Saturday, August 4, 2012

Welcome Back to School

We are so excited to be on the brink of another new school year. Hopefully you've had a great summer and the kids have kept up on their reading.

We have some important reminders for you.

Monday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. is Back to School Night.
Friday, Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. is the first PTO meeting. Everyone is welcome.

We are still looking for volunteers. Hopefully you've all filled out the volunteer info. in the online registration packet--step 8--and have printed it off ready to come back to school the first week. If not, please consider helping the PTO this year either in the classroom, with a program or at the annual Country Fair.

We are still looking for someone to Chair "Dads and Donuts,"  and a chair for the Chess Club, and someone to help coordinate Field Day in the spring. The following are programs that we really need support in this year so we can continue to offer them at Southland.

Dads and Donuts happens four times a year, and the person chairing this event would be in charge of picking up donuts, milk and paper goods and working with the school to get the cafeteria set up. We have a group of parents who come to help the morning of the events, so the chairperson won't be doing everything alone.

The Chess Club was a new club last year, open to all the students. We need one person to chair the committee and 8 parents to help supervise during the lunch hour. The schedule is flexible for this club. However, if we don't have parents support, the club will be in jeopardy.

We are excited to announce that the Math Club will be provided to all grades IF we can find enough parents to help. K-3 will be doing Monster Math and 4-6 will be using the Singapore program. Jen Preece and Shauna Eccles will be helping guide volunteers along the way, so you don't have to know everything, they are happy to show you what to do. We need help in Kindergarten, First, Second and Fourth grades.

The Field Day Coordinator would help streamline the annual end of the year field day, work with teachers on planning what we are hoping to be a school wide Olympics. This is also a flexible volunteer position and the planning and prep can be done from home.

We are also looking for a Donations Chair who is an organized individual to help us track our donations. There won't be cold calling involved, but mainly letter sending and tracking who's donated to our programs during the year. This can be done completely from home.

If you are  a creative person who likes to design flyers and posters we need you! We are looking for a Publicity Chair to help with the designing and printing of flyers for our programs, and especially helping us get the word out when it comes to the Country Fair next May.

Don't forget if you like to be a room mom or help with class parties, you can sign up for that with your teachers on Back to School Night, or by sending an email to Room Mom Coordinator Heather Parry (

We are looking forward to offering all our students many great programs this year, but can't do it without you! Please contact President Katie Larsen ( with any questions.


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