Atherwood All*Star eNews

December 2012

A Letter from the President-Lisa Hemenway

Happy Holidays! As you can read, this new online enewsletter is new to PTA. We have been asked to reduce the amount of paper usage; therefore, communication efforts consist of weekly website updates, email to PTA members, and now this great newsletter. Please keep in touch and connect with PTA. We value your input and participation. PTA has been very busy preparing the first half of the school year with fun events. This year, we added three family events - Family Movie Night, Donuts w/Dad, and Muffins w/Mom. We hope you attended these free events and enjoyed spending time with your children. note: (Muffins w/Mom scheduled in May). Fundraising is always challenging but we have amazing Atherwood Spirit at our school. Jogathan raised $8445 and the most recent Book Fair earned $2,020. The great part of all of this is PTA just presented the school with $11,240 for field trips and much needed school supplies. THANK YOU! Remember, fundraising is not over. PTA is hoping to raise $10,000 for school technology and we still have a lot of work to do. I am proud to say that we have a wonderful group of parents and family members that joined the Excecutive Board to provide fun and memorable experiences for our children. Please read below and find out more of Atherwood's scoop. We encourage you to attend a PTA meeting to find out more. If you have any questions or concerns, email or call 805-587-3920. Take care and see you next year!

Happy Holidays

Lisa Hemenway, PTA President

Atherwood Spirit Wear

If you missed it the first time around, you will have another opportunity to purchase Atherwood Spirit Wear from January 14th to February 15th. Orders can be placed online at Atherwood's website, The items we will be offering this time around are pictured above and below. If you have any questions about Spirit Wear, please contact

PTA Reflections Contest

We had a total of 22 entries from Atherwood students! Our winners for the Atherwood Reflections Contest were 1st grader Morgan Arrasmith for Literature writing a poem called "No More Training Wheels" and 2nd grader Kaelyn McCamy for Dance Choreography "Something That Puts Me in a Dancing Mood", she also won the Golden Ticket award (gift certificate to the mall). These students went to the Council Awards on November 28th at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. We will be finding out shortly if they made it to the 12th District Ceremony. Way to go girls!

Principal's Message

December 2012/ January 2013

Happy holidays to all of our Atherwood families:

As 2012 comes to conclusion and 2013 begins, you will be witnessing our students and staff working very hard during the second trimester. It is that time of the year with the holidays behind us to make that push towards the spring state testing and the district assessments students will be administered.

With that in mind it is imperative that children arrive to school on time and ready to learn each day. As you have noticed the requirements California expects of our students is very high. Students are asked to master concepts with greater complexity and understanding than students from prior generations. The only way students are going to succeed is with teachers and parents working together to make sure our children are working up to their potential.

Here are a few reminders when working on homework with your child:

  • Have a routine in place regarding when and where in the house homework will be done.
  • Make sure the environment is free of distractions such as the television, phone and people talking.
  • Be sure that your student has all the materials needed to complete an assignment or project. Pencils, paper, eraser, glue, scissors etc should be easily accessible so students can get right to work and not spend time looking for materials.
  • Please check your child’s work about a third to halfway through each assignment. That way if they are making mistakes you will be able to catch it sooner than if they had done the entire page incorrectly.
  • Lastly, make sure you as the parent value and put an importance on the work your student brings home. Children live up to the expectations we set. Make sure we are setting our sights very high when it comes to the quality of work and effort we expect from our children.

We are always looking for parents who are willing to support our PTA. The PTA is strictly a volunteer organization and will only be as successful as the people who are willing to give of their time to assist our school. By assisting the school we are making the educational experience that much more enjoyable for our children. If you have any suggestions, would like to become more involved with PTA or would just like to donate 30 minutes of your time to an event do not hesitate to contact the school. Atherwood students need you!!

Lastly, before school and at dismissal time, please be courteous and follow the appropriate safety measures when driving in our school’s parking lot or around the surrounding neighborhoods. The entire Atherwood community appreciates your efforts in keeping our students safe.

Thank you for your continued support of Atherwood Elementary School. If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact the school.

Sean D. Platt

Parent Education Night Coping with Anxiety: Practical Strategies for Parents

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 6-7:30pm

Atherwood Elementary School, Simi Valley, CA MPR

Simi Valley, CA

There will also be a PTA Association Meeting during this evening as well.

Earn $$$ while you SHOP!

Make sure that as you do all that Holiday shopping that you show your receipts at Guest Services so that Atherwood can earn points! The schools with the most points will receive a check back from the SVTC. If you have any questions or would like more information about this program please contact Megan Long at

Togos/Baskin Robbins Night!

Wednesday, Jan. 30th, 9am-9pm

2410 Sycamore Dr

Simi Valley, CA

Bring your flyer.

Box Tops

Box Tops - clip, clip, clip away! Continue to turn them into your child’s classroom. 50 box tops per zip lock bag or glue them to a box top sheet (see attached). The program ends in February so keeping saving! To date Atherwood has raised $480.34 for PTA and we are almost half way there to reach our goal. Thanks so much!

HSA Award Nominations

Each year the SV PTA/PTSA Council has the privilege of giving special recognition to individuals for outstanding service to children and youth. If you know someone worthy of this award, please click on the link below to access the HSA Nomination Form. All forms are due January 31, 2013.

PTA Needs YOU!

Interested in becoming part of the PTA Executive Board for the 2013/2014 school year? PTA nominations forms will be available soon. This is a volunteer group of dedicated parents that provides a positive and fun experience for Atherwood students.

Recycle Your Bottles and Cans

Start saving Aluminum Cans and Plastic Bottles for the recycling contest February 4 - 15, 2013. This is a great time to recycle your beverage containers from holiday parties.

Check out Atherwood on the web

Please visit weekly for PTA news and upcoming calendar events, important information to keep you in the know. To receive PTA email updates, please join PTA for only $6, It's not too late! For more information on how to join PTA, email Lisa Grate at