English Landing PTA News

February 2020

In this Issue:

  1. A Note from the PTA President
  2. Important Dates
  3. Announcements
  4. Volunteer Opportunities
  5. Donation Options
  6. Business Member Listing
  7. PTA Board and Committee Chair Contact Information
  8. Links to previous PTA SMOREs

A Note from the PTA President

What a jungle of a book fair we had last month! Thank you to all that volunteered and thank you for your purchases. Please read on to view the report on the Book Fair to see how much money we are able to donate to English Landing’s Media Center because of this fundraiser!

March is National Reading month. Here are a few suggestions for how to put those Book Fair purchases to use and engage your family in reading!

1. Choose a theme. Space, ocean animals, dinosaurs, US presidents…. Center your reading around a chosen topic and learn all about it!

2. Read aloud for 15 minutes a day. It turns out that even our cat enjoys listening to us read aloud. Make it a family affair!

3. Visit the library. Let your kids go on a library spree and come home with a pile of books.

4. Do a family reading challenge. See who can read the most in the month of March or let each family member take a turn suggesting a book to be read by all.

5. Read ALL the books! See how many books you can read from the same author. Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl are two of our favorite authors.

6. Try an audio book. Listen to it in the car, during breakfast, while making dinner. This is just another way to squeeze it in to a busy schedule.

If you haven’t had the chance to volunteer with PTA, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer with the upcoming Popcorn Fridays, STEMScope Family night, English Landing Variety Show, and Staff Appreciation week. If you’re not able to help with these fun events, please think ahead as we are in the process of forming committees to serve for the 2020-2021 school year. You can attend our upcoming meeting or contact me to find out more about these openings.

At our previous meeting we formed a committee to create a slate of officers for our next school year (2020-2021). We will vote on these officers at our March 2 meeting at 6:30pm in the media center. Babysitting will be provided compliments of the Park Hill School District A-Plus Scholarship Program. Please plan to join us! PTA membership is not required to attend the meetings.

Ginger Gimple

PTA President

Next PTA Meeting

Monday, March 2nd, 6:30pm

6500 Northwest Klamm Drive

Kansas City, MO


PTA Meeting: March 2, 2020, 6:30 PM at English Landing in the Media Center

Variety Show Rehearsal: April 9, 2020 at Park Hill South High School

Variety Show: April 10, 2020 at Park Hill South High School

PTA Meeting: May 11, 2020, 6:30 PM at English Landing in the Media Center


Book Fair in Review

Many thanks to Mrs. Schneider, Mrs.Steczek, our volunteers, and of course all the parents and students who made purchases at our Book Fair in February! We were able to raise $1800 for the English Landing Media Center and have a great time doing it! Enjoy all those books and plan to come back to our Fair next year.

Thanks again,

Chris Albani and Kelly Smith

Variety Show!

Tell jokes...Sing...Dance...Perform a skit...Play an instrument...Juggle...Recite an original poem...Dazzle with magic...Amaze with gymnastics moves!!

The PTA invites you to participate on Friday, April 10th

Park Hill South High School Auditorium

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Admission is Free!

You can perform on your own, with other students or with an adult!

Be original and have fun!!

Complete and return the form to the office by Wednesday, March 11th.

Variety Show Checklist for important deadlines:

March 11: Performer entry sheet due

March 11: Email music if needed sherithomson3@gmail.com

March 25, 1:00-3:00 p.m.: Preview week - during the school day

Please bring all props, instruments, and music if not already turned in

April 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: REQUIRED Full dress rehearsal at Park Hill South

April 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m. THE BIG SHOW

Participant arrival at 6:30 p.m.

  1. Students may perform in ONE act (group or solo), up to 3 minutes in length. Any song or act exceeding 3 minutes will be cut down to fit time requirements.

  2. If there is more than one student in your act, submit all forms for the same act together.

  3. ALL song lyrics and language used must be appropriate for elementary school. Costumes must comply with school dress code.

    • Boys and girls should not wear clothing that exposes their bare midriffs or backs.

    • Dress and appearance should promote a positive, healthy and safe atmosphere within the school.

  4. Animals prohibited.

Questions? Contact: Sheri Thomson (816) 305-2050 or sherithomson3@gmail.com

Future Lakeview Middle School Parents

Will your students attend Lakeview Middle School next year? Lakeview Middle School PTA is looking for officers for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Please contact current LMS PTA president Susan Green (sgreen@shb.com) by February 28 if interested.

