Fir Grove PTO Newsletter

December 2019

Wow, it's almost December! Here's your December Fir Grove PTO newsletter. This newsletter includes information about


  • Garden Hub meeting Dec 2 at Chehalem Elementary,
  • Noodles & Company fundraiser Dec 3,
  • PTO meeting Dec 5 with guest speaker Steve Sparks (BSD middle school boundaries),
  • Frosty Grams for sale Dec 9-12,
  • Box Tops,
  • a calendar of upcoming events - now, by popular demand, including school board meetings,
  • and more!

Garden Hub meeting - Dec 2 at 1pm in Chehalem Elementary lobby

Garden Hub is a group for administrators, teachers, parents, grandparents, anyone interested in gardening with students. The group will meet in different locations over the course of the year to tour different gardens. The meeting on December 2 will begin at 1pm in the Chehalem Elementary lobby. Please attend if you are interested in gardening with students!

Noodles & Company Restaurant Fundraiser - Dec 3 from 4-8pm

Join us at Noodles & Company from 4-8pm on December 3! Show the flyer or mention Fir Grove PTO and 25% of your purchase goes to the 5th Grade Sendoff (in-restaurant purchases only).
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PTO General Meeting Thursday, December 5, at 7pm - Guest Speaker Steve Sparks (middle school boundary adjustments)

Our next PTO general meeting is on Thursday December 5 at 7pm in the Fir Grove library! All are welcome and we provide free childcare. We hope to see you there!


Our featured guest speaker for December is Steve Sparks from Beaverton School District. He will speak about the middle school boundary adjustments.


If you have questions you would like us to give to the speakers in advance, please email officers@firgrovepto.com


PTO meetings are held every month, generally on the first Thursday of the month unless there is a conflict with that date. We feature a guest speaker/highlighted topic at every meeting.

FROSTY GRAMS for sale Dec 9-12!

5th grade is selling Frostygrams!


What: Frostygrams are blank notes with a candy cane treat that students, families, friends, and staff of Fir Grove can send to each other.


When: December 9th-12th, before school in the undercover area. Take them home, fill them out, and bring them back to the undercover area the next day for delivery.

Frostygrams will be delivered on Wednesday, December 11th and Friday, December 13th.


How much: 25 cents for 1 or 5 for $1.


Why: To spread kindness and cheer this FROSTY time of year!

Box Tops!

This year we are not having a contest for Box Tops, but we will still happily accept your contributions to Fir Grove. Please send unexpired Box Tops to school in a zip top baggie with your student to be turned in to their teacher at any time. We will be collecting and submitting them throughout the year.


Also, if you have questions about how to utilize the new app-based Box Tops program, please visit the Box Tops website or reach out to Minta Johnson at president@firgrovepto.com

Volunteering

We need you! Volunteers make PTO programs and events happen!


December volunteer needs include First Friday staff treats on Friday, December 6 and setting up chairs after school on December 11 for the 1st & 4th grade rehearsal and concert. Contact Lyndsay at volunteer@firgrovepto.com for more information.


To volunteer for Fir Grove programs and events, parents and other family members must register online with Beaverton School District. For more information, visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/communications-community-involvement/volunteer

Fundraising opportunities

Here are some easy ways to raise money for Fir Grove:


  • Get Bottle Drop blue bags at Fir Grove’s main office, fill them with returnable bottles and cans, and drop them off at a Bottle Drop center! Visit www.bottledropcenters.com/Give for more information.
  • When making purchases on Amazon.com, use Amazon Smile by going to smile.amazon.com and selecting Fir Grove Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization as the charity.
  • Sign up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards by linking your Rewards Card to Fir Grove PTO at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. Fir Grove PTO’s non-profit number is NQ402.

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Upcoming Events

December

  • December 2 - No School - staff development
  • December 2 - Garden Hub meeting, 1pm, Chehalem Elementary lobby (15555 SW Davis Road)
  • December 3 - Noodles & Co. Restaurant Fundraiser, 4-8pm
  • December 5 - PTO Meeting 7:00pm - guest speaker Steve Sparks (topic: BSD middle school boundary adjustment)
  • December 12 - 1st & 4th Concert 6:15-7:15pm
  • December 16 - Beaverton School Board meeting, 6:30pm, District Administration Offices (16550 SW Merlo Road)
  • December 20 - Holiday Singalong 8:00am
  • December 23 - January 3 - No School - Winter break

January

  • January 9 - Five Guys restaurant night, 14700 SW Murray Scholls Drive, 3-9pm
    • Principal Chat 6:15-7:00pm
    • PTO Meeting 7:00pm - guest speaker Deb Starr, Fir Grove's Student Success Coach
  • January 20 - No School - holiday
  • January 21 - Beaverton School Board meeting, 6:30pm, District Administration Offices (16550 SW Merlo Road)
  • January 23 - Family Night 5:30 - 7:30pm
  • January 27 - No School - grading day

About the Fir Grove PTO

Welcome to the Fir Grove Parent-Teacher Organization! Every Fir Grove parent, guardian, and teacher is automatically a member of the PTO and we encourage all families to get involved in our school community. The PTO pays for many programs and events that benefit the entire Fir Grove community—students, staff and families. We count on our amazing parents, community and volunteers to help us achieve this. None of this would be possible without you, and our school is an amazing place because of your help!