Monday, April 13, 2015

Back from Break and into the Home Stretch!

Welcome Back!!  There is a ton of stuff happening this Spring! 

1 - There is still a need for volunteers to help with the gym equipment and the Patriots and Defenders program.  These are great opportunities to make your children glow with happiness!

2 - There is a new spirit wear shop going live for us this week.  You will be able to apply the RFES logo and custom text to whatever clothing items you wish!  Stay tuned for coupons and discounts as we roll that out.

3 - Our Stepping Ahead camp previews are at an end with today's generous donation from Chorus of Maryland "Music in the Meadow" Summer Day Camp!

Children entering grades K-2 are invited to join us for singing, crafts and outdoor scavenger hunts. It's a week of fun in the great outdoors!  Explore the wonders of nature through music, story, craft and fun. CCM's Summer Day Camp invites your child to experience the joys of singing and storytelling under a tent, engage in guided walks on the woodland trails, participate in nature-themed scavenger hunts, and create wind chimes and bird seed ornaments. The camp concludes with a sing-along, complete with s’mores.

Thank you to our sponsors!  What an amazing opportunity!  #rfessteppingahead2015

4 - The PTA has renewed their contract with 1st Day School Supplies.  If you think waaaaaay back to Sneak a Peek in August, you will remember kids with handy suitcases of supplies all set up for them on the first day of school.  Those kits came from 1st Day School Supplies, and the time for ordering your kits for next year is approaching.  This is SO MUCH BETTER than having to go into Target, Walmart and Office Depot with crazy lists and even crazier mobs of miserable parents...from other schools, of course! ;)  Pricing on the 1st Day kits is equivalent to what we paid in the store those years we purchased our own supplies, and the time saved is worth more than $$!  The catch?  Ordering for next year has to happen fairly early in Spring/Summer, well before most of us are thinking about school supplies for next year.  But in exchange for thinking about this issue for two minutes in May, you get to cross it off your list in August when you know you'd rather be at the beach than looking at composition books. :)  Stay tuned for details!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Early Dismissal and Stepping Ahead Auction Preview!

Good morning!  Here's hoping you have a lovely start to your vacation, which begins today at 12:30 when the kids leave at half-day. :)
Today we have another amazing Stepping Ahead Silent Auction Camp Preview!
ESF Camps at Gilman   
ESF has provided award winning camp programs for over 27 years. Choose between Day Camp (ages 4-8), Sports Camp (ages 6-14), or Senior Camp (ages 9-15). The Day Camp and Senior Camp offer a wide variety of activities including swimming, art programs, sports, theme days and eco-adventures. The Sports Camp offers a variety of sports in an action packed program promoting the development of athletic skills, sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork and self-confidence.  These camps are co-ed.
Did you know that the cheapest session of ESF at Gilman is over $700 and the most expensive is nearly $3000?  That is quite a prize for one lucky family to win at the auction, and an amazing donation to our community's school!  All our sponsors have been very generous, and the Stepping Ahead coordinators and volunteers are working hard to make this a successful event, so mark the date on your family calendar and tell everyone to come out and bid on 5/31 at Loyola Blakesfield!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Today's Stepping Ahead Silent Auction Pre-View!

Mark Mettrick Soccer Camp                

Loyola College men’s soccer coach offers a week of skill building, team tactics and soccer fun.  This camp is for boys and girls ages 5-14, and is held at Dumbarton Middle School.  A ball and t-shirt are included with the camp tuition.
Mark Mettirck has generously donated TWO sessions! Thank you to our wonderful sponsors! ‪#‎rfessteppingahead2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stepping Ahead Silent Auction Camp Pre-View!

 Today's camp was generously donated by:
Mast Tennis Academy              
This is a co-ed camp where all skill levels are welcome.  Camps are held at Garrison Forest School and College of Notre Dame.  Ages 4-16
And there is a PTA meeting in about an hour (6:30 3/31) at the school - see you there! :)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stepping Ahead Silent Auction Pre-view and Notes

First, we have a super-fun volunteer opportunity!  Really, the kids get SO excited about this equipment! :
Ms. Celenza is in search of a few good volunteers! In Physical Education class, the students are exploring movement through the use of the Movement Education Equipment (formally known as Whittle). While exploring the equipment by traveling over, under and through it at high, low and medium levels some students feel anxious. In order to assist students in overcoming this fear, Ms. Celenza is looking for parent volunteers to help spot the students as they travel the equipment. VOLUNTEERS MUST HAVE HAD THE VOLUNTEERING TRAINING.
These are the dates that MEE will be up and running….
Our monthly meeting is this Tuesday, 3/31  at 6:30.  Come on out to RFES and participate!

And today's camp preview is :

The Painting Workshop

The Painting Workshop offers a summer camp for kids age 5-10.  In the morning, painting and drawing projects include e-tempura paint on paper and painting on canvas.  In the afternoon, children create clay and paper mache crafts, and go outside for activities and games.

 I need this for ME - I have all the supplies at home but no idea what to do with them. :)  These camps are a huge prize to win, as anyone knows who has begun looking for summer activities, so tell your friends about Stepping Ahead and mark the date on your calendar - 5/31! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

News and Notes!

So much news!!  First the awesome stuff: 

Stepping Ahead Silent Auction Preview # 4

Towson University Youth Football Camp        

This camp gives boys ages 6-13 the opportunity to develop skills on the athletic fields of Towson University.  Lunch will be provided daily.


And then the other stuff:

We're very close to having a new vendor for spirit wear.  It's more expensive than a one-time drive, but you get massive variety and can buy what you want when you want!  Stay tuned for details next week.

There is an open PTA meeting at RFES 3/31 at 6:30 and all are welcome. Mark your calendars!

And last, a flyer is coming home for your family to participate in RFES Night at the Yard - a PTA sponsored ballgame outing 5/17!  Come watch the O's trounce the Angles and support the PTA at the same time!  $10 tickets and game time is 1:35.

Have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stepping Ahead Silent Auction Pre-View # 3!

Steve Krulevitz’s Summer Tennis Camp
Steve Krulevitz leads boys and girls ages 5-16, in skill development and the fundamentals of the game. All abilities welcome. Located at Gilman School.
It doesn't get better than free pro tennis camp just blocks away!