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for new student registration, questions, etc.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Red Ribbon Week: October 27-30

Monday – Love Yourself. Be Drug Free. Wear RED. Sign the pledge to remain drug free.

Tuesday – Keep Our Bodies Clean & Stay Drug Free. Wear WHITE. Coloring/Drawing contest.

Wednesday – School Safety Day. Wear Green.

Thursday – Our Future is Bright. We’re Drug Free. Wear YELLOW. Tie ribbons on the fence.

Decorate your front porch, mailbox, fence, or car according to the theme. Then take a picture, and post it on the Saratoga Shores PTA Facebook page by Oct. 31 for the chance to win fun prizes!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dash for Whitnee

October 27
5:30 p.m.
Saratoga Springs development marina & clubhouse 

We will be having a 1- & 3-mile run/walk to raise money for our cute student, Whitnee Stoddard, and her family. Whitnee has a genetic condition called spinal muscular atrophy, which affects the muscles in the neck, arms, spine,and legs. She needs 24-hour care and costly medical care.
The event starts promptly at 5:30 and will end around 7-7:30 with a dinner, face painting and other fun events.  This is not a school-sponsored event. Whitnee's aides, Melissa Brown and Steph Empey, just want to do something for Whitnee.

You can go to to register for the race and dinner. Click "Road races and triathlons," and search for the event "Dash for Whitnee." You then will have the option for what mileage to sign up for. E-mail Melissa Brown if you plan to purchase the pulled pork dinner. Thank you, everyone!

Bright Ideas: Awesome Adventures

Alpine School District 2014-2015  

Bright Ideas is an extra-curricular theme-based program open to all interested elementary students. Come and learn the great adventures of different cultures, regional art, music, history, wildlife, natural sciences, language and more.

WHO Open to all interested, motivated and cooperative K-6th grade students.

WHAT 4-hour Gifted and Talented program based on high level thinking skills and strategies with hands-on learning and creativitiy.

WHEN Each session is held twice, on different Saturdays at either Greenwood and Westmore Elementary. Please only choose one session/school. ** ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY**

October Session: Asia
Saturday, October 11th at Greenwood Elementary
Saturday, October 25th at Westmore Elementary

February Session: Arctic
Saturday, February 21st at Greenwood Elementary
Saturday, February 28th at Westmore Elementary

April Session: Africa
Saturday, April 18th at Greenwood Elementary
Saturday, April 25th at Westmore Elementary

Greenwood Elementary, 50 East 200 South, American Fork
Westmore Elementary, 1150 South Main, Orem

TIME 8:30-12:30 AM

COST $20 per session or pre-register for all three sessions for $50. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the session.

QUESTIONS Contact Holly Stansfield at or Shari Taylor at

Click HERE to go to the Alpine School District's web site for gifted services.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Spooktacular - October 23

Craft: Halloween face masks

Free Booths:
Basketball Toss 
Football Toss 
Rain Gutter Boat Races 
Bean Bag Toss 
Pumpkin Bowling
Nose Picker (reach inside nose - pudding mixture has prizes in goop)
Photo booth pictures (people take their own - provide props)

$ Ticket Booths
Tickets tentatively priced at 25 cents; some activities may require 2 tickets.
Balloon Man
Face Painting
Pop can ring toss
Hay Ride + hot chocolate
Cotton Candy
Bounce House
Inflatable Obstacle Course

Hair Booth (colored hairspray - Great Clips)

Click HERE to sign up to help at a booth or donate prizes or candy.

Westlake Wrestling Club

November 10th – February 7th
Ages Pre-K – 9th Grade

Come be a part of something great learn from some of the best coaches in the state. We will teach your wrestler how to focus, work hard, and have fun! Directed by Coach Jeff Newby, 4X state champion and college wrestler. Wrestlers will be placed in groups based upon age and experience.

Questions? Contact coaches Jeff Newby (801) 358-4933 or Cody Burdett (801) 471-6525.

Go to for more info.

Chess Club

Chess Club will be held every Thursday from 3:30-4:15 in the media center starting today and will run through April 2nd. Return the sign up form and $20 to the office. (Forms can be picked up from the office.)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PTA Budget

Here's the current PTA budget. (You can double-click the graphic to open it larger in its own window.) The PTA submitted a copy of their budget early in the year, as required by the state PTA. The original budget was based on figures from last year's PTA operating budget, with some modifications for programs as envisioned by this year's board; however, it's necessary to modify the budget based on current income and plans for the year.

