Thursday, September 4, 2014

So Much NEWS!

     Back to school night was a huge success, as the many of you who attended know!  For those who could not make it the headline is that volunteer training is easier and faster than ever before ... and ONLINE!  The link is HERE to get certified and the accompanying application is HERE.  At your leisure you can read the handbook, take the quiz, print the certificate and application and deliver them both to the school.  Many parents who were unable to make volunteer trainings in the past will now be able to simply and easily integrate this important step into their schedules!  This is a big development!

     Also you should have received the envelope full of PTA information and Buzz Book sign up papers this week.  In an earlier post I told you some of the reasons I personally love and rely on the Buzz Book and I would strongly encourage you to fill out the form and send it in to school in the red folder.  Those forms are due 9/10.

     There was also an included form for you to join the PTA and make your direct donation to this school year's campaign "A Year of Growth".  You may wonder what that is or why you should do it, and here are your PTA Presidents explaining just that!  (And being pretty darn adorable while doing it!)  The direct donation program saves every family time and effort by making it possible for RFES to have the best school support network in the County WITHOUT us having to sell candy or wrapping paper door to door to raise the money the PTA needs to be successful.  This is the time of year to write that check and send it in - the programs and activities for the year are planned, and now they just need to be paid for.

     Finally, there was a comprehensive list of the activities that parent volunteers and the PTA are committed to for the year.  The list was so long you may have only skimmed it, but hopefully you noticed that some of the positions are still vacant.  That spot is waiting for YOU!  As the children of long-time volunteers say farewell to RFES and move on to DMS, those vacancies open up.  Even if you have been an RFES parent for years it's never too late to join and contribute to something your whole family can be proud of!  And the joy on an elementary student's face when he or she spots that beloved family member in SCHOOL! is pretty indescribable. :)  Please come out and be a part of the RFES PTA.  It needs you and you need it.