The Sutterville Slate
A Publication of the Sutterville Elementary PTA September 2004
Dates to Remember Welcome from the PTA President The Principal’s message
September 11 Hello everyone, welcome to another fabulous year We look forward to another great year at
Courtyard Beautification at Sutterville Elementary School. As your Sutterville. This is accomplished by the
9:00 – 1:00 pm Sutterville PTA president for the 2004/2005 continuing support of so many people in our
September 13 th school years, I'm pleased to announce that your community – families, businesses, and staff.
Innisbrook Fundraiser Begins PTA has already begun work on making this year
One of our strongest is the Parent Teacher
th a very special one. We are all energized and
September 14 Association (PTA). The two new half basketball
rearing to go! We encourage you to read the
Back-to-School Night courts were added this summer due to the
important information contained in each month's
5:30 – 8:00 pm fundraising of the Student Council and the PTA.
Slate newsletter, as this is our primary
September 23rd The PTA supports many of our field trips and
communication tool in letting you know what is
Entertainment Book Orders Due assemblies. They have helped with the cost of
scheduled for the month ahead!
September 28 th moving the Library from Room 6 to Room 24,
Innisbrook Orders with Payments Due the moving of the refrigerator to the nurse’s
Our first PTA meeting will be held in October, and
room, and the landscaping of our courtyard.
October (Date TBD) the date will be posted in the October Slate. I
The PTA is assisting us with our technology and
PTA General Meeting know many of you are already wondering if we
supply needs. The PTA also funds our school
October 5th are going to have another exciting Fall Festival -
library aide, Anna Zeh. Thank you PTA for your
Pick-up Entertainment Books the last two were so fantastic that this has
continuous support of the students and staff at
Cafeteria 3:00 – 4:00 pm become a much-anticipated event! As always, we
look to our generous Sutterville families for help
in making the Fall Festival a reality. We are
Math and Music Assembly Sutterville has been selected to participate as a
currently seeking volunteers. Please call any PTA
lab school this year in implementing a new
board member if you can help. October is just
program in our district – School Wide Support
around the corner so we must all act fast!
2004/2005 PTA Board (SWS) model. We have a Learning Center
model at this time, which has been very
Denay DeGuzman, President I look forward to talking with each of you
effective in meeting the needs of many of our
firstname.lastname@example.org throughout the year and invite you to join the
students. This new model will schedule our
455-4500 PTA members in our on-going conversation on
support staff to be in the classrooms for half
how to make Sutterville the best school it can be!
Jenny Hitchings, Vice President the day to assist teachers in providing targeted
email@example.com instruction for students at all levels. This model
Denay DeGuzman, PTA President
454-9300 has been successful across the country and we
Lindsay Nevis, Vice President know that it is going to move our students to
Innisbrook is coming! the next level. At Back to School Night
453-0518 One of our biggest fundraisers is coming! Last (September 14) your child’s teacher will explain
Mary Whisten, Vice President year, we raised about $4,000 from our gift wrap the model to you more completely.
firstname.lastname@example.org fundraiser which was used to help fund all those
443-0284 "extras" that we love and have come to expect at We encourage you to visit the school, read the
Sutterville: special assemblies, the poet-in- newsletters and bulletins, and attend the family
Dinorah Hall, Vice President
residence program, family social events and much events. This is not only your child’s school but
more. With everyone's support --we can make a your school too. Welcome!
difference and continue to enrich our children's
Becca Gonzales, Secretary Diane Shada, Principal
457-6325 This year we will be selling Innisbrook Premium
Susan Yee, Treasurer Products. Our school receives a 52% profit on all
Tuesday, September 14th.
items purchased during this fundraiser. The sale
Spaghetti Dinner ($4.50) 5:00 – 6:30 pm
will begin on September 13. Order forms and
The PTA ALWAYS needs checks must be turned in to your child's teacher
Grades K-3 is from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
volunteers! Contact a PTA Grades 4-6 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
no later than September 28.
Childcare provided 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Board member today to see >Innisbrook Page 2
(No children in the classrooms please)
how you can help.
