Forest Park PTA Newsletter
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PTA Meeting Calendar 2010: Upcoming Events, February 2010:
Executive Board &
2/12 – Staff Development Day
February 16 April 20 2/15 – President’s Day
President March 16 May 18 2/16 – Founder’s Day Service Awards
Mahesh Nawani 2/19 – PTA Movie Night K – 2
2/26 – PTA Movie Night 3 - 6
President’s Message Respect Week
Ciny Joy Welcome to the New Year! Forest Park observed “Respect Week” from January
25th- 29th. The students wrote letters to a person they
Sangeeta Kedia Reflecting back on 2009, I am truly proud of respect. This person could be a family member,
the achievements and the hard work put in by friend, teacher, neighbor or celebrity. The letter will
Auditor the PTA team at Forest Park. We reached the tell the person why the student respects them and how
highest level of memberships this year. The they have influenced his/her life. The letters will be
Financial Secretary PTA held new, hugely successful events such displayed throughout the school.
Mrunalini Desai as Science Night, Picture with Santa – a
community event, etc. Science Night had a Forest Park observes “Respect Week” annually. This
whole new approach with the help of the week always gives us an opportunity to celebrate the
NASA AMES Research Center. We also diversity of our school and community, and to reflect
Parliamentarian & Event have a new Disaster Relief Supply Bin in on the differences and similarities of people the world
Photographer place now.
School Administration We have been blessed with a very active Madhuri Vadrevu & Neepa Mehta
Mr. Graves, parent group and the Forest Park School
community has been reaping the benefits
associated with that. In February, we have 2 Fame-ous Update
Fundraising movie nights coming up. Please do bring
Lalitha Sakleshpur , Rupali your students to enjoy that. The Forest Park FAME-ous program was very proud
Malhotra & Beena Nawani
to have a wonderful Jazz performance by the Mission
Membership Looking forward to an even more successful Gold Jazz Band through lunchtime in the MPR on
Jyoti Patel , Sonal Minawala & 2010! January 19. The band had 7 members playing
Prasanna Kunisetty traditional Dixieland and Swing numbers. They had
Reflections Sincerely, many children dancing to their music at their lunch
Preeti Singhani Mahesh Nawani tables! Many students got autographs from the
President musicians and asked questions about the instruments
Hospitality they were playing. We will do a project about Jazz in
Janaki Kowtha & Kavita Agrawal
classrooms throughout the month of February. We
Health & Safety will also be celebrating the Chinese New Year: The
Tina Luu & Sushama Kapshikar Year of the Tiger in March.
Anita Banerjee Please look out for the children's artwork that will
be auctioned soon. Some framed work is already on
Harmony display in the school lobby, and more pictures are on
Madhuri Vadrevu & Neepa Mehta the way!
Meena Annamalai Sharmila Roy, Aditi Honawar & Tina Luu
Sharmila Roy & Aditi Honawar
Nominate the PTA Board for 2010-2011
It is time to elect our Forest Park PTA board for the year 2010-2011. Please check
nomination forms that are sent home with students. We always need new parents to get
involved and take responsibilities. Parents have to step up and participate in PTA
activities for the common good of the children and the school. We strongly urge you to
be a part of our PTA board and help us continue all the programs.
Health & Safety
Happy New Year! Try some thing different (if you haven't already done so) for 2010.
1. Be prepared for a natural disaster: put together emergency supplies, and discuss an
emergency plan with your family.
2. Familiarize yourselves with the school emergency plan: when/how/where to pick up your child
during an emergency. Don't forget to update your child’s emergency card: who's to pick up
your child in case of an emergency.
3. Teach your young one how to call 911 in case of emergency.
4. Child safety: talk to your child about “stranger-danger, and remind him/her about safety while
crossing the road (especially if your child walks to/from school alone).
5. Sun protection! Must have sun screen with SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin according to
American Academy of Dermatology (aad.org). Lather your child before he/she goes to school.
Lather your family before you head out the door. Don't forget a hat to shade the face & eyes!
6. Teach your child to sing the “happy birth day” song while he/she washes hands if you find that
he/she washes too quickly and hands do not get a good cleaning. Teach him/her to rub hands
vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of
your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails. Hand washing, if done
correctly, is the best way to avoid getting sick.
