Show appreciation to our amazing Banks Elementary Staff by bringing snacks or treats on Friday, May 11th, for Staff Appreciation Week! Click here to sign up to bring something sweet, savory, healthy or surprising for staff to enjoy throughout the day!
Also, this week, if you have extra Easter candy that you'd like to get out of your house, the staff room junk food drawer could use a refill. Feel free to drop it by the front office this week.
Next week is Conference week at BES and the staff will be working extra long hours. Help us provide them with a hot meal to say Thank You for their hard work!
Contributions will can be brought to the office by 3:30PM on Thursday, Nov 2. If you have any questions email Melissa at bankselementaryPTO@gmail.com. Sign up here!
The PTO is hosting a potluck breakfast bar for the entire BES staff of 50 on Oct 12th. Bring your favorite breakfast item to show our staff how much we appreciate their hard work! Items need to be delivered to the school office no later than 8am Thursday, Oct 12th. This is a NO SCHOOL grading day. As many families will have plans for this 4 day weekend, drop off/pick up of contributions can be arranged for Wed, Oct 11th at the link below.
Thank you for supporting the BES staff and the BES PTO!
Order forms will be in your child’s Friday folder or you can
print a copy from the link below. Please submit payment along with the order
form and return to your child’s teacher or the front office. Orders must be
received by October 4.
Thank you to everyone who attended the PTO meeting this morning. It was a positive meeting and much was accomplished. Thank you to Mr. Leo for attending and sharing his insights with us. If you were unable to attend the meeting keep an eye on the blog where we post meeting minutes. Have a great day!
üI want Banks Elementary to be one of the best schools in Oregon.
üI want my
child to have a great school year – to learn and to have fun!
üI want to
help decide how PTO fundraising moneys are spent.
üI want all
the students at Banks to be successful.
If the above statements are true, then “help us help the
school”. Parent involvement is critical for a successful school, so volunteer
as a PTO officer or a committee chair for 2017-2018. There are jobs that take no more than a
couple hours a month, some are that are seasonal, and a few that require a
Dedicated teachers, staff, andPARENTS help
make Banks Elementary a great school!
Join us – it’s rewarding, it’s important,
it’s even fun!
Nominate yourself or someone else. All positions can be shared. (See back of
form for position descriptions.) If you have any questions, please contact Heidi at 503-473-9278.
Elections will be held at the PTO General Meeting on Wednesday,
May 10th at 9:30am in the library
classroom. All candidates for
officer positions must be registered with the Nominations Committee by May 5th. Please return this form to your child’s
teacher or to the school office.
Let's help Mrs. McOmie help her students "Fly"! "My students need daily access to technology with iPads multiple times within the school day, to support their learning during Read to Self, Writer's Workshop or Math Stations." Mrs. McOmie
This year's Directory is in Friday folders just in time for Thanksgiving play-dates, Holiday party invites and Christmas cards!
A big thank you to our sponsors for making it free for all BES families: Martha Olson Ragan (Rodan + Fields) Sarah Hesselman (Keller Williams Realty) LJ Custom Painting Oregon Dog Camping Elese Hammerberg Breazile (Keller Williams Realty) The Ancient Church: Orthodox Christian Art, Music and Reading Room Sarah Rossing (jamberry) Bernards & O'Rourke PC CPA
And lastly, a huge thank you to Forest Grove Business Solutions for printing the directory quickly and affordably! Please see them for all your printing needs.
If you need a second directory, please contact the BES PTO. We have a few available for $2 each.
Oregon Battle of the Books is underway! The 3rd-5th graders at working on reading the books and forming teams. The Banks Public Library is holding afterschool OBOB Club meetings. Now it's time to get the parents involved! The PTO would like to have a Parent OBOB team. We need 4-5 parents that are interested in reading the OBOB 3rd-5th Grade books. The list is posted at http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/file/109707283/OBOB%203-5%202016-17%20Annotated.pdf The PTO is hoping to either have a Parent vs. Staff battle or maybe even a Parent vs. Student battle at the Family Reading Night on Jan 13, 2017. You don't have to have a student participating in OBOB. If you are interested in being part of the team, please email email@example.com. And get ready to battle!
