April 14, 2019
Announcements

If you were at the Greenfield 2.0 Auction you KNOW it was an immense success. Our community, gathered together, eating, drinking, talking and raising money for Greenfield. But beyond the fun of the evening there are the numbers. And many are eager to know. 
So... drumroll, please.

In 2018 we made the big switch to an online auction and moved to the beautiful Hamilton Hall space. We sold 375 tickets to the event and raised just under $100,000. It was our most successful auction to date. UNTIL NOW!

THIS YEAR we sold 423 tickets and raised OVER $125,000

An enormous THANK YOU to all attendees, volunteers, bidders and donors. You have pooled together to make a very tangible difference in the lives of our students. 

Funds raised by the Auction are earmarked for renovating bathrooms, upgrading Greenfield technology and improving the auditorium audio system. While technology needs are quickly met - both the auditorium and bathroom projects require District clearance and scheduling. These take time but they are in the works and we will be updating you on their progress.

A reminder: Auction funds DO NOT cover the things the Annual Fund does. The Greenfield Auction raises money for special projects while the Annual Fund covers the yearly HSA Budget for Enrichment, Afterschool and Teacher Grants.


Take the School District Parent Survey



Please take the School District of Philadelphia's Parent Survey.

Taking the survey helps Greenfield! We are graded by participation in the School Progress Report, so your participation matters.

You can find the survey HERE.
Play Ball!

Parents! Join us for coed softball under the lights this Summer! (Go Gold!)

Greenfield has 3 teams in an adult coed summer softball league that play on weeknights at Taney Field! We are looking for some new players to join our group. This is casual softball, nothing too competitive. It's a great way to meet other Greenfield parents and get a little exercise. We usually play once a week, on a weeknight, starting at 7 or 8 PM, from June till August. Don't worry if you can't make every game due, we make sure the team rosters are large enough to account for family vacations.

None of us really care who wins the league. The real battle is for the Greenfield trophy the Rams, Green and Gold compete for in the tournament within the league!

If you would like to join us, or would like more info, please email Bob Davis at bdavis@coastal-one.com .
Smile Programs
 
The mobile dentist (Smile Programs) is coming back to Greenfield on May 21st! Permission slips were sent home, but you can also find a permission slip HERE if you wish to sign up.
CCRA Casino Night
 
Please join us at CCRA's Celebration of Center City Living Casino Night to be held on Thursday, May 9 at The Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square, 6-10pm.
 
The event offers delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres from the best of Center City fooderies,  drinks of every kind, games of chance for large prizes, as well as our Silent Auction, where guests can bid on prizes from local favorite restaurants, items, and art.  We are thrilled to be welcoming Governor Edward G. Rendell as our honoree, who will be schmoozing with the guests, as will other political hopefuls and representatives.   Go to www.phillyccra.org to register.



Mindfulness Resources

The Mindfulness Group, which meets on Mondays in the Library, wishes to share the following resources with you:

This is a link to The Penn Program for Mindfulness which has a blog, info on classes, events, and workshops.
 
Philly Magazine lists studios that offer meditation classes.
 
The Institute of Contemporary Art offers a free session from noon-1pm every Friday. Spring sessions begin May 3.
 
To lighten the mind, The Philadelphia Inquirer launched a new "Life" section on Sundays called "The Upside" with stories focused on transformation, appreciation, and gratitude.
Last Day to Run for SAC!

The Greenfield School Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking five (5) Parent Representatives to serve for the 2019-20 school year.
 
Greenfield's SAC is currently under reconstruction.  A small team has been working over the past few months to make sure our SAC operates in accordance with District guidelines and represents a collaborative  and diverse group of parents, teachers, students and  staff members  in our community. Please consider lending your time, expertise and/or passion to this group!

As a SAC member, you will have input on school policy and practice and under the leadership of Mr. Lazar, advance projects that focus on academic achievement, school climate and culture, and the health and  safety of the community.   Our active SAC committees are Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, and Academic Achievement. 

Apply online by Sunday April 14, 2019.
 
Read more about the  important role of a SAC in school communities  online.
 
