Oyster Creek Elementary PTA

Monthly Newsletter - October 2016

OCE PTA Recently earns $2000 from Box Tops For Education!

The PTA uses the funds and points obtained through programs like Box Tops for Education to directly benefit our children and our school. The funds allow the PTA to provide a variety of things (field trips, assemblies, books, etc.), while the points help to purchase much needed supplies (for art, PE, classrooms, etc.).

Recently, Lori Liendo won 20,000 box tops in the HEB Box Tops For Education Sweepstakes sponsored by General Mills Sales, Inc. and administered by Arrowhead Promotion & Fulfillment, Co. for $2 thousand dollars in box tops earnings for OCE!

For upcoming sweepstakes and box top information visit http://www.boxtops4education.com/

For a complete list of programs the OCE PTA currently participates in visit the Official OCE Website at http://oce.my-pta.org/

What Does The OCE PTA Do?

Although it was a hot afternoon, the first "Back to School Picnic," hosted by the PTA on September 17th was a success. Thank you to all the families who made it out to meet and greet with other OCE families.

Just some of the other contributions the PTA has made are: provide a planner for every OCE student in 1st—5th grade, pay for field trips, host the Blue Jay Fest, compile the yearbook, provide treats for the teachers, Family Craft Night and Movie Night and purchased the rock-wall for the gym!

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The "Fun Run" is Just Around The Corner!

The Fun Run provides more than a walk-a-thon for the students. It helps students find their greatness! We have three secrets of success: Energy, Enthusiasm, and Fun. This activity also helps support activities and contributions by the PTA to Oyster Creek Elementary with this year's donations going towards a much needed new sound system in the cafeteria!

This year's "Fun Run" will kick-off on November 1, 2016 with a student pep-rally, followed by 8 days of lessons leading up to the actual run. The run will take place on November 10th. Pledges will be available per lap (max 36) or for a flat donation amount. Look for more information as we get closer to the kick-off!

STEM Project Idea - Popsicle Stick Catapults

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

Materials for Popsicle Stick Catapults

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic spoon
  • Pom poms
  • Optional: Paint

Directions for Making Popsicle Stick Catapults

*You can paint the craft sticks ahead of time, or you can also buy craft sticks that are already colored or just use plain craft sticks.

1. Make a stack of Popsicle sticks and rubber band them together on each end.

2. Take two additional Popsicle sticks and stack them together. Rubber-band them together on just one end.

3. Pull the two Popsicle sticks slightly apart and place the larger stack of Popsicle sticks in between them.

4. Rubber band the stack of Popsicle sticks to just the upper Popsicle stick.

5. Rubber band a spoon to the upper Popsicle stick.

6. Place a pom pom onto the spoon.

7. Hold the catapult with one hand, and use the other hand to pull the spoon down. Release the spoon to launch your pom pom!

For the complete article and photos visit http://buggyandbuddy.com/stem-activity-for-kids-popsicle-stick-catapults/

Mark Your Calendar!

October 17 - Student Holiday (No School) - District Professional Learning Day

October 19 - Unity Day, Together Against Bullying (Wear Orange)

October 19 - OCE Spirit Night, 5 pm to 8 pm at Papa Murphy's on HWY 6 at W. Airport

October 24 - 28 - Red Ribbon Week

October 26 - OCE Spirit Night from 5 pm to 8 pm at Sonic Drive-In at HWY 6 @ W. Airport (near Walgreens)

October 28 - Vocabulary Parade

Safety Tip - Halloween

If you and your family will be celebrating Halloween there are some good safety tips to keep in mind...

  • Wear reflective or bright-colored clothing.
  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant. Avoid highly flammable fabrics & accessories.
  • Illuminate pumpkins with small flashlights or battery operated candles instead of real candles.
  • Keep burning Jack-o'-lanterns away from curtains and combustible items, including decorations, as well as walkways.
  • Masks should have eye-holes large enough to prevent visual obstructions.
  • Children should wait until they get home to eat candy. Inspect candy for possible tampering. If not wrapped or loosely wrapped do not eat it.
  • Everyone should carry a flashlight or some other form of light to make you more visible to motorists.
  • Be alert for cars that may be turning into or out of driveways. Never cross between parked cars and always cross at street corners.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the oncoming traffic.
  • Be cautious of strangers. Never go into a stranger's house or accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Only approach houses where the outside lights are on as a signal of welcome.
  • If you feel threatened or in danger while "trick or treating" you can go to any Fire or Police Station.

Membership and Volunteering

Becoming a member does not require you to volunteer! Email us at for more information at ocevips@gmail.com or go to joinpta.org to join!

*All volunteers will need to complete and pass a yearly FBISD background check found athttp://www.fortbendisd.com/parents