FRES PTA NEWS-FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 (#87)

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We have several new updates this week including registration info for The Smart Talk, Teacher Appreciation Week 2021, and Box Tops info!


Spirit Day
 at Maiwand Kabob Maple Lawn on Monday went very well and we raised $175 which Maiwand Kabob will be rounding up to be a $200 donation for FRES PTA! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Culture Fest/International Night 2021 is TONIGHT, April 23, 2021 at 7 pm:  FRES and several other elementary schools across the county are teaming up with Bushy Park Elementary School for a virtual International Night! Join us tonight for a fun night of culture, including recipes, dances, games, and prizes!! Online Scavenger Hunt – you can check this out before the live event and submit your entry. Players will use our International Night website to search for clues and solve the puzzle. Register for a chance to win prizes! If you would like to be eligible to win event prizes, please register at the following form. All prizes will be either mailed or sent via email to the winners. You don’t have to register and can just sit back, relax, and watch with this link  Join the Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 955 2152 2618, Passcode: 163561 Check the link for more info: https://www.smore.com/fsr28

Registration is OPEN for the PTA Connected SmartTalk Conversation on Online Safety: The SmartTalk will be held on Thurs., April 29 at 6:30 p.m. This family event to help kids make safer, smarter choices online is being hosted by FRES PTA and GCES PTA and is a National PTA program. The first 50 FRES students to register and have their parents/guardians complete the post event survey will receive a limited-edition tee shirt for FREE!  You can register for the event at tiny.cc/safeinternet.

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week 2021: Teacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated May 3-7 and there are several ways you can participate! Thank you for helping to celebrate our wonderful FRES teachers and staff members!

1. Monday: In honor of FRES teachers and staff, on May 3 Sweet Frog of Laurel is offering a special discounted price of $5 for a small yogurt for FRES students and a free small yogurt for FRES teachers and staff.

2. Tuesday: Send snacks to stuff the breakroom! You can sign up to send or drop off individually wrapped snacks and drinks to 8507 Young Rivers Court. Please drop off or have items shipped to arrive prior to May 3.

3. Wednesday: While we typically have a potluck, with pandemic safety in mind, we would like to purchase their lunches this year. Please consider sponsoring lunch for one (or more!) of FRES’s 90 staff members by donating on MemberHub. A $10 donation covers one lunch and a $5 donation covers a beverage and snack.

4. Thursday: Send a note of appreciation. Families can drop off or email cards or notes of appreciation to their children’s teachers. Don’t forget Related Arts teachers and other FRES staff members!

5. Friday: Sign up to send a gift card or prize for the teacher and staff raffle. Please drop off prizes to 8507 Young Rivers Court prior to May 3.

6. If you wish to send something directly to your child’s teacher, here is a “favorite things” info sheet for some ideas.

Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers and leaders for several committees for next year. Please check out the list and comment with your name and email address so we can contact you with more information. 

Grocery Rewards NEW Deadline: Weis Markets has announced that grocery rewards will be retroactive. You can take the barcode into the store and they will link it to your savings card, but the barcode must be scanned by April 30, 2021. Don’t miss out! We are also participating in Amazon Smile, Harris Teeter (requires annual renewal), BoxTops, and Coke Rewards. Please visit https://frespta.org/ways-to-support/grocery-storeshopping-programs/ for more information on these programs that provide financial support to FRES based on purchases you already make. 

Box Tops – Earn Cash for FRES via App or Send in Physical Clips to School: FRES families can scan their grocery receipts for cash for FRES! Look for Box Tops logos on cereal, granola bars, Annie’s products, Yoplait, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Nestle water, Paper Mate pens, etc. Download the Box Tops app to scan your receipts; FRES earns 10 cents per product! Receipts must be scanned within 14 days of purchase; digital receipts (for online food purchases at Walmart, AmazonSmile, etc.) can be emailed. See boxtops4education.com for instructions and a complete list of participating products. The Box Tops program will continue to honor physical Box Top clips from products until they expire. Send any Box Tops into school with your child in a baggie or envelope. Or stop by the FRES building for contactless drop off in our Box Tops bin in the vestibule during school hours. Thank you for your support

