South PTC News 10.15.17

Good afternoon South Families!  Heres whats going on or coming up-

First off, we need to remind every one of the drop off/pick up line rule- No parking and exiting your vehicle in these lines.  We’ve heard complaints (and even witnessed ourselves) people pulling into the drop off line in front of the school, parking their car and then standing in line with their student.  No No No.  If you need to exit your vehicle, then you need to find a parking spot.  If you need to get out of your car to unbuckle a child, then you need to find a parking spot.  Here is the reminder paper and map that was sent home last year and will be sent home again this week to remind everyone. pick-up-drop-off  and the South Drop-Off and Pick-Up Map

This week is our round 2 of the Orange Leaf Challenge.  South Elementary is up against Bursley Elementary in Jenison and they came in really high for their first round, so South families will need to eat a lot of FroYo this week for us to advance to round 3!  South earns 20% of our South sales this week.  Stop in to the Grandville Orange Leaf and put your receipt into the South bucket so we earn credit for the sale! Orange Leaf is off Rivertown Parkway near Wilson in the strip mall by the Family Fare and Qdoba.  It should be a nice week so perfect for FroYo 🙂  Stop by between now and Saturday October 21st!  I will update middle of the week on our facebook page.

Starting tomorrow- our Book Exchange drop off will begin!  Have your student bring in some gently used books from home.  We will collect books until October 26th.  The students who have brought in books will then have the chance to “Shop” for new to them books on Friday October 27th (Shop date pushed back due to October 20th being a half day)  If you have books at home and your student does not need to shop for any, or just a lesser amount, please include a note with your books.  I will be at the school main entrance at drop off each day this week and next to collect books, and write down student & teacher name.  But if you could include a note with the books you send in a Meijer bag, that may be helpful if it’s a busy day or if your student forgets to drop them off in the morning.  if you’d like to help, you can sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844a8af29a5ff2-book

Tuesday is a Jets Pizza Fundraiser night!  FundraiserFlyer_Grandville_Oct17

Tuesday & Thursday are also Parent/Teacher Conferences nights.  I’ll get the current Lost & Found items hung up near the main entrance because those bins are already filling up.  Please plan to swing by and take a look for any familiar clothing.
We also love our teachers, so we bring them food!  Its two very busy nights for them, so we have food available in the teacher’s lounge both days.  If you are bringing in food, please get it to the school by 11am on the day it’s needed.  You may send it in early, just put a note on it so the office knows what it is for.
TUESDAY SIGN UP
THURSDAY SIGN UP

Box Tops are being counted this week, we will have an announcement soon on which class had the most.  Keep saving them!  We will do another BoxTops drive in the winter for their next submission deadline in February.  If you have any that expire by the end of this year, please drop them off or send them in to the school and we will include them with this submission.
Keep sending in the Family Fare/Spartan Stores receipts as well!  I’m still collecting those for their Direct Your Dollars campaign.  Once we get to $150,000 in receipts, the school will earn $1,000.  We’ve got a way to go, but thankfully there’s no expiration on them.

Friday October 20th is a half day- dismissal at 11:36am.  It’s also a PTC Meeting day- 9am in the Teachers Lounge -everyone is welcome & encouraged to attend!
Friday is also Kindergarten Silly Sock day to celebrate the letter “S”.

Saturday October 21st is our first Vendor Sale Event!  The school will be full of people selling tons of gently used kids clothing and homemade items along with some home based businesses. Theres no cost for admission.  And booth spaces were only $15.  We still have room for a few more if you’re interested!  It’s the same day as the high school craft show, so we hope to get a lot of cross-traffic.  If you can’t make it to shop, please consider sharing our event to help spread the word, or invite your friends to the event on the South Elementary (Public) Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/events/172723553303074

Theres no school on Monday October 23rd!

Friday October 27th we have 3 dining fundraiser options for you.  Our dining coordinator is working hard on setting up new places and giving you lots of options for your family!  The 27th will feature Potbelly Sandwiches, or Panda Express, or Tom & Chee!  Flyers will be coming home!

Tuesday October 31st is Halloween and of course our classrooms will be having their class parties and parade.  The Parade is at 2pm and parents/grandparent are welcome to attend.

A reminder about sick/late children procedures:
When a student is going to be absent for the day:
-Please call the attendance line 616-254-6209 by 9:30 if possible.
-State Name of student, teacher, reason for absence (ex. Vacation or illness)
-if sick, please specify whether it is respiratory, fever, or a stomach bug if these descriptions apply

When a student is going to be tardy due to an appointment, etc.:
-Please call the attendance line
-State name of student, teacher, reason for late arrival, and a lunch choice if ordering a hot lunch. All lunch choices need to be reported by 9:00 am.

When a student needs to leave school for an appointment, etc.
-Please e-mail the teacher ahead of time
-Come into the office and sign the student out
-If the student is coming back, please sign the student back in upon return

Thanks to everyone who shopped or helped with the Book Fair!  The poster contest winners were announced and I can’t wait to see their artwork displayed in the library.  And the change drive was a success!  Change was collected for a school in Houston that lost their library during the Hurricane.  Mrs McGulicuddy set a goal of $350, and Principal Roberts even threw in an added incentive if the kids raised $350, he would dress like Pete the Cat.  Well the school went above & beyond and raised $600!  So Pete the Cat will be making an appearance.  I’ll be sure to share the date and pictures!

Thanks for your support, have a great week!

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South PTC News 10.8.17

Good evening South Families!

We hope you enjoyed spirit week last week!  All the pictures I saw on Facebook looked cute!  Thanks to everyone who came out to Orange Leaf, I haven’t goten the results yet to see if we move to round 2, but regardless, South still earns 20% of our sales for the week!

Tomorrow is Picture Retake day!  Send your child in with their original picture packet and they will get a retake picture done.

Book Fair also starts this week!  Family Night is Tuesday from 4pm-8pm and there will be games and snacks while you are here to shop.  If youd like to volunteer, theres a few slots left HERE, you ust sign up with Scholastic to log in and sign up for volunteer spots.
There is also a change drive happening to raise money for a school in Texas that lost their library due to Hurricane Harvey.  If the school raises $350, Mr Roberts will dress like Pete The Cat for a day! Students may bring change to their classrooms or pay $1 to dress up in their Western Wear (Cowboys/girls) for their class shopping day. There will also be change jars located near the registers on Family Night.

Wednesday is our Terry Hal Skating party from 6pm-8pm.  $5 Admission. $1 Skate Rental.  The flyer accidentally got missed for Friday folders this week so they will come home with students on Monday or Tuesday.  Bring the flyer with you on Wednesday and enter it to win a free pop!

Friday is Kindergarteners PJ day to celebrate the letter P!

Starting the week of October 16th, we will be collecting your gently used books at drop off in the mornings.  We will keep a record of how many books each student brings in.  Later in the week on Friday October 20th(tentative), we’d like to hold a book exchange where students get to come pick up “new to them” books.  You can send a note if you just want to donate books and your child doesn’t need to pick any “new to them” ones.  We will use any leftovers for our library or classrooms!

Fall conferences will be October 17th & 19th, make sure to send back in your preference sheet to your teachers asap.  Tuesday October 17th is also a Jets Pizza night, so if you’re running to/from conferences, we have an easy dinner solution for you.  Flyers will be coming home this Friday! Meals for teachers will also happen this year for both nights.  Sign up for Tuesday Here, Thursday should be available soon.

Also coming home this Friday is an info sheet on our first Griffins hockey fundraiser night.  We have discounted tickets and South earns a portion of the tickets proceeds back!  There are 5 games this season to choose from!  It’s a win-win!

Saturday October 21st is our first ever Vendor Sale event!  We have over 30 booths now from handmade crafts, boutique clothing, beauty goods, home and health items and gently used kids clothing.  We hope you will come, shop and help spread the word.  A ‘save the date’ flyer is coming home this week.  If you still want to buy a booth space for $15, we will keep accepting vendors as space allows, fill out the form HERE.  We have filled the gym and will have vendors out into the hallways too!  Grandville High School also does their Fall Harvest Festival the same day, so we hope shoppers will come to both sales!  Here is the public event link to Facebook, Please mark as Going or Interested and Share and Invite friends!

It’s a half day on Friday October 20th, and there is no school on Monday October 23rd.

Friday October 27th will be anothr dining fundraiser night with 3 places to choose from so everyone in the family is happy 😊  Panda Express, Potbelly Sandwiches, and Tom & Chee!

Tuesday October 31st is the Halloween Parties and Parade.  Parade time is scheduled for 2pm.  All the students will parade around the school & gym.  Possibly outside depending on weather.  We will know more as we get closer.

Grandville Public Schools sent out an Infinite Campus note that GPS is partnering with Meals on Wheels to collect non-perishable food & personal care items for the month of Ocobter.  Collection bins can be found in each buildings office.  This drive will help benefit the elderly in Kent County. Some suggested items are: low-sodium vegetables, rice, low sugar canned fruit, peanut butter, 100% juice, bagged beans, cereal/oatmeal, soup, personal care items, cleaning supplies, and pet food.

October is National Principals Month!  Have your child make up a homemade note or card about what they like about Principal Roberts and drop it off in the office anytime this month! Theres tons of cute ideas on Pinterest too!

Our new Grandville gear that you may have ordered should be in this week.  I will post when it comes in to arrange pick up or send home with students.

Whew!  I think that covers it all!  Have a GREAT Week!

South PTC News 10.1.17

Hello and Happy October!

This week is Spirit week!  Here is the lineup:
Monday- PJ Day
Tuesday- Backwards/Mismatched day
Wednesday- Crazy Hair or Hat Day
Thursday- MSU vs U of M Spirit Day- Bring your dollars to vote for your favorite team.  Team with most votes will have the team flag flown from the school flagpole and the team fightsong played over the school speakers.
Friday- Homecoming- Wear your Grandville gear! And its also Popcorn Friday!  All students recieve a bag of popcorn from the PTC!

Friday is also the last day to send in your BoxTops for the class contest!  Class with the most BoxTops will win a pizza and ice ceam party!  Ask neightbors, ask friends on facebook, ask grandparents to save them.  We collect all year long.  There is a drawer next to the lost & found behind the office where they are saved- along with the Family Fare/Spartan Stores receipts.

Orange Leaf Spirit Challenge also kicks off this week!  Head to Orange Leaf in Grandville- near Family Fare off Wilson/Rivertown Parkway.  All Sales from Oct 1-7 will count towads our total in the bracket challenge.  We are up against Cummings this week.  If we have a higher sales total, we move to the next round.  And we earn 20% of our sales!
See their bracket breakdown here

Monday October 9: Picture Retakes, make sure to send your student with their original picture booklet they came home with.

