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PTO News: November 2013

The PTO meets on the second Friday of every month at 8:30, in the Pit.

Every member of the Honey Creek community is welcome to participate, at any level and at any time.  There are many ways to get involved, and you do not have to be present at the monthly meetings.  To learn more, contact a Theme Committee, ask your room parent, or visit the PTO website: http://honeycreekpto.wordpress.com/ .
At the October meeting, we heard about: Mabel’s Labels, the upcoming ball/auction, working with High Point to bring the playground up to code, Budget C was passed, and Jessica Ashmore was voted in as PTO Co-Chair.  Due to the constraints of this year’s budget, a new method of presenting and tracking budget items was proposed.  Budget C was passed at the last meeting, and further information regarding this can be found on the PTO website. Many thanks to all of you who participated in this process and helped to approve a budget for the upcoming year!

The PTO is offering a fundraiser through Mabel’s Labels, a company that offers water-proof labels to put on your children’s belongings to prevent them from ending up in the ever-growing Lost & Found. Not only are these labels dishwasher, washing machine, and microwave safe, but can also save you a bundle on replacing lost items and 20% of the purchase price will go to the Honey Creek PTO. Orders can be personalized through the PTO fundraising website: http://www.honeycreek.mabelslabels.com
Learning Express (a fabulous toy store in the Westgate Shopping Center on Maple Road) is also hosting a fundraiser for Honey Creek November 19-21st. Honey Creek will receive 20% of the money that is spent. Last year this fundraiser raised $400 for Honey Creek! Flyers will be e-mailed out closer to the time.

The upcoming ball/auction will take place at Hathaway’s Hideaway in downtown Ann Arbor on February 7th, 2014. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements from Erin Peterson as to how to get involved and support this effort.
As many of you know, Honey Creek has been working with and supporting the efforts of High Point in bringing the playground up to code. One of the ways to get involved is to take a shift at the concessions stand at the home U of M football games. We’d love you to sign up for shifts here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094DACA92FAA8-bighouse or if you need more information/ have another way that you would like to get involved, please contact Gilda Weaks at 734-994-8111 ext. 1655 or email gweaks@wash.k12.mi.us and leave a message. Ann from High Point will be at the next PTO meeting to provide additional information regarding this effort.

The Theme Committees – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Wellness, and Fine Arts – assist the Honey Creek community by planning and implementing enrichment activities and events.  Examples include Try It-Thursday and the Harvest Dinner by the Wellness Committee, Lunch with an Expert and the STEM Fair by the STEM Committee, and a Fine Arts Fair and extra field trips by the Fine Arts Committee.  To become involved with one or more of the committees,   contact Deb Lentz or Jane Pacheco (Wellness), Karen Andrews (STEM), or Sherri Borer (Fine Arts).

A huge thank you to all of you who helped out with the Fall Festival and made it such a success! The Haunted House provided endless entertainment for those who dared to venture through it, the Harvest Dinner catered by Zingerman’s Roadhouse was delicious, the countless activities in the gym provided lots of fun for both kids and adults, and the Pumpkin Trebuchet never disappoints the masses.

We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to those that provided dishes for the potluck to nourish and support our hard working teachers during conferences.

UPCOMING PTO EVENTS

Mark your calendars!

• Bagel Fridays: Relax with breakfast at the school on Friday mornings (or the last school day of the week). Bagels, cream cheese and juice, OH MY! There are also toasters available for use.

• November PTO Meeting: Friday, November 8th, 8:30-10:30 AM

If you would like to add an item to the PTO meeting agenda or have a concern with which the PTO may be able to help, please contact the PTO Chair, Catie Wells, cgbwells@gmail.com.

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