2019-2020 Yearbooks

Yearbook Sales are open! The order deadline for the 2019-2020 yearbook is April 3, 2020.


Our NEW PTA WEBSITE is up and running! Visit https://englishlandingpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home to see everything your PTA has to offer this year. On our new site, you can see upcoming calendar events, buy memberships, view the student directory, sign up to volunteer and much, much more.

You can also access the directory and the calendar from your phone by downloading the Membership Toolkit app after you have created your account! For any questions, please contact Lauren Jeppson at lpjeppson@gmail.com.


Room Parent and Room Party Volunteers

Thank you for your support!!!

A big “thank you” to everyone who volunteered their time planning, donated supplies, and/or attended a PTA class party this year. We couldn’t do it without you!


Box Tops

Box Tops has gone digital! You can help earn free money for English Landing by downloading the app and scanning your receipts within 14 days of purchase. The app will automatically grab the eligible items and credit the school. Download the app here: https://www.boxtops4education.com/ and follow these steps.

If you have traditional Box Tops clips at home, please send them with your child to school. We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products.

The PTA is currently hosting a classroom competition to see which classroom will collect the most box tops. Please be sure to list the name of your child's teacher on all box top submissions until April 30,2020. The classroom with the most box tops will win a pizza party in May!

Shatto Milk Company's Bottle Cap Collection

English Landing PTA is collecting bottle caps from Shatto Milk Company glass bottles.

Shatto cap collecting is still on! We’ve made it to 1,000 - just 500 more needed for EL students to name a calf on Shatto Farms! Please send in your rinsed caps. The collection box is located in the lost and found room.


Do you want to INVEST in English Landing Elementary but are short on time?

Donate to our PTA INVEST Fundraiser

100% of your donation is INVESTed in our school community and you will receive a tax donation form.

To pay via PayPal

1. Go to PayPal.com

2. Log into your account.

3. Select ptaenglishlanding@gmail.com

4. Select send to friends and family to avoid fees.

5. Enter payment amount (you choose how much to INVEST)

Or send a check with your child to the office made out to English Landing PTA - INVEST Fundraiser

Our goal for the year is $3,000.

Thank you for your support!

PTA Reimbursement Forms

Click here to find a copy of the PTA Check Request Form. Please include this form when submitting check requests. All requests must be accompanied by a receipt or invoice before payment will be made. If you have any questions, contact Julie Durrant at Julie.durrant@gmail.com

English Landing PTA Executive Board 2018-2019


Ginger Gimple, thegimples@hotmail.com

Vice-President Membership

Lauren Jeppson, lpjeppson@gmail.com

Vice-President Volunteers

Brandy Colson, brandy@blcolson.com

Vice-President Fundraising

Haley Stone, haleystonefitness@gmail.com


Julie Durrant, Julie.durrant@gmail.com


Maggie Parsley, Maggie_knapp@yahoo.com


Kerry Roe, roek@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Assistant Principal

Angela Doss, dossa@parkhill.k12.mo.us

PTA Committee Chairs/Leaders

Book Fair

Chris Albani, christinealbani@sbcglobal.net

Kelly Smith, kellymchughsmith@gmail.com

Box Tops

Amber Kriegel, amber.kriegel@gmail.com

Clothing Center

Megan Amash, megan.amash@gmail.com


Tasha Olsen, natashaross@yahoo.com



Popcorn Fridays

Stephanie Doss, stephanieldoss@gmail.com

Lindsey Pickett, lindseypickett8@gmail.com


Laura Yates, lbdyates@gmail.com

Room Parties

Megan Bogener, megankms@gmail.com

School Supplies

Katie Burgess, katieeburgess@gmail.com

Shatto for Schools

Kelly Smith, kellymchughsmith@gmail.com

Staff Appreciation Week

Stacey Schmidt, slschmidt@cmh.edu

Kari Rush, karirush@gmail.com

Stemscope Showcase

Julie Durrant, julie.durrant@gmail.com

Lauren Jeppson, lpjeppson@gmail.com

Student Directory

Brooke Crosby, brooke.crosby@hotmail.com

Teacher Wish Tree

Angela Ensminger, angelaensminger@gmail.com

Variety Show

Sheri Thomson, sherithomson3@gmail.com

Haley Stone, haleystonefitness@gmail.com


Anna Trower, annatrower@yahoo.com

Teresa Dwyer, dwyert@parkhill.k12.mo.us

If you are interested in leading an open committee please contact Brandy Colson at Brandy@blcolson.com.

For your convenience, links to previous PTA SMOREs