Tuesday October 10th: Book Fair Family Night, volunteers are needed from Oct 5-13th for set up, class shopping times and tear down as well, sign up HERE!

Wednesday October 11th- Terry Hall Skating Party!  6pm-8pm, $5 admission and $1 for skate rental.  Flyer will be coming home this Friday, bring it with you and enter it to win a free pop at the rink!

Friday October 13th- Kindergarteners will have a PJ Day to celebrate the letter P!

Saturday October 15th- noon, Help assemble/build the new greenhouse for the school garden, create a path, and bring your own apples to press cider!  Sign up will be posted on the facebook page.

Tuesday Oct 17th & Thursday October 19th: Parent/Teacher Conferences are coming up and we’d like some donations to help feed our wonderful teachers since they go right from teaching students to meeting with parents.  If you’d like to sign up for Tuesday, Click HERE  Thursdays will be available soon.

Tueday October 17th: Jets Pizza fundraiser night.  If you’re running from conferences and want an easy dinner solution, we have lined up Jets for Tuesday night!  Easy pickup on the way home!

Friday October 20th is a half day! Dismissal at 11:36am. PTC Meeting at 9am in the teachers lounge. Kindergarten will also be doing a silly sock day for the letter S!

Saturday October 21st is our Fall Sale event!  Fill out the form and send in with your payment to reserve your space.  Vendors are welcome for those who make things, sell things, or have gently used kids items to sell!  Please help spread the word and plan to stop by the school from 9am-3pm.

Monday October 23rd- No School! (Fall Break)

Friday October 27th: 3 Dining Fundraiser choices to keep everyone in your family happy, choose from Panda Express, Potbelly Sandwiches, or Tom & Chee!  What a fun Friday dine out night!

Tuesday October 31st- Haloween Parties and Parade- Times TBA!

Thanks for your support!

South PTC News 9.24.17

Thanks to everyone who went to Jets this past week.  We hope many more families will join us at Buffalo WIld Wings on Wednesday night!  Cheap kids meals, ice cream bar, balloon guy, so much fun for a good cause!  Dont forget your flyer!

Kindergartens annual field trip to Crane’s Apple Orchard is this coming Friday the 29th!

School Pictures should have come home with your students Thursday or Friday this week.  Retakes will be Monday October 9th.

Last chance for your Grandville gear!  The website closes tonight!! You can order the items here: https://chaserapparel.itemorder.com/
Put in code: GBULLDOGS17
The site will close at 11:59pm on September 24th. At that time, all orders will be sent to print and ready for pickup in about 2 weeks. They will come to the school sorted by student or parent name and sent home with your children or available for pickup. I’ll share more info as we get closer and have a firm pickup date!

Spirirt Week is coming up!
Monday October 2nd: PJ Day
Tuesday October 3rd: Backwards/Mismatch Day
Wednesday October 4th: Crazy Hair or Hat Day
Thursday October 5th: MSU vs U of M Spirirt Day- Bring your $1 Suggested donation & vote for your favorite team- team with the most votes will have their flag flown from the school flagpole and fightsong played over the intercom.
Friday October 6th: Grandville Homecoming so wear your Grandville gear!

Friday October 6th is also a POPCORN FRIDAY!  All South Students recieve a free bag of popcorn courtesy of the PTC!

Book Fair is coming up!  I just got the details: October 9th thru 12th!
They need volunteers!  You can sign up HERE
And if you really like helping the library, she would still love helpers during the school days, that sign up link is HERE! This link goes until December, so scroll down to find more dates!

During the book fair, our new libriaian Ms McGillicuddy will set up a donation for a school in Texas that lost everything, and we’d like to send them some money to restock their books.  There will be a raffle for a book basket and tickets will be sold to go towards the donations.  Mr Roberts has agreed that if they raise a certain amount, he will dress as a favorite book character for a day!  (Character to be announced).  The annual poster contest will also continue with kids drawing their favorite book and the winner from each grade will have their artwork framed and hung in the library!

While we are on the subject of books, I’m doing a book exchange!  So if you purchase books during book fair, and find you have some gently used ones at home that you’d like to gift to someone else, drop them off at the school the week of October 16th.  I’ll need helpers to collect them.  Then Friday October 20th, however many books your kids bring in, they could choose some other gently used ones.  The link to help is HERE.  If you want to donate books and your child doesn’t need any in exchange, we will donate the books to various organizations (Our teachers, Our library, KDL Grandville, etc)

Fall conferences will be October 17th & 19th.  We will be looking for donations of food for the teachers to feed them since they go from teaching all day, right into meeting with parents and we like to say “Thank you!” for the long day they put in.  Details will be coming!  Also Tuesday night conference I’ve set up a Jets Pizza night, so if your family is running from work to school and meeting with teachers, its an easy dinner solution.  Flyers will be sent home.

Our first ever sale event is scheduled for Saturday October 21st!  It is my hope that we will have people sign up who want to sell their used kids clothing/household items and vendors who have home based businesses.  The Event is posted here, please share.  We need everyones help to share this event and have people come shop.  And if you know someone who sells something, see if they want a booth space.  Just $15! Here is the link to the form to reserve your space!

