South Elementary PTC News 12.4.16

Hi South families!  We want to thank everyone for their support during this week.  We’ve heard from many teachers that really appreciated all the food that was brought in, and the support for Wendy & her family has been amazing.

Here is whats coming up this month:

Tuesday December 6th: Students Half Day! Dismissal at 11:36am.
Also- Big Boy Fundraiser- 4950 Wilson Ave SW. 12pm-8pm! Flyer HERE  on our Facebook Page!

PTC Meeting Friday December 9th at 9am- Teachers lounge, everyone is welcome & encouraged to attend!
This is also our rescheduled date for Backwards Spirit Day.  Bring $1 (Suggested donation) and wear your clothes backwards for the day!

Coming Up:
Christmas Parties will be December 22nd.  Teachers or Room Parents will be reaching out soon with information!
December 22nd is also a Jets Pizza Fundraiser night, flyer will be sent home soon!
No School December 23rd-January 2nd.

Have a great week!

South Elementary PTC News 11.20.16

Hey South families!  Here is whats coming up and what we discussed at the PTC Meeting on Friday:

PTC Meeting Friday November 18th
Had a good turnout of parents attend!  Mr Roberts shared this VIDEO with all of us.  I hope you’ll take 10 minutes to watch it.  Its something he really wants to move our students towards.  He shared this video with the teachers at their last staff meeting as well.   Ms Messina was also at the meeting and mentioned she uses Classroom Dojo which features the Dojo Growth Mindset.

Mr Roberts mentioned we will be doing a fundraiser for “Shop With A Cop” on Tuesday November 22nd.  For a $1 donation students may wear a hat to school.  All monies raised will go towards being able to provide more students the ability to Shop With A Cop.  For those who may not know (like myself) the “Shop With A Cop” program is run by the Grandville/Walker Police Dept and South Elementary.  Teachers nominate students on perceived need and Mr Roberts notifies the parents that their student was nominated.  The students get to shop with a police officer at Wal-Mart and pick out things for their families (list provided by parents of items needed). Gifts are wrapped at the store and then taken home by the families to enjoy on Christmas morning.  All monetary donations are welcome on Tuesday morning, money raised by South will allow more South children to attend!  Teachers will collect the donations in the classrooms that morning.

Mr Roberts mentioned the new parking routine has been going well.  One thing to know is that the Student Safeties in front of the school are instructed to not let people cross the crosswalk until there are no cars on that stretch of road.  If you are driving thru there please continue driving, the Safeties stand with their arms out so people do not cross. And please NO 3 point turns in front of the school.

We’ve heard there are some parents who don’t know who the PTC is or what we do. There are 5 of us on the Board and another 10 or so parents who regularly attend the PTC meetings.  Every parent or guardian of a South student is a member of the PTC!
The 5 Board members have put together a little “About Me” section below. We facilitate all the fundraising for the school.  We are a non-profit and work really hard for there to be fun things for the students- Mother/Son night, Daddy/Daughter Dance, School Carnival, Family BBQ, Popcorn Fridays, Muffins with Mom and Donuts with Dad to name a few.  PLUS we can provide grants for the teachers to purchase things for their rooms that they would not have funding for otherwise.  Our treasurer Kristy Gibney has put together a list of what we have funded this year (Thanks to you for participating in our fundraisers!)-

Mini-grants total $1500 for the year!
Peggy Camiller $100 for new books and sensory items for new classroom.
Wendy Wellman-Bowman $100 for supplies for class store.
Beth Boersma $96 for subscription to Flocabulary.
Timmer $150 for food for various projects.
Also, all full time teachers get $75 and part time get $50 at the beginning of the year.
Room parents get $25 for each party.
Library is provided with $3,700.  So far, the library has used almost $2000 on books and prizes!
Each classroom is given $200 for field trips.
This year, $2,500 has been approved for 6th Grade camp.
PTC paid for the beautiful new classroom signs in the hallways!
PTC also buys popcorn and supplies, provides $400 for Teacher Appreciation Week, $300 for Girls on the Run, $150 for Kids in Nature, $150 for Lego League, and $250 for the safeties White Caps Field Trip.

The 5 PTC Board members plus all the other PTC parents at the meeting on Friday voted in favor of $2500 spend for 6th grade camp. Thank you to all who participate in PTC fundraisers!
Another thing the PTC was able to do last month was purchased 52 wall mountable fans for the classrooms and library at South- ALL BECAUSE YOU HELP US RAISE MONEY BY PARTICIPATING IN OUR FUNDRAISERS! THANK YOU!  These fans should really make a difference in the classrooms!

Coming up this week:
Monday night- there is a Social Media Night for parents at a local church- information is scheduled to come from Infinite Campus Messenger.
Tuesday- Hat Day for Shop with a Cop (All Monetary Donations accepted, suggested $1 per student.)
Tuesday- Also Jets Fundraiser Night!  Flyers came home on Friday and I’ll repost on the facebook group if you need to print another one.
No School Wednesday-Friday- Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Coming up-
December 2nd-9th: Five Below Fundraiser!  There will be a flyer coming home this week and it is also posted on the facebook event page.   Turn it in at Five Below and we receive a portion of the sales that night!

So who are these board members anyways?

Co Presidents: Alison Edidin & Victoria Talsma

Victoria Talsma:
My name is Victoria Talsma and I am one of your PTC Presidents. I have three daughters that attend South Elementary; Emma who is 10 yrs old and is in Mrs.Timmer’s  4th grade class.  Olivia who is 8-1/2 and is in Mrs. Messina’s 3rd grade class, and Zhoey who is 6 and is in  Mrs.Uhl’s Kindergarten class. I am from the Kalamazoo area and have spent many years in the medical field as a practice manager in both Kalamazoo and right here in Grand Rapids. Currently both my husband, Paul and myself are business owners.  One of my hobbies is cake decorating and spending time with my family. When the girls aren’t committed to dance or other sporting activity we love to travel and enjoy warm weather activities as well as snow skiing in the winter. This is my third year participating on the PTC board, formerly volunteer coordinator and vice president. I enjoyed coordinating the Daddy Daughter dance for south the past two years. I feel fortunate to have such amazing teachers, staff, students and parents at South Elementary. I look forward to many great parents joining our board over the next year to continue making South Elementary the great school that is.

Alison Edidin:
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My name is Alison Edidin and I am one of your PTC presidents. I have two kids at South; Lucas in Mrs Hjort’s class and Jacob who is in Mrs Lancto’s class. I also have a 7th grader named Graham and a 10th grader named Noah. By the time Jacob graduates from GHS I will have had children in Grandville schools from the year 2012-2030!
I grew up in Grandville and went to south myself. My family moved back here from AZ in 2012 when Noah started 6th grade and Graham 3rd grade at South. I am an ER nurse by trade but am currently working in the ICU at St Mary’s as a case manager. I also work for the YWCA as a nurse examiner. My husband, Blake, is a Chicago native and is a realtor with Five Star.  I love being at South and being involved with the happenings at the school. I think very highly of the teachers, staff, parents and students of South Elementary and look forward to being involved for many years to come!

Treasurer/Secretary: Kristy Gibney
My name is Kristy Gibney. I am the PTC Treasurer this year.  This is my fourth year (not consecutive) serving on the Board. My daughter Grace is in Mr. Karnehm’s class.  My son Jackson is a 7th grader at the Middle School. My husband Charlie and I are originally from Indiana and moved to Grandville 9 years ago from Illinois. I am an attorney and work in Grandville at Hackney Grover and Charlie works in Holland. I love South, its staff and students, and would not want my kids to go anywhere else.  

Volunteer Coordinator: Samantha Siegert
My name is Samantha Siegert, and I am our volunteer coordinator. I have 2 kids at South; Jack in Ms. Rieger’s class and Addy who is in Mrs. Doxstader’s class. I also have Theo, who is only 14 months, but still spends most his days at South Elementary following me around! I love South Elementary and feel very blessed to have my kids here. I think our staff is awesome and the community can’t be beat, but the thing that really makes South stand out to me is our kids. I’m blown away by the kindness and respect that I observe South kids show towards each other each day. We have such a special group.  At the PTC meetings we talk about ways to support our awesome kids and expand their learning opportunities. I hope you’ll join us soon! Or if you can’t make a meeting, feel free to reach out to any of us with suggestions or questions!

Activities Coordinator/Secretary: Jackie Stone
Hi!  I’m the one that has been writing these blogs and posting a bunch on facebook this school year.  My children are Cameron- 1st grade Mrs Hyde, and Abby- Kindergarten with Mrs Doxstader.  I also have a 3 1/2 year old, Emma, at Treehouse full time. My husband Ryan is a civil engineer with Prein & Newhof.  I started attending PTC meetings about halfway thru last year and love to plan & coordinate- its a lot of what I do with my job at Experience Grand Rapids, so it was a natural fit for me!  I’m still learning a lot but really enjoying all the parents and teachers that I meet!  Please reach out anytime if you have an idea for an event or activity!

I’ve attached these forms a few times, but am sending again in case they got lost in the shuffle at the beginning of the year🙂
2016-2017 New Year Letter
2016-2017 Important Dates

Carnival is 2 months away- AHHH!  Volunteer spots have been going pretty well thanks to a ton of NHS Volunteers.  We still have a lot of spots open- Click HERE!  Take a look and volunteer for an hour or two if you’re able to!  It will be a really fun night if we can all work together!  More will be posted about this soon.  I have lots of donation requests out right now and may need help building or assembling games.  Information will be posted here & on our facebook group page!

Thanks so much for reading & participating in any way you’re able to!

Grandville South Elementary PTC News 11.13.16

Good evening South Families!  Heres whats coming up:

Tuesday 11/15- SKATING PARTY! Terry Hall Rollerink 6pm-8pm.  $5 admission, $1 skate rental!
Friday 11/18- PTC Meeting 9am- teachers lounge- everyone is welcome & encourages to attend!
Tuesday 11/22- Jets Pizza Fundraiser! Flyer will be sent home to turn in so South receives credit and a portion of the nights sales will be donated back to us!
Wednesday 11/23-Friday 11/25- No School- Thanksgiving Break

I am busy working away on the School Carnival coming up on January 20th!
I’ve stopped in many local businesses and have been busy sending emails and facebook messages to other companies.  If you have a contact at a local business, please ask if they would donate food, gift cards, money or prizes to this event!  I have a generic donation request letter ready! Contact Jackie Stone- 616-366-1760 or facebook/email!
Many hands make light work- and honestly we cannot do this event without a ton of volunteers. Sign up is ready!  Games may change if we are unable to secure the things needed to create the game.  I have asks in to Home Depot & Menards for supplies.

We are also looking for a coordinator to plan the Daddy daughter dance this coming year in February. This person would be in charge of coordinating the theme and collecting a group of parents to plan, coordinate and make it a successful event and stay within the budget. Please contact Victoria Talsma if you are interested or have questions at 616 916-6867.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered or came out to support us at Culvers night!  It was a lot of fun to see Mr Roberts running food in his paper hat🙂

Thanks as always for your support!  More December information will be included in next weeks blog- including Christmas Parties times!

South Elementary PTC Update 11.6.16

Hi South families!  Heres whats coming up the next few weeks:

  • Monday Nov 7th- Culvers Fundraiser- please join us at the Culvers in Jenison – 7393 Cottonwood Dr, Jenison.  From 4:30pm-8pm!  We are in need of a few more volunteers from 7pm-8pm-  Would you be willing to open doors and run food to tables?  Sign up HERE
  • There is no PTC Meeting this week- due to a conflict with the principals schedule it has been moved back a week to November 18th.  All are welcome & encouraged to join us at 9am in the Teachers Lounge!
  • Terry Hall Skating Party is November 15th from 6pm-8pm!  Admission is $5 per person and skate rental is $1.
  • There will be another Jets Fundraiser on the 22nd of November.
  • Thanksgiving Break is November 23-25
  • Girls on the Run program is looking for Coachs & assistant Coaches.  You do not need to be a runner to volunteer!  See the flyer here!gotr-coach
  • The school carnival is coming up on January 20th and I’ll be looking for tons of volunteers.  I’ve also started the search for games.  If you know of a great game or have played one at another event I want to know about it!  Contact Jackie Stone: or call/text: 616-366-1760.  More information and volunteer opportunities will be coming soon!
  • A letter was sent via Infinite Campus on Friday afternoon regarding Pick Up & Drop Off Procedures at South.  Please read it over here:  pick-up-drop-off

South Elementary PTC News 10.30.16

Here is whats going on this week-
Monday Oct 31- Happy Halloween- No School!
Friday Nov 4- Popcorn Friday! Also Kindergarten Silly Sock Day

Mrs Messina took some pictures during Officer Mikes visit earlier this week- See them HERE

Coming up-
Culvers Fundraiser night- Jenison location- Monday Nov 7
Terry Hall Skating Party- Tue Nov 15, 6pm-8pm
PTC Meeting-Fri Nov 18, 9am
Jets Pizza Fundraiser- Tue Nov 22
No School, Thanksgiving Break Nov 23-25

Dont forget our easy moneymakers-
Shopping with Amazon this holiday season?  Go to select “Grandville Parent Support Organizations- Parents-Teachers-Children”amazon-smile-screenshot
And we will earn .5% of purchase price.  Its an easy way, costs you nothing, and can make a big impact if everyone used it!

