Monday, August 29, 2016

RFES Committee Chairs are Needed!

A few vacancies remain on the Committee Chair list. If you are interested in assuming a leadership position in the RFES PTA, here is your chance! Visit this sign-up to learn more. Thank you! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Leaving your little making you sad?

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Some of us are crying, teary-­eyed and blue. 
Some of us are cheering, “I’m glad the summer’s through!” 
Whatever mood you’re feeling, stop by and stay awhile. 
We’ll be here to greet you, with coffee and a smile!! 
Tuesday August 30​th 
 Right after drop off at the Kindergarten doors 
   Coffee, juice and donuts provided by the PTA
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

PTA Events on the Horizon!

What an excellent first few days!  Personally, I was as excited to see friends at drop off and pick up as my kids were!  The PTA is busy all year, but this first week and a half is very busy.  Here are some things to keep an eye on as we move into September:
Back-To-School Night and the Kona Ice Truck:
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On 8/30 (Tuesday!) the Kona Ice truck will visit at dismissal, so remember to bring/send a few dollars to school that day for a refreshing treat.  The forecast says we'll all need it! Later that evening is back-to-school night, where you can come out and hear about all the happenings in person.  Cafeteria at 7, 6:30 for in-person volunteer training.
The Box Tops Contest:
The RFES music program relies heavily on the money earned by redeeming box tops.  Ms. Tierney buys instruments, sheet music, special programs and, this year, a new room carpet, all with the proceeds of this program.  It costs families nothing, and the 3 children with the most donations win special rewards.  You have until 9/16 to submit those box tops.
Image result for boxtopPTA volunteers, led this year by Tracy Dieter, help organize and count the nearly 20,000 box tops that come in, so keep an eye on our volunteer space HERE to help count and sort.  This is a great task for parents and guardians not available during the day because you can take them all home and sort at your convenience.
Spirit Days and Tee Shirt Drive:
Spirit days help the children build a sense of community and belonging while getting them engaged and enthusiastic about their school.  Every Friday is spirit day, with about one Friday a month being an extra special, event driven spirit day.   
The drive happens one time a year, so stock up on those spirit shirts!  We have Orioles and Ravens colors this year plus Mrs. Fanshaw's favorites: TIE DYE! The orders are cut off on September 9th, which is two weeks from now.  Don't miss out!
PTA-sponsored Ice Cream Social:
Image result for ice cream in a bowlPTA volunteers Marlo McIntosh and Kasey Schroeder have already begun working on the ice cream social, and are looking for helpers of all kinds.  Sign up HERE to help out.  This is a super-fun event for the whole family and the kids go bananas for the cake walk!  Order your extra tickets (siblings not at RFES, extended family, etc.) when you pay your dues and buy your student directory.  It's all on one convenient form in your back-to-school packet.
Are these dates making your head spin?  Go HERE to get an importable PTA/RFES/BCPS calendar and get yourself organized!  We put this on the site in response to parent feedback from our communication survey and it is so awesome to have all the dates in one place! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ice Cream Social News

We are thrilled to announce we are hosting the RFES Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 16, 2016. This annual event is so much fun for the RFES community. Bring a picnic dinner, enjoy the fun music from DJ Dan, and enjoy the ice cream bar. It's a fantastic way to celebrate the beginning of the school year!

Here is the link for the sign-up to help out at the event. We would love for lots of hands on deck!

Thank you!

Website updates/Sneak-A-Peek/Supply pick up

Hello RFES Families!

The PTA has been hard at work over the summer.  We created a survey in the spring to try to find out how to best communicate the huge number of ways that families and the school can connect and got excellent responses.  With that information, we have revamped the PTA website to try to make it the most useful single place for you to find out and get involved with what is happening at Rodgers Forge Elementary.

Some changes include:

*An importable calendar of the dates that came in the mail from the school.  Don't want to type in all the BCPS and RFES closures, events and early dismissals?  Go here and import them directly into your family's scheduling system!

*Want to know all the volunteer opportunities at a glance?  Go here and see a list! (right now there is only the library organization event, but it REALLY needs your help!!)

*We are also working on bringing in new spirit wear options which will be available via the website as well! We all know how much school spirit there is at RFES!!  These fun new options will be a great compliment to our annual tee shirt drive...which is happening early this year so get those orders in during next week. :)

If there is functionality you want to see on the site, please drop us a line and let us know.  Hailey and Laura can be reached at

Today, as you all know, is Sneak-A-Peak!  During that, come to the rear rec room to collect the school supply kits you ordered at the end of May.  My kids have been looking forward to this return since the last day of school in June. All the mystery resolved! All the friends reunited! It's very sweet how central a role the school plays in their lives.  Join the PTA to make it part of your family's life, too! 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Maryland's tax-free week is coming up!

Maryland's annual tax-free week runs 8/14-8/20. You can read more about it here!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Your PTA is ramping up for another great year!!

Summer is winding down and our first PTA-sponsored activity of the 2016-2017 school year is the purchase, stuffing and distribution of those vital red folders! Come out and help fill and distribute the folders so they will be ready for the start of school. Find the signup sheet here:

New RFES parents, go ahead and make an account at signup genius. Many signups go around through the year, so it'll get plenty of use. :)