The Groundhog Gazette

Amity Elementary - Home of the Groundhogs

January 6, 2016

Important Information for Sixth Grade Students

It is time to start thinking about 7th grade, and I am here to help! We will register for classes in February, and I am available to go over any questions regarding class choices. If you'd like to explore future possibilities for your student, I can work with you to create a six year plan.

Plan to attend West Junior High's Orientation Evening for Incoming 7th Grade Students. It will be held on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the West Junior High Gymnasium.

Matt Rutte

Simple Reading Strategies for Beginning Readers

✪ Invite your child to read with you every day. ✪ When reading a book where the print is large, point word by word as you read. This will help the child learn that reading goes from left to right and understand that the word he or she says is the word he or she sees. ✪ Read a child's favorite book over and over again. ✪ Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat. Invite the child to join in on these parts. ✪ Discuss new words. For example, "This big house is called a palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?” ✪ Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story. ✪ Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales, song books, poems, and informational books.

U.S. Department of Education

PTA News

Join us on Friday, February 19th, for our annual Family Bingo Night from 6-8 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; come early to get the best seat, buy your Bingo cards and order nachos.

As in the past, we will hold our Silent Basket Auction during the event. Themed baskets will be available for bidding. We'd like to have a large variety of fun baskets to auction off; however, we need your help! The baskets are put together with your donations.

There are three ways to donate:

1. Each grade level has been assigned a theme (listed below). Purchase an item(s) for any of the themes.

2. We will accept gift certificates from any family friendly location. These make great additions to the baskets.

3. Don't have time to shop? Send in a monetary donation, and we'll do the shopping for you. (Checks can be made out to Amity PTA).

Kindergarten - My Mom Rocks!

First Grade - Do It Yourself (crafts for kids or adults)

Second Grade - Family Game Night

Third Grade - Reading is Fun

Fourth Grade - College Spirit

Fifth Grade - Super Dad!

Sixth Grade - Great Outdoors

We are also looking for donations of new, small items that can be used as prizes. We gave out over 400 prizes last year; donations help alleviate this expense.

A parent or guardian must stay onsite during the event.

Thank you for your donations. We depend on Bingo Night as one of our two main fundraisers; all proceeds benefit your child's classroom. We hope to see you there!

All parents are invited to attend the next PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 12th at 4:00 p.m. Free childcare is provided.

Community Resources for Families Program

Did you know we have a special program at Amity called the COMMUNITY RESOURCES for FAMILIES PROGRAM? This program is designed to assist elementary children and their families with emergency needs and is dedicated to helping children do their best in school. This often requires strengthening family stability with community resources.

Our Community Resource Worker joins with the family to develop a plan to help. The plan can include supportive community services, such as short-term counseling or budgeting; community referrals such as information about free medical care, food banks, clothing and energy assistance; and/or financial assistance if the family qualifies.

If you would like more information about this program, please call Andrea Geraghty, our Community Resource Worker, at 472-3074.