Jump-a-thon pledges due Jan 8

The Parker Road Jump-A-Thon pledge collection deadline has been extended to Friday, Jan 8. Your donations support current programs in our classrooms, such as the student-favorite Music and Movement, and several new programs for 2016 including Bugs Works and Science Around You.  Thank you for your continued generosity!

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Join us for the Jump-a-Thon!

The JUMP-A-THON is one of Parker Road’s biggest fundraisers of the school year! The children raise money by receiving pledges for how many jumps they can accomplish in 30 seconds (e.g., if Joey is sponsored 25 cents per jump and completes 50 jumps, he raises $12.50). Most children average 40-60 jumps. Pledge sheets to record sponsors and amounts pledged were sent home in your child’s backpack this week. Pledge sheets and donations will be collected a few weeks after the JUMP-A-THON.

Every child enrolled at Parker Road Preschool, regardless of whether they commit to raising money, is included in the JUMP-A-THON. Each child will receive a medal for their accomplishment.

Families are invited to come to school on the day of the JUMP-A-THON and cheer on their children. It is a fun and exciting event!

The informational flyer can be found here: JUMP-A-THON FLYER 2015

The pledge sheet can be found here: JUMP-A-THON Pledge Sheet 2015

The specific times for your child’s class are listed below – read carefully! Contact us at ParkerRoadPTO@gmail.com with any questions!

2 Wesleyan Terrace

 Teacher Session/s Date Time
Dowling 3 & 4 day AM Wed, 12/2 10:15-10:45
Dowling 2 day AM Thur, 12/3 10:15-10:45
Roxo/Roe 5 day AM Thur, 12/3 10:15-10:45
Dowling 4 day PM Thur, 12/3 1:30-2:00
Roxo/Roe 4 day PM Thur, 12/3 1:30-2:00

15 Parker Road

Teacher Session/s Date Time
Smith 3 & 4 day AM Wed, 12/9 10:15-10:45
Vangel 3 & 4 day AM Wed, 12/9 10:15-10:45
Vincelette 3 & 5 day AM Wed, 12/9 10:15-10:45
Marchand 5 day AM Thur, 12/10 9:30-10:00
Mietkiewicz 5 day AM Thur, 12/10 9:30-10:00
Smith 2 day AM Thur, 12/10 8:45-9:15
Vangel 2 day AM Thur, 12/10 8:45-9:15
Johnson 5 day AM Thur, 12/10 10:15-10:45
Vincelette 2 day AM Thur, 12/10 10:15-10:45
Johnson 4 day PM Thur, 12/10 1:45-2:15
Marchand 4 day PM Thur, 12/10 1:45-2:15
Mietkiewicz 4 day PM Thur, 12/10 1:00-1:30
Smith 4 day PM Thur, 12/10 1:00-1:30
Vangel 4 day PM Thur, 12/10 1:00-1:30

 

“Stock the Cabinet” …Grab and Go!

The PTO is coordinating a grab-and-go to treat the staff at Parker Road and Wesleyan Terrace with snacks and goodies to show our appreciation for the hard work they do every day!

We are asking for families to help donate items to “stock the cabinet.”

The link for our Grab and Go Sign-Up is listed below!!

http://tinyurl.com/ph5vozy

 

Items can be dropped off at Parker/Wesleyan

on Thursday November 19th and Friday November 20th

through the looping line or by dropping them off via the front entrance.

We thank you in advance for all of your help and support!

Parent-Teacher Conferences Tuesday 11/3

It’s time for parent-teacher conferences! Tomorrow, Tuesday November 3rd, is parent-teacher conference day. At Parker Road and Wesleyan Terrace we will have childcare for preschool students and older siblings during your scheduled conference time. You are welcome to keep younger siblings with you during the conference.

Also, please join us on Thursday evening for the PTO Meeting from 6:30-7:30 at 15 Parker Road, Room 1. We will be hosting a presentation about School Safety led by Lisa Robinson and Kristin Stewich. Mr. Stephen Rocco, SPS Safety and Security Coordinator, will also be in attendance. Following the presentation we will hold a general PTO meeting. The general meeting includes a review of the minutes from the previous meeting and updates about completed and upcoming enrichment and fundraising events.

