May

19th - District budget vote
21st - Field Day
22nd - Field Day (rain date)
22nd - Spirit Day!
27th - PTA Meeting 7:00pm
27th/28th - Kindergarten Orientation

June
8th - Family Picnic
26th - Last day of school for students


**Please refer to the calendar for times/locations**



The PTA nominating committee has announced the slate of officers for next year. 

The nominees are:
     President:  Jessica DeSimone
     Vice President:  Christine Trudwig
     Vice President:  Gina DeMarco
     Treasurer:  Melissa Allocco
     Recording Secretary:  Rosa Kucza
     Corresponding Secretary:  Christine Arthur
     Council Representatives:  Stacy Rosenfeld and Jessica Frischman

Individuals are permitted to run from the floor, with two days notice.  If you would like to run from the floor, please notify the chair of the nominating committee, Stacy Rosenfeld, by Monday, May 25th.  The vote will be held at our next PTA meeting on May 27th at 7:00pm.


 We are currently looking for volunteers for:

Staff Appreciation Day

Please contact Nicole Hedgecock  nicolehedgecoc@aol.com or Laura Palmeri palmerimom@gmail.com

A Volunteer Spot has been set up to organize contributions to the staff luncheon.  Here is the link for Volunteer Spot:  
http://vols.pt/67pjGg 


Field Day

Please contact Jessica DeSimone desimonefamily4@yahoo.com to volunteer. 
A Volunteer Spot has been set up to organize station volunteers for Field Day.  Here is the link for Volunteer Spot:  http://vols.pt/gpoWMd





Field Day - May 21st

Click here to volunteer to help run a station at Field Day!

Session 1 (1st-3rd grade) 8:45-10:15

Session 2 (4th and 5th grade)
10:30-12:00


*All volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:00am to go over station instructions with the gym teachers.




Grea
t educational websites for kids:


  • Follow your curiosity!  Learn about NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars
http://mars.nasa.gov/msl/mission/rover/


  • Learn about your favorite musical instruments on Sphinx Kids
http://www.sphinxkids.org/


  • Get your game on!  Check out ABCya.com's educational computer games for kids
http://www.abcya.com/


  • Go wild on National Geographic's kid's website:
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/


  • Love to Color? You'll Love TheColor.com!
http://www.thecolor.com/


  • Learn facts and stats about your favorite sports team on the Sports Illustrated for Kids website:
http://www.sikids.com/



 Gmail Week of 5-4-15


Sun Safety Week:
Sun Safety Week starts tomorrow, Monday May 4th.  See attached flier.  Themes are as follows:
Monday- “Orange-You-Glad-You’re-Aware." Wear orange to school and become aware of the importance of sun safety!
Tuesday- “Never-Too-Cool-For-Shades." Eye protection is so important! Wear your sunglasses today!
Wednesday- “UV Wednesday." What is the UV Index? We’ll learn what the UV index is, and how to check it. This will be a special “give away” day for all students 
Thursday- “Cover Up Thursday!” Don’t forget to wear sunblock, today and every day! We’ll learn what “SPF” means and how to read the numbers on sunscreen bottles.
Friday - “Don’t FRY DAY!” Who has the best sun hat? Wear your hat to school and show us what you’ve got!

In connection with Sun Safety Week, Bellerose 5th grader, Cassy Howard has organized a team, Cassy's Bellerose Buds, to walk at the Miles for Melanoma 5k run/walk to be held on May 31st at Eisenhower Park.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Denise Howard.

Beautification:
The beautification committee will be meeting outside Bellerose tomorrow, Monday May 4th at 9:30 a.m.. Please bring gardening equipment.  All are welcome.  Donations of plants are welcome, too.  If you have any questions, contact Jennifer McNaughton  or call her at 516-885-8586.

Welcome Reception for the New Superintendent:
There will be a welcome reception for Mr. Robert Banzer, the new Superintendent of Schools, tomorrow, Monday, May 4th at 7:00 at WJB.

School Store special Mother's Day Event
On this Wednesday and Thursday, the school store will be selling plants for 25 cents each in celebration of Mother's Day so your child can buy a plant for the special women in their lives.

Staff Appreciation Day:
Our Annual Staff Appreciation Day is scheduled for  Wednesday, May 6th and we need your help to make this work for all of our wonderful Bellerose Staff! Don't forget, we are asking the children to draw or write notes of appreciation to any staff member. These can be done at home and sent in via backpack.  There will be a collection bin in the main office for these. They will be used to decorate the staff lounge.  You may want to mention the retirees this year: Mrs. Friess- Teacher, Mrs. Chorney -Speech, Mrs. Schmitt -Teacher's Asst. If you have any questions please contact Nicole Hedgecock  nicolehedgecoc@aol.com or Laura Palmeri palmerimom@gmail.com

Also, a Volunteer Spot has been set up to organize contributions to the staff luncheon.  There are still open spaces to fill!  Here is the link for Volunteer Spot:  http://vols.pt/67pjGg  Thank you for all your help and support in making this a special day!

Making Mathematicians:  Mindset Matters - Special Program
Important (and Helpful!) Information for Parents. Are you... Frustrated with homework? Confused by Common Core?Just trying to help your child succeed?  Wondering what brain research says about "making mathematicians?"  If so, then this workshop if for you!  Learn how to help your child persevere through challenges.  Explore what it makes to embrace a growth mindset and discover ways to help your child develop a growth mindset.  This workshop will expose parents to the research behind growth mindset and engage parents in enlightening conversation on the topic of "grit."  Please join us in an evening of videos, activities, and discussion.  Everyone CAN learn math!  
This workshop will take place on May 7th - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the East Northport Middle School Cafeteria.  Presented by Robin Rann - K-12 Chairperson of Mathematics, Elizabeth Dragone - Psychologist, Norwood Avenue School and Matt Comiskey - AIS Math Teacher, Pulaski Road School.
Mother's Day Plant Sale Pickup
Reminder - Plant sale pickup is this Friday, May 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  at 79 Circle Drive.  Please contact Rebecca Gibson with any questions.

Next BOE Meeting-
The next BOE meeting will be on Monday, May 11th at 7:00 at WJB. It will be a hearing on the finalized budget.
Meet the Candidates
The Northport-East Northport PTA Council will host a "Meet the School Board Candidates Night" on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7 pm.  The event will be held at the Northport High School library.  All are invited to attend. If you would like to ask a specific question (to all candidates or to an individual candidate), please submit your questions to the PTA council at nptptacouncil@gmail.com by Friday, May 8.  This is a great opportunity to hear the candidates state their positions on a variety of important topics.  
At the request of PTA Council please do not post questions on social media such as Facebook.  Please submit your questions directly to the PTA council at the above email address. 

District Budget Vote:
The School District will be holding the annual budget vote and the vote for trustees of the BOE on Tuesday, May 19th.  There will be a special BOE meeting that night to accept the election results.  

Next PTA Meeting-
Our next meeting will be held on May 27th at 7:00 in the APR.  Elections will be held at this meeting.  Although the nominating committee has nominated a slate, individuals are permitted to run from the floor, with two days notice.  If you would like to run from the floor, please notify the chair of the nominating committee, Stacy Rosenfeld, by Monday, May 25th.  

SEPTA Event at the Long Island Children's Museum
Please see the attached flier about this special SEPTA event that will be held on Friday, May 29th at 6pm.

Tigerette for a Day:
Does your child dream of being a Tigerette?  Here's a great opportunity for kids in grades 1-5.  See the attached flier about the event being held on Saturday, June 13th at Northport High School Dance Room.
Have a great week!