LCE PTO Newsletter

September 2017

Ready...Set...SAIL into a new school year!!!


The Lake Center Elementary PTO is excited to be back and looking forward to making new memories this year with all our students and their families. The PTO is an organization of parents and staff, and we consider every parent or guardian of our students to be members of the PTO! Being involved with the PTO is a wonderful way to support our school, make new friends and have fun! We love our volunteers and couldn't do half the things we do without them. We are always eager to find more great people, like you, and we promise that the time or talents you give our school will be worth your while—and fun!


To learn more about our events and volunteer opportunities: please find us on Facebook: Lake Center Elementary PTO. Look for us on the web @ www.LCEPTO.weebly.com and keep an eye out for our monthly PTO newsletter for upcoming events and information! All are welcome to join our monthly PTO meetings with childcare available!


Feel free to email any questions, comments or suggestions: lceptoportage@gmail.com

We look forward to making an amazing school year together for our kids!


Maggie Piotter

PTO President

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LCE Turtle Trot 2017

The Turtle Trot is the primary fundraiser for Lake Center Elementary PTO. The Turtle Trot is a Fun Run event that will take place on Friday September 29th which is a half day of school. Prior to the event, students solicit flat donations from family, friends and neighbors to support our school. Following the event, students will collect donations and win great prizes.

*Rain date: Oct 13th


TURTLE TROT 2017 DATES TO REMEMBER:

Friday, Sept 15th – Kick-Off: Receive pledge envelopes to start collecting! Online giving is available again this year but we have changed platforms to provide you more flexibility and ability to promote your student’s fundraiser! You can set up your child’s personalized donations site and share with family and friends anywhere. Stay tuned for our site to be launched after kickoff!


Friday, Sept 29thTurtle Trot!: This year, Turtle Trot will take place during the morning hours of school due to a half day schedule. Please reference specific class times below. You do not need to bring your envelope. Please keep collecting donations after the event!

Come watch your students race around the track at the following times:


K/Y5 9:00 - 9:20

1st 9:25 - 9:45

2nd 9:50 - 10:15

3rd 10:20 - 10:45

4th 10:50 - 11:15

5th 11:20 - 11:45


Friday, October 13th

Donation Due Date: Return donation envelopes to teacher or donate online due.

Logo Design Due Date: Return logo design to teacher. See envelope for more detail.


November 21st – Distribution of Prizes / School-wide & Classroom Incentives. Prizes are awarded based on each student’s fund raising level. The higher the fundraising level, the more prizes each student is awarded. Prize information can be found on the Turtle Trot donation envelope that will come home September 15th.

Every $5 raised earns an entry into a special prize drawing including a Chrome Book and other prize packs.

Konstella - Sign up to stay connected

This year, the PTO is trying out a new website and app called Konstella. This site is designed to connect parents of our school together in one streamlined program that incorporates calendars, committees, sign ups, events, message boards, etc. We are hoping that this will start to eliminate the need for multiple log ins on multiple sites. When you first sign up, you will be asked to include some personal information so we can be sure we are only adding current Lake Center families to the site. After you receive your official invitation email, you will be able to select what pieces of information you want to make visible to the rest of the LCE community. To start, simply go to Konstella.com and search for Lake Center Elementary. We hope you will join us!

Upcoming Events...

9/11 - PTO Meeting

9/12 - Kindergarten Parent Night

9/13 - Mileage Club Begins (Every Wednesday at recess)

9/14 - Open House and Scholastic Book Fair

9/22 - Picture Day

9/26 - Dining Out Fundraiser at Peace, Love, and Little Donuts

9/29 - Turtle Trot (Half Day of School)

10/4 - 10/6 - 5th Grade Camp at Sherman Lake

Lake Center Elementary PTO

Executive Board:

Maggie Piotter - President,

Sarah Overholt - Vice President,

Kim Evans - Secretary,

Connie Nelson - Treasurer

Principal: Kelly Jensenius

Teacher Representatives: Marci Mungovan & Lisa Trott

Board Members: Sarah Blum, Rachel Bryant, Teresa Caron, Tara Chumita, Aggie Cottrell, Tommy Cottrell, Emily Cottingham, Toyin Daranijoh, Melissa Jorgensen, Rachel Millward, Melissa Nicola, Stephanie Norg, Stacie Sokolowski, Stephanie Tangeman, Kristen Weaver