For questions or additional information, please contact:  
Susan Souffie  souffie.susan@gmail.com or Liza Herzog  Liza.devon.herzog@gmail.com  
 
IMPORTANT DATES:
Application Due  -  Midnight April 14, 2019
Elections* - April 15 through Noon April 30, 2019
SAC Meeting for New Members - May 7, at 7:30 AM
 
The 2019-2020 SAC meetings are TBD but will be held once a month from September 2019 - June 2020. 
 
*If less than 5 applications are received, elections are not necessary.
Greenfield Events
Wake-Up Wednesday
Internet Safety
Wednesday, April 24
8:30 am
Library


On Wednesday, April 24th @ 8:30am in the Library, special agent Michelle Arriaga will be joining us to discuss internet safety. While a valuable learning tool, the internet can also serve as a forum for children to become potential victims for internet predators. Agent Arriaga will discuss how to keep our children safe from online predators and the appropriate steps to take if children receive or distribute inappropriate content online. Please join us for this conversation.
Author Talk with Michael Reichert, Ph. D.
How to Raise a Boy
Wednesday, April 24
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Auditorium
 
"How can we ensure that our sons are well-prepared and well-launched to manhood?" In How to Raise a Boy (April 2019) Dr. Reichert, Founding Director, Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives at the University of Pennsylvania, uses this fundamental question as a foundation to what we know and what we are missing when it comes to raising our sons. Reichert's new book guides readers through decades of research and practical applications toward a new understanding of what boyhood should be and how we, as parents and educators, can prepare boys to be good men.  

*Books will be on sale after the talk for a discounted price of $20. 
Accepted Payment: Venmo, Cash or Check

Open to the Public
22nd Street Bike Lane Info Session
Friday, April 26
Pickup and Dropoff
School Yard
 
Please join the City of Philadelphia Office of Complete Streets at drop-off and pick-up time on April 26th in the playground to hear about the 22nd Street Repaving & Protected Bike Lane Project. City staff will share information about the project and gather feedback. More information HERE.
Wake Up Wednesday
Singapore Math
Wednesday, May 8
8:00 a.m.
Library
 
Join us for the fourth and FINAL Wake Up Wednesday in our Singapore Math series with Drexel faculty math educator/Greenfield parent Dr. Val Klein! For this not-to-miss closer we want you to bring your thorniest, hardest-to-crack math questions. All grade levels welcome. 
Career Day is May 16th!
 
Career  Day is a special  day for parents, relatives and community members to speak to our students about what they do, exposing our children to a few of the many  career choices open to them. All students, Kindergarten through Grade 8, will participate!
 
We NEED  career presenters! Schedules are flexible - stay for just one class presentation, the entire morning, or any time in between. To volunteer, please email Kristin McKenna
News and Views
Glow Dodge was a great success! Thanks to all who participated.




IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Dates to Remember
 
Monday, April 15
Mindfulness
8:30 a.m.
Library
 
April 18th-22nd
Spring Recess
No School

Wednesday, April 24
Wake Up Wednesday
Internet Safety
8:00 a.m.
Library

Wednesday, April 24
Author Event
How to Raise a Boy
7:00 p.m.
Auditorium

Friday, April 26
Bike Lane Info Session
Drop-off and Pick-up
School Yard

Friday, April 26
Dollar Dress Down
and Swag Sale

Monday, April 29
Mindfulness
8:30 a.m.
Library

Wednesday, May 8
Wake Up Wednesday
Singapore Math
8:00 a.m.
Library
Counselor Corner
Is your child struggling with a recent or past death of a loved one? The Uplift center for Grieving Children can provide support. Please see the attached upcoming activities and reach out to Ms. Stern at 215-400-7810, option 1 with questions!
Engagement Corner

*Interested in taking on a leadership role? The HSA is looking for volunteers to shadow existing board members and committee chairs.  Please contact Rae-Lynne Tuzzo to get involved! 

Support the Annual Fund!
When you make a gift to the Annual Fund, you send a message to our kids and our community that quality public school education and enrichment matter.  

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Albert M. Greenfield School
2200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215)400-7810
Contact Caitlin Brown, VP Communications, Greenfield HSA at greenfieldhsa.communications@gmail.com with questions.