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.

Lemmon Family Pic

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!




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!





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:
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!


About PTC Blog

PTC {Parents Teachers Children} Group To share as parents and/or guardians and to promote community spirit for South Elementary School. To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, and community. To assist the faculty in undertaking school activities such as conferences, health and safety programs, and the like if so requested. To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and/or guardians and teachers may co-operate intelligently in training of the child.

Posted on August 4, 2017, in Weekly Updates. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Kennedy bisbee

    I am excited for the new year. I love to volunteer and I am especially interested in the consignment sale! Thank you PTC

  2. Thanks, Jackie! Do you happen to know what the picture make-up day is? Thanks! 🙂

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