Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Bear PTA News - October 2, 1018

BASKET ITEMS NEEDED!
Fall Festival is right around the corner and we are all so excited!! Our basket raffle is one of the highlights of the Festival. In years past, we have had wonderful baskets due to the generosity of our amazing parents. The deadline for basket items is Friday, October 5th. Basket themes for each grade level are:

Kindergarten - Family Fun
First - Pamper Me
Second - Arts & Crafts
Third - Gourmet Chef
Fourth - Camping
Fifth - Gift Card

Please submit all basket donations by this Friday. Thank you all for your support!

SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT

The Specialist Spotlight for October is Coach Reynolds – the PE teacher. Coach Reynolds has specifically requested Band-Aid brand bandages - large ones to fit elbows and knees. Other items on her wish list include Lysol wipes, paper towels, gallon Zip-Loc bags (for ice), instant ice packs and AA batteries. If your child brings in an item for Coach Reynolds, make sure that they sign the Gift Log so that they will be entered into a drawing for a prize. There is a collection box in the PE room.


Thank you to Banks and Blevins Henderson, Dylan Hines, and Amelia Johnson for bringing in gifts for Mr. Booker. DYLAN HINES is the winner of the prize for September.


NATIONAL PTA SURVEY

We are going to be sending home a survey to parents for their feedback on our PTA. Your participation will help us make improvements, as well as qualify our PTA for a national award. Your participation is appreciated. Surveys are due Oct. 19.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct. 4 – Picture Day

Oct. 15 – Deadline for prepaid FF wristbands

Oct. 16 – FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 19 - PTA survey due

Oct. 24 – GLOW - The Teacher Appreciation committee will be contacting volunteers soon to provide a wonderful luncheon for our teachers.

Oct. 25 – Box Tops submission date for October. Be on the lookout for additional information about Box Tops coming home with your child this week.

Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 – Red Ribbon Week – Say No to Drugs. Information will be sent home after the Fall Festival.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - NO SCHOOL – Oct. 8, 26, 29

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bear PTA News - September 27, 2018

REMIND TEXT MESSAGES
The Bear PTA will now send text messages to parents using Remind. If you would like to receive messages from us, there are two ways to join our group:

You can use this link. The group name is bearpt

OR

Text @bearpt to 81010

We look forward to having another avenue to share updates, notes and more with you.

FALL FESTIVAL T-SHIRTS
TOMORROW is the last day to order Fall Festival t-shirts. Send in your order form to school or order online. Keep in mind that the comfort colors run small, so order up a size. Please check out the attached picture to notice the size difference between a theme shirt small and a comfort color small. There will be a few additional t-shirts ordered, but a very small number, so order NOW!

SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT
Last chance to buy Batteries for Booker! 

Stay tuned for October’s Specialist Spotlight and the winner of the September drawing.




 
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Bear PTA News - September 21, 2018

DISCOUNT CARD UPDATE
Amazing job, Bear Family! We have raised $45,156 with our Discount Card campaign. The PTA will be taking a record-breaking 98 STUDENTS to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate selling 25 cards. Lynn Nguyen was the top seller, and Madi Kirk was the winner of the $100 gift card. Congratulations, girls!

FALL FESTIVAL
Fall Festival packets were sent home this week. Save the date - Tuesday, October 16. You can purchase what you need for Fall Festival online.

* T-shirts (Short- & Long-Sleeved)
* Wristbands
* Xtra Tickets
* S'more Kits 

BRAIN BRAWL
Calling all Brain-iacs for a good cause. We are looking for two teams to compete for Bear in the Brain Brawl sponsored by the Montgomery Education Foundation. The three top-scoring teams win cash prizes for our school. We are looking for parents, grandparents, siblings, friends… anyone who can win for Bear! No costs involved. The Brain Brawl is November 8 at 6 p.m. at AUM. If you love trivia and the thrill of competition, then email Kreg Sherbine or text (734) 604-1401.

PTA MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
Thank you to all that have joined the PTA. We have a total membership count of 834. We were short of our 1000 membership goal but did surpass last year’s memberships by over 100! ALL classes reached 100% again for the 16th year. Instead of a popsicle party for each class, we want to reward the school with Nancy’s Italian Ice! Students will get the sweet treat during lunch on September 25th.

