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Why Fundraise Already?

We’re a month into school and we’re starting to hit our groove.  So it must mean it’s time for our annual fall fundraiser and Groove-A-Thon!

Wait – only a month into school and the PTA is already asking for donations?

 

YES.  And here’s why…

 

Teacher Grant Program

The Teacher Grant Program is near and dear to the SVE PTA and is funded completely by the the Groove-A-Thon.  Teachers are provided a request form where they can ask for meaningful additions for their classrooms that go above and beyond what is provided by the district.   The PTA reviews these requests with Mr. Boser and then presents them to the general PTA membership.  We then are able to purchase the approved items that will impact every student at our school. How cool is that?

Let’s look at how this might impact little Susie, a totally fictional student.  Susie uses a Hokki stool (alternative seating) in her second grade classroom that was purchased by the PTA.  Because she is able to appropriately wiggle her body, her brain can better focus on the math lesson being taught.  In third grade she is working in Reflex Math and recalls the lesson and applies it to the problem given and is able to build on her understanding. See where this is going…not only will the impact carry with them, a new student will be impacted when they enter the classroom.

For the 2018-2019 school year, we were able to provide almost $13,000 of educational tools, supplies and materials. Items such as classroom novel sets, alternative seating, mindfulness chimes, Djembe drums, art supplies, digital drawing pads, and an 18 month subscription to the online resource, Reflex Math. We also purchase the ribbons and metals given at Field Day and the 6th grade Hexatholon.

Educational Assistants (EAs)

Another goal of the SVE PTA is to raise funds to help keep our beloved Educational Assistants, or EAs, at our school.  Did you know that Summit View is one of the only elementary schools in the district that has an EA per grade level?  This has a HUGE impact on both our children and teachers.

Miss Kristi just finished making copies of the worksheets the class will use tomorrow, but right now she is spending time with the second grade classes at lunch and recess. As the EA, Miss Kristi is there to help with the gogurt pouch little Susie is struggling to open, will give Johnny a high five after he wins the first round of Gaga ball and defuse an argument starting over who is supposed to bring the lunch bin back. Later today, she hopes to work one-on-one with a few students during literacy.  

While the PTA does not actually providing funding for staff, we are able to offset other school costs allowing more of the school budget to be allocated to salaries.  The fundraising done by the PTA helps keep our EAs and our second specials, such as Tech, STEM and Library.

100% of the money raised during the Groove-A-Thon stays right here at Summit View!

So why are we already asking for donations?  Because it matters to our students right now. We hope we can count on your support. Donations can be made via Paypal or checks made payable to “SVE PTA.” Pledge envelopes are due to the school no later than Friday, September 13th.

For more information about our Groove-A-Thon, visit our fundraising page.

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PTA doesn’t stand for “Parents to Avoid”

There are certain stigmas that are attached to “PTA”… what does it make you think of?

The elementary mom clique that reminds you of high school?
Stepford wives of Highlands Ranch?
The movie Bad Moms? Be honest!  

We see you avoiding eye contact when you take the school calendar magnet at the Meet & Greet.  We know you walk in the other direction when you’ve been spotted by the clipboard-wielding volunteer at the Groove A Thon.

But we promise, PTA doesn’t stand for “Parents to Avoid!” 

At Summit View, we want you to think of the amazing things PTA does for our school community.

Last year alone, our Teacher Grants program provided more than $12,500 worth educational tools and classroom materials.  Items that OUR teachers requested and went directly to OUR classrooms.  That’s huge!  Of course, our Staff Appreciation Committee spoils the staff all year long with monthly treats and an entire week dedicated to staff appreciation.

Did you know the SVE PTA hosts several FREE events throughout the year?  Events such as the Date Night with Dad and the WatchDOGS program, the Chili Cook Off and Bingo Night and the ever-popular Valentine’s Dance are all organized and paid for by the PTA. We also provided those school calendar magnets, host Muffins in the Morning twice a year and run the Reading Program.

We need you to join the SVE PTA.  Truly, WE NEED YOU!

Joining the PTA does NOT mean you’re signing up to volunteer, it simply means that you support us and believe in what the PTA does for our amazing school.  Read that one more time: Joining the PTA does NOT mean you’re signing up to volunteer.  Your annual membership is $10 and you can sign up right now.  Super, duper easy.

Do hope you’ll volunteer?  Absolutely

Do we run short on volunteers at our events? Almost always. 

Do we expect PTA members to volunteer?  Nope.

Do we require you attend PTA meetings? Are you kidding, we all have busy lives!  

 

Are you asking yourself, “If I’m not going to volunteer and I don’t plan on attending meetings, why would I join the PTA?”  It’s a fair question to which we say:  To be involved in your child’s school, even if it’s just to get an email or two from the PTA. To show us that what we do as a PTA matters to you and to your family.  To just support us.

 

If you have any questions about the SVE PTA, what we do, how we spend our fundraising dollars, please email us at sverocks@gmail.com.

What is the WatchDOGS Program?

WatchDOGS Kick Off Party
Tuesday, August 27th
6 – 7:30p in the SVE Gym

*** RSVP HERE ***

Okay, okay…what is this “WatchDOGS” thing really all about?

SVE parents, John and Alison Lashmet, where instrumental in bringing this national program to our school six years ago. “A friend of ours was telling us about his day as a WatchDOGS Dad.  He was beaming with pride as he shared all about his day at his children’s school and how it was one of his favorite days of the year,” Alison recalls.  The Lashmet’s started talking and realized that we didn’t have as many opportunities for dads to come volunteer at Summit View.  “We decided to look into the program and were so impressed with the mission that we knew it needed to be a part of our school community.”

WatchDOGS stands for “Dads Of Great Students.”  The main missions of the program is to have positive male role models in our schools (showing our kids that education is important) and to have an extra set of eyes in the building to increase security and reduce bullying.  The program grows every year and is currently in over 6400 schools nationwide.

Beyond the benefits to the school, students and dads love the experience. “I can’t typically volunteer in the classroom in the middle of the day, so it’s nice to dedicate an entire day.  I enjoy eating lunch with my kids and their friends and be a part of their recess games,” Blake Malia/SVE Dad shares. “Spending time in classrooms throughout the school gives me an appreciation of what goes on during the day as well as an opportunity to build relationships with the teachers.”

Principal Boser loves having this powerful program at our school. He enjoys connecting with WatchDOGS to hear about their experience.  “Dads are energized and exhausted at the end of the day. It’s amazing.”

We invite all dads and father-figures to be a part of our WatchDOGS program.  Come to our Kick Off Party on Tuesday, August 27th from 6 to 7:30p for a “date night with dad” with pizza and games.  Dads in attendance will be given priority access to the WatchDOGS calendar sign up.  Don’t forget to RSVP so we have enough pizza and volunteers.

Visit our WatchDOGS page for more information.

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Try These After School Questions

“How was your day?”

We all want to know what our kids did during the day, so it’s one of the first questions we ask them after school.  However, such a simple question will result in a simple answer.  Without much thought, they rattle off a “fine” or “good.”  We found a great list from Her View At Home that gives us some thought provoking questions that may actually give us insight to their day.  Try a new question each day and see what they share with you!


 

50 Questions to Ask Your Kids Instead of “How was your day?”

    1. What made you smile today?
    2. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
    3. Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
    4. Does everyone have a friend at recess?
    5. What was the book about that your teacher read?
    6. What’s the word of the week?
    7. Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
    8. Did anyone cry?
    9. What did you do that was creative?
    10. What is the most popular game at recess?
    11. What was the best thing that happened today?
    12. Did you help anyone today?
    13. Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
    14. Who did you sit with at lunch?
    15. What made you laugh?
    16. Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
    17. Who inspired you today?
    18. What was the peak and the pit?
    19. What was your least favorite part of the day?
    20. Was anyone in your class gone today?
    21. Did you ever feel unsafe?
    22. What is something you heard that surprised you?
    23. What is something you saw that made you think?
    24. Who did you play with today?
    25. Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
    26. What is something that challenged you?
    27. How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?
    28. Did you like your lunch?
    29. Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
    30. Did anyone get in trouble today?
    31. How were you brave today?
    32. What questions did you ask at school today?
    33. Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).
    34. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
    35. What are you reading?
    36. What was the hardest rule to follow today?
    37. Teach me something I don’t know.
    38. If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
    39. (For older kids):  Do you feel prepared for your history test?” or, “Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about?” (In my opinion, the key is not only the way a question is phrased, but responding in a supportive way.)
    40. Who did you share your snacks with at lunch?
    41. What made your teacher smile? What made her frown?
    42. What kind of person were you today?
    43. What made you feel happy?
    44. What made you feel proud?
    45. What made you feel loved?
    46. Did you learn any new words today?
    47. What do you hope to do before school is out for the year?
    48. If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?
    49. What is your least favorite part of the school building? And favorite?
    50. If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?

 

Dairy Queen – Our First Restaurant Night – Tuesday, August 13th

Dairy Queen – Our First Restaurant Night of the year!

August 13, 2019

4pm-7pm

Let’s kickoff the school year together over ice cream! There’s nothing sweeter than raising money for Summit View than eating a Blizzard with friends. Bring your flyer or show this on your phone for 20% of your purchase to be donated back to our school.

What is a SPIRIT ROCK?

You’ve seen the painted rock as you enter the parking lot, but what is it?  It’s our SPIRIT ROCK! We actually have two spirit rocks – one as you enter from Summit View Parkway and another from Piedmont.  These are rented by signing up on our SignUp Genius and paying the $20 rental fee.

Visit our Spirit Rock page to learn more.

Upcoming Events

 

Friday, September 13th: GROOVE A THON (9a – 11a, SVE Fields)

  • Find more information on our Groove A Thon page
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – stay with your class or pick a station.  Partial time slots available.
  • Pledge Envelopes and Donations are due by Friday, September 13th

September 17th – 19th: BOOK FAIR

 

September 18th & 19th: EVENING CONFERENCES

  • Watch for sign up information from your teacher.

Thursday, September 19th: MUFFINS IN THE MORNING 

  • Join us in the SVE Cafeteria for muffins, juice and coffee starting at 7:30a.  Share breakfast with your children, enjoy conversation with other parents and check out the book fair.

Friday, September 20th: NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 4th: LUNCH AND BAKE SALE

  • Mark your calendars now and plan to come to lunch and bake sale.  More information and schedules coming soon!
  • Be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled lunch time to leave enough time to find parking.

 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

What is a SPIRIT ROCK?

ALL NEW King Soopers Card Program

PTA Gifts to SVE 

PTA Gifts to Summit View

PTA is thrilled to report that 100% of the 2018-2019 Teacher Grant Requests were approved!

There are now over $8,800 of new tools and supplies in our children’s classrooms. Items such as classroom sets of white boards, alternative seating (yoga balls, lap desks, wobble chairs), mindfulness chimes, cubelets for coding in technology, math and literacy manipulatives, all kinds of art supplies, and so much more!

This would not be possible without the generosity and support of our amazing SVE families!

THANK YOU!