Fundraising Update: 18/19 Budget Funded!

Each year, SLE PTA focuses our Fundraising efforts to fund the approved budget for the school year by November 1st. We are pleased to announce that our results with the 2nd Annual Boosterthon Fun Run and the Fall Ball: Dia de Fiesta, have achieved that important milestone!

Throughout the year you will see Spirit Night events that will help us support our community and raise additional funds that will allow us to support our students and teachers outside of what is planned in our line item budget.

We sincerely appreciate your support in making Silver Lake THE Place to Be!

Fall Grants Awarded

Do you ever wonder how the PTA money that is raised is actually put into action? Funding Teacher Grants is just one of the many important line items in our budget. Each grant cycle (Fall, Winter, Spring) we award up to $2,000 in grant money. Teachers and staff submit grant applications with a maximum request of $500, and the PTA Executive Board reviews the applications with a goal of funding as many projects as possible within the allotted budget. This cycle, we received 13 applications and it was difficult to narrow it down. We were able to award six grants for a total of $1,869.99!

Hannah Flanagan – Flocabulary for Vocabulary!
Tori Howell – Operation Mascot
Amy Hisel – Digging into Nonfiction & Informational Text
Robert Rain – Portable PA System
Danielle Jenkins – First Grade Readers
Tori Howell – Safety Patrol Needs Safety Too!

Two of the grants applied for fit into other budget lines, so we were able to fund those as well:

Margaret Malzer – New Poster Maker (Workroom Maintenance)
Shanon Cole – Tidy Front Porch (School/Classroom Resources)

The five grants that we were unable to fund will roll over into the next grant cycle.

Volunteer Opportunities

In order to chaperone a field trip, volunteer in your child’s classroom, help in the library, or volunteer at a school event, you must complete a Volunteer Background Check EACH YEAR. Once you have completed the application, it will take two to three weeks to be approved. Complete the GCISD Volunteer Background Check here.

Once you are approved to volunteer, we hope that you will consider helping out in some capacity. We have many opportunities to volunteer, whether it be providing treats for the teachers, providing auction items for the Fall Ball Auction, working a booth at the Fall Ball, or helping out at Field Day, all sign-ups are done through SignUpGenius.  If you have not already done so, please take a moment to go to the SignUpGenius website and create an account. It is so easy! Just enter your name, email and a password. Once you’ve created a SignUpGenius account, you can click on the individual sign ups below to volunteer!

Friday, September 14 – Boosterthon Fun Run

We need your help in making our Boosterthon Fun Run a success! We will need volunteers to mark laps on lap stickers and pass out water during the fun run. Sign up for a time slot by clicking the sign up icon below!

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Friday, November 2 – Fall Carnival: Dia de la Fiesta

The Fall Carnival, or Dia de la Fiesta, will be Friday, November 2, from 6-8 pm. We will need volunteers to make the night a success! If you’re interested in helping out, please sign up by clicking the sign up icon below!

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Wednesday, November 14 – We’re Thankful for Our Teachers (Thanksgiving Luncheon)

The Silver Lake PTA will be providing a Pot Luck Lunch for the teachers and staff to show how thankful we are for them on Wednesday, November 14th. Please consider donating an item for this event. The PTA will be proving the main course, so we just needs sides, desserts, etc. The first lunch is at 10:30, so please make sure your food is there by 10:00 am on 11/14 (note on your signup when you will deliver your food). If you’re interested in helping out, please sign up by clicking the sign up icon below!

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Fall Carnival: Dia de la Fiesta

Save the Date! November 2, 2018, will be our annual Fall Ball, or Dia de la Fiesta!

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We will be holding an online auction again this year and have received some amazing donations! If you’re interested in donating an auction item (gift card/monetary donation, gift basket, event tickets….the possibilities are endless!), please send your donations to the school by Monday, October 22 with the attached form.

Donation Form

If you’d like to donate an item for a gift basket, please visit our Amazon Wish List for ideas.

To make the night a success, we will need volunteers. Sign up for a shift by clicking on the picture below.

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We can’t wait to see you all there!

National PTA School of Excellence

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October 7, 2018

Dear Families, Administrators and Teachers:

The Silver Lake PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders and community members is important to the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program, which grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

At a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. We feel Silver Lake Elementary and the Silver Lake PTA can achieve that together—and the result will be national, state and community-wide visibility for the positive impact we are making together at SLE.

We need your help! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families, administrators and teachers at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Your feedback will help National PTA generate a customized guide which will provide specific recommendations for improving our family-school partnership and achieving excellence.

Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at this school and complete the attached survey. Mark an “X” in the box that most accurately expresses how you feel about your experience. This survey is completely anonymous. Please return this survey to the school by Friday, October 12th.

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Does this sound like a PTA program you’d really like to help with? Join us! Contact Heidi Nesta, our PTA President, at slexdpres@silverlakepta.org to learn more!

Sincerely,

nesta                                    cole

Heidi Nesta                                                           Dr. Shannon Cole

Silver Lake Elementary PTA President           Silver Lake Elementary Principal

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we work toward becoming a National PTA School of Excellence!

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7 de octubre, 2018

Queridas familias, administradores y maestros:

El PTA de Silver Lake Elementary sabe que contar con una alianza sólida entre nuestras familias, los líderes escolares y los miembros de la comunidad es importante para lograr el progreso de nuestros estudiantes y la escuela. Por eso estamos participando en el programa Nacional de PTA School of Excellence (Escuela de Excelencia), el que incrementa las colaboraciones entre PTA y la escuela para enriquecer la experiencia educativa y el bienestar general de todos los estudiantes.

En una Escuela Nacional de Excelencia de PTA, las familias se sienten bienvenidas y empoderadas para apoyar el progreso de los estudiantes, y el PTA es la clave junta para la continuar en mejorar la escuela. Creemos que Silver Lake Elementary y el PTA de Silver Lake Elementary pueden lograr juntos, y el resultado será visible en nivel nacional, estado y comunidad por el impacto positivo que estamos logrando juntos en Silver Lake Elementary.

¡Necesitamos su ayuda! Como parte del proceso, National PTA solicita la opinión de las familias, administradores y maestros en dos momentos del año escolar: al comienzo y al final. Su opinión ayudará al PTA Nacional diseñar un Guía hacia la excelencia personalizada que nos proveerá recomendaciones específicas para mejorar la colaboración de familias y escuela para alcanzar excelencia.

Por favor tómense entre 5 y 10 minutos para reflexionar sobre su experiencia en la escuela y completar la encuesta adjunta. Ponga una “X” en la casilla que exprese con mayor exactitud cómo se siente. La encuesta es totalmente anónima. Por favor envíe la encuesta completa a la escuela antes del viernes, 12 de octubre.

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¿Le suena como un programa de PTA en el que le gustaría colaborar? ¡Únase! Comuníquense con Heidi Nesta, nuestra presidenta de PTA, en slesdpres@silverlakepta.org para saber más.

Atentamente,

nesta                           cole

Heidi Nesta                                                Dr. Shannon Cole

Silver Lake PTA Presidente                     Silver Lake Elementary Directora

Gracias por su apoyo y colaboración continuos mientras trabajamos para convertirnos en una Escuela de Excelencia Nacional de PTA.

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