Message from the PS 373R PTA President, John Scarso – November 2008

To all Parents, Staff and Members of the PS 373R family,


As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to update everyone on what is going on with the PTA and the school. We are in very challenging times with the economy, the DOE’s budget woes and a new administration coming to Washington.

First, let’s focus on the positive things going on. We are in the third month of Principal Goldstein-Hartnett’s administration and we have two new assistant principals to assist her. She and her staff have been working very hard to make our school the best that it can be.

On the PTA front, I want to thank my board members for the many hours put in to make our year a great success. I also want to send a special thanks to Kirsten Rorke, who with out her help, the PTA would not function as well as it does.

The cookie dough fundraiser is proving a great success and we expect to raise a sizable amount for the PTA’s planned programs. The holiday fair is 12/3 and 12/4 and we are still looking for volunteers to help out and to solicit donations from local merchants. We are having a food drive for Christmas and the current backpack giveaway has helped many of our students.

Our next PTA meeting is this Thursday at 9:30 at the PS 58 and we are looking forward to meeting new members as well as see those parents who have be generous with their time in the past.

Also, we are in need of a vice-president to assist us. Anyone interest can contact me at 718-986-8856.

Historic Richmondtown Events in Staten Island, November & December 2008




Saturday and Sunday November 22 and 23, 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Tour the oldest kitchens on the site to discover the recipes and sources of Thanksgiving traditions.

Regular village admission.




Sunday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Watch as glittering ornaments are made by the Tinsmith, hear young carolers present holiday songs, or listen to a lively storytelling session; tour the village, decorated in its holiday finery.

Visit the Courthouse for greenery, home-baked goodies, and holiday gift items for sale.  Sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary.  $2.00 admission.


Sunday, December 7, 5:00 p.m.

Meet Santa Claus and follow the Caroler’s Parade to the Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Enjoy spicy cider, piping hot over a campfire in the village.


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“Got Healthcare?” – Come to the Community Health Fair at Petrides – Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Please come to the S.I. District Family Day OFEA 1st Boro Community Health Fair on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Petrides Complex (715 Ocean Terrace, Building A, Room 118, Staten Island, NY 10301.

This event is sponsored by HEALTH PLUS which provides FREE and AFFORDABLE healthcare for children and adults. There will be Blood Pressure, BMI, Chiropractor Information, Dental Information, Refreshments, Vision Exams & Much More!

To register for Health Insurance please bring:

  • Proof of Address (e.g. recent electric, cable bill, etc.)
  • Proof of Child’s Age (e.g. passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of Income (e.g., four recent paycheck stubs)
  • Social Security Card (if available)

For Further Information Please Contact the Health Plus Representative: Elaine Rosado @ 347-853-6481. Visit them on the web:

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council Meeting Times

  • Adult Services Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 @ 9:30 am. The meeting will be held at IBR 1050 Forest Hill Road RSVP Iris Goldberg & Chris Marchionne @
  • Health and Clinical Services Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 @ 9:15 am  The meeting will be held at A Very Special Place @ 55 Quintard St. RSVP – Dorothy Clark –
  •  Outreach Committee will be meeting on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 @ 9:30 amThe meeting will be held at Choices Café 645 Forest Avenue RSVP- James Allocco –

  • Consumer Council Meeting will be meeting onThursday, November 20th, 2008 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am The meeting will be held at 930 Willowbrook Road  Building 12GRSVP -Kathy Nowak –