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October 5, 2018

Dates to Know!




OCT 5 – PTO MOVIE NIGHT, dinner @5:00, Coco @7pm







OCT 25 - 9th ANNUAL AROUND THE WORLD, 6-7:30 pm


What's for lunch??

MENU FOR 10/8-10/12

Monday: All-American Burger, Chicken Tikki Masala, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Tuesday: Chicken Nuggets, Buffalo Strips, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Chicken, Beef), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Thursday: New Cheesy French Bread, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Ham & Cheese Roll-Up, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Friday: All-Beef Hotdog, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Rotisserie Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Options: Vegetable Pinwheel (broccoli, spinach, cheese)

MENU FOR 10/15-10/18

Monday: Popcorn Chicken, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Hummus, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Tuesday: Nachos (Cheese, Chicken, Beef), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Hummus, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chikin’ Nuggets

Wednesday: Mini Chicken Sliders, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Hummus, Veggie Salad, Hummus, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Thursday: Mozzarella- Stuffed Breadsticks, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Hummus, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger


All volunteers now need to view a short video about Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting. Once you have viewed the video, you will fill out a form that will stay on file.If you plan on volunteering in any capacity this school year, please view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWiUng4wP0g&feature=youtu.be . The sign off form can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/zXNEQkZZSKu7eqOh1

Thank you for understanding that this new policy is designed to protect our students. We appreciate the time and dedication of all our volunteers!

Box Top Deadline Extended to Monday, Oct. 8

Remember to turn in your clipped Box Tops for Education and help your class win a popsicle party. The class with the most Box Tops in each grade will win!!! The deadline for first quarter submissions has been extended to Monday, October 8, so collect those Box Tops over the weekend and send them in.

Place Box Tops in a ziploc baggie or envelope labeled with your students name and teacher and send to school.

No Box Tops? No problem! How about a dime, quarter, dollar? Every 10¢ you send in equals one Box Top

Stay tuned for the next exciting Box Top contest!! Find more ways to earn money for our school by visiting www.boxtops4education.com. Contact BoxTops@BigCreekESPTO.com with any questions.

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Come out to City Barbeque and enjoy a delicious meal while supporting Big Creek Elementary at our first Spirit Event of the school year. Use the pass above any time on Tuesday, Oct. 9 between 10:30am-10pm. For each bar code scanned, Big Creek will receive 25% back. Make sure to share this code with family and friends as well! Every little bit helps!!

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It's time for the Impressions Art Contest!

Students in all grades (Pre-K – 5th) are eligible to participate and may submit one or more works of art in each of the following categories:

Dance Choreography, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Literature and Film

Dropoff dates/times: October 11-12, 7:10–7:40am

Dropoff Location: Hallway outside the front office

Deadline: October 12 (NO late entries accepted)

All forms will be judged first at the school level. Winners from the school level move on to the county level. (This year there will be no winners at the state and the national level). Visual Art & Photography entries MUST BE wrapped with clear plastic to protect the integrity of the work. Please visit the Big Creek PTO website at https://bigcreekpto.membershiptoolkit.com/impressions for more information and to download the Student Entry Form and Contest Rules. Any Questions feel free to email: Impressions@BigCreekESPTO.com

Nurse G says THANKS!!

Our Hearing, Vision, and Dental Screen was a huge SUCCESS!! We screened 400 1st, 3rd and 5th graders in less than 4 hours. That is impressive! This screening would not have been as smooth and efficient without our wonderful volunteers and PTO. I am truly grateful for your time and assistance.

I’d like to say THANK YOU to Christy Louella, Nisha Rama, Tara Brooks, Julie Caesar, Karla Faems, Leela Yellapragada, Kari Souder, Eileen Bundy, Jo Neal, Natalie Ingram, Patricia Valez, Andrea Supina and Serena Leung.

And, a special thanks to our friends at Clarity Eye Group & Dental Town for all of their assistance. It truly takes a village!

Keep 'em Coming!

Thank you for your Lysol donations! Please keep them coming as flu season is right around the corner.! We want to make sure we take care of all of our students and teachers. If you can, would you please pick up a can or 2 to (pictured at left) to send to the clinic? Thank you for your help and support to keep everyone at Big Creek healthy!


Nurse G

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Calling all cooks!

Fall Teacher Potluck Luncheon - Donations Needed

Please consider making or purchasing an item to contribute to our Fall Teacher Potluck Luncheon on October 17 as a way of saying THANK YOU for ALL that they do.Sign up here ↓↓↓


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Courtney Ayres at hospitality@bigcreekespto.com

Oct 22-26 is Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Anyone can drive a car, but it takes someone special to drive a school bus. That's why we'd like to thank our bus drivers for going the extra mile with our precious cargo. Please let our bus drivers know how much they mean to you and your child with a hand made card or something special. Remember, it's a long walk to school without a bus driver!

