Buy gift cards from the Pease PTA and use them to shop for groceries, gas, or pharmacy items at any HEB, Central Market, or Randalls. You spend the cards for 100% face value, Pease receives a rebate of 4%. Drop your cash or check payment along with an order form in the lock box located at the south playground entrance any time before the 18th of the month. Or look for our table in the hallway, this month from Tuesday, 9/16 – Thursday 9/18. Cards are delivered on or around the 1st of the following month. For more details see the order form, or contact Stephanie Land at Peasegrocerycards@hotmail.com.
Come hear about the various things your child will be learning about this year! Please meet in the gym at 5:45 pm this Thursday, September 4, for Back to School Night. Pizza will be sold prior to Back to School Night near the North playground (the “big kids playground”) from 5:00-5:30 pm. Please keep in mind that pizza sales will end at 5:30 pm (15 min prior to Mr. Nelson’s presentation) to allow the parents selling to wrap things up and make it to Back to School Night on time.
If your Pease student needs childcare during Back to School Night, please bring them to the South playground for grades K-2 and the North playground for grades 3-6. PEP staff will be looking after the students as they arrive, as well as those normally in PEP at that time. From 6:15-7:15 pm, Pease students will enjoy a performance by Radical Ross from Mad Science in the gym!
If your not-yet-school-age, younger child needs childcare during Back to School Night, please bring them to the music room on the 2nd floor starting at 5:30 pm.
Childcare is being provided free of charge. Please pick up your children as promptly as possible after Back to School Night ends.
We hope you had a wonderful break. It was really great to see so many old and new friends at the Back to School Potluck!
Please mark your calendars with these upcoming events:
Saturday, August 30: 2013/2014 Yearbook Orders are due. Please see details below and in one of the the attached documents.
Monday, September 1: Labor Day Holiday. No school.
Thursday, September 4, 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm: Back to School Night. Meet briefly in the gym, then visit your child’s classroom and teacher! (Childcare will be provided for Pease students and their younger siblings.)
Friday, September 19, 6:00 pm: Pease Family Movie Night. Free with PTA membership (which is $10 for new members). Stay tuned for more information in upcoming emails.
Thursday, September 25, 5:30 pm: Brief PTA meeting and Hispanic Heritage Night. Please join us for this cultural celebration including wonderful food and dancing!
Welcome New Principal, Teachers, and Staff!
We’d like to extend a huge welcome to the great new members of our Pease community! We’re so excited to get to know these exceptional educators and staff members!
Matthew Nelson – Pease Principal
Ami Miller – Kindergarten Teacher
Valarie Maldonado – P.E.P. Teacher
Julie Humke – P.E.P. Teacher
Please give them a warm Bobcat welcome when you see them around campus.
Don’t forget a single memory or face from last year — get a 2013/2014 Pease Elementary Yearbook!
Please go to www.TreeRing.com/validate and use our school’s passcode: 1013509563244435 to order a yearbook for $20 by this Saturday, Aug. 30. Many thanks to Katherine Harte, who single-handedly compiled our memories, and to all of the people who contributed photos. More information can be found here.
Thank You Pease Beautification Day Volunteers!
Thank you to all those who showed up – in August! – for our biannual Pease Beautification Day! This was a special day because we kicked off our redesign of the South Playground garden that will continue through the school year. Bill Minor jack-hammered his way through all the old mortared mini-beds that needed to come out, and got a lot of help from Second Grader Christian Rindlisbacher! Fourth Grader Brother Cedric got a turn, as well as Bill’s daughter, Thea Brinsmade, who started Third Grade this year.
Pease parent Jarrett Cole showed up and hauled a ton of rock and cement, and then he even fixed our irrigation system in the front beds! Thank you Jarrett, we’re lucky to have you.
Heather Hanna Leifeste worked quietly and tirelessly on the weeds in the beds along the South entrance, while Taran Johnston and daughter Davia Henschel, in Third Grade, did the same… Our own Maia Chambers and mom Kathy weeded and planted in the front beds – a great mom and daughter team.
Thanks to our new principal Matthew Nelson for showing up with the grit we love to see in a Pease leader – he hauled, raked, swept, and sweat so much he actually had to wring out his t-shirt at the end of the day. Ew. But we love your hard work!
Special thanks goes out to Rob Clayton who worked tirelessly all morning, and who, with his wife Stephanie, will be taking over leadership of our Pease Beautification Day events! Thank you Rob and Stephanie!
Thank you to Larissa and Maia for gathering our drinks, snacks, ice, and plants this time. They were much needed and appreciated.
For those of you who wish you could have been there, don’t fret – there’s plenty left to do, especially with the South Playground garden and the Pease Outdoor Science and Learning Lab gardens. Rob and I will keep in touch about upcoming work days for these projects, and there will also be another Beautification Day in March.
Be a Home Room Parent!
Speaking of volunteering—Stay involved in your child’s school experience and help out our teachers and the PTA by becoming a Home Room Parent. This can be a shared volunteer position, and works best with 2 or more parents per class working together.
Responsibilities for HR parents include:
- distributing PTA and, occasionally, front office email announcements directly to your child’s HR class;
- organizing the Teacher Appreciation Luncheons (we will have these monthly, by grade, with 4th doing the first one in September)
- organizing end of year and teacher appreciation gifts/cards;
- reminding/recruiting parent volunteers and/or doing signup sheets for party or booth items for classroom parties and Hootenanny and May Fete.
We still need HR parents at all grade levels. Please contact PTA President, Deirdre Doughty, email@example.com; if you can help.
Bring in Your Box Tops!
We hope everyone collected Box Tops over the summer!
Box Tops are small, pink coupons found on hundreds of General Mills products, from Cheerios to Land o’ Lakes butter, Avery mailing labels to Ziploc baggies. Each is worth ten cents, which adds up fast! Our collection contests begin in September, so clip your Box Tops and send them to your child’s classroom on a collection sheet or a blank piece of paper.
Every month, the class that collects the most Box Tops takes possession of the Box Tops trophy, plus they win 20 minutes of extra recess for themselves, and 20 minutes of extra planning time for their teacher. Our goal is to collect at least 15,000 Box Tops by the end of the school year. If we succeed, we’ll have an all-school celebration to thank the kids for their efforts. Make sure to include your child’s name and teacher on each sheet. You can always find extra collection sheets next to the PTA bulletin board.
Donation and Fundraising Opportunities
Do our halls look brighter and fresher than you remember? In addition the teachers’ efforts to fill the walls with inspiration, your Pease PTA donations and fundraising helped fund the repainting of the school interior — THANK YOU! Go to www.peasepta.org to learn more about donation and fundraising opportunities and expenditures, and please consider taking part in efforts that match up with your family’s priorities.
Do you need to know more? Want to keep up with Pease Elementary events? Curious about the plans for POSLL? Please keep up with the Pease PTA here:
Mrs. Graham, 1st Grade Teacher and Pease technology guru, has also been working on an awesome new Pease Elementary website with so many useful school related links. Check it out: http://peaseelementary.weebly.com/
We hope everyone’s school year is off to a great start!
The Pease Elementary PTA