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!