LANSDOWNE PTO NEWS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 704.756.5371
President Elect Katie Burrows email@example.com 704.806.2308
VP-Fundraising Helen Denny firstname.lastname@example.org 704.620.5244
VP-School Support Sumer O'Boyle email@example.com 704.607.6748
VP-Special Programs & Events Katie Burrows firstname.lastname@example.org 704.806.2308
VP-School Enrichment Yvonne Levine email@example.com 704.442.5354
Treasurer Lynn Barnhill firstname.lastname@example.org 980.297.0349
Secretary & Communications Christy Cotter email@example.com 980.355.4848
-Link your Harris Teeter VIC card at www.Harristeeter.com. Our school code, 1764.
-Link your Food Lion Shop & Save Card at www.foodlion.com.
-Visit the Target customer service desk, www.target.com/tcoe 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 www.gardeninggals.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
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 , www.lansdownepto.org to
review the proposed 2011-12 PTO budget and PTO By-Law
changes before our September 13th Back to School night
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
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
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.
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
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 http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/volunteersandpartenrs/Pages/default.aspx. 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
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
worked over the
summer to improve
our school and
helped with our
We could not have
done it without you.
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