Need To Know

A PTSCO-sponsored middle school dance will be held on December 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the American Legion, 533 Amherst Street,14207. Cost per person is $10.

It is that time of the year when many employers are launching their United Way and SEFA payroll deduction enrollments. Don’t miss this opportunity to help our students!

If your employer participates in the United Way or SEFA (State Employees Federated Appeal) payroll contribution system you can help our school in a big way by giving directly to the City Honors/Fosdick-Masten Park Foundation’s Annual Fund Drive.

Simply write the name of the Foundation on the annual enrollment form provided by your employer and the Foundation’s agency code (5326 for United Way, 57-00391 for SEFA). If you have not received a form, consult with your organizations’ payroll department for assistance. Families and alumni can contribute through any United Way Campaign in the United States! Payroll deductions are a smart way to give.

37% of our students at CHS come from below the poverty line. Your gifts help the CH/FMP Foundation as it works to see that no student’s learning experience on The Hilltop is compromised by a lack of funds.

Here are just a few of the things you support at CHS by giving to the Foundation:

-Athletic team gear and equipment

-Extracurriculars such as: Speech & Debate, Chess, Masterminds, African Dance & Drum, Key Club, AP Chemistry Club

-Equipment and materials for science, math, and visual arts courses

-CHS Writing Center

-STARS Program for students with autism

-Fosdick Field Restoration Project

-Reforesting our campus and landscape enhancements

-8th Grade Class Adventure to Pathfinder Island in Algonguin

-The International Baccalaureate Program

-Pelion Community Garden

-CHS Science Research Program

-Babel Literature Series at CHS

-and much, much more!

Thank you for your support of our students, teachers and school!

The Pelion Community Garden at City Honors School would like to welcome everyone back for another fun, exciting, and educational year in the garden! Fifth and sixth grade classes have already begun their weekly garden science lessons and we look forward to engaging students of all ages and grade levels this season with our ever-expanding garden curriculum.

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the many easy ways you can help City Honors School and the Pelion Community Garden. The garden relies on grants, donations, and fundraising efforts like these to help keep us growing. If you have other fundraising ideas we might want to consider, please contact the Pelion lead parent volunteer, Molly Hutton, at mhutton6ik@mac.com. The following are all no-cost ways to help support garden programming:

Box Tops for Education: Please clip and send in your Box Tops to the main office or your child’s homeroom teacher! Each clipped Box Top is worth ten cents, and the dimes really add up if everyone participates! Click here to see a list of products, including natural and organic items, on which Box Tops for Education can be found here. You can also set up an online account at this link where you can enter monthly sweepstakes to help us earn extra Box Tops credit!

** We are looking for a new Box Tops for Education coordinator for City Honors School! Our current coordinator has been doing the job for the past several years and needs to pass on this task to another parent. It’s a fun and easy way to help us out! Please let us know below if you are interested!

TOPS in Education: Please register your TOPS BonusPlus card here and choose City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park as your chosen school to help us earn 5% back on many TOPS brand purchases. ** Remember** you must re-register your card every new school year!

Dash’s Market Tape Saver Program: Do you shop at Dash’s? Save your register receipts and send them in to the main office! The school earns $2.50 for every $100 in receipts that we submit.

‘Imagine It’ Small Electronics Recycling: Please bring us your out-of-date or obsolete cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, tablets, GPS devices, e-book readers, toner cartridges, etc. There is a drop off box located in the hallway outside the main office. For a list of accepted items click here. If you would like to host a satellite collection bin at your business or office location please let us know!

‘Bucks 4 Bottles’ Recycling: The Pelion Community Garden at City Honors has an ongoing account at the Bucks 4 Bottles location at Elmwood and Hertel Aves. Please bring in your aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles and tell the sorter to add the funds to the garden account!

Pelion Wish List: We keep an ongoing list of items that we would love to have donated. Click here for our list.

The best way to keep up with Pelion Garden events and news is to follow us on Facebook!

 

This year’s winter bazaar will take place during lunch periods on Friday, December 15 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

This bazaar is an opportunity for clubs, sports teams, organizations and individual classes to have a platform for fundraising opportunities.

It also provides a venue for the students to do some holiday shopping.

 

The Wreath Sale is an opportunity for students to raise money to defray the expense of their own individual participation in the Class Trip to Camp Pathfinder.

For each $27 wreath sold, a student earns a $10 reduction in cost for the trip.

Order forms and customer money must be returned to school no later than November 22, 2017.

Checks should be made payable to “City Honors Class of 2022.”

Wreaths will be available for pickup from school the first week of December. We will contact you with the exact time and date when determined.

Wreath Description:
• Handmade locally by Zittel’s Farm
• Fragrant Douglas Fir Holiday Wreath
• Approximately 18” diameter, real pine boughs
• Decorated with pine cones, berries and a bow
• $27 each, to be collected at time of order.

Scroll to page 12-13 of the Grade 8 Pathfinder Packet located here: https://cityhonors.org/files/resources/camp_pathfinder_packet_-_complete.pdf

The following donation drive is being conducted by Cecilia Wagner, 9th grade.

