Not to worry. We are happy to bring you a few highlights from the meeting. There is a lot to be excited about and lots of things in which you can get involved. But remember, if you want all the latest details make sure you are signed up for our eNews updates on the right hand side of this page.
Here are a few of the discussion topics from the Sept 18th meeting:
- New! Improved! All of the school’s electric, gas and sanitary services are brand new and the school has an entirely new sprinkler system thanks to the new construction efforts and a very hard working construction crew!
- Coming this Winter! New rooms for this year’s kindergarten classes will be completed.
- Coming in the Spring! A dedicated area for before and after care and a new main entrance along with a partial gym addition.
- Boost the BoosterThon: Don’t forget to round up your Fun Run pledges after the event on October 2nd.
- A Unique Dining Experience: The PTA’s Hospitality committee will provide a dinner for staff during the teacher conferences in November. If you or someone you know can help in securing and/or preparing the dinner items please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Help Needed: We are looking for volunteers to assist in coordinating the spring silent auction event, Scholastic Book Fairs and the School Supply Kits program to name a few. To find out more please send an email to email@example.com.
- Totally Cosmic: The NASA Club is coming soon! Stay tuned for more information.
- Save the Dates!
- Monster Mash will be Saturday October 25th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
- Holly Jolly Workshop will be Saturday December 6th from 9:00am – noon
Visit again soon for more CES news and insights!
The Crofton Elementary School PTA is pleased to announce our Fall 2014 Fundraiser! Our Fundraising Goal: $7,000 for The Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader Program – a new Reading Incentive Program for Grades K – 5.
The Boosterthon Fun Run emphasizes fitness and character-building lessons, and has been a great success in over 1400 schools across America.
The 9-day program will kick off with a 30-minute school-wide Pep Rally on September 22nd. Funds are raised through student pledges for the laps they run at the October 2 Boosterthon Fun Run event. Every student may participate in the Fun Run, regardless of pledges raised. Plus, they receive 6 daily character stickers and a Boosterthon T-Shirt!
This year’s character theme is ROCK’N TOWN LIVE, a music festival theme all about COMMUNITY! Students will learn five ways to make their community rock where they live and play. Visit www.boosterthon.com to see the Boosterthon folks in action. Their energy is contagious!
More information and pledge kits will come home the week of September 22.
Parents – be on the lookout for the School Supply Kit order forms. Orders can be placed online at http://www.shopttkits.com using our school account #20349. All orders must be placed by June 11.
This is an updated encore of an article posted in 2013, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the PAW Printer’s program at CES. The program is now in its 26th year!
By Stacey Underwood
Twenty five years ago, two Crofton Elementary School Moms were inspired and driven to initiate a program where students would write creative stories that would be typed and bound by parent volunteers and could be enjoyed for many years to come. Thanks to Carole Fox and Nancy Gough, CES students have been enjoying having their stories “published” via the PTA’s PAW Printers Program ever since.
The PAW Printers Program is a fun and educational project for students in first through fifth grade. The PAW stands for Continue reading
The official order form in .pdf format is available by clicking here: CES Spirit Wear Order Form 2013 2014. Please send completed order forms and payment in to school with your student in an envelope marked “CES PTA Spirit Wear”. A portion of all orders benefit CES PTA programs and initiatives. For more images of the new Spirit Wear visit our Spirit Wear page. Thank you.
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Revitalization update November 2013
The final weeks of school are exciting for many reasons and among them is the arrival of the CES Yearbook! Children race home from school and pour over the pages, looking for themselves and their friends in all the events that are showcased in the book. They pass the books around to all their classmates collecting signatures and relive the school year again as they see all the smiling faces of their friends and teachers at various events that took place that year.
The yearbook preserves all those elementary school memories and as parents, you realize how quickly children grow and change through the elementary school years.
It is now the time of year when work on this book begins in earnest. Themes are chosen, the cover contest is announced, layouts are designed and pictures start flowing in for submission…the first day of school, Halloween, candid photos of class parties and projects. Creating this book is quite a process and a task that takes the effort of many individuals to complete. It has always been a parent-led project at Crofton Elementary School–the work of a number of volunteers who spend hours taking and organizing photos, completing digital layouts, proofing pages and handling sales and distribution.
Have you ever wondered how you could be a part of this wonderful project? Do you have some new, fresh ideas on how to organize the book or know of new school activities that could be included in it? Do you enjoy taking photos at school activities? Are you an accountant who would like to keep track of yearbook sales on the side?
There are so many ways to take part in the process, some as simple as submitting your photos of school events, and others more involved, such as creating pages in the yearbook software. Most of the current volunteers have children in 4th and 5th grade and will be moving on soon, so there is a need to get some parents of younger students involved and teach them the process so the yearbook can continue to be the treasure trove of memories that it has been for so many years.
If you would like to submit photos of school events, please email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or copy them on a disk and send it in to school labeled “yearbook.”
Please remember that all Yearbook Cover Contest entries are due on Monday, November 18, 2013. The theme this year is “Crofton Under Construction” and the contest guidelines are located on the PTA website.
Help us capture those special elementary school moments in a yearbook for children to enjoy for years to come!
Thanks to those who took the time to respond to our online member satisfaction survey over the summer. A link to the survey was sent out to the PTA’s eNews list and posted our Facebook page, and about 20% of the people we know we are reaching responded – a pretty respectable response rate! With just under 70 respondents, here are the highlights:
Almost 90% of survey respondents receive the PTA’s weekly eNews blasts, and feel that the weekly frequency is just right.
Almost 80% of respondents feel the eNews blasts are the right mix of “hard” information about things like early dismissal dates and school closings, and more “soft” updates about things like spirit days and fundraising.
Most of the survey respondents think we are doing at least an adequate job of communicating with our community about PTA programs and initiatives: 16% think Continue reading