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News you can use from Big Creek Elementary

September 21, 2018

Dates to Know!






OCT 5 – PTO MOVIE NIGHT, dinner @5:00, Coco @7pm



OCT 25 - 9th ANNUAL AROUND THE WORLD, 6-7:30 pm


What's for lunch??

MENU FOR 10/1-10/5

Monday: Popcorn Chicken, Salisbury Steak, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Tuesday: Breaded Mozzarella Sticks, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Chicken, Beef), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Thursday: Mini Chicken Sliders, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Friday: Pizza, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Options: Vegetable Pinwheel (broccoli, spinach, cheese)

MENU FOR 10/8-10/12

Monday: All-American Burger, Chicken Tikki Masala, PBJ, Turkey & Cheese Roll-Up, Turkey Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Tuesday: Chicken Nuggets, Buffalo Strips, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Veggie Chik’n Nuggets

Wednesday: Nachos (Cheese, Chicken, Beef), PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Taco Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Garden Veggie Burger

Thursday: New Cheesy French Bread, PBJ, Pizza Munchable, Ham & Cheese Roll-Up, Chef Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Option: Black Bean Burger

Friday: All-Beef Hotdog, PBJ, Yogurt/ Muffin Munchable, Rotisserie Chicken Salad, Veggie Salad, Vegetarian Options: Vegetable Pinwheel (broccoli, spinach, cheese)

Thank you for supporting our PTO's Fundraiser for Wildcat Wonderlab

Thank you all for helping us raise more than $23,730 during our Write-a-Check Fundraiser. We are so grateful for your generosity this fall. Every donation matters, whether it's $1 or $1000!

Also, thank you to all our fantastic volunteers and students who worked so hard at making this fundraiser successful. They have made it possible for us to purchase fantastic new materials for our STEM Wildcat Wonderlab.

As this fundraiser comes to a close today, please remember that everything we do as a PTO we do with the good of each of your children in mind. Our goal is always to make this school the best it can be for your children and ours.

For any last minute donations please visit www.bigcreekespto.com to donate online.


All volunteers now need to view a short video about Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting. Once you have viewed the video, you will fill out a form that will stay on file.If you plan on volunteering in any capacity this school year, please view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWiUng4wP0g&feature=youtu.be . The sign off form can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/zXNEQkZZSKu7eqOh1

Thank you for understanding that this new policy is designed to protect our students. We appreciate the time and dedication of all our volunteers!

After school clubs begin Oct. 4

Don't wait! Sign up for our second session of after school clubs now. The deadline to submit registration forms is Oct. 2 and clubs will begin Oct. 4. Clubs offered include Cooking Club, Sports Club, Mad Scientist and STEM Fun. Follow this link for more information and a registration form: https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/cms/lib/GA01000373/Centricity/Domain/83/Session%20%202%202018%20-%202019.pdf

Bring in those Box Tops!!

Our first collection of Box Tops are due Monday, Oct. 1. Please send in any Box Tops for Education that you have so we can submit them before they expire. The class with the highest amount contributed at the end of the year will earn a prize!

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Thanks from Nurse G

Thank you for your Lysol donations! Please keep them coming as flu season is right around the corner.! We want to make sure we take care of all of our students and teachers. If you can, would you please pick up a can or 2 to (pictured at right) to send to the clinic? Thank you for your help and support to keep everyone at Big Creek healthy!


Nurse G

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Movie Night - Oct. 5

Gather the family and come out on Fri., Oct. 5 for Movie Night at Big Creek. We will be showing the movie Coco. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets, as well as money for food and concessions. We will be selling pizza, popcorn and Kona Ice treats. Concessions open at 5 pm and the movie will start at 7 pm. You can pre-order your pizza here: https://bigcreekpto.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/60509

Hope to see you there!

It's time for the Impressions Art Contest!

Students in all grades (Pre-K – 5th) are eligible to participate and may submit one or more works of art in each of the following categories:

Dance Choreography, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Literature and Film

Dropoff dates/times: 7:10am – 7:40am October 11-12

Dropoff Location: Hallway outside the front office

Deadline: October 12, 2018 (NO late entries accepted)

All forms will be judged first at the school side level. Winners from the school wide level move on to the county level. (This year there will be no winners at the state and the national level). Visual Art & Photography entries MUST BE wrapped with clear plastic to

protect the integrity of the work. Please visit the Big Creek PTO website at https://bigcreekpto.membershiptoolkit.com/impressions for more information and to download the Student Entry Form and Contest Rules. Any Questions feel free to email: Impressions@BigCreekESPTO.com

Calling all cooks!

Fall Teacher Potluck Luncheon

Please help PTO provide a delicious spread for our teachers on October 17 as a way of saying

THANK YOU for ALL that they do.Sign up here ↓↓↓


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Courtney Ayres at hospitality@bigcreekespto.com

Come aboard and travel "Around the World"

Discover the world at PTO's 9th annual Around the World event. Look for the yellow flyers sent home last week and sign-up to host/co-host. In the coming weeks we will announce the destinations we will be visiting this year! We do need volunteers to help us with finding sponsors, set up, clean up and manning the photo and game booths too. Please email us at AroundTheWorld@bigcreekespto.com to help us make this event a success! See you there!

Reminder - Set up a Publix account for Big Creek

Don't forget to sign up for an account at www.publix.com. In your account settings, enter Big Creek Elementary as your Publix Partner School. When you shop, make sure you enter your phone number at checkout.

If you currently use the small, green Publix Partners card which is scanned at checkout, you may continue to use that card until September 30. After then, the cards will not be accepted so make sure you set up your publix.com account today.

Thanks for your continued support of this awesome partnership!

Local School Council

Did you know that all Forsyth County schools have a Local School Council? These groups work as advisory teams that provide recommendations to principals and the Forsyth County Board of Education. Members meet four times a year. Our council includes:

Principal - Mrs. Webb (Lwebb@forsyth.k12.ga.us)

Teachers - Mrs. Bach, Mrs. Wild (JBach@forsyth.k12.ga.us; AWild@forsyth.12.ga.us)

Parents - Robin Bowers, Cari Shelton, Addie Wetzels (robin.bowers@verizonwireless.com; cari@rogerandcari.com; addiewetzels@yer.com

Parent & Business Partner - Dr. Ingrid Reyes (ingridreyesmd@gmail.com)

Recording Secretary - Brittany Knoup (BKnoup@forsyth.k12.ga.us)

Please feel free to reach out to our council members if you have any questions or ideas that you would like to share.

You can read the minutes from past meetings at https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/SB_Meetings/SB_MeetingListing.aspx?S=4069

Does your company match your contributions to PTO? Double your donation!

Corporate matching is a program offered by many employers where the employer will match any contributions made to a non-profit organization. Since Big Creek Elementary School PTO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the donations made to our fundraisers (Fall Write-a-Check fundraiser and Spring Read-a-Thon fundraiser) may qualify for a corporate match from your employer. This program can double your donation. This is one of the easiest ways to provide extra funds to our school’s PTO


Once you have made a donation to BCES PTO, please check with the HR department of your company and ask if they have an employee matching/donation program. We appreciate you taking five minutes of your day to possibly double your donation to our school.You will need the following information to complete your match:

Organization name: BCES PTO, Inc.

Organization EIN (Tax ID): 82-1858102

Organization address: 1994 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041

Organization contact person: Caroline Russo (president@bigcreekespto.com) Phone (678)-517-2146

Organization purpose:The mission of the Big Creek Elementary School PTO is to enable and inspire our diverse student body to achieve academic excellence, by developing a strong connection between school and home, encouraging parent involvement, and sustaining a close relationship between parents, teachers and students.

Here is just a small sampling of companies that we know match donations:

Apple, Allstate, AT&T, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, Boeing, BP, CarMax,Charles Schwab, Chubb, Cisco, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Comcast Corp, Dell, Delta Airlines, DirecTV, DuPont, Equifax, ExxonMobil, Ford, Gap, GE, Hewlett-Packard, The Home Depot, IBM, InterContinental Hotels Group, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, LexisNexis, Lockheed-Martin, Macy's Federated Dept Stores, McKesson, MassMutual, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley Merck, Motorola, Newell Rubbermaid, Novartis, Oracle, PepsiCo, Philips, Prudential Insurance, Publix, RSUI, Southern Co, Southern Regional Packaging, Inc., Starbucks, Time Warner, Travelers, TransUnion, UnitedHealth Group, UPS, Verizon, Wells Fargo

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Around Our Community

  • Forsyth County Schools and the Forsyth BYOT Benefit are partnering to hold the third annual iRun, a 5K race and Fun Run. The run will take place on October 6 at Shiloh Point Elementary with the 5K starting at 8:00 am and the Fun Run at 9:00 am. Funds raised from this event will help to provide home internet access and computing devices for students throughout our district. There is a competition among schools to see which has the most participation. Register or donate to help our school win! For more information or to register, use the following link: https://runsignup.com/byot. Thank you for your support!
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Please support our Partners in Education

At Big Creek Elementary, we are fortunate to have many wonderful businesses involved in our Partners in Education program. These community members generously give their time and resources to invest in our students’ well-being and successes. Please take a moment to learn more about our fantastic business partners and consider supporting the businesses that support Big Creek!

Shaping Minds in more ways than one

For six years, Shaping Minds has made a difference in the lives of children with its afterschool program and camps. The goal at Shaping Minds is helping students ‘Build Character for a Lifetime.’ That’s why they love to see our Big Creek students not only succeed but soar!

“The best part about being a Partner in Education is how gratifying it is to be making a difference in the lives of children,” said Coach Alok Kataria of Shaping Minds. “We feel proud when we see improved confidence in our students, and we love to see them do well in academics, sports and other areas!”

Shaping Minds offers the following programs for Big Creek families:

· After school program: Students are sure to have a good time with classes such as karate, yoga, robotics, dance, basketball, soccer, hockey and leadership & character education.

· Fall Break Camp (Sept. 24-28): This camp is a perfect way for kids to learn about various sports and have an amazing time with camp games and fun activities.

· Day Camps: When school is not in session, Shaping Minds offers awesome day camps to keep students learning and having fun.

· Summer Camps: Summer camps start the very next day after the school ends and continue until the school starts back after the summer. In addition to all the classes during summer camps, Shaping Minds also provides weekly field trips.

· Birthday Parties: Let Shaping Minds host your child’s next birthday party. Themes to choose from include Karate, Tumbling for Fun and Gladiator Jousting Ring

“We love being able to have a positive impact on our community,” said Coach Al. “Our partnership with Big Creek helps us maximize that impact by reaching out to more parents and students than we could on our own.”

Shaping Minds Cumming/Johns Creek is located less than 10 minutes from Big Creek at 3630 Peachtree Pkwy, Johns Creek GA 30024 (in the Kohl’s Shopping Center, next to Staples)