7. Try to avoid these ingredients in your foods: food colorings, hydrogenated oils, preservatives
(ingredient names ending with __ates and _ites such as nitrates/nitrites).
8. Teach good eating habits and avoid foods that put your child/family at risk of diabetes. Mayo
Clinic website has an extensive collection of useful information. (It even has an “exchange list:
free foods” – to cut down calories)
9. Try to include these top 10 super foods on your next grocery trip: Beans, Dark green leafy
vegetables, Citrus Fruit, Sweet potatoes, Berries, Tomatoes, Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty
Acids, Whole grains, Nuts, Fat-free milk and yogurt. (Have you tried brown rice lately?)
10. Get moving. Not just your kids (but make sure they get at least a good 40 minutes). We as
parents often forget to include some kind of exercise in our day. It is recommended to get at
least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
11. Don't forget your family's annual medical and dental check up.
Here's to a healthy 2010 from your Health and Safety Team!
Dr. Sushma Kapshikar and Tina Luu
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Muffins For Moms, Donuts for Dads
On January 13, 2010, Forest Park PTA hosted Muffins for Mom, an event that promotes reading. The
event was from 7:45am to 8:30am and was well attended by over 200 people. The Hospitality team had
arranged for breakfast for the moms. We also arranged with the school to allow the use of the library.
Thanks to Ms. Gifford for allowing the families to use the library books. All the moms and children
had a wonderful time sharing a book with each other.
We also hosted another event promoting reading. It was the Donuts for Dads event on February 5,
2010, in the school MPR. Flyers were sent out asking for your RSVP before Jan. 27.
Kavita Agrawal & Janaki Kowtha
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Small Investment! Big Rewards! Join the Forest Park PTA!
Once Upon a Time in PTA
--K. C. Jones
Once upon a time a child had never won a thing
then PTA sponsored a contest and 1st Place it did bring
Once upon a time a child needed shoes and clothes to wear,
and PTA was ready to help answer such a prayer
Once upon a time college was impossible, it did seem
then PTA reached out their hand to bring life to this child’s dream
Once upon a time when times were rough and hunger filled their lives
the PTA supplied nourishment by a successful canned food drive
And on and on this poem could go, of hugs, handshakes and smiles
to remind us how special PTA IS and EACH project SO worthwhile
Yes,” magic” is done daily by each and every one of you
but the "magic" we receive from the children, is why we do ALL that we do!
We owe many thanks to Lalitha Sakleshpur for the inspiring poetry about volunteering for the PTA in
our monthly issues of the PTA Newsletter!
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Please email your student’s written contribution in a word document or scan artwork and attach it to your email. We will accept
contributions from students of all grades for each issue of the newsletters. Please ensure the content is original & age
appropriate and the pictures are not too light to show up. The submissions should have the student’s name & room number.
Congratulations to all students whose contributions are published in this issue!
We take special pride in Urvi Ganorkar’s achievement. She is a 3rd grade student in Rm # 207. She won the first place in
painting in the Alameda County Fair held over the summer of 2009. Congratulations, Urvi!
News Letter Editor
Grant my wish,
Tell me where you live,
What do you eat,
Do you eat meat?
Well it was nice to meet,
Come over some day to eat.
BY: Devanshi Mehta
Urvi Ganorkar’s Prize!
Urvi is a 3rd Grade student in Rm # 207 in Forest Park. She participated in the Media
Acrylic category in the competition held from July 1 – 19, 2009, in the Alameda County
Fair in the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. She submitted two canvases and won the first prize in
the age 8 – 10 years division! Congratulations, Urvi! Way to go!
Check out their website at
Urvi Ganorkar with her prize winning painting
Artist : Pragati Salunke
Rm # 212
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I rushed one BLOCK
To buy a big beautiful wall CLOCK,
But when I saw the CLOCK,
It had a big LOCK,
That made a KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK!
So I went back to get it UNLOCKED
Oh no! I was late, it was already 12 O’CLOCK.
By: Aashna Nilawar
Room # 406
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