Gates PTA - Happy New Year to All, November/December Recap and January 2017 Events
Happy New Year Gates Families!
Time is flying by so fast. As I reflect on the first half of this school year, I am proud to say that the Gates PTA has provided many Programs and Activities that Gates families have had an opportunity to enjoy. Here is the list:
August 2016: Family Event Back to School Picnic; Teacher Back to School Luncheon
September 2016: Membership Drive, Reflections Workshops; Art Masters; Room Parent Training; Family Movie Night
October 2016: Art Masters; Teacher Appreciation Snacks
November 2016: Art Masters; Teacher Appreciation Snacks
December 2016: Scholastic Book Fair
Gates PTA has also given the school $8,000 towards Kinder though 5th grade field trips and $1,500 towards 6th grade field trips.
These Programs, Activities and School Support happened in large thanks to YOU the volunteers (Board Members, Chair Members, Committee Members, Teachers and Staff ) and to YOU the families who supported the Fundraisers: Takata Air Bag Recall; Back to School Parent Social; Catalog Fundraiser; Pumpkin Patch; Ruby's Dine Out; CPK Dine Out; Big Air and Fresca's Dine Out.
As I look forward to the rest of the school year, we have many more Programs that are coming up:
January 2017: Kids Run the OC Registrations; Art Masters; Astronomy Night
February 2017: Jog a thon T-Shirt sales; Kids Run the OC Training
March 2017: Kids Run the OC Training; Variety Show Registrations; Family Event
April 2017: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Book fair; Kids Run the OC Training; Art Masters; Variety Show Auditions
May 2017: Variety Show Rehearsals; Kids Run the OC Training; Teacher Appreciation Week; Morning with Mom; Variety Show; Daybreak with Dad;
June 2017: Family Event
Upcoming Fundraisers to fund these events:
Box Top Collections (January and June); Jog a thon (March); Dine Outs (monthly)
November/December Recap and Upcoming January Events
Art Masters - November 14, 15, 17, 18
Art lesson #3 focused on the art of Joseph Raffael. Art in Education has been proven to develop socio-emotional, cognitive and motor skills in children's early years. See more information at: http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_view.aspx?ArticleID=113
This is a valuable program that we are proud to offer to our children. Thank you to all of the parents who came out to volunteer in the classrooms during the 1 hour lessons and huge thanks to our chairs, Katie Ryan and Bobbie Cunningham for preparing the art supplies and coordinating the classroom schedules.
Art Masters - January 17, 19, 20 and 23
Featured artist is Roy Lichenstein's POP Art. Volunteer Sign Ups sent out on Konstella.
PTA General Meeting #2
Thank you to all of the families who attended the 2nd PTA General Meeting held on November 15. The purpose for these meetings are to keep the association informed of upcoming PTA events that our volunteers plan for our families and most importantly so we could share the income and expenses of the PTA. If you want to stay informed, come join us. At this meeting, representatives from the Orange County Authority taught us how to prepared in an emergency. The children had a separate emergency preparedness meeting customized for them.
PTA General Meeting #3 - January 24, 2017 @ 7pm in the MPR
This is the Nominating Committee Election Meeting. This committee's objective is to fill the PTA Board positions for the 2017-2018 school year. If you want to be part of this very important committee or want to sign up to be a Board or Chair Member, please contact the PTA Parliamentarian, Francia Docheff @ firstname.lastname@example.org. My son and I will be graduating out of Gates Elementary at the end of the school year and moving on to Los Aliso's Intermediate but I will help train the incoming Board so that all of the awesome PTA Programs will continue for future generations.
Scholastic Book Fair - December 5 to December 8
Brenda Thompson and Nancy Norris, Book Fair Chairs, introduced a Book Fest on the first night of the book fair and it was a huge success. Families received raffle tickets for a chance at 4 drawings held every half hour starting at 6pm. Our 4th graders sold hot cocoa and cookies to raise funds for their Gold Rush Event. We also had scheduled story times. Sincere thanks to our teachers who volunteered: Ms. Jaeger, Ms. Silva, Ms. Docheff and Ms. Tosches who volunteered to read for the story times. Thanks so much to Brenda and Nancy for doing such a fantastic job and thanks to all of our volunteers (committee members): Julissa Salamanca, Bridget DiRico, Eric Kaneshiro, Claudia R. Zinn, Julie Merker, Bobby Cunningham, Cindy Allen, Shea Pitlick, Lori Hall, Ambee Johnson, Jezette Luster, Yadira Velasco, Bernice Chen, Keira Merkovsky, Maria Herrera, Leslee Andre, Rochelle Ferranto, Steph Harmon, Stephanie Nix, Araba Mensah, Sonia Maceranka, Elizabeth Rose and Rebecca Lindelof. Our student volunteers were: Chris O., Vinny G., Peyton M., Cameron S., Gabrelle S., Kristen N., Sam L., Brady C., Alina S., Max F., Jesus G., Logan M., Ben J., Annet M., Viri F., Kajsa B., Eva T., Eliza T., Hazel J., Tristan F., Jorge G., Bailey H., Jennifer V. and Jorge S.. Our volunteers helped with set up, being cashiers, fulfilling orders at the trinket table, restocking books, checking receipts at the doors and helping with clean up. A lot of hours are put into book fairs which our children enjoy so much so thank you a whole bunch for dedicating time to help with this program.
