South PTC News 6.5.17

Hey South families!

I’ve been a little quieter these last few weeks as we rolled thru the final days of school and our final PTC events.  We hope everyone enjoyed the Muffins with Moms and Donuts with Dads events!  We cannot do these events without YOU!  Thank you for participating in dining nights and Walk-A-Thon and Fundraisers and Spirit Days.  Without those fundraisers big & small, we wouldn’t have funding and wouldn’t be able to buy the delicious donuts!  So thank YOU for your continued support!

We hope to continue doing all the fun events next year- Walk-A-Thon and Family BBQ in the fall- we are waiting to hear when open house dates will be!  The winter Carnival again!  Lots of Popcorn Fridays and Spirit Days! Plus skating nights, dining fundraiser nights, and lots more!

Make sure to join the South Elementary PTC Facebook group.  Once we have dates, I’ll be able to post them there.  And the events give you such a nice reminder 🙂

As it is with the end of the school year, the 6th graders move on, new fresh face kindergarteners appear, and sometimes, a few staff members move on to the next stage of their careers and lives.  Lani Pleyel, the amazing librarian and Sue Hjort, the awesome 2nd grade teacher are both retiring!  Enjoy retirement!  Wendy VanderWest, our trusty rockstar of a secretary in the office at South is moving up to the high school. Thank you all 3, for loving on our children and teaching them!

Also, a thank you to 3 PTC Board members who are moving off the board- Kristy GIbney, Victoria Talsma, and Samantha Siegert.  Thank you for all your hard work and guidance to help create programs and exciting things for the kids to do!  They will still be volunteering around the school at our events and activities in the next school year though!

If you have any Campbells Soup labels for Education please send them in by Friday- the program ends this year, so we will get those remaining ones sent in.  I’m also happy to send in one last round of BoxTops if you send them in by Friday (then they wont sit and collect dust in your kitchen!)  As always, don’t forget to use the BoxTops app to scan your receipts and earn more BoxTops for the school!  You can also turn in all Family Fare & D&W Receipts for their fundraising program.  If you shop on Amazon use the site- and click on ‘chose your organization’ and select Grandville Parent Teachers Children South Elementary.  And finally- the Shoparoo app- take pictures of your receipts and we earn points and they send us $!  Easy way to fundraiser for the school over the summer!

Don’t forget, this Friday is a half day for the last day!  Enjoy summer everyone and see you in a couple months!

South PTC News 4.30.17

Hey South families!  We are in the home stretch of the school year! Heres a rundown of the last few school events!

Tomorrow May 1st thru Friday May 5th is Teacher Appreciation week!  Lets show our awesome South teachers some love! Samantha, our volunteer coordinator, did a great post on the facebook group page with a rundown of what each class was doing.  We do our best to combine some low cost/free options with the option to donate towards a larger class gift card.  Thank you to all the room parents taking on the extra duty to coordinate in your classrooms!  The PTC also pays for to a few larger treats for the teachers through the week.  Big thanks to Milissa Block and her volunteers for handling that!

Here is the rundown of the week, some classes vary, refer back to the note from your room parent if you’re unsure.
Monday: Student sentiments- note/card handwritten from a student
Tuesday: Something sweet, cookie, candy, etc.
Wednesday: Bouquet Day- single stem flower
Thursday: Classroom supplies- pens, sharpies, sticky notes, etc.
Friday: Pamper Day- hand sanitizer, lotion, chap stick, etc.

Tuesday May 2nd, please set aside some time to stop by your voting location and vote for the Strong Schools millage vote!

Tuesday May 9th- Tom & Chee Fundraiser- a portion of the sales from that night will be donated back to South.

Friday May 12th- about 2 weeks away- Muffins with Mom!  We have recieved a lot of forms back and have 255 expected so far.  please make sure to send in your form if you plan to attend so we have enough food & coffee.
May 12th is also the last PTC Meeting of this school year.  Stay around after the Muffins event for the meeting at 9am!  Meet the Board for next year and see how you can get involved!

