December 2017 Newsletter

College Hills Elem. PTO

A Message from Mr. Hatfield

Dear College Hills Parents & Guardians,


It is great to see all the smiling faces every morning at the front door. We are collecting canned goods and monetary donation for the KBTX Food for Families Food Drive. This past week HEB Buddy was greeting students with fun music as a reminder of the food drive. Our goal is 2800 items and we are about 500 items away, so keep items coming in for the drive. We had another successful Paws to the Pavement 5k run last month. Thank you for coming out and making this family event worth talking about for years to come!


This December will be a month filled with learning from the hour of code to the Spelling Bee and continued UIL practices. It will also be filled with fun during our Poetry Slam, Polar Express reading, holiday parties and our yearly December sing-a-long!


We look forward to seeing you around for some of the school activities and as always, thank you for sharing your children!



Josh Hatfield, Principal

College Hills Elementary

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TEACHING GIVING AT COLLEGE HILLS

Each year there is a brief time when families can help support other College Hills families in their time of need this holiday season. This is a great way to start the holidays with an emphasis on giving and in a way that makes a very specific difference.

Thank you to all who have offered to help our CHE staff with their giving tree. Our staff's giving tree displays items that are needed for a child at CHE.

The food drive will conclude this Wed. Dec. 6th.

Many College Hills families will benefit from a local effort to provide holiday meals for those identified by school counselors and other local entities such as the Area Agency on Aging. This is a new group filling the need due to changes that recently left this annual tradition without adequate funding. Lend a hand and learn more at their facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/blessingsinbags/

The CSISD Education Foundation can help you give a meaningful gift to both your own teacher as well as make the dreams of all CSISD teachers come true! Learn more about their Star Educator program.

Also, the Books and a Blanket program is a nonprofit started by CHE siblings that benefits local children each Christmas. Please consider dropping off new and gently used books in the front office or at collection locations around town such as Blue Baker. Blankets that are new or made from new fabric are also collected. November is the busiest time of the year as they prepare for the early December deliveries.

Thank you for all that y'all do to help support the College Hills family!

Food Drive Ends this Wed.

Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 7:45am

1101 Williams Street

College Station, TX

Help your student's grade bring in the most and help bring joy to local families! Drive ends Wed.
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Star Educator donation forms due 12/15

Thank a Teacher!

Every December and May, the CSISD Education Foundation offers an opportunity to honor a teacher, principal or staff member as a Star Educator. With a minimum donation of $10 to the CSISD Education Foundation, you can recognize an educator and support CSISD schools. Recipients will receive recognition in The Eagle, a Star Pin, and a congratulatory card identifying the donor. Over 2,100 staff have been recognized and $50,392 has been raised for our schools through this program over the past 18 years.

Please fill out the form at givetokids.csisd.org to honor an educator.

The deadline for honoring an educator for December is Friday, December 15th!

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An easy way to support CHE

If you shop at amazon, please bookmark smile.amazon.com. When shopping from smile.amazon.com, a percentage of purchases are donated to College Hills! With a quick one time setup, your shopping will continue to help without needing to renew every year.
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JOIN THE FESTIVAL PLANNING FUN

There are just a few ways to help at this phase of our festival preparations, but we'll have more soon. We are always committed at CHE PTO to avoid burdening volunteers with large assignments. Please help us to keep these vital efforts lighter, by sharing the load.

Stay tuned to take home folders for how you can help soon! We are excited to work with you!
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3 WAYS TO SUPPORT THE PAW PRINT FESTIVAL

Do you know a generous local business that would appreciate an affordable and purposeful marketing opportunity?

As a Title 1 School, sponsorships help us to keep costs low so that ALL students can afford to participate in our festival. Whether it is donating a silent auction item or underwriting the event, all support is appreciated!

1. Paw Print Festival Event Sponsor
2. Donation to our Silent Auction
3. PPF Game Sponsorship

Please help us to share our brochure for specific sponsorship opportunities with B/CS businesses in your personal network. The brochure will be available soon at chpto.org/festival or by emailing chepawprint@gmail.com
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AVAILABLE TO HELP OUR SCHOOL NURSE?

Please let us know if you would be interested in helping our school nurse. There are several opportunities throughout this year where a volunteer could make a real difference!

Email collegehillspto@gmail.com if you would like to hear more about volunteer options.

December Dates

Eric Litwin Author Visit

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 7:45am

1101 Williams Street

College Station, TX

Spelling Bee

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 8:30am

1101 Williams Street

College Station, TX

PTO MEETING

Thursday, Dec. 14th, 12pm

1101 Williams Street

College Station, TX

We meet in the library. Children welcome.

3rd grade Poetry Slam

Friday, Dec. 15th, 12am

1101 Williams Street

College Station, TX

Holiday Sing-a-long & Early Release Day

Friday, Dec. 22nd, 7:45am

1101 Williams Street

College Station, TX

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BOX TOP CONTEST RESULTS

Congratulations 4th grade who won our recent Box Top contest!

With the contest tally below plus a few "e box tops" we've got a great check for I think it was $800 heading to College Hills in December. Those little $.10 donations really do add up! Please keep them coming all year and we'll work our way to another great check in the spring.
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WE TAKE VOLUNTEERS ALL YEAR ROUND

1. Let us know what volunteer opportunities interest you. We'll email you when volunteer opportunities come up if you select to hear about them through this online google form here:


Having trouble accessing the form? Send us an email to collegehillspto@gmail.com and we'll send you the link or a pdf that you can print and send in to your child's teacher.


2. Please complete CSISD’s Online Volunteer Application to be approved before you are able to volunteer inside the school during school hours.


Go to csisd.org and look for “Volunteering” under the “Parent Info” tab.

OR follow this link here:

With remind & Facebook, parents can receive helpful reminders and interesting news where it is most convenient.

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We are hoping to go more paperless in our communications. If it's important, we'll text you if you've signed up for remind with the PTO. Please note that many teachers also use remind. Be sure to sign up for each group.


We share even more info for parents through Facebook for the school here and for the PTO here. It is encouraged that parents toggle on "Get Notifications" on the top of our pages. Otherwise, many posts will not be included in your news feed without being boosted with an ad buy. We'd rather spend our money on the kids:)

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College Hills PTO

Please join us in the library for our monthly meetings. See schedule posted at chpto.org/news. Young children welcome.