Next Scholastic Book Fair is Buy One Get One Free - April 3 to 6
Big Air Fundraiser - December 1 Recap
Our Family Event Chairs, Mark & Stefanie Nix booked a fundraiser at Big Air Trampoline Park. It was a great way for the kids and adults alike to exercise while raising funds for PTA Programs. Each $15 ticket gave back $7.50 to Gates PTA.
Parent/Teacher Conference Week - November 28 to December 5
Dolores Wirth and Rochelle Ferranto, Teacher/Staff Appreciation Chairs, coordinated a snack donation for our teachers and staff during conference week. Thank you to all of the families that "Helped Bring Joy to our Teachers and Staff" that week. We hope to do this monthly so stay tuned. Also, if you happen to come by the Teacher Work Room with all the copiers, you'll notice a festively decorated bulletin board behind the paper cutters. Thank you to Dolores and her helpers who help brighten the work room with their creativity. This bulletin board will also have flyers of current and future activities posted for PTA and A.L.L.
California Pizza Kitchen Dine Out - November 3 - 20% to Gates
Fresca's Family Dine Out - December 15 - 25% to Gates
Thank you Sonia Maceranka, Family Dine Out Chair, for planning these dine outs for us and thank you to everyone who supported them. These dine outs are nice opportunities to plan an outing with other Gates families. To give us your feedback on these dine outs send a message to email@example.com.
Next Dine Out: Raising Cane's, February 28, Tuesday, 5 pm to 10 pm, 23971 El Toro Road, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.
Just mention the fundraiser at the register and Cane's will donate 15% to Gates. Flyer to be sent out the 4th week of February.
Box Top Collection Period - January 9 to 13
Hope you have all been collecting Box Tops especially during the break. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and we have received a $1000 per collection period in the past. It's a super easy way to help raise funds for the school.Before you turn them in, it would be very helpful if you count your Box Tops and write your child's teacher's name plus the total number on the baggie in groups of 50 or 100 .
Kids Run the OC In-Person Registrations
#1 - January 10, Tuesday, 8:00-9:00 am, Quad
#2 - January 10, Tuesday, 2:30-3:30 pm, Quad
#3 - January 12, Thursday, 6:00-7:00 pm, MPR
We ask that parents who have helped run the registrations in the past please volunteer by contacting our KROC Chair, Heath McMasters @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Run the OC Final Mile Event is Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Registration fee is $29 per child plus optional $5 donation for snacks. Scholarships may be available. Please ask at time of registration.
Flyer with more details to be sent out the week of January 2.
Registrations in-person Only.
Astronomy Night - NEW DATE Friday, MARCH 31, 2017
This will be Gate's 13th Annual Astronomy Night. It is a well attended event where everyone can learn a lot about the night sky.
- Guided Tours of our night sky by: OC Astronomers, Richard Stember, Rebecca & James Hammond
- Planetarium coming all the way from California Science Center in Los Angeles
- Rocket Launches headed by Fernando Martinez and crew
- Variety of Activity Rooms
Stay tuned for more information. Alumni students encouraged to volunteer at this event to receive Community Service Hours. Contact Mark and Stefanie, Family Event Chairs at email@example.com for volunteer opportunities. Thank you to our chairs and committee members: Mr. Hickson, Acecy Buensuceco and Jennifer Hurtado
Needed: 2.0 Liter empty soda bottles for air rocket and black hole crafts. Bring to front office for PTA.
Special Shout Out to Bernice Chen and her daughter Isabella for making the beautiful posters around campus that publicize upcoming PTA events. They make an awesome team.
Takata Air Bag Recall with Honda/Acura
The deadline is extended to January 31, 2017. For every Honda or Acura vehicle that completes a Takata Airbag Inflator Recall replacement through this program, Gates PTA will receive $25. This is a serious safety issue. Please help spread the word. Click on the image on this website to see if a vehicle is on the recall list: www.hondaoutreach.com. Make sure that you select "Ralph A. Gates" as the organization. Call Honda at 888-234-2138 for any questions.
Open PTA Positions:
Spirit Wear Chair: Coordinates with the T-shirt printing company to get the school t-shirts ordered and distributed before Jog-a-thon
Poster Making Committee: Assembles to create and hang posters for upcoming PTA events
Photocopy Making Committee: Checks print order box for PTA flyers that have to be mass produced and distributed via the teacher mail cubbies
Astronomy Night Committee: Help Family Event Chairs, Mark and Stefanie Nix and Mr. Hickson, Gates 6th grade teacher plan the 13th Annual Gates Astronomy Night. To participate, contact Mark or Stefanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA Communication Tools
Gates PTA is using a text messaging system called REMIND. This tool will not record phone numbers and short text reminders of PTA events in English and Spanish will only be sent out the day before an event. See flyer in Forms section of Gates PTA website for more details.
Gates PTA began using this communication tool for the 2015-2016 school year. It is intended to keep Gator families and staff up to date on PTA events. Paper flyers will continue to be sent home but many times they stay buried in our children’s backpacks. Please help spread the word to other parents. Interested parents should send an email to email@example.com to stay connected. I will monitor these requests until we can recruit someone to take on this position.
2016-2017 President, Ralph A. Gates Elementary PTA
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