Fun at the Fall Social!!

Saturday was a beautiful day for the Parker Road Fall Social! We had lots of families join us to play with friends on the playground and have fun making fall crafts and scarecrows. We enjoyed some healthy snacks, played games, and planted mums to decorate our buildings. Thank you to everyone for making it a such a fun day!! We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful volunteers who donated their time to make sure everyone had a great time!! A special thank you to Papa’s Hardware on Route 9 in Shrewsbury for their generous donation of potting soil and mums, and to Wegmans in Northborough for their generous donation of apples and paper goods.

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Join us for the Fall Social

The Parker Road Preschool PTO invites you to join us for the Fall Social!  The Fall Social will be held at Saturday October 10th from 10:00am until 11:30am, on the playground at 15 Parker Road. In the event of rain, the Fall Social will be held on Saturday October 17th.

This is a great opportunity to get to know other Parker Road families, while exploring the playground, having fun with fall games and crafts, and enjoying a healthy snack. Bring the whole family to join in the fun!

We will also work together making scarecrows to display at Parker Road and Wesleyan Terrace.  **Start saving your recyclable plastics bags (from Target, grocery stores, etc). We will be going green by using these bags to stuff our scarecrows, and then recycling the materials after the event. **

We are in need of volunteers for short shifts of set-up, clean-up, and activity centers. We would also appreciate contributions to our scarecrows! Please access the link below to sign up for these opportunities:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044da5af2da0fd0-fall

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact Michelle Conlin at ParkerRoadPTO@gmail.com.

Teacher Appreciation Month–Deadline Extended to May 14th

We’ve had a few requests to extend the deadline for families to support these activities and to submit notes of appreciation, and we’re happy to oblige! Because it’s a wonderful way for you to recognize your child’s teacher, classroom aides, any of the specialists, principal, nurse, secretary….ANYONE who makes your child’s experience special.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Forms were sent home in backpacks recently. If you need extra forms, and would like to print them at home, follow these steps:

1) Click the links below to access the PDFs:

Note card Order Form Cover Sheet

Note Card Form

2) Print the documents

3) Cut off the form on the cover sheet, cut out the number of notecards you need, and return them by Thursday, May 14 in an envelope marked: PTO

All of your notes will be presented to staff at Parker Road and Wesleyan Terrace, and funds raised will cover the cost of flowers and determine the value of the gift cards.  Questions? Please contact Nicole.L.Lucey@gmail.com

Taking Root at Parker Road

(Text below excerpted and adapted from the March 16th edition of the Parker Press)

This month begins the third year of the Taking Root At Parker Road project. This project-based learning initiative began on a small scale – one indoor garden for our school! Through collaboration with Home Depot, support from the Shrewsbury Education Foundation and faculty commitment every classroom has it’s own indoor garden. Mr. Bottom, our adopted botanist, gardener, and farmer has been visiting all sessions to begin the germination process. This is an exciting time at Parker Road! It connects us as a whole community, inspires curiosity, and promotes healthy choices. Survey data, provided by preschoolers, indicated that before the indoor gardens provided tomatoes approximately 8% of preschoolers indicated that they liked tomatoes and once we had tomatoes from our own garden 85% of preschoolers indicated that they like tomatoes! The learning associated with this annual project is endless. There are multiple opportunities to integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (stem) not to mention the collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity opportunities.

This spring we are bringing the indoors to the outdoors! The Shrewsbury Education Foundation and Home Depot are supporting the building of raised garden beds at Parker Road and Wesleyan Terrace. Thank you, Kristin Stewich, school nurse, and the Garden Committee for making this next phase happen.

We need Parker parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to volunteer to help on the day of the first garden build. Home Depot will be at 15 Parker Road on May 16, 2015 from 8-4. We need adults only to volunteer with constructing the garden beds, digging and installing pathways. Also, any contributions of food/drink would be greatly appreciated! You can sign up here:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050E4CA4A82DA75-garden

Q&A with April Jones Prince, Children’s Book Author

We are so excited that local children’s author, April Jones Prince, will be joining us at Parker Road’s Literacy Celebration THIS SATURDAY and even more excited that we were able to get to know her a little better before the big event!  We hope you enjoy the below Q&A.  Thank you, April, for your time!


Tell us a little about yourself, and how you got involved with writing.

I grew up in Minneapolis, where my dad worked for a book publishing company. Oh, how I used to love visiting his office! The people were upbeat and creative, the projects were innovative, and the scent—paper, ink, glue—was heaven. By the time I was in third grade, I decided I wanted to be a children’s book author.

Over the years, I wrote many stories and often made them into little books. There is something so gratifying about creating a book you can hold in your hands, share, and save forever! (When I watch my own kids, and when I visit schools, I love seeing and hearing that this is something kids still do for fun.)

I went to college at UNC-Chapel Hill and studied Journalism, then moved to New York and worked as a junior editor for HarperCollins. There was such celebrated publishing history there, from Goodnight Moon to Frog and Toad to Shel Silverstein. I was hooked for sure. Despite my youthful ambitions to be an author, I probably would have stayed on the editor’s side of the desk forever if I hadn’t met my husband and moved to Massachusetts. When I moved, I continued working for Harper as a (shhh!) ghostwriter. The 13 nonfiction books I researched and wrote gave me so many ideas for my own books, I dove in to writing for myself.

Where do you find inspiration for your books?

Most of us write about things we’re curious and/or passionate about, and, as many young writers know, ideas can come from almost anywhere. Ideas for my books have come from talks with illustrators, from other books, and (shhh!) even from watching TV.

Perhaps most of all, ideas come from things we see and do, from the mundane to the exceptional. I got the spark for Dig In! while at a Pizza Hut in Maine with my husband and digger-loving boys, Charlie and William. The inspiration was a mash-up of that moment and the many Big Truck days we had attended right here in Shrewsbury. As Charlie and Will outgrew their days at Parker Road with Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Pullman, the digger fascination shifted to make room for our next passion: pirates. I bet you can guess what my forthcoming picture book is about!

When I visit schools and see what kids choose to write about, I am reminded how important it is for us to give our children rich and varied experiences from which to form their own ideas and develop their own stories. This happens at school and in the community every day. As evidenced by Dig In!, living your life is hands-on research.

Tell us an interesting or “fun fact” fact about yourself or one of your books! 

Since the element of threes is crucial to so many stories, I will give you three!

About me: Yes, I was born in April! Kids often wonder about this. 🙂

About one of my books: While researching Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing, I learned that despite elephants’ great size and weight, these amazing creatures are quiet when they walk because of the way their foot bones and pads are structured. According to the zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo, an elephant can sneak right up behind you and you don’t even know it. Amazing!

About children’s books in general: Did you know that the author and illustrator of a picture book don’t collaborate or have any direct contact during the bookmaking process? Sometimes a few comments go back and forth via the publisher, but it’s surprisingly separate endeavors. Even after all the books I’ve worked on, I still find that incredible when you consider how closely the words and images of a picture book work together.

THANK YOU, APRIL!


We hope to see all of you this Saturday, March 28 from 9:00am – 11:00am (doors open at 8:45am) at Floral Street School for our much anticipated Literacy Celebration!


Barefoot Books Teacher Wish Lists

We hope everyone is enjoying literacy month!

This is just a reminder that the wonderful Barefoot Books representative has put together a link to purchase books off of our teachers’ wish lists for literacy month! The best part…FREE SHIPPING for wish list purchases only!!

**If you would like to purchase a book on your teacher’s wish list please use the Signup Genius link below:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4caaa72ea7fc1-barefoot

**For purchasing for yourself, see the login info below as well as a coupon code for online orders.

You can access the event page here: http://store.barefootbooks.com/bf_affiliate_code=000-1jdt-1…

The event code is: 000-1jdt-11456

DON’T FORGET: Use code SPRING2015 at checkout for 20% off