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September 25, 2012

Dear HWES Families,

 

Just a reminder that we will get our email list updated as soon as possible.  For now I hope you will bear with us and just delete this message if it is no longer relevant. 

 

Please take a few minutes to read the important updates below!

 

Thank you!
Colleen
Events At a Glance

Save the Date...

 

 

9/28     Last day to request paper Tuesday Folders

9/28     Last day to order spirit wear

10/1     After School Activities Begin

10/3     National Walk to School Day

10/8     Columbus Day - No School

10/12   4th Grade Jamestown Trip

10/15   Crossing Guard and Bus Driver Week

10/24   Picture Day

 

Going Paperless
Paperless Tuesday Folders are Coming!

As part of the Hunters Woods PTA continued efforts to 'Go Green' and reduce our impact on the environment, this year we will take our Paperless Tuesday Folders a step further: all PTA flyers will be paperless unless you request otherwise.  Beginning in October, each week, instead of getting the PTA flyers in your student's Tuesday Folder, you will only get official school flyers, completed school work or items that are specific to the classroom.  There will be a "Tuesday Folder" page on the PTA website, a weekly E-news (sign up at www.hwpta.org) and Facebook page link to all flyers that were included in the Tuesday Folders that week.  Benefits of this program include:less paper (thousands of dollars in savings that can go to PTA programs, student scholarships, & teacher support etc.; less volunteer time necessary to copy/stuff Tuesday Folders; less papers sent home for you to sort through; easily accessible website with an address you can bookmark and link to each week; infinite access to flyers that may have normally been misplaced; a
 concrete example for our children of ways in which we can protect our environment.  Thank you for supporting this effort! 

 

Running Club for Boys!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

We are excited to announce the HWES Running Club for Boys! Boys will train two times a week with a coach to prepare for a 5K run. This is a non-competitive activity where we encourage the kids to strive for their own personal best,good health, and exercise.

ScheduleTuesday & Thursday, 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Classes start:  October 2, 2012
Classes end: December 13, 2012

Price: $120 

Special Registration now open! Click here and scroll to the bottom of the 'Shopping Cart' options to sign up!  Registration ends at 3:00 pm on Sept 27, 2012.


Store Rewards Program

Please support HWES by participating in store rewards programs - remember to relink your store cards each school year!  Encourage family and friends to do so, too. 
Please email grocery@hwpta.org with any questions.

 

Odyssey of the Mind - Sign Up and Coaches
Looking for a Challenge?

Odyssey of the Mind registration closes sept 28th! Can you coach or be a co-coach? Please email us at odyssey@hwpta.org!

 

Lego League
  
Do you have a child that loves Legos?
 
There are several opportunities for them to participate in Lego activities at HWES! 5th & 6th graders can join an afterschool club called Lego League, run by parents, who volunteer as coaches. Contact Fabiana Cesa at lego@hwpta.orgK-3rd graders have two options: The PTA is offering a Jr. Lego Robotics afterschool class. Click here to register. Jr. Lego League is also an afterschool club run by parents. Teams can be made up of groups from 2 to 6 kids, with parent coaches as volunteers. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Alexis Shield and Sandy Angel at jrlego@hwpta.org. To learn more about the nationally-based program, visit http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/jr.fll

 

Lego League Needs Coaches!!!!

 


Love to Build Things?  Looking for a way to be more involved? Coach a Lego League Team!

 

No previous experience or special knowledge is required, just the willingness to guide and mentor a group of enthusiastic kids who will tackle the FIRST Lego League Challenge and participate in the regional tournament.

 

The Challenge consists of:


1. Designing and programming an autonomous robot (using the LEGO´┐Ż MINDSTORMS´┐Ż robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface,

 

2. Creating and presenting an innovative solution to a problem,

 

3. All while demonstrating team spirit, professionalism and cooperativeness.

 

Coaches need to meet with the team for two hours, twice a week for no more than 9 weeks and attend the tournament.  If you have patience, a sense of humor and seek a rewarding experience, don't let this opportunity slip past you.

 

For more information write to lego@hwpta.org

 

 

Reflections Contest

2012-2013 PTA Reflections Contest

 

Each year, the PTA Reflections Program encourages the creativity and continuous self-discovery process of children by challenging them to create art inspired by a specific theme. 

The 2012-13 theme is:

 

The Magic of a Moment

 

Students participate in the Reflections program by submitting entries in any six arts areas-dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts-and four grade divisions-primary, intermediate, middle/junior, and senior.

Deadline for entries is Thursday, October 18th. Look for more information in your child's Tuesday folder and online at www.ptareflections.org for full program rules.

Questions? Contact reflections@hwpta.org.

 

PTA Reflections Theme Search

 

Each Reflections Program year, students create works of art inspired by a specific theme. That theme is selected from hundreds of ideas submitted by students to the PTA Reflections Program Theme Search.

National PTA is looking for a theme for the 2014-2015 Reflections Program year. The student who submits the winning entry will receive $100 and his or her theme will be presented at the 2013 National PTA Convention.  More information and entry forms will be sent out in your child's Tuesday folder.

 

Box Tops AND Labels for Education

FREE MONEY!!!!

Help our school earn free cash and merchandise by participating in the Box Tops and Labels for Education programs!

 

CLIP  box tops and Campbell labels from hundreds of your favorite products.

 

SEND box tops and labels in to school with your child to give to his/her teacher throughout the year.

 

EARN cash and merchandise for our school (up to $20,000) when the PTA collects and submits box tops and labels.

 

Visit labelsforeducation.com for a complete list of eligible Campbells products and point values.  Visit boxtops4education.com to see a list of participating box tops products and to learn how you can earn cash for our school every time you shop for groceries.

 

Fall & Spring contest: Students who bring in the most box tops win a prize!  Fall Contest deadline is Wed. October 31st. 

 

We are looking for a volunteer coordinator for our Box Tops program. Interested? Contact boxtops@hwpta.org.  

 

 

 

Room Parents Needed

 

Help Make the Classroom That Much Better!

 

Welcome back to school!!  As you meet your children's new teachers and visit their classrooms, please consider signing up to be a room parent or classroom volunteer.  Ask your teacher if he or she has a sign-up form?  Missed orientation day?  No worries!  You may find a sign-up in the classroom at back-to-school night or you can always send an email to your teacher!  Our teachers work hard all year and the support of their parents is greatly appreciated!  Don't want to go solo?  Find a friend to volunteer with you!  Want to meet new parents?  Being a room parent or classroom volunteer is a great way to get to know other parents and helps you get to know your teacher even better!  Questions on what's involved?  Don't hesitate to contact me, Bonnie Silas, PTA Room Parent Coordinator, at roomparents@hwpta.org.  All room parents should send me an email letting me know they have signed up and for which teacher!  This will allow me to contact you with updates on school activities and also lets me know which teachers still need volunteers.  Thank you for your support!  Have a great year!!

 

On behalf of your Hunters Woods PTA.

Sincerely,


Colleen Line
Hunters Woods PTA