Programs & Activities
DUZINE/LENAPE PTA 2012-2013
Our schools work hard to provide an excellent learning environment for our children. PTA (Parent Teacher
Association) strives to assist teachers and administrators in forming a partnership, which will enrich the lives
of our children. Throughout the year, PTA coordinates a diverse array of events and activities, some of which are listed below. Talk to your children. Ask them about their day. They may tell you about an author that they met, a music or dance program that took place or a class trip they went on. We hope that you will support PTA by attending activities, participating in fund raisers or joining a committee. Your participation is vital. Your input determines which events occur and it has been proven that parent involvement in education improves your childï¿½s learning.
Programs and Activities
2nd Grade Fun in the Sun ï¿½ This event takes place in late June and is a day of outdoor fun for the students to celebrate completing 2nd grade.
3rd Grade Orientation ï¿½ This event is coordinated by the school staff and takes place the week before school begins. PTA volunteers serve refreshments.
4th Grade Clearwater Trip ï¿½ This event takes place in early spring. Each 4th grade class spends a day on the Clearwater Sloop, sailing the Hudson and learning many interesting environmental facts.
5th Grade Moving Up Day ï¿½ In late June, the 5th graders spend a day outdoors, celebrating the completion of 5th grade.
Authors Day ï¿½ Authors are invited to come to both schools and spend time with students. PTA volunteers schedule these visits. There is generally one author scheduled for each grade.
Family Fun Nights ï¿½ Parent volunteers schedule the event, order bingo supplies and sell refreshments.
Book Fairs ï¿½ Students preview and purchase books from a large selection. Parent volunteers will work Scholastic Books to coordinate a fair at Duzine in the fall and at Lenape in the spring.
Holiday Food Drive ï¿½ Prior to Thanksgiving, volunteers set up a donation box in the lobby of both Duzine and Lenape and send out flyers encouraging families to send in nonperishable food items. These items are collected and brought to Family of New Paltz.
Open House ï¿½ Held in the fall at both schools and coordinated by the school staff, these events provide parents an opportunity to visit with their childï¿½s teachers. Parent volunteers set up a refreshment table and a membership table.
Picture Days ï¿½ Individual and class pictures are taken at each school in October for parents to purchase and to use for the Yearbooks. Parent volunteers bring students to and from photo sessions, assist photographer and distribute picture orders.
Staff Appreciation Days ï¿½ Toward the end of the school year, parent volunteers provide a bountiful lunch for the teachers and staff at Duzine and Lenape. You can bring a dish and/or help serve the deserving people who work with our children
T-Shirts ï¿½ Volunteers help organize the ordering and distribution of t-shirts designed by the students.
Yearbook ï¿½ Volunteers help create, collect orders and distribute the Duzine and Lenape yearbooks. All parents are encouraged to donate photos of school events to the yearbook committee.
Kindergarten Bus and Cafeteria Helpers During the first two weeks of school, volunteers help Kindergartners with the bus and cafeteria routines.
Kindergarten Reception ï¿½ Incoming Kindergartners take a tour of Duzine and ride on a school bus. Volunteers give tours, serve refreshments to children and supervise children on the bus ride.
Penny Social ï¿½ This family fundraiser, held in the spring, highlights the class ï¿½theme basketsï¿½. Volunteers collect new and donated items, set up, work at and clean up the day of the event.
PTA Meetings ï¿½ Held on a monthly basis, these meetings give parents the opportunity to participate in making decisions about events and fundraising. PTA is a community consisting of parents, teachers, staff and administrators. Attending meetings keeps everyone informed.
PTA Newsletter/ Yahoo Group ï¿½ Articles are contributed for inclusion in a newsletter printed several times throughout the academic year.
Arts in Education - A committee arranges several cultural and educational events throughout the year and volunteers are always welcome on the day of the event to assist.
Fund raising - Ongoing fundraising activities, including Remember Family Catalog, and Ultimate Discount Card support most of the events mentioned in this brochure
Site based committees - Parent volunteers meet with school administrators and teachers on an ongoing basis.
Copies ï¿½ Volunteers are needed to copy announcements. All materials and information are provided.
Box Tops For Education ï¿½ Parents collect and trim General Millï¿½s Box Tops and drop them in the containers provided at either school. A coordinator is needed to send them in to General Mills.