Have you downloaded Shoparoo yet?  Its an app for your smart phone- snap pictures of your grocery receipts and we earn points that we can turn into dollars!  And snapping non-grocery receipts puts us into drawings to win prizes.
Theres also a BoxTops app you can download and snap pictures of your receipts too.
Make sure for both of these apps that you select Grandville South Elementary as your school!

Have a great week!


South Elementary PTC News 10.23.16

Here’s whats happening this week:

Tuesday & Thursday are Conferences- Make sure to send back your signed paper with the time that has been selected for you.  The teachers work hard to try to accommodate everyones schedules. We like to bring dinner in for the teachers- if you’re able to donate to either night the sign ups are TUESDAY HERE and THURSDAY HERE.  Food needs to be brought in by 3pm each day.

Wednesday is Spirit Day!  Students can wear their U of M or MSU gear to school for $1 suggested donation to “Vote” for their favorite team.  “Votes” will be collected by each teacher and the students team choice recorded.  The students that vote for the game winning team will get a candy treat on Tuesday November 1st (Due to no school on Monday 10/31)  If we can find a U of M & MSU flag to borrow we will also fly the team flag from the school flagpole on Wednesday based on the highest number of votes.  If you have a flag we could borrow please let anyone on the PTC know or call/text Jackie- 616-366-1760

Thursday is a Jets Pizza Fundraiser night! Flyers came home in Friday Folders- make sure to turn yours in when you pay so we get credit. Easy dinner solution for families who have conferences Thursday night- call before you go in to meet with the teacher and your food should be ready for pickup by the time you get to the store- 44th & Ivanrest.

Friday is a Half day- dismissal at 11:36!  Halloween parties are taking place in the morning.  And the Halloween parade will be at 9:30am!

Monday 10/31 is Fall Break and there is no school.

We are out of the Orange Leaf running for the FroYo Spirit challenge.  Final Results for week 2 were posted and Grand View beat us.  Thanks to everyone who went out at ate FroYo, we still earn our percentage from the 2 rounds we were in.

We have a couple more dining fundraisers coming up in November and another skating party! Follow our group page on facebook for more event reminders and announcements.  Thanks for your support!


South Elementary PTC News Week of 10.17.16

Here are the updates for the week of October 17th, 2016:

October 16-22: Round 2 of the Orange Leaf Fro-Yo Spirit Challenge!  We are on to round 2  and we are facing off against Grand View!  Thanks for the support during Round 1!    When you visit Orange Leaf- place your receipt into the bucket for South and we earn 20% of the sale.  Even gift card purchases count!

October 20th- Picture retakes.  Information HERE

October 20th: “Moms Night Out at Brush”- EVERYONE is welcome!  7:30pm- Save time & Pre-Register HERE! Its great fun- instructor led painting and you go home with a great new painting that same night!  They also have adult beverages available for purchase.  You do not need to be a parent at South to attend.  Invite your friends!  Starts at 7:30pm so you’ll have time for dinner (and maybe putting the kids to bed) before heading out!


Kindergarten classes have a PJ Day on the 21st!

Parent Teacher Conferences are the 25th & 27th and to show our appreciation to the teachers, we have volunteers bring in food for their dinner that night.
If you’d like to sign up for the open spots on the 25th for a Taco Bar click HERE
If you’d like to sign up for the open spots on the 27th Soup & Salad Bar click HERE
There will also be order forms coming home with Friday Folders this week- similar to last year- we will have pizza orders placed and ready for you to pick up as you exit your conference to make dinner that night easy!

We also have a Culvers Fundraiser coming up on November 7th, we are in need of a few more volunteers in the 7pm-8pm time slot.  Your duties could include greeting customers & helping run food.  Click HERE to sign up

Class Halloween Parties are scheduled for the 28th- which is also a half day.  The Costume Parade will be at 9:30!  And Monday October 31st there is no school.

