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BORDER STAR DRAGON NEWS

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

September 12—Restaurant Night Fundraiser at Panera Bread. More info here.
September 13—Professional Development Day. No School.
September 13—Last day to order Spirit Wear items! Order here.
September 20—Back to School BBQ. Volunteer here. Check what your class is supposed to bring here.
October 2—Walk to school day. Meet at 7:40am at Brookside Park (56th and Brookside) to walk as a group to Border Star. Spirit wear permitted!
October 3—PTA meeting
October 9—Skate Night. More info to come.
October 10-17—Book Fair. More information to come soon. We will need volunteers!
October 16—Fall fundraiser begins
October 17—Parent Teacher Conferences
October 17-18—No School

SPIRIT WEAR DEADLINE!

The Spirit Wear store is open until 11:59pm Friday, Sept. 13! Order T-shirts, hoodies, and jerseys at our spirit wear store. Note that we need 12 of any style for that order to complete. If we don't reach 12 items, we'll refund you. Spirit wear will be delivered to the school, and sent home with your child.

ORDER NOW!

FREE SPIRIT WEAR T-SHIRTS COMING SOON!

Thanks to your generous donations, PTA will provide a spirit wear T-shirt for every student in school. They can wear them on spirit wear Fridays, as well as on field trips to help teachers and chaperones keep track of them! They are scheduled to be delivered FridaySept. 13, and will be sent home with your child.

63RD STREET CORRIDOR PLAN

Do you travel along the 63rd Street corridor between Wornall and Troost? The 63rd Street Corridor Plan Team wants your feedback. Tell them how you use the corridor, what's working, and what needs improvement through this quick survey: 

TAKE A QUICK SURVEY

RESTAURANT NIGHT

Join us Thursday, September 12, 4-8 pm, at the Brookside Panera for our first restaurant night fundraiser. When you order, present the flyer at the link below, and Panera will donate 20% of the cost of your meal to our PTA. Tell your friends and family!

GET YOUR FLYER HERE

BACK TO SCHOOL BBQ

Our annual Back-to-School BBQ will be Friday, September 20 at 6 pm. The BBQ gives families a chance to get to know one another, or catch up again after the summer. We provide the hot dogs and entertainment, families provide sides and desserts (each class will be assigned a category); and the school provides us tables, trays, cups, and use of all the facilities. We will need approximately 40 volunteers to help set up, grill, man (or woman) the food line, and wash dishes afterward. Sign up online here or on the PTA bulletin board by the back door. Check what your class is supposed to bring here. Download the flyer for easy reference:

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER

YEARBOOK

Start sending pictures of your Border Star students and school activities to Balfour (the yearbook publishing company). Liz, our yearbook designer, will choose from these pictures when laying out the yearbook. The website is: images.balfour.com Code is: 025067. Leave the password field blank.

JOIN THE PTA

There’s still time to become a member, and it’s only $5 a person! Joining the PTA gives you a voice. As an active PTA member, you can have a say in how the PTA raises and spends money, and who should be nominated and serve in our annual officer elections.

JOIN NOW!

GET INVOLVED IN THE PTA!

Looking for ways to get more involved? Here are some ideas:

  • Volunteer at the BBQ. Help set up tables, work the food table, keep the water coolers filled, or wash dishes.  Sign up here: bit.ly/borderstarbbq
  • Join the hospitality committee. Help coordinate, set up, and clean up meals at PTA meetings. Organize condolence and congratulations gifts for staff. Plan teacher appreciation week activities. Contact Comica for more info: clshaw2010@gmail.com
  • Join the fundraising committee. Help organize the fall cookie dough fundraiser or the spring Dragon Night trivia fundraiser. Look for ways to raise funds from the business community and other groups. Contact Kristin for more info: kristinneuhauser@gmail.com 
  • Become a room parent. Help organize class parties, communicate with class parents, and serve as a liaison between the teacher and the PTA.  Classrooms still needed a lead room parents include: Alexander, Allen, Appel, Byrd, and Sellars. Contact Mark for more info: mgalus19@gmail.com
  • Organize the uniform exchange. Periodically sort and fold/hang donated items. Help parents find items at PTA and other school events. Contact Jessica for more info: jhutton9@gmail.com.
  • Work in the garden. Help students and families with spring and fall planting and harvesting. Contact Molly for more info: molly.gosnell@gmail.com 
  • Work at the book fair. We need parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) to help staff the book fair during the days and in the evenings. Training will be provided and volunteers receive a discount on books! Contact Kate for more info: kate.bender@gmail.com 
  • Help welcome new parents. Identify new parent concerns and questions, and gather the information to address them. Contact Stephanie to help: swanson.sd@gmai.com 
  • Help with communications. Help manage calendar of events, draft PTA emails, and keep websites and social media up to date. Contact Jessica for more info: jhutton9@gmail.com 
  • Help with health and wellness activities. Help plan, organize, and get the word out about health and wellness activities. Contact Leslie for more info: ltenjack@gmail.com 

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Last year, every class sent home a Wednesday folder with students, which included a weekly “Principal’s Page,” information from the classroom teacher, and information from the PTA and other groups about upcoming events. Mr. Rhyne does not plan to send home weekly newsletters this year (in part to save paper), so teachers can now send home information as they see fit. So parents, check back packs everyday—not just Wednesdays! The PTA will occasionally send home paper flyers for our events, but we will also try to cut back on printing.  Look for these other means of communication throughout the year:

  • PTA bulletin board (outside of Rm 003 by the back door near the playground)—we will post a calendar, which will be updated monthly, as well as flyers for upcoming events
  • Flyers—we will still hang flyers and posters for events around the school.  When you walk by, snap a picture of it with your smart phone so you can always have the info handy.
  • Phone blasts—Mr Rhyne likes using the phone blast system. We will send important PTA info through him on that system as well.
  • PTA website—In the past, this site has been used primarily as a landing page for memberships, special spirit wear purchases, and donations. But we’re going to try to keep it updated with important event info this year as well.
  • PTA meetings—Attending meetings will be the best way to get the inside scoop on school happenings.
  • These PTA emails—Don’t worry, we won’t flood your inbox.  But we’ll try to get the most import stuff out this way.
  • Facebook parent page — This closed (and unofficial) Facebook group is open to all parents to discuss school and community issues, ask questions, and build community. You'll need to provide a child's teacher's name to join.
  • Email - You can always just email us at borderstarpta@gmail.com
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