May 25th is a Jets Fundraiser night- a portion of the sales from that evening who have turned in the flyer, will be donated back to South.

Friday May 26th is the Family Picnic and Field Day.  Note: There is NO Hot lunch option this day.  Everyone must bring a sack lunch.  Parents are invited to bring bag chairs or blankets and have a picnic lunch outside with their kids.
Everyone can see how great the garden is coming along while there that day.  Amy Gardine has been leading the charge and we love to see the progress!  Students are working on their art pickets- which look amazing!  The trees are blooming!  Huge thanks to Amy and the teachers and students!

No School Monday May 29th- Enjoy your Memorial Day!

June 2nd- Donuts with Dads- the flyer will be sent home soon so we can collect RSVPs for that event.

June 9th- Last day- Half day!

Have a great week!

South PTC News 4.24.17

Hey South families!

Thanks to everyone who went to the Skating Party last week, we hope you had a great time!  Heres whats coming up!

Kindergarteners will be going on their annual trip to Teusinks Pony Farm on Friday May 5th and also having their yearly beach day celebration on Friday June 2nd (In their classrooms)

This Friday April 28th is a Jets Pizza Fundraiser night.  Present your flyer when you pick up or order your food (Give to delivery driver) so it counts towards our total and we earn 20% back!

Teacher Appreciation Week starts next week- May 1-5.  Communication (letter or email) should be coming from your room parent on what the plan is to celebrate your students teacher!  The PTC will also be funding a few other surprises for all the teachers thru the week- but I can’t spoil the surprise here!

Tuesday May 2nd is the Strong Schools millage vote.  We hope you’ll make a stop at your local voting location to support this.  More information can be found HERE

Friday May 5th is a Popcorn Friday where all students recieve a free bag of popcorn from the PTC!

May 9th is a Tom & Chee Fundraiser where a portion of the nights sales will come back to the PTC.

Friday May 12th is Muffins with Moms from 7:45am-8:20am (If you have to leave before 8:20 your students will have to wait outside in line)
Friday May 12th is also our last PTC Meeting of this school year!

Thursday May 25th is another Jets Pizza fundraiser dinner night.

Friday May 26th is the Family Picnic and FIeld Day.  Class participation times ahve not been announced yet.  Plan to bring a blanket or bag chairs and packa picnic lunch to enjoy with your students.  All students should wear their Grandville Shirts they got this year.  Parents are welcome to also!

Monday May 29th- No School- Memorial Day!

Friday June 2nd is Donuts with Dads 7:45am-8:20 (If you have to leave before 8:20 your students will have to wait outside in line)

Friday June 9th 1/2 Day- last day of school!

We are working on a few things to do over the summer and can’t believe we will start planning the calendar for next year.  If you ever have an idea or want to get involved, please feel free to reach out to me!  Jackie Stone, or 616-366-1760

Have a great week!

South PTC News 4.17.17

Hey South families!  What a few crazy weeks with Spring Break & Easter!  Hope everyone had some great family time.

Big thanks to everyone who came out to Mother & Son Night just before Spring Break.  We had a great turnout and I think the boys had a lot of fun!

I’ve loaded up the Facebook page tonight with lots of upcoming events- sorry for all the notifications, but better to get them all out now and onto your calendars!  Heres what I’ve loaded and whats coming up!
Tomorrow/Tuesday April 18th: Terry Hall Skating Party 6p-8p- $5 Admission & $1 Skate Rental.
Friday April 28th: Jets pizza Dining Fundraiser (Flyer coming home soon!)
May 1-5 Teacher Appreciation Week- This years theme is South Teachers Rock.  The PTC is funding a few things for teachers as a group this year (Lunches/breakfasts, I dont want to give away all our surprises to those teachers reading!) And we’ve sent a note out to room parents for those who want to get their classes to do something special for their teachers.  Look for a note to come from your room parent this week! All participation is voluntary, but we do hope everyone will participate as much as they are able to!
May 5 is also a popcorn Friday- all 400+South students receive free popcorn thanks to the PTC funds!
May 9th will be a Tom & Chee Dining Fundraiser!  Flyer will be coming home soon!
May 12th- Muffins with Moms! Flyer coming home this week.  We ask you fill out the bottom portion & return it so we have an accurate count for how much food to buy!  If any dads or grandparents are willing to help volunteer that morning, we would appreciate it.  There is a spot on the flyer to put your information.
May 12th will also be a PTC Meeting day- last one for this school year, 9am Teachers Lounge!
Friday May 26th will be Field Day & Family Picnic.  The grades will be split up with some competing in games in the morning, and some competing in the afternoon.  All familes are welcome to bring a blanket or bag chairs and sack lunches from 11:30am-12:30pm to enjoy lunch with their students.  Please have students wear their great South dark red t shirts!  PTC will be giving away free SnowCones!  if you can come help- please message me on facebook or cell phone 616-366-1760 (Jackie)
Memorial Day May 29th- No School
June 2- Donuts with Dads, Flyer will be coming home in a few weeks and we ask it be returned for a more accurate count on number attending so we have enough food.

I also posted about the May 2nd Millage Vote.  We hope you will get out & vote in favor of this millage.  More information can be found HERE!

The new PTC Board for the 2017-18 School year is excited and I’ll be sharing more information about them soon.  We will meet soon andstart adding in dates for events next year.  If theres ever anything you want to see, please feel free to reach out to me! (Jackie Stone, 616-366-1760)

Have a great week and thanks for your support!!

South PTC News 3.27.17

Hi there South families!

Thank you everyone for your amazing work to donate enough items to fill over 1000 sack lunches for Kids Food Basket for the 3rd grade classes donation drive.

Here’s whats going on or coming up!

Mother Son Night of Fun is Wednesday!  We still need more help, if you’re able to spare some time, please sign up here. Maybe you have an older sibling who can help watch the Bounce House or a husband who can help serve food, please have them sign up for a short shift.  If you forgot to send in money, you can still come!  Just bring cash or check to the door.

Monday April 10: Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser!  This is always very popular and generates a good donation for the PTC.  Flyers will be coming home this Thursday and also attached: GrandvilleSouthElem 4.10.2017

Friday April 14: Crazy Hair/Hat Spirit Day.  Bring $1 suggested donation and wear your crazy hair style or a hat for school that day.
PTC Meeting- 9am- Teachers Lounge- ALl are welcome & encouraged to attend.  We will be discussing the 2017/18 Board.

April 18: Terry Hall Skating Party, 6pm-8pm, $5 admission, $1 Skate Rental

April 28- Jets Pizza Fundraiser, Flyer will be sent closer to date.

May 1-5: Teacher Appreciation Week, room parents are encouraged to set up some kind of treat or voluntary donation to the room parent to pick up a gift for the teacher.  In the office, by the mailboxes is a binder with the Teachers Favorite Things sheet that they filled out that lists their favorite foods, restaurants, flowers etc that may give you some great ideas.  Or theres always Pinterest

May 5: Popcorn Friday- All students receive a free bag of popcorn
May 9: Tom & Chee Dining Fundraiser
May 12: Muffins with Moms 7:45am-8:20am- FLyers to RSVP will be coming home after Spring Break so we can have an accurate count and have enough food!
May 12: PTC Meeting 9am- teachers Lounge- last of the school year!
May 25- Jets Pizza Dining Fundraiser
June 2: Donuts with Dads- 7:45am-8:20am- Flyers to RSVP will be coming home closer to the date so we can have an accurate count and have enough food!
TBA- Field Day & Family Picnic, once we have a date we will share with everyone!  Bring blankets or bag chairs and come sit and watch the Field Day activities and enjoy lunch with your kiddos.

Travel Safe, if you’re heading anywhere near or far, for Spring Break!

