Plumb PTA Press

Plumb PTA Press
November 2009
In This Issue
November Calender
11/4 Walking Club
11/4 Spirit Night - Mini Golf
11/5 PTA Board meeting
11/6-7 APD campout
11/7 Reflections reception
11/11 Walking Club
11/15 APD Golfing
11/17 Skating Party
11/18 Great American Teach-In
11/18 Walking Club
11/23-27 No School
11/26 Thanksgiving Day
11/27 PTA Press deadline
December Calendar
12/2 Walking Club
12/3 PTA Board meeting
12/9 Walking Club
12/21-1/1 No School
12/31 PTA Press deadline
Issue 3 for 2009-2010
Coming together
Dear Plumb Families,
WOW! What a fantastic month full of is a beginning.
Keeping together
great memories. October started with the
is progress.
“Walk to School Day” on October 7; a great
Working together
family event that promotes health, fitness,
is success.”
and safety. This year Plumb was featured
~Henry Ford
on the front page of the St. Pete Times,
Clearwater section on October 8. I would like to send a
special “Thank You” to Leigh Veghte and Christina CordnerJames our Health & Safety Chairs and the team of parents and
teachers that volunteered their time to organize and
coordinate this event. I would also like to recognize some of
our community sponsors; Winn Dixie, Sam’s Club, Chick-Fil-A,
Florida Farm Bureau, Flo Max, and many more.
The fun continued with the 33rd Annual Plumb Carnival held
on October 16 and 17. The funds raised from this event are
used to support the school in many ways; teachers’ classrooms,
school improvements, and much more.
Noteworthy this year
the Haunted
Committee continues to create a scary and fun experience.
The Carnival success is not possible without the support from
our community, sponsors, administration, teachers, and Plumb
families. On behalf of the Plumb PTA, I would like to thank
Gary Julian, Carnival Chair, for his outstanding leadership and a
for all the committee chairs and volunteers for
the endless time and work given to make this a great success.
Please visit the Plumb website for enhancements and get
connected by signing up for the e-Pelican. This months Topic
of the Month is “Starting a Walking School Bus”.
Have a Safe and Health Thanksgiving
Michelle Messier-Dort,
Plumb PTA President
[email protected]
Principal, Lisa Bultmann
PTA President, Michelle Messier-Dort
PTA Press Editor, Katie Moore
Hospitality News
Parents, you really provided a wonderful cheese and cracker day in Sept. that the
staff enjoyed tremendously. Thank you. We gave small candy treats for mailboxes in
October. Now in November we would like to have a Pie Day on Tuesday, November
10. Please bring in a store bought or homemade pie to the office on that day to
provide some sweet enjoyment for our hard working staff. Also, if anyone is able to
help set up or clean up on that day, please contact Ann Cunnane at
[email protected] or 727-230-0440.
Thank you from the Hospitality
Ann Cunnane, Hospitality Chair
Don’t miss out on a fun night with all of your
Plumb friends!
They will all be at…..
November 18, Wednesday
Gulf to Bay Blvd
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
THE Plumb Skating Party
Thursday, November 17
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
at Super Skate ~ Largo
9185 Ulmerton Road
Tickets are just $4.00 per person.
Mom’s and Dad’s skate for free with student
Be sure to pick up your tickets ahead of time in the
office before school or at the front car circle after
school! Look for the signs!
Don’t miss out on the best night of the week!
Remember… is always cool to skate with
your school!
Please bring 2
cans/packages of
non-perishable food
items in exchange
for a
sandwich coupon.
Once again, thank you for participating in our Entertainment Book Fundraiser! We
managed to raise $8,000 profit for our school and our children. Plumb Elementary is
such a great school because of the wonderful students, parents, teachers, staff, and
volunteers! Thank you all for your support and please know that your efforts are truly
appreciated! The prizes have been ordered, and will be delivered to the children as
soon as they arrive. There are still a handful of Pinellas books for sale in the office if
somebody wants one. If you bought/buy a book, remember to use the card attached
to the front of the book to check online for additional coupons. You are able to print a
lot more coupons and you can reprint the online coupons each month!
