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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Smith's Earn & Learn

Did you know Smith's will give money to the school for your purchases if you enroll in the Earn & Learn program and tie your Fresh Values card to Saratoga Shores? Our school has earned several thousand dollars from this program in past years. We'll earn even more if we have more participation (and less if people don't renew their memberships, which expire every September and must be renewed).

If you're already enrolled in the program, it only takes 30 seconds at the register for you to renew your membership. A bar code will print on the bottom of your receipt when you buy groceries. Ask the cashier to re-enroll you with the same school. Any cashier can do it, and it's seriously speedy. Carolyn did mine, and it took about 10 seconds, no lie.

If you aren't enrolled in the program, just take your Fresh Values card to the customer service area and tell them you'd like to enroll in the Earn & Learn program. They'll take your card, scan it, find Saratoga Shores' bar code in their binder and scan it--and that's it. It's also easy to enroll online by clicking HERE.

You can also ask your parents and neighbors to enroll in the program, even if they don't have children at the school. It all adds up to easy money for our school.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Message from our 2013-2014 PTA President

Hi All--

So it's the Day Back to School Eve for some of the kids and the Eve of the Day Back to School Eve for the rest of you (well, except kindergarteners).  Suffice it to say, it is an exciting time of year!

The Saratoga Shores open house is tomorrow, Monday, August 19, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The PTA is forgoing the hotdog dinner this year, so we can focus on getting info out about PTA and wheedle people like you to sign up for volunteer positions. Please look for us (hope to be hard to miss) by the main entrance between 5:00 - 6:30. 

This year, we're letting the PTA parent "back to school" volunteers have 4:00-5:00 free, so we can take our own children to meet their teachers, etc. during that first hour of the open house. In the past, many of the PTA moms have missed out on that because we've been too busy volunteering at the front of the school the whole time, and that just seems wrong. We hope you'll come see us after 5:00 and join the PTA. I hope every one of you will stop by to see how you can help our school in big or small ways this year, as well as join the PTA for only $6. We will also have a volunteer sign-up on the wall near the office; please go there if you'd like to help this year. Although, if you'd like to come talk to me or ask questions, my goal is to brush my teeth extra well that day so as not to make anything about our conversation unpleasant (I'd like to put a sarcastic emoticon here but now that I've stated that, I'm feeling a strong need to follow through on that promise). As per a few suggestions we've received, we have some new and exciting things happening this year; the more help we have the better they can be! Many hands make light but RAD work (I like the word "rad," so that's my variation on the quote). 

We will be having PTA meetings the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. You're welcome at PTA meetings; just check in at the front office, and the secretary will tell you where we are meeting. We will also be holding a feedback session on that same day at 4 p.m. (if attendance warrants this second meeting). I'm excited about the opportunity to include more people in our meetings and hope this will help.

PTA is meant to help facilitate programs at our school and improve the relationship between the parents, teachers and students. That is our only agenda. Well, that, and to make Saratoga Shores the best elementary school in the history of the universe. Lofty goal? Maybe. Still, come help us be the most RAD we can be in 2013-2014!

You're welcome for the bits of nostalgia in my post. That does deserve an emoticon so .

Hope to see you there,

Kelcy Furey, President
Saratoga Shores PTA

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