Friday, September 22, 2017

Bear News - Sept 22, 2017

FALL FESTIVAL

The FF packets went home this week, including a sheet to order wristbands (due 10/16), FF t-shirts (due 9/29), and Sponsorship forms (due 9/29). You can find all the forms here on our Bear PTA blog - http://bearexplorationpta.blogspot.com/. Keep sending in those order forms as well as the commitment for baked good or raffle basket items.

The deadline to turn in a Sponsorship form has been extended to Friday, September 29. For $100, your company will be recognized on a sign that hangs at the school year-round. For $250, your company will be on the sign and on the FF t-shirt. You can find a Sponsorship form here.

DISCOUNT CARD

The Discount Card campaign was a HUGE success! We had two students who went over and beyond expectations. Both of these third-graders won the grand prize of an iPad Mini.

Lynn Nguyen – SOLD 360 cards!!!
McKenzie Craymer – sold 350 cards

For every 10 cards sold, a student had a chance to win $100. The winner of the drawing was Luke Collum-Jones.

We will be taking 2 school buses of children to Chuck E. Cheese’s! If you haven’t turned in your money or your cards, please do so immediately. If you would still like to sell more cards, please send a note in to the PTA. We will keep sending them to you as long as you want to sell them!

PTA MEMBERSHIP

Thank you to everyone who joined the PTA! We have a total of 726 members. All classes got 100% membership! The popsicle parties were held today during the students’ lunchtime.

The class that has the most membership and has won the pizza party and 1/2 day teacher pass is Mrs. Gulsby's class with 53 memberships.

The student with the overall most memberships is Donovan Patton in Mrs. Norred's class with 23 memberships! He will receive $50.

The winning students per grade level that receive $20 each are:

Kindergarten: Logan Broderick
First grade: Aubrey Smith
Second grade: McKenzie Kim
Third grade: Ryan Broderick
Fourth grade: Anna Gleason
Fifth grade: Erin-Michael Tyler

SPIRIT NIGHT
Don't forget our first Spirit Night on Thursday, September 28 at Rockin' Jump. Drop in any time between 3:30 and 8:00. Be sure to put your receipt in the bucket for Bear.

BEAR LOGO

The Bear logo for embroidery is available in four different formats and is now available on the Bear blog here.

UPCOMING DATES

Spirit Night - Rockin' Jump - 9/28
FF T-Shirt Deadline – 9/29
FF Sponsorship Deadline – 9/29
GLOW (Teacher Lunch) - 10/11
Wristband Pre-Order Deadline - 10/16
Fall Festival – 10/17
GEM Day (Gardening, Education, Maintenance) - 10/21
Chuck E. Cheese Reward Field Trip - 10/26

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Festival 2017

Please see the attached forms for the 2017 Fall Festival.





BEAR FALL FESTIVAL
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017
(Rain date: Thursday, October 19)
3:40 PM UNTIL 6:00 PM
All students must be accompanied by an adult


Come join us for this wild ride at the Bear Fall Festival.  Bring the whole family on Tuesday, October 17 from 3:40 until 6:00 pm for a ROPIN good time!  We’ll keep the tradition of awesome inflatables, yummy bake sale items, games for all ages, concessions, pony rides, a hayride, face painting, the basket raffle, and more!  You won’t want to miss this night of fun with your Bear friends and family!

HELP WANTED ~ VOLUNTEERS !!!

Room coordinators will be contacting parents to recruit volunteers to help us work at the booths and activities.  Please consider working a 30 min. shift.  
A successful event like ours needs lots of hands on deck!

FALL FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIPS


If you know of a family or business that may be interested in sponsoring the Fall Festival, information is attached explaining all the benefits of sponsorship.  Fall Festival sponsors will be Bear’s Partners in Education for the 2017-2018 school year.  In order to be listed on the Fall Festival t-shirts, the sponsorship information must be returned no later than September 29th.

GAME PRIZES

We are in need of prizes for our games.  If you or your business would like to donate these items (like candy, toys, restaurant coupons, pencils, Oriental Trading prizes), please drop them off at the school by Friday, October 13th.

BASKET RAFFLE/BAKE SALE


We ask each Bear family to donate either to the bake sale or the basket raffle.  Basket items are due by Friday, October 6th.  Please submit the items by the due date so we will have time to put them together and get them displayed.  Bake sale items are due the day of the event.  PTA volunteers will be in the carpool line to accept your donations so you don’t have to park and come in!  
Additional information is attached.

T-SHIRTS

Our t-shirts for the Fall Festival will be fantastic, and you won’t want to miss out on getting one.  As in the past, students will be able to wear the shirts on the day of the event and is approved to wear on Fridays.  An order form is attached – order deadline is Friday, September 29th.

WRISTBANDS

Pre-paid wristbands are $12 each and must be ordered by Monday, October 16th.  Wristbands will be $15 the night of the event.  PARENTS AND NON-SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN ARE FREE.  The wristband allows the child to play on all inflatables and play all games, and also includes 3 activity tickets.  Activity tickets can be used for the hayride, pony ride, face painting, and the dunking booth.  
Additional activity tickets can be purchased for $2 each.  

Questions? Please call Traci Schell at (334) 477-2092 or Victoria Little at (334) 320-6788.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bear News - Sept. 11, 2017

Dear Parents,

Due to school being closed today and tomorrow, the September PTA Meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Bear. We hope you will join us!

The Parking Spot Super Silent Auction has also been postponed. Don't miss this chance to have a  stress-free afternoon carpool for the year! The new deadline for bids is Tuesday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. The winner will be announced during Pizza Dinner before Math Night.

Don't miss a fun and educational time for the entire family in our Outdoor Classroom on Saturday, September 16 from 9:00-10:30.

The Discount Card deadline is Monday, September 18, Please turn in all money or unsold cards at this time. To be eligible for prizes, money must be turned in by 9:00 a.m.

Math Night Pizza money is due Monday, September 18. All dinners must be pre-ordered by Monday. You can order online here Order Pizza Online.

Join us for our first Spirit Night at Rockin' Jump on Thursday, September 28 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the day come back to our school.

Stay safe and dry!
Bear PTA

UPCOMING DATES:
PTA Meeting - 9/14
Garden Education Day - 9/16
Pizza Money Due - 9/18
Discount Card Money Due - 9/18
Spirit Night - 9/28


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bear News - Sept. 7, 2017

Hello Bear Parents,

PTA MEETING - TUESDAY
Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Bear’s Lunchroom. We have a lot of great information that we want to share with you. You don’t want to miss this jam-packed meeting!

·         Discount Card Fundraiser Update
·         Fall Festival News
·         Garden Education & Maintenance Days
·         Spirit Nights
·         Reflections Art Program

SKIP THE CARPOOL LINE WITH FRONT-ROW PARKING
How would you like to drive up to Bear and have your very own reserved front row parking space? We have two reserved parking spaces that will be awarded to the highest bidders through a “super silent” auction. Bids will be accepted Friday, September 8 – Tuesday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. Place your bid in the Super Silent Bid Box by the front door of the school. Rules and an entry form can be found here - Parking Spot Bid Form.

GARDEN & EDUCATION DAYS
The PTA is thrilled to have Bear parent Ashleigh Livingston as our Garden/Outdoor Classroom committee chair this year. Ashleigh is ​a​ ​holistic​ ​health​ ​and​ ​nutrition​ ​counselor,​ ​Interactive Metronome​ ​Clinician​ ,​ ​an​ ​ADHD​ ​coach, and owner of​​ ​Integrated-Wellness.​ Please join Ashleigh as she leads our first Garden Education Day for children and parents on Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. in the Bear Garden. The topic is “The Food and Mood Connection,” and the goal is to have lots of FUN with kids in our awesome garden! The education segment will last about 45 minutes, and then we invite you to stay for another 30 minutes to help in the garden. We promise you will be home in time for football! 

Learn more about Ashleigh and see our 2017 Garden Education Dates in 2017 here - Garden Information 2017.

SPIRIT NIGHTS
In an effort to fellowship throughout the year and raise funds for Bear, several Spirit Nights have been arranged. Participating in the Spirit Nights is easy. Simply visit each business during the specified date and time, make a purchase, and place your receipt in the box next to the register labeled Bear Spirit Night. It’s just that easy! Our first Spirit Night is at Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park on Thursday, September 28 from 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. The schedule for the year can be found here - Spirit Night Schedule 2017-18

Fall is a wonderfully busy time around Bear. We have so much to tell you about, so we hope to see you on Tuesday at our first PTA Meeting!

Sincerely,

Bear PTA