>Innisbrook From Page 2 New parking lot procedures Assembly programs
The product will be delivered in late October The Sacramento School District went into high Sutterville's PTA has scheduled some exciting
or early November. The promotional gear this summer to improve student safety and assembly programs for our students this Fall.
features include: traffic flow through Sutterville's parking lot. For Our objective is to bring music, art, cultural,
Students are eligible to receive free the students walking to school from the south, a science, math, history, and environmental
incentive prizes based on the number of walkway was added along the south and east programs to the school that will enrich our
items sold. sides of the parking lot, from the sidewalk on students' experiences. Last year, our lineup
A set of playground balls ($50 value) Monterey Way to the fire lane beside 4th R. included Drawing in 3-D with Marc Kistler,
will be awarded to the top selling K-3 Please tell your children to use the walkway Diane Ferlatte, award winning storyteller,
and 4-6 classes (based on a rather than cutting through the parking lot. Mobile Dairy brought a cow to school, Fantasy
combination of participation and sales). Theatre's Fantastic Myths and Legends, Poetry
Friends and family can order online at For drivers, two new lanes were added to the lot. and Song, Boxtales music, drumming and
www.innisbrook.com . Your child will The lane closest to 4th R will be a loading zone folktales, and Astronomy. In the spring, we
still receive credit toward the prize for parents to pull into to deliver or pick up their invited several multi-cultural dance groups to
program. Our school number is 112772. children. These are not parking spots! There is perform on stage.
Sutterville benefits year-round on most additional parking for those who arrive early to
items purchased from the website. pick-up or need to park. The lane next to This year, Phil Tulga will be bringing his Math
The promotion includes wrapping paper the loading zone will be used to exit the lot after and Music program for the students and also
plus magazine gift certificates, gourmet delivering/picking up students. As cars move doing a Family Night in October. Mothers
candies and other items in the catalog. from the loading zone to the exit lane, the cars Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will be doing a
Check the display and samples in the waiting can pull up, keeping the line moving multi-media presentation for Red Ribbon Week.
lobby at Sutterville. smoothly. These parking lot changes ensure that John Allen Cann and Ken Cooper, our resident
All teachers with greater than 70% children entering and exiting the cars will be poet and musician, will be going into the
class participation will receive a $25 much safer--especially if they enter/exit on the classrooms and working with our students on
Innisbrook gift certificate. right side of their vehicles! --And parents who are their annual Poetry and Song program also in
If you have any questions, please contact done with their drop-off/pick-up won't be kept the Fall. Fantasy Theatre will be coming in
Karen Uyeno, 455-6457 or email at waiting in line. December. While some of the programs offer
email@example.com partial grants, PTA fundraisers pay for most of
In addition to these changes, we are the programs.
encouraging drivers to help protect our students
and to speed up the drop-off/pick-up process by: Volunteers are needed for the October 7th Math
Entertainment & Gold C and Music Assembly. Contact Katy Spanos or
Coupon Books Turning right into the parking lot from the Linda Ching, our “Assembly Queens”, for info or
southern approach only (NO left turns). to volunteer. Katy Spanos, 395-8045
We invite you to enjoy another year of
Going straight or right only when exiting the
great values. We are currently taking pre-
parking lot, with NO left turns. Sutterville’s Website
orders for Entertainment Books ($40) and
Gold C coupon books ($12) through Friday, Be sure to check out the updated Sutterville
Eliminating the left-hand turn from these two
September 17th. website at http://schools.scusd.edu/sutterville.
spots will keep vehicles moving along smoothly
and reduce traffic stand-stills, as well as There's lots of information there for you and
As always, both books provide excellent others who care about our school and today's
allowing access for emergency vehicles during
discounts on food, entertainment, and educational and family issues. Thanks to Denise
these busy times of day. Sutterville's Safety
more! An order envelope is attached to the Modar for managing the website.
Committee is pursuing these latter two traffic
back of this Slate newsletter. It is important
controls with the City Traffic Engineers.
to note the books are being sold on a PRE-
Content Developer Needed
ORDER BASIS ONLY, and NOT available for
Drivers, please be patient with one another until
sale in the school office. Speaking of the website, we need more
we are all used to the new traffic flow in the
content. We would like to add the school
parking lot!! Student safety is our most
Please feel free to stop by the front office to history, the student handbook, forms, more
take a peak at the exceptional values both parent resources, class projects, and more
books have to offer - there is a copy of each things we have not thought of. If you are
coupon book at the front counter. Pick-up
Courtyard Beautification interested in one or all of these projects,
is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5, in the contact Denise Modar, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on Saturday, September 11, from 9:00 to
Cafeteria from 3 - 4 p.m. Checks and
1:00 to spruce up the Courtyard. Bring your tools
money orders are payable to the "Sutterville
and sunscreen--we'll provide the weeds!
