Poplar Tree PTA Newsletter March 10, 2006 PTA & Poplar Tree ~ www.fcps.edu/PoplarTreeES Vol. 16 Issue 7 www.vapta.org “What we believe is what we achieve… so, SOAR” www.fccpta.org President’s Message Calendar of Events As I write this, it feels quite a bit like winter outside, but I know that spring is just Tuesday, March 14 Officer Chambers Visits 6th Grade around the corner. Springtime at Poplar Tree ~~ ushers in a great many fun activities for the Wednesday, March 15 kids and the community. The Spring Carnival, Just Say No Club, 3:45-5:00 pm Cafeteria Science Night, and the Spring Social are all ~~ Thursday, March 16 opportunities for us to have fun, learn, and Rising 7th Grade Student Orientation, 10:15 am support our kids as a community. I hope you Franklin Middle School ~~ will join us for some of these great events. Saturday, March 18 Further in the body of this newsletter, School Carnival, 11:00 am-3:00 pm ~~ you will find information about the people Monday, March 20 identified by the Nominating Committee to Parent Resource Center Movie on Social Skills, 10:00 am Upstairs Multi-Purpose Room serve as PTA Officers for the 2006-2007 ~~ school year. I am very excited to have these Tuesday, March 21 FLE Video Viewing for 5th & 6th Grade Parents, 7:00 pm very talented and committed ladies take on Language Arts Room leadership roles and bring some fresh ideas and ~~ Friday, March 24 continued enthusiasm to the PTA, helping us to Principals’ Coffee, 10:00 am achieve our goals. Language Arts Room ~~ New PTA Officers will be elected at the Wednesday, March 29 General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, 5th Grade Field Trip, (Farouki & Baldwin), 9:30 am – 12:00 noon Oakton HS Planetarium April 26th. At that time, we will also present any revisions to our current budget for Science Night Exhibit, 7:00 pm Cafeteria approval. The P.E. Department will once again ~~ be providing us with an exciting student square Friday, March 30 5th Grade Field Trip, (Dorsey & LaCroix), 9:30 am – 12:00 noon dance exhibition that night. I hope you will Oakton HS Planetarium join us for a lively performance. As always, if you have questions, concerns, or ideas to share, or are trying to find a way to volunteer and support the PTA and its activities, please call me or send me an e-mail. I’d love to hear from you. Newsletter ideas or suggestions? Call Rosanne Arnold, Editor, 703-263-9271, send e-mail to Elizabeth Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop a note in the PTA Newsletter mailbox in 703-266-0867 the front office. email@example.com School Carnival March 18 Counselors’ Care Gram By Carol Hoffman and Shari Hirsch S.C.A. The Student Council Association would like to thank all the students and parents for your recent contributions to the “Share the Love” food drive. Thanks to your generosity, we delivered 19 huge boxes full of food items to the food pantry of Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. This food is used to help those in need within our own area of Fairfax County. The next SCA Spirit Day will be Friday, March 24th. The theme is “March Madness”. Come dressed in your favorite college basketball team shirt, or if not college, then favorite sport team. Just Say No Club The Just Say No club’s next meeting is Wednesday, March 15th at 4:00 p.m. Parents, we are in need of assistance in coverage and supervision during the meeting time, as many of our sponsors are currently unavailable due to other commitments on Wednesday. We have a planned 30-minute program, plus 30 minutes of recreational activity. If you can assist us, please contact Carol Hoffman. If you have any questions about our guidance programs, please feel free to contact us. Carol Hoffman Shari Hirsch Counselor Counselor Grades K/1,2,4,6 Grades 1,3,5 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com PTA Nominating Committee Announces 2006-2007 PTA Officers The following individuals have been nominated to hold office on the PTA Board for the 2006-2007 school year: President – Donna Baker st 1 Vice President – Heather Cox nd 2 Vice President – Clare Loxtercamp Treasurer – Carol Cleveland Secretary – Page Imperial We thank these dedicated people for stepping forward to lead the PTA next year. The election of officers will take place at the PTA General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00pm in the cafeteria. Staff Appreciation Carnival Update Thanks to the 6th grade moms, we had another successful staff appreciation event. February’s theme