I am collecting art supplies for a “Crayons for Kids” donation drive:

  • markers
  • crayons
  • coloring books
  • colored pencils
  • drawing pads

All items will be donated to:

  • The Salvation Army
  • Cornerstone Manor
  • John R. Oshei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Help make a child’s day so much more colorful!!!

Donation box located outside the main locker area.

Collecting until November 30

Thank you from Cecilia Wagner, 9th grade class!

Parents driving their child to school are reminded that first period now starts at 8:08. Students learn more and see more success when they are here on-time each day! Parents should target 7:55 as arrival time for their child so they have plenty of time to get settled and to class on-time.

Our yellow and metro bus configuration at dismissal has been modified this year to increase student safety. Parents are asked to exercise patience and expect delays if navigating an automobile on Fosdick Street at dismissal. Reuniting our full original campus as a part of the Fosdick Field Restoration Project promises to help separate different forms of traffic and will increase curb space for vehicle loading/unloading. In the meantime, we ask again that all parents anticipate traffic will move slowly and standing room will be limited on Fosdick Street at dismissal.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 marked the debut of a new traffic pattern on Fosdick Street. It is now one way starting at North Street and heading north to Best Street.

There are additional traffic patterns that have been modified with relation to the start and end of the school day at City Honors School. Specifically:
At the end of the school day, all yellow busses will now be lined up along Masten Avenue and along North Street so that we can load and dismiss all middle school students and students with special needs at once. As our school has grown over the past few years, we have increasingly needed to have yellow busses in a “wait line” on the other side of Best Street. This arrangement delayed the return home of many students and created the need for movement of busses while students waited. The new yellow bus arrangement should correct this situation.
End-of-day metro bus specials will be moved to Fosdick Street to allow yellow busses to access our North Street curb.
Please note that all parent drop-off in the mornings must be on Fosdick Street. Masten Avenue is a yellow bus drop-off lane and entry to the service parking lot. Please do not attempt to use Masten as a drop-off as this creates an unsafe situation for our students. The Masten Avenue atrium entrance is for the use of students coming off of Metro busses at Masten and Best.

Please use patience and caution at all times when driving near the school campus.

-We will continue to monitor and adjust our traffic patterns to maximize student safety. In years to come, we expect the future annexation of Fosdick Field and restoring our full original campus will provide us with the additional curb space needed to further improve traffic flow and safety.

The City Honors/Fosdick-Masten Park Foundation was formed in 1996 by a dedicated group of parents, alumni and educational leaders aiming to help bridge a widening gap between the increasing cost of a high quality learning environment and the uncertain funds available from State and district sources. The Foundation also serves as a unifying organization for members of both the CHS and FMP communities who share a common love for our school and school building. Charitable giving from alumni is administered by the Foundation through a partnership with the alumni associations.

Fellow Centaur Alums:  Take a moment to think back to your times at City Honors. What was it that made it so magical? Was it a teacher who gave you opportunities to learn in creative ways or challenged you beyond what you thought you could do? Was it that our classmates and teachers all looked out for one another as equals no matter what our family finances looked like? Was it meeting new and interesting personalities from all over the city that shaped our ability to connect with anyone?

As CHS alumni serving on the board of the City Honors/Fosdick-Masten Park Foundation, we are devoted to keeping all these things alive and building on them. Funds secured by the Foundation through the generosity of our school community, both past and present, eliminate financial barriers and give our students the opportunity to focus on the joy of learning and growing. Whether it is purchasing supplemental novels for students who cannot afford them, providing specialized academic support or ensuring that every member of an athletic team has the equipment they need- gifts to the Foundation have an immediate and lasting effect on our students.

As 2016 comes to a close, we are writing to encourage all CHS Alumni to make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation’s annual fund drive. No gift is too small (or too large). You can follow this link to make a quick and easy donation on-line or to print out a donation form: https://cityhonors.org/page/support-chs/

If you would like to learn more about the Foundation and what we have done to support the students of City Honors in 2015-16, view our Annual Report:https://cityhonors.org/uploads/CHFMP_Board_Docs/Annual_Report_2016-MP_proof_final.pdf

Thank you in advance for your tax deductible donation. If you have already contributed to the Annual Fund Campaign, thank you for supporting the next generation of Centaurs! You have our promise that each and every student at City Honors will benefit from your generosity.

Happy Holidays,
Cassie Cammarata ‘04
James Eagan ‘90
Richard Ferguson ‘77
Sara Hanavan ‘88
Michael Kreuzer ‘92
Heather Cherie Moore, Ph.D. ‘04
Tess Morrissey ‘06
West Richter, Jr. ‘08
Peter Sauer ‘91

PS- Don’t forget that the 7th Annual Alumni Reunion Weekend is the weekend of July 21. This is the “Largest Gathering of Centaurs on Earth” and keeps growing. We hope to see you there! Check out more information here: https://cityhonors.org/page/alumni-reunion-weekend/

 

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  • Events at a Glance

    Nov 22-23: No School-Thanksgiving Recess
    Nov 29: Parent-Teacher Conference Day
    Dec 21: Last Day of Classes
    Jan 2: Classes Resume
    Jan 15: CHS Winter Vocal Concert, 6:30p
    Jan 21: No School
    Jan 22-25: Regents Week – Only Gr 5-8 Report

     

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