EXTENDED! Casting for the Virtual FRES Variety Show – Send Us Your Video Auditions: Mark your calendars for the virtual PTA Variety Show Thursday, May 20, 2021! We are seeking talented FRES performers to cast in the show. Tryouts are open to all FRES students in any performance area, including singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, magicians, poets, solo artists and groups – the list is endless. Send in your video auditions to fresptao@frespta.org. Video auditions should be two minutes or less and will be accepted now through Friday, April 30, 2021. Questions? Contact Tangie Smith at tangelats@gmail.com

New Spirit Wear Promotion : New Spirit Wear Promotion for April! Free shipping on orders over $50 with code SPRING21-FS. FRES PTA also receives a donation of 10% of all sales. This promotion ends April 30.

Fifth Grade Tee Shirts: The PTA’s 5th Grade Activities Committee will be ordering t-shirts for all 5th graders. Please fill out this short survey to let us know your child’s t-shirt size Each 5th grader will receive a shirt free-of-charge, sponsored by the PTA each year. The shirts will be distributed before the end of the school year. Please fill out the survey as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, April 30th. Thank you!

Yearbook Cover Art Contest EXTENDED: Your 5th grader still has a chance to submit their own artwork to be used for the front and/or back covers of the yearbook, see the flyer for instructions! Covers are designed by 5th grade students only. Please note with any back cover entries, do not write inside the “21” as it will contain student names. All completed art should be submitted to the front office by April 30, 2021. Submissions can also be emailed to fresyearbook@hcpss.org  The winners will be selected at the May PTA meeting.

Baby Picture Gallery: Stroll down memory lane! Each year 5th grade students are invited to participate in a Baby Picture Gallery!  If you would like to submit a baby picture (kindergarden or younger) of your 5th grader, please email photos to fresyearbook@hcpss.org. Please format your submission so that it shows your child’s face clearly in a 1 inch by 1 inch square. Your submission must include the student’s name. This section is voluntary and absolutely free. Baby Picture Gallery submissions are due Friday, April 30, 2021.

Dedications: Send a special message! Family and friends can send their 5th grader a message wishing them success in middle school!  This section normally has a fee to help offset the cost of the yearbook, however, this year we are offering a free 25 word dedication. Space is limited. Dedication submissions are also due Friday, April 30, 2021. Please send submissions to fresyearbook@hcpss.org

ALL students can submit yearbook photos tofresyearbook@hcpss.org.

Indoor Recess Materials Drive: If you’ve started spring cleaning and have found extra coloring books, activity books, or individual brain teasers or games, please consider donating them to FRES for students to use during indoor recess since they will be maintaining physical distancing. Items can be dropped off in the front door vestibule area and will be quarantined before use. We are also collecting new individual containers of Play-Doh.

Wish Lists: FRES PTA has compiled an Amazon Wish List to help make the transition to hybrid school as easy as possible for teachers and students. The wishlist can be found at http://tiny.cc/freswishlist and can be directly shipped to the school. You can also purchase from another store and drop items off at FRES. Teachers may have classroom-specific wish lists. Some supplies have already begun arriving. Thank you for your support!

Communication: There are several ways to receive communications including www.frespta.org, the FRES PTA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FRESPTA/, and Twitter @frespta. There is also a group that was formed for discussion and support and is for current FRES families.

Membership: It’s not too late to join the PTA. Your membership will be valid until September 2021. Visit www.frespta.org/membership and it’s only one $10 payment.

Save the Date:

  • Upcoming General PTA Meeting: May 10 and June 14 at 7 p.m. Passcode: frespta
  • Culture Fest – April 23, 2021 from 7pm – 8pm
  • Smart Talk Internet Safety Night – April 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation Night:  May 3 – Sweet Frog, Maryland City – $5 cups of yogurt for FRES students

Feedback: Please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions either by email or via our suggestion box. Suggestions are anonymous, so if you would like a reply, please include your email address. 

Please email Korin Sharp at president@frespta.org if you have any questions on this week’s update. Thanks and have a great weekend!

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