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Sousa Coat Drive Starts Oct. 17!


 What: We are collecting winter clothing of all sizes and other winter accessories for needy families in our own community. 
• Items can be dropped off in the Sousa lobby.
• When:  10/17 - 10/25.
• Sousa needs plenty of volunteers to sort the coats on Thursday 10/24, 9am-12pm - bring an extra friend or two with you to help!
• For more info, please see the flyer in english or in Spanish.

Unity Day is Oct. 23!


• What: October 23rd is national Unity Day. It is a time for us all to come together district wide with a common goal of being supportive and compassionate.

 It is a day where we all wear orange to signify being united against bullying and harassment.  

• Unity Day is a time for us to show how we are Sousa Strong - we are kind, compassionate and confident!

Food Day is Oct. 24!


• What:  Food Day - Oct. 24, 2019 will bring together Port Washington students and Americans from all walks of life to promote healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.
• When: Thursday October 24th
 Students can donate one piece of whole fruit or vegetable to food banks across our area.
 Please send your child into school with one piece of whole fresh fruit or vegetable. It will be collected from them in the lobby when they enter school in the morning.
In 24 hours, we will have shared thousands of pieces of fresh produce with food banks across our area.

Sousa Fun Run Thank You!


Thank you to everyone for your support and generosity towards our fall fundraiser!  While final numbers are still not in, we do know that the Boosterthon FunRun program has had record-breaking profits of more than $22,000!  

The money raised goes towards fully funding or helping to pay for programs, events, and enhancements like Science Night, Literacy Night, dance and taekwondo residencies, K-2 meditation program, Submerge Storytelling, Dancing Classrooms, STEAM Night, the Sousa Garden, New Parent Breakfast, Fifth Grade Party, cultural arts assemblies and more!

Upcoming Events

1st - Recess

4th - Boosterthon Fun Run
4th - Spirit Day
9th - Recess
14th - Recess
17th - Picture Day

23rd - Unity Day

23rd - Conversations with Dr Meoli 7pm

23rd - HSA Meeting 7:30pm

24th - Food Day

31st - Halloween Parade 9:15am


5th - Recess

6th - Moms' Night Out

11th - Recess

14th - Dads' Night Out

22nd - 1/2 Day Recess

26th - 1/2 Day Recess

27th - 1/2 Day Recess

28th & 29th - Recess

Dr. Meoli's RULER Presentation

View the Presentation


"All You Need is Love" Video


HSA News & Committees

The Sousa Notes


Check out the latest info 

and news on Sousa students! 

If you have any news, images or stories you would like to share for the next issue, please contact: Mat Lanfant at lanfant@msn.com

Sousa's Online Store


Sousa's Online Directory & Store through My Membership Toolkit is open!

Parents can purchase apparel, Social tickets/raffles, school supplies and pay for HSA Dues using any computer or mobile device! Check it out!

REMIND Messaging


The Remind Sousa HSA Group will allow you to receive instantaneous notifications thru texts or emails about school wide events/ information before they happen- such as Spirit Days and HSA meetings. No pictures will be posted on Remind. 

Committee News


See what students participated in during allergy awareness week


The Green Committee’s goal is to help make Sousa and the world a “greener” place.

Donate/Pay HSA Dues

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Info & Links


Girls Scouts, Sands Point Preserve, PYA and more...


Information on the current Board of Ed members, policies, news and updates.


The Port Washington District Website offers many Parent Curriculum Resources  such as: 

• New 2016 Writing Process presentation by Dr. Wafa Westervelt

• Common Core Math Help 
• "Getting to the Core of the Common Core"
•  A presentation  on the Common Core by Dr. Wafa Westervelt. 

 - Parent Talking Points about State Exam Results  
 - Educational Activities for Parents and Students
 - Parent Guides to the Common Core Standards
 - Videos for Parents

Sousa Math Resource teacher Lori Garcia and classroom teachers K. Wengenosky, C. Lucie, and A. Pullicino joined Dr. Meoli in a valuable presentation about how the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) in Mathematics are changing instruction, practice, and testing.  Click here to view a copy of their presentation.


The Port Washington Parents’ Council is the coordinating board of all our schools’ HSAs and PTAs. On behalf of all the children in the district, it seeks to explore and reach consensus on issues and topics of general interest and/or common concern among the five elementary schools, the middle school and the high school.

In practice, this is what the Parents’ Council does:

  • Holds forums with the Superintendent, other district administrators, and educational experts to inform parents about such topics as curriculum and instruction, technology, school finances, and social issues facing students.
  • Helps to educate parents on the school budget and works with all the HSAs and PTAs to get out the vote on the budget and other school elections.
  • Coordinates outreach efforts, including the Winter Coat Drive, Holiday Gift Drive, and Spring Clothing Drive, on behalf of less fortunate families in our community.For more information, please contact Co-Presidents Meredith Steigman meredith72@me.com and Julie Epstein julieepstein@me.com

Contact Us

John Philip Sousa Elementary School HSA

101 Sands Point Road, Port Washington NY 11050, US

​T: 516-767-5350 ​ F: 516-767-5356

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