Monday, September 13, 2010

PTO Announcements

Welcome back to all!  We hope your child's first week back to school has been a pleasant one.  Please join us in welcoming the 2010 Kindergartners and their families!  This past summer the PTO sponsored a couple of play dates to welcome the newest students to Pine Glen.  Courtney McDonnell and Christina Russo organized this fun event held in the school playground.  We want to thank them both for chairing this committee.  Also, Kindergarten orientation day was held last Thursday and we had the opportunity to meet the excited children, parents and guardians.  The PTO hosted a table with refreshments and play dough and introduced parents to the program in each of the three Kindergarten classrooms.  Thank you to: PTO Secretary Monica Brown who greeted the parents and children and Joanna DeFrancesco, PTO Co-Vice President, who provided the homemade play dough.  We are eager to welcome the new families into the PTO.

All families should have received the 2010-2011 PTO pamphlet, membership dues envelope, and volunteer form that were sent home in your child's backpack.  Extra copies may be found in the school office.  We hope you will renew  your membership (only $15), become an active member, and encourage a friend to join.  Some of the highlights of last year's PTO accomplishments include the purchase of a new school laminator, enrichment presentations by author Jerry Pallotta and artist Rob Surette, and the purchase of National Geographic social studies materials - just to name a few. 

This year there will be some added "PTO Member Perks".  Each family who has paid membership dues will receive a free copy of the Student Directory and email notifications of meetings and school updates.  We hope you will renew your membership again this year.  We also hope you will be able to volunteer on a committee.  The 2010-2011 PTO volunteer form lists over 20 opportunities to help make a difference in your child's learning experience.  Please remember that CORI checks must be current in order to volunteer at the school or to attend field trips.  CORIs expire every three years and must be renewed at the Superintendent's Office.

Special thanks to: Nancy Keddy for printing the PTO pamphlets in color; Julie Gosselin for making copies; and Joanna DeFrancesco for assembling the 400 PTO packets for distribution to all students.

We look forward to working with you to enrich the educational experience of all children at Pine Glen.

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