Monthly Archives: November 2013

November 17: What’s Happening This Week?

Dear Families,

Here are a few reminders about what’s coming up this week at PS 41:

This is Open School Week, when parents are invited to sit in as observers in their children’s classes for a little while. Each grade has its own observation day – see the school calendar for which day your child’s class is open.

This Thursday is our next PTA meeting, beginning at 7 pm sharp. We will begin the meeting with a special presentation by a representative of “Dial-A-Teacher,” the free homework helpline.  The regular meeting begins right after that.  The Principal’s Report will include an explanation of the Ready Gen Literacy Program being used at our school and our School Progress Report results.

BEFORE the PTA meeting, fifth grade parents are invited to a meeting of the Graduation Committee Meeting at 6:15 pm. Everyone who would like to be involved in graduation planning, please attend!

Common Core Update: If you missed the recent Parent Workshops about the Common Core, or if you would like copies of the handouts from those meetings, you can now find them on our web site. The video shown at those workshops is also available online. See the new Common Core page for all of these links.

The Cherrydale Product Sale orders will arriven Monday, November 25. Children will be sent home with their items. If your order is large, please make arrangements with Mary Bow to pick it up at the end of the school day.

The Band & Chorus Winter Concert has been moved to Tuesday, December 17!

See you at school,

Roseann Foley Henry
Mike Casiano

November News

Dear Families,

We hope you enjoyed this brisk fall weekend – have fun again tomorrow on the school holiday! (Yes, remember there is no school on Veterans Day.)

A few reminders for this week:

- Don’t forget to send in your spare change for the Penny Harvest. Our Student Council is working hard on this fund-raising effort, so please send in any pennies (or any other coins or bills!) for your child to put into the jar.

- Thursday is a half day, with noon dismissal, in order to accommodate parent-teacher conferences. You should have gotten your appointment time from your child’s teacher by now. If you haven’t, please contact the teacher to confirm your appointment time.

- Our annual Harvest Bake Sale will take place during parent-teacher conferences. We’d appreciate any donations of baked goods you can send in that morning with your child.

- The School Leadership Team (SLT) will hold its next meeting this Friday at 7:40 am. Meetings are always open to any parent who would like to observe.

- Mark your calendars for NEXT Thursday, 11/21, when we have our next PTA meeting.

We’d also like to remind you of several ways you can contribute to PS41 without spending a dime. Register your Stop and Shop card, or your Target Red Card, and every purchase will earn money for our school. During the upcoming holiday shopping season, those extra dollars you spend could help boost our fund-raising efforts. See for details.

Box Tops and Labels for Education
Don’t forget to keep saving those Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. If you shop online, consider signing up at and starting from there when you start your online shopping. Purchases you make at participating sites, include Lands End, Gap, Best Buy, and lots more, all earn points. There are also frequent bonus offers that earn extra points — subscribe to their emails to find out when there’s a bonus offer going on.

A New Fund-Raising App: SHOPAROO
A couple of us have been testing Shoparoo, a new app that earns money for schools when you upload receipts from your grocery shopping trips. Check out for details, but it’s basically an app that lets you take photos of your receipts on your smartphone and earn points for what you’ve spent. It’s quick and easy, and you can cross out anything on the receipt you don’t want to share with the marketers. (You don’t have to ‘fess up to just how many Fun Size candies you bought for Halloween!)

See you at school,

Roseann Foley Henry
Mike Casiano

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