SEPTEMBER PTO NEWSLETTER Lansdowne Elementary School ...

SEPTEMBER PTO NEWSLETTER Lansdowne Elementary School ...


Parents + Teachers = Opportunities September 2011


Welcome to the 2011-2012 School Year at Lansdowne!

The PTO Board, committee chairs, and active

members are planning events, volunteer

needs, and coordinating fundraisers. All of

these efforts are very important, as they will

directly enhance and support our childrens’

educational experience at Lansdowne. PTO

fundraising supports classrooms with

technical equipment and supplies, field trips,

playground equipment and maintenance, and

various other areas of need.

Here is a list of this year’s Board members:

Position 2011-2012 Email Phone

President Debbie Rice 704.756.5371

President Elect Katie Burrows 704.806.2308

VP-Fundraising Helen Denny 704.620.5244

VP-School Support Sumer O'Boyle 704.607.6748

VP-Special Programs & Events Katie Burrows 704.806.2308

VP-School Enrichment Yvonne Levine 704.442.5354

Treasurer Lynn Barnhill 980.297.0349

Secretary & Communications Christy Cotter 980.355.4848


-Link your Harris Teeter VIC card at Our school code, 1764.

-Link your Food Lion Shop & Save Card at

-Visit the Target customer service desk, or call 1.800.316.6142 to

designate Lansdowne as your choice by giving them our school code, 80448.

- Clip and save all your General Mills “Box Tops for Education.” Simply clip the logos off

General Mills products and send them to school in a plastic Baggie with your child.

- Check with your employer to see if they have a Contribution Matching Program, as many

match their employees donations to non-profit organizations.

Remember to ask your family, friends and neighbors to “clip” and “link” in order to help us

raise as much “free” money for Lansdowne as possible.


To the O’Boyle Family, who spent their summer improving our school lobby and the

Whistle Stop, “Thank you so much!! We are all benefiting from your vision and

generosity, the school looks amazing!”

To Helen Denny and The Gardening Gals, who set up our Courtyard Gardens.

“Thank you so much, the courtyards look fantastic, we cannot wait to watch the

students and our gardens GROW during the school year!”

Go to if you would like information on how

The Gardening Gals can help you start your garden today!!

To Jane Bishop, who painted our new lobby artwork, “Thank you so much for

your time and talents, Lucky’s Balloon Ride is a breath of fresh air

when you walk into our school!”

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Citipass Coupon Book Fundraiser

It’s time for our Citipass fundraiser! This year’s coupon book is full

of great deals, and at only $25, the book pays for itself in no time.

Lansdowne makes approximately $13 for every book that is sold.

Last year’s sale was a tremendous success bringing in over $6,000

for our students and school. Let’s make this year even better!

The Citipass Fundraiser ends Wednesday, September 21 st .

Questions about Citipass? Contact Helen Denny, 704-367-2295,

The Silent Auction is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and WE NEED

YOU, our parents, to help generate the donations. We need your talents, business

connections, products, services or other creative items to make our auction a huge

success! Please consider what services you could donate: restaurant certificates,

sports or special event tickets, autographed items, hand-crafted goods or other items

of value. Donations can be dropped off at the front office! Contact Cay Moore at to volunteer to solicit for donations or arrange for a donation

pickup. See you at the Silent Auction!

Fun Fest is a Lansdowne IB World School tradition that dates back decades! We

take over the school and have Fun! The festival includes awesome Arts and Crafts,

Carnival Games, a huge selection of Inflatables, The Black Light Dance and much

more! We will have pizza and other concessions for everyone to enjoy. We need

volunteers to make this BIG event a success! Please sign up to volunteer a shift or

chair an event. Contact Heidi Henderson at or

704-567-0623 to sign up! Let the Fun Fest begin!!

Save the date: Fun Fest is Saturday, October 15 th 10-3

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September 2011 Calender

Mark your calendar, the 2 nd

Thursday of each month is

Lansdowne Family Night at

Arboretum Chick-fil-a.

From 3-9pm a portion of all sales

from the drive-thru and dining room

will come back to our school.

September 8 th is our 1 st Chick-fil-a

night. Come and join in!!!!

9/1 – 9/21 Citipass Coupon Book Fundraiser

9/5 Labor Day - No School

9/6 PTO Board - Meeting 6:30 – 8pm

9/8 Chick-fil-a - Night 3 – 9pm

9/13* Back to School Night PTO meeting 7-8pm

9/14 Boy Scout Recruit Night

* Please visit our PTO website , to

review the proposed 2011-12 PTO budget and PTO By-Law

changes before our September 13th Back to School night

PTO meeting.

Mark your calendar, the School Store will have

Lansdowne Spirit Wear available for sale in the

lobby the last Friday of each month from 8:45 to


Show off your Paw Pride!

On Fridays come to school wearing our

school colors, Blue & White, or in your

Lansdowne Spirit Wear! Go Lucky Go!

Ms. Shannon’s Corner

Welcome All Lansdowne Lions,

We have spent all summer preparing for this new school year.

Teachers have gone to various training to learn how best to engage students.

Parents and partners have been busy laying the ground work for our gardening

project this year. Our front lobby has even gotten a “facelift” in anticipation of

your arrival.

Even though our time has changed this year, 9:15-4:15, our

commitment to providing quality educational opportunities has not. This time

change will afford us opportunities for exploration of many varied educational

experiences. Experiences that build on the 5 “E’s” of science (engage, explore,

explain, extend and evaluate). These initiatives will require all of us to continue

to work collaboratively, take risks and stay focused on student learning.

Educating a child is a big job, and we need your help to do it

well. Please be sure your child comes to school each day rested and ready to learn.

Attendance and arriving on time are also important – we don’t want our

students to miss any instructional time, so please make sure your child is here

on time every day.

I also encourage you to stay in touch with your child’s teachers

and with me if you have any questions during the school year. Working

together, I know we can make this a great year at Lansdowne Elementary IB

World School and I look forward to partnering with you this year to help your

child learn!

I want to thank each of you for the support, hard work and

commitment you demonstrated throughout the last year. As we move forward

into 2011-2012 our “Paw Pride” will shine even brighter.

September STAFF


9/11 Marjorie Davis

9/17 Stephanie Weber

9/20 Caren Saunders

9/29 Racine Cunningham


Gwen Shannon, Lansdowne Elementary IB World School


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Become a member of YOUR Lansdowne PTO

_____ I wish to join the PTO at this time ($10 Cash or check made payable to Lansdowne PTO)

_____ I am unable to join the PTO at this time, but here is my information so I can get updates via e-mail


Phone Numbers:

E-Mail Address:

Child's Name:

Child's Name:

Grade & Teacher:

Grade & Teacher:

I agree to my contact information being shared with other Lansdowne PTO members

I would like a Lansdowne car magnet (one complientary magnet per membership, per school year)

PTO use only $________cash

check#________magnet sent on_______


Let's Make Lansdowne GREAT Together! Volunteer!!

All Volunteers need to register with CMS:

You will need to visit the CMS website to register. See Click on the "Register to Volunteer" tab, then follow the

instructions. It is a quick process. You will receive a confirmation/approval e-mail in a day or two. (CMS runs a background check on all volunteers.) This process needs to be


Check the events or areas that interest you:

Fundraising: School Support: School Enrichment: Special Events:

Citipass Coupon Books Assistant Treasurer VP - School Enrichment Elect (3) Spirit Weeks

Silent Auction Staff Appreciation School Beautification Fun Fest

Book Fair Lunch Buddy Program School Enrichment Clubs Storytelling Day

Fun Run Spirit Wear Junior Achievement Family/Movie Nights

Corporate Donations Room Parent Coordinator Character Education Beginners Day

Class Room Parent

Gardening Committee

Lion's Den


Office/Media Volunteer

Artistic Enhancement

Tutoring Volunteer

I am interested in sharing my talents/knowledge about:

Field Day Support

We want to know!

Do you have PTO questions, comments or


We want to hear from you!

Send a note to us through your teacher,

drop it off in the PTO drop box in the

school lobby or send us an email at

Back to School Night

Parents please join us on Sept 13 th from 7-8 for a

short PTO meeting, followed by a visit to your

students classroom to hear from your teacher about

their plans and expectations for the school year.

Thanks again to

everyone who

worked over the

summer to improve

our school and

helped with our

summer ‘facelift’!!

We could not have

done it without you.

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