2014-2015 NES PTA MID-YEAR UPDATE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The PTA has had many successes during the first half of the school year thanks to the generous work, spirit, and contribution of you, our NES community members! Thank you! Now are turning our thoughts to the second half of the year. Here are some of the things planned:

NES PTA SPRING LUAU PARTY and SILENT AUCTION

Ready to think warm, tropical thoughts? Get ready for the PTA Spring Luau Party and Silent Auction!

Bring your family and friends and join us among the palm trees for lots of fun including:

Photo Booth

Limbo Contest

Indoor Miniature Golf

New Games of Skill

Arts and Crafts

Pizza, Hot Dogs, Drinks and Baked Goods for sale

Bid on great auction items online ahead of time and at the party! More information on bidding will be released after the break!

Friday, March 27, 5-8 pm

$5/person, $20 max per family, no charge for children under age 4.

Hawaiian shirts are encouraged!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Spring Luau Party and Silent Auction will be our biggest, best event of the year. If we want to continue the events and supports that the PTA traditionally offers, we need to raise $15-20,000 from the auction. We need help to pull it off!

We still need help soliciting donations and picking up pledged items. These are volunteer opportunities that can be done day or night, and even with younger kids in tow. If you can help, please email newburyptainfo@gmail.com .

We also need volunteers to step up to help lead parts of the party, too. We need help with tasks ahead of time, and the night of the event. We’ll post some specific jobs after the break, but if you know now you can help, please email us at newburyptainfo@gmail.com.

A NEW NES PLAYGROUND

Let’s build a playground – together! The PTA’s NES GROWS committee is hard at work with Play By Design to create an updated and improved outdoor play space at NES! We aim to raise $150,000 and hope for an October build. We have plans for fundraising events, sponsorship of playground components, and materials donations.  These will be rolled out over the next several months.

How can I help, you ask?  We are using a community-build model, relying on volunteers to help:

  • Donate to the cause
  • Join a committee
  • Attend our events
  • Spread the word

Contact nesgrows@gmail.com or visit www.nesgrows.com for more information, to sign up for the blog (the best way to stay informed), or to view the new playground design.

Fairy and Gnome Discovery Walk at Pettengill Farm

The first Fairy and Gnome Discovery Walk is a joint activity with the Salisbury PTA. The Pettengill Farm grounds will feature fairy houses made by students, families, and groups. The event will be on Saturday, May 16. More information will be coming as plans are made.

Other Events:

More Enrichment Programs, Assemblies, Field Trips and Classroom support, Teacher Appreciation Week and a Yearbook are all in the works. To make these happen, we plan to offer a spring book fair, more restaurant fundraisers, yearbook, and a walkathon. Interested in helping? Email us!

The 2015-16 PTA needs YOU

Short term, we need volunteers to staff our events. We need Spring Luau Party and Silent Auction committee workers. But longer term, we need volunteers to lead the PTA next year. Several of the current board members will be leaving their positions after years of service. Have an interest in being a school community leader? Have a nomination for a PTA officer? Email newburyptainfo@gmail.com . We can provide information on the benefits and responsibilities of being involved.

Why do we need your help? Did your family enjoy any of these so far this school year?

  • Annual Halloween Party
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • New swings on the playground
  • Gardening at NES
  • Learning on a chrome book in school
  • Playground Redesign Unveiling and Celebration
  • School Assemblies including
  • Support of the Special Education PAC
  • Classroom supplies purchased through PTA grants
  • Field trips
  • Restaurant nights
  • NES T-shirts
  • Book Swap
  • Junior Great Books
  • MobyMax in classroom or at home
  • New library books
  • Free Movie Nights
  • Sixth grade camp

These things were all made possible because of the PTA. We strive to provide our kids with enhancements to their education. The PTA traditionally funds the “extras” that aren’t covered in the regular school budget. PTA makes these extras available through our volunteers’ leadership plus our fundraisers to date:

  • Book Fair: We raised almost $2000. This is the only funding available for new materials for our library.
  • Silver Graphics Fundraiser: families purchased keepsakes of their children’s art, raising over $4000 for NES Teacher Grants
  • Restaurant Fundraisers, Box Tops and Labels for Education Collections, and sports package drawing
  • New Years Resolution Fitness Series
  • Annual Fund Campaign: making a one-time donation to the PTA is possible by writing a check or at newburypta.com/donate. Select your donation amount, and enter “annual fund” in the comment box.  Your donation is tax deductible and can be doubled if your employer offers a company match. You can even designate a project you wish to support.

We need your volunteer and financial support to continue to support our school.

 

How to stay in touch:

Email: newburyptainfo@gmail.com

Web: www.newburypta.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nespta

Donations: www.newburypta.com/donate

Playground Information: www.nesgrows.com

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