South PTC News 3.12.17

Hey there South families!  Heres the latest & greatest-
First off- Thanks to Jessica Lemmon, her Daddy Daughter Dance Committee and all the volunteers who helped Friday night at the dance!

We also had a great evening PTC Meeting on Wednesday last week.  Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out!

Thursday March 16th & Tuesday March 21st are Parent Teacher Conferences. Thursday the 16 Food sign up for Teachers is HERE.  Tuesday the 21st sign up is HERE.  Thanks for volunteering to bring food in for teachers!  They really appreciate being able to grab something good to eat quickly on the busy conference nights!

Lost & Found!  Its a growing pile- please take a moment when you are in for conferences to look over the tables and see if you can identify any of your children’s clothing!

Toilet paper Tubes- We are looking for any toilet paper tubes to assist with planting marigolds for our garden, please send them in to the office as soon as possible!  Our Garden Champion Amy Gardine will be coordinating with each grade to paint self portraits on our fence pickets.  Its going to look great!

Mother Son night is the 29th, it should be great fun.  If you can spare 30 minutes (or more) to volunteer in a certain area- Sign Up HERE!

There will be a school wide BE NICE Assembly on March 27th!  be nice. is a positive anti-bullying initiative designed to spread awareness surrounding the issues of bullying and the importance of treating people with civility community-wide. By creating awareness, we will minimize and reduce the devastating effects of bullying such as depression and suicide.  Bullying is a significant issue within our schools and communities both locally and nationally. The be nice. campaign strives to educate students and community members about how simply “being nice” is an effective way to promote a safe and civil environment within the school and community.

Keep sending in those food items for the Kids Food Basket Donation Drive by the 3rd graders!  The food we are collecting is- 100% Fruit Juice Boxes, Fruit Cups or pouches, or applesauce cups or pouches, granola bars, cracker packs, small raisin boxes, quart sizer zipper lock bags.

Also feel free to keep sending in BoxTops and Spartan Stores/Family Fare and D&W Receipts!  We will have a place for all of these to go just past the office next tot he Lost & Found.  I’ll post a picture on our facebook group this week!  Other easy ways to raise money for our school is using the Shoparoo app to snap pictures of your receipts, and also, using and selecting the charity “Grandville Parent Support Organizations Parents-Teachers-Children S Element” and every time you shop Amazon- use that site and we will get a portion back!

We are looking for a trophy case to display all our students achievements and trophy’s.  If you see a display case or something similar, please let one of us know!

2017/18 School Year PTC Board- we’ve collected some nomination forms from next year and will do our official vote at our April PTC Meeting so new members can attend the May meeting (The last of this school year).

Mr Roberts reported that the fans we got earlier in the school year are about 75% installed- so the classrooms will have fans come warmer weather!  The rest should be finished up over the next few weeks!  Its amazing we were able to provide these with YOUR financial support!  THANK YOU!

South PTC News 3.5.17

Good evening (or morning/afternoon) South families!  Heres whats going on & coming up that you should know about!

Third graders went around last week to talk to the classes about their donation drive for Kids Food Basket.  Located inside the school at the main doors are some boxes, we would like to encourage anyone who is able to send in items for the Supper Packs that Kids Food Basket distributes.  KFB serves nearly 7500 kids in the GR area every DAY!  This is the 8th year the third grade classes have participated in this donation drive!  An event has been created on the Facebook page and we have a goal of 1000 supper packs.  We will keep everyone updated on what things are needed if we are short on any items.  i know with our amazing community, we can reach this goal!  Friday March 24th is Wear Orange Day- Orange is the color for hunger awareness.

Monday March 6- Half Day!  Dismissal at 11:40am.

Wednesday March 8- Evening South PTC meeting 6:30 at the school!  Based on popular demand, our March meeting will be an evening one!  The Nomination forms went home for next years Board members.  please send those back in this week so we can begin contacting those who were nominated to judge their interest and answer any questions.  We will discuss/vote at the April meeting. board-nomination-form-17-18

Friday March 10th- Daddy Daughter Enchanted Evening! Starts at 6:30pm.  Please remember, do not sign your children out early to get ready.  Volunteers are still needed, sign up HERE  We’ve had a few inquiries about tickets at the door, we will accept, but we cannot plan ahead for food for those who do not pre-purchase tickets.  Please get money in asap this week.  Or you may contact Jessica Lemmon- 616-460-1690 or find her on facebook.

