PTA Newsletter – 14 May 2019

School community news and upcoming PTA events and initiatives

Upcoming PTA Events

School Working BeeSun, 19 May, 10:00am
Jammies in JuneTue, 4 JunFri, 7 Jun
PTA MeetingMon, 10 Jun, 7:00pm
Trivia NightFri, 14 Jun, 7:00pm
Quiz-a-thon questions given to kidsWed, 19 Jun
Quiz-a-thon testWed, 26 Jun
PTA Meeting - cancelled, due to BOT meeting clashMon, 1 Jul
Walking Bus Pizza lunchWed, 3 Jul
Quiz-a-thon Sponsorship money dueWed, 3 Jul
If you have a Google calendar you can add events directly to it via the Calendar page. For more events go to the Full School Calendar List.

Event News

Working Bee – THIS SUNDAY 19 May 10am-2pm – Please come and help make a difference

Thanks for your support and efforts to improve the School’s outdoor environment, by taking part in our working bee this Sunday 19 May. This year our focus will be on painting, weeding and hedge trimming – the more volunteers we have the more we can do!

You don’t need to come for the entire four hours – you can just spend a couple of hours (10am-12noon and 12noon-2pm) but of course you are welcome for the whole day!

Feel free to bring your kids along and there will be a sausage sizzle on the top field at 12noon. This is a community event so if you have any friends or family who may be able to help we would love to hear from them too.

What we would like to achieve on Sunday:

PAINTING – beige colour (2 coats) – bottom area from office through to the library (doesn’t include railing)
Volunteers to bring please:  paint trays, brushes and small rollers if you have them

HEDGE TRIMMING – hedges outside hall x 1, by performing arts room x 3, Cowley stairs from library x 2, Cowley stairs to room 6 x 3, on driveway bottom of room 6 x 1, down driveway from Rawhitaroa Road by Kiri x 1

PLANT REMOVAL – outside room 17 x 2, ferns by carpark/room 6 x 4, ivy from fence outside library x 1

WEEDING – garden beds outside performing arts area, around Cowley playground and driveway edges from Rawhitaroa Road to bottom field

WOOD CHIP – distribute around 3 x Cowley playground garden areas

Volunteers to bring please: hedge trimmer (non electric), garden shears, spades, wheelbarrows, gloves

See you on Sunday!

Trivia Night is back – Friday 14 June – TV Show Theme

Quiz Master Sam is back with electronic handsets and a real time leader board and DJ Prior will have you dancing from 10 until midnight – start organising a table and plan your costume with the tv themes as your inspiration.  Registration and full details will be out shortly.

Funds raised from this years trivia night will go towards re-matting the Cowley playground to ensure a safe play area for our kids. As well as a silent auction on the night we will be offering an online auction in the lead up to the trivia night. This online auction will include buy now items as well as the opportunity to bid on the silent auction items on the night, which will be open to the entire school community. So even if you don’t go to trivia night you can still support by purchasing an auction item – keep an eye out for details over the next few weeks.

If you are able to volunteer in setting up (from 3pm) or help out on the night – email Lynda

Also we are looking for auction items – if  you have something (a holiday home, products and services) you would like to donate we’d love to hear from you – email Lynda

Community News

Jammies in June – PJ’s collected Tues 04 – Fri 07 June

This year we will again be supporting Jammies in June which is an initiative run by the Middlemore Foundation to get warm pyjamas to kids in need.

Supporters collect pyjamas which are then distributed through Middlemore Hospital and local GPs to families in need. The aim is to help keep kids warm over winter to break the cycle of winter illnesses.

Volunteers will be in the hall every morning from 8.30 – 9am during the week of 04-07 June.  If you would like to donate a new pair of pyjamas they would be gratefully received.

Any questions please contact Lynda

Activity Update

Donate a Book to the School Library – BOOKS ALL PROCESSED!

Andreza and parent helpers have been busy getting all of the 94 donated books purchased by you during book week covered, sticky labels created and inserted and processed into the library system. The books are now ready to be taken home for a week by the kids and families who purchased each book to read and enjoy, before they become part of the library distribution.  Books will be distributed to the children’s classroom this week.  Thanks so much for your support of book week.

Bi-Annual Whittaker’s Chocolate Fundraiser is coming in July!

We are looking for a volunteer to co-manage this fundraising event. Vic and Shelley have fabulously managed this fundraiser (bi-annually) for a few years now and they have great systems in place, its just looking for another person to help co-manage and continue the great work Vic and Shelley have done.

If you are interested or would like more information on what is required please contact Lynda

Anchor Bottle Top Collection

It’s easy – start saving your bottle caps from the following eligible milk bottles; 2L and 1L Anchor fresh white milk, this includes 2L and 1L Blue, Lite, Trim, Calci+, Protein+, Silver Top, Zero Lacto Blue, Zero Lacto Trim, Organic Blue, Organic Trim, a2™ Blue and a2™ Trim and put them in the collection box in the office between 01 April and 10 June.

Get involved and have your say in 2019

We are always looking for more parents to get involved – if you have some ideas we’d love to see you at our PTA meetings held the first Monday of each month in the school staff room, or happy to hear from you anytime – email Lynda

You can also:

Regular Activities

Yummy Stickers
If you buy ‘Yummy’ branded fruit collect the stickers or bag labels and we can exchange them for new sport equipment. Go to the Yummy Stickers page for more info.
Second-hand Uniforms
We have a range of items. Prices depend on condition; roughly $25 fleeces, $15 polo t-shirts, $20 skorts and shorts, $15 sports t-shirts. Go to the Second-hand Uniforms page for more info.
Walking Bus
Have you thought about joining a school walking bus? A short drive can be an amazing walk! If you’re interested in joining, go to the Walking School Bus page.
Ice-block Fridays
For an ice-block on Fridays, send along $2. They will be sold 1.15-1.30pm out of the Hall Kitchen window.
Scholastic Book Club
Look out for this term’s Scholastic Book Club flyers in the book bags. Please place any orders online (or view the online flyer) at the Scholastic Book Club. No paper orders will be accepted.
Sushi Wednesdays
Pre-order by the end of the day Tuesday and fresh sushi will be delivered to school for your child’s Wednesday lunch. Go to the Sushi Wednesdays page for instructions.
Entertainment Books
For great discounts for local restaurants and attractions, order the hard-copy or digital versions –  $70 with 20% going to the school. Go to the Entertainment Books page for more info.