Hello, Fouse Parents!
We hope that the 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start for you and your students! Just a reminder that you will be receiving email updates that contain information about upcoming events at Fouse, the weekly rotation schedule and other general tips and reminders to help you more easily navigate the busy, fun school year ahead! Here is this week's update:
Schedule For The Week
8/29 (Mon)......B Day
8/30 (Tues).....C Day; Curriculum Night for Grades 2, 4 & 5, 6:30pm
8/31 (Wed)......D Day
9/1 (Thurs)......E Day
9/2 (Fri)..........F Day
Curriculum Night for Grades 2, 4 & 5
Curriculum Night for grades 2, 4 & 5 takes place this week - parents with students in these grades are encouraged to attend this Tuesday, August 30th, at 6:30pm. Parents will meet the teachers to learn what topics and concepts will be covered throughout the year, as well as what the expectations are for both students and parents.
School Supply Drive
Our School Supply Drive has concluded and we would like to give a huge "thank you!" to all of the families who participated! All donated supplies will be distributed to Fouse students at the discretion of school staff.
Walk-A-Thon Information Has Been Sent Home
FOXES…get your walking shoes on! The 6th annual Fouse Walk-a-Thon is coming – Friday, September 30th! This is your chance to have fun with your friends, get fit, and help make this a great year for Fouse! With everyone’s help, we can make the Fouse Walk-a-Thon a fun day for the whole school and the ONLY major fundraiser of the year!
Details on the Walk-a-Thon were sent home with your student(s) by this past Friday, August 26th. We encourage you to read through the two letters inside the envelope that was sent home; copies of those letters, as well as the donation tracking sheet which is stapled to the envelope you received, are also attached to this email for your reference.
Volunteers are key to the success of this event! If you would like to help with the Walk-a-Thon, please contact Stephanie Dawson at email@example.com.
PTO General Meeting, September 7th
The first PTO meeting of the year is Wednesday, September 7th, at 7:00pm, in the Media Center. All parents are invited to attend! If you have signed up to be on a committee - or if you would like to sign up - please try to attend because our committees will be breaking into groups at the end of the meeting to get the planning process started for the coming year.
Future PTO meeting dates are: October 5, November 9, February 8, April 5.
Girl Scouts Recruitment Night, September 12th
If you are interested in getting involved in Girl Scouts this year, please attend this informational meeting at Westerville North High School from 7-8pm.
"The Leader in Me" Presentation, September 21st
Exciting things are happening at Fouse!! Mr. Stranges and the entire staff have been investigating a school-wide character development program that would enrich and enhance the experiences our children have at Fouse. By conducting school visits and a staff Book Study, they have found a program that focuses on our children being leaders in their own peer environment. It’s called “The Leader in Me” and it’s written by Steven Covey. Many of you may be familiar with Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” - this is a program that is focused specifically on schools and children.
The Covey Organization will be coming to Fouse on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30pm, to share more about their program, the implementation and the value they can deliver. If Fouse implements this program, it will require support and commitment from the PTO, the students, the staff and the entire Fouse community, so PLEASE come join us to learn more, ask questions and become informed. As a PTO, we want to share this decision with ALL of our Fouse families.
If you have any questions, please contact Erica Wares, PTO President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Birthday Treat Policy
As communicated by Mr. Stranges last week, we have a new birthday treat policy. Following is a brief summary:
In an effort to nurture healthy choices and to strengthen our school-wide commitment to wellness, we will be implementing new practices for individual student celebrations (birthdays, moving to a new school, etc.) and we will no longer allow students to distribute edible treats for these events. Instead, we have identified other celebration options.
Below are our school’s approved choices for alternatives to food treats:
We will continue to have school wide celebrations such as the Fall Party, Winter Party and Valentine Party, at which we will continue to share nutritious snacks and will allow classrooms to share some treats.
Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact the school office.
Help Wanted: Library Volunteers
Library volunteers are critical to helping all of our Fouse students have a positive experience in our library. The library is open on A, B, D and F days. Library volunteers can choose which days they want to help. They are not required to commit to any specific schedule and background checks are not required. If you are available to help in the library, please use this link to sign up for specific day(s) and time(s): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4aafa728a64-sign
Please contact our Media Specialist, Mrs. Meta, at email@example.com, with any questions.
EZPay Activated for 2016-17 School Year
If you have not already done so, Westerville City School District (WCSD) families may begin making online financial transactions, such as adding money to a student’s lunch account or paying certain school and class fees, using any Visa or MasterCard (including Debit Visa and MasterCard). School fees are not yet available to be paid via EZPay but will be soon.
There is no cost for families to register, browse or check a child’s meal account balance through SPS EZPay. When depositing funds into a lunch account, confirmed transactions made by 5:30 a.m. will be available in a student's meal account for use that same day, even though it may take up to 24 hours for the deposit to be reflected on-line.
The use of EZPay is optional and the district will continue to accept cash and checks for payment of fees or deposits into meal accounts. Customer service questions regarding the EZPay system can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Families may direct questions about school fees and lunch accounts to their child’s school.
PTO Communication - Facebook/Website
In addition to the emails that you've started to 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/
For your reference, a copy of the "Fouse Elementary Calendar of Events 2016-2017" is also attached to this email. We hope this helps in your planning for the year ahead!
Ways to Support the Fouse PTO… Without Spending Extra!
These great programs allow you to support the Fouse PTO while shopping for everyday items…
We wish you a very nice Labor Day weekend! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Fall Dates to Look Forward to: