Mabry Minute for Week of 8/21/16
General PTA Membership Meeting
We are excited to be Back in School! We hope everyone is adjusting to new classes, new teachers and new friends! 

Come to our 1st General Membership Meeting this Thursday August 25th at 6pm.  Arrive early so you don't wait in line to check in and pick out your child's Spirit Stick for your attendance! 

The meeting is a great way to connect with other parents, hear the latest information on school programs and have your kids connect with their classmates.  You don't want to miss this first meeting as we approve our budget for the year and will answer any final questions for our online After-School Enrichment enrollment that opens at 9pm after the meeting!

Bringing the kids? 
Childcare will be provided for school aged children during the meeting. Please sign up to reserve a spot and arrive by 5:45pm to participate in the planned activity. 
Click here to  JOIN THE PTA online by TUESDAY! .  Not only will you be able to vote on items at our meeting, you will help your child AND teacher potentially be the lucky class to win ANOTHER Spirit Stick and a 30 minute Special Visit from Mrs. Frick for being the class with the HIGHEST PTA membership.
We value your time and are grateful that you are a part of our team!  See you Thursday!
Melissa MacKinnon
PTA President 2016-17
After-School Enrichment (ASE)
Fall 2016
Mark your calendars for Mabry Elementary PTA After-School Enrichment Fall 2016. 
Class Length:  Sept. 12 - Dec. 12
CLASSES WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRST RECEIVED BASIS - ONLINE ENROLLMENT ONLY. Enrollment is completed by child, so you must enroll each child one at a time on the registration website
BEGINS: Thursday, Aug. 25 at 9pm
ENDS: Thursday, Sept. 1 at 3pm

Clink the link below to access the online forms
Hello Mabry Dads
Please join the Mabry Dad's Club e-mail list by sending an e-mail to Nelson Bosque at  You will be the first to know about upcoming Dad's Club functions and about events geared to enrich the involvement of Dad's at school.  
Please mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 1st from 7:15 am to 7:45 am for Donuts with Dad in the cafeteria.  This is a free event for Dad's and students. Coffee and donuts provided. 
Save Your Sneakers!
cartoon-sneakers.jpgDonation of USED sneakers begins on Monday, August 22nd. The Mabry PTA is partnering with the
GotSneakers organization.

GotSneakers provides an opportunity to recycle your USED sneakers (all sizes welcome) and make a DIFFERENCE in the world! The collection dates are from Monday, August 22 - September 30th

Look for the GotSneakers GREEN boxes at the following school locations:
- outside the front office
- back of school
- media center
- 5th grade hallway

Proceeds from the Mabry PTA fundraiser will benefit the 5th Grade Celebration Committee.  
Contact: Julie Sayer
National PTA Art Contest
Reflections is an annual, national art contest held by the PTA. Students can make submissions in the areas of: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, or Visual Arts. Each submission should reflect this year's theme, "What Is Your Story?" Reflections is to all age levels at Mabry.
In the past few years Mabry has had students win at the state level in the area of Film Production.  Deadline for projects is October 14th, 2016. Here is this year's flyer:
For more information, rules and forms, please refer to Reflections Website
Contact: Neely Stout 
Online Directory
Calling all New Mabry Families!
Join our online directory. You can print class rosters, join the PTA, find parent contact information, and more!

and enter code: mabryelementary
If you are already a part of the Mabry directory, please take a moment to update your information.

Contact: Brandi Whitney
Attention Girls in Grades K-5
Come Join Girl Scouts! New troops are now forming!  Sign up on Wednesday August 24th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. 
Contact: Catherine Verona
Calling All Mabry Business Partners
Do you have a business you would like to promote to our fabulous community? Please consider joining us as a Business Partner and Event Sponsor! With exclusive marketing advantages, your business will shine in our community. Check out our packages available and sign up today!
Homeroom Parents
There will be a homeroom parent meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd at 8 AM in the media center. We will be going over the role of the HR parent as well as answering any questions you might have. Email Jen Rubin jen2rubin@gmail or
Kerri Edwards if you are unable to attend.
Reading Buddies
reading buddies
Do you have 30 minutes a week to help a child improve their reading abilities?   
The PTA's Reading Buddies program is in need of volunteers.  No experience necessary!  You will be matched with a child and will spend 30 minutes a week  encouraging and listening to them read.  Teachers will provide the materials.
Contact: Stephanie Thomas
The Book Fair is Coming!
The Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner! Help encourage your child's love of reading - and help raise funds for our media center - by purchasing books.

Monday 8/29: Preview Day - Students will have a chance to peruse the books available
Tuesday 8/30 & Wednesday 8/31: Book Fair open
7:30am - 3:00pm
Thursday 9/1: Book Fair open 7:30am - 3:00pm AND 5:30pm - 7:30pm during Primary Open House
Friday 9/2: Book Fair open 7:30am - Noon

Contact: Brandi Whitney
New PTA Calendar
As you can see there are lots of great activities going on at Mabry Elementary. Stay connected with important dates and events by using the PTA Calendar found on our updated website,  You can even sync the calendar to your smart phone!
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