EES PTO NEWS 9/13/16

September 14, 2016

Volunteers needed for the upcoming BBQ!

Your help is needed for the Back to School BBQ. We are still looking for volunteers for this Friday’s BBQ – especially for the grill and clean up crew – for all volunteers needs Please see link to the sign up genius below:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4caaaf28a57-your/
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Westbrook at nswestbrook.

WELCOME BBQ SEPTEMBER 16TH: 5:30-7PM.

Join us for a BBQ on the field at Edmunds. The event is free and open to all Edmunds families. If you can, please bring a side dish to share (K-2 families bring a side dish, 3-5 bring a dessert). If you have multiple kids at school, you can pick one! If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Westbrook at nswestbrook. See you there!

SEEKING ROOM PARENTS: NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

We still need one room parent the following classrooms Kilburn,Weidman,Quinn,McMorris,Flaherty/Goldsmith, Houchens

Being a room parent is a great way to get more connected to your child’s classroom community and support his/her education! A room parent’s basic responsibility is to assist her/his classroom teacher in promoting family involvement in the classroom and school wide activities, such as teacher appreciation and classroom party planning. Being available during school hours is helpful, but not necessary.

If you are interested in being a room parent or have questions about what a room parent does, contact Hollie Foley (holliesfoley or 802-318-2596). Please include your name, classroom teacher, and the best way to contact you.


EES PTO NEWS 9/6/16

September 14, 2016

WELCOME BBQ SEPTEMBER 16TH: 5:30-7PM.

Join us for a BBQ on the field at Edmunds. The event is free and open to all Edmunds families. If you can, please bring a side dish to share (K-2 families bring a side dish, 3-5 bring a dessert). If you have multiple kids at school, you can pick one! If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Westbrook at nswestbrook. See you there!

Volunteers needed for the upcoming BBQ!
Your help is needed for the Back to School BBQ. Please see link to the sign up genius below:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4caaaf28a57-your/
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Westbrook at nswestbrook.

Lost & FoundItems found in the building over the summer will be on display this week – look for items you may have lost last year! Lost & Found items will be along the fence this week or if it rains, they will be in bins in the front hallway. Items left on Friday will be donated

MORNING DROP OFF HORSESHOE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Become a volunteer for the drop off horseshoe to help other families with morning drop off. Choose one day a week that works for you. Email traffic circle coordinator Dave Jenemann (david.jenemann) if you can help.

SEEKING ROOM PARENTS: NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Being a room parent is a great way to get more connected to your child’s classroom community and support his/her education! A room parent’s basic responsibility is to assist her/his classroom teacher in promoting family involvement in the classroom and school wide activities, such as teacher appreciation and classroom party planning. Being available during school hours is helpful, but not necessary. If you are interested in being a room parent or have questions about what a room parent does, contact Hollie Foley (holliesfoley or 802-318-2596). Please include your name, classroom teacher, and the best way to contact you.

Thank you to our Welcome Week Volunteers!

Thank you to all of the wonderful Edmunds Parents who helped make the first week extra welcoming! Thank you for Greening Up, Scooping Ice Cream, hosting Kindergarten Lunches, and organizing our Welcome Coffee!

An Important Message from Your Morning Drop-off Volunteers

Dear Edmunds Friends,

We are lucky to have a lot of amazing resources at Edmunds, but one thing we’re not blessed with is an abundance of parking for visitors and for drop-off and pick-up time. We’re the group of parent volunteers you see wearing brightly colored vests in the morning if you drop your child off on the horseshoe in front of the school. We’re out every morning from now through the winter and into the warming days of spring to help make the morning drop-off go smoothly. We love being out there, seeing your kids, and saying hello to you, and we see ourselves as trying to achieve two primary goals:

1) To keep your child–and all Edmunds children–safe.

2) To keep traffic flowing in an orderly fashion.

You can do a lot help us reach these aims by observing the following guidelines for morning drop-off:

When you pull into the horseshoe:

–Please pull up to the parent volunteer (in the brightly colored vest), watching for children in the crosswalk and surrounding area.

–Let the volunteer open your doors to let your child out. Please stay in your vehicle.

–Once your child is safely out of your vehicle, please exit the horseshoe by taking a right turn onto Main Street.

–Do not pass vehicles (including buses) waiting to discharge children.

–To help the parent volunteer, consider moving the infant and toddler seats of younger siblings to the driver side of the vehicle to facilitate easier drop-off.

If you need to park:

–There are two visitor’s parking spot and one handicapped spot on the inside of the horseshoe. DO NOT park in the handicapped spot unless you have an approved license plate or tag.

–If the visitor spots are full, you may park for free for 15 minutes on the south side of Main St. There are long-term meters on the north side of Main St.

If your child is meeting an Education Specialist:

–Please pull all the way over in the fire lane toward the fence out of the flow of traffic.

