President’s Notes for April 2011

Welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a restful spring break. The PTO is excited about all of the great things planned at Dicken over the next few months. Here is a look ahead at some of the activities planned by both the PTO and its committees at school:

Thrift Shop Drive: April 14, 15, 18, 19, 2011
Original Art Works orders are due: April 25
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2 – 6
PTO Meeting: May 5
Skywriters Assembly: May 6, 9:15am
4th Grade Disability Day: May 10
Doug Scheer Performance: May 13, 9:15 & 10:15am
Talent Show: May 20
Kevin Devine Assembly for K-3: May 25, 9:15am

The PTO would like to say “Thank You” to everyