Thursday, November 17, 2016

Last call for holiday greens!

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit an order for holiday greens. These are lovely, and come to us through a wholesale connection, so also affordable! And so convenient - pick up your order 12/1 at school dismissal! If you see people leaving with beautiful, natural wreathes and swag every year and always wish you'd gotten in on the deal, this is your chance! Find the order form on the PTA website,, under the documents tab.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Milk and Cookies! Holidays are coming!

Hello Kids and Parents!

It's that time of year again! We are busy organizing the RFES PTA Milk and Cookie Holiday Event. The PTA will host a holiday party (after school) on 12/16 where we provide the teachers and staff of RFES a huge cookie exchange. Each member of the RFES faculty and staff is given a holiday cookie box where they can fill it up with a variety of holiday cookies. It was a huge success last year, and was truly cherished by the members of the faculty and staff.

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Please consider the donation of 1 DOZEN HOLIDAY COOKIES! They can be homemade or store-bought. 

Collection days will be 12/15 (8:30-9:15 AM), and (3:00-4:00 PM)  and 12/16 (8:30-9:15 AM) in the RFES office lobby.

Please be sure to label/identify your donation with the type of cookie, and if it contains nuts. Also, we would prefer your donation be wrapped with a tight seal. We need to store them overnight in the school on Thursday, and want to minimize the critter party in the PTA closet. :)

Thank you for your help in making this party for the teachers and staff a GREAT success!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! 

The link to the sign-up genius is below. Please indicate your type of cookie in your reply. 

Also, these are h last few days to order your discounted holiday greens! Orders must be received by 11/18.  Find the order form here!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The new, beautiful direct donation campaign display!

A big thanks to Nichole Metzger & Melissa Meadows for this lovely display they designed for the hallway.  It is a show of gratitude to the many families that contributed to the PTA's direct donation campaign!

Thank you again for the lovely tribute to the many families that help make this school so wonderful!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Generations Day at RFES makes the Papers!

Thanks to PTA member (at so MANY schools!) Karen Rodriguez for the shout-out in the paper!  Read the article here. It really was an excellent time and we all are so grateful for the dedicated volunteers who made it happen.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Quick notes from last night's PTA meeting

Good morning!  I will post the budget and minutes in the forms and documents section in a bit, but here are some highlights:

Box Tops contest:

Here are our three top collectors:

1st: Mackenzie Celenza, grade 5, 593 box tops
2nd: Avery Webb, grade 3, 271 box tops
3rd: Greg Zabora, grade 4, 214 box tops

All together our school earned 6,908 Box Tops which equals $691 for Mrs. Tierney's music program!  Way to go RFES!

And a big thank you to Tracey Dieter and her dedicated team of volunteer counters!  That's a lot of teeny slips of paper, and we're all grateful for your time and sharp eyesight!

Tracey is also our volunteer coordinator for lost and found.  Look for the lost and found tables to be out on 12/14, weather permitting, at drop off and dismissal. She will be there to help your child reunite with his or her lost items.

School store:

This is in operation every Tuesday and Thursday.  The shopping days are divided by grade, so ask your student what their day is.  For less than 50 cents, kids can pick up a new pencil or eraser, or some other cute school supplies.  Thanks to the volunteers overseeing the management, to the 4th grade students doing the work, and to Kristen Nock for putting the whole thing together!

Buzz book directories should come home next week!

A form to order discount holiday greens will also come home soon and be posted to the PTA site.

The yearbooks are in and the 6th graders are invited back to sign their friends' copies!  11/16 3:30-4:15 in the library.

Thanks to all the people who came out last night! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy Monday from the PTA!

A quick note about upcoming dates but first:
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A big HUGE thank you to the many, many volunteers who gave their time to make Generations Day a magical gift to all the families that participated!  I can only speak for my own kids' grandma and great aunt, but this could be their favorite day of the school year! Your volunteer efforts made it possible for our FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE (!!!) guests to move through the school in comfort and ease, and gave the opportunity to be in the kids' environment to so many families!  Thank you so much to every single one of you!
A particular thanks to:
Our fabulous coordinators Katy Annis and Amy Waldron and their many helpers for wonderful planning and execution!
To Brooke DiManno, Michele Delvecchio and their hospitality crew for the decorations and buffet.  You all did such great work!
And many thanks to the always amazing Kim Whye and her team.  We would be lost without you! And to Rose Hunter for her assistance in coordinating on the school's side.
If I could put the warm fuzzies made that day into a jar and give it to you all, I would!
Coming up:
Halloween parade is 9:15 on Monday 10/31.  Route is from the hard court to Stevenson, then turn onto Heathfield, then on Dumbarton back to the front of the school.  And it is adorable! 
Our next PTA meeting is 11/2 at 6:30 in the library. See you there!
Last, after years of wonderful dedication, our current secretary and treasurer are moving on at the end of this school year.  The PTA needs applicants for those positions to begin in May.  If you would like more info, contact Hailey or Laura at .

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Generations Day is Thursday

Here are some details for you:

There are two sessions on Thursday morning.  1st, 2nd and 4th grade classes are open to guests from 9 to 10. Guests may arrive as early as 8:30 for this first session.

The second session is from 10:10 to 11:10 and covers kindergarten, 3rd and 5th grades.  Guests attending only the second session may arrive around 9:30.

There will be opportunities to get family photos during both sessions.

There will be helpers to guide our guests and refreshments available for them in the cafeteria.

There is still time to volunteer!  Check out the opportunities on the site, under the "for volunteers" tab.

Enjoy!  This is a great day for everyone!