May Fete Raffle Baskets – We’re gearing up for May Fete (May 29 this year) and it’s time to start working on putting together some fabulous raffle baskets! Please see the attached list or check with your child’s home room parents to see what your classroom theme is and start bringing in items.
For those of you new to Pease, this is how the basket raffle works: Each classroom is responsible for donating items to fill their basket (but feel free to help fill other baskets, too). Items for “Caffeinate Yourself” for example, might include various types of coffee, candied coffee beans, chocolate, a coffee press, mugs, stir sticks, caffeinated sodas, and other caffeinated items and paraphernalia. Be creative! And see if you can get area businesses to donate items for free. (Please note that, per the Texas Comptroller, this year we will not be able to include gift cards or gift certificates in the raffle baskets. If we receive gift cards and/or gift certificates will include them in our silent auction. Also, per AISD regulations we can not have alcohol on campus, so if you want to donate wine, etc. please include a photo for the basket and the PTA can arrange pick-up of the item. Finally, note that when we assemble the baskets it may be necessary to place items in a classroom basket other than the one you intially chose.)
In the days leading up to May Fete we will sell raffle tickets and on the night of May Fete, after people have put their ticket(s) in a jar in front of whatever basket(s) they hope to win, we will hold a drawing for each basket.
Please let Deirdre Doughty (peaseptaPrez@gmail.com) or Allison Drish (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have questions. As always, thank you for your help!
Pease Beautification Day – Save the date – Saturday May 23th, 2015 (Memorial Day weekend)
Please join us from 9am to 2-ish to spruce up our schoolyard & gardens. We will provide tools, cool refreshments & light snacks.
Here are a few areas that are on our to-do list:
– Weed front beds (Rio Grande entrance)
– Dig up and relocate plants beneath Ms. Miller’s Kindergarten classroom windows
– Spruce up East, North & South entrances (fresh flowers, mulch, etc)
– Weeding, planting & tidying PAWS veggie garden (lower grades playground)
Ways you can support us:
– Come roll up your sleeves with us! Stay as long or as little as you are able. We know our families lead busy lives, but even a little time adds up to a lot.
– Donate plants: Texas natives are preferred, as are plants in our school colors (purple & yellow) but we welcome all donations equally. If you wish to donate in advance of the work day, please leave your items discretely to the side of the south entrance & they will be collected & stored safely
– Donate mulch or other items you think would improve our school yard (Bench? Garden ornaments?)
Further questions? Please contact Rob & Stephanie Clayton (1st Grade parents), who will be the leads for the work day. Call or text Rob at 512.547.0718 or Stephanie at 512.547.0719
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon: May 22 – Our teachers and staff have LOVED the monthly luncheons that you all have helped to put together. (Thank you!) We also show our appreciation each year by providing a PTA-sponsored catered lunch in the library and giving teachers and staff a longer lunch period during Teacher Appreciation Week. This year, because of multiple field-trip conflicts, we will be having the PTA luncheon on May 22 (note date change) and have therefore decided to designate May 18-22 as Pease Teacher Appreciation Week. (We will show our teacher appreciation that week.)
Help give our wonderful teachers and staff a much deserved break and volunteer to watch the students on the playground while teachers and staff have their extended lunch. Younger siblings are welcome to come with you. Please sign-up for one or both of the following shifts (11:10-12:15 and 12:15-1:10) at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/Teacher-StaffLunchVol (Select “PTA-May 22, 2015” tab) Both shifts need to check-in at the office for instructions. We need 8 volunteers per shift.
You may also want to consider sending personal gifts that week such as hand-drawn cards from the students, homemade cookies, flower(s), artwork, etc. The front office has lists of what each teacher likes/dislikes. Or you may want to do a class-wide gift. And don’t forget the Specials teachers!
Hispanic Heritage Night – On another note, Yeni Woodall, Chair of Hispanic Heritage Night, is looking to recruit early for volunteers to help with planning that event. Please contact her at email@example.com if you can help solicit food donations over the summer, arrange performances or help in any other way with Hispanic Heritage Night. This event takes place in September.
Fine Arts Night “Thank Yous!” – Our amazing festival planner, volunteer organizer, and all around wonderful Pease Community member, Kate Hoermann, wanted to sent out a special thank you to so many Fine Arts Night parents and volunteers.