Congratulations, Donovan Patton for winning overall memberships with 50 memberships!!! He will be getting $50!

Mrs. Geesey’s class won with most memberships. Her class will be receiving a pizza party, and Mrs. Geesey will be getting a ½ day teacher pass!

Grade level winners are as follow and they will each get $20:
Kindergarten-Will Vines 11 memberships (Mrs. Grant)
1st- Madi Kirk-5 memberships (Ms. Harden)
2nd- Virginia Henley-8 memberships (Mrs. Bear)
3rd - McKinney Simmons-10 memberships (Mrs. Stallworth)
4th- Joy Taylor-12 memberships (Mrs. Gulsby)
5th-Jada Scott-7 memberships (Mr. Brown)

BOX TOPS
Box Tops submission date for this month is September 27th. For every 50 Box Tops submitted your child will earn one Bear Buck! Don’t forget to put your child’s and teacher’s name on all submissions.

BEAR WEAR
Bear Wear has arrived and was delivered to your student this week.

Have you seen our new Ladies Bear shirts this year? Check out the attached pictures. We still have the lavender shirts ($15), a new aqua/blue soft T-shirt ($12), and a new comfort color seafoam/green shirt ($15 for short sleeve and $20 for long sleeve). We have a limited supply at the school and do not plan to re-order the aqua or seafoam. If you would like one of these for yourself, contact Mindy Cramer.

Limited Quantities – First Come, First Served

Small-2
Medium-18
Large-20
XL-10
2X-1
3X-1

SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT

Just one more week to get Batteries for Booker!


 
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Bear PTA - September 13, 2018

DISCOUNT CARDS
Thank you for an awesome Discount Card campaign! The official deadline to turn in money was today, and we received A LOT of money. It was better than Christmas for the PTA!!

Because we ran out of cards, we allowed people who requested extra cards last week (and were not able to get them) to have until next Thursday, Sept 20 to turn in their money. Everyone else should have turned in their money today.

We understand that this confused a lot of people, so we will allow all students who turn in money through the 20th to be eligible for prizes. If you have money to turn in, please send it in as soon as possible, as well as any unsold cards you don’t plan to sell. 

There is no need for anyone to worry. Everyone selling 25 cards goes to Chuck E. Cheese’s!

PIZZA ORDERS – MATH NIGHT
Pizza orders for Math Night are due today. We will not be selling pizzas at Math Night. Pizzas must be pre-ordered. The online store will be open through tonight. Paper order forms will be accepted tomorrow before 9 a.m. $12 for a Domino’s Pizza and four drinks. Online Order Form

PTA MEMBERSHIPS
The PTA Membership drive ends tomorrow at 9 a.m. PTA Memberships can be purchased online or on paper. So far, we have 742 memberships, which is 258 members away from our goal of 1,000. The competition is fierce this year, so keep selling!

Don’t miss this opportunity to show your support to our school. It only costs $7 per member. The Bear PTA puts forth a lot of effort to provide programs and support for our school. Your membership keeps our organization strong so that we can make Bear the best it can be!

Only one class has not reached 100% - Mrs. Norred’s class. If you have a student in that class, please do your part!

CURRENT STANDINGS:

The winning class gets a pizza party, and the teacher gets Half-Day Pass!Brown-47
Gulsby-42
Grant-38
Bear-38
White-35
Gunn-34
Phillips-32
Stallworth-32
Forster-32
Geesey-31
Roy-31
Harden-28
Graves-27
Davenport-27
Franklin-27
Hill-27
Pharr-26
Barton-25
Scogann-23
Gills-23
Taite-22
Carnes-22
Norred-22
Carroll-21

The student who sells the most memberships wins $50.That number is currently 11.

The student who sells the most memberships in his/her grade wins $20.
Kindergarten-11 memberships
1st-4 memberships
2nd-4 memberships
3rd-10 memberships
4th-4 memberships
5th-9 memberships

SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT
Don’t forget about our Specialist Spotlight – Mr. Booker. He let us know that he would LOVE some AA batteries. If you see any at the store this month, pick up a pack for him. He would really get a CHARGE out of that!

