FRES PTA NEWS FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 (#89)

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It was a great week of celebrating our FRES teachers and staff! We started off with Sweet Frog Night on Monday. On Tuesday, our FRES families answered the call to help stuff the lounge with snacks galore. Wednesday we partnered with Jason’s Deli to purchase lunch for all staff members, thanks to your generosity. Thursday we gave notes of thanks. To wrap up the week, the Dunkin Community Cruiser stopped by this morning to provide the teachers and staff with free coffee and Dunkin gift cards, while Food Lion Scaggsville and Harris Teeter Maple Lawn donated fresh donuts with FRES sprinkles. PTO Today mailed us adorable prize packs for the classroom teachers and the PTA gifted succulents, thanking everyone at FRES for making the year a “suc-cess.” The week concluded with some fun raffle prizes. Thank you for your help in showering our teachers and staff with appreciation!

Deadline today! 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 through today. Questions? Contact Tangie Smith at tangelats@gmail.com

PTA Meeting on Monday: Please join us on Monday, May 10 at 7 p.m. to vote on the yearbook cover, get updated on 5th grade activities, and learn about events and opportunities through the end of the year. Join the Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/98309997211?pwd=aEl4aXdpTmZOWG5Ma2hvQ3FGQ3NpUT09 Meeting ID: 983 0999 7211, Passcode: frespta. This meeting is open to all. 

School of Excellence Survey is Coming Soon!: The National PTA School of Excellence Program year end survey will be distributed in mid-May. This survey is short, sweet, and one of the requirements for earning our School of Excellence designation.  Please stay tuned for more details!

Call for Two New PTACHC Delegates (to start in September 2021): Do you have an interest in playing a key role in the FRES PTA, but don’t have a lot of time to commit? Volunteer to be a county-level PTA delegate for FRES for the next school year! We will need two FRES delegates for the PTA Council of Howard County [PTACHC] for 2021-2022 since our current delegates are moving on. You will hear first-hand about new developments at the county level, and how they may impact FRES and your family. The meetings are typically held the first Monday evening of the month in Ellicott City. Website: https://www.ptachc.org/ With two FRES delegates, you’d alternate meetings, so the commitment would be one meeting every other month to attend and report back to FRES on the highlights. With 70+ PTAs in Howard County, the meetings are large and held in a lecture-type setting. No previous experience is necessary. Please view the FRES PTACHC job description here. If you are interested, please email Korin Sharp president@frespta.org by Friday, May 14 . Thank you!

Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers and leaders for ALL 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. 

NEW Spirit Wear Promotion: New Spirit Wear Promotion for May! Save from 10-30% with the code SPRUCE21. https://1stplace.sale/44343

Grocery Rewards: We are participating in Weis, Amazon Smile, Harris Teeter (requires annual renewal in August), 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

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 Meetings: May 10 and June 14 at 7 p.m. 
  • Spirit Night: Olive on Main, Wednesday, May 26, lunch and dinner!

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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