As the school year kicks off - here's an easy way to stay informed....
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For those of you that didn't know, we were granted an unique opportunity to help Bob's Red Mill (BRM) test a new fundraiser platform. Though we promised we wouldn't do any catalog sales, we wanted to take the opportunity to "test drive" BRM and gauge interest. The PTO likes it because it requires minimal volunteer time, returns 40%, is healthy, and doesn't have a lot of "junk" as prizes. Our Alternative Fundraiser was intended to take the place of catalog sales...but honestly, we haven't gotten the response that we needed (we'll keep trying!).
With the Alternative Fundraiser, we've had 22 families participate and brought in $1000.
Now that the BRM orders have been turned in: here are our tentative numbers - we have had 72 participants. We had $4700 in sales and we get 40% of that, so the PTO will make about $1900.
To give you an idea of how that fits in....The 2 fundraisers together brought in about what a catalog sale would bring in. And that only covers about 1/2 of our budget. I know there are a few people out there that we not happy with being asked to sell items, the PTO understands and we encourage you to participate in the fundraisers that you want to support - never feel like you have to participate in everything. We try to offer several different options for people to chose from.
Thank you to everyone for your support throughout the year!
On Monday, March 7, 2016 the BES PTO will be starting a Bob's Red Mill Granola Fundraiser! This is a great opportunity to support the PTO and provide a quality healthy product for your family! There will be an assembly at 8:25am in the BES Gym, where a representative from Bob's Red Mill will explain the fundraiser and hand out packets!
As we begin planning for the 2016-17 school year, we would like to know what events or ideas you want to see happen at BES! Join us for a slice of pizza and share your thoughts!! The PTO will provide pizza and soda. Other beverages are available for purchase.
Amy Updike and Amy VanderZanden, our co-coordinators, are looking for parents to fill committee positions. Many jobs can be done from home, such as advertising or signing up food concessions, but we also need help on the day of the event, such as manning booths and putting up signs.
Thank you in advance for donating your time and effort to this event!
The Fair itself will be held Feb 26 at Banks Middle School.
If your student is interested in having a project in the science fair (required for all 4th Grade students), the entry fee and $3 for the display board is due Friday 12/18. Packets will go home this week.
The BES PTO would like to announce a change to our
Board.Jessica Calmettes has stepped
down as President.We wish her well and “Good
Luck” in her new full-time job!
meeting on Wednesday, Heidi Heckenberg (previously our VP) was voted in to take
over as President. Congratulations, Heidi! Sue Bair will fulfill
the VP roles in the interim until we find a new VP.
If you know anyone interested in getting more
involved at the school and taking on the VP role, please let us know!
Announcing the new BES PTO Alternative Fundraising Form!
Didn't like catalog/cookie dough sales? Great! Neither did we! We've come up with this new fundraiser to replace having our kids go door-to-door selling stuff we don't need. Click on the link below to see the details or check it out in this week's Friday folder.
Here we go! The teachers and kids are back in the classroom, we are all starting to get back into our school year routines, and the first PTO meeting of the school year is just around the corner! The PTO Board is excited to join you in making this a fantastic year for everyone! Join us next Wednesday, September 9th at 9:30am in the BES Library!
We are taking nominations for the 2015-2016 BES PTO Board. All nominations need to be submitted to the BES office or firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1. All nominees need to be able to attend the June 8th PTO meeting (6pm in the BES Library). We'd love to have you!
