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1st Quarter PTA Newletter September 2008

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1st Quarter PTA Newletter September 2008

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    1 Quarter PTA Newletter September 2008

Dear Family and Friends of Gowana,

    Welcome to Gowana sixth grade parents and welcome back seventh and eighth grade parents!

    The PTA board was busy over the summer preparing events for this school year. September and October are high activity months for us. Here are some of the events for September: th ? Hospitality committee hosted a breakfast to welcome staff on September 16. thth ? Fundraiser committee has started our annual magazine drive that runs from September 18 to 30. rd ? Gowana School Pictures committee helped with fall pictures on September 23. thth ? Our first PTA meeting was September 9….. PTA meeting is November 19 th ? Our Activities committee hosted our Gowana Only 6 grade dance.

     ? Our first quarter Gowana PTA newletter is being distributed to you.

    Look for our upcoming events including the Fall Scholastic Book Fair, Reflections Program and the Fall Spirit Apparel Sale.

    The PTA executive board welcomes you to join the Gowana PTA and to volunteer on various committees. Please complete the PTA membership form and the Call For Help Volunteer Form and send it in to the Gowana main office. We rely on our Gowana families for volunteers to make the PTA a great organization.

Our PTA meetings are held bi-monthly in the Humanities Library on Wednesday eveningsat at 7:00 pm. Our th thmeetings usually last one hour. This year’s PTA meetings will be held on September 9, November 19, January ththth 7 , March 18 , and May 20 . We hope to see you at this year’s meetings.

The success of PTA depends on the involvement of parents, teachers, staff , and students. We are looking

    forward to a great year with your help. Please come join us!

Thank you,

Lewis Rosen

    PTA President

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     The year has started off quickly as we are welcoming The Gowana Middle School PTA provides two $7500.00 everyone back for a new year at Gowana Middle School. We scholarships to graduating seniors who formerly attended began by providing a gourmet breakfast at a recent staff Gowana for at least two years. The emphasis of these awards meeting. The menu consisted of pumpkin, maple, lemon, and is on student academic achievement during the high school cinnamon bun scones, as well as a crumb cake and a double years and involvement in extra-curricular and service raspberry coffee cake. activities. Applications will be available in the High School Our next event is for parents attending Gowana's Open East Guidance Office. The deadline for submitting the House. This year all the refreshments will be donated by application to the High School East Guidance Office is March members of the PTA Hospitality Committee as well as many 6, 2009. other members of the PTA. Hannaford Supermarkets has generously provided the cups and napkins. The Scholarship Committee meets once or twice to review the Thank you to everyone who helped us with these events, applications and to award the two scholarships. If you are the support was overwhelming. interested in serving on the committee, please contact Maria Jensen and Lisa Crannell Jeanine Caruso at 383-6100 or jcaruso@nycap.rr.com Hospitality Committee Chairs

    Pasta Dinner Proceeds from the Pasta Dinner Night are used to fund Our Scholastic Book Fair is scheduled for Thursday, October ththscholarships to graduating Shen seniors who once attended 16, Friday, October 17, Monday, October 20th, and Gowana M.S. This event takes place the same night at Tuesday October 21st during all lunch periods. We invite you Spotlight Night. Spotlight Night showcases student activities to our school to share in this celebration of books and and talent at Gowana. reading. Not only does the Book Fair help raise funds to purchase essential classroom and library resources, it Six volunteers are needed to do the following: encourages reading among our students. 1) Sign in diners Our Book Fair provides a wide variety of books specifically 2) Decorate the cafeteria designed to appeal to middle school students. Come check 3) Purchase tablecloths, placemats, steamers and balloons out the latest titles. If you can help set up the book fair and/or 4) Sell sno cones (outside cafeteria) help sell books, 5) Clean up please contact one of the book fair co-chairs. 6) count proceeds and tally $ for treasurer Denise Altenburger Janine Pickett 7) Collect advance dinner sales and enter data into spread 877-5766 373-7981 sheet for Shen. Food Service altenburger11@aol.com Janine_pickett@hotmail.com 8) Contact Mrs. Cobb (Art) and the Community service group

    to make paper flowers(. The flowers are table decorations and

    used for the 8th grade Moving-Up ceremony also.

    Shen. Food Service and Lisa Ostraski have catered this event

    the past two years.

    If you would like to help with this event please contact :

    Cheryl Bianconi, Committee Chair

    877-8848 or bianconi@verizon.net

     Help Wanted

    Picture Day Committee Chair for Shen Inventors: We have an opening for a committee chair and/or co-chair for rda fun event that is run by the PTA to encourage our students Picture Day was Sept. 23. to think creatively and practically in designing new Our Gowana students looked inventions. The event is held in January at the Clifton Park

    Center Mall. The judges for the event are GE Scientists. If great!. you are interested in chairing this committee, please contact Picture Re-takes will be held Lewis Rosen at 441-4984, rosenfour@aol.com or Laura Essa

    at 383-9169, lessa@nycap.rr.com. thon November 4 Gowana Holiday Shop: This year the set-up is December 16th a Tuesday night from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The actual holiday shop

    is from 8-3:35 daily December 17-19th. We need help with

    set-up, wrapping, cashiering. If you are available to help, please contact Deb Langille at 877-8447, deblangille@yahoo.com

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    MAGAZINE

    FUNDRAISER

    Our magazine fundraiser is off On Friday, September 19, the Gowana PTA held an activity to a great start!! The students night for Gowana sixth graders. There were games and prizes are excited to participate in this fun an worthwhile throughout the night. Sound Control DJ’s played great tunes

    and had free giveaways for the students. Concession stand event. This is PTA's major fundraiser this year so we sales included pizza, soda, bottled water, chocolate dipped are hoping for a big response from the kids. pretzels and s’mores. It was a great first event of the year for Thank you to all who participate. the new sixth graders. We had record attendance and fun was Julie Neumann had by all!

