Gates PTA - Very Special Thanks, October Recap and November/December Events
Very Special Thanks
These volunteers work very hard in the background and deserve huge thanks.
Photocopies: Special thanks to Bethany Ayala for making thousands of copies for the PTA. All the PTA single sheet flyers that are sent home are photocopied by a PTA volunteer. If you can help make copies, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It's a big job that is easy to do and takes approximately one hour of time per flyer.
Translators: All of the PTA flyers are translated into Spanish. Special thanks to these parents who volunteer to help with this important job: Silvia Ritterling, Cesilia Vega, Maria Corrada, Claudia Weaver and Mariana Bello.
Minutes: Bobbie Cunningham, PTA Secretary, takes the meeting minutes for the executive board and general PTA meetings.
Finance: Elizabeth Rose, PTA Financial Secretary makes deposits for PTA. Maria Corrada, PTA Treasurer, keeps the financial records in order and has been busy completing the PTA income tax return which is a huge job.
Publicity: Julissa Salamanca, PTA Webmaster, promotes and keeps us informed of events on Facebook and on the Gates PTA website.
Parliamentarian: Francia Docheff will coordinate the Nomination and Election of the Nominating Committee members whose job it is to put together a slate of qualified board members for the 2017-2018 school year. Email Francia at email@example.com if you are interested in holding a board position next year. Link to list of PTA board positions.
Grants: Ryan Zinn, Grants Chair, completed and submitted a Healthy Lifestyle grant and a Cultural Arts grant on behalf of Gates PTA in October. If they are approved by California State PTA, we will receive additional funds for Art Masters and the Kids Run the OC Program.
Safety: Viviana McKeegan booked the Emergency Preparedness presentation for our November 15 general meeting. There will be an adult presentation at 7pm and one customized for our children at 7:30pm. Since we live in an earthquake zone, I highly recommend attendance at this meeting to learn how you can be ready. Meeting agenda provided below.
Principal: Ms. Estling, PTA board member, is called on by PTA so many times to approve events, flyers, Konstella notifications and takes time out of her personal schedule to attend executive board meetings, general meetings and PTA events.
Congratulations to the families that participated in the Catalog Fundraiser held from October 3 to 14. Catalog sales totaled $39,362.00 ($34,414 paper order forms + $4,948 online orders). Our goal was $38,000.00 and we exceeded it. Well Done!!! We will know the net amount raised once we receive the product invoice from the catalog company. The funds raised will support the PTA programs provided for our children. Huge thanks to Andrea Merchant for chairing this program and the volunteers who helped process the orders: Andrea Merchant, Dolores Wirth, Bernice Chen, Robin Schnell, Nancy Norris, Natalie Paffrath, Diana Zamora, Jezette Luster, Keira Merkovsky. Delivery date of product and prizes to be announced soon.
The art work has completed the Gates judging step with 8 that have been selected to move onto the Saddleback Valley PTA Council judging level. Thank you to our chairs for running this program: Erin Foellmi and Acecy Buensuceco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards ceremony to be held in the Spring. Details to follow.
Art lesson #2 focused on Native American Art. Thank you to all of the parents who came out to volunteer in the classrooms during the 1 hour lessons and huge thanks to our chairs, Katie Ryan and Bobbie Cunningham who work with Ms. Estling to put together the assembly and in class lesson schedules and prepare the art supplies needed for every lesson.
Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser
Wristband sales will were held on Tuesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 13. 255 wristbands were sold at $15 each with Gates raising $1,275.00. My 6th grader had fun hanging out with his friends at the pumpkin patch. It was so nice to see parents and their children enjoying a fun evening out. This event is like an amusement park that's really close to home. Thank you to Michelle Mendoza for chairing this fundraiser and to those who helped with wristband sales: Donna DeManty, Lori Hall, Yovanna Medina, Sandra Galindo, Julissa Salamanca, Maria Mujica, Angela Munoz.
Ruby's Diner Family Dine Out
Before or after the pumpkin patch, families had an opportunity to dine at Ruby's Diner in the Laguna Hills Mall. The restaurant will be giving Gates 20% of the proceeds. Thank you to Michelle Mendoza and Sonia Maceranka for planning this dine out and to all the families who supported this fundraiser.
Vision and Hearing Testing
The testing was on Thursday, October 20. Thank you to our volunteers (Nancy Norris, Bernice Chen, Jezette Luster, Bernice Torres, Kelly Christians, Olivia Kasa, Brenda Thompson, Diane Zamora and Lucy Kaneshiro) who did an awesome job in keeping the children organized and moving smoothly through the 2 tests and staying on schedule even with a Disaster Drill that happened that morning.
November PTA Events
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Family Dine Out
On Thursday, November 3rd, we had a family dine out at CPK. In thanks to all of the families that participated we raised $252.89. The class that had the most participation was Ms. Aguilera-Martinez' class and each child was awarded a free child's meal certificate. Thank you to Sonia Maceranka for planning this dine out and to all the families who came out to support this fundraiser.
Art lesson #3 will focus on the art of Joseph Raffael. Assembly scheduled on November 7, Monday, and art classes on November 14, 15, 17 and 18. The volunteer sheet has been sent out so check your schedules and sign up if you are available. Link to volunteer sign up.
PTA General Meeting #2
November 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm in the MPR
Childcare provided in Kinder Room and Translation Available
7:00 pm to 7:30 pm - MPR - Emergency Preparedness presentation by Alexa Pratt, Education Specialist from Orange County Fire Authority.
7:30 pm to 8:00 pm - MPR - General PTA Meeting
- Come to find out what your PTA is planning in the coming months.
- Come and learn about the Nominating Committee
7:30 pm to 8:00 pm - Kinder Room - Emergency Preparedness presentation for children
Thank you to Viviana McKeegan, Safety Chair, for booking this presentation for us.
December PTA Events
Scholastic Book Fair
December 5 (Monday) to December 8 (Thursday)
Monday, December 5 - Book Fair open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- With every $10 purchase, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win Scholastic Book Dollars (which means free books for you).
- Storytime will be at 5:15 pm, 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm
- Raffle drawings will be every 30 minutes starting at 6:00 pm!
- Refreshments provided 5-8pm
Book Fair Chairs: Brenda Thompson and Nancy Norris can be reached at email@example.com
Flyer coming out week of November 14 and Volunteer Sign Ups to come out soon
Big Air Fundraiser
December 1, 2016, Thursday - 1 hour passes will be $15.00 and can be redeemed between the hours of 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Gates PTA will receive 50% of all passes sold. Flyer with details to be sent out week of November 14.
Takata Air Bag Recall with Honda/Acura
The deadline is extended to January 31, 2017. For every Honda or Acura vehicle that completes a Takata Airbag Inflator Recall replacement through this program, Gates PTA will receive $25. This is a serious safety issue. Please help spread the word. Click on the image on this website to see if a vehicle is on the recall list: www.hondaoutreach.com. Make sure that you select "Ralph A. Gates" as the organization. Call Honda at 888-234-2138 for any questions.
Open PTA Positions:
Spirit Wear Chair: Coordinates with the T-shirt printing company to get the school t-shirts ordered and distributed before Jog-a-thon
Poster Making Committee: Assembles to create and hang posters for upcoming PTA events
Photocopy Making Committee: Checks print order box for PTA flyers that have to be mass produced and distributed via the teacher mail cubbies
Astronomy Night Committee: Help Family Event Chairs, Mark and Stefanie Nix and Mr. Hickson, Gates 6th grade teacher plan the 13th Annual Gates Astronomy Night. To participate, contact Mark or Stefanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA Communication Tools
Gates PTA is using a text messaging system called REMIND. This tool will not record phone numbers and short text reminders of PTA events in English and Spanish will only be sent out the day before an event. See flyer in Forms section of Gates PTA website for more details.
Gates PTA began using this communication tool for the 2015-2016 school year. It is intended to keep Gator families and staff up to date on PTA events. Paper flyers will continue to be sent home but many times they stay buried in our children’s backpacks. After a year’s worth of experience and feedback, this school year, the reminders will be strategically sent to avoid inundating the users. After calendar events are created in Konstella, a reminder will be sent out 1 month before the event and then 2 days before the event. For events like art masters, the membership drive, Jogathon and catalog fundraisers, book fairs, box top collections, etc. that occur over several days or a week, one reminder listing all the dates will be sent out in one reminder 1 month in advance and then again 2 days in advance. Volunteer Sign up or donation requests will be sent out more frequently as needed. Thank you to all of the parents and staff who have signed up to use this tool. Please help spread the word to other parents. Interested parents should send an email to email@example.com to stay connected. Maria Corrada will continue to monitor these requests until we can recruit someone to take on this position.
2016-2017 President, Ralph A. Gates Elementary PTA
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