3.24.13 Brief

Dear West Side Families,

I would like to thank all involved in volunteering for and selecting next year’s slate for our PTG Board.

We are looking forward to a much needed break and an exciting April.
We start off with a very exciting production of the WSTA play, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on April 6th at 7 PM and April 7th at 2 PM at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at the High School. The children and staff have worked very hard to bring this production to fruition and I am sure it will be amazing!
The 6th grade Get Together will be held on April 14th at Syosset Bowl and promises to be great fun for all.
NYS ELA Testing will take place on April 16-18 for Grades 3-8.
Our WS Run will be on April 28th, please get your sponsor forms and run registrations in!
Please keep in mind that WS is responsible for nominating the CPC Chairperson for next year and we are also in need of three parent representatives. To volunteer or to nominate someone for consideration, please contact me.
For those who are traveling, please stay safe and bring Spring back home with you!!

The WSS PTG Nominating Committee has been hard at work compiling a proposed slate for 2013-2014 Board.  At this time we still have one position available:

Hospitality Coordinator:   responsible for providing refreshments at all PTG meetings.  Will recognize all special occasions, celebrations, or illnesses within the school family as requested by the PTG Board.  Will maintain and stock supplies as necessary for special functions.  Will record and maintain an accurate record of all purchases involved with hospitality.
If you would like to be considered for this position please contact Joan Emanuel at (516) 316-8199 or jemanuel26@gmail.com
Thank you,
The Members of the WSS PTG Nominating Committee
Get Ready…In just two weeks…Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole peanuts gang is coming to town.
The West Side School Theatre Association presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” onSaturday, April 6 at 7 PM and Sunday April 7th at 2 PM in the Performing Arts Center in the Cold Spring Harbor High School.  The Fifth and Sixth grade performers have been working hard to make this show a huge smash hit!  Come and support your fellow students and enjoy this most wonderful and hilarious show!  Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the door on the day of the performance.
Tech Week starts April 1st through April 5th.  Rehearsals will be at the Cold Spring Harbor High School in the PAC starting at 3:30 PM.  Additional information will be sent to parents of performers with regard to tech week rehearsal details.  Please check your email and the WSSTA web site during the week of the break. 
6th Grade Get Together:
Please save the date: Sunday April 14th 5:00-7:00 PM will be the date for the 6th grade get
together with Lloyd Harbor. We’re planning on bowling at the Syosset Bowl. It
should be a fun night and a great opportunity for the kids to reconnect with the
Lloyd Harbor kids.
     More details will follow! If anyone is available to come and help chaperone,
please let me know.
Jackie Loeffler
Yearbook needs your pictures…all school events, all grades….Halloween, book fair, geography bee, etc. We would like to include as many events as possible.
The yearbook deadline is creeping up and we really need you to upload pictures from when our graduates were in 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade.  I did the yearbook in 4th so we have plenty of pictures of all of our children from that year.  Many of you took pictures at school events (field day, Halloween, talent show, play, valentine’s day, pumpkin math, community helper day, etc.) Please take the time to upload some of these photos to the web site.  I really cannot stress enough that we need pictures to put on these pages… even if it’s one picture (and I think it’s safe to say we all have at least one picture of our own child from each of these years).  Please make the effort, do your part to ensure that your child is represented in this very special part of a yearbook dedicated to them.  Laura and I have spent hours taking pictures this year but since it is not possible for us to travel back in time (or hack your computers) to get pictures of your kids in 2nd, 3rd & 5th grade,  we need you to step up…seriously… we need your help…really…not kidding…please help.  This is not for us; this is for your child.
Here are the directions for community upload:
If it is your first time on the site you will need to create an account using the access code: CJKXFJ
  You will create an account by simply entering your name, email and a password.  Once you create an account you will be able to log on anytime with the username and password you set up.
To upload a picture click on the blue button that says Upload Image. This will bring you to a new page that will allow you to browse your computer and upload the pictures. You can upload up to 5 pictures at a time. Here are some requirements for the photos:
·   The length of the file name should not exceed 25 characters.
·   Name your file using characters and/or numbers.
·   Upload up to 5 files at a time.
·   Each file size should not exceed 10 MB.
·   Do not use *, &, ‘, or other special characters when naming files.
·   Files must be in a .jpeg format.
·   Resolution should be 300 dpi or higher
Once you upload the files it will bring you to step 2 where you can enter a keyword and description for each picture.
Get ready for the 1 mile and 5K Run!  It is tons of fun for the whole family and a great West Side community event.  Help support the school events by being a business and/or family sponsor.  Business sponsors are due April 4th. All forms are on line and also have been sent home with your child.
NEW THIS YEAR– Every Wednesday in April  we will be meeting after school for a “Train for the Run” Club  from 3-4 PM. Come with your child to run together and get in shape for the run.
Any questions please contact Connie Robins at connierobins@verizon.net
Our students had another opportunity to make a difference in the world this week.  In the United States, about 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every single school day.  Through “Kids Unite to Fight”, West Side students were matched up with some of those children who suffer from this serious illness.  Our goal was to bring smiles to these children who did not have a choice when it came to cancer.  Because of their disease, many of these kids cannot attend school, spend time with friends their own age, or live what we would consider a normal life.   We had a wonderful response from our students, such that we actually ran out of matches before all of the recess periods were over!  West Side students wrote 75 wonderful letters of introduction, friendship, and encouragement to these children.  The Community Room was full of wonderful attitudes and open hearts as our children tailored their notes to the age of his/her sick child, drew cheerful pictures, and marked the US map for both NY and the state of the recipient.   All children who participated were given a brochure from the “Kids Unite to Fight” program that included specific information about the child he/she helped.  This information included a web page that would enable you to learn the story of each child, follow the progress of his/her new friend, and potentially continue an ongoing connection through web postings, letters and emails.  A big thank you to Robert Shammah who introduced this new program at morning assembly and to Lorena Munyak, Vicky Roberts, Dana Leopold, Ana Shammah, Annette Haas, Susan Kopp, and Diane Angelides for helping the children with their letters.  A tremendous thank you to our children (there were too many to list individually!) who participated wholeheartedly and brightened the day of children less fortunate than themselves.  They amaze me more each time we do a program like this!
Coming in April…Care Package and Cards to a US Air Force Squadron in Qatar and Sneaker Recycling!
If you have any questions, ideas or want to help, please contact Dana Lynch.
On Thursday April 11th at 9:15 AM FOCUS will be the guest at the LHS*PTG meeting.  We are sponsoring a parent presentation for all elementary school parents called “Cyber Safety – What every parent needs to know.”  The topic will be presented by Cindy Pierce of SCOPE and will be held at Lloyd Harbor School’s Little Theatre.  Both FOCUS and LHS*PTG are happy to extend the invitation to our West Side parents.  The topic is timely; the community conversation is needed, please join us!
Due to the proximity of the date and Spring Break Septa is canceling the April general meeting.
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