Hard to believe we are about a month out from Halloween! Class parties and the annual costume parade will all fall on October 31st.  Parties and Parade time will be announced soon.  Room parents will be asking for donations for the parties.  Whatever the room parents cannot get donated and they have to purchase, there is a $25 limit per classroom for reimbursement from the PTC.  Receipts must be kept and turned in with a form that is located in our PTC Mailbox.

Thanks for your support!

South PTC News 9.17.17

Hi South families!  A few things to mention/remind tonight:

Clothing Sale- Closes on the 24th (One week from the publish date of this blog)
Start at: https://chaserapparel.itemorder.com/
Enter code: GBULLDOGS17
Add items to your cart & Order away!  Orders will be printed once the sale ends on the 24th and then delivered to the school.  Pickup (Or send home) information will be passed along as soon as I have it.

If you would like to check sizing on any of the item-s we have samples available!  Myself or one the PTC members will be at the school at Drop Off and Pick Up each morning/afternoon this week.

Also available each morning/afternoon this week will be the new South Bulldog stickers!  $3 cash & carry!  If you can’t make it at drop off or pick up, send in $3 with your child and we will send home a sticker, just make sure the envelope or paper has student & teachers name on it.

South Stickersticker on car

Library is still looking for help, the sign up is here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844a8af29a5ff2-library

Striders of Grandville is hosting a 5K run for all local Grandville Schools on October 7th.  You get to pick which school receives proceeds from your race entry.  The form can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0-buqSvh735T0F6bm9XYnZJTWM/view

Box Tops collection drive is on thru October 6.  Class that collects the most will win a pizza and ice cream party.  So please ask friends and family to save their box tops for you!  We will do another collection drive before the end of the school year.

Jets Pizza dining night is coming up this Tuesday September 19th!  Remember to turn in your flyer so your order counts towards our total sales for the day.  There is also a Buffalo Wild Wings dining night coming up on Wednesday Sept. 27th.  And Wednesday is kids night, so kids meal are reduced price and they usually have an ice cream bar and balloon man if you dine in.  We have a lot of dining nights this year- which gives you lots of options!  Come to the ones that you like or the ones that work for your family!

Coing up on Friday September 22nd is the Kindergarteners Teddy Bear picnic!

We are looking for more families and vendors to participate in our Sale event on Saturday October 21st!  Buy a booth space for just $15 and sell old children clothing, home goods, or if you’re a vendor- sell your products!  Send in your form and check asap! Link to the form is: https://southptc.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/south-elementary-vendor-show.pdf and it also came home on Friday in folders!

We are doing a South student Book Exchange!
The week of October 16th, South students will be invited to bring in books from home that they no longer read. Each morning we will have donation boxes at the front entrances to collect the books. The kids will be marked down for how many books they bring. Friday (October 20th) Students who brought in books will be able to go and pick out the same number of books they donated in new-to-them books to keep!
Sign up to help here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844a8af29a5ff2-book

Spirit Week is the first week of October to coincide with homecoming.  Thursday of that week will be our annual MSU vs U of M Spirit day where we ask for a $1 donation as a vote for your favorite team.  The winning team will have their fight song played and team flag flown on the school flagpole.  If anyone has the two flags, please let me know! (Jackie 616-366-1760)

Spirit Week

Griffins tickets discounts are also available for 5 select games this season.

Visit: griffinshockey.com/promocode
enter promo code SouthPTC
Select your seats & make your purchase for any 5 of the selected games!
You save money on your tickets and South earns a portion of the proceeds from these ticket sales- so feel free to share, the more tickets sold, the better!

We learned at the PTC meeting last week that 2 old pieces of playground equipment had to be removed because they had become unsafe- the 4 way teeter totter and the merry go round.  We will be looking for options and ways to replace those.

Dont forget, still collecting Spartan Stores receipts!  And snap pictures of your receipts with Shoparoo app to help earn money for the school.

Have a great week and thanks for your support!

South PTC News 9.10.17

Good evening South Families!

WOW!  We are blown away by the support we received for our Walk-A-Thon!  Our South community never ceases to amaze us- $11k raised this year!  We hope everyone enjoyed their night at the Family BBQ!  The inflatables were a blast.  We have to thank Family Fare again for donating the hot dogs, buns and water.  And also a Thank you to EverKept for donating the trash bins for the event!  And a HUGE Thank you to all the volunteers who cooked, wrapped hot dogs, handed out water & chips, helped sell concessions, raffle tickets, monitored the inflatables, set up and tore down.  Thank you!!

New Clothing available for purchase!  As you may have seen at the BBQ, we had some racks out with new clothing options.  You can order the items here: https://chaserapparel.itemorder.com/
Put in code: GBULLDOGS17
The site will close at 11:59pm on September 24th.  At that time, all orders will be sent to print and ready for pickup in about 2 weeks.  They will come to the school sorted by student or parent name and sent home with your children or available for pickup.  I’ll share more info as we get closer and have a firm pickup date!

This week is the first full 5 day week of school!  We have an evening PTC Meeting this week Thursday at 6:30- everyone is invited and welcome to come join and learn about what else we have planned for the year, or if you wanna help or have an idea, please come by!

Friday September 15th is the High School Pink out game versus Hudsonville high School.  The Grandville Cheer Boosters are offering $5 person or $20 family price for a meal and game ticket, and tickets are available at the South office prior to Friday, or at the tailgate event on Friday from 5pm-6:45pm prior to the start of the football game.  Make sure to wear PINK!

Its time for another Box Tops contest as the fall submission deadline is approaching.  A form came home on Friday for you to attach your Box Tops to.  If you run out of room on that form (yay!) Send them in a ziploc bag.  Mke sure the bag and the form have your child & teachers name on it because the class with the most will win a pizza & ice cream party, so make sure to ask co-workers, friends and family to save theirs!

We also are still collecting Family Fare and D&W (Spartan Stores) receipts!  Once we collect $150k of “Direct Your Dollars”, the school will earn $1,000!  Currently we have $12k, so we have a ways to go.  Ask friends, family, or co-workers to save their full receipts for us.
And if you’re saving receipts, take a minute to download the Shoparoo app and snap pictures of your receipts to earn points.  Feel free to invite friends or family to also participate and snap pictures of their receipts.  Anyone can help support us!  You can download the App from your phone Appstore for free!

Dont forget hockey season is around the corner and if your family are Griffins fans, we have set up a group ticket purchase option to save you some $!

1. Log on to griffinshockey.com/promocode
2. Enter promo code: SouthPTC

There are 5 games to chose from! November 5, November 24, January 13, February 25, and March 3!
Pricing is: Upper Level Faceoff $15, Upper Level Center Ice$18, Lower Level Faceoff-$21, Lower Level Center Ice$25, (A savings of $5 per ticket plus no service fees.)

Also, our Fall Sale event!  Saturday October 21!  I’ll send home the sign up forms and the flyer in this week’s Friday folder.  We hope you will buy a space and come sell gently used kids clothing, or if you sell other items, or make things, come buy a space and sell!  We should have a lot of traffic because we picked the same day as the high school event and will promote it heavily thru the community!  South Elementary Vendor Show

Our Library helpers start this week.  If you have an hour or two, she would love the help and parent involvement in our school library!  Sign Up HERE!

We have lots of dining fundraiser planned this year!  Participate in whatever ones you can, or whatever ones you like.  Our dining coordinator Beth, has picked some new places this year, and also planned some double nights with two places participating.  So maybe the parents like one place, and the kids like the other, you could get takeout and keep everyone happy!  Jets pizza is coming up Tuesday Sept. 19th, and Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday Sept. 27th.

Orange Leaf is also planning their bracket challenge between schools.  First round starts October 1st.  South will face Cummings.  For those new to this, Orange Leaf in Grandville does a bracket spirit challenge.  For one week, schools go head to head to see who spends the most.  When you go to Orange Leaf, you drop your receipt in a schools bucket for your purchase to count towards our total.  The schools with the highest totals will move to the next round.  We earn 20% of our total sales (Even if we dont move to the next round).  The overall winning school gets a $500 bonus!  You can see the full bracket below!

As always, Thanks for your support and have a great week!

Ornage Leaf Bracket

South PTC News 9.3.17

Hope everyone enjoyed their long holiday weekend!

I can’t believe its Walk-A-Thon week!  Please send in pledges marked with your child’s & their teachers name.  The class with the most pledges will win a bowling party! Every student who bring in a minimum of $50 will be entered into a classroom drawing, The winning student in each classroom will get to pick an envelope containing $10 to $50! And, the top 5 overall school pledge collectors will win a $75 gift card!  Pledges are due on Thursday September 7th for all the contests.  All students will walk on Friday September 8th.  Classroom walking times will be posted on our South Elementary PTC Facebook page (later this week) for parents that wish to join their kids while walking or for parents wishing to help distribute snow cones when kids finish their walk!  We appreciate your support!

Friday night will be our free family BBQ as a thank you for all your donations for the Walk-A-Thon.  All South students and their immediate family and invited back up to the school from 4:30pm-7pm to enjoy bounce houses, a mechanical bull, and each family member will receive one free hot dog, chips and a drink.  Additional hot dogs and food items will be available for purchase.  We need some volunteers to stand at inflatables and make sure we don’t have 50 kids in a bounce house or obstacle at once.  Please sign up HERE if you can help out!   And we will have the ever popular Cash Cube back!  You can buy raffle tickets for $2 each or 3 for $5.  We will draw & announce a name every 15 minutes to go in the cash cube!

I’m very excited to let everyone know that we will be having a “Family & Vendor Sale” event on Saturday October 21st.  This is the same day as the High School event so we hope to draw a large amount of shoppers.  If you sell things from home, you are welcome to buy a booth space.  If you’d like to sell your gently used adult or kids clothing, you are welcome to buy a booth. Please read thru this form and submit your application and payment to reserve your space.  We hope everyone will come to the school to shop and tell all your friends! South Elementary Vendor Show

We have a new librarian this year and she would love some assistance in the library if anyone has some extra time to help!  Sign Up HERE!

I am working on some exciting new Grandville gear that will be available for purchase coming up later this month.  You’ll be able to see sizing and a preview at the BBQ this Friday!  There will be shirts, hoodies, zip ups, jerseys, stadium chairs, and water bottles!  And Car window decals!  Here’s a preview (Will be on a clear poly and available in a couple weeks!)
Car decal

Coming up in September/October:
Thursday September 14th, 6:30pm PTC Meeting- everyone is invited & welcome to attend!
Tuesday September 19th: Jets pizza Fundraiser (Flyer coming home soon!)
Friday September 22nd: Kindergarten Teddy Bear picnic
Wednesday September 27th: Buffalo Wild Wings Dining Fundraiser
Friday September 29th: Kindergarten Field Trip to Cranes Apple Orchard
October: BoxTops Collection Drive- More details to come! Keep collecting & saving!
Week of October 2nd: Spirit Week!
Monday October 9th: Picture Retakes
Wednesday October 11th: Terry Hall Skating Party Night
Friday October 13th: Kindergarten Pajama Day
Week of October 16th: Book Exchange!  Sign up to help HERE
Tuesday October 17th: Jets Pizza Dining Night
Tuesday October 17th & Thursday October 19th: Fall Conferences (Look for info from your teachers coming home closer to the date!)
Friday October 20th: 1/2 Day- 11:36am dismissal
Saturday October 21st: Family & Vendor Sale
Monday October 23rd: No School
Friday October 27th: Dining Fundraisers with Panda Express and Potbelly Sandwiches
Tuesday October 31st: Halloween Parties and Parade

Have a great week and we hope to see you Friday at the BBQ!  Thanks for your support!

South PTC News 8.27.17

Happy 2nd week of school!  Hopefully everyone is starting to get their routines down.

Tomorrow, Monday August 28th is Picture Day! If you’ve misplaced your order form, don’t worry! You can order right online! http://www.geskusphoto.com/default.asp
Select the circle button that says: “Order Fall portraits here”
Select “South Elementary School-Grandville” from the school drop down
Click “Pre-Pay Flyer”
You will need the Web Code for South which is 1946QZOPGSGAZL
Then enter your info, and choose your package, and pay right online. Your child wont have to remember any forms or checks tomorrow!

Tuesday August 29th is Open House from 6pm-7pm.    This is for 1st thru 6th grade.  There is no set program or agenda, so stop by when you can and see your students classroom, meet their teacher, and see anything they want to show you!

Wednesday August 30th is the last day to purchase tickets for the Kindergarten Tailgate event at Grandville High School on Thursday August 31st.  There are tickets available in the school office, $5 each or $20 for family.  You can read more about the event HERE

No School Friday September 1st & Monday September 4th, Have a great long Labor Day weekend!

Our biggest fundraiser event The Annual Walk-A-Thon is coming up on Friday September 8th.  Students will walk laps with their class during the school day.  The PTC will give each student a snow cone upon completion! We could use some help with the Snow Cones if you have some time to spare, sign up HERE!  If every student is able to raise $50, we will hit our funding goal for the school year!
The Info sheet, rules and pledge forms are available here and were also sent home in Friday folders! Walk a Thon info SheetWalk a thon Rules, and Walk a Thon pledge Form

The Free Family BBQ is that night from 4:30pm-7pm.  Each family member will receive a free hot dog, chips and a drink as a thank you from the PTC for a successful fundraiser!  We will have fun inflatable for the evening too!  We could use help at the event, sign up HERE! 

The Important Dates flyer came home this past Thursday and we are working on adding a few more things still.  Look for an updated copy to come home in another week or two.  I will post here once it is ready!  We are also looking into the possibility of changing the Vendor & Consignment Sale date.  Since our original date falls on a long weekend, we may move it up into late September.  You’d be able to rent a booth space for a Saturday  during the sale and sell your gently used kids clothing/toys, or if you’re a vendor, you could sell your products!  Look for more information to post very soon!

Also, I’m working on a fundraiser of Grandville clothing and items.  I hope to have sample sizing in the next few weeks and orders available later this fall to arrive before winter break.

Since we have so many new families joining us now, I thought it best to remind everyone of the easy no cost ways to raise funds for our school!

  • Send in full receipts from Family Fare/Spartan Stores for their Direct Your Dollars program.
  • When you shop online, use Smile.Amazon.com, its the exact same as Amazon.com but a portion of eligible purchases come back to the PTC when you select “Grandville Parent Support Organizations Parents-Teachers-Children S Element” as your charity of choice!  Learn more HERE!
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  • Download the BoxTops App and save your BoxTops!  We will be doing a classroom competition for the next submission deadline this fall!  Details and forms will be coming home soon.
  • Sign up and download the ShopARoo App and snap pictures of your receipts!
  • The Papergator in the back of the large parking lot accepts newspapers, magazine, phone books, catalogs and office paper.  Drop in some paper after you drop off your kids!

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We have lots of dining nights lined up for the school year and will be adding a few more!
Also, new this year is 5 Griffins hockey fundraiser nights!  The first one is in November!  You can buy tickets at a reduced cost and a portion of the proceeds come back to South!  So its a win-win!  This will come home in a few weeks, but if you want to peek at it now, heres the first flyer! Grandville South Nov 5

Dont forget to follow along on the South PTC Facebook group.  Make sure you have your notifications set to “All” or “Highlights” so you get notified when we post important info!

Have a great week!

South PTC News 8.20.17

Happy First Day of School Eve!