–Wait with your vehicle. Do not enter the school.

–Once the Education Specialist has greeted your child, carefully merge into the flow of traffic and exit the horseshoe by turning right onto Main Street.

If we all follow these simple rules, drop-off should be a smooth and pleasant transition for your child. Thank you for helping us keep your kids safe and sending them off on a positive note.

Many Thanks!

The Horseshoe Team

Four Winds Volunteers Needed

Consider volunteering for the Four Winds program! Parents/Guardians/Grandparents are needed to help lead fun, interactive workshops for all interested EES classrooms K-5th grade. Four Winds is a hands-on natural science program that promotes children’s curiosity about the world just outside their door. It is an extra program funded by our PTO to enhance learning and get parents involved in the process of learning with their children. Every classroom needs at least two parent volunteers in order to participate in the program.

NO science background is needed to volunteer, just your own willingness to learn and to help kids explore and interact with the natural world. Volunteers attend instructional (and fun!) workshops led by a trained naturalist on seven Friday mornings throughout the year from 8:30-10am. The first training will be held on September 16 at Mater Christi school (50 Mansfield Ave). Curious to learn more? Check out the Four Winds website, carolynhanson21.

From The Community :

CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE Invites You To A Back-To-School Neighbor Gathering
An event to thank and celebrate our neighbors. Join us to hear about what’s new at Champlain as we head back to school, including new team members, new programs, and project updates. A delicious array of food and beverages will be served.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Champlain Room Terrace off of the Center for Communications & Creative Media (3rd Floor)
375 Maple Street at South Willard

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 8
community
T: 802-865-5727


EES PTO News 8/25/16

August 25, 2016

Green-up our outdoor Campus August 30th 2-3pm

Bring your work gloves and garden clippers then join us as we spruce up our gardens and playground. Located near the playground. Look for people with leaf bags! Children are welcome to help. Then stay for our Ice Cream Social. RSVP to Rachel at rachskye

 

Ice Cream Social August 30th 3-4pm

For all students and families, located at Edmunds on pavement next to the door on the east side of the building Rain site: EES cafeteria.

 

Back to School Welcome Coffee August 31st 8:15-9am

Join us for a social gathering after bringing your child to school on the first day. We will set up out front (weather permitting) to meet and greet old and new families. Rain site: EES cafeteria.

 

Kindergarten Lunches August 31st, September 1st, September 2nd @ 11:30am

­ For all parents/guardians of Kindergartners: Bring your own picnic lunch and have lunch with your Kindergartner to meet new students and their parents.

 

Welcome BBQ September 16th 5:30-7pm

Join us for a BBQ on the field at Edmunds. The event is free and open to all Edmunds families. Look for more information soon!


EES PTO News 8/15/16

August 20, 2016

PTO Leaders: Leigh Fisher, Hollie Foley, and Rachel Shelley

PTO Contact: pto

Ice Cream Social August 30th 3-4pm

Join students and families as we celebrate the new school year!

Employment Opportunities within BSD

Do you know of an individual who is interested in working with children? Perhaps you know a recent graduate who is looking for a job, someone whose children are all in school and wants to go back to work, or a retired person looking to make a difference while supplementing their income? We are looking for individuals who enjoy working with children, and are interested in learning how to support students from inspiring professionals.

For more information, go to https://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=2694037&

or Email Dr. Mathias at: smathias

Ice Cream Scooping Help Needed

If you are willing to scoop some Ice Cream during our Ice Cream Social. Please email Nancy Westbrook at: nswestbrook


EES PTO News 5/24/16

May 26, 2016

MAYFAIR SUCCESS!

Thank you to all who gave so generously with their time, set up, baking, cooking, grilling, running games, clean up and more! Mayfair was a huge success and could not have happened without all of your help! Special thanks to Stephanie Mueller, Stacey Kelleher and Brandi Littlefield for running the very successful Mayfair auction, and Leigh Fisher, the Mayfair coordinator.

RSVP FOR EES COMMUNITY SOCIAL SATURDAY JUNE 4 FROM 6-9 PM

Come celebrate the end of the year together! All EES parents, guardians, and staff are invited to join in a fun evening with dinner, cash bar, and live music by Ann “Antara” Gatch. Event will take place at the outdoor terrace of the Champlain Room, Communications and Creative Media Building, Champlain College, 375 Maple Street, which is a beautiful space overlooking the lake. Suggested donation is $25/person. Please RSVP to pto by Wednesday May 25th. Checks payable to EES PTO or can be donated online via PayPal at pto with any questions. We hope to see you there!

