Welcome back to another great school year at Central Elementary! The PTC is excited to continue some prorams from last year, and add in some new ideas to the mix. Please plan on attending our meetings, as we need and appreciate all the help we can get!
First off, we were very sad to lose our Treasurer/Book Fair Coordinator/Box Tops Coordinator, Brandy Arthur to the middle school this year – Brandy was awesome at keeping our receipts in check and counting ALL those Box Tops – I will miss her help dearly. So, we are down to just 2 officers this year – myself and Shonda Walker. This is a big job for just 2 of us, folks. We were barely managing last year with 3 of us. I know taking on an officer position can be intimidating, and worrisome about the amount of time it can take, but we try very hard to be appreciative of everyone’s busy schedule and time. We meet just once a month, and do much of our planning over email. If you have any desire to fill a position (and we are splitting Brandy’s old job up – so signing up for Treasurer doesn’t mean you are automatically saddled with Book Fair and Box Tops), please join us at our first meeting, right after Market Day pick up on Sept. 18 about 5:30-6:30p. Even if you would be willing to attend meetings and count Box Tops, that would be a help as well. Our kids deserve fun, well-planned events to show them school is an integral part of family and community, and we need your help!
On that note as well – we will be hosting a Student-of-the-Month reception at each of our meetings. Students chosen for student-of-the-month for that month can attend our meeting with their parent(s) and are welcome to refreshments, and can collect their certificates. Also, we will be having monthly grade-level competitions for the class that has the highest number of parent attendees at our meeting. The winning class will get a special treat after lunch the following Friday!
Market Day is back in full swing. Online ordering is open now, and this is a great month to participate! There are awesome free items this month, so make sure you get your order in today! Remember, this is similar to Schwann’s frozen food – order online, or fill out the order form that comes home in your student’s backpack; the food is delivered to the school, and we get up to 20% of the order total! We have had great success with this fundraiser the past 2 years, and I hope we can grow it this year. September orders need to be in by the 13th at 11pm; pick-up is Sept. 18th, 4-5pm.
Remember: you can pay online with credit or debit, or pay day of sale with check, cash or Ohio Direction Card!! This will be especially useful now that we are losing our only grocery store in the county – supplement with Market Day!
We are continuing the Shoparoo fundraiser this year as well – this is a simple, free way to support Central. Simply download the Shoparoo app to your smart phone, and snap a picture of your grocery receipt. It’s that easy. There’s nothing additional to buy, or anything to clip or turn in. Simply shop where you normally shop, and take a pic of your receipt. This year, we are discussing some prizes for our top 3 Shoparoo users – so better to start early!
We are also using Volunteer Spot again this year. This is a fast and easy way to see exactly the open opportunities we have, and how you can help. Be on the lookout in your email for links to sign up. You can also download the Volunteer Spot app for your iPhone or Android phone, making sign-ups even easier. We will also again have a volunteer-only raffle at the Spring Family Night – each hour you volunteer gives you one ticket for the raffle. We’ve had some great prizes in the past: Reds tickets, Kings Island tickets, movie passes, and more! The more you help out, the greater the chance your ticket will win!
Although our PTC does not have an official FB page, we post many notices and announcements on the Vinton County Community and School Information page. Simply use this link to find the group, then send an invitation request – an easy way to always stay up to date! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/405108682886890/)