Tomorrow, Monday August 21st is a half day.  The day begins at 8:28am and 1/2 dismissal is 11:36am.  Full day dismissal is 3:41pm.  For the first week, expect the parking lots and drop off/pick up to be busier than usual.  Many parents will be walking their younger students in for their first day.  Some teachers have moved rooms.  First grade is now in the middle hallway and not the hallway to the right. Here is the parking information from the letter sent home last year: “First, we ask every family to only do one drop off. Secondly, we encourage everyone to use the new drop off loop in the parking lot. It is 2 lanes, so the curbside lane is for drop off and the inside lane is for passing through. Do not leave your vehicle along the curbside lane. Third, please drop off in the most efficient way possible. The front office entrance is for Y5s through 2nd grade, the front East end doors are for 3rd and 4th grade students, and the rear East end doors are for the entrance of our 5th and 6th grade students. We ask that any family that has a student 3rd grade or older to do your family drop off in the parking lot. We are asking our older siblings to walk with any Y5-2nd grade siblings to the office doors until everyone is comfortable. We have staff members posted on the front two corners of the building and a crossing guard out front as well. Any families with only Y5s through 2nd grade students are still encouraged to use the drop off zone by the front office.”

The lunch menus for August and September are posted HERE and begin on Tuesday August 22nd.  Dont forget to load money into your students lunch account HERE!

Monday afternoon is also our Slip and Slide and Solar Eclipse party!  Bring your children back up to school at 1:30pm to enjoy a slip and slide.  There will be snacks for sale as well!  Pop, Bottled water and Candy bars for $1 each.  Sno Cones, glasses of lemonade & Sun Tea and bags of chips for .50 cents each.  The solar eclipse glasses are sold out at this time.  if you pre-ordered, come to the table with your money to claim your glasses.  Please bring cash for snacks and glasses.  I am sorry we couldn’t get glasses for absolutely everyone.  A few weeks ago when I ordered, I never thought I’d sell all 400.  And I try to walk a line to balance the money I spend which is donated from you parents, and do my best to not waste those donations.

Friday August 25th there is no school.
Monday August 28th will be picture day.  Flyers and information will be coming home this week!
Tuesday August 29th will be the 1st-6th grade open house from 6pm-7pm.
Friday September 1st & Monday September 4th there is no school.
Friday September 8th is Walk-A-Thon!  Flyers will be coming home for students to collect donations.  That night is also our free family BBQ.  We will have bounce houses, a mechanical bull, and everyone that attends will be one free hot dog, chips and a pop.  Other food items will be available for purchase. The event runs 4:30pm-7:30pm.

Walk-A-Thon Information Sheet
Walk-A-Thon Rules
Walk-A-Thon Pledge Form

Our first PTC Meeting will be Thursday August 24th at 9am in the teacher’s lounge.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  Our September meeting will be Thursday September 14th at 6:30pm in the teachers lounge.

I hope you find our Facebook group helpful!  Make sure you have the group set to allow notifications when we post information.  We try to screen the posts and make sure it is school related or not something that has already been addressed.  I also make event pages for important dates.  I use that function quite often.  Set your phone calendar to sync with your Facebook calendar so you will remember those important dates!

And welcome new parents to our school, or new parents with their first children starting with us.  Please take a moment and read through older posts to hear who is on the PTC board this year and the ways you can help us raise money.  We hope to make this a fantastic year!  2017-2018 New Year Letter  Intro to South PTC

South PTC Update 08.04.17

Hello South families!  Can you believe its almost time to start back up with a new school year?!  We’ve been hard at work over the summer and have some fun planned for the school year. Below you will see some important dates for August & September and some other upcoming things we are working on will be announced soon!  So, who is on the PTC this year? Well let me tell you!

I’ll start with myself, your favorite blog writing and Facebook posting friend- Jackie Stone.  This is my 2nd year back on the PTC serving as the Secretary and Activities Coordinator.  When I’m not assisting the PTC,  I work full time as an Executive Coordinator for Experience Grand Rapids, the convention and visitors bureau for Grand Rapids & Kent County.  I’m married to Ryan, a civil Engineer for Prein & Newhof, and we have 3 children, Cameron (2nd), Abigail (1st), and Emma (4 year old preschool), and 2 very old dogs- Levi & Lola.

Next up is your President, Alison Edidin- Alison was raised in Grandville and even attended South for elementary school. She went on to college at GVSU. Alison works part-time as an RN Case Manager in the ICU at St Mary’s and also as a forensic nurse at the YWCA. She is married to Blake who is a Chicago native. He works as a realtor with Five Star Realty. Alison has 4 sons, Noah will be a junior, Graham is in 8th grade, Lucas is in 3rd grade in Mrs Messina’s class and Jacob is going into kindergarten. This is Alison’s second year serving as PTC president.

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My name is Jessica Lemmon, this is my 1st year on the PTC Board as Co-Vice President. I work full time as a Realtor with Patriot Realty. I’m married to Sam, an Assistant Principal in West Ottawa Public Schools. We have 2 children – Caden, going into 4th grade and Madison, going into 2nd grade. We’ve had a busy summer training our new puppy, Izzy, and also have a pet cat, Marley. I enjoy being involved in my kids’ day to day life at South Elementary as well as being crafty and working on projects around our home!

 

 

Sarah

Hi, my name is Sarah Stevens, and I am one of your PTC Vice Presidents.  My husband BIll works for Gordon Food Service and the Grandville Fire Department.  We have four boys, Jacob- going into 2nd grade and Joseph, Ryan and Caleb will be in 4 year old preschool.  I love South, we have such amazing staff and students! I am looking forward to meeting and volunteering with more awesome South families this year!