Southside Gardens School Cents and SCRIP >SCRIP From previous column
Oh, yes, and if you shop at Raley's, we can
Have you noticed the new garden on the The Sutterville PTA has earned $3,200 over the
provide you with a card or key chain tag which
south side of Rooms 19 to 23? When the past two years through the School Cents Program
will donate 1-4% of your purchases to the
Districted widened the fire lane next to 4th at Arden Fair Mall. How did we do this? VERY
Sutterville PTA. If you do not already
R, several trees were removed and this EASILY! If you (or your friends, neighbors, or
participate in this program, please request a
space looked like a hot, sad vacant lot for relatives) shop at Arden Fair Mall, just
card from the office. (We can also help you
months. Fortunately, two parent volunteers take receipts for those purchases to the
with the on-line registration.)
put forth a tremendous effort, and we owe Information/Security Desk on the first floor in
a huge THANKS! to Bendan Blue and Stuart front of JC Penney's and register them for our
If you have questions, please contact
Noda for establishing a "Xeroscape" ( little school in the School Cents program. You will just
Kim Woodruff, 452-8770 (evenings).
water needed) garden in this spot. Bendan need to spend a minute or two writing the receipt
obtained a grant to pay for the plants and totals for each store on a page in the Sutterville
irrigation supplies; she and Stuart installed section of the School Cents binder, and a Mall Got Books?
these and have maintained the area over employee will stamp the receipts. That's it!!
Each spring, Sutterville Elementary sponsors a
the summer. The plants look very happy-- Each dollar spent earns 5 points for our school,
Read-A-Thon, which encourages daily reading
there have been many blooms and much and the school with the most points in June will
by our students and includes a huge book
growth. Eventually, the taller plants next to win $2000! Our Arden Fair Mall shoppers earned
exchange. Students who read daily and those
the buildings will provide shade to our $2,000 for us during our first year of participation
who bring books to exchange will earn points,
classrooms and reduce air conditioning in this program, and $1,000 during the second
which they may "spend" to obtain used books.
needs for these rooms. year; during each summer, we have earned
If you have books to contribute to this
$100. How easy is that?
program, please save them until spring or
Playground Improvements donate them to the Sutterville Elementary
Sutterville's PTA has several other "scrip"
account at J Crawford's Books on Freeport
Thanks to the fund-raising and initiatives of programs--ways to earn funds for Sutterville by
Boulevard. Books for teens or adults can be
the Student Council over the past two spending the money that you normally spend
exchanged for those more appropriate for
years, as well as funding from the PTA, two every month. For example, the PTA takes orders
elementary readers in the spring.
new basketball hoops and half-courts were for mail order scrip (we call it MO scrip because
added to the playground over the summer. you always need mo' of it!). These special green
If you have questions, please contact
Our future basketball stars will be very order forms are delivered via student backpacks
Kim Woodruff, 452-8770 (evenings).
happy! The next goal is the addition of a and include gift certificates and debit cards for
second ball wall. Mrs. Smith's 2003-04 class, many department stores, restaurants, gas
from Room 24, has already contributed $50 stations, entertainment venues, and grocery/drug
toward this future playground stores. The MO scrip you buy is purchased by the Did you know the first fire escape ladder was
enhancement. PTA at a discounted rate (1 - 20%), earning a invented by an African-American man named
profit with each purchase. We are sure that you Joseph Winters in May of 1878 (patent
Also, something huge and old was removed use many of these MO scrip vendors already. #203,517)? How many lives do you suppose
from the playground area this summer-- Another scrip program is offered through he has saved? If your family has not practiced
arborists determined that our mighty oak www.escrip.com; all you need to do is register your home fire escape plan or checked the
tree was not healthy enough to remain for your credit cards/debit cards at this website and a batteries in your smoke detectors, please do so
another year. Since there will be less shade portion of your expenses will be transferred to this month in honor of Mr. Winters.
on the playground, a morning application of Sutterville! The website www.schoolpop.com
sunscreen is especially important this year. has similar results. When is the Slate Published?
Other trees planted on the grounds over the >SCRIP Next Column
past two years are growing well, promising The Slate is published on the second Friday of
future shady areas for Sutterville students. Copying Donation Needed each month. Be sure and check your child’s
It takes a lot of work to produce the Slate each backpack for the latest issue. We also welcome
Wanted month using our antiquated copy machine. Much all article contributions. Please submit by the
manual labor is involved in collating and stapling. fifth of each month.
Yard duty/cafeteria aides. Hours are
approximately 11:30 - 1:15 pm. If you know of a copy/print shop that could help
out, we can offer monthly mentions in the Slate Mike Whisten, Slate Editor
Substitutes and volunteers also welcome.
and many, many thanks! email@example.com
For more information, contact the Sutterville
office at 277-6693.