TUESDAY MAY 31st: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VSO MUSICAL PETTING ZOO

Attention music lovers- we need your help! The musical petting zoo is a hands-on experience for kids in kindergarten and first grade to learn about the instruments that are part of an orchestra and get a chance to try to play them. We need parent volunteers to help hold the instruments and sanitize them between students. No musical experience needed. The schedule for the classes is as follows:

8:30-9:20 Weidman/Zeigfinger

9:25-10:15 Nutting/Goldsmith/Kilburn

10:20-11:10 O’Brien/Quinn

We need 8 volunteers present for each workshop. It is really helpful to have volunteers who are willing to stay for more than one session. A brief orientation will begin at 8:15.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Bethany Fitzgerald at bsaulpaugh@hotmail.com with your child’s name and class, and what time slot(s) you are available to help. This is a great opportunity for grandparents as well. Thank you!

THURSDAY, JUNE 2ND: EES FIELD DAY

Field day is a fun, outdoor, team-building, game playing day that the kids LOVE! It is a volunteer-run event, so I’m hoping you’ll come have a great time with us. As always, we will have the music playing, break times for volunteers as well as snacks and drinks to keep you going. The morning session is for grades K-2 and grades 3-5 will play in the afternoon. Please visit the sign-up genius to volunteer to run an activity station, and feel free to contact me with any questions. I really appreciate the help.

Thank you! Kate Lekstutis; katelekstutis@gmail.com or text/call 802-238-2972.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094badaa2eaa8-field2

PTO LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

The current PTO leaders will be stepping down at the end of this school year. If you are interested in learning more about the roles of PTO leadership, please contact Marni at pto.

VOLUNTEERS/SUPPLIES NEEDED TO HELP ART TEACHER

Help is needed to collate and bind the new Kindergarten Art books. No prior experience is needed, Mrs. Elliott will show you what to do! Please contact Joanna Elliott (jelliott).


EES PTO News 5/17/16

May 18, 2016

MAYFAIR, MAYFAIR, MAYFAIR!! FRIDAY MAY 20TH (4PM-7PM)

Fun for the whole family! Games, prizes, food with your EES community. Activities include a bouncy castle, musical cakes & more. Tickets available at the fair! Please help us at this amazing event by volunteering at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0844ADAA2AA02-mayfair2 or email Leigh Fisher at leigh.r.fisher@gmail.

CALLING ALL BAKERS!! Cake pans for Mayfair Musical Cakes will be available outside the office starting Monday, May 16th!

MAYFAIR SILENT AUCTION ENDS SOON!

Win ski tickets to Mad River Glenn, four brand new Nokia tires, a hair cut at O’M Salon, or a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant, all while supporting Edmunds Elementary School. There are many amazing items at the Mayfair Silent Auction, online at www.32auctions.com/EESMayfair2016. There are more than 60 items, with more added every day, including things from the Montshire Museum, Boloco, Queen City Bikram Yoga, Pete’s Greens, Ben and Jerry’s and many others. Bidding will begin on May 6th at 8:00 am, and the auction ends on May 19 at 6 p.m. Remember – the silent auction is only online. There will be no chance to bid at the Mayfair event. So sign up to bid soon, and bid generously! All the proceeds go to directly to support our kids. And spread the word about the auction with friends, family and co-workers. Anyone can bid. Pick up your winnings at Mayfair on May 20 or we can schedule another pick up at a later date

MAY 17: VERMONT COFFEE COMPANY ORDERS DUE

EES makes $6/bag! Flavors: Dark, Medium, Mild, Decaf, Uno, Dos, Tres. Orders will be delivered Friday. Order forms at Front Office and EES PTO website (https://eespto.org/fundraisers/Vermont-coffee-fundraiser/). Checks payable to EES PTO, OR Pay via PayPal; Please note in PayPal “Purpose Box” number of bags and coffee choice. Contact Pam Moreau (802.999.4590 or pmoreaulawvt@gmail.com) with questions.

VOLUNTEERS/SUPPLIES NEEDED TO HELP ART TEACHER

Please send in any empty paper towel tubes to the art teacher. Help is needed to collate and bind the new Kindergarten Art books. Each child will receive their artwork back at the end of the year bound into a keepsake collection of projects laid out chronologically. It is a big undertaking, and however much time you have to offer is welcome! No prior experience is needed, Mrs. Elliott will show you what to do! Please contact Joanna Elliott (jelliott).

EES COMMUNITY SOCIAL SATURDAY JUNE 4 FROM 6-9 PM

Come celebrate the end of the year together! All EES parents, guardians, and staff are invited to join in a fun evening with dinner, cash bar, and live music by Ann “Antara” Gatch. Event will take place at the outdoor terrace of the Champlain Room, Communications and Creative Media Building, Champlain College, 375 Maple Street, which is a beautiful space overlooking the lake. Tickets are $25/person and are on sale now until May 25th. Checks payable to EES PTO or can be purchased online via PayPal at eespto.org.

PTO LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

The current PTO leaders will be stepping down at the end of this school year and are looking to help transition new leaders. If you are interested in learning more about the roles of PTO leadership, please contact Marni at pto.


