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Newsletter 12/11/18 Posted 12/12/18

PTA

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:

  • Outdoor Ed: The San Mateo County Outdoor Education Program is offered to our 5th graders each year. The San Mateo County Office of Education in cooperation with local schools and San Francisco YMCA Camp Jones Gulch conduct this award-winning environmental education program. Since 1968, over 175,000 fifth and sixth graders have learned about the physical and social sciences as well as art and music in this residential outdoor science school. The program emphasizes experiential and interdisciplinary learning--the type of learning that involves students so much that they refer to it as fun. The children must pay to attend. Sunshine Gardens offers a small scholarship for families who need it and an opportunity for all 5th grade families to fundraiser to help reduce the cost.
  • 5th Grade Fundraisers: The 5th grade families will be asked to participate in two or more 5th grade fundraisers each year. These fundraisers help to defray the cost of Outdoor Education an pay for the 5th grade Picnic and Promotion activities. For the last several years, we have sold candy and cookie dough. The 5th grade parents generally help run these fundraisers.
  • Raging Waters: The 5th Grade trip to Raging Waters is a 5th grade tradition where the students spend a fun day at the water park. This is coordinated a chaperoned by the 5th grade parents/caretakers and teachers.  
  • 5th Grade Promotion: The promotion "ceremony" can change from year to year depending on the ideas of the principal, the 5th grade teachers, 5th grade coordinator and 5th grade parents.