The following board positions are open (all descriptions are approximate descriptions and are flexible based on what the school/PTO needs):
President •Primary liaison to Principal and administrative staff •Create yearly calendar, with board and Principal. •General oversight, direction, and coordination of PTO activities •Represent the PTO at various events, including speaking at Kindergarten Round-up, Back to School night and other events as needed. •Plan, make preparation for, and chair all PTO executive board and general membership meetings •Generate meeting agendas, distribute on PTO Bulletin board/FB/Blog/Email as needed •Establish special committees and appoint chairs as needed, Oversee delegation of responsibility throughout •Ex-officio member of all committees (except Nominating) •Oversee development of the PTO budget Estimated time commitment: 10 hrs a week, monthly meetings, 4-6 big events a year Vice President •Serve in absence of President •Lead annual review of PTO by-laws •Present a slate of officers at May or June PTO meeting, lead nominating new officers. •Coordinates child care volunteers & promotes attendance to monthly board meetings. •Create, and with Volunteer coordinator, implement volunteer recruitment & retention plan •Write monthly or quarterly PTO newsletter, with approval of board and president, distribute on Bulletin board, Friday Folders, Blog, District Webpage and Email •Serves on PTO committees and assist in coordinating activities of the organization as needed. •Attend monthly board meetings and assist where needed. Estimated time commitment: 5 hrs a week, monthly meetings, 4-6 big events a year Secretary •Keep an accurate record of all meetings and monthly board meetings, especially noting actions required. •Distribute minutes of meetings within seven days via bulletin board, email, blog, district website and Facebook. •Review minutes of previous month’s meeting at board meeting, following up on actions required. •Maintain record of minutes, Treasurer’s reports, meeting agendas, newsletters, and other relevant documents in accessible files. Move past records in file cabinet in PTO closet, destroy records over 7 years. •Inform members of meeting dates, times, and agendas •Responsible for receiving and writing correspondence pertaining to the organization’s activities •As needed help create and distribute fliers for upcoming events •Maintains PTO bulletin board outside office. •Attend monthly board meetings and assist where needed. Estimated time commitment: 5 hrs a week, monthly meetings
The Brave Run committee is looking for volunteers the day of the race on Saturday May 16th. Anyone high school age to adult can help. and we have a variety of needs that morning that will help make this a wonderful . It is a great event that supports the Technology Fund at the elementary school. If you are already running, or walking you are helping. If you aren't participating in the race, we would love to have your help! For more information please contact Heidi Heckenberg at email@example.com, or call her at (503) 473-9278. Thank you.
We had 4 teachers, 4 parents, and Ms. Waite-Larkin at the meeting this month.
We had a great discussion around next year - the PTO working more closely with the Staff on the one fundraiser/event that we have. Getting lots of school support in designing, promoting, and staffing the event in order to help get the community more excited about the event. We are definitely leaning towards a Harvest Fest/Carnival happening on a Sat in fall (tentatively Nov. 9).
We agreed to purchase a new dishwasher for the Staff room (the one there is not working and it would cost more to repair than to replace). Ms. Staly is going to research and purchase so that it meets the staff's needs. The PTO gave her a budget of $700.
Family Dance is this Friday. Wear your 80s outfits to school! Lots of cool games and dances. Fun neon/glow-in-the-dark items to purchase. Smencils for sale! Bring the whole family! (Please note - this is intended to be a entire-family event not a "drop-off" type of event. Unchaperoned students will not be allowed in. Thank you for understanding!)
Michawn McCutchen (our current PTO President) will be stepping down as president next school year. So if you're interested in shaping the PTO and how it supports the school - this the job for you! No experience necessary! The Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator will be continuing, so there will be experienced board members to help you learn the ropes. Let us know if you or someone you know is interested in taking on this rewarding role - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're looking for a local 5K/10K that benefits a great cause...come run the Banks Brave Run! $22.50 ($12.50 for age 17 and under) for either distance and all proceeds go to help improve technology in our school! Check out http://banksbraverun.blogspot.com/
for more details. The race is May 16. Come out and support your school!
The decision was made to minimize PTO events and fundraising for the next school year. We will be doing JUST 1 event and it will be a fundraiser in 2015-2016. Brave Run would also continue to happen, if the Brave Run committee decides to continue with the event.