was “Appetizers” and the staff just raved about everything One week till the carnival!!!! We have a lot of exciting that was donated. Thank you to Amy Hansen, Denise new games and activities planned for all. Please Poe, Amy Speed, Barbara Deitz, Karen Johnston, Tasha remember to bring a "loot" bag with you for all of your Virostek, Karen Louis, Stephanie Lutostanski, My Do, prizes. There are some amazing baskets for everyone in Kathy Tribbie, Elizabeth Nelson, Linda Pierce, Cheryl the family that will be raffled off this year...here are Ricci, Stephanie Andrejcak, and Pat Rogers. some of the themes: *Chocolate Lovers Basket This month’s event will be on Friday, March 24 and will be *Guilt Free Shopping hosted by the 4th grade. The jury is still out on what *An Evening at Wolf Trap the theme will be, so keep a look out near mid month for *Beach Blanket Bingo the flier that will come out in all 4th graders’ backpacks. *Rainy Day Basket Or feel free to e-mail me, Heather Cox, at *Ice Cream Lovers firstname.lastname@example.org, if you just can’t wait to find out *Washington Nationals Basket the theme!! *Here's to Your Health Basket *Digital Photography Basket And for the Dad's: *Garage Hero's Basket Please remember to buy enough tickets for the baskets and for plenty of lunch and snacks!!! The PTA is pleased to announce that the Square 1 Art fundraiser is now underway! There have been some changes to the program this year – instead of completing the artwork at home, your child has had the opportunity Principals’ Coffee to create a full-color artwork during his/her biweekly art Friday, March 24th at 10:00 am class. (Many thanks to our wonderful Art teachers, Mr. Watts and Mrs. Martin-Pyles, for their invaluable Language Arts Room assistance!) Using a high-tech, computerized process, this artwork can now be transferred to a multitude of Mrs. Williams, Mr. Pensler, and Elizabeth Nelson invite wonderful products available for purchase. These high- you to attend this informal discussion forum to ask your quality items make perfect gifts for family and friends, questions, address your concerns, share your ideas, and as well as memorable family keepsakes. Be sure to check have a mid-morning snack! your child’s backpack for the information packet that went home this week, which includes a FREE magnet made from your child’s artwork, as well as the catalog and order form. The magnet is yours to keep whether or not you choose to submit an order. (*Please remember to remove magnet from order form before submitting order). Be sure to check out the display case in the school lobby We are in need of new or gently used books appropriate for samples of the quality products offered. for grades K-2, for an after school enrichment program. Please look through your book collection at home, and if All orders must be returned to the school by Friday, you can help, please send the books in with a note March 17th, so don’t delay! Questions can be directed to addressed to Miss Onder. Thank you. Mary Sawyer at 703-830-9643 or Cathy Sanata at 703- 815-8857. As always, the staff at Poplar Tree appreciates your support! PTA Newsflash! Countdown to Carnival 2006! One Week to Go! March 18th ~ 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Carnival 2006 is only one week away and preparations are well underway. On Friday, February 24th, carnival ticket pre-sales began and 50/50 Raffle tickets went home with the oldest/only students. If you haven’t received your 50/50 Raffle ticket packet, call Lisa Kolb at 703-378-0613. If you need another ticket order form, they are available in the school office. Filled ticket orders are going home with your students now, so check those backpacks! A carnival ticket pre-sale will also be held on Friday, March 17th from 8:30 AM until 9:30 AM in the school lobby. By now, you should have heard from your room parent captains about a classroom theme “basket” being assembled by each class for the raffle. If you haven’t, give them a call. Completed baskets are due on March 13th. Room parent captains are also scheduling volunteers for your class booth. If you haven’t heard from them, give them a break and call! Many thanks to all of you for your support! Don’t forget to bake your cakes for the cake walks (non-returnable pans, please) and individually wrapped goodies for the bake sale! You can drop them off at the school Friday, March 17th from 5-8 PM or on Saturday March 18th, no earlier than 10:30 AM. Remember – every cake brought in on Friday night is