Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bear PTA News - Sept 4, 2018

Welcome to September!

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?

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!

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 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.

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

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. 

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  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. 

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.

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!

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