nd and 3rd, a representative from American Red Cross will be conducting presentations to each 5th grade class about the blood drive and the importance of donating blood. To schedule and appointment, please visit: and use the sponsor code: STRATFORDSCHOOL. Stratford is also having its 2nd Annual Family Bingo Night on Friday, November 3rd. To RSVP please use this link: BINGO

The Stewart School annual 5th Grade FOCUS Blood Drive is on Tuesday, November 14th. On October 31st, Stewart School celebrated a Healthy Harvest Celebration. Student participated in a "Monster Mash Mile" by completing a one mile walk on the outside field. The field was decorated with healthy lifestyle facts along with some playful, spooky monsters....what a great way to exercise with friends!
A few reminders from Stewart School: Please take the bus if you are entitled. If you drive, remember to drop children on the outside circle and they should exit from the passenger side of the vehicle. It is starting to get chilly and we go outside as much as possible during the fall and winter months.

The GC Middle School students and GC High School students will participate in an Social Media assembly program presented by Josh Ochs later this month. Please scroll below for more information about Josh Ochs and

Red Ribbon Week was recognized at the Garden City High School. During the week of October 23rd, the SADD Club announced facts each day regarding alcohol and other drug in hope of preventing use of these substances. SADD students are pushing into 10th grade Health Classes and playing JEOPARDY about drugs and alcohol.
Unity Day at the HS included inspirational artwork on mirrors and the Students Helping Students Club wore T-shirts with "United We Stand Against Bullying". SHS also handed out orange ribbons to bring awareness to bullying. #compassioniscontagious
PEER EDUCATORS are conducting Drug and Alcohol Presentations to the 9th grade students during their English classes.

Coaches Care Program - Ford Driving Skills for Life

To build upon the GC PTA's efforts to raise awareness about Safe Driving, the GC Athletic Director, Dawn Cerrone, has teamed up with NYS's Governor's Traffic Safety Commission to be a part of COACHES CARE. This year-long initiative involves conversations between athletes and their coaches about teen safe driving habits. Coaches and team captains share the NYS GTSC's "5 to Drive" best practices to remind teen drivers the rules to stay safe.
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These 3 Minutes Will Change Your Life

The GC Parent Teacher Association received an award in the spring from Governor Cuomo for our efforts to promote Safe Driving within our community. Please don't drive distracted - just drive. #ITCANWAIT #GCPTA

New and Noteworthy Reading

Learn How 10 Minutes a Day Can Make a Difference

Get Ready - Safe, Smart, Social's Josh Ochs is coming to Garden City HS

Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 7pm

170 Rockaway Avenue

Garden City, NY

Register for this FREE event HERE:

With a background in marketing at Disney and a love for all things technology, Josh Ochs combines both to help students use social media as a portfolio of positive accomplishments. Josh’s book: “Light, Bright and Polite for Teens” teaches students of all ages that everything they post on social media will eventually be discovered by their parents, teachers, and colleges. Watch some of his videos here:

Josh Ochs will discuss the topics like:

• What apps are unsafe for Tweens

• How to bury bad Google results from other users with your similar name

• Examples of good and bad posts that colleges may find

• Tips you can suggest to use Google search like a college and future employer

• 7 Networks your kids need to be on to shine online

Event Details:

What: A social media safety speech that will bring you up to speed on the latest apps and how to talk with your kids about using digital tools to shine online

Who: Parents of our students

Why: To keep our student body safe and to give parents a proactive way to start a dialog with their kids about being smart on social media

Health and Safety Committee Representaives

Health and Safety Representatives are on the PTA Board at each school. Click on the link contact information. If you have a question or would like more information, please contact us @