October PTSA Update

PTSA Meeting Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30

The next PTSA meeting will be held Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30 in the Cafe. We will be discussing our Book Fair and fundraising updates; ideas and plans for the Teachers' conference meals; and the future of other fundraisers! Join us and share your input!

Many thanks to you!

A huge thanks go out to all the parents and families that showed their support to SVMS over the past month. Your help and participation is needed and very much appreciated! We could not have pulled off the BBQ and Book Fair without you! A big thanks goes out, specifically, to Natasha Ontiveros, Lauren Hickey, Amy Reames, Shannon Harris, Karole Morehead and Angela Villanueva.

I also really appreciate the parents that could make it out to help with our early morning fundraising efforts. It's hard to arrange your family life to make it to the middle school that early to help. Natasha Ontiveros, Amy Reams, and Heather Monaco your help was very much appreciated! Thanks for helping SVMS get that much closer to field trips!

Parent-Teacher Conference Meals

We will be asking for donations and ideas for teacher meals during conferences on Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th. All donations need to be collected in the office by 3:00 p.m. so that the teachers have the opportunity to have their meal before conferences start.

The first sign up for Monday, October 12th will be located here:


The second sign up for Tuesday, October 13th will be located here:


Second Spiritwear Runs from October 10-24

We had a successful first spirit wear sale. We will be offering our second spirit wear sale of the year during Parent-Teacher conferences.

This spirit wear will run from October 10-24. These sales will be online only at http://www.spiritpack.com/svms_2015 .

A huge thanks goes out to Carrie Evans for helping organize and facilitate both sales!

Culver's Restaurant Night October 22, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Get ready for our first SVMS restaurant night. Culver's will donate 10% of all proceeds from 5:00-8:00 on Thursday, October 22nd. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors!

Future Fundraisers

I have had inquiries about fundraisers that will be scheduled for SVMS. We offer a variety of fundraisers in an effort to reach out to all of our families at SVMS. Traditionally, we offer our magazine fundraiser first as it will give us the most bang for the buck and allow us to have a healthy amount to start towards our grade level field trips.

Magazine Fundraiser: We earn back around 40% of our profit from this company and can continue to take orders (and will continue to receive contributions from this company) throughout the school year. This fundraiser is user friendly as it can be shared online. If you would like to use this fundraiser throughout the year be sure to save the website www.gaschoolstore.com. Our school number is 2608941.

Invest in Your Eagles: PTSA donations are also accepted throughout the year. You may write a check directly to the PTSA. 100% of these donations will go into the PTSA fund so that it can be devoted back to the students.

Target Debit/Credit Card: Give to SVMS while using your Target Red Card. You can donate to SVMS with every Target trip. Just go to https://www-secure.target.com/redcard/tcoe/school-details-2014?schoolId=118533&enroll=yes and make sure that you have SVMS picked as your school of choice. We currently have 37 card holders signed up for SVMS and bet we can increase that!

Amazon Smile: You can donate through amazon.com, too. By going to smile.amazon.com and designating PTA Missouri Congress South Valley Middle School, PTSA a portion of all of your purchases will come back to SVMS. You can even make it the home page that your web browser goes to. Every little bit helps!

Pendrod's Poinsettia Fundraiser: This one is new this year and will be coming home sometime in November. We will have anywhere from 40%-50% profit on these. PTSA will be looking for help to organize and distribute these plants to students and families so stay tuned for more info on this one!

Liberty school district restaurant cards: These cards include discounts on restaurant and businesses throughout the district. They are sold by the district -- not through the PTSA. However, 50% of their profit goes directly back to SVMS and 100% of the profit goes back to the Liberty School district. These cards usually come home to students during December.

Pendrod's Spring Flower Sale: Once again, this is a new fundraiser for SVMS. We will also have a 40%-50% profit on this sale. The sizes and variety of flowers will be communicated to families in early spring. We will also need a decent amount of parent volunteers to help us organize this endeavor!

Restaurant Nights: We are currently in negotiations with several local restaurants in the area to confirm some restaurant nights. We usually have anywhere from a 15%-50% return in profit from these restaurants as they are very eager to give back to the community. If you have a restaurant that you would like to see us frequent please email southvalleymiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com.

PTSA Services

There are some services that we provide to the school that make little to no profit for the PTSA. We provide them to make SVMS families to help promote community among our Eagles.

Back to School BBQ: Our Back to School BBQ is the most attended service we provide. Red Robin provides meals, parents donate desserts, and great football is watched. Thanks for all the donations and participation in making this the best BBQ, yet!

Book Fair: We provided this during the Back to School BBQ. All had a great time and there were many great books bought. At this time we have not scheduled a Spring Book Fair, but are looking at events and dates that will work for everyone. Thanks again to Lauren Hickey for manning the table for the event!

Box Tops: Angela Villanueva has agreed to take over Box Tops this year for SVMS. Box Tops are worth 10 cents per piece which can really add up in big groups! Two collections will be organized this year. More information will be communicated about this in the future.

Culver's with the Eagles: If you have a kiddo who is in choir, band, or orchestra we have arranged for Culver's to arrive after the concerts and to offer a cup of ice cream with a topping for around $3. The really important item to remember about these events is that Culver's accepts CASH, ONLY. It is a great way to visit with other families and enjoy some great dessert without having to leave the school!

Spring Fling: During the last week of school, PTSA partners with the staff to provide an event full of fun for the students. Games are played, kids can do yearbook signings, and a snack and dance provided. This is a great way to wind up the school year for the students!

So you want to be a member?

PTSA Memberships and volunteer forms will be collected throughout the school year. We have moved to an online format to facilitate organization through the SVMS PTSA. Memberplanet.com will provide all of these functions for the members organizing membership and will handle our financial transactions, also.

Membership form: https://www.memberplanet.com/s/svmsptsa/ptsamembershipform

Volunteer form: https://memberplanet.com/s/svmsptsa/boosterclubvolunteerform_89

SVMS PTSA website: https://memberplanet.com/Settings/PublicProfile.aspx

Thanks for supporting SVMS PTSA!

StuCo Mixer

PTSA will be partnering with StuCo this year to help with their mixers. The first mixer of the year will be on October 28th from 2:20-4:00. Please email southvalleymiddleschoolptsa@gmail.com if you would like to donate or volunteer to help!