Happy Fall! We trust everyone is settling in to a great start to the new school year. We have a lot of fun activities coming up that will raise money for our school and strengthen our community. Please check our calendar for more details.
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).
Please join us in welcoming our new Vice President of Events, Jackie Burka, to the PTO executive board. Jackie was recently voted in at an executive committee meeting on September 3, 2015. Jackie was an active volunteer last year, and chaired The Mother Son event. A special thank you goes to our former Vice President of Events, Tanya Feehan, who is now the office manager of TPA. You are missed!
Our PTO bylaws were amended at a special meeting on September 7, 2015. They will be uploaded to the PTO tab of the school website soon.
As always, we welcome your involvement and encourage your participation. Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns.
* Link Your VIC Card to Our School: https://www.harristeeter.com/default.aspx?pageId=32 * Please Clip & Collect Box Tops, now through 10/23, and send in to TPA in a ziplock bag with your child's teacher's name & grade level: http://www.boxtops4education.com/ * Link Your Target Card to TPA:http://www.target.com/tcoe
Our next PTO meeting is on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30pm. We hope to see you soon!
Meet Your PTO Officers:
From Left to Right:
Rhonda Little, Beth Butler, Julia White, Leah Varnell, Jackie Burka
Julia White, President
Beth Butler, VP of Fundraising
Jackie Burka, VP of Events
Rhonda Little, Treasurer
Leah Varnell, Secretary
10/1, Join Your Child for Lunch – Grades 2 & 3 10/2, Join Your Child for Lunch – Grades 4 & 5 10/5, Teacher Work Day, No School 10/8, 6:30-7:45 PM, Cocoa and Questions (BYOC) with Mrs. McKinney 10/10, 9 AM, TPA Information Session for Prospective Families 10/12, Columbus Day, We are In School, Parent Conferences Begin (12th – 19th) 10/13, 6:30 PM, PTO Meeting at TPA 10/15 – 10/22, Hot Lunch Online Ordering 10/19, Make-up Picture Day 10/22, 7 PM, Board Meeting 10/23, End of 1st Quarter, Teacher Work Day 10/27 – 10/30, Join Your Child for Lunch – 10/27 (K), 10/28 (1), 10/29 (2-3), 10/30 (4-5) 10/29, TPA Family Night at Rural Hills 10/30, Dress As Your Favorite Character Day
TPA Family Fall Festival at Rural Hills October 29, 4:30-7:30 PM Bounce houses, Corn Maze, Races and More!!
Mark Your Calendars:
Days of Thunder Mother and Son Event November 13th at The Pit Indoor Raceway in Mooresville
4:30 - 7:30 PM Bumper Cars, Laser Tag, Mini Golf and More!!
Registration and Detailed Information for these events are available on the website: view the "PTO" tab and select "Events".
About the Second Flight Uniform Sale:
The PTO's Second Flight bin is in the lobby! Please donate your gently used school clothes. This can be TPA logo shirts and outerwear, navy and khaki pants/shorts/skirts, and spirit wear. A sale will be held at least twice per year, with the proceeds going to benefit our school! When you donate, add your name on the clipboard attached to the bin. You will be given early admission to the next sale. Please contact Tracey Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Our Patriotic Day Celebration was Amazing.
Thank you, Grandparents, for having lunch with us.
Ladies Night Out was a Fun Night! Thank you, LNO Committee!!
A super huge thanks goes out to Lowes Corporation, for the donation of 145 laptops to TPA!!!!
HOT LUNCH ORDERING & PAYMENT SYSTEM
Orders for our two vendors, Mama's Pizza in Cornelius and Honey Baked Ham will be placed for one month at a time. Visit our Hot Lunch web page for ordering details (under the "Our School" tab) on TPA's website.
The link for hot lunch ordering also serves as our Payment System for Events. Please create a Parent Profile when paying for a "Parent" event. Thank you!
Meet Ms. Yates, a Kindergarten Teacher at TPA.
1 – What do you love about working at TPA?
I feel honored and blessed to be at TPA! I enjoy teaching Kindergarteners and I love hearing their perspectives, thoughts and ideas. Everyday is a new adventure! TPA has an amazing staff, an awesome principal and fabulous students!
2 – Please list your favorite movies, activities and foods!
I love Italian food, any type of dessert with caramel and Starbucks! My favorite movies are Adam Sandler comedies and Disney Earth movies. Some of my favorite activities are reading, biking with my family and going to my favorite place, Disneyworld!
3 – Do you have any tips or advice for Kindergarten students?
My best advice for Kindergarteners would be to listen attentively, do their homework and try their best everyday.
4 – When you were in Kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a Kindergartener, I wanted to grow up and be a teacher just like my Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Winfrey :)
Meet the ladies behind the scenes of TPA's Hot Lunch Program!
What do you love about TPA hot lunches?
There are more lunch options for the students and it gives parents a break from packing a lunch everyday.
How long does it take from when the food is delivered to completely distributed to all of the classes?
It takes two hours. We start at 10am and are done by 12:00.
What was your biggest challenge in setting up the hot lunch system?
The biggest challenge right now is having enough help on a daily basis and having consistent volunteers. It is important for everyone to understand that the lunch program is run by volunteers only this year.
Please tell us a little about what the 2 hot lunch vendors offer in terms of lunch choices?
Our vendors are Mama's Pizza Express and Honey Baked Ham. They offer anything from wraps and grilled chicken salads to pizza and pasta. There is a gluten free option every day which is great! The vendors use the freshest ingredients and everything is made in house daily. No frozen foods and no preservatives.