EES PTO News 5/10/16

May 16, 2016

A LITTLE OVER ONE WEEK LEFT FOR GREAT AUCTION ITEMS!! BID TODAY! MAYFAIR SILENT AUCTION IS LIVE

Win ski tickets to Mad River Glenn, four brand new Nokia tires, a hair cut at O’M Salon, or a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant, all while supporting Edmunds Elementary School. There are many amazing items at the Mayfair Silent Auction, online at www.32auctions.com/EESMayfair2016. There are more than 60 items, with more added every day, including things from the Montshire Museum, Boloco, Queen City Bikram Yoga, Pete’s Greens, Ben and Jerry’s and many others. Bidding will begin on May 6th at 8:00 am, and the auction ends on May 19 at 6 p.m. Remember – the silent auction is only online. There will be no chance to bid at the Mayfair event. So sign up to bid soon, and bid generously! All the proceeds go to directly to support our kids. And spread the word about the auction with friends, family and co-workers. Anyone can bid. Pick up your winnings at Mayfair on May 20 or we can schedule another pick up at a later date

MAYFAIR, MAYFAIR, MAYFAIR!! FRIDAY MAY 20TH (4PM-7PM)

Fun for the whole family! Games, prizes, food with your EES community. Activities include a bouncy castle, musical cakes & more. Tickets available at the fair! Please help us at this amazing event by volunteering at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0844ADAA2AA02-mayfair2 or email Leigh Fisher at leigh.r.fisher@gmail.

CALLING ALL BAKERS!! Cake pans for Mayfair Musical Cakes will be available outside the office starting Monday, May 16th!

MAY 17: VERMONT COFFEE COMPANY ORDERS DUE

EES makes $6/bag! Flavors: Dark, Medium, Mild, Decaf, Uno, Dos, Tres. Orders will be delivered Friday. Order forms at Front Office and EES PTO website (https://eespto.org/fundraisers/Vermont-coffee-fundraiser/). Checks payable to EES PTO, OR Pay via PayPal; Please note in PayPal “Purpose Box” number of bags and coffee choice. Contact Pam Moreau (802.999.4590 or pmoreaulawvt@gmail.com) with questions.

VOLUNTEERS/SUPPLIES NEEDED TO HELP ART TEACHER

Please send in any empty paper towel tubes to the art teacher. Help is needed to take down the grades 3-5 Art Night projects from the hallways of the first floor. Also, in May help will be needed to collate and bind the new Kindergarten Art books. Each child will receive their artwork back at the end of the year bound into a keepsake collection of projects laid out chronologically. It is a big undertaking, and however much time you have to offer is welcome! No prior experience is needed, Mrs. Elliott will show you what to do! Please contact Joanna Elliott (jelliott).

SAVE THE DATE: EES PARENT AND STAFF NIGHT SATURDAY JUNE 4

You won’t want to miss it, so put it on the calendar and line up your babysitters! Event will take at Champlain College and will have food and music. Advance tickets will go on sale soon. Keep an eye out for the invitation.

PTO LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

The current PTO leaders, Marni Slavik, Hollie Foley, and Clare Wool, will be stepping down at the end of this school year and are looking to help transition new leaders. If you are interested in learning more about the roles of PTO leadership, please contact Marni at pto.

CHECK THIS OUT! NEW FUNDRAISER: SCRIP

You can earn the school money without spending any additional money yourself.

Our newest fundraiser is here! Welcome to Scrip – Buy gift cards at face value and the school benefits! Scrip fundraising is a no-selling program that allows families to raise money for their children’s school. Scrip is just another way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in place of cash, checks, and credit cards. You purchase gift cards from your organization at face value (either online or on paper), and your coordinator orders those cards from Great Lakes Scrip Center at a reduced price. The difference is an instant rebate for your organization. It’s really that simple! For example, if you purchase a $50 gift card to Lands End, the school earns 16% – that’s $8.00 for the school and a full $50 gift card for you. You never walk away with something you’ll never use and gift cards start as low as $10.00. When you use scrip gift cards at your favorite retailers, you’re fundraising while you shop. Great Lakes Scrip Center offers hundreds of options from your favorite retailers, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more. Just by using scrip to pay for your normal weekly purchases, you can easily raise $500 or more per year. For example, Shaw’s 5%, Amazon 3%, Shell gas 2.5% – the options go on and on. Pick and choose cards based on your needs or further search for the highest percentage that we’ll earn. There are always deals and bonus’ that benefit you as well. It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work! You can also join PrestoPay, which allows you to pay online, making the process smoother and quicker for you.

If you have questions, please contact Brandi Littlefield at Brandi.littlefield7 and watch for your child to bring the flyer home with more details!

Go to http://www.shopwithscrip.com/ and check it out! Enrollment code: 752AB49647L76