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 was the Haunted the “Haunted Train Station”, House 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 PIE DAY FOR PLUMB STAFF ON NOVEMBER. 10 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 Committee. Ann Cunnane, Hospitality Chair SPIRIT NIGHT @ 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 admission. 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…..it is always cool to skate with your school! Please bring 2 cans/packages of non-perishable food items in exchange for a Free Chick-Fil-A sandwich coupon. WHO WILL BE THE NEXT CLASS TO GET TO WIN OUR “COW” TROPHY! ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS 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! IT IS STILL HOT OUTSIDE! DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE A PLUMB WATER BOTTLE FOR PE? 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 www.goodsearch.com. 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 speaker. CARNIVAL AUCTION NEWS 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 Kindergarten 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 www.Clearwaterdads.com 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! www.walkingschoolbus.org 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.
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