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Hello Tulita Community! 

I hope this newsletter finds everyone continuing to enjoy their summer! Your PTA Executive Board has worked periodically throughout these months to plan for meaningful educational experiences for our Tulita families. Please scroll through this newsletter to read about Teacher Meet 'N Greet, Reflections, PTA Membership and our communication plans to keep you informed throughout the year. I look forward to seeing you in late August! 

Ali Daly
President, Tulita PTA
Mon, 8/27  - TK/K Back to School Night
Tues, 8/28 - Teacher Meet 'n Greet
Wed, 8/29  - Coffee hosted by PTA in Cafeteria
Fri, 8/31  - Town Hall
Fri, 9/7  - PTA Meeting
Thur, 9/13  - Back to School Night (1st-5th Grade)
Wed, 9/26 - Volunteer Orientation
Wed, 9/25 - Eat for Tulita @ Mama D's 4-9pm
Fri, 10/5 - PTA Meeting & Town Hall

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Membership

Click HERE to purchase your PTA membership online now for all family members!

Emergency Kits

Click HERE to purchase your child's emergency kit which will be delivered to your child's classroom in September.

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Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear will be sold at the Back to School Meet 'n Greet! Bring cash/card to purchase your gear early to show school spirit!

Membership
Just like last year, we will be rewarding pizza parties to those classrooms that reach 100% PTA membership and also donate $100 of class materials to the teachers of those classrooms.

Please help us spread the word on becoming a PTA member. Not only can Tulita parents join, but grandparents, neighbors, or friends can become members and support our school too.

Join online HERE or on our Tulita app.

Thank you for your continued commitment and support to Tulita PTA!

Jocelyn Backes
VP of Membership, Tulita PTA
Emergency Kit
Order your child's Emergency Kit at our Back to School Meet 'n Greet on 8/28
OR
Eat for Tulita
Reflections Contest
"Heroes Around Me"

Hero /ˈhirō/: [someone who], in the opinion of others, has special abilities

Last June, we kicked off the Reflections art program by announcing our theme:  Heroes Around Me . We asked our students to think broadly about the definition of “hero”. Heroes live with us – in our minds, hearts, homes and communities. All it takes to identify a hero is: YOU. 

If you share our mindset that art can start a conversation, change minds, and even change the world, please encourage your artist to submit their hero masterpiece(s) by  October 29 th . Find the official guidelines and entry form  here

Planning is underway for this year’s program, including participation incentives, student engagement with local artists and prizes. If you have a passion for art (and a couple hours to spare),  tell us ! With you on-board, the possibilities are endless. 

For more information, contact Heather McSherry at tulitapta.program@gmail.com
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Battle of the Books
The reading season has begun! 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are welcome to visit the Battle of the Books (BOB) site in the programs section of the Tulita homepage to learn more, find the book lists, and register for the program! Keep an eye and ear out for a parent information session date and competition dates! Happy reading!

For more information, please visit the PTA programs page HERE or on the Tulita app. You can also email us at  Tulita.books@gmail.com .
Western Night Sponsorship
Howdy Tulita Familes!

Western Night planning is underway and we are currently looking for local businesses to help sponsor our event. Sponsorship benefits include an indivdual banner for your business at the event. 

Please click HERE for Western Night sponsorship details.

For more information email Rebecca Zino at  tulitapta.fund@gmail.com
Morning Valet
Are you a morning person? Do you enjoy greeting our students? Then YOU might be the right person to help us with morning valet! 

Please email  tulitaptapresident@gmail.com  if you are interested in volunteering at morning valet.

Our morning valet volunteers will help the drop-off process run more smoothly and safely for our students and parents.

Thank you in advance for your interest!
Running Club
Anyone and everyone can join the Tulita Running Club! It is free and fun. You can run, walk and chat with friends before school. We offer Running Club on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30-8:00am. Drop off at the Circle by the Garden and kids can either bring their backpacks up or drop at their classroom.

At the end of the last school year we implemented a new tally system with bar codes and scanners. This streamlines the process and gives the kids more time to run, rather than having to tally sticks. We keep the cards at school, so the kids don’t have to remember to bring them. It is a great way to start the day. There is an article in the NYTimes  here  about a great study on how physical activity is good for children before school and helps them to focus better in the day.

Please sign up  here  on the Tulita Website. We need this information to make a barcode for your child, as well as an email for you in case we have to cancel Running Club due to heat or rain. 
Parent Book Club
On January 30, Katie Hurley, author of  The Happy Kid Handbook  and  No More Mean Girls  will be coming to Tulita to speak with students and parents about emotional and social growth in children and how we can best support them. The PTA will host a Book Club to discuss these books. Click here to take a brief survey about the Book Club meeting times.

Thank you! 
Rebecca Goldstein and Ali Daly 
Caring Connections
Hello Tulita Families,

This year the PTA would like to add a "Caring Connections" section of our newsletter to support family involvement. Our PTA supports the research that shows family involvement as a major factor to student success. One idea is asking yourself to make a conscious commitment to your child(ren) by creating mental pictures when asking them to complete a task.

Example:

“Put the blocks away,” becomes “Raphie, place your blocks in the bucket just like this (demonstrate).”  

1. Establish eye contact and then state the child’s NAME. (Raphie)
2. Verbalize what you want to see happen. Begin the sentence with a VERB. (place)
3. PAINT a picture of the expected behavior using gesture and visual cues. (just like this demonstration)

We hope you will find these Caring Connections nuggets helpful throughout the year!

Kindly,
Diana Nelson 
Vice President, Tulita PTA
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