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

South Elementary PTC News 9.25-16

Its an exciting week at South!  Friday is our WALK-A-THON!  Its the biggest PTC Fundraiser of the year!  All students will participate Friday during the day.  Pledges are due Thursday!  We hope each student can raise $50- which would get us to our $10,000 goal!  We love to help the teachers and offer grants to the teachers to purchase items they need for their classrooms.  We have purchased fans for all the rooms and the great signs in the hallways.  We also help cover costs for some field trips and fun events for the students.   As of right now we are far from our goal.  The class with highest amount of pledges wins a bowling party- currently Mr Karnehms class is in 1st place, Vezino in close second, Barton & Heyboyer tied for 3rd.  Here is the link again for the  Walk-A-Thon Information Sheet and Walk-A-Thon Pledge Form

The Family BBQ is planned for Friday from 4:30pm-7pm.  Everyone will get a free hot dog, chips and a drink.  We REALLY need volunteers to help cover different areas that evening- please click HERE if you can help!!  We have inflatables- bounce house, obstacle course, mechanical bull and giant slide!  We will be selling popcorn, cotton candy, and other food items for $1 each! bbq-flyer The weather looks great 7 we hope you will all join us for a great night!

Thursday is our Jets Pizza Fundraiser- jets-flyer Turn in your flyer at the Jets Pizza at 44th & Ivanrest and they will donate 20% of every order to the South PTC!

Friday is also the Kindergarten classes Teddy Bear picnic- don’t forget to send your kindergartener with their teddy bear!

Class Parents will start planning Halloween parties soon- don’t forget that the PTC reimburses $25 per class- just save your receipts and fill out this form! ptc-expense-reimbursement-request-for-parent-use  Parties will be held on Friday October 28th- which is also a half day.  2016-2017 Important Dates

Lots more planned for October! Thanks for your support!



South Elementary PTC News 9.18.16

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend

The turnout for the Tom & Chee fundraiser was amazing!  If you didn’t see the post on our facebook group, it said:  Just wanted to share this email from Rachel Calendo, manager/owner of Tom and Chee:
“Holy moly! South knows how to turn out a crowd! I was blown away by the attendance last night. In the 12+ we have done like this, none had the turn out like last night! Kudos to your community!!! I hope everyone wasn’t too upset about the long line. I tired to moved them through as quick as possible but Kids night always makes the ordering process a little longer. I hope everyone had fun and enjoyed their dinners! ”
Way to go South!!! Next dining fundraiser is Jets Pizza night on Sept. 29th.

And Principal Roberts wanted to pass along his thanks to everyone who made it by the Open house on Thursday evening.  We hope you got a chance to look at all the improvements that were made around the school!.

And the Family BBQ planning is coming along nicely for Friday September 30th from 4:30pm-7pm.  We still need lots of volunteers to help make this event run smoothly.  We appreciate any family members, grandparents or high school and older aged kids who would like to volunteer for a few hours that evening!  Sign up HERE!

Other volunteer opportunities are:

October we have the conference meals. (South families always provide a meal for the teacher’s in the staff lounge on the night of conferences)
Oct 25- Taco Bar
Oct 27- Soup and Salad Bar…/10c0a4aa5a82daaff2-conference1

And then in November, we have Culver’s night. In order to receive a portion of the profits, Culver’s requires that we have volunteers on hand to greet and bus food.

WALK-A-THON!  Our goal is to raise $10,000 and that would require each child to raise $50. We hope each family will participate in the fundraising to the best of their abilities!  PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES!  The top 5 pledge raisers will each receive a $75 gift card.  Each student who raises at least $50 will be entered into a classroom raffle- one winner from each classroom will be chosen and get to pick a random envelope with cash inside ranging from $10-$50!  The classroom that raises the most pledges will win a bowling party!  Right now Mr Karnehm is still in the lead with Mr Bartons class in a close second!  You have until the 29th to send in cash or checks made out to South PTC!

We have lots of fun things planned this year and we appreciate your support!  Have a great week!



South Elementary PTC News 9.11.16

Good evening South families!

We had a great 1st meeting of the PTC on Friday September 9th!  Anyone is welcome to join us- 9am on the 2nd Friday of the month.  The next meeting will be Friday October 14th.  In this recent meeting we approved the PTC budget for the 2016-2017 school year, met with Marsha Force of the Grandville Education Foundation to learn about grants available to our teachers, had a visit from Pastry Puffins for an upcoming fundraiser, and went over a handful of other topics.

One thing Principal Roberts did want to mention was with the new parking lot- please cross with your child over the raised sidewalk.

The 3rd graders will be taking a field trip to ArtPrize- date is still to be confirmed.

Tuesdays restaurant fundraiser will be at Tom & Chee (In front of Cabelas) from 4pm-8pm.  We will earn 15% of all sales during that time- so please show your flyer to the cashier.  its also Kids Eat Free night- purchase a combo and receive 2 Lil Grilla meals free (for kids under 12).  We will have lots of great restaurant fundraisers this year!   tom-and-chee

The school Open house is on the 15th at 6pm!  The Kindergarten & Young 5 teachers will not be on site that night.  Please take a minute to walk around with your child and see all the great improvements that were made over the summer!

The Walk-A-Thon is coming up on September 30th! All kids will participate even if they dont have pledges.  Mr. Karnehms class is in the lead by $100!  This is our biggest fundraiser and we appreciate the support! Walk-A-Thon Pledge Form Walk-A-Thon Information Sheet Walk-A-Thon Rules

That evening following the Walk-A-Thon will be the Family BBQ from 4:30pm-7pm!  We will have food and inflatable fun for everyone including a free hot dog, chips and drink. (Additional food items will be available for purchase.) Volunteer link will be posted soon!

Did you go shopping this weekend?  Do you know there is a super easy way to help us raise funds?  Download the app called “Shoparoo” snap pictures of your receipts and we earn cash! Once you have it downloaded, enter our zip code and select our school- South Elementary School PTC!  My favorite part- you can set a reminder so it will alert you to upload.

Are you on our facebook group page- spread the word to other parents about this blog and the facebook group- we use it a lot to keep everyone informed!   Search “South Elementary PTC” or use this link!

Have a great week!



South Elementary PTC – A letter from the Principal 9.5.16

Good evening South families!

The update at our school means new parking and drop off information!  Please see the attached letter from Principal Ryan Roberts. Parking 16-17 Letter

Have a great night and a great first day!