    Thank you to the fantastic volunteers of this event including Mary Ellen Hendrickson Brenda Conley, Denise DeWolf, Laura Essa, Alison Felt, Nicky Co-chairs Grzybowski, Theresa Hance, Marty Hotaling, Trish Rezny, Debbie Vantine and Rosa Zelaya. REFLECTIONS Caryn LaFleche and Lynne Miles, PTA Co-Chairs of Activity The theme of the 2008- 2009 Reflections program is Nights WOW!

    Students are invited to submit entries in the following

    categories:

    Literature Musical Composition…..Photography

    Visual Arts Dance Choreography…..Film Production

The works of art will be judged, selected works of art from each of the three middle schools will be advanced Spirit Sale to the Northeastern Regional PTA.

    Show your school spirit with the PTA fall spirit

    sale. Items sold last year were t-shirts, hoodies, plaid If you are interested in participating in “Reflections”,

    pants ,flannel pants, and backpacks. The order form will see your homeroom teacher and pick up an entry form

    come home in the beginning of November and should and complete set of rules in the Main Office.

    be returned to the office with your payment. All orders

    will be delivered to the homeroom teacher before If you have any questions, please contact Mary Fran

    Christmas break. If you would like to make your order a Verostek at 877-5762 or mfbvp@yahoo.com

    gift, make a notation on top of the order form and it will

    be delivered to the office for you to pick up.

Welcome back to a new year of school and many new and exciting experiences for your child! Arts-in-Ed has

    been very busy getting programs in place for all three grade levels. Many of the programs are tri-building programs so that the children enjoy common experiences in cultural arts. Below are a few of the upcoming programs that your child will be a part of. If you would like to volunteer for any of these programs please feel free

    to give us a call or send an email. The time commitment is only about an hour and you get to see the program

    and your child gets to see you involved in their school.

     ththOctober 7 (7 grade)Substance abuse program featuring Mr. Rick Stoddard. Mr. Stoddard is a well received speaker and will hopefully make an impact on your child and educate them on the dangers of substance abuse.

     thOctober 15 and 16 (7 grade)Revolutionary War Encampment. This program features Scott Padeni who reenacts with historical detail an encampment during the revolutionary war. This is a favorite of the students and Mr. Padeni actually spends the night outdoors and invites families to come back at night and speak with him or just

    come check it out!

    November 19 and 20 (all grades)PUSH - PUSH is a physical theatre presentation that promotes character education for all grades. The character education program is always a high energy program that encourages

    students to set high standards and develop their character as a person.

This is just a few of the many upcoming programs. Please be a part of your students experience by calling

    Susanne Simpson (665-0506, ssimpso1@nycap.rr.com) or Bridget Harrison (664-5562, mharris6@nycap.rr.com)

    and let us know which program you would like to be a part of.

    Thanks for helping us enhance the curriculum with Arts-in-Ed!

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    Gowana PTA

    Call for Help 2008-2009

The PTA offers many opportunities for you to get involved with your child’s school. Please review

    this list of scheduled activities and indicate in what area you’d like to help. For further information

    about an activity, please feel free to contact Lewis Rosen (PTA President) at 877-5630. We

    appreciate your help as we prepare for another year’s activities. ______________________________________________________________________

    Committee Date Time

Activity Nights th 6 grade September 2008 Evening 6:00 9:30 th 7/8 grades January 2009 Evening 6:00 9:30

Book Fair

     Fall Oct. 16 thru Oct. 21, 2008 Day

     Spring May 2009 Day/Evening

     th8 Grade Recognition June 5, 2009 Late afternoon/Evening

Garden Committee Ongoing Day/Evening

Gowana Holiday Shop December Day

Hospitality Ongoing As needed

Magazine Fundraiser Sept. 18 thru Oct.3, 2008 During Lunch Periods

Pasta Dinner/

    Spotlight on Success March 5, 2009 Evening

Reflections Program October thru November Evening

Scholarship April 2009 Day/Evening

School Pictures Sept. 23, 2008

     Fall retake Nov. 4, 2008 Day

     Spring March 10, 2009 Day

Spirit Sale Late fall and spring Day

____________________________________________________________________________

    (Send form to Gowana Middle School PTA c/o Lewis Rosen, PTA President)

Your Name: __________________________________ Phone: ___________________________

E-mail Address: _________________________________________________________________

Student’s Name: _______________________________ Grade: ____________________________

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