Monday, December 14, 2009
We want to remind folks about our ongoing Clynk fund raising. We have prepaid green Clynk bags located in the front lobby. It is an easy way to give to the PTA....just pick up a bag, fill it with returnables, and drop it off at Clynk. The stickers on the bag direct the returnable money right into the PTA account! All those nickles add up!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Budget cuts did not allow the purchase of a new scanner for teachers to use to scan documents for use with their SmartBoards. If you can help with this, please contact John Thurlow directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 885-5000.
Magna Doodles (set of 5 is ideal)
Small Legos (not the "Duplo" size)
Dress-up clothes (scarves and capes, etc. spark the kids' imaginations!)
A child sized coat rack (for dress-up clothes)
Alphabet stamps with ink pads
Dr. Seuss books (gently used books are welcome! The classroom already has the following books: Fox in Socks, There's No Place Like Space, Green Eggs and Ham, the Cat in the Hat, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish)
Plastic baskets to hold books in the class library, ~7" x 10"
pump hand soap (can be a large refill size)
Snacks for children without (i.e. pretzels, goldfish, fruit snacks)
Games for the class to play during indoor recess: Trouble, Connect Four, Yahtzee, Perfection, Monopoly
Jr., or Operation. Used games in good condition are welcome as long as all pieces are intact!
Very soft tissues for cold/allergy season!
Small pretzels, Cheerios, and animal crackers for snacks
Clear packaging tape
Regular straight straws for a science kit
Plastic spoons for snack time
Antibacterial hand sanitizer
Small pencil sharpeners with receptacles for the shavings (size to fit into pencil boxes)
5 student calculators
24 long handle paintbrushes, large bottles of paint
A variety of colors of tissue paper
25 sheets of fine grade sand paper
Ziploc bags of all sizes
The following Beanie Babies (used for comprehension strategies): spider, owl, iguana, dog, and parrot
Items for snack time
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The South Portland City Council and School Board will hold a workshop on Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the Community Center, to discuss the $40 million proposal to renovate the high school, to be voted on in June 2010.
See the SouthPortlander.com for the full article.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here's how you can help:
Bake a Cake!
The Cake Walk is sort of like a game of musical chairs, but with cakes as prizes. The kids go crazy for it. We need a ton of cakes! Bring a cake, take a cake. Any kind of cake - big, small, sugary, carrot, from scratch, store bought, wedding, birthday, gluten-free, plain frosted, decorated, whatever - any and all kinds are needed. The variety has always been amazing. (No cakes with nuts or peanut butter, please.)
Wear a Costume for the Costume Parade!
It's the night before Halloween, so please come show off your costumes! At the end of the night we'll have a short parade down the hall and around the gym so everyone can check them out. (Keep in mind there will be very young kids around, so nothing too gruesome please. One year Death came in a bleeding skull mask that was a little too much, even for the adults.)
Make the kids' night by decorating their cheeks. They're not too picky about the quality, so no big deal if you've never done it. (Although if I have to do it, it's just going to be a smiley face every time.)
Be a Fortune Teller!
The past few years we had a mom who pretended to be a fortune teller (at least I think she was pretending) and the kids really loved it. Unfortunately the mom who did it last year is unavailable and we'd loved to have a replacement. Wear a few scraves, read some palms, be a hero!
Bring Snacks and Drinks!
Maybe stuff that's not too sugary, since they'll be gorging the next night.
Sidewalk construction starting
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thanks to all the families who came to enjoy our ice cream social, the first PTA social event of the year. We served ~400 people, and a great time was had by all. Let the PTA exec committee members know if you have any feedback or suggestions for next time. A big thank you to Friendly’s for donating the delicious ice cream for our event!
The PTA helps to funds school field trips throughout the year, and your support is so important! Here are some special events that have recently taken place with the students:
Grade K: Went to Snell’s Apple Orchard on September 25th. The Snell Family Farm in Buxton does Pick Your Own Apples in September and October, and grows a variety of other fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. This was a great trip!
Grade 3: Visited the Cumberland County Fair on September 29th. They saw draft horses, cattle, sheep and goats, bunnies, chickens, geese, and much more. The kids visited the farm museum, blacksmith, maple syrup house, and saw farm machines.
Grade 5: The fifth graders took a walking field trip to SMCC on September 30th to be inspired by the scenery as word artists. The students used the sights, sounds, and smells of the setting to develop descriptive and creative language for their fictional stories set in Casco Bay.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The goal of the group is to be a both a sounding board and an independent source of advice for South Portland School Department, as well as a conduit of information about South Portland schools to our community at large.
We want to be able to work on political issues facing all levels of South Portland schools, work toward the betterment of our schools, and, eventually, establish a foundation that would seek to make the educational standards in our schools some of the best in the state.
This is a critical moment in South Portland School history; enrollment is up at the elementary level, the middle schools are in the midst of several educational, technological, and safety upgrades, and, last year, our High School was placed on a warning status for national accreditation because of physical plant structural concerns. It’s time for South Portland parents to take ownership of their child’s educational experience and the Partnership for South Portland Schools will seek to do that.
The initial organizational meeting for this school year will take place on Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 PM, at the Rec Center. Please attend if you can. Ask your PTA for updates on SPPS progress if you can’t. Good schools build good communities!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Co-Vice President, Pam Remy (email@example.com)
Secretary, Sue Peterson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Small School PTA welcomes all new and returning families! The goal of our PTA is to enhance our children's education by promoting a strong community and supporting school education. We fundraise to support field trips, school projects, classroom supplies, and grounds improvements, and provide a communication forum for our school community.
All parents are welcome to join the PTA. There is a yearly $5.00 fee to join, but you can donate more; $1.75 goes to the National PTA, $2.50 goes to Maine PTA and any additional funds are used by the Small School PTA to support Small School. The money you spend is tax deductible.
If you have any questions or would like more information about your Small School PTA, please contact a PTA executive member: