Saturday, October 22, 2011

Red Ribbon Week

Teaching our kids to Say NO to Drugs is an important part a parent’s job. The week of
October 24 Southland will be having RED RIBBON WEEK.

During this week students will receive special reminders about the importance of saying no to drugs. Please ask your children what they did each day. This can start a great conversation at home and open up important communication so they are getting the message to Say No at home and school.

For more information on talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol abuse you can visit websites such as or

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Red Ribbon Week

We are heading into Fall Break Oct. 20-21. Early day is Wednesday, Oct. 19th. The following week, Oct. 24, is Red Ribbon Week. Please ask you child(ren) what they learned to stay DRUG FREE. Also following is a list of what to wear and what we'll be doing to celebrate.


This week, October 24th – 28th, is Red Ribbon Week.  Today, in class, the students learned about how and why Red Ribbon Week was started.  Please talk to your child tonight about what they learned and why they have a red ribbon on their backpack.  Throughout the rest of the week, your child can participate in Red Ribbon Week by having them wear the following each day: 

What to Wear
“Smarties Don’t Do Drugs”
Use your head and say NO to drugs.  Wear a hat to school today.
“I Pledge to Stay Off Drugs”
Wear red to school today and sign a banner during lunch saying you will stay off drugs.
“Keep Your Hands Off Drugs”
Wear crazy socks or mismatched socks today and walk away from drugs!
“Let’s Wipe Out Drugs Together”
Team up with your friends and say NO to drugs.  Wear a sports team shirt today.

Please ask your child what he/she did for Red Ribbon Week each day after school!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Green Ribbon Week

October 3-7 is Southland’s Green Ribbon Week. During this week we promote safety for our students.

Please remind your students of safety precautions they can take when walking to school such as using the safe walking routes, crossing at crosswalks and watching for cars. As your drive to and from the school, please remember to watch out for students.
To celebrate this week we will be having a “Walk to School Day” on Oct. 5. Please join your children in walking safely to school that day.

Lend A Hand

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. We are enhancing your child’s education at Southland Elementary through various programs including Green and Red Ribbon weeks, Evening of the Art and Performing Arts Night, Dads and Doughnuts, Science Club, the school musical and more.
In order to accomplish this goal we are changing our annual fundraiser, the Country Fair, slightly. This year we are asking for a voluntary $2 per student donation to go towards the Country Fair baskets. A more detailed letter will be coming home with your students shortly, so please be on the look out for a purple PTO letter.

In the past we have asked for items to go along with a themed basket for each class. This year we are pairing these monetary donations from parents with donations from local businesses to create our silent auction baskets. Our hope is that we will be creating more desirable baskets that will help raise money for the PTO programs, without having to rely on donations solely from parents.
Please make checks payable to “Southland Elementary PTO.” Money is due by October 15, 2011. You will not be asked for donations again in the spring from the PTO for basket items. Your family will be able to come enjoy the fair, games, silent auction and great food.

We are also looking for parents who own their own business and would be willing to donate their services as part of a gift basket, or for crafty parents who make and sell items for an Etsy-type shop. These items must be of good craftsmanship and can be anything from wooden crafts, to aprons or jewelry. If you have a business or business contact that would be open to making additional donations to the fair, please let us know by emailing President Elect Katie Larsen, Thank you in advance for supporting our wonderful programs.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Dates to Remember

Oct. 3-7 Green Ribbon Week
Oct. 5 Walk to school day
Oct. 7 8 a.m. Dads & Donuts
Oct. 7 @ 9:30 PTO Meeting
Oct. 15 Deadline for PTO basket donation for fundraiser
Oct. 20-21 Fall Recess
Oct. 24 Red Ribbon Week

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Work in the Volunteer Room

There is work in the volunteer room to be done. If you look in your teachers basket and they don't have anything to do, feel free to help another teacher.
Today Mrs. Geer and Mrs. Oldryod had work in their TO DO baskets.
The room is located between the library and gym. If the door is locked, ask a secretary for a key.
Remember, there is a TV/VCR in the room for you to use if you are bringing your children. (We would love movie donations.) If you bring your child, please do not leave them unattended.
Thanks for your work! We are excited to get the room going. It will be another great way to get volunteer hours at Southland.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Campbell's Soup Labels

Good News!!  Labels for Education is not just Campbell’s Soup Labels.  See the page below for all the products that we can turn in UPC labels or lids to receive Art, Athletic, and Academic supplies for our school.  You can go to to find out more information.
There are also some bonus offers available:
-You can purchase cookbooks and our school will receive 125 points for each cookbook purchased.  Go to for more information and to see the cookbooks that are available.
-Register your Smith’s card and we will receive an additional point for each product purchased.  That is on top of the points we receive when we submit the UPC codes.
 Go to  for more information and to register your card.