The hope is that we can get the community, volunteers, teachers, and students to rally around that event, make it HUGE, and earn enough money to support the school throughout the entire year.
That means....no cookie dough/catalog sales, no movie nights, no Back-to-School BBQ (the Open house is run by the school, just the BBQ will go away).
BoxTop/Labels for Education collection will continue.
If a volunteer has a strong desire to have an event/program, and is willing to take a leadership role making it happen, the PTO will be willing to support. The volunteer will need to get PTO Board approval.
This would help us stop over-working our volunteers by trying to cover all of the things that the PTO is currently doing, and potentially get more to help with 1 finite event.
We will still need to have discussion around what the event will be and how we will financially support the school with the proceeds of this event (1 big project vs. small expenses throughout the year).
This decision does not have any impact on non-PTO fundraising activities such as: sports, scouts, library, or school-run events (Run for the Arts, Science Fair, book fairs, etc.).
We have joined forces with the Banks Middle School to bring you a new and improved Science Fair. Same time and date, but we are moving our location to the Middle School where there is room for more science-goodness. What to look forward to:
Student presentations Egg Drop Challenge Stomp Rockets Rice Rock Museum Reptiles Balloon Rocket races Brave Run Booth Smencil Sales ($1 each) Ice Cream Bars (50 cents each)
Elementary students participating in the science fair will still bring their experiments to BES for setup on Wednesday afternoon for judging/display at the school on Thursday. They will be moved to the Middle School on Friday for the Science Fair.
Due 2/17. Counting party will be 2/19 in the Library Classroom 9am-done.
Science Fair - Friday 2/27 6-8pm
Come see reptiles roaming the halls (!), have balloon rocket races with the Boyscouts, eat some ice cream (50 cents per bar), buy some Smencils ($1 each), chat with the Brave Run folks and, of course, check out the cool science experiments done by the students. See you there!
Next PTO Meeting March 9 6-8pm
Have an interest in what the PTO does and where it spends its money? This is the meeting for you!! There is a proposal on the table to restructure the PTO for the 2015-2016 school year. We will be voting on the proposal at the March 9 meeting. Come to the meeting to find out more!
SAVE THE DATE!
Glow-In-The-Dark Family Dance - rescheduled to April 17, time TBD. We have a few volunteers, we will need more. Check back for volunteer signup sheet to come. Cost will be $3/person or $10/family, with up to 5 glow bracelets included.
Family Movie night is this Friday at 6:30 P.M. Suggested donation of $1 per person. Free popcorn, bottle water, RedVines. Selling Smencils for $1 each. Movie is classic... "Duck Tales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp." See you there!
Turn in your Boxtops and Labels for Education on Feb 17. Counting Party details will be posted soon.
Oregon Battle of the Books battles will be starting the first week of Feb (get your 3-5 graders reading!). 2015 Regional competition is March 7.
Science Fair will be Feb 27. All 4th Grade students are required to participate. All other grades, it is optional. Registration forms will be sent out this week.
NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR SETUP and CLEANUP. Please contact email@example.com if you can help out. Or click on the SignMeUp link on the "Volunteer" tab.
The Family Dance that was scheduled for February 6, has been postponed until April due to lack of volunteers. If you are interested in helping with the dance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all of the details from the meeting, see the "Minutes & Newsletters" tab. For the financial details, see the "Where Is PTO Money Spent" tab.
To fill out this year's DIRECTORY ONLINE FORM - CLICK HERE A NEW Student Body Directory is published each year to keep up with changes like grade level and teacher placements. For this reason, you will be asked to fill out a new form each fall for each child enrolled. Include only information you want published in this year's directory.
A PDF of the directory will be emailed to our PTO email list by the end of October. Please complete this form by OCTOBER 15th. Email BanksElementaryPTO@gmail.com if you are not already on the PTO email list.