Because the PTA board would like to get information from parents as they finalize the budget, there's a budget survey to gather feedback HERE. Anyone can provide feedback. After the data has been collected from the survey, the PTA executive committee will revise the budget to accommodate our current funds available and the wishes of parents who completed the survey. At that time, the PTA will give notice of a general membership meeting where the revised budget will be adopted as outlined or revised and adopted by the members of the PTA who vote.

Please complete the survey by October 14 if you would like to provide feedback about PTA programs, especially as they relate to the PTA budget. It's best to collect feedback from interested parents before the general membership meeting where the revised budget will be voted upon. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact the PTA by e-mailing, posting a comment in our PTA Facebook group, or talking with one of the PTA board members directly. Thank you.

Questions about what these budget items mean?
  • Assembly - proposing to eliminate this; teachers asked to have students out of class less
  • Audit expense - pay someone objective to balance the PTA books (audit required)
  • Back to School Night - copies, posters
  • Bank charges/bad debt - Covering people's bad checks, etc.
  • Convention expense - send board members to PTA convention at BYU in May for training
  • Dads & Dogs - Lunch for dads who come to spend lunch recess with their students (2x/year)
  • District Awards - small gift for PTA members whom we acknowledge at the district level
  • Donut Dates - Each grade gets one turn to have an adult come read with the student; both student + adult get a donut
  • Field Day Expense - otter pops, equipment for field day games, ribbons for race winners
  • Fitness Fair (food expense) - healthy snacks, prizes for participants
  • Insurance - liability insurance required for the PTA (bond $100, tort $180)
  • Magazine fund-raiser expense - advertising, prizes for students who gave straight donations
  • (To make the spreadsheet work properly, income is also included with the expenses.)
  • Maturation - refreshments for 5th grade students & parents
  • PTA day at legislature - member of our PTA board go to legislature for one day & meet with legislators
  • PTA meetings/members - copies, supplies
  • Safety week (Red Ribbon Day) - wristbands or other handouts or incentives for students
  • Reflection expense - advertising, prizes for winners (medals, trophies), refreshments for awards banquet
  • Room mom - room mom social for instruction, supplies like folders and copies of teacher questionnaires
  • SEP dinners - paper products, small food items not donated by parents
  • Shark fitness - awards for participants, year-end awards assembly, food for people who run with the kids, running club (PTA planning to reduce this budget to $2000)
  • Spooktacular expense - advertising, materials needed for booths/games, prizes for students, inflatable rentals
  • Supplies & materials - photocopies, binders, folders, etc.
  • Teacher appreciation - small gifts during teacher appreciation week
  • T-shirt examples - sample t-shirts to show during back-to-school night and early in year
  • Utah PTA dues - dues our PTA pays to the state PTA
  • Volunteer appreciation - lunches/treats for volunteers who work all day at events, year-end social for classroom volunteers
  • Westlake council dues - dues our PTA pays to the Westlake council PTA
  • Yearbooks - up front expense for producing yearbooks; most of expense reimbursed through yearbook sales
  • Mr. Goodman's survey - follow-up to a character education survey done in a previous school year (committed to earlier)
2014-2015 PTA Executive Committee
President: Sara Hoen
President-elect: Brittaney Berbert
Legislative VP: Deborah Glissmeyer
Treasurer: Jennifer Ball
Secretary: Deanna Williams

Pony Band for 5th & 6th Grade Students

Thunder Pony Band is just around the corner! The elementary band is an after-school program for 5th and 6th graders. Students can learn to play the trumpet, trombone, flute, or clarinet.

Tuesday, Oct.28, 6pm, Vista Heights Middle School Auditorium

Band starts:
Nov. 4, 2014, at Vista Heights Band room

Questions? E-mail Jamie Kim at

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Westlake Children's Choir

Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m.
Westlake High School chorale room
October 21 – December 9 (no rehearsal Nov 25) 

$25/semester ($15 for additional siblings) 
Ages: K-6th Grade 

Registration form HERE
More information at 

Register Oct 21 and Oct 28 from 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Cash, check, or credit card payment accepted