Longbranch Family Newsletter

Week of April 24th

Girls on the Run Color Run--April 29th

You can run a 5K with our Girls on the Run on the Cooper Campus this coming Saturday
at 9am.
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Girls on the Run Penny War to Benefit Mya's Wish

Our Girls in the Run club is sponsoring a penny war this week between the grades. A flyer was in your maroon folder on Friday. All profits will be donated to Mya's Make a Wish in honor of Sophia. Pennies are positive. Silver is negative in another grade's container.
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School Supply Kit Preorders for 17.18

It's time to order your 17.18 school supply kits! Orders are due Friday, May 19th. Order forms were in the maroon folders on Friday.
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Our W.I.G.s (Wildly Important Goals) for 2016-2017

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PTA General Meeting and Elections for 17.18 Leadership Positions

Our final general meeting of the parent leadership organization will be Tuesday at 6:30pm. We will hold elections for leadership positions in 17.18. Please join us.

SBDM Elections will be held on May 1st from 8:30am to 7pm. If you wish to run for one of the parent seats, please contact Kelly Lusk by April 28th at kellylusk@alumni.vanderbuilt.edu.

To volunteer to lead an action team next year, please complete this form: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054caaae22a64-1718
Action Teams include: Mom Events, Grandparent Events, Trunk or Treat, Boosterthon, School Supply Kits, Healthy Kids Week, Ladies Night Out, Family Fun Nights, and so much more. You can co-chair with a spouse or friend.

Spring Events

Girls on the Run: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Little Mermaid Gold: Mondays and Wednesdays
Little Mermaid Maroon: Tuesdays and Thursdays

April 24: Final Club Day
April 26: Administrative Professionals Day
April 28: 1st Grade to the Zoo
May 1: SBDM Parent Elections from 8:30am to 7pm, Grandparent Event postponed until fall.
May 2 and 4: Student Led Conferences
May 5: Spirit Day--Hat Day and Popcorn Friday and 5th Grade Lock In
May 8: Jim Basketball Jones Assembly
May 9: SBDM at 4:30 and Boone County Honor Choir at Florence Baptist on Mt. Zion at 6pm

May 9-15: State Testing Window

May 11, 12, 13: Little Mermaid Performances: https://www.smore.com/sdm6d

May 16, 17, 18, 19: Muffins with Mom and Doughnuts with Dad (more info to come)

May 11: School Board Meeting 7:30pm at Ralph Rush Center
May 12: Kona Ice Day

May 15: Day of Play in May for Incoming K

May 18: Florence Freedom Night

May 19: WIG Celebration Day

May 22 and 23: Field Days

May 22: Kindergarten Celebration of Learning Evening at 6pm

May 24: Last Day for Students and Spirit Day: Sign My Shirt Day and 5th Grade Promotion at 6pm. 5th grade final hallway walk at 3:15pm. 5th grade parents welcome.


We're getting ready to host our very first spring carnival and we need lots and lots of Longhorn parents to contribute to make this day a big success for our kids and their families.

Please sign up for a slot here. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the event with your family after your shift:



Spring Carnival Prize Patrol

We're asking for donations from our families for the prizes for the spring carnival. Please send into school with your child. THANKS!!

Kindergarten - Bags of Candy

1st Grade - Bags of DumDum suckers

2nd Grade - Bags of Balloons

3rd Grade - plastic grocery bags

4th Grade - 2 Liters of soda

5th Grade - 2 Liters of soda

This Week's Events

Parent Leadership Info & Events

Lots of Carnival Volunteers STILL NEEDED

Our Spring Carnival is coming up on Saturday, April 29th from 3:00pm – 8:00pm

(with a Special Needs Families Only Hour from 2:00 – 3:00pm).

We still need LOTS of families to step up to help make our first Carnival a huge success!

To sign up for a shift, please do so at this link!




The Carnival has FREE ADMISSION!

There will be over 20 carnival games and a wide range of interactive inflatables.

50¢ per game ticket and games range from 1-3 tickets to play

Carnival Games Range from 1-3 tickets to play

$10 Wristband for


Beat the lines! Pre-sale tickets & wristbands are going on now!

To order game tickets and/or wristbands, please send money and the bottom of the form coming home with your child this week in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and homeroom teacher by 4/21, marked “Carnival Pre-Sale Tickets.”

(This form can also be found on our PTA website at www.longbranchpta.org)

Make checks payable to: Longbranch PTA

*$50.00 bank fee for returned checks

Questions? Contact amanda.scroggin24@gmail.com

SBDM Elections

Our School-Based Decision Making Council Elections are coming up soon!

All nominations are due by this Wednesday, April 26th at 4pm.

Please send any nominations/bios or questions to Kelly Lusk at kelly.lusk@alumni.vanderbilt.edu or call her at 615-305-7835.

The slate of candidates and bios will be sent out by Thursday April 27th.

Elections will take place on Monday, May 1st from 8:15am-7pm at Longbranch.

Please make sure you bring ID to vote.

PTA Elections and General Meeting

PTA Executive Board Elections will take place this Tuesday evening at Longbranch during our April 2017 General Meeting at 6:30pm.

The current slate of candidates is as follows:

President - Amanda Scroggin

1st VP - Monica Day

Treasurer - Elisa Winterman

VP of Volunteers - Heather Franzen

VP of Programs - Rachel Salsberry

VP of Communications - Rachel Pearson

VP of Membership - Kim Tharp

Please contact Kelly Lusk at kelly.lusk@alumni.vanderbilt.edu or call her at 615-305-7835 if you are interested in running for a PTA Executive Board Position.

5TH Grade Lock In Volunteers

We need volunteers for our 5th Grade Lock in coming up on May 5th-May 6th! If you can help out, please sign up at the following link:


All volunteers must have a background check on file. Please check with the office to see if we have one on file for you.

Yearbook Photos


If you’d like to make sure your child and his/her activities at Longbranch make it in the yearbook for this year, then please send your photos to us!

Our yearbook coordinator cannot be at all the awesome events that go on with our students throughout the year and needs your help in making sure we get a large variety of kids and activities included in the book!

Please email photos that you would like to submit for possible inclusion in the yearbook, along with the names and grade of the students in each picture, to longbranchyearbook@gmail.com. If you would rather send them in another format that is fine too!

Any questions, contact the VP of Communications, Rachel Pearson, at communications.longbranchpta@gmail.com.

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to Longbranch Elementary PTA.

Support us every time you shop!

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Questions? Need help logging in?

Contact: waysandmeans.longbranchpta@gmail.com

Kroger Cards Help Generate BIG MONEY for Our School

Kroger donates 4% of all money you spend after you scan your Kroger Plus card as long as you connect the Plus card to our Longbranch PTA account.

If 400 families connected their cards and spent $100 a week at Kroger, each family would make $4 per week. That's $1600 a week. That's $19,000 a quarter. That's unreal. That's plain and simple easy money.

We encourage you to visit Kroger.com and create an account. Click Community Rewards. Search for Longbranch and connect your plus card with Longbranch PTA. It's the EASIEST fundraiser you'll ever participate in, period.


7 Habits 101

Sharpen the Saw!

Students who sharpen the saw regularly have a greater output of performance in work or school tasks. To sharpen the saw means you take time to nurture your mind, body, and soul so you can be your best you. Tagline: Balance is best.

LOOKS LIKE: From an adult perspective, you take time daily to mediate, walk the dog, read for enjoyment, attend a painting class, play an instrument, run with a friend, etc. Daily you or your child participate in something that brings you joy and balance to your life. Did you just say, "I don't have time for that"? You don't NOT have time for that. There's very solid research that would tell you that if you do this daily, your productivity will skyrocket.

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