Contact Mary or Mike Whisten, 443-0284
Imagine Sutterville without… >Imagine From previous column >Imagine From previous column
…a school library, assemblies, field trips, Based on past years, parents who joined the PTA 3. Contact Dinorah Hall, Direct Donations and
beautiful gardens, and yes, even light bulbs. have for the most part been consistent Direct Membership Coordinator, to arrange for your
These are just some of the items that the Donation participants. Membership in the PTA donation.
Sutterville PTA Direct Donation funds have allows our school to affiliate with the California
paid for over the years. PTA, which insures our PTA sponsored events, Note: PTA memberships will be noted on a
provides technical assistance to the Sutterville membership roster; membership cards will be
Private schools, with their hefty tuitions, PTA and offers training to PTA board members. available upon request. All donations,
provide instruction in foreign languages, Therefore, we have merged our PTA membership regardless of amount, are much appreciated.
theater/visual/creative arts, science, and Direct Donation programs. Please note—the
computers and physical education. California PTA recognizes individual memberships Last year, parents, teachers and local
Conversely, public schools, like Sutterville, only; therefore, each parent, guardian or teacher businesses donated more than $6,000 to
rely heavily on fundraising to ensure its interested in participating in PTA is asked to Sutterville through Direct Donation, doubling the
students receive an equally enriched purchase a membership to be recognized as a contributions of the previous year. Please help
education. member. Parents do not have to join PTA to us reach our goal of $8,000 for this school year.
participate in the Direct Donation program. Together we can make great things happen!
Contributing money to public schools is not
a requirement for enrolling a child. But with The Membership and Direct Donation categories Dinorah Hall coordinates the PTA Direct
modest investments from parents, our are as follows: Donation and Membership program. She can
school can offer extras comparable to be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
private schools that enhance the Sutterville Member ($6 per individual) or 492-1607.
educational experience of all our students. (Constitutes membership in the Sutterville PTA
When comparing a tuition-free public school and makes each paid member eligible to vote on
with private schools, it’s easy to see that PTA business and school PTA board elections.)
students are getting a great deal at According to HealthNet, a major California
Sutterville—a solid education, safe Friend of Sutterville (from $25 to $100) health insurer, only about 25% of adults and
environment and curriculum “boosters” that (Includes one individual membership in Sutterville less than 20% of children eat the
make our school a desirable one. PTA—see above.) recommended five to nine servings of fruits and
vegetables each day. These habits are leading
If you’ve been a Sutterville parent in the Sutterville Supporter ($101 to $150) to greater risk of heart disease, high blood
past, you know that the school has a full (Includes two memberships in Sutterville PTA) pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, certain
fundraising calendar and it’s easy to feel cancers, and osteoporosis families.
overwhelmed by the numerous Sutterville Contributor ($151 or more)
opportunities to donate money. A few (Includes two memberships in Sutterville PTA.) Try to add one new fruit or vegetable to your
years ago, the PTA created the Direct diet each week--by the end of December, you
Donation program, an easy way to Business Benefactor (donation of $500 or more can be up to the recommended five-to-nine
contribute funds to Sutterville and forgo— from a small business or corporation) servings per day! What is a serving? Just half
guilt-free—the fundraising events scattered of a banana, a cup of orange juice, or a handful
throughout the school year. The program Direct Donations and Memberships may be made of carrot sticks. Give it a try!!
encourages parents to write one check at in the following ways:
the beginning of the year and only And don't forget to exercise! Only 30 minutes
participate in other fundraising events if 1. Mail your contribution to: of exercise each day can keep you and your
they so desire. Direct Donation & Membership Programs family healthy. Try walking to school, skipping
Sutterville Elementary School or jumping rope, using a hula-hoop, dancing,
Over the years, Direct Donations have been 4967 Monterey Way hiking, playing hopscotch or a ball sport, or
vital to Sutterville’s ability to present all-star Sacramento, CA 95822 taking a walk around the neighborhood. If you
assembly events, host both a poet and (Direct Donation pledge cards will be sent home talk as you walk, you may learn many new
artist-in-residence, resurrect our school the first week of school via backpacks). things about your children because they are
library, provide need-based field trip often more chatty in these casual settings. Let
scholarships, present a kindergarten music 2. Visit the Direct Donation and Membership us know how this works for your family!
program, assist our teachers with classroom booth at Back-to-School Night, September 14 .
supplies, and much, much more. >Imagine Next column
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