Please read these school messages, reminders and community announcements.
Please review Principal Amsler's message about Toys vs. Tools, Playground Supervision, Tinkering Kits in Action and Appreciations.
PTA President’s Message
It’s March. I always thought things slowed down after the holidays, but that hasn’t been the case! We’ve had the Read-a-Thon, Book Fair, Valentine’s Day, and mid-winter break already and there’s much more to come.
I’d like to thank the Read-a-Thon chairs for doing a great job with the difficulties of rolling out the program, tracking minutes read, handing out beads, tracking donations, coordinating pie throws and prizes. This was a herculean task that has many complications, so thank you so much to Garth Fraser, Paris Jalali, Smita Chitroda, Jayna Neilson, Marina Gayevska, and all the daily volunteers who gathered those packets and recorded everything. I truly appreciated their flexibility to modify the process when they saw that it wasn’t working after the first day. The team is still working hard at tallying the minutes and donations, so stay tuned for the results!
We’ve also had the Book Fair, and this is another big event. One of my favorites! It took the true dedication of Glenda Gin, Marcy Lim, Raquel Sarmiento, Elysia Miranda, and the daily volunteers to make everything perfect the week of the event along with setup and break down. Thank you to the chairs for months of work to get this planned and volunteers. We brought in almost $4K that will go toward books in the library to continue to build our collection.
As you saw last week, the Nominating Committee has completed its work to propose next year’s PTA Executive Board slate. Even though it seems early, it’s a tough task to find eager volunteers as everyone is very busy. Even though the Board slate is done, we have many committee chair positions that will need to be filled. One particular chair position we need help with now is Yearbook. Are there any creative folks out there who will be willing to take on this task for next year? It would be great to start the transition process this year as the current chairs will be graduating out at the end of the year. Please contact me if you are interested or Christine Wong if you have questions on the position. I’d like to thank Christine and Nancy Narimatsu for the amazing job they’ve done in the past several years (I believe as long as I’ve been at RSE starting 2011). The yearbook every year looks great and provide memories that will last a lifetime.
Even though we have a slate for next year’s PTA Exec Board, it’s never too early to think about the following year, particularly for parents in the younger grades who will be around for a while longer. The role on the team I would like to highlight in this issue is Treasurer. Our Treasurer this year is Helen McCormick and she has the task of keeping us straight on our budget, income and expenses. This position is one of the few that is constantly on. Expense reports are being submitted on a weekly basis as we have so many activities happening. She needs to make sure all protocol is followed, we get the right invoices, reimbursement forms, match every transaction against the budget, write the checks, get the signatures, get the checks to the right places. Thank you so much Helen for being on top of all this and ensuring that our teachers, staff, parent volunteers, vendors, etc are paid in a timely manner all within budget.
I am looking forward to a slower March, yes, pipe dreams. There is conferences coming up where the kids will have half days from 3/12-3/20 (including normal ½ day Wednesdays). Of course, don’t forget the PTA Meeting on March 29th where we will have many important items to vote on, please save the date and come join us! Go Seals!
Sandy Nelson, PTA President
Read Across America March 4-8, 2019
Click here to review flyer your child should have brought home last week.
In honor of the birthday of Dr. Suess, we ask you to Seuss-iffy yourself!Mon, March 4: "One Fish, Two Fish" wear something red and/or blue.
Tues, March 5: "Fox in Sox" roll up pants to show off cool socks!
Wed, March 6: "Wacky Wednesday" wear wacky clothes (ex. mismatched socks, mismatched shoes, or wear your shirt backwards or inside out.)
Thur, March 7: "Green Eggs & Ham" wear something green.
Fri, March 8: "Hop on Pop" let's celebrate reading by wearing comfy clothes or pajamas to school!
On Tuesday, March 5th our TK - 2nd graders will meet award-winning author/illustrator, Kathryn Otoshi. She will be presenting her character building books, ZERO (self-esteem); ONE (anti-bullying); TWO (friendship); BEAUTIFUL HANDS (community building) and DRAW THE LINE (overcoming differences).
The assembly is from 8:40-9:20am in the multipurpose room.
Walk-N-Roll Wednesday This Week
Walk, scoot or pedal to school on Wednesday for this month's contest by grade. Don't forget to check in at the table on the blacktop.
Message from Ralston’s PTA President:
Open PTA Board & Committee Chair Positions for 2019-2020
The success of Ralston students and students across our entire district is truly dependent upon a united parent community! We appreciate your dedication to ensuring the success of our community as a whole! Here are open positions for next year: President, VP Communications, Treasurer, Secretary
If you would like to better understand the responsibilities of these positions, please don't hesitate to contact me anytime. I will also connect you with this years volunteer to explain the duties in more depth.
Please indicate your interest in volunteering at your earliest convenience.
Ralston PTA's Parent Education Event -- Mark Your Calendar!
Join us for an informative evening with guest speaker, Mary Hofstedt, from Challenge Success! Mary will be delivering the "Well-Balanced Student" presentation on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 6:30–8pm in the MUR.
This event is open to all members of our BRSSD parent community.
Summary of presentation: When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this presentation, you'll learn how you can establish a healthier home environment, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement and increase your children's resilience, creativity, and well being.
For more information and to RSVP, please click here.
DISCOVERY DAY 2019
SAVE THE DATE! June 5th, 2019 from 9-11:30am is Discovery Day 2019!
In order to make Discovery Day a success we need your help! Our children will have the opportunity to DISCOVER, learn and explore new and exciting activities! But without you we can’t make this happen. Start thinking about what activity you would like to lead and assist. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the coming weeks.
Questions – please email committee chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.