HERE IS THE FUN PART!!  We are having a contest!!!  The family that turns in the most points (not UPC labels, but points) will win 4 movie passes to the District Megaplex Theaters!! 
The deadline is NOVEMBER 15.  Be sure to send UPC codes and a copy of cookbooks purchased and points received from Smith’s in a plastic bag or envelope with one of your student’s name and teacher clearly labeled on it (please try and have the same student’s name on each submission so the same family receives the credit). 
Campbell’s® Tomato Juices*V8® Vegetable Juice*V8 V-Fusion® Juice*V8 Splash® Juice Drinks*

BREAD•Croutons, Rolls & StuffingPepperidge Farm

CEREALS® BreadsAlpha-Bits®Post Bran FlakesCocoa Pebbles®Fruity Pebbles®Golden Crisp®Grape-Nuts®Great Grains®Honey Bunches of Oats®Honey-Comb®Post® Raisin BranPost Selects®Post® Shredded Wheat®Waffle Crisp®

COOKING•for Cooking” SoupsCampbell’s
•Chicken & Cooking Stock
® Condensed “Great Swanson
® Broth, Canned Wolfgang Puck® Stocks and BrothsCampbell’s® Beans

DAIRYDannon® Danimals® Smoothies•Crush CupDannon
® Danimals® Double Dannon® Danimals® CoolisionDannon® Dan-o-ninoDrinksDannon® Dan-o-ninoCups

® Reusable Plastic Glad® Freezer BagsGlad® Food Storage BagsGlad® Sandwich Bags

•Garlic Breads, 3-layer Cakes,
Turnovers and Puff Pastry
Pepperidge Farm

MAGAZINES® PEOPLE Real SimpleTIMECooking LightSouthern LivingHealthALL YOU

PASTASpaghettiOs® pasta

SAUCES & GRAVIESCampbell’s® GraviesFranco American® GraviesPace® Salsas & Picante Sauce*Prego® Italian Sauces*Wolfgang Puck® Sauces*

SNACKSEmerald® Nuts CanistersEmerald® PeanutsEmerald® 100 Calorie PacksEmerald® Breakfast on the go!™Emerald® Trail MixEmerald® Glazed Nuts•Naturals Pepperidge Farm® Baked®Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish®Crackers and GrahamsPepperidge Farm®Cookies and CrackersPop Secret® 3 CountPop Secret® 4 CountPop Secret® 6 CountPop Secret® 10 Count Snack SizePop Secret•® 10 Count Cocoa Pebbles® TreatsFruity Pebbles® Treats

SOUPSCampbell’s® Chunky™ SoupsCampbell’s® Chunky™ ChiliCampbell’s® Condensed Request Campbell’s Campbell’s® Select® Soups Campbell’s® Soups-Microwavable BowlsCampbell’s® Soup at Hand®V8® SoupsWolfgang Puck® Soups

STATIONERYBIC® Dry Erase MarkersBIC® Ecolutions™ ProductsBIC® HighlightersBIC™ Mailing LabelsBIC® Mechanical PencilsBIC® Ball PensBIC® Roller PensBIC® Gel PensCorrection Tape

*Cap required for submission in lieu of UPC

**Available on retail sales only
All trademarks are property of their respective owners.
® Wite-Out® Brand
® Healthy® Soups
Glad® Plastic Wraps

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Reading Program

Do you want to help your student get access to new books at school? There's an easy way from Sunny D that can make a difference.

This year Southland is asking for donations of Sunny D upc labels to help each teacher build their libraries. Sunny D will donate 20 books for 20 upc labels. The program ends November 30 so send in the upc codes asap.

Being a part of the SunnyD Book Spree is easy! All classrooms, Pre–K through 7th grade, can participate. Here’s what you do:
  • Clip UPC labels found on the back of the label on eligible SunnyD bottles 16 oz and larger and/or the shrink wrap of 6, 8, 12 or 24 packs of single serve SunnyD. Note that all cans and bottles 12 oz and smaller are not eligible. Click here to see which products are eligible.
  • Send eligible UPC labels to school with your child.
  • Download the parent kit, which includes program pamphlets and a prewritten letter telling your child's teacher about the program.
Adobe Reader required for Teacher Kit and Parent Kit PDFs.
Hurry! The Book Spree ends 11/30/2011.
All labels will be counted by 12/31/2011.
Books will be mailed by 2/29/2012.

Please visit for more details.
Thanks for your support.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Room Mom Chips n Chatt

Room Moms, come to the library this Friday at 2:00 to meet with your teacher and plan your year together.
We will have a causal atmosphere with chips and salsa from Chilis.