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Monday, September 30, 2013

Unleash your artistic talents with this year's Reflections contest!

The 2013 theme is “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Students are encouraged to create and submit works of art in eight areas: dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, theater, photography, visual arts, and three dimensional art.

The purpose of the national Reflections program is to encourage children to experience and explore their artistic talents. Start your child’s creative juices flowing by asking them what things they do or see or imagine that relates to the theme. Help them narrow that idea down to a category that highlights their artistic talent, or to attempt a new artistic experience…something they have never tried before.

Pick up an entry form (you can print them off by clicking a link at the side of this page, or pick up a copy of the entry form at the front office), and print off specific rules for your project (click on the link at the side of this page for the category that your student is entering) to help you format or display the final product. Make sure to read and follow the rules carefully and note that the entry form and artwork release form must be signed by student and parent.

Every child who enters will be recognized for his or her attempt, and for the first time, this year we will be having an art show to display each entry for parents and the whole school to enjoy.

Start planning your artistic projects now; our school deadline is October 18th!

Questions? Contact Joy Peterson at or Brittaney Berber at

Sunday, September 22, 2013

2013 School + PTA Fund-Raiser

The annual fund-raiser has begun. On Friday, your student should have brought home a big envelope with all the information, order forms, and coupons. This year the fund-raiser will go toward funding the following:

  • Technology advancements in the classrooms
  • Student recognition (new Shark Tokens program)
  • PTA events and programs (Reflections, Safety Week, Donut Dates, maturation classes, Shark Fitness Challenge, field day, Dads Days, and family events)
There are two ways you can support the fund-raiser:
  • Make a direct donation. 100% of your donation will go to fund equipment, programs, and events at Saratoga Shores. Your donation is fully tax-deductible. If your employment matches donations, that's a quick way to double your donation. Every year we have parents who express their desire to make donations over having their children sell stuff. We chose this fund-raiser because it allows us the direct donation option & still lets students earn rewards.
  • Subscribe to a magazine for your child or anyone in your family. The list of magazines available is super inclusive. You can even renew subscriptions to magazines you already receive as a part of this fund-raiser. Magazines are a great way to get your children excited about reading.

Students will earn a keychain monkey for every $10 donation and every magazine subscription they collect during the fund-raiser, which ends on September 30. Last year's fund-raiser had penguins, and they were very popular with the students! Students collect their monkeys by turning in a monkey coupon completed by a parent for every $10 donation they collect or subscription they sell. Students turn in order forms and money at the end of the fund-raiser (or when they are finished with whatever they plan to do). They can turn them in to their teachers or directly to the front office. If you need to print out more monkey coupons, click HERE.

If you would like to volunteer to help collect monkey vouchers and hand out monkeys, please click HERE to sign up. We need people September 23-30 for morning kindergarten (9:20-9:35) and lunchtime (10:55-12:15). We have afternoon kindergarten covered already. Thanks to everyone who already signed up to help!

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Subscribing to the School Calendar

This is a post for techy people who would like to subscribe to the school calendar, which is maintained by both the front office staff (mostly Krista Robinson) and the PTA personnel (mostly Jennifer Taylor). 

If you subscribe to the calendar, you can get feeds, sync it with your mobile device, or view it directly on any web browser. This is a handy way to stay in touch with what's happening at Saratoga Shores. If you subscribe to the calendar, you can also get automatic reminders if they are entered into calendar events.

To subscribe to the calendar using Apple's iCal or any calendar that uses the iCal format, use this URL:

To subscribe to the calendar feed using Google Calendar or a feed reader like Google Reader, use this URL:

You can use the following URL to view the calendar in any web browser. However, if you're going to bookmark something in a web browser, may I humbly suggest that you bookmark this blog and get the calendar AND everything else we post here. 

I'd post exact steps for how to subscribe to the calendar, but they are different for each device. I'm hoping that you can figure it out from your device. If you really, really want the calendar and you can't figure it out, e-mail with something like Calendar in the subject line. Explain what you are trying to do (which device you have and whether you have a Google account) and I (Jennifer) will try to help you.