 

 

 

Jen

My name is Jennifer Johnston.This is my first year as treasurer on the board. I like crafting, and spending time outdoors with my family! I have been married to my husband Mike for 10 years. We have two children, Logan who is going into 2nd grade and Kaylin who will be in 4 year old preschool. I am excited for a great year at South.

My name is Beth DeLozier, and this is my first year on PTC board.  I am Volunteer Coordinator as well as being in charge of Restaurant Night.  I’m a stay at home mom, and I’m married to my husband Jason with whom I also help run our own remodeling business.  We have three boys Justin who is 21, Jacob is 12 & entering 6th grade, and Jackson is 9 & entering 4th grade.  We are fairly new to the school as we moved to South in March of 2017, my children also attended Grand View in the past, so Bulldog pride runs strong in our family!  When I’m not chasing my brood of boys I enjoy beach volleyball, camping, & bargain hunting.

Principal Ryan Roberts asked that I share this letter with all of you to introduce some of the new teachers you’ll see at Soth and what classes they will be in.  I hope to get a chance to meet them all soon and put together a short paragraph on each one (Like what we did above!) Read the letter here: Letter from Principal Roberts

The final assignments for classes should be arriving today/tomorrow or early next week.  Make sure to sign up to be a room parent if you are interested!  CLICK HERE  Room parents are responsible for getting volunteers and donations from the class for the Halloween, Christmas and Valentines party, and also coordinating Teacher Appreciation Week.  We send out the theme for the week and you can collect money or assist your class as needed!

We have been working on some fun ideas for the upcoming school year and we hope you will continue to support the PTC so we can continue to provide support to the school. The PTC SUPPORTS SOUTH with total or partial funding for classroom parties, library books and other support, field trips, September One Time Teacher Gifts, Popcorn, Teacher Appreciation Week, Muffins with Moms/Donuts with Dads, Field Day, Girls on the Run, and Teacher Mini-Grants.  In addition to raising and providing funds, the PTC helps plan ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS like Spirit Days, Crazy Hair/Hat Days, PJ Days, Skating Parties, Mother/Son Events, the Guys and Dolls Dance, and new this year, Mom’s Night Out and a Carnival. We are also always looking for more other fun activities for South students and their families.

One event that I’ve been working on and am really excited about is a Solar Eclipse and Slip & Slide Party!  It will be Monday August 21st from 1:30pm-3:30pm.  Its a half day of school.  So students will be able to go home as usual.  We will invite South parents to bring their students back up to the school starting at 1:30pm to slip & slide down the hill on the side of the school by the garden.  At appx 2:20pm we will also be able to witness a solar eclipse!  You can read more about the eclipse HERE  Start working on those eclipse viewers so you can safely view the eclipse! (I’m on the hunt for a bulk order of glasses, and also large plastic slip & slide material-more info to come, if you have a hookup on either thing, call or text me 616-366-1760!)

I’m also happy to announce that we would like to hold a Consignment Sale this fall!  I’m still working on a final date with district administration, but save your gently used kid clothing, toys, anything you’d want to sell.  You’ll be able to rent a booth space and table to sell indoors at South!  Home businesses are also welcome!  I hope to have final date confirmed soon!

The carnival will be back!  Last year was our first year and we received such positive feedback, how could I not do it again!  I hope more people will volunteer this year after seeing how great it was last year.  We don’t ask for a lot of your time for this event so you can still enjoy it with your family.  Ideas are always welcome, please contact me- Jackie!

Here is a snapshot at August and September:
August 10– Night out at Brush painting studio.  Its a fundraiser for South as well!  Come enjoy a night out with your special someone, or a group of friends! You do not have to be a South parent to participate.  THe more painters we have, the more we earn!  We had a great time learning how to paint last year.  Instructor led, and you’re free to put your own spin on the art.  Maybe make it more boyish with your sons initial, or keep it girlie and give it to your daughter.  Lots of possibilities.  And they serve wine.  Sign up here: https://www.brushgr.com/calendar/2017/08/10/personalized-initial-brush-gives-back-to-grandville-south-elementary-ptc
August 15 6pm-7pm Kindergarten Open House.  Kindergarteners Only please!  Its a special night for them to see their rooms and meet their teachers!
August 21– First day, half day (11:36am Dismissal), Solar Eclipse and Slip and Slide party (1:30pm-3:30pm)
August 24– PTC Meeting 9AM- everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!  We will do rotating meetings this year where every other meeting will be evening to encourage more parents to attend!
August 25– No school
August 28– Picture Day
August 29– Open House grades 1-6, 6pm-7pm
August 31– Kindergarten Tailgate at Grandville High School- Click HERE
Sept 1-4 No School
Sept 8– Walk A Thon! and Family BBQ  Info here:
Walk-A-Thon Information SheetWalk-A-Thon Pledge FormWalk-A-Thon Rules
Sept 14– PTC Meeting 6:30PM Teachers Lounge
Sept 22– 1/2 Half Day 11:36am Dismissal
Sept 22– Walk A Thon & Family BBQ Rain Date
Sept 27– Dining Fundraiser- Buffalo WIld WIngs- Come eat at BWW for a good cause, South will earn a portion of the night’s sales when you turn in our flyer!

And Dont forget about our Back to School shopping Fundraiser at Five Below August 6-12! Present this flyer when you pay so we receive the credit!South Elementary – full page Aug

So much fun planned for this year.  Can’t wait to see all the shiny and bright faces on the first day!