PTA Meeting TODAY!

Our next PTA meeting is Thursday NOVEMBER 2nd! In the Auditorium from 6:30pm – 8pm.

There are three important topics slated for this week’s meeting – so don’t forget the popcorn!

First, FAFSA and 529’s, important subjects when it comes to college application and savings. 529 Plans are tax free deductions for your child’s college education. Have you enrolled? Because it’s never too early to save.

Second, we also have a HA-YUGE announcement about an upcoming event!

Lastly, the PTA business will cover voting on our new by laws that we introduced for review at the last meeting. Here is another chance to download the draft for you to review.

Coffee, drinks, and light snacks will be served.

Here is the new agenda and here are the unapproved minutes from the last general meeting. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

Bake Sale Success!

We are thrilled to report that our bake sale this past Friday was an unqualified success! The end of day total was $885! We had the largest turnout of parent volunteers during this 4 hour event. Ten parents assisted in selling the goods to the students. We would like to thank in no particular order: Maria Ramroop, Erica Bohde, Lory Frassetti, Lissette Anderson, Abbie Ayala, Evie Hantzopoulos, Karen Belgrave, Nilda Chu, Jean Stemm, and Frederica Sayles. Our thanks as well to the many parents that donated their delicious homemade baked goods, you put smiles on many students’ faces.

I bet you’re asking yourselves, “Well where does that money go?” Here’s a perfect (recent) example of what the raised funds from successful events like these go to… Mr. Famiglia of COSA dressed in costume accepted our check of $450 to fund the DJ/Party setup at this Friday’s Halloween Dance, which we heard was a graveyard smash!

Did your teen get mash at this Halloween Bash?! Please send us pics!

Speaking of pics – We also purchased memory cards for the entire incoming sophomore Photography class (17x 32GB SDHC cards) and extra ink supplies for their sleek professional inkjet printer all totaling $500 as budgeted last year. We were happy to hand all these supplies to Ms. McLaughlin and one of her students. Happy picture taking!

Of course we’re not done yet, as more items budgeted will start to come up for funding. An immediate event is the upcoming College Trip to both Skidmore and SUNY Purchase on November 7. As you see, your donations are critical to meet our goals to help as much of the school as possible. Expect more news later as we come up with other ways you can help the PTA raise funds.

 

Halloween Bake Sale!

Halloween Bake Sale! October 27th

 

The PTA will be having its first Bake sale of the year for Halloween on October 27th during all four lunch periods. That’s 10:30am-1:30pm. For the newcomers, here’s the scoop: parents and students donate baked goods. Parent volunteers will set up a table outside the lunch room and sell the goods to the students and staff.

We need baked goods donated and parent volunteers to help. All grade parents are asked to help but especially SENIOR PARENTS for this bake sale as we gear up for college trips funded by the PTA. Cupcakes and brownies are always a big hit, but any individual packaged items are great. We try to keep all items one dollar for the students, so package accordingly. Please drop items off yourself or send them in with your student the day before or the day of at the main office.

 

Let us know what baked goods you are donating and if you can help.

Brag AboutYour Kids!

I wanna hear you brag about your kids! – Hey parents! Do you love to brag about your kid? Of course you do! We want to hear from you! We’re creating a new gallery series called, “Being Art & Design” where we would love for you to send pictures of your child, and tell us about what they’re doing and what you love about the school! Each month we will feature a family online.

Click here to participate!

All entries become property of the PTA and publication is at the discretion of the exec board. Thank you.

This is Jane. She’s in 9th Grade and came to HSAD for Architecture. She’s a science whiz and loves to build communities in Minecraft. Though her design skills only pale in comparison to her latest hobby – rolling her eyes at her dad’s jokes.

College Trips

We announced a month ago how the PTA is paying for a visit to Skidmore College. Well we just heard that SUNY Purchase also wants to host our kids for the day! So we’re funding a SECOND bus for the same day, November 7th! This is fabulous news as Purchase is one of the most popular colleges for our children. It has excellent art programs and they are rolling out the red carpet for our kids. If you haven’t signed up for the college trips, please click the link below. Preference will be given to seniors as they are in the midst of the college applicaton process. The College and Career office has final say on who will get to go on the visits as there are limited seats but you have to sign up to show interest for your child to attend.

Freshman bridge program started today!

Day one of the very first freshmen bridge program is complete! We hope the students enjoyed the activities led by Global Kids staff. Two more days to go! Led by the school’s own staff.

Freshman Bridge Program

After feedback last year, the school in its continuing quest to be the best it can be has introduced a bridge program for the incoming freshman a week before school officially starts. Three days of mini-high!

From their note: “We are pleased to host a freshman bridge program on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 29th – 31st. From 9am – 12pm, we will walk students through an orientation to the learning community of Art & Design HS. Students will have the opportunity to meet their classmates, teachers and staff members, ease their transition and facilitate their first days of school. Register: https://goo.gl/forms/AuC5dc5Hc2qDrqLT2

http://www.artanddesignhs.com/freshmen-bridge-program/

Needless to say, we urge all freshman parents to take advantage of this bridge program to help your child ease into the new challenges in high school.

Did you get the mailing?

We’re hearing that the school’s mid-summer mailings have been arriving at the more than 1400 families that comprise our wonderful student body. This includes over 400 new freshman!

The contents of the mailing include PupilPath instructions, a welcome letter from Principal Ureña, upcoming important dates, our own PTA Welcome letter and solicitation, and most importantly, your child’s upcoming class schedule for 2017-2018. Be sure to carefully read this schedule! If you spot any errors or surprises, be sure to reach out to Ms Johnson ASAP. The sooner the schedules are finalized the better.

To New Beginnings…

We’re prepping this new website over the next few weeks. It’s been a labor of love and are hopeful it will be informative for all of you.