eligible to be entered into a raffle for a $25 Target gift card! GAMES & ACTIVITIES NUMBER OF TICKETS FOOD NUMBER OF TICKETS Animal Walks (2) 2 Plain Pizza 5 Ball Roll 2 Pepperoni Pizza 6 Basket Raffle 4 Cotton Candy 3 Basketball Toss 2 Old Fashioned Popcorn 3 Cake Walks (2) 2 Home Baked Goods 2 Dart Throw 2 Potato Chips 2 Face Painting 2 Snow Cones 3 Fish Pond 2 Soft Drinks or Water 3 Golf Game 2 Grid Iron Toss 2 Lollipop Tree 2 Lucky Ducky 2 Matchbox Derby 2 Moon Bounce 4 Nerf Shot 2 Ring Toss 2 New For 2006! Inflatable Obstacle Course 4 High Stricker 2 *Hit the top and be eligible to win a Toys R Us gift card! Tic Tac Toss 2 tototo Treasure Chest 2 Principal Fortune Teller 2 * Win a homework pass! Poplar Tree PTA Carnival Pre-Sale Tickets Order Form Carnival ticket pre-sales began on Friday. February 24, 2006. You may purchase your tickets before the carnival by using the ticket order form located at the bottom of this flyer. Tickets will be 5 for $1.00 before the carnival and 4 for $1.00 the day of the carnival. A carnival ticket pre-sale will also be held on Friday, March 17th from 8:30 AM until 9:30 AM in the school lobby. In order to avoid unnecessary confusion, tickets purchased on Friday morning MUST INCLUDE the completed ticket order form below. Complete the form below, place it (along with your check or cash) in an envelope marked “CARNIVAL TICKETS”, and send the envelope to school with your child or drop the envelope in the ticket box located in the school front office. Once the money is received, your tickets will be sent back with your child. On the reverse of this flyer is a list of games and food items and their associated ticket charge for each. Use this to estimate the number of tickets you will need. Checks should be made payable to Poplar Tree PTA. In order for all students who wish to be able to participate, the PTA has agreed to assist families who may be unable to afford the cost of the carnival tickets. Using complete discretion, the school counselors, Mrs. Hirsch and Mrs. Hoffman will handle distributing tickets to families requesting assistance. If you would like to donate tickets to the “FUN FOR ALL” program, please complete the order form below, designating a portion towards this program. We thank you for helping to make the carnival “FUN FOR ALL”. Please return the order form to the school no later than Wednesday, March 15th. Purchase your tickets early and beat the last minute rush! For more information concerning tickets, call Joan Harris (703-378-1629). --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ____________________________________ __________________________ Child’s Name Teacher’s Name ____________________________________ __________________________ # of tickets requested (5/$1.00) $ Amount ____________________________________ __________________________ # of tickets donated to Fun For All $ Amount _________________________________ Total $ Amount Enclosed With This Form Poplar Tree Elementary School PTA Presents… “BITS AND PIECES MOSAICS” Enroll your child in the after-school art classes to be offered on Tuesdays at Poplar Tree Elementary School this spring. Staff from a local studio will introduce students to the ancient art of mosaics. A variety of materials will be used to create functional and decorative pieces. Session B projects will include “A House for the Birds”, “Breakfast in Bed Tray”, and “Say Cheese” The tray will be completed over two classes periods. These projects will be completed in time to give as gifts for Mother’s Day if desired. SESSION B Course Dates: Mar 28, Apr 4, 18, 25 Course Time: 3:40 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Cost: $82.50 Professionals will provide course instruction and materials each week and return completed pieces to students the week following each class. The class will be conducted in the Wet & Dry Area located by the Kindergarten classrooms. Class size is limited. All ages are welcome to participate in the mosaics class. Contact Sheila Bedford at 703-449-0313 with questions. Registration is due by March 15 for both sessions. “BITS AND PIECES MOSAICS” REGISTRATION FORM Child’s Name______________________________________________________ Child’s grade_________ Child’s Teacher________________________ Parent’s e-mail __________________________________ I am registering my child for: Session B: _______ $82.50 Please enclose a check payable to Poplar Tree PTA with your registration form by March 15, 2006.
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