EMMOTT ELEMENTARY PTO NEWS

FEBRUARY 2022

PTO PURPOSE

The Emmott Elementary PTO meets on a regular basis. The organization funds cultural arts activities and field trips, organizes volunteers, sponsors various student events, and conducts fund-raisers, which have provided technology, landscaping, books, and playground equipment.

PTO MONTHLY MEETINGS

The PTO meets on the first Tuesday of each month in person at Emmott or via ZOOM at 6:00pm. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 1, 2022. All parents and guardians are welcome! If you would like to participate via ZOOM, please send a message through our Facebook page and you will receive information regarding the ZOOM log in.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

PRINCIPAL: Jessica Hernandez

PRESIDENT: Vacant position

1ST VP - School Liaison: Melissa Robinson

2nd VP - Membership: Melissa Buenrostro

3rd VP - Fundraising: Rose Caston

TREASURER: Stacie Biggs

RECORDING SECRETARY: Priscilla Tilton

VIPS COORDINATOR: Jamie Drew

VIPS ASST. COORDINATOR: Heather Randall

VIPS LIAISON: Teri Quick

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Amanda Fong

HISTORIAN: Amanda Fong

BOX TOPS COORDINATOR: Priscilla Tilton

SAVE THE DATE

Students will be able to purchase Valentine Grams during their lunch period during the week of February 7-11. Each Valentine Gram will cost 10 cents. Volunteers will be needed to help students with their purchases.


The Father-Daughter Dance will be held on Friday, February 11th. Look for more information to be sent home soon. If you would like to help with this event, contact Jamie Drew at 832-468-4418.

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JANUARY PTO MEETING MINUTES

EMMOTT ELEMENTARY PTO

MEETING MINUTES

JANUARY 11, 2022


Amanda Fong opened the meeting at 6:05pm. The position of President is vacant.

The minutes from the December 7, 2021 meeting were reviewed. Stacie Biggs made a motion to approve the minutes. Jamie Drew seconded the motion. The minutes were approved as written.

Staff Liaison Report: Melissa Robinson

· Teachers are back from Winter Break and are being proactive about COVID safety.

President’s Report: Amanda Fong (Sheila Hutchins has stepped down as President)

· The position of PTO President is open. If anyone on the board knows of someone who might be interested, please submit their name.

Treasurer’s Report: Stacie Biggs

· The revenue from the Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe was $4,587.50. The company still needs to be paid.

· PTO received $58.91 from the Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night.

· $839.00 was spent on food for the staff Christmas luncheon. Everything else was donated.

· PTO received a check in the amount of $3,043.60 from Box Tops for Education.

· PTO is doing well financially.

· PTO received $1,392.00 in donations for the students’ Winter Parties. $1,338.00 was spent on party activities, favors and food for the students’ parties.

· Stacie would like to buy merchandise for the Spirit Store in bulk and have stock for the rest of the school year.

After reviewing and discussing the Treasurer’s Report, Jamie Drew made a motion to approve the report. Priscilla Tilton seconded the motion. The Treasurer’s report was approved.

Membership: Melissa Martinez-Buenrostro

· Memberships are still being accepted.

Fundraising: Rose Caston

· Spirit store is doing well.

· Spring Fundraiser ideas include: Fun Run, Carnival, Catalog, Read-a-Thon. A possible time frame would be the first week of March.

· Rose will try to set up another Spirit Night at Freddy’s Frozen Custard this month.

· Rose is planning the Spirit Nights for the rest of the school year.

VIPS: Jamie Drew and Heather Randall

· Thanks to the volunteers who signed up to work the Spirit Store. The store can’t open unless there are volunteers to work every shift.

· Curriculum Night will be virtual this month, so no volunteers are needed.

· Jamie Drew will set up a REMIND for PTO communications.

· The Nature Trails field trips were a success.

· If you would like to present a Demo to a class, contact the SCR for training schedules.

· Call the SRC to see if trainings you attended in previous years are still accepted for presenting this year.

