PTA Website: www.helenbellerpta.com
PTA President: Kathi Hansen email@example.com
Spirit Wear: firstname.lastname@example.org
October Birthday Table
Birthdays are celebrated each month on the third Friday during
the lunch hour. If you would like to help make this
monthly event great for your student(s) when it's their turn(s),
please consider volunteering for our 'Birthday table parents.'
You can sign up online at the link provided at the end
of this page, or sign up when you receive your student(s)
invitation from school. We would love to see parents joining
in on the fun and making every student's birthday table experience
Note: all health concerns and allergies are being
closely monitored and can be accommodated for your
student to participate in the birthday table.
The October birthday PM Kindergarteners enjoyed a private ice
cream social with their principal in his office.
Join Your PTA
Joining the PTA does NOT commit you to anything. It
gives you a voice in decisions involving Helen Baller.
Become a member and let your voice be heard. It’s a
great way to be involved in your child’s school and all the
events that take place!
$10.00 Individual - $18.00 Family
Call or email Julie Brown for more information at
834-2548 or email@example.com
Audit Committee - We need two individuals that have
strong organizational and accounting skills to review the
PTA books for our annual audit. Your family time commitment
is estimated from 8-10 hours total (flexible schedule),
and free pizza will be provided for you families.
Baler Blast- Coordinate this annual event. Current
chair will assist new chair with the 2011-2012 event.
Baler Beautification - Looking for someone to lead
up grounds and improvement projects at Baller. This
year we will be focused on the courtyard. This individual
might enjoy gardening and working with students to create
educational and pleasant landscaping at baller.
Field Day Coordinator - Coordinates this end of the
year day of fun and activities. There are always LOTS of
parent volunteers to help out with this very popular and
Movie Night - Plan and Organize this fun family activity
several times a year with a sub committee of helpers.
Nominating Committee - Help select and seek out
individuals for officer and chair positions for next fall.
School Supply Kits - Research companies that provide
school supply kits for parents to order, select a company
and organize details this spring for school supplies
Website - Create and update PTA website.
Easy W ays to Volunteer your Time
Your time is a gift. Thank you for volunteering!
Check out signupgenius.com to give of your time in a
variety of ways. Search firstname.lastname@example.org for all available
sign ups. You will need a valid email address to sign
up. If you do not have access to the internet please
send a note to school with your child asking our volunteer
coordinator to contact you about ways we could use your
Sign Up Genius Links
Birthday Table htp:/signupgenius.com/go/birthday9
Copy Room htp:/signupgenius.com/go/copy7
Nov Staf Appreciationhtp:/signupgenius.com/go/holiday59
DecStaf Appreciation htp:/signupgenius.com/go/teacher131
“Buly Behavior and What Parents Can Do”
Camas elementary schools define bullying as: “Unfair and one-sided. It happens
when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose.”
(Ask your third, fourth, or fifth grader what these terms mean because there is a difference between
bullying and conflict)
What can we do? There are many tools that your school counselor has available to help. Alone, a child, teacher, parent,
counselor, or principal can not solve the problem. We have to know how to work together. Your school counselor actively
teaches the staff and students the process of Recognizing bully behavior, Refusing to be bullied or allow others to
be bullied, and Report bullying when it happens. In the third through fifth grade this takes place over ten weeks of lessons
from the Steps to Respect curriculum by Committee for Children.
The Role of the Parent
Encourage your child to report bullying incidents to you.
• Validate your child’s feelings by letting him/her know that it is normal to feel hurt, sad, scared, angry, etc
• Let your child know that s/he has made the right choice by reporting the incident(s) to you and assure your child that
s/he is not to blame.
• Help your child be specific in describing bullying incidents: who, what, where, when. (Look for patterns or evidence
of repeated bullying behaviors where your child has done nothing wrong and is not doing anything back to the person
Ask your child how s/he has tried to stop the bullying.
Coach your child in possible alternatives:
• Avoidance is often the best strategy.
• Play in a different place and/or a different game.
• Stay near a supervising adult when bullying is likely to occur.
• Look for ways to find new friends: i.e support your child by encouraging him/her to extend invitations for friends to
play at your home or to attend activities and involve your child in social activities outside of school.
Treat the school as your aly.
Share your child's concerns and specific information around bullying incidents with appropriate school personnel.
Encourage your child to seek help and to report bullying incidents to someone s/he feels safe with at the
Encourage your child to continue to talk with you about all bullying incidents.
• Do not ignore your child’s report.
• Do not advise your child to physically fight back. (Bullying lasts longer and becomes more severe when children
fight back. Physical injuries often result.)
• Do not confront the child who bullies.
• Do not confront the family of the child who bullies.
Adapted from “Committee for Children”
Other resources are: www.cfchildren.org, www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org, www.kidspeace.org
Hannah & Paige Croy
& Autumn Sterle
wearing the popular Fall Baller
Watch for new style
Success Book Roll Call
Below is a list of students who have signed the
Success Book during the first two months of school.
Any Helen Baller staff member can have a student sign
the Success Book for being successful with academics,
behavior or work ethic. Several of the students
signed the Success Book multiple times, but I have
only listed their name once.
Way to go Helen Baller Bears!
We are proud of you!
It’s that time of year again. Time for parents to be checking
their child’s head every day for head lice and/or nits. If
you should discover that your child has lice you will need
to take steps to ensure proper treatment. You may refer to
the Camas School District’s web page under Parent Corner/Health
Services for a complete list of factual information
on head lice and proper treatment.
(Or you may request a paper copy from the health room)
We do not routinely check for head lice at school, however
if it is discovered we will notify you, and discuss treatment
options. Strict confidentiality is maintained to the best of
our abilities. We are not at liberty to discuss specific details
related to individual students.
You may also want to discuss some of these proactive
steps for avoiding head lice with your child, they are:
• Avoid sharing personal items such as hats, combs,
brushes, coats, hair accessories, and pillows.
• Consider keeping long hair pulled back in a braid or a
Contact the HB health room with any further questions.
(360)833-5720 ext. 78004
♦ Keep ill children home, and always update the office
with any new contact information.
♦ Please check in all medications to the health room,
(even cough drops) rather than sending to school with
your child. Be sure a medication authorization form is
completed by the health care provider.
See our medication policy on the CSD website for
additional information about this.
Box Tops for Education:
We made just over $1,000! Plus the M ost Wanted Books brought in another 20 books for our library book shelves.
And a huge thank you to the Mr. And Mrs. "D" for their AM AZING contribution.
And an interesting thing happened on the way to the library...
The Morris Brothers came to visit us for our first character education
assembly. This dynamic duo may look like nerds but they don't believe they are nerds. In
fact, they believe they are super heros with a mission to entertain and save the world one school
at a time. They are the Never. Ending. Radical. Dudes. or NERDs for short. They taught us that
it is not what you look like on the outside but how you feel about yourself and how you treat others
that matters. We laughed and sang together while learning how to be responsible, respectful,
trustworthy, caring and fair. Some of us even showed some pretty incredible dance moves on the
A good time was had by all.
Presented by Helen Baller PTA
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