Have a great week!

South Elementary PTC News Week of 10.10.16

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Walk-A-Thon a success!  We hope everyone had a great time at the Family BBQ on Friday night!

Its Book Fair week!  Family night is tomorrow (Tuesday) from 4pm-8pm
There are a few volunteer spots left open- mainly on Friday 10/14- Click HERE if you are able to help.

Friday the 14th is the next PTC Meeting- 9am at the school!  Come join us and learn how you can pitch in or share any ideas with us!

Coming Up:
10/20- Picture Retake day

We have a new event planned for October 20th at Brush in Downtown Grand Rapids. We are calling it Moms Night Out but everyone is welcome!  Brush will donate a percentage of the nights sales back to the PTC.  Click HERE to register and hold yourself a seat! Invite your adult friends who like to paint.  You don’t need to know anything about painting, its instructor led and a lot of fun.  We have picked a later time so you can be done with dinner and head out to join us,  They even serve adult beverages to enjoy while you create your masterpiece. Get a group together or just come by yourself, we’d love to have you join us! Contact Jackie Stone if you have any questions:

10/25 & 10/27 Parent/Teacher Conferences- Info will be coming home soon from your child’s teacher.
10/26: U of M vs MSU Spirit Day- Wear your colors to school!
10/27 Jets Dining Fundraiser
10/28 School Half Day- Halloween Parties will take place this day and Parade will be at 9:30am- info to come soon from your room parents on where help is needed in the classrooms that day.
10/31- No School!

This letter was sent via Infinite Campus this afternoon by Principal Roberts- Please take a minute to read it over 2016-10-10-15-58-00_clown-letter-home-rr

Our next really big event will be the Winter Carnival in January, I’ll be looking for businesses to donate and tons of volunteer help.  if you know of a business that may donate, or have a great idea regarding a carnival game we can play inside, send me a note or come to a PTC Meeting! or 616-366-1760

Have a great week!








South Elementary PTC News 10.3.16

Its a busy week at South Elementary!

Tuesday is our first Skating Party!  Everyone is invited to join us at Terry Hall Roller rink from 6pm-8pm.  Admission is $5 and skate rental is $1.

Wednesday is 3rd Graders Field Trip to ArtPrize and BWW Dining Fundraiser night!  Here is the flyer- make sure to give this to your server so we get credit!  bww-grandvillesouthelem-10-5-2016-3  BWW offers a great deal on Wednesdays-  $2.49 Kids meals, a free balloon animal, a craft table & sundae bar!  (We had great turnout for the Jets Dining Fundraiser last week- THANK YOU!)

Thursday is a half day! Kindergarten will be participating in the walk-a-thon at a TBD time by the teachers.  Information was sent home about half day transportation and if you wanted your child bussed to another school for the afternoon.  If you have questions- please call the South office-  616 254-6210

Friday is our first Popcorn Friday!  All students will receive a bag of popcorn from the PTC!  Kindergartners will be going on their Apple Orchard trip.

Friday is also the reschedule date of our Family BBQ.  4:30pm-7pm!  We still need volunteers to help staff all areas-   We have inflatables coming for the students to play on and lots of food! Everyone who attends will get a free hot dog, chips, drink, AND a free Ice cream cup!  We will have additional food available for purchase!  Please bring cash!  And also if you have bag chairs, please bring those if you’d like a place to sit. The Pledges for Walkathon are still rolling in this week!  The times for Friday will now be-


K- Thursday- Time to be communicated by teachers.



ALL WEEK (Oct 2-8)  is the Orange Leaf Spirit Challenge!  Visit Orange Leaf in Grandville  3819 Rivertown Parkway–   Orange Leaf will donate 20% of the sales each school brings into the store during their “game” which will be a week long. Receipts will be collected in the store and the totals will be tallied at the end of each round. The team that raises the most money will move on to the next bracket/round.

Have a great week!!

Special Announcement – Book Fair Volunteers

The Fall Book Fair is October 10 to October 14As always, Book Fair requires many hands. We invite parents to help with set up, classroom shopping, Family Night, and tear down. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate reading at South and meet new families in our school community. Thank you in advance for all of your help! Please use the link below to sign up to volunteer.  Fall Book Fair