Red Ribbon Week, Oct 23-26

We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week on Tuesday, October 23- Friday, October 26th! The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people. It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle by:

· Wearing red on Tuesday, October 23

· Wearing your shirts backwards on Thursday, October 25 because we turn our backs on drugs

· Wearing crazy socks on Friday, October 26 because we are socking it to drugs

Come aboard and travel "Around the World"

Mark your calendars for October 25 when we will enjoy learning about various cultures from around the world at a night filled with friends, food, facts, and fun.

The Around the World Committee needs volunteers before and during the event. If you are able to help, please email AroundTheWorld@bigcreekespto.com to help make this event a success! See you in a few weeks.

This month on our Voyage

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Reminder - Set up a Publix account for Big Creek

Don't forget to sign up for an account at www.publix.com. In your account settings, enter Big Creek Elementary as your Publix Partner School. When you shop, make sure you enter your phone number at checkout.

The small, green Publix Partners cards are no longer accepted so make sure you set up your publix.com account today.

Thanks for your continued support of this awesome partnership!

Local School Council

Did you know that all Forsyth County schools have a Local School Council? These groups work as advisory teams that provide recommendations to principals and the Forsyth County Board of Education. Members meet four times a year. Our council includes:

Principal - Mrs. Webb (Lwebb@forsyth.k12.ga.us)

Teachers - Mrs. Bach, Mrs. Wild (JBach@forsyth.k12.ga.us; AWild@forsyth.12.ga.us)

Parents - Robin Bowers, Cari Shelton, Addie Wetzels (robin.bowers@verizonwireless.com; cari@rogerandcari.com; addiewetzels@yer.com

Parent & Business Partner - Dr. Ingrid Reyes (ingridreyesmd@gmail.com)

Recording Secretary - Brittany Knoup (BKnoup@forsyth.k12.ga.us)

Please feel free to reach out to our council members if you have any questions or ideas that you would like to share.

You can read the minutes from past meetings at https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/SB_Meetings/SB_MeetingListing.aspx?S=4069

Does your company match your contributions to PTO? Double your donation!

Corporate matching is a program offered by many employers where the employer will match any contributions made to a non-profit organization. Since Big Creek Elementary School PTO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the donations made to our fundraisers (Fall Write-a-Check fundraiser and Spring Read-a-Thon fundraiser) may qualify for a corporate match from your employer. This program can double your donation. This is one of the easiest ways to provide extra funds to our school’s PTO


Once you have made a donation to BCES PTO, please check with the HR department of your company and ask if they have an employee matching/donation program. We appreciate you taking five minutes of your day to possibly double your donation to our school.You will need the following information to complete your match:

Organization name: BCES PTO, Inc.

Organization EIN (Tax ID): 82-1858102

Organization address: 1994 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041

Organization contact person: Caroline Russo (president@bigcreekespto.com) Phone (678)-517-2146

Organization purpose:The mission of the Big Creek Elementary School PTO is to enable and inspire our diverse student body to achieve academic excellence, by developing a strong connection between school and home, encouraging parent involvement, and sustaining a close relationship between parents, teachers and students.

Here is just a small sampling of companies that we know match donations:

Apple, Allstate, AT&T, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, Boeing, BP, CarMax,Charles Schwab, Chubb, Cisco, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Comcast Corp, Dell, Delta Airlines, DirecTV, DuPont, Equifax, ExxonMobil, Ford, Gap, GE, Hewlett-Packard, The Home Depot, IBM, InterContinental Hotels Group, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, LexisNexis, Lockheed-Martin, Macy's Federated Dept Stores, McKesson, MassMutual, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley Merck, Motorola, Newell Rubbermaid, Novartis, Oracle, PepsiCo, Philips, Prudential Insurance, Publix, RSUI, Southern Co, Southern Regional Packaging, Inc., Starbucks, Time Warner, Travelers, TransUnion, UnitedHealth Group, UPS, Verizon, Wells Fargo

Around Our Community

  • Forsyth County Schools and the Forsyth BYOT Benefit are partnering to hold the third annual iRun, a 5K race and Fun Run. The run will take place TOMORROW, October 6 at Shiloh Point Elementary with the 5K starting at 8:00 am and the Fun Run at 9:00 am. Funds raised from this event will help to provide home internet access and computing devices for students throughout our district. There is a competition among schools to see which has the most participation. Register or donate to help our school win! For more information or to register, use the following link: https://runsignup.com/byot. Thank you for your support!
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Please support our Partners in Education

At Big Creek Elementary, we are fortunate to have many wonderful businesses involved in our Partners in Education program. These community members generously give their time and resources to invest in our students’ well-being and successes. Please take a moment to learn more about our fantastic business partners and consider supporting the businesses that support Big Creek!