Health and Safety Newsletter

Garden City PTA - APRIL 2018 Edition

Featuring: School Safety - Safe Driving - Speaker Events @ GCHS & NYU Winthrop Hospital and Autism Awareness

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We Need Your Support for Security in Our Schools

Did you know that during polling it is against the law to ask for ID of the people entering the building?

Unlike other community/municipality location, schools are mandated to be open a certain number of hours and days during the school calendar year - closing on primary days is not an option.

In March, our Board of Education sent a letter to our local legislators asking for their help with funding for security upgrades in our schools and the relocation of polling places for safety reasons. We know if residents add their support to this request, the message will be received loud and clear! We can effect change, if we advocate together with one voice.

Please click on the Action Center link below to add your name to our campaign.

Thank you!

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Marianne Angelillo to speak to Garden City HS Students

Tragedy turned into inspiration for parent and author Marianne Angelillo, who speaks will speak to students about driving safety.

Angelillo's 17-year-old son, Matthew, was killed as a passenger in a high-speed car crash on Father's Day in 2004. She now shares her family's journey through sadness and grief to inspire teens to avoid the dangers of risk-taking behind the wheel, including drunk driving and distracted driving. Her presentation, Sharing My Stones, shares its name with that of her memoir.

Calling all Students in Grades 1 through Grade 6! It's a Poster Contest!

TO ENTER: Students in grades 1–6 must create a poster or collage on 8.5 x 11 inch paper showing how they can help prevent distracted walking. A parent can submit student entries. CLICK LINK BELOW TO TRAFFIC SAFETY KIDS PAGE and ENTRY FORM for MORE INFORMATION - GOOD LUCK!

Entries will be judged on the following criteria: 1) Originality and creativity (30 points); 2) Concept (30 points); 3) Clarity of message (30 points); and 4) Quality of writing (10 points)

Open to students in grades 1–6. Only individual entries will be accepted—no group posters or collages. No videos, CDs, or digital submissions.


DeFEET Distractions NY Poster Contest

c/o New York State PTA

One Wembley Court

Albany, NY 12205

ATTN: Lynne Degnen


One grand prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the winning PTA Unit

Three runners-up will each receive $500 for their schools’ PTA Unit

Students Get Ready to "Ticket Your Parents"

In an effort to coordinate an age-appropriate, cohesive, school-wide safe driving campaign the elementary and primary schools will be participating in a program during the month of April called, "ticket your parents." Kids will have the opportunity to hand out citations to their parents when they violate a safe driving laws. The hope is to raise awareness regarding safe driving practices as child passengers who will someday transition into drivers, themselves. Having students keep an eye out for violations will not only help them to be safer drivers in the future, but also help raise the level of parental awareness regarding their own driving habits and practices.
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Documents Available to Download

Teens Take Part in Safe Driving Week @ GCHS

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Speaker Presentation - APRIL 12th @ 7PM - ALL Parents and Students Welcomed!

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NYU Winthrop Hospital's S.C.O.R.E Programs in April

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Monday 4/16: Bake Sale: Proceeds go to Autism Speaks


Tuesday, 4/17: Light It Up Blue Day: Wear Blue!!!

Wednesday 4/18: Facts about Autism on morning announcements

Thursday, 4/19: Scavenger Hunt: Find the hidden puzzle pieces and win a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card (bring to room 148 to redeem gift card)


Friday, 4/20: Blue Candy Jar Guessing Game outside the cafeteria during lunch. Guess the amount of candy and get an Autism Speaks lanyard. Guess closest to the correct amount and win the candy in the jar!

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In Case You Missed It: PTA Meeting Video Presentation
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