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westsideimageMessage from the PTG President:

Dear West Side Families,
Forest Witcraft said, “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” I realize how busy we all are these days, how life catches up with us and somehow almost overtakes us. With the best of all intentions, we want to help but just can’t seem to find the time. There are many open opportunities to volunteer for next year. We are currently looking for SIT team members, a Cultural Arts Coordinator, CPC representatives, chair people for Committees and volunteers to help run all of our wonderful events at West Side. Please be aware that when we ask for you to come forward, we ask in the name of your children, our children, our Community!
We had an amazing WS Run last Sunday and it was wonderful to see parents and children running side by side, helping each other and cheering each other on! It was an incredible day. Our sneaker recycling campaign continues until Monday, May 6th. Please send in your used sneakers.
Please join us on May 14th at our Thank You brunch for our Committee chair persons and all of the volunteers who make all of our events possible. Dr. Wilanski and Dr. Bernhard will be our guest speakers discussing the current Budget.

We look forward to seeing you there!



If you haven’t purchased this year’s yearbook please send in a check payable to WSS-PTG for $28 ASAP. There are only a few yearbooks left. Don’t miss out on this year’s colorful yearbook. It’s filled with colorful pictures and all grades are represented. What a great memento!!


CALLING ALL CHEFS or those that like to take out/pick up…..We need wraps/sandwich platter, assorted salads, desserts, ice tea, bottles of water, lemonade, sparkling water, bag of ice for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 7th. Please drop off in Old Science/Community Room the morning of May 7th by 10 AM.  Please label all platters with a name on the bottom, if not disposable. Contact Cathy Paterson at cslp@optonline.net  She would love help with set up in the morning if anyone is free as well!


Please join us for our next discussion, held Tuesday May 7, 10 AM at the Cold Spring Harbor Library as Dr. Connie Russo presents, “Dyslexia:  The Gift”.  Dr. Russo has helped a number of parents as she discusses the prevalence of dyslexia and how it is often misunderstood and under diagnosed.  Next Tuesday, she will show us how to celebrate the child who learns differently.  If you know of someone who would benefit from this discussion please encourage he/she to attend – all are invited. If you or someone you know is interested in a board position with SEPTA, please reach out to Christina Goetjen at CSLewisGo@gmail.com.


The CFA would like to invite all incoming 7th grade parents to the CFA meeting on May 8th at 9:00 AM.  We will welcome them to the junior high and answer any questions they may have after last week’s parent meeting. The meeting is in the Jr. high library and we will have refreshments!


A total of 7 boxes were sent to the U.S. Air Force in Qatar last week.  Thanks so much for the ongoing generosity of the West Side Community. The sneaker recycling campaign will continue until Monday, May 6th.  Please use this opportunity to clean out your closets, garages, and kids’ rooms while saving the earth from more landfills! Kids Care will be hosting events in honor of Mother’s Day next week.  All students will have the opportunity to make cards and tissue paper flowers during recess next Thursday, May 9th.  Residents of a local nursing home will be the beneficiary of these crafts.  We invite all students to join us for a quick visit to the nursing home after school on Friday, May 10th to distribute our Mother’s Day gifts and put a smile on the faces of these lovely women.  Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (siblings welcome).  We will meet in the West Side cafeteria after school and caravan to the nursing home.  “Festivities” will be complete by 4:45 PM at the latest.  This has been a huge success in the past and we hope to represent our school well with lots of crafts and lots of smiling, friendly kids!  More details to follow…
Finally, please continue to donate to the West Side Food Pantry.  Rumor has it that the Girl Scouts will deliver the goods to the Tri CYA in Huntington Station during the month of May.  Let’s not disappoint them…put them to work! Please contact Dana Lynch with any questions.


The West Side Garden is making excellent progress. The children planted vegetable seeds in their recycled planters last week.  The second graders planted sugar snap peas, the third graders planted sunflowers, the fourth graders planted squash, the fifth graders planted tomatoes, and the sixth graders planted peppers.  The seedlings are already sprouting and are looking good.  The children will be planting them in the garden on Monday, May 13 during recess.  Thank you to the families that signed up to care for the garden during Spring. We will have another sign-up sheet at Field Day for those families who want to care for the garden during the summer.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Suzi Berg at suzi@seattlebergs.com.


If you have any questions, please contact Mary Hooks or Melissa Marasciullo


This year’s Field Day is on Thursday May 30th (rain date Tuesday June 4th).  This is a special day for the children to have some fun with their friend’s before the end of the school year.  The PTG provides and serves food and refreshments for children and staff at the event.  We need parents to volunteer to purchase water, set up the food station, run water stations, grill and to serve food.  Please contact Vicky Roberts at Vicky.roberts@yahoo.co.uk or 516-224-4488 or Cathleen Bauer at Bauerfamilytoronto@gmail.com or  516-224-4092, if you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions.


Save the date: WSS Camp Out- Saturday June 1st- Sunday June 2nd
Enjoy quality time with family and friends while playing games, having dinner, warming by a campfire with s’mores, and creating life-long memories. There will also be breakfast on Sunday morning! If you have any questions or to volunteer, please contact Rachel Miller at rmsunset@gmail.com.


Consider opening your heart and your home to an inner city child for one week this summer through The Fresh Air Fund.  Call local volunteer Jacqueline Shapiro at 516-702-1203 or email jacqueline.shapiro@ friendlytown .org for more info.  Make a difference in a child’s and YOUR life this summer.  Weeks are July 19-26 or August 2-9. Dates can be changed to fit your schedule.


We are looking for our next Recording Artist to sing original or cover songs for our KidzHitz CD Release going into production January 2014. Fifteen (15) kidz will be selected to compete during the Fall Festival in Heckscher Park in October 2013.  The winner will receive ten (10) free vocal lessons and a recording contract with KidzHitz. Please see attached flyer for more details!

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