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?
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!
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
- 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.