Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I Need Your Input!

I am conducting some very scientific polling over on the PTA's FB page.  If you haven't liked it already, here's where to find it:  I would love to know what you think about today's topic! :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

The PTA Presents...

I received this message from Mrs. Rowland and several of my kids' teachers:

This morning our students enjoyed an assembly by Skher Brown and his dance troupe, The Dancing Warriors.  They taught the students about the  Capoeira Angola dance form.  This type of native dance originated in Salvador, Brazil.   Our boys and girls enjoyed learning the meaning behind the acrobatic choreography and accompanying musical instruments.  Some of our students were fortunate enough to learn parts of the dance and actually “give it a try” on stage!   A special “thank you” to our PTA for providing the funding for today’s assembly!!

I know my children enjoyed it and I hope yours did too!  This is but one of many events the PTA pays for with the dollars donated through the direct donation campaign.  Join the PTA today

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall After-School Club sign up - DUE ASAP

Note the quick turnaround on this - fill it out TODAY if your child may be interested in joining one of these clubs! And tell your friends. Also, Katy Annis is still looking for volunteers for Generations Day on Thursday, the walking school bus is open and needs "drivers", and the school store is open for business!


Is your child interested in joining a before or after school club? Below are links to interest forms for all fall clubs. Indicating interest does not guarantee a spot. Club interest surveys are open through Thursday, October 16.

Students and families will be notified on Friday, October 17 if they were selected for a club. If selected, you will receive a permission slip with additional information about the club.

Helpful things to note:

* Students are selected at random using an online random number generator.

* Because your child may only participate in one club at a time, please feel free to express interest in as many clubs as you'd like.

* For each club in which you express interest, please include the preference of this selection (that way if your child is randomly chosen for two clubs, I can be sure s/he receives the more preferred selection).

Fall Art Club with Ms. Kotapish -- grades 3-5 (

Fall Book Club with Ms. Barry -- grades 4-5 (

Fall Chess Club -- grades 3-5 (

Fall Chorus Club with Ms. Tierney -- grades 3-5 (

Fall Gym Club with Ms. Celenza -- grades 3-5 (

Fall Lego Club -- grades K-5 (

Fall Running Club -- grades 3-5 (

Anticipated Spring Clubs at RFES include:

* Art Club with Ms. Kotapish (grades 1-3)

* Book Club with Ms. Barry (grades 1-3)

* Craft Club (grades TBD)

* Gym Club with Ms. Celenza (grades 1-2)

* Lego Club (grades K-5)

* Science/Nature Club (grades TBD)

* Running Club (grades 3-5)

If you have questions or concerns about Fall Clubs, would like to volunteer, or if you have an idea for a club not listed above, please feel free to email Karen Rodriguez:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Generations Day and the School Store

Katy Annis is busy coordinating the details for Generations Day, October 16th from 8:45 to 11:30. This is always a huge hit with the children and if you'd like to help out, Katy needs volunteers for several tasks!  Even if you are available only part of the time, that's enough to be of assistance.  Give her a shout at with your availability.

Carolyn Rayburn and Cassie Santiago are also hard at work helping the students running the school store!  If your child wants to pick up some fun trinkets, the shopping days are on Tuesdays (for K, 2 and 4) and Thursdays (for 1, 3 and 5) from 8:45 - 9:00am. I can tell you we have seen a dramatic increase in adorable erasers at our house since they opened for business!

As always, thank you so much to all our volunteers!  Keep up the great work! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

October Dates

The days are shortening, the nights are cooler, and October has many dates to note - here's a quick list for your calendars, datebooks and scheduling apps! :)

Thursday, October 16th - Generations Day

Friday, October 17th - NO SCHOOL (always a good one to know in advance!)

Friday, October 31st - Halloween Parade and 1/2 day - School CLOSES at 12:30

If you are new to the school and haven't had the pleasure of seeing this adorable parade, send in the permission slip (see page 2) and take the morning off work: it's super cute!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Next PTA Meeting is on 9/30

Hi Everyone!

The next PTA meeting is going to be held tomorrow, Tuesday, 9/30 in the library at RFES from 6:30 to 7:30.  If you need to bring your children in order to attend, that is ok. 

Also, our individual-student Box Top collection contest is over for the Fall and volunteers are busy counting and tallying those you turned in.  Didn't know about it?  Missed it in the hectic rush of August/September? No worries!  The January contest will begin after the winter break, and it's a classroom contest as opposed to a contest for individual students.  The winning class often has around 1500 box tops contributed by students, to give you an idea what to aim for!

We will see you at the meeting tomorrow!  :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ice Cream Social Shout Outs and National PTA Campaign

Another great ice cream social is behind us, and we'd like to thank Dan Hochrein (DJ Dan) for providing the fabulous music at the Ice Cream Social!  So fun!

And thank you to the teachers who baked treats for the Cake Walk which raised $1000 for the PTA! 

And thank you to all of the volunteers who scooped and ladled and collected and set-up and cleaned-up!!  Wouldn't have happened at all without you!

The National PTA launched a new website to promote positive online interactions and content for kids. The message ties in nicely with our school's new technology initiatives, as it's geared toward safe, responsible online behavior.  Here's a quiz for parents - I love quizzes! :)

Remember, no school Thursday.  Have a great week!