ABFA Weekly Message (Amy Beverland Family Association) September 20, 2019
ABE SPIRIT WEAR SALE The annual ABE Spirit Wear sale will run September 14-29 and is an ONLINE SALE ONLY. https://shop.distinctimages.net/AmyBeverland • The samples are on display in the front office • Purchased items will be delivered to students’ classrooms on October 15
DINE-TO-DONATE ABE’s Dine-to-Donate events are a simple way to enjoy family, classmates, and give back to our school. Last year our Dine-to-Donate events gave $3,300 back to ABE to be used toward our students and classrooms! So far this year, we’ve enjoyed Dine to Donate events at Sundae’s and The Roller Cave! Thank you to all our Star Families who could join us. • Please join us Tuesday, September 24 for our next Dine-to-Donate event! Kona Ice will be in the ABE Parking lot from 3:00 - 8:00 PM
BOX TOPS The Box Tops program has gone digital! Download the Box Tops for Education app and register! Scan in your receipt after shopping and the app will show you several products that will earn Box Top money for ABE. This program usually earns us anywhere from $1,000 - $3,000 free and clear! See the attached flier for more information on the new Box Tops app. You can also ask family members to download the app to use it as well, even if they live in other states! Thank you for your support!
FUNDRAISING DURING THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR We know fundraising is one of the least fun things the ABFA must do! We strive to be intentional on what we are asking of our families, and we always want to be transparent on what we do. This year, the ABFA will have 3 primary fundraisers: • The first will be new to our school, and is through Yankee Candle Co. It is a traditional Catalogue-based sale that will have on-line website component as well. Catalogues will go home the week of October 19th! With our “untraditional” Fall Fest this year, we were looking to supplement our fundraising needs this year! • The second is a twist on our usual Fall Fest! We will hold Fall Fest on Tuesday, November 19, at Incrediplex. We will also have our annual Silent Auction that night!
• Finally, on February 20 and 21 we will hold our indoor Glow Run fundraiser.
We thank everyone for their continued support of our fundraising events every year and appreciate the flexibility our Star Families have shown during our big renovation!
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK We encourage all families to complete the Volunteer Background Check! Please click the links below to complete the short document. English Spanish Every adult volunteer in our building, whether volunteering for Dads' Club, ABFA, the library, classroom parties, field trips, or interested in eating lunch in the school cafeteria must have a valid check done each school year.
LUNCH WITH YOUR STUDENTS This year, we have a few changes for families to take note of when coming in to eat with your Star Students! • No outside food can be taken into the café • If you do bring food from the outside in, you may sign your student out to enjoy a picnic outside, or take them off-site during their lunch time • You must have a valid background check on-file with the office to eat in the cafeteria with your student!
CLINIC NEWS 6th Grade students must have their 6th Grade shots turned into the clinic by October 7, or they will be excluded from school until proof of vaccines is provided to the clinic.
BOOK AND CIRRICULAR FEES Grade 1 $147.00, Grade 2 $179.00, Grade 3 $168.00, Grade 4 $145.00, Grade 5 $207.00, Grade 6 $171.00 You may pay by check, payable to Amy Beverland Elementary. We also accept Visa or MasterCard by phone or in the school office. Lifeskills Academic Fees are the same as the grade level fees. Payment is due on or before September 27. Please contact Mrs. Frisk in the front office with any questions.
LOOKING AHEAD: Below are upcoming dates to put on your calendar. The end of the emails contains important dates for the entire school year: September 9/19 | Dads’ Club Meeting, 6:30 pm 9/23 - 9/26 | Parent/Teacher Conferences, times vary 9/24 | Dine to Donate, Kona Ice, ABE Parking Lot 3:15 - 8:00 PM 9/27 | NO SCHOOL
AMY BEVERLAND ELEMENTARY’S VISION Through living and learning critical leadership habits, Amy Beverland Stars will find their voice and inspire others to find theirs. • Habit#1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge) • Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind (Have a Plan) • Habit #3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play) • Habit #4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win) • Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk) • Habit #6: Synergize (Together is Better) • Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best) Ask your child to name one of the 7 Habits and explain what it means to them. See a parent guide for these leadership habits by following this link to the parent resources page on our school website.
ANONYMOUS BULLYING REPORTING Safety in all forms is our #1 priority at Amy Beverland Elementary. We want students and parents to Speak Out against bullying. Go to https://tinyurl.com/ABEbullyingreportingform to complete the form to report a case of suspected bullying. Upon submission of this form, Mrs. Osborn and Mr. Pennington will receive a notification and thoroughly investigate the matter. Thank you for helping keep our school safe for all students!
ABE RENOVATION If you’re curious about ABE’s renovations, click on the link below to get a preview of design plans. Click here to view Design Development
REVIEW MESSAGES CELL PHONE USE Prior to stepping on school ground, all students should turn cell phones off and put them away in their backpacks. These may be powered on after stepping off school property. Parents, please be reminded that your cell phone calls should be completed prior to entering the front office. Thank you for your consideration.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL REMINDER If door #7 is closed at arrival time, you need to park your car and walk your student into the building. Your student is tardy if they arrive at 8:00 AM or after. • Remember to have a note from the doctor or dentist when arriving from an appointment. Please help us with dismissal. If you know your student is going to be picked up early for an appointment or you have changed their dismissal pickup in any way, please write a note to be given to the teacher upon arrival. If there is an emergency during the day and you need to change your child’s dismissal, you may do so if you call the front office by 1:45. • Please do NOT email teachers these requests during the day. They do NOT always have the time to check their email prior to dismissal. SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS By logging into Skyward Family Access (SFA), you can access district links to Canvas and PayPams. You will also have access to your child’s report cards through SFA. Please contact our front office if you’d like to receive paper copies. • If you did not complete the RSVP process through SFA for this school year, please do so as soon as possible so we have the most updated information on file. • If you do not receive Mr. Pennington’s weekly messages via phone/email, please let our front office know this as well. BUS TRACKING APP Lawrence Township Transportation is working with My Stop to provide GPS tracking information for our buses and give families more exact information about their child’s bus arrival. My Stop can be utilized two different ways; via the My Stop website or via the app on your smartphone device.
Click here for instructions on how to download and set up the App for your student's bus stop. • Click here for instructions on how to use the My Stop website.
BUS DRIVERS NEEDED Are you interested in a part-time opportunity that would give you holidays off, paid training and variety to your day? The MSD of Lawrence Township is hiring bus drivers! We offer fully paid training, a flexible schedule and competitive pay. Contracted drivers earn over $100 per day! If you love children, enjoy a flexible schedule & want to join a student-focused, safety-oriented team, click here to apply today!
FREE/REDUCED LUNCH Free/Reduced applications are to be completed annually by families in need of assistance. Click here to complete the application.
ABE CAR STICKERS Have you seen all the cars with A.B.E. stickers? The complimentary ABE car stickers are available in the school office, courtesy of the ABFA.
NEW MSD OF LAWRENCE MOBILE APP Our school district has developed a new mobile app, MSD of Lawrence Mobile, and it is live in the Apple and Google App Stores! Find everything you need to know about what’s going on at your child’s school and around the district at your fingertips! Besides a listing of Announcements and Calendar Events, you’ll have easy access to important contact information, links to Skyward Family Access, lunch menus, Board of Education information and much more.
COMMUNITY WEBPAGE Would you or a family member be interested in learning more about Scouting or various clubs? Sports or fitness leagues? What about Driver’s Ed. Or Safe Sitter classes? These are just a few examples of the events and activities you could learn more about on MSDLT’s Community page. Click here https://www.ltschools.org/about/community for a full list.
PFO Every parent at Belzer is automatically a member of the Belzer Parent-Faculty Organization (PFO). Parent volunteers play an important part in our school environment. The Belzer PFO generally meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Media Center. To learn more about the Belzer PFO, please contact Amy Bilyeu at amy.bilyeu@PROTECTED.
• For information about Belzer, please contact Principal Andy Harsha at andrewharsha@PROTECTED.
• To take a tour of Belzer, click here: https://belzer.ltschools.org/academics/shadow-program
FALL CREEK VALLEY INFORMATION
PFO Every parent at FCV is automatically a member of the FCV Parent-Faculty Organization (FCV PFO). Parent volunteers have lots of opportunities for volunteering including operating the PFO’s Bookstore! The FCV PFO generally meets the first Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in the Media Center! For more information about the FCV PFO, please contact Gabriel Haynie at gabe.haynie@PROTECTED or Kim Knox at knoxshop@PROTECTED.