March 16 & 21- Parent Teacher Conferences!  You should have received your time on Friday.  Make sure to sign your slip and send it back so the teacher knows you’re confirmed!
Meals for teachers- Thursday the 16th- Sign Up HERE, Tuesday the 21st Sign up HERE

March 21 is also another Jets pizza Fundraiser night.  Simple & easy dinner pick up if you have conferences that night!  Just order pizza and present our flyer when you pick up- we only get credit for the orders with the flyer, so make sure to turn it in!

March 29th- Moth & Son Night of fun!  We have reserved space at Rivertown Sports from 5:30pm-8pm.  Its close by and has a huge skating rink inside.  They dont have skate rentals, but you can bring your own “wheels”- Rollskates, rollerblades, scooters or skateboards (No bikes). Bring your own helmets or pads too.  Also they have a basketball hoop, we have reserved a bounce house and a Quarterback Blitz throwing game.  We will have the music going and the boys can be boys!  We also contacted Home Depot to come & bring one of their How To Sessions on site for us that evening, so from 630-730 they will be showing mom & son teams how to build birdhouses.  We will also have pizza & pop, so make sure to send in your tickets and money so we know how much to buy!  Flyers just went home on Friday and are available on our facebook page under the events tab- or use the search function for mother son night! Volunteers are needed, sign up HERE

March 31- April 7- No School- Spring Break!
Looking out a bit further:
April 11- Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser- one of our most popular fundraiser nights.  Flyers will be coming home before Spring break.
April 14- Hat Day/Crazy Hair Spirit Day- send in $1 to wear your hat or a crazy hair do at school all day!
April 14th- PTC Meeting-9am Teachers Lounge- We will be discussing next years Board.
April 18- Terry Hall Skate night!
April 28- Jets Pizza Fundraiser night
May 1-5- Teacher Appreciation Week- We ask each Room Parent to plan something nice for their teacher.  Most teachers have filled out a “Favorite Things” sheet, that is located by the PTC Mailbox in the office and tells you what type of things they like, so ideas for gifts or gift cards can be found there!
May 12- Muffins with Mom (7:45am-8:20am) Flyer will be sent home closer to RSVP so we can plan amount of food.
June 2- Donuts with Dad (7:45am-8:20am) Flyer will be sent home closer to RSVP so we can plan amount of food.

Have a great week and as always- thanks for your support!!!

South PTC News 2.26.17

Hey South Families!  Here are the latest updates!
BoxTops contest!  Super mom Amy A. finished counting all the BoxTops submitted and got them sent out.  Grand Total of 8,684 Total Box Tops!  Which gets the school $868.40!  She had a lot of expired ones to remove from our mailing, so please make sure to check those as you send them in and we will be sending in our BoxTops much more often now that we have someone willing to coordinate!  So the winning classroom was Mrs Hjort with 944 total BoxTops!  Congrats Mrs Hjort, your class wins a Pizza & Ice Cream party!

PTC Nomination forms went home for the 2017-18 School Year.  If you or someone you know may be interested, please nominate them.  Someone from the current Board will reach out to them, or we are happy to speak with anyone on any questions they may have. board-nomination-form-17-18  Forms are due back next Friday the 10th and will be discussed and voted on at our April meeting.

Well its nearly March, here is what the upcoming calendar looks like for PTC events!

Friday March 3 is a Popcorn Friday- all students receive a bag of popcorn free of charge from the PTC!  Thanks to all the volunteers helping to make Popcorn every month.  The kids really enjoy it!

March 6th is a half day!

March 8th- Evening PTC Meeting at the school- 6:30pm!  We hope more people can join us for this meeting!