VOLUNTEER NEEDEDThe PTA is looking for a volunteer to organize 6 Spirit Nights for Bear this year. This would be a great opportunity for a new parent who wanted to become more involved in the PTA. We will help you know exactly what to do! Email Edris Davis if you are interested.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Discount Card Update - Sept 5, 2018

The Bear PTA has found itself in a wonderful/not-wonderful situation. We have run out of discount cards to distribute at this time. We ordered 6,000 cards - same as last year. Our parents and students are AMAZING!! If we sell all of them, it will be our best year ever.

So what do we do?

* If we order cards today, they won’t arrive until after the discount card deadline. The deadline is Sept 13 at 9 AM.

* Every year on the discount card deadline, we receive hundreds and hundreds of cards back. 😞

* The PTA has decided NOT to order additional cards at this time.

* We want to accommodate the kids who are selling for prizes, such as the iPad Mini and the Chuck E. Cheese’s field trip.

* Therefore, if you want to request more cards so that your child can win a prize, then the PTA must receive your request by September 13 at 9 AM.

* We will fill requests as we are able before Sept 13. However, please know that most additional cards will come home with your child on Sept 13 or 14.

* In order to be eligible for the prizes (iPad Mini & Chuck E. Cheese’s), all money must be turned in by Sept 20.

* If you know you aren’t going to sell your cards (We really want you to sell your cards!), then return them to us ASAP so that we can share with the kids who are selling. BUT please buy at least 1-2 cards before you send them in. Support Bear!

Let Traci Schell know if you have any questions! 
Thanks!

Bear PTA News - Sept 4, 2018

Welcome to September!

DISCOUNT CARDS
It’s our biggest fundraiser, and we have lots of work to do!!! We have nearly 6,000 cards distributed to our students – the most ever! Please feel free to start sending in the money that you are collecting. Also, if you know that you aren’t going to sell all of the cards in your possession, please send some of them back to us. Of course, we would love to have all 6,000 cards sold, so do your very best to sell EVERY CARD that you have checked out! Sell, sell, sell……… it’s for OUR students, OUR teachers, OUR school! If we don’t do it, who will?

PTA MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
We are at 700 total PTA memberships. The top 3 classes are Brown, Gulsby and White. Our goal is to have 1,000 memberships so that the entire school can win a Chill Out Day with Kona Ice. We can do it!

PTA MEETING
Escape the Ordinary (Tuesday Night) and come to our first PTA Meeting on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m.

It will feature an Extracurricular Extravaganza. Parents will have an opportunity to learn about the various after school programs/clubs offered at Bear. The PTA will offer several drawings for giveaways. You must be a PTA member to be eligible for prizes.
  • 2 Fall Festival packages which include 4 wristbands and 2 t-shirts
  • $25 Bear Wear Gift certificate
  • (3) $5 Bear Bucks prizes for students (good at the Book Fair and the school supply cart)
 We will discuss how to earn Free Money for the school, upcoming garden activities, Fall Festival and the Reflections art contest. We will also sell the remaining clothes from the Uniform Sale at deep discounts.

BEAR WEAR
Bear Wear orders should arrive mid-September. We don’t keep a lot of extra sizes in stock, but occasionally we will, so let us know if you need something. If you want to find out if we have the item you need, feel free to email Mindy Craymer or contact via FB message. 

We will be selling some in-stock items at the PTA Meeting including theme shirts and adult t-shirts - perfect for field trips. Cash, check and credit card accepted.

GARDEN BRICK ORDER
Bear Bricks orders are due September 14th. Bricks are a great way to leave your mark forever at Bear. 

GOLDEN BEARS (GRANDPARENTS CLUB)
We love our Golden Bears! Grandparents have a wonderful opportunity to help sponsor the outdoor classroom, and in return enjoy a wonderful breakfast with their grandchild in April. Become a Golden Bear today! Membership forms due September 14th. 

