Garden City Park School
51 Central Avenue
Garden City Park, New York 11040
Amy Sullivan, Principal
Phone: (516) 434-2390
School Meal Program Update
For our families who have children enrolled in either our in-school or remote education programs:
I am pleased to be able to share that the New Hyde Park – Garden City Park UFSD received permission from the State to resume offering free lunch to all enrolled students under the National School Lunch Program, similar to what we offered last year.
We have been told that these meals will be free until the end of the 2020-2021 school year or until the State runs out of funding to continue the program (whichever comes first).
Since it is entirely possible that the State will run out of funding prior to the end of the school year, it is strongly recommended that those families who qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meals, fill out the forms that are on the district’s website just to be safe. In order to determine if you are eligible for this benefit please click on the following hyperlink to visit the district’s webpage for meal services and review the “2020-2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines” - Click Here. If you believe you are eligible then please fill out the “2020-2021 Application for Free and Reduced Priced Meals” and submit to the main office of your child’s school as soon as possible - Click Here. Please refer to the guidelines and complete all required information when completing the application. Incomplete applications will not be approved.
Additional good news…the State has also permitted the District to retroactively offer the free meal program back to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. That means, for all those who paid for their meals, reimbursement checks will be issued. This will take some time to happen since the District must be reimbursed from the state first. As soon as the funding is received, payments will be processed and checks will be mailed out.
Lunch for students receiving in-school learning –
Meals will continue to be available on school days. There will be alternating hot and cold meals available for lunch. The menu will be posted on the district’s website.
Lunch for students receiving remote learning –
Weekly pick up of meals will continue to be available. On Monday mornings parents will be able to pick up their child’s meals at the child’s home school between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. At that time a parent will be allowed to obtain up to 5 frozen lunches (one lunch for each day that school is in session that week). In any week where school is closed on Monday, the pickup of meals will resume on the next day that school is in session between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. The menu will be posted on the district’s website. A reminder will be provided to the families from the school’s principal. It is recommended that each parent bring a carrying bag that can accommodate the number of meals being obtained. Prior to the onset of the school year, you were provided a code that is unique to your child. That code must be provided by you, along with your child’s full name, to the staff member who provides you the meals at the pick-up location. If for any reason you were not provided the code prior to the onset of the school year or have misplaced it, please call the school’s main office to obtain the information. We look forward to serving you and are hopeful that you take advantage of this program.
The tables will continue to be set up at the following location:
Garden City Park: North entrance in parking lot off of Central Ave.
Please make certain that you continue to practice social distancing and follow all CDC recommendations when picking up lunches (i.e. wearing face masks).
Dear Garden City Park Families,
I hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing and fun summer. I look forward to working with you to ensure the success of your children. As I think of the year ahead and all of the potential that it holds, I am excited for what is to come!
I hold a very strong belief in a solid home/school connection. It is imperative that we all work together to foster a love of learning and promote independence, and allow our children the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills. I encourage and invite you to become active participants in your child's education. There are many opportunities throughout the year for you to volunteer to be a part of your child's classroom experience. The work you do at home to reinforce what happens during the school day is vital to their continued success.
At the Garden City Park School, the staff holds the belief of educating the "whole child". There is a strong emphasis not only on academics, but the social and emotional growth of our students as well. Children learn by example. It is important that we continue to be role models for our children so that they can develop appropriate social skills and understand the importance of manners, kindness and compassion for others.
Throughout the school day children will be reading, writing, talking, listening, learning math, science, social studies and interacting with each other, both in and out of the classroom. Students also attend specials on a daily basis where they are afforded the opportunity to participate in physical education, library, art, music and science lab. There are many opportunities for growth and development across all content areas throughout the school year.
I look forward to a wonderful school year filled with hope and promise that each child will develop to their fullest potential.
If you have any questions, we are always here for you!
Amy M. Sullivan
We, the Garden City Park community, recognize that our children deserve excellence in education and a quality life. Our commitment is to the creation of a positive environment which will enhance self-esteem, academic growth, and social development. We will continue to nurture a respect for learning, and embrace the diversity of others.