March 10th-Daddy Daughter Enchanted Evening Dance- Make sure to get your ticket orders in by this Friday March 3rd so the committee can plan for the right number of people.  Volunteers are still needed!  Sign up HERE!

March 16th & 21st are Parent Teacher Conferences.  Date preference forms came home on Friday.  Please make sure to send those back this week so teachers can begin planning.  We will be sending a SignUp link for anyone who may want to donate food for the teachers.

March 29th- Mother Son Night of Fun!  Flyers will be coming home this week to purchase your tickets!  Volunteers will be needed, please sign up HERE!

March 31-April 7- No School, happy Spring Break!

Just a reminder- Muffins with Moms is scheduled for May 12th and Donuts with Dads is June 2nd.  Flyers will be coming home after Spring Break for people to send in with their RSVP so we can plan enough muffins & donuts!  Tentative time is 7:45am til 8:20am.  Please plan to stay with your child until school begins as we do not have the ability to watch children!

In case you missed the post in our Facebook group- Amy G. announced South was awarded a grant towards the school garden!  “The Grandville Education Foundation grant was a success!  We received $2,421.47 toward the cost of building the fence and the 400+ pickets! We will need some help with paint and brushes, but we will keep you up to date on that! Looking forward to your kiddos making this garden their own! Thanks to Julie Moore and the GEF for pushing this forward!”

Thanks for all your support!!

2017-2018 School Year Calendar

Hi South families, I wanted to push this out separately as it was just posted on the Grandville Public Schools site today.


Have a great day!

South PTC News 2.19.17

Good evening South families!  Heres whats coming up!

Monday- No school for mid-winter break!  Enjoy the beautiful non-winter weather!
Thursday- Jets pizza Fundraiser night, order Jets and turn in your flyer and we get a portion of the proceeds.  Handing in the flyer is very important!  Its posted on the Facebook page too! (Sorry- original Flyer mistakenly said Friday the 23rd.  Its really Thursday the 23rd!)

March 3- Popcorn Friday, all students receive a bag of popcorn (no charge)!!
March 6- Half Day!
March 8- PTC Meeting 6:30pm at South!
March 10- Enchanted Evening Dance for Girls and their dads (Or uncle, grandpa etc) Flyers went home Friday to purchase tickets.  Please make sure to send those back in by March 3rd with a check made payable to South PTC.  We are still in need of volunteers that evening, sign up here
March 16 & 21- Parent Teacher Conferences- We will send out a sign up genius link soon for anyone who wants to bring in food for the teachers.
March 21- Jets pizza Fundraiser night
March 29- Mother & Son Night- Flyers will be coming home soon to buy your tickets!
March 31- No School- Spring Break Starts!

Our awesome PTC member Amy A. is hard at work counting BoxTops and we should know the winner of the class pizza & ice cream party this week!  In order to make her job easier- please remember we cannot send in expired BoxTops. Now that Amy has volunteered to coordinate the BoxTops, we will be sending them in at least twice a school year.  And keep sending those Spartan Stores- Family Fare- D&W Receipts.  I love seeing those come in, such an easy way to earn cash for our school!

Another awesome PTC member Amy G. is hard at work on the school garden.  She has grant requests out to several places and we are waiting to hear back.  We will pass along more info regarding the garden and helping over the spring & summer!

Thanks to everyone who volunteered for Valentines Parties last week!  Special thanks to all the Room Parents this year, we know its a lot of work and we appreciate you all!  If you need to turn in any receipts for items you could not get donated by other classroom parents, please fill out the form and send it in to the PTC box.  Our treasurer will get a check cut to you, max $25 per class per party. ptc-expense-reimbursement-request-for-parent-use

The PTC nomination form went home Friday (Pink flyer) We’d love to have more parents involved or take on certain projects as the lead coordinator- many hands make light work.  Please contact any existing Board Members with questions! board-nomination-form-17-18

Any questions, please let me know!  Thanks for your support!