School Announcements

  • Display Your Message Here to the School Community

    If you have a message you would like to share with the school community, please contact Mr. Leader at TLeader@pgms566.org.  You message can appear here.

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School
  • Parent Teacher Report Card Conference

    Please be aware that Parent Teacher Conference for Pelham Gardens Middle School will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm in the afternoon, and from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in the evening. You may attend either conference. Students will be dismissed at 11:45am. Parents are expected to pick up their child's report card,  As this will be a full report card distribution and parent teacher conference.Please be sure to put this date on your calendar to make proper accommodations to be present. Please be sure to put this date on your calendar to make proper accommodations to be present. To download the PTC letter, click here.  Thank You. 

     

     

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School
  • Picture Day is Coming!!!

    Picture Day for both 6th and 7th grade student is coming up on Thursday, December 7, 2017.  Flyers with package pricing were distributed to students in their advisories.  If you need pricing information or assistance with your purchasing or reordering photos, please click here.

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School
  • 5 Incredible Self-improvement Tips For The New Year

    Pelham Gardens Middle School will host its next family workshop on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 6:30pm. We will provide you and your family 5 incredible Self-improvement Tips for the New Year. This will be an interactive as well as educational workshop. Please RSVP on the school website by filling out the form on the homepage. You may download the flyer by clicking here

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School
  • Parent Association Meeting

    The Parent Association will have its next meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:30pm.  This will be a brief meeting after the Winter Wonderland Dance.   If you have any questions, please feel free to email Parent Association President Letecia Stewart at PA@pgms566.org or Parent Coordinator Tyrone Leader at TLeader@pgms566.org.  Please RSVP for the meeting by filling out the form on the homepage.  Thank you.  Please click here to visit the Documents and Forms Page to download the meeting flyer.  Thank You.   

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School
  • Title 1 Meeting

    The next Title 1 Meeting will be held on December 14, 2017 at 6:00pm. This will be a brief meeting after the Winter Wonderland Dance.  If you have any questions, you can contact Title 1 Chairperson Ms. Asencio or Title 1 Vice-Chairperson Ms. Madera at Title1@pgms566.org or Parent Coordinator Tyrone Leader at TLeader@pgms566.org.  Please RSVP for the meeting by filling out the form on the homepage.  Thank you.  Please click here to visit the Documents and Forms Page to download the meeting flyer.  Thank You. 

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School
  • Honor Roll Assembly

    We will recognize the First Marking Period Honor Roll recipients on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 9:00am.  

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School
  • Join us for the 12th Annual Youth Step Championship

    Join us for the 12th annual youth step show hosted by the New York Daily News.  The event is on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  Doors open at 12pm and showtime is at 1pm.  All families are welcome to attend.  Please see our Documents and Forms page to download the flyer.

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School
  • School Leadership Team Meeting

    Please be advised that on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 5:00pm, the School Leadership Team will hold it's next meeting.  All SLT meetings are open to the public.

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School
  • Free Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

    47th Precinct and NYC Councilman Andy King will be doing a free turkey giveaway on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 6:00pm.  Click Here to download the flyer.

    MS 566 (11X566) Pelham Gardens Middle School

Pelham Gardens Middle School

Parent Association Meeting Overview 2017-2018

Written by Letecia Stewart, PA President

Parent Association Meeting Overview (November 2017)

Coming Soon.  Meeting Date: November 9, 2017 at 6:30pm.

Overview Not Yet Available.

Parent Association Meeting Overview (September 2017)

To All PGMS Parents,

 

Welcome – or Welcome Back — to Pelham Gardens Middle School!  I hope the 2017-2018 school year has gotten off to a good start.  Things certainly kicked off well at our first Parent Association meeting of the year.  Numerous parents came and were able to connect, learn about PA goals, and meet Parent Coordinator, Tyrone Leader.