FREE MONEY
Box Tops – The submission deadline for the month of September is Wednesday, September 26.  We will send home submission forms this week. We will NOT send home a submission form each month. Please find them located on our blog.  Also, remember for every 50 Box Tops submitted, your child will receive a "Bear Buck."  Bear Bucks can be used at the supply cart or at the Book Fair (March).  We will have monthly submission dates (typically, the last Wednesday of the month).  We will distribute Bear Bucks no later than the second week of each month. In addition, the class with the most Box Tops by April 24, 2019, will receive a pizza party.

Reminders for submission 
Make sure the Box Top has NOT expired.

You can submit Box Tops two ways:
  1. Affix Box Tops on the sheet, but do NOT staple
  2. Place Box Tops in a resealable plastic bag
Include the number of Box Tops, your child's name, and teacher's name.

Publix - Effective October 1st, Publix will no longer honor the Publix key tags.  In an effort to go "green" they are going paperless.  SO, we are asking each person to sign-up through Publix Partners and select Bear Exploration Center as your school choice.  The link is http://corporate.publix.com/community/corporate-campaigns/publix-partners.  Please ask friends and family members to do the same.  If you have an established account, go back into your account and select Bear. Once you establish your account, do not forget to enter your phone number at the register for your purchase.

Coke Rewards - Coke has reestablished their rewards program.  Please send in your coke product tops in a zip lock bag. 

MATH NIGHT
Mark your calendars for Math Night on Tuesday, September 18. We are SO lucky to have a fabulous staff who plan an amazing night of educational activities for our students. The PTA supports Math Night by providing a low-cost pizza dinner for families ahead of the event. Stay tuned for more details.

SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT
For each month of the school year, we will choose a Bear Specialist to shower with some extra love. Please have your child bring in items from this teacher’s wish list. When your child brings in an item, make sure that he/she signs the Gift Log. At the end of the month, one student from the Gift Log (chosen at random) will win a Nancy’s gift card and a Bear Buck (good at the school supply cart and the Book Fair).

The Specialist of the Month for September is our school counselor – Mr. Papa Bear , himself… Mr. Booker!

Some items on his wish list include:
  • Washable markers
  • Lysol spray
  • Gallon zipper bags
  • Batteries – AA or AAA
  • Incentive stickers
  • Air spray for computers
  • Office Depot gift cards
  • 32 GB flash drives
Thank you, Fellow Campers! Come out and see us next Tuesday, so we can help you navigate all of this information. As you can see, there is a way for every parent and grandparent to help out at Bear. So glad we are on this adventure together!



Monday, August 20, 2018

Bear News - August 20, 2018


Happy Back to School, everyone!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PICNIC
Join us for the Back-to-School Picnic TOMORROW at Vaughn Road Park. Come at 5:30 with your picnic dinner and a blanket/chairs. Don’t forget a couple extra dollars for some delicious Nancy’s Italian Ice. We plan to meet RAIN or SHINE, though obviously we are hoping for SHINE!

DISCOUNT CARDS
Discount Cards are coming home this Thursday. If you have not requested cards, it is not too late. Please contact Traci Schell or fill out this form and turn it in.

SUPER SILENT AUCTION
You know you want those good parking spaces at school. It would make afternoon carpool such a breeze! The Super Silent Auction ends this Thursday. You can learn more about it here. Fill out this form or simply write your name, number and bid amount on a piece of paper. Return your entry to the front office. Bidding starts at $200.

BEAR WEAR
The Bear Wear deadline has been extended tonight through midnight. You can purchase online or by using this form and turning it in to the office by 8:40 tomorrow morning. If you want to order the theme t-shirt, we encourage you to purchase it at this time as supplies will be limited after this order.

SUMMER PACKETS
Thank you to the 104 students who turned in Summer Skills Review Packets. You guys did awesome work this summer. Prizes will be distributed to these superstar students next week.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON 
The Bear PTA is heartbroken over the devastating fire that occurred at BTW this past weekend. The magnet schools in town have come together to serve meals to BTW teachers and staff this week while they are transitioning to a  new location. Bear PTA will be providing the meal for them on Thursday. We are working with the BTW PTSA and the Bear administration to determine how our school can best show support to our fellow MPS magnet school. Stay tuned!