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November 16, 2012

Gift Cards for your Holiday Shopping
Gift cards are the perfect practical and personal gift, allowing the recipient to treat themselves to something nice, or even something they need. Once again, ASHA is sponsoring the Scrip Card program, another no-cost fundraiser where we earn money back on every gift card you purchase through this program. With the holidays approaching, please consider using this program to buy for family, friends, teachers, bus drivers, etc. And, stock up on more cards for your grocery shopping. For each $25 Stop&Shop or Shoprite card ordered, Amsterdam earns $1. Scrip order forms will be sent home with the students after Thanksgiving but will be due back on December 7th.

Spirit Wear - Your order has Shipped!
Spirit Wear orders will be available for pickup at our school during the first week of December. Stay tuned for more detailed information.

Volunteers Needed for 2 ASHA programs
Craft Fair (May 2013) Description/Responsibilities: Coordinate a craft fair with vendors providing inexpensive items for students to purchase for family and friends. Involves coordinating vendors, distributing flyers to students, posting signs at school, and being present the day of the event to organize tables and other event details.

Variety Show
(Feb 22, 2013) Description/Responsibilities:
Includes working with music teacher, Mr.Miller, sending out Variety Show info to parents, coordinating volunteers, dress rehearsal, and ticket distribution.
Please consider volunteering to chair one of these programs. We have made these jobs very manageable and you will be provided with all prior year notes and info to guide you. The children enjoy both of these programs and we want to avoid cancelling them. Thank you.

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation
As we are nearing the end of 2012, consider making a tax deductible donation to ASHA. Your donation goes to support the many programs that we sponsor such as Assemblies, BMX Bike Show, Dinosaur Dig, Science Fair, 4th Grade Day, Young Author’s Day, Field Trip Busses, Playtime in Science, Teacher Grants, Art Appreciation, Red Ribbon, Variety Show, Family Fun Activities, 100th Day Celebration, Student Planners and Folders, Outdoor Classroom, T-Shirts and much more. Donate today on CommunityPass or send in a check with your child in an envelope marked ASHA-Invest in Your Child.
Other ways to earn money for ASHA
Support our Fundraising programs. You can get more information on other ways to help by visiting our Fundraising page on our website.


There will be a school assembly on Thursday, November 29th, The Catskill Puppet Theatre performing "The Willow Girl".
“Willow Girl” dramatizes the story of a young Chinese girl whose family immigrates to California during the Gold Rush. The play uses fantasy and drama to highlight some of the problems that an immigrant child faces while experiencing discrimination in a small community. The production provides an opportunity to discuss many important historical and social issues and compare them to today’s experiences.

Spirit Day is Friday, November 30 - Hat Day
Win front row seats to 2nd Grade concert!
The 2nd grade concert is on December 5th. The student who turns in the most Box Tops from 2nd grade will win 4 front row seats at the concert. Click here to download and print the Box Top collection form.

Basket Auction Information
The Basket Auction committee is in need of empty baskets. We are also looking for volunteers to help solicit local merchants for auction items. If you can help us out with either, please email Christine Mastakas at christine6769@aol.com. Save the date: February 8th, 2012