Here are some of the meeting highlights:

  • Why does the Parent Association push to do so much throughout the year?  The answer is simple.  We do it for the children – all of our children.  The more parents we have ACTIVELY involved in the Parent Association, the more we can do for our children.  There will be plenty of PA sponsored activities and events throughout the school year, so we ask all parents to please consider how they can contribute resources or volunteer time.
  • Parents were asked to consider joining one of the PA committees.  Standing committees include Activities & Events, Alumni Association, Communications, Community Outreach, Fundraising, and Staff Support.  Anyone interested in joining a committee can send an email to PA@pgms566.org or inform Mr. Leader.
  • Parents were encouraged to attend the monthly School Leadership Team meetings.  Dates are always included on the monthly school calendar distributed by Mr. Leader.
  • Fundraising is a big part of Parent Association activities.  In fact, we can sponsor no activities without it.  To form that base fund, all parents are asked to donate $10 dues to the PA.  If every parent gives, we will be well on our way toward securing enough funds to complete the many things we would like to do this year.  If you would like to pay your $10 PA dues, you can give the money to Mr. Leader until the PA Treasurer position has been elected.  And speaking of elections…
  • Expedited elections for the open Secretary and Treasurer positions will be held at the October PA meeting. Additionally, the Title 1 committee needs a new chairperson and members.  If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please send an email to PA@pgms566.org,Title1@pgms566.org, or inform Mr. Leader.
  • October will be the first of three PA meetings that will be held on a Saturday this year.  This is our first time having Saturday meetings.  We felt a need to incorporate these alternate dates to accommodate those parents who want to attend but are unable to do so because of work schedules and other reasons. 

I would also like to give special thanks to Mr. Kwesi Haynes and the staff members of the ASPIRA afterschool program for coming to speak with the parents about the program.  They answered questions, distributed applications, and pledged to work closely with the Parent Association to make this a great year for the students.  We look forward to a beneficial partnership with ASPIRA.

Additional Item: I would like to acknowledge Hispanic Heritage Month at our October meeting and am asking parents of Hispanic heritage to donate a cultural dish or beverage for us to share at the October meeting... and one interesting or fun fact from your culture whether you are from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Columbia, Mexico, etc.  Let's all share in celebrating.  If you plan to bring a dish, please email PA@pgms566.org to let us know what you are bringing, or you can inform Mr. Leader.

This is going to be a busy year for the Parent Association, so please stay vocal, stay focused, and let’s have an amazing year.  See you in October!

 

Letecia Stewart
President, PGMS Parent Association

 Click Here to Download September 2017 Agenda.pdf 

Parent Association Meeting Overview (October 2017)

Hello Parents,
 
There is a saying that good things come in small packages.  Well, the Parent Association meeting on Saturday, October 14th certainly proved that to me!  Even though we did not have a large turnout for the meeting, the small group that attended was able to accomplish some great things.  
 
First, we were able to elect a new Treasurer and Secretary in our expedited elections.  Please welcome to the PA Board Wendy Asencio (Treasurer and 7th grade parent) and Lynette Madera (Secretary and 8th grade parent)!  They are both lovely ladies who have consistently volunteered and been active PA participants.  I look forward to working with them closely over throughout the school year to accomplish many great things through the Parent Association.
 
Second, we were able to elect a Chairperson and Co-Chair for the Title 1 committee.  Ironically enough, our same two parents were elected for these roles as well with Ms. Asencio as the chairperson and Ms. Madera as the co-chair.  As I said, these ladies are putting in work on all our behalves, so please give it up for them!!  They deserve many kudos for willingly taking on dual roles.
 
Third, we reviewed the full list of activities, events, and fundraisers that will be conducted this school year.  This included the upcoming Giving Thanks Feast in November, the upcoming picture day in December, and the family dance also coming up in December.  I will soon be reaching out to those who signed up for committees so that we can get these projects in the works.
 
Fourth, we were fortunate enough to have our wonderful principal Ms. Williams join us for part of the meeting.  We got to shoot the breeze with her a bit before getting into the elections.  She also listened to some concerns regarding the after school program and addressed them on the spot.  She contacted Director Haynes and he was at the meeting within minutes.  Together (principal, parents, and director), we were able to come to come to an understanding of what is currently taking place and gain some consensus around processes going forward.  This powerful interaction is what the Parent Association is all about.  The school working with parents and parents working with the school to ensure that everything is working in favor of our children.  
 
Special thanks to Ms. Asencio for giving out free make-up samples from Avon!!
 
The success of the Parent Association depends on having input, support and participation from as many parents as possible.  So even if you cannot attend the meetings in person, feel free to connect with the PA board via email at PA@pgms566.org to share your feedback.  Contact us with any questions, comments, or if you would like to volunteer for committees and upcoming events.
 
Hope to see you at the next PA meeting on Thursday, November 9th at 6:00pm.
 
Most Sincerely,
 
Letecia Stewart
President, Parent Association of PGMS

Parent Association Meeting Overview (December 2017)

Coming Soon.  Meeting Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:30pm.

Agenda Not Yet Available.

Parent Association Meeting Overview (2016-2017)

Written by Leticia Stewart, PA Presient

Parent Association Meeting Overview (June 2017)

Coming Soon.  Meeting Date: June 15, 2017 at 6:30pm.

Parent Association Elections Overview (May 2017)

Ms. Letecia Stewart was re-elected President of the Parent Association.  The Treasurer and Secretary positions remained vacant.  Expedited elections will be conducted in September 2017.  If you are a 6th, 7th or 8th grade PGMS parents as of September 2017 and you would like to run for either position, please Click Here.

Parent Association Meeting Overview (April 2017)

Hello PGMS Parents.  We missed many of you at this month’s Parent Association meeting, but those in the room were engaged and ripe with feedback.  Here are some of the topics discussed.

  • Have any of you ever been concerned about the traffic situation around our school?  Well, this is an issue of great concern for Ms. Williams as PGMS students have been observed recklessly crossing the street.  She will be taking steps to educate students on safety as it relates to being a pedestrian.  There was also discussion around the need for an additional crossing guard.  We all want to make sure that our children stay safe.  So parents, talk to your children about being aware and swift when crossing the streets around the school, and everywhere.  Also, if you want to take the fight higher up, consider attending the Community Board 12 meeting on Thursday, April 27th to voice your desire to have another crossing guard assigned to PGMS.
  • The Dream Big Talent Competition was a success! Everyone in attendance had a great time.  We definitely have some talented kids, but the fun doesn’t stop yet.  Look out for details on the next PA sponsored event – the May 18th school dance where students and any caretaker of their choosing get to mix, mingle and dance to the beat. 

  • Interested in running for a seat on the PA executive board?  PA elections are taking place soon.  More to come on that very soon.

  • The Title 1 Committee is organizing a parent workshop on Thursday, May 11th at 6:30pm.  Angel Acosta will be presenting on college preparedness.  Please plan to attend and find out steps to take in order to ensure your child—and you— is college ready.

  • In honor of Financial Literacy Month, we had a guest speaker.  A representative from New York Life Insurance talked about the option of using the cash value portion of whole life insurance to cover a child’s college expenses and other financial goals.  We thank her for taking time to come educate us—the parents.

 

  • It’s not too late to pay your PA dues.  It’s only $10 and funds raised go towards PA sponsored events for the children and school.  Dues can be given to Ms. Bolton, the PA Treasurer, or Mr. Leader, our dedicated Parent Coordinator.

Congrats go out to our 2 prize winners for this month.  Mr. Droz (Father of Daniela Droz) won a little something to take the stress away–an aromatherapy diffuser donated by parent Ms. Acosta.  And, Ms. Moreno (mother of Suzette Romero-Moreno) won a box of delicious spring-inspired cookies.  The box of 2 dozen cookies was totally enough to share with her children, or just treat herself.

The success of the Parent Association depends on having input, support and participation from as many parents as possible.  So even if you cannot attend the PA meetings in person, feel free to connect with the PA board via email to share your feedback at pa@pgms566.org.  Contact us with any questions, comments or if you would like to volunteer for upcoming events.

Hope to see you at the next PA meeting on Thursday, May 11th at 6:00pm where nominees for the PA elections will be finalized before the Title 1 workshop where Dr. Acosta will talk college readiness.

Most Sincerely,

 

Letecia Stewart
PGMS PA President

Parent Association Meeting Overview (March 2017)

If you missed this month’s Parent Association meeting, you missed a lot.  There was plenty on the agenda and here are some of the highlights:

  • Why should the kids be the only ones to show some school pride?  We parents will soon be able to do it too with PGMS parent t-shirts. Design options were shown at the meeting and parents were able to select the one for the t-shirts. Keep an eye on the website for your chance to order.  Let’s show our kids that they are not the only ones who can make a PGMS shirt look good!
  • Plans for the Student Talent Show are underway. Auditions were held and we have a lot of great talent in the building.  Hopefully, many of you will be able to attend the show on Thursday, April 6th at 4:30pm.
  • The PA has a Hershey’s candy fundraiser going on.  There are still a few boxes left.  Please contact Mr. Leader ASAP if you would like to take a box to sell.  If you do, the candies are selling for $2.00 each.
  • Have you stopped collecting Box Tops?  Please don’t – we still need those.  We have passed the Spring submission deadline, but will keep all collected Box Tops to send with the Fall submission.  Remember, the more Box Tops we submit, the more money we earn for the school and the more money can be used for our children.
  • If you haven’t done so, please pay your PA dues.  It’s only $10 and all funds go towards supporting our school and our children.  Dues can be given to Ms. Bolton, the PA Treasurer, or Mr. Leader.

The success of the Parent Association depends on having input, support and participation from as many parents as possible.  So even if you cannot attend the PA meetings in person, feel free to connect with the PA board via email to share your feedback at pa@pgms566.org.  Contact us with any questions, comments or if you would like to volunteer for upcoming events.

Congratulations to our 3—yes 3—prize winners for this month!  We missed the February meeting, so the February prizes were given out this month.  For their children, Ms. Witter won a copy of Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis and Ms. Butler won One More River to Cross: The Stories of Twelve Black Americans by James Haskins.  Ms. Bolton won the March prize of a $10 Starbucks gift card to treat herself to a hot cup of coffee before winter is officially over.

Hope to see you at the talent show and at the next PA meeting on Thursday, April 20th at 6:30pm.

 

Best regards,

 

Letecia Stewart

PGMS PA President

Parent Association Meeting Overview (February 2017)

Meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Parent Association Meeting Overview (January 2017)

The Parent Association had another great meeting on January 12th.  Here are some of the highlights:

·         School safety agent Mr. Elmore did a presentation on the procedures in place to keep our children safe while at school.

·         We have a number of PA sponsored fundraisers and events coming up including a parent-child dance and Dining to Donate at Applebees.  Look out for communications that will be sent home regarding these activities.  We are aiming to host another school carnival for the children.  Raising funds is critical to making that happen.

·         Show your child one more way that you love them. Purchase a $5 candy bag that will be delivered to your child’s classroom on Valentine’s Day.  Order details will be sent home very soon.

·         The spring submission deadline for Box Tops is March 1st.  Please send in any Box Tops you have collected on or before February 20th.  Remember, the more Box Tops we submit, the more money we earn for the school.

·         If you haven’t done so, please pay your PA dues.  It’s only $10 and all funds go towards supporting our school and our children.  Dues can be given to Ms. Bolton, the PA Treasurer, or Mr. Leader.

The success of the Parent Association depends on having input, support and participation from as many parents as possible.  So even if you cannot attend the PA meetings in person, feel free to connect with the PA board via email to share your feedback at pa@pgms566.org.  Contact us with any questions, comments or if you would like to volunteer for upcoming events.

Finally, congratulations go out to Ms. Butler for winning this month’s prize – a very lovely candle and candle holder gift set provided by PA member Ms. Asencio.  Thanks Ms. Asencio!

 

Hope to see you at the next PA meeting on Thursday, February 9th at 6:30pm.

 

Best regards,

Letecia Stewart, PGMS PA President

Parent Association Meeting Brief (December 2016)

The hot topic at this month’s PA meeting was fundraising.  The parents in attendance discussed some wonderful ideas to raise funds to benefit our children and our school.  From selling hot dogs (which was successfully done at the 12/3 Step Show hosted at the school) and candy to school dances, there will be a number of activities coming up that both parents and kids will be able to enjoy.  Look out for more details on that to come soon.  We will be reaching out to everyone to volunteer if possible.

One fundraiser in which ALL parents can easily participate is the collection of Box Tops.  The school receives 10 cents for every Box Top submitted, so please be sure to watch out for them on the products you purchase.  When you find one, clip it and save it.  Just make sure the expiration date is showing.  We don’t get credit for missing dates or expired Box Tops.  We will do the first submission to Box Tops 4 Education on February 24th, so collect away and send in as many as you can before February 17th. 

Finally, let’s say congratulations to Ms. Winston for winning this month’s prize giveaway – a $25 gift card to Toys R Us!  There will be a new prize each month, but you have to be in the room to have a chance to win.  So be sure to join us at the next parent association meeting on Thursday, January 12th @ 6:30pm.

 

Happy Holidays to you all!

 

Letecia Stewart

President, PGMS Parent Association