Thank you again, Stella Galaris and Jennifer Sheplak
PS - The PTA is sending out a HUGE thank you to Stella Galaris who really went
above and beyond the call this year for our children.
PTA Membership News
Congratulations to Mrs. Allen’s Class!
They are the winner of the most PTA
membership participation award.
Sixteen of the students in Mrs. Allen’s
Class have a registered member.
Thank you for your support!
If you haven’t joined yet, it’s not too late. A registration form was
sent home with your child last week. Just complete the form and
return it to the school in the envelope provided along with $4.00 for
each member. Please help us achieve our goal of 100% membership!
If you would like to purchase a water bottle or a pencil for your
child, please fill out the information below and we will send one home.
Child’s Name: ____________________________ Teacher: _______________
Water Bottle Quantity ($2.00 each): ___________
Plumb Pencil Quantity (25¢): ___________
Do You Search The Internet?:
Then here’s another opportunity to support Plumb Elementary School. Please
use GoodSearch as your search engine and every time you search, one cent will be
put into a Plumb Elementary account. Just go to In the “Who Do You Search For?” window, type in Plumb
Elementary and press enter. Goodsearch is powered by Yahoo!, so your searches
will be comprehensive. Help us make those pennies add up.
“Thank You” Plumb Teachers for
attending the October 27, 2009, PTA
General Meeting. Your support and
participation makes a difference in all
our children’s lives.
The next PTA General Meeting is
January 12, 2010. Please put it on
your calendar. We will have a guest
Auction room was busy this year and many bargains were found. This could not have been done without the help of many. A big thank
you to the following individuals for Auction set up; room monitoring; closing and inventory clean up: Robin Gibbons, Angie Fuller, Caroline
Palmer, Michelle Messier-Dort, Nicole McCarthy, Kari & Hayden Carpenter, Lisa Boing, Kalie Barkley, Barb & Kay Anderson, Melissa, David
& Natasha Mazza, Shane Steele, Ivette Pernas, Melissa Serrano, Tim Rodriguez, Kathy Rutenbeck, Lisette Guzman. A huge thanks to the
auctions shoppers for finding those great bargains: Rowena Anderson, Bonnie Peshl, and Peggy Fuller. A special thank you to Cathy &
Angie/Front Office for always helping me and having a good answer to my endless questions !!
Another big thank you to those individuals and businesses who donated items for auction. Please thank them with your patronage. AAA
Travel /Clearwater, Active Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, All About Puppies, Apollo Gymnastics, Apsco, Astro Skating, Bay Mariner Shops,
Inc., Bay Ride, Inc.-Dolphine Encounter, J. Billiris Family, Bloznalis Family, Botta Electrical Contracting, Bright House Networks, Busch
Gardens, Cakes by Lisa Boing, Candlewood Suites, Capogna's Dugout, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Ceramic Gallery, Chili's/Countryside, Chickfil-A, Clearwater Cycling, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwater Threshers, Cole Family, Crabby Bill's/Indian Rocks Beach, Congo River
Golf, Creative Design Team, DQ/Orange Julius, Double Eagle Fishing, E-Med-ID, Florida Marlins, Franco's MVP Barber Shop, S. Galaris
Family, Gordon Food Service Marketplace, Great Bay Distributors, Hoff Family, Hooters/Clearwater, Imperial Styling Salon/Penny Abourjilie,
Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, Irene Gotts Day Spa, Landmark Nursery, Lenny's Restaurant, Liberty Lanes, S. Lincoln Family, Lori Ellen &
Company, E. Mangano Family, R. Mangano Family, N. McCarthy Family, Miami Dolphins, Monty's Pizzeria, Mugs on Missouri, Olga's Family
Restaurant, Olive Garden /Countryside, C. Palma Family, Palm Pavillion Restaurant, Panera Bread, Papa John's Pizza, Partylite Gifts/Carrie
Klinefelter, Planet Jump, Pottery Bears 'n Beads, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Scroll Art by Dan, Starlite Cruises, St. Anthony's Health Care,TB Bucs,
TB Lightning, TB Rays, Target/Clearwater, Tastefully Simple /Bridget Yurecka, Ted Signor Garage Door Sales & Service, The Jeweled Mink/
L. Mink Jewelry Artist, The Locksmiths, Tom's Sod Service, Inc., Toojay's Gourmet Deli, Tucson's Grill & Catina, Universal Orlando,
Westchase, Yanny's Restaurant, Yard Art by L. Bush, YaYa's Flambroiled Chicken/Clearwater, S. Zimmerman Family.
