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From Principal Biddy:

The past couple of weeks have been very busy at Sunshine Gardens.  One of the programs that our children specifically benefit from is “Soul Shoppe”.  This organization focuses on building social-emotional skills and anti-bullying strategies. This past Tuesday, Anthony from “Soul Shoppe” talked to each grade level about how to express feelings. Students learned about taking a breath, and using the phrases “I feel…” and “I need” when we are upset. Check out this YouTube video from “Soul Shoppe” to learn more.

We look forward to seeing all our families at both Back to School Night tonight (Sept. 6) and for our Back to School Potluck on Sept. 13. Sunshine Gardens needs parents to help. If you are at all interested, please fill out the forms sent home on 9/6 and send it back with your child.

From the PTA:

Thank you to those who attended our coffee event a few weeks ago – we enjoyed getting to know you and really appreciate your interest in the PTA.

  • MEMBERSHIP: Please keep those membership forms coming in. It’s only $10 to be a member, anyone can join, and our members help guide how we use our funds – it’s all for the kids!
  • VOLUNTEERS: We continue to need volunteers, in any amount you can give – for example, to help at the Back to School Potluck or help plan events and fundraisers. We are looking for one parent to support each teacher, acting as a room representative – we still need room reps for Mrs. Cole, Mrs. Niemann, Ms. Koutoulas, Mr. Corker, Ms. Swayze and Mrs. Hefner. Contact us if you can help or have questions about this.
  • EVENTS: See you at Back to School night, and don’t forget about our potluck next Thursday, Sept. 13, starting at 5:30! Please join our first PTA meeting of the year on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 – also potluck-style.


PTA Meetings

PTA Meetings: Third Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room 7. Please join us!

This is an opportunity to connect with other families and support Sunshine Gardens. The Principal and a teacher representative attend. Our PTA offers many opportunities for you to become involved at Sunshine Gardens. We have many committees where you can serve as a chairperson or as a committee member. PTA can only do the wonderful things they do if they have volunteers to help!  We need you!

PTA Officers and Event Coordinators

The PTA is all volunteers. There are many different ways you can help and we appreciate anything you can do, small or large! Please contact us if you'd like to contribute.

Current PTA Officers include:

  • Katie DeLeuw, President
  • Lana August, Vice President
  • Sylvia Arriaga, Treasurer
  • Alex DiMauro, Secretary
  • Jocelyn Limos, Auditor

Our PTA members and volunteers help with:

  • Restaurant fundraisers

  • Ongoing fundraisers like Box Tops, EScrip, Amazon Smile and Mighty Nest

  • Planning fundraising events and family fun events, like movie night and the harvest festival

  • Yearbook and spiritwear coordination

  • Photography

  • Website updates

PTA Fundraisers

  • Box Tops: PTA has a chairperson who coordinates the "Box Tops for Education"  program. Save those box tops and sign up to earn money through the school through the app when you buy your groceries and supplies.
  • E-Scrip: E-Scrip is an easy way for an organization to make money. If parents register their debit/credit cards with e-scrip, each time they use the card at at authorized store, the store will send a percentage of the proceeds from the sale to the PTA account. Group Name: Sunshine Gardens PTA / Group ID 140973234.
  • Amazon Smile: Everyone shops through Amazon these days, at least occasionally! Register through Amazon smile so that a portion of your purchase can go toward the school.
  • Mighty Nest: Purchase high-quality, pre-tested, non-toxic home products like lunch boxes and water bottles through this site, and 15% of your purchase can go to the school! Just make sure you're registered with Sunshine Gardens. Contact Katie DeLeuw with questions.
  • Fundraiser: We generally have one major fundraiser during the year, such as the popcorn fundraiser and the See's Candy fundraiser. This has allowed the PTA to gift the school with the things like the play structures in the yard, field trip, classroom parties, and much more. 
  • Restaurant night: We organize occasional restaurant nights through which a portion of the restaurant's revenue goes to the school.

5th Grade

The PTA elects a 5th Grade Coordinator who works with the principal, the teachers and the 5th grade parents to coordinate the 5th grade activities, as follows:

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