February Recap and Very Special Thanks
A tremendous amount of thanks goes to Dolores Wirth for chairing Jog-A-thon. This fundraiser has many moving parts:
- Creating the Jog-a-Thon packets
- Coordinating volunteers
- Planning the Pep Rally held on February 10th
- Getting vendor sponsors like Corner Bakery, Dave and Busters, Los Rios Rock School, Captain Ride Limo, Uptown Cheapskate, Splat Graphix, ChoreMonster.com, Kohl’s, The Bagel Shack, Premiere Events Group, The Karaoke King
- Event day field and donation processing setup and coordination
- Donation processing
Special thanks to Elizabeth Rose for getting sponsors and distributing popsicles; Fernando Martinez for being the MC and coordinating the field volunteers and Claudia Rodriguez-Zinn for coordinating volunteers. Thank you to Mike Maceranka for getting the Laguna Hills High School Football Team to help cheer on our Gators. Last but not least, this fundraiser would not be made successful without all of you, the families and friends that:
- Donated water, cups and classroom snacks
- Helped in the classroom and on the field on run day
- Helped with donation processing
- Collected donations from friends and families
Thank you so much!
Art Masters: Thank you to Bobbie Cunningham for coordinating the Art Master in classroom lessons from February 2 through 8 and to all of the parents that volunteered to help in the classrooms. The focus was on Artist: Jacob Lawrence – known for his portrayal of African-American life
Family Dine Out at Corner Bakery had a great showing of Gator families. Thank you to all who came out to dine on great food and support Gates and special thanks to Bernice Torres and Elizabeth Rose for planning this dine out.
Kids Run the OC (KROC) Practices were held on February 4, 11, 18 and 25. Remaining practices are on March 3, 17, 24 and April 7, 14 and 28. This program was made possible for our children by all of the volunteers listed below.
Assistant KROC Chairs: Eddie & Bonnie Hooes and Lucy Kaneshiro
Kinder Coaches: Elizabeth Rose, Shea Pitlick, Leticia Anaya, Karen Boepple and Veronica Camargo
1st Grade Coaches: Nohemi Miño, Tassy Estrada, Bobbie Cunningham and Carlos Arce
2nd Grade Coaches: Claudia Rodriguez-Zinn, Nancy Norris, Francia Docheff, Eddie Hooes and Mariana Bello
3rd Grade Coaches: Bridget DiRico, Laura Rauch, Michelle Mendoza, Maria Herrera
4th Grade Coaches: Lucy Kaneshiro, Heath McMasters, Viviana McKeegan
5th/6th Grade Coaches: Aubrey Valenzuela, Jacob Rael, Lily Limtiaco
Substitute Coaches: Julissa Salamanca, Eric Kaneshiro, Ryan Zinn
Youth Coaches: Nathan Kaneshiro, Sofia Placias, Kevin Peñaloza, Kayla Camargo
Snack Duty Volunteers: Andrea Zervakos, Karen Boepple and Natalie Paffrath
Standby Helper: Helen Loomis
Coach Supply Setup: Victoria Dunn
March 2016 Events
Jog-A-Thon Final Donation Collection – March 4 – Let’s rally to get the rest of our donations in this Friday.
Kids Run the OC Training – March 3, 17, 24
Buy One Get One Free Book Fair – Setup on March 4, Friday from 12:45 pm to 4:00 pm in the MPR.
Book Fair Dates and Hours in MPR:
March 7, Monday: 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
March 8, Tuesday, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
March 9, Wednesday, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
March 10, Thursday, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm AND 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
March 11, Friday, 12:45 pm to 2:30 pm
Book Fair Clean Up on March 11 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Volunteer sign ups were sent out on Konstella. Help make this program enjoyable for all by signing up to volunteer. Huge thanks to Brenda Thompson for chairing this program.
Family Dine Out @ Café Rio in Lake Forest – March 16 all day. Flyers to be sent home with children next week.
Family Fun Night – March 18 – Dolores Wirth volunteered to Chair this event. Flyers to be sent home with children next week.
General PTA Meeting – March 22, Tuesday @ 7:00 pm in the MPR. Childcare will be provided in Kinder Room 25.
- Vote for your 2016-2017 new PTA Board Members
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Recalls Spotlight – Takata Air Bag Recalls
Variety Show In-Person Registrations:
#1) March 23, Wednesday, 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the Quad
#2) March 23, Wednesday, 1:17 pm to 2:17 pm in the Quad
#3) March 24, Thursday, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the MPR
Flyer for details to be sent out soon.
Upcoming PTA Events in April 2016
Art Masters – In class lessons on April 4, 5, 7, 8
- Artist: Paul Gauguin – known for his brilliant Tahitian landscapes allow students to explore abstract color choices and the effect of color on mood
- Sign up link to be sent soon.
Kids Run the OC Important Dates:
- Training: April 7, 14, 28, Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Mandatory Parent Meeting: April 28, Thursday @ 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the MPR
- Marathon Day: April 30, Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Variety Show Auditions in MPR – April 15, Friday after school. Stay tuned for more information.
Family Dine Out @ Lone Star in Lake Forest – April 13, 2016, Wednesday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Flyers to be sent home on the first week of April.
School Beautification – April 23rd, Saturday - Julissa Salamanca and Claudia Weaver will chair this event. Stay tuned.
PTA Communications has fully transitioned to Konstella. If you know Gates parents who want to stay in the loop, please have them email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an invitation to Konstella.
2015-2016 President, Ralph A. Gates Elementary PTA
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