Every class participated with a basket for auction. The class winners were treated to a Monday kick-off with apple juice; breakfast muffins;
fruit snacks; chocolate chip cookies, and cherry licorice to enjoy at their leisure. The class winners are:
KG - Weekend With A Cow - Mrs. Hedrich
1st - Rainy Day Blues - Mrs. Anderson
2nd - Sports Pride - Mrs. Kourkoulos
3rd - Having A Ball w/Sports - Ms. Bishop
4th - Family Fun At The Beach - Mrs. Starrett
5th - Haunted Gift Tree - Mrs. S. Ladd
Class Baskets : Teacher / Theme / Value / Bid
Miss Edmiston Bugs & Insects 100./50.
Mrs. Hedrich Weekend w/a Cow 350./135.
Miss Kluding Family Game Night 105./60.
Mrs. Rutenbeck Sports & Wellness 300./135.
Mrs. Saari Games 100./60.
Mrs. Stinsman Time to Be Pampered 266./50
1st Grade
Mrs. Anderson Rainy Day Blues 247./75.
Mrs. Myers/Downs Chocoholic 76./40.
Mrs. McFarland Baking 100./45.
Miss Rops Trouble Game Night 52./34.
Mrs. Schultz Baking Bonanza 80./40.
Mrs. Shambaugh Family Fun Weekend 400./200.
2nd Grade
Mrs. Allen Friendship Basket 250./110.
Mrs. Capo Photo Memories Scrap Booking 90./60.
Mrs. Cole Webkinz 87./50.
Mrs. Denton Under The Sea 230./125.
Mrs. Gurian Sciene Basket 1 & 2 82./55 & 83./50
Mrs. Howard International 70./35.
Mrs. Kourkoulos Sports Pride 320./125.
Mrs. Street Plumb Spirit 80./45.
Class Baskets : Teacher / Theme / Value / Bid
3rd Grade
Ms. Bishop Having a Ball w/sports 80./80.
Mrs. Johnson Family Fun Nights 135./50.
Mrs. Q. Ladd Ladds & Lass' Family Fun Night 150./45.
Mrs. Packard Puppies/Dogs 40./40.
Mrs. Petersen If You Give A Moose A Muffin 72./35.
Mrs. Ruge Family Game Night 90./45.
Miss Roderick Family Sports Challenge 116./45.
Miss Boyd Buccaneer's Tailgating Fun 75./55.
4th Grade
Mrs. Campbell & Maciuba Movie Night 150./90.
Mrs. Hull Let's Bake 28./18.
Miss King A Day On The Water 104./50.
Mr. Shroder Family Night 125./80.
Mrs. Starrett Family Fun At The Beach 425./270.
5th Grade
Mrs. Fort Lotto Basket 50./50.
Ms. Garvue Garvue Games Galore 90./55.
Mrs, Haynes Summer Fun 30./15.
Mrs. Keller Card Harvest Basket 130+./110.
Mrs. S. Ladd Haunted Gift Tree 115./70.
Mrs. Meyers Be Beautiful & Enjoy 150./77.
Mrs. Pitchford Family Movie & Game 45./27.
Mrs. Cole/Cook Coffee Lover's Delight 45./32.
Mrs. Good/McBride/Miss Russo Pamper Yourself 25./18.
Mrs. Avers Princess Party 40./12.
Signing off for this year. Thanks again to those who pitched in when it was needed.