Box Tops: Priscilla Tilton

· Emmott has 82 BTFE supporters.

· Priscilla will create a bulletin board so students can see where their grade level stands in the BTFE earnings.

· Mrs. Omar’s class won the Box Tops party for December. The date and time of the party are pending.

· Priscilla will create a slide about Box Tops for the teachers to add to their Curriculum Night presentations.

Staff Appreciation: Stacie Biggs

· The Christmas luncheon was great and PTO had many new volunteers.

· Ideas for the January Staff Appreciation include: supply trolley with pens, sticky notes, pencils etc. or a puzzle since January is National Puzzle Month.

· Members in attendance voted to give the staff puzzles as their appreciation gift.

Old Business:

· The Penguin Patch Shoppe was chaotic mostly due to time constraints.

· The students need a longer time to shop instead of the last few minutes of their lunch period.

· Next year, maybe schedule each class during their large group time.

· More inventory is needed.

· More volunteers are needed.

· Also, more space would be better so there is a more efficient flow

· Arranging the items by gift recipient could be helpful.

· Setting up the shop during the week after Thanksgiving would also allow December activities to be spread out so we might have more volunteers.

· PTO can sign up for the Holiday store now and get a 5% return on next year’s revenue. If PTO decides not to have the Holiday shop, we must opt out by October.

· Holiday ornaments were finished even though Lifetouch sent the photos late. Thanks to Amanda, Sheila, Lee, Alicia and Jamie for getting these done. Amanda will make sure the students who were absent receive their ornaments. We may take photos ourselves next year so we can control the time frame.

· Parties Re-Cap: We need to be more organized. We need to have a plan.

· The books that were ordered as gifts from the PTO have arrived. Volunteers will attach labels that say: New Year/New Book PTO 2022 and the books will be distributed to the students.

New Business:

· The Father/Daughter dance is scheduled for Friday, February 11. We need to find out if we can still move forward with this activity.

· We will need 2-3 volunteers to coordinate the dance. The theme will probably be You Make My Heart Glow since we already have the decorations.

· Alma, Mandy and Jamie have volunteered to coordinate.

· We will need a flyer, photo section, food, corsages and Valentine spirit store items.

· A volunteer is needed to coordinate the Valentine Grams sales on February 7-11.

· A volunteer needs to run copies of the Valentine Grams.

· Volunteers sell the Valentine Grams during the students’ lunch periods.

· Revenue from the Valentine Gram sales goes to buying cupcakes to be given to the students during their lunch on Valentine’s Day.

· Jamie will send a Sign-Up Genius out asking for volunteers.

Reminder:

· When you volunteer to coordinate an event, you need to stay for the entire event. You need to be the first to arrive and the last to leave.

With no further business to discuss, Jamie Drew made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mandy Helton seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned at 7:40pm.


Submitted by: Priscilla Tilton

Recording Secretary

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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

The PTO strives to provide many, varied activities for the students and families at Emmott to enjoy. We are also called upon to assist the teachers and staff in countless ways throughout the school year. Through our Spirit Store, Spirit Nights, Box Tops collections and fundraisers, we provide the students and teachers with supplies, learning materials and activities as needed. PTO has purchased books, water bottle filling stations, recess equipment and science equipment. These are just a few examples of how our revenue is spent. All of this is made possible by parents, grandparents and guardians, like you, who step up to help.


We need you! The PTO board has a few positions to fill for the coming school year. If we cannot fill these positions, the PTO will not be able to continue its work. Please consider getting on board!


Open Positions for the 2022-2023 school year:


  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Recording Secretary
  • 3rd VP-Fundraising
  • VIPS Assistant Coordinator


If you, or someone you know, is interested in one of these positions or if you would like more information, please contact Amanda Fong at 281-865-4917.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SCIENCE DEMOS

Volunteers are needed to present Science Demos to each grade level. Training is provided by staff at the Science Resource Center. For more information, contact Jamie Drew at

832-468-4418 or Heather Randall at 832-229-9809.

SPIRIT STORE FRIDAYS

The Emmott PTO Spirit Store is open every Friday during lunch times. The store sells a wide variety of items. The students enjoy shopping for school supplies, pop its, school shirts, small toys, squishy balls, and lunch bags just to name a few. Volunteers are needed to run the store. Please see the Emmott Elementary Facebook page for more information and to see the Sign Up Genius. If we don't have volunteers to cover all lunch periods, the store will not open.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Emmott is a Box Tops for Education school! In the past, the PTO has earned hundreds of dollars by collecting and sending in Box Tops. Last year, BTFE launched an app to scan receipts for Box Top purchases. And even though some Box Tops can still be clipped, our earnings from this fundraiser are way down. If you find Box Tops to clip, please clip them and send them to your child's teacher in an envelope or baggie with their name, grade and teacher's name. Please help us with this fundraising effort. The videos below are very helpful.
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WE HAVE WINNERS FOR JANUARY!!

The class with the most Box Tops earnings for January is Ms. Celia's Pre-K class! The class wins a popsicle party and their teacher wins a gift card.


Also, these students were given credit when their Box Tops were submitted through the Box Tops App. They win $5 gift cards to the Spirit Store.


Tristan Tilton

Jace Stenzel

Felix Helton

Emma Johnson


THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION!

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HOW TO SCAN WITH THE BOX TOPS MOBILE APP

Watch the YOU TUBE video to learn how to scan your receipts. It's easy!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-bNcykyK5Y

HOW TO GIVE BOX TOPS CREDIT TO A CHILD, TEACHER OR CLASS

Did you know? The Box Tops mobile app gives you the option to credit each of your receipt scans to an individual teacher, classroom or person. See how it works!

Watch the YOU TUBE video to learn how to give credit! The BOX TOPS Coordinator can track participation, so make sure your child, teacher or class receives credit for the BOX TOPS eligible products you purchase. Don't miss out on earning cash for your school.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zL4gsIIZhY

AMAZON SMILE


Did you know Emmott can receive donations from purchases on Amazon! And there are no fees or rounding up required! Here's some info on how to set it up through your app. However, you don't have to have the app to do it. Just go to Smile.amazon.com before you fill your cart, select Emmott Elementary as your charity (first time set up only), and shop! Super easy and free money for Emmott!

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¿Qué es AmazonSmile?

Amazon Smile es una forma simple y automática de apoyar a su favorito organización benéfica cada vez que compre, sin costo alguno para usted. Cuando compras en smile.amazon.com, encontrará exactamente los mismos precios bajos, una amplia selección y experiencia de compra conveniente como Amazon.com, con la ventaja adicional de que Amazon donará una parte del precio de compra a su organización benéfica favorita. Puede elegir entre casi un millón de organizaciones para brindar soporte.


¿Cómo compro en AmazonSmile?

Para comprar en AmazonSmile, simplemente vaya a smile.amazon.com desde la web. navegador en su computadora o dispositivo móvil. Es posible que también desee agregar un Marcar a smile.amazon.com para que sea aún más fácil regresar y comenzar su comprando en AmazonSmile.


¿Puedo usar mi cuenta existente de Amazon.com en AmazonSmile?

Sí, usa la misma cuenta en Amazon.com y AmazonSmile. Tus compras El carrito, la lista de deseos, el registro de bodas o bebés y otras configuraciones de cuenta también son los mismo.


¿Cómo selecciono una organización benéfica para apoyar al comprar en AmazonSmile?

En su primera visita a AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), debe seleccionar un organización benéfica para recibir donaciones de compras elegibles antes de comenzar compras. Recordaremos su selección y luego cada compra elegible que usted hacer en smile.amazon.com resultará en una donación.


¿Cuánto dona Amazon de mi compra?

La Fundación AmazonSmile donará el 0,5% del precio de compra de su compras elegibles de AmazonSmile. Para obtener más información: https://smile.amazon.com/about