• For information about FCV, please contact Principal Ruben DeLuna at rubendeluna@PROTECTED • To take a tour of FCV, click here: https://fallcreekvalley.ltschools.org/academics/shadow-program
GENERAL INFORMATION ABE Telephone: 317-964-4000 Attendance Line: 317-964-4005 MSDLT Transportation: 317-423-8400 Doors open at 7:35 am, Tardy Bell rings at 8:00 am Dismissal begins at 2:35 pm Lunch Fee: $1.75
2019-2020 ABFA OFFICERS Please let us hear your ideas for improving our service to the students, educators, and families of ABE!
Kim Knox – President, 317-270-0929 knoxshop@PROTECTED Jessica Brown – Vice President, 765-409-2019 jessicachester@PROTECTED Jessica Harlan-York – Vice President, 317-626-9155 jessicaharlanyork@PROTECTED Eric Young – Treasurer, 317-371-4049 Ehome1024@PROTECTED Shelly Litherland – Secretary, 317-695-4981 shellykthomas@PROTECTED Scott Maskel – Dads’ Club President, 317-557-1325 Scottmaskel@PROTECTED
CALENDAR EVENTS 9/14-9/29 | Online Spiritwear Sale 9/19 | Dads’ Club Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center 9/23-9/26 | Parent/Teacher Conferences, evening times vary 9/24 | Kona Ice Dine-to-Donate Event, ABE Parking Lot, 3:15-8:00 PM 9/27 | Earned Day, NO SCHOOL
October 10/1 | ABFA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center, Silent Auction Planning 10/2 | Dine to Donate @ CR Hero’s, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM 10/15 | Spiritwear delivered to students 10/17 | Dads’ Club Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center 10/21-10/25 | Fall Break, NO SCHOOL 10/28 | Fall Fundraiser Sale Begins
November 11/5 | ABFA Meeting 6:30 PM, Media Center 11/19 | ABE Night @ Incrediplex and ABFA Silent Auction, on-line and at event 11/21 | Dads’ Club Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center 11/27-11/29 | Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL
December 12/7 | Dads’ Club Annual Pancake Breakfast & Bookfair Kick-off 12/7-12/13 | Winter Book Fair 12/20-1/6 | Winter Break, NO SCHOOL
January 1/7 | School Resumes 1/14 | ABFA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center, Middle School Principals’ Presentation 1/16 | ABE Night @ The Roller Cave 1/20 | MLK Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL 1/30 | Dads’ Club Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center
February 2/4 | ABFA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center 2/7 | Family Fun Night @ ABE, 6:00-8:00 PM 2/14 | Potential Snow Make-Up Day, potential “e-learning” trial day, NO SCHOOL* 2/17 | Presidents’ Day, NO SCHOOL 2/20 | Dads’ Club Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center 2/20-2/21 | GLOW RUN! Times will vary, @ ABE Gymnasium, School Hours
March 3/3 | ABFA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center, Dr. Smith Presentation 3/19 | Dads’ Club Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center 3/26 | Staff vs. Students Basketball Game, 6:30 PM, LECC 3/27 | Potential Snow Make-Up Day, NO SCHOOL* 3/30-4/3 | Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
April 4/13-4/17 | Staff Appreciation Week 4/14 | ABFA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center, Fall Fest 2020 Call-Out 4/23 | Dads’ Club Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center Free Spaghetti Dinner Night & Spring Book Fair Dates TBD
May 5/4 | Kona Ice Dine to Donate event, 3:15-8:00 PM, ABE Parking Lot 5/4 | Artome Student Art Show Fundraiser for Art Department, 6:00-8:00 PM 5/5 | ABFA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center, Volunteer Appreciation & ABFA Elections 5/14 | Dads’ Club Meeting, 6:30 PM, Media Center 5/15 | Field Day, School Hours 5/18 | 3rd Grade Circle Fest, School Hours 5/18 | Susan Jordan Golf Outing, 11:00 AM, Old Oakland Golf Course 5/19 | Parade of Stars Reception for HS Seniors, 8:00 AM 5/19 | Honor Reader Celebration, School Hours 5/21 | LAST STUDENT DAY 5/21 | 6th Grade Picnic, 12:00-2:00 PM, Followed by 6th Grade Clap-Out
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