October was a very busy month for all of our volunteers. Field trips have started, classrooms have
helping hands, School voting occurred, Plumb Carnival was a success and more!! Thank you for all of
your help. Please make sure you are logging all of your volunteer hours in the volunteer
computer. If you have any questions Eve Julian (667-2523) and Nicole McCarthy (461-2045) are
your Volunteer Coordinators.
We have 271 registered volunteers at this time! At this time 84 volunteers have logged 2784
hours. Thank you for logging your hours. There is still time to log your hours for this semester.
Wednesday, December 2nd is the deadline for first semester volunteer hours.
Great American Teach-In – November 18th. Please volunteer your
time to share your special interest, career or hobby. You can share
with one class or many. Sign
up sheets will be coming
home soon.
Friday November 6th, the Clearwater Plumb and Oak Grove All Pro Dads Chapter
heads to Hillsborough River State Park for our annual camp out. Fires,
marshmallows, outdoor plumbing, a beautiful river, and maybe a gator or two—what
more could we want? If you are not already signed up and are interested, please go
to for details. Space is limited.
You are invited to participate in
“The Great American Teach-in”
Plumb Elementary
November 18, 2009
We are looking for parents and community members to share their job, teach a craft, read a book, tell about a hobby or a wonderful
trip…most anything that would interest students and help to share the real world with them. Bringing things to look at, touch or
do is always successful!!
Come for 30 minutes or spend the day!
Come by yourself or pair with a friend or co-worker.
Share with your child’s class or lots of others!
Want to participate but unsure of what to do?? Give us a call, 469.5976.
If unable to come on Wednesday, November 18,
it’s possible to schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday.
Please complete the form below and return to school office by November 11th.
Confirmation will be made by email or phone, or sent with your child.
Name ____________________________________________________________
Child’s Class _____________________
Daytime phone __________________
Email address _______________________________________________________
**I would like to share the following topic: __________________________________
**I have time to share with:
___My child’s class only
___ Classes at my child’s grade level
___ Other grade levels/classes
**I am comfortable sharing with:
___ Single class at one time
___ A larger group is fine
**I am available during the following times:
___ Morning 8:35-12:00
___ Afternoon 12:00-2:50
___ The only time I can come is
**I will need the following for my presentation:
Starting a Walking
School Bus
Simple Steps to Starting a Walking School Bus in your neighborhood!
Start Simple! Remember that the program can always grow.
Invite families who live nearby to join a Walking School Bus.
Pick a route in a single neighborhood and begin with a small group.
Decide how often the group will walk together.
Have fun and celebrate! Have children make bright signs to carry while they
walk. It’s like a carpool—without the car—with the added benefits of exercise
and visits with friends and neighbors. Some simple steps:
Walking School Bus Plan should cover some basics:
Make a roster of families participating in the Walking School Bus.
Make sure to include emergency contact information.
Decide where and when families will meet for the walk to and from school.
Set up a schedule so parents know which days they will help walk the bus.
Decide on a way to track attendance so parents know who to call if their
children will not join the Walking School Bus one day.
Set up a “Rainy Day Plan” so children and parents know what to do if the weather is too bad
to walk.
Share your Walking School Bus Plan with the school. Parents participating in the Walking
School Bus also can register with the school as volunteers.
Get the PTA involved to help provide training and support.
Guidelines for talking to children about pedestrian safety:
1. Always look both ways for cars for you, don’t rely on someone else. Wait until there is NO
traffic and begin crossing, keep looking both ways and don’t run.
2. Choose the safest routes to walk with the fewest and safest streets to cross and avoid
crossing busy or high-speed road if possible.
3. Walk along the street safely using sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks walk facing
traffic and watch for cars turning and pulling out of driveways.
4. When crossing between cars stop at the curb and check if the car is running and if there is a
driver, cross at one end of the car and look both ways.
5. When crossing at an intersection obey traffic sign and signals, look both ways before crossing
and do not trust that cars will obey the rules, watch for cars. It is recommended for children
under 10 to hold an adults hand while crossing.