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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Congrats! ...and Help Needed for Ice Cream Parties

We have our classroom winners for the PTA membership drive contest. The winners are Mrs. Lindeman's 4th grade class, Mr. Dias' 5th grade class, and Mrs. Ashworth's and Mrs. Peterson's a.m. kindergarten classes. Thanks, parents for joining the PTA this year!

The winning classes get to have an ice cream party. Jessica, our membership chair, is looking for help to dish ice cream for the students. You do not need to buy or bring anything. She needs 3-4 people. The first party is in Mrs. Lindeman's classroom this Thursday, September 30, at 1:30 p.m. The second party is in the kiva by the kindergarten classes on Friday, October 1, at 11:20 a.m.

If you can help, please e-mail with Ice Cream Party in the subject line and tell which day you can help. Thanks!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Free Hot Dog Dinner Tonight @ Saratoga Shores

Tonight at Saratoga Shores Elementary School we're having a STAR Literacy Party from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. There will be a free dinner of a hotdog, chips, a drink & a treat for all those who attend.

Everyone is invited!  Bring your family and friends! Learn about the STAR literacy program that can help children become better readers. STAR activities for the kids.

After dark, we'll have telescopes set up in front of the school for star-gazing activities. Adam Bennion, an astronomy expert from Westlake High School, will be available to share insights into the night sky.

Book Fair October 5-8

Saratoga Shores will have a book fair October 5-8. Students will visit the book fair during their weekly library time, and they can also visit during SEP conference time. Parents can visit any time the book fair is open.

Tuesday, October 5  9:30 - 6:30*
Wednesday, October 6  9:30 - 6:30*
Thursday, October 7  9:30 - 2:00*
Friday, October 8  9:30 - 2:00*

* The book fair will be closed during lunch, 11:15 - 12:30.

We need two volunteers per shift to help the book fair run smoothly. It is best if volunteers do not bring younger children along. The evening shifts are the hardest to fill. If you can work even 1 hour during an evening shift, please indicate that on the form.
Please click here to see the list of shifts AND add your name if you can help.

After you type your name into the form, please click Save Now up near the top right of the page, so it will be saved in the document. If you are unable to add your name directly to the document for some reason, e-mail with Book Fair in the subject line. Thanks!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Help Needed with Red Ribbon Week

The PTA is looking for help with Red Ribbon Week, October 18-22. We have a committee chairman. We are looking for parents who will help with posters/banners, balloons, hand out bracelets, copy handouts and put them in teachers' boxes. If you can help, please e-mail Thank you!

[September 28 update: We have our assembly planned for October 18. We don't need any more help with that.]

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Online Scheduler is Open

SEP's will be held on October 5 and 6. Beginning today, you can schedule your SEP (parent-teacher conference) with your student's teacher using the online scheduler. You can access the Online Scheduler from the Alpine School District web site, or you can click here.

You will be able to figure out how it works. The password for Saratoga Shores is sharks.

If your student's teacher is using another method for parent-teacher conferences, he or she will have already sent a note home to tell you so.

Friday, September 17, 2010

What is Reflections?

Designed to enhance a quality arts education, the Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves and to receive positive recognition for their artistic efforts.

2010-11 Reflections Program Theme:  "Together we can."

PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students are encouraged to create and submit works of art in six areas:  dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage). For nearly 40 years, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. Students participate in the Reflections Program by submitting entries to our school PTA.

Saratoga Shores PTA is looking for parents to help implement this program at our school this year. If you’d like to help, please e-mail

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happenings Book Fund-Raiser

The PTA thanks everyone who participated in this year's Entertainment Book fund-raiser. It was a fantastic success. Because of your generosity, our PTA has met the fund-raising goals for the entire year!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Utah Valley Women's Expo

Here's a free ticket to the Utah Valley Women's Expo. You can print and share as many as you like. The Expo is this week: September 10 and 11, at Utah Valley University events center.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Background Checks

The Alpine School District requires background checks for any parent volunteer who will have unrestricted access to students. Room moms and field trip chaperones are required to have the background check. Call the Alpine School District at 756-8400, or go to the Saratoga Shores front office for details. Background checks cost $15.


As we continue to welcome students back to school, we would like to send a friendly reminder to let you know that MealpayPlus is your avenue for managing your student’s cafeteria account. Prepayments speed up serving lines in the cafeteria, provide more time for students to eat their meals, and eliminate the worry of lost or forgotten lunch money. There is a small fee charged for payments made through MealpayPlus, and payments take about a day to be available for use. (Fee is about 4.75% - or $1.90 for a $40 payment.)
You may log onto MealpayPlus to view account balances, monitor purchase history, set up e-mail reminders, make payments and more by visiting

To add a new student to the MealpayPlus system, you will need the student's Alpine School District student number, which is available from the front office.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

PTA Bylaws

The PTA bylaws must be renewed every three years, and this is the year. The only thing we are planning to change is that a quorum (needed for votes) will change from 12 to 10 members. The PTA membership will have an opportunity to vote on the updated bylaws in October.

Click here to read bylaws. A copy of the bylaws is also posted in the entry hallway at the school.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Positions Available on the PTA Board

The PTA is looking for people who are interested in helping in the following positions:
  • Reflections chair - Organize fine arts contest. Lots of information available from state and national PTA. Starts with school level. Winners go on to district/state/national competitions.
  • Health commissioner - Get volunteers for vision and hearing screening and do activities for Green Ribbon Week.
  • Awards chair - Organize a Student of the Week program.
  • Volunteer coordinator - Help get volunteers for things that are happening at the school (fall festival, hearing and vision screening, book fairs, SEP dinners for teachers, take-home reading library, field day). You wouldn't be on your own; the commissioners over these areas help out a lot.
  • Help with Donut Dates - We have someone in charge, but she needs a helper; it's a once a month thing, September - April (skipping October).
  • Fund-raising chair - Help set our financial goals for the PTA and organize our fund-raising to meet those goals.
If you'd like more information or if any of these positions look interesting to you, please contact the PTA at, or come to our PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 7, at 10:00 a.m. at the school.