We hope you enjoyed the Fall Family Festival at Rural Hills, and we look forward to a wonderful November.
The PTO recently launched our second annual Lead by Example giving campaign. Our campaign goal is $25,000, and the money will be invested in our school this semester. Our suggested contribution amount is $100, but all donation amounts will be greatly appreciated. (View the Lead by Example giving campaign).
With the Mother/Son Days of Thunder event, dining night out at Brixx, and other fun classroom activities, this month will be an exciting time to get to know other families and spend time at social events.
**We have extended the deadline for purchasing tickets to the "Days of Thunder Mother/Son Event to Monday November 9th**
This event will be FUN FOR ALL AGES and includes two hours of unlimited:
-Cannonball air blaster
-Go kart racing (8 years old and 48" or above to kart race)
Thunderbird Prep is renting the space so lines will be minimal for activities during that time. Dinner will be served in the Pit's banquet room following the activities at 6:30. Tickets and food can be purchased through the link below - food will not be available for purchase on site (snack bar only) Register now!
SWEET FROG MONDAYS:
SweetFrog Monthly Monday's start tomorrow! The owner of SweetFrog frozen yogurt has generously agreed to donate a percentage of all sales the first Monday of each month from 12pm-9pm. How will this money be used? All SweetFrog proceeds will be used to reduce the cost of future field trips for our students. Please visit SweetFrog each first Monday of the month and let them know your family is with TPA!
As always, we welcome your involvement and encourage your participation. Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns.
Hot Lunch Ordering is the 15th - 22nd of every month.
FUNDRAISING REMINDER - Keep collecting box tops in anticipation of our next box top contest.
Our next PTO Executive Committee meeting is on November 10th at 6:30pm. We hope to see you soon!
Julia White, President
Beth Butler, VP of Fundraising
Jackie Burka, VP of Events
Rhonda Little, Treasurer
Leah Varnell, Secretary
11/1 – 11/20, Registration for Monday Enrichment Winter Session* 11/6, Box Top Winner - Ice Cream Party 11/10, PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm 11/11, No School – Veteran’s Day 11/12, Volunteer Training (On campus) 9 am – 10 am 11/13, Spirit Wear Day (jeans or uniform bottoms ONLY) 11/13, 5th Grade Field Trip to Latta Plantation 11/13, Mother/Son Event, Days of Thunder, 4:30-7:30 pm at The Pit Indoor Raceway 11/15 – 11/22, Online Hot Lunch Ordering for December is Available 11/18, K & 1st Grade Classroom Event (time TBD) 11/19, 2nd & 3rd Grade Classroom Event (time TBD) 11/19, Dining Night Out @ Brixx, 5 pm – 9 pm 11/19, Board Meeting, 7 pm 11/20, 5th Grade Classroom Event (time TBD) 11/23, Monday Enrichment Fall Session Ends 11/24, 4th Grade Middle Ages Festival 11/30, Monday Enrichment Winter Session Begins (11/30-2/29)
Thank you for your Donations! (For the Ladies Night Out Raffle)
Honeybaked Ham (Stephen Davis): Two $25 Gift Certificates
Everest Gymnastics: Birthday Party ($300 value)
Handmade Clutch Purse by local artist Tracey Bacon
Vera Bradley Bag: donated by Diana Corrigan
Sea Tow (Howie Kaplan): One Year Membership ($119 value)
Clean Juice (Kat Eckles): $25 gift card
Vintage Hymnal Wreath by local artist Julie Coates
“My Playground” Painting by local artist Julie Coates
Turning Pointe Dance and Music: Princess Party for 10 ($150 Value)
Turning Pointe Dance and Music: One free month tuition for a recreational dance class ($50 value)
Brixx: Two $25 gift cards.
Dressler’s: $50 gift card
Luxe Angel: $50 gift card
Ever Skincare (Barrett Gentry): Lip Treatment
Charlotte Hornets: Two tickets to November 29th game. Donated by Adrienne White
TPA shirt, magnet and bracelet
Juice Plus (Robin Bradley): Gift Basket
Bookman Bright: Lunch for two at Kindred with financial planner David Hedges
Starbucks Gift Basket: Donated by Amy Gibson
Two free Zumba classes with Kiril and free Isagenix enrollment fees
Wildtree: Gift Basket
Key Toppers (Chuck Snipe): Assortment of North Carolina College Items
Witches Broom and Trick or Treat Pail: Donated by local artist Julie Coates Also, thank you to Heather Smallwood for coordinating the Luxe Angel donation, Ashley Wetherbee for coordinating the Brixx, Dressler’s and Wildtree donations, and Lynn Smith for coordinating the Everest Gymnastics donation.
Thank You, LKN Chrystler Dodge, for sponsoring the Fall Festival!!
Thank You for Your Winter Coat Donations!
Thunderbird's Community Giving Committee hosted their first collection this past month. Together, we collected over 250 coats plus winter weather accessories for Lydia's Loft of Huntersville. Lydia's Loft lost their primary coat donor this year and desperately needed our help. Thank you to all the donors and volunteers.
Pink Out Day in October was Wonderful.
Thank You, Julie Phelps-Coates and the Staff Appreciation committee for the terrific Festive Fall Feast for teachers and staff! It was beautiful and the food was incredible!
The Family Festival Night at Rural Hills was Spectacular!
CHECK OUT THESE "CHARACTERS" FROM BOOK CHARACTER DAY!!
Meet Ms. Hardin, a First Grade Teacher at TPA.
1 – How long have you lived in NC and what do you love about this area?
I'm a NC native. I'm originally from Council, NC and relocated to Charlotte this year. I love that there's always something to do here, whether it be a race, parade, festival, etc. It's a great way to discover and meet new people.
2 – What is your favorite type of music, books (mystery, nonfiction, etc…), and sports?
My favorite genre of music is jazz. I enjoy reading a good mystery. My favorite sport is football. Go ECU Pirates!
3 – Was 1st grade one of your favorite years of school when you were growing up and why?
I enjoyed being in first grade. My teacher always had a song to help us retain new information.
4 – For families who are taking road trips during the Thanksgiving holiday, do you have any advice for traveling with young kids?
My advice for families taking road trips with young children is to bring a favorite book along to read during the trip. Educational games can be preloaded on tablets so that students can both learn and have fun on the way to your destination.
Meet Julie Phelps-Coates, Chair of Staff Appreciation
1 – How long does it take to plan a teacher appreciation event?
It is really hard to put an hourly number on how long it takes to plan an average event. I think it is like anything, if you want a good outcome, you put in the time. All of our events have been a collaboration and some events have been easier for me to conceptualize. I feel really lucky. I have an excellent committee and great co-chairs (Sabrina Hicks and Andrea Kline) and they put a lot of work into each event as well.
2 – What is the most popular food that was at the Fall Feast?
Anne Ferris' pumpkin cupcakes!!!! I got TONS of e-mails requesting the recipe for them. Everyone also liked the chicken pot pies.
3 – Do you have any family traditions at your home for the holidays?
My whole family LOVES to decorate, so making sure that the house looks festive is #1 in our book:)
4 – What are some of the reasons that you enjoy being involved with the school’s PTO?
The main reason I am with the PTO is for my son. As a child, I watched my mom volunteer at my school and I learned from her the value of participation and volunteerism. She always stressed that the most important thing,in life, is the genuine connections that we make with others in the world. She didn't believe that you made these connections through money, but rather by giving of yourself. I also believe that this is true and I am trying to develop as an individual so that I can be a better role model for my son.
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