Hello, Fouse Parents!
We hope you are having a great, long weekend! Here is this week's update, which contains information about upcoming events at Fouse, the weekly rotation schedule and other general tips and reminders:
Schedule For The Week
1/15 (Mon)......Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
1/16 (Tues).....A Day
1/17 (Wed)......B Day
1/18 (Thurs)....C Day
1/19 (Fri)........D Day
PTO Restaurant Night - January 23rd
On Tuesday, January 23rd between 4pm to 8pm, we will having a Chipotle Restaurant Night at 63 Maxtown Road in Westerville. Bring the attached flier, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting Fouse Elementary School and 50% of sales from that night will be donated to Fouse PTO! A paper copy of the flyer was sent home with your student this past Friday. Thank you in advance for your support!
Pop Tabs Quarterly Contest - Sponsored by Student Council
Each quarter, Student Council will be hosting a contest to see which classroom can collect the most Pop Tabs. A new contest is starting for the 3rd quarter so if you have any aluminum Pop Tabs from cans, we encourage you to send them in with your student & place them in the collection container in their classroom from now until March 7th. The winning class will win a sweet treat! The Pop Tabs are donated to The Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio, which uses them to raise thousands of dollars for their program every year. For more information about this program, please visit http://rmhc-centralohio.org/get-involved/pop-tabs/. Student Council appreciates your support of this wonderful program!
Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019
Westerville City Schools (WCS) is preparing to begin the registration process for Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. All elementary schools in WCS, including Fouse, offer Half-Day and All-Day Kindergarten. All-Day Kindergarten is a fee-based, lottery program. Those who wish to apply for All-Day Kindergarten may do so beginning January 31st after 5pm. Additional details are available online at http://www.wcsoh.org/ADK.
Kindergarten registration kicks off with "Kindergarten 101", which will be offered at 7pm on Wednesday, January 31st, and at 7pm on Thursday, February 1st, at the following locations:
The same presentation will be given during each building's designated Kindergarten 101 night. Families unable to attend Kindergarten 101 at their home school may choose an alternate presentation to attend.
For details regarding the enrollment process can be found at http://www.wcsoh.org/enroll. For additional information regarding Kindergarten in Westerville, please visit http://www.wcsoh.org/content/kindergarten.
Valentine's Classroom Parties - Friday, 2/9
The Lead Room Parents in each classroom are starting to plan your students' Valentine's Classroom Parties, which are scheduled for Friday, 2/9, at 2:30pm (10:30am for AM K classes). The Valentine's party will have one unified community service project. Each class will create one big, simple card which will be distributed to local police and fire departments. The theme for the card will be 'Thanks for Being the Heart of Our City'. The kids can sign their name and any message they would like to write on the card for our city heroes. The card should be dropped off in the Fouse Office after the party and will be distributed accordingly by the PTO. Fouse wants to let our firefighters and police officers how much we care and appreciate them keeping us safe.
Please keep an eye out for communication from your Lead Room Parents regarding what they have planned for the party and any assistance they may need. If you would like to volunteer and/or attend during the party, the Lead Room Parents will be gathering a list of attendees so that they can let the office know who to expect that day. We appreciate your support and partnership to help ensure our Valentine's Parties are a memorable event for all students!
Fouse Variety Show - Entry Forms Due January 26th
The PTO is now accepting entry forms for the 2018 Fouse Variety Show, which takes place on Friday, February 16th, at Westerville Central High School! If you play an instrument, sing, juggle, tell jokes, dance or have another talent...we want you!!! In addition to the show on February 16th, performers are also asked to attend the Preview Night in the Fouse gym on Friday, February 2nd. You may come any time between 6-8pm. (If your performer is playing a musical instrument, including piano, it is not necessary for them to attend Preview Night.)
All entry forms must be returned to your student's teacher or to the Fouse office no later than Friday, January 26th. Full details of the Variety Show and an entry form were sent home in students' folders this past Friday. A copy of the form is also attached for your reference.
2018 Creativity Showcase
It's no fun being cooped up indoors with it being sub zero outside, right? Have no fear, we've got your boredom buster! It's that time of year again...time for the 2018 CREATIVITY SHOWCASE! We had record breaking participation last year, so let's show our school community even MORE entries this year! All entries will be displayed during the February 16th Variety Show at Westerville Central HS.
This year's theme is: Dream Catcher!
What's that, you ask? Well, tell us about the funniest dream you ever had. Paint a picture of it, make a comic strip to illustrate the calamity of events, sculpt an action shot of the silliest part, write a short narrative about it - the sky is the limit! And this year, we have a NEW category! You can submit either a creative writing piece, a 2D work of art, or a 3D work of art.
Rules/guidelines for entries are attached below, and submissions are due Friday, January 25th. Let's see what you've dreamed up!
GEM Award Nominations Now Accepted
The Great Educator Mentor (GEM) Awards Program is a collaboration between Westerville Parent Council and Roush Honda of Westerville. It was created in 2002 to recognize those in our community who go above and beyond and make a difference in the lives of our students. Each year, one adult from each building, as well as several district recipients, will be honored with this prestigious award.
The 2017-2018 nomination process has now begun. Please refer to the attached flier for details regarding this program; a copy of this flier will also be sent home with students on Friday, January 12th. The GEM nomination form is also attached, and copies of the nomination form are also available for pick-up in the office or can be found at the WPC website http://westervilleparentcouncil.com/gem-awards-2/.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 9th. Completed nomination forms may be submitted to the Fouse office. Thank you for taking the time to recognize a staff member, parent and/or community member that you feel has gone above and beyond for our Fouse students!
Start Gathering Your Box Tops - Winter Contest Starts Soon!
The Winter Box Tops Contest will be getting underway soon, so it's time to start gathering the Box Tops you've been collecting! Contest details will be sent home Friday, February 2nd. The contest runs through Friday, February 23rd. Thanks in advance for your participation!
Reminder: Bundle Up for Outdoor Recess!
Now that the cold winter weather has officially arrived, we would just like to remind all parents to ensure that your children are dressed appropriately for recess each day. Outdoor recess will take place daily unless the windchill is 20 degrees or below! Heavy coats, hats, gloves, mittens, etc. will ensure that students are warm and comfortable outside during the winter months. It is also a very good idea to write your child's name in their outdoor gear as well.
PTO Communication - Facebook/Website
In addition to the emails that you receive from the PTO, another great way to get updates and learn more about all of the happenings at Fouse is to "like" our school's Facebook page. You can find our page here: https://www.facebook.com/Fouse-Elementary-PTO-612228052137109/. We also encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the PTO: http://fousepto.weebly.com/
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Winter Dates to Look Forward to:
· January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
· January 25 - Early Release Day, 2:30pm
· February 2 - Variety Show Preview, 6-8pm
· February 9 - Valentine’s Classroom Parties (10:30am for K, 2:30pm for all other classes)
· February 13 - PTO General Meeting, 7pm
· February 16 - Variety Show, 7 pm
· February 19 - President's Day (No School)
· March 9 - Last Day of 3rd Grading Period
· March 12 - First Day of 4th Grading Period
· March 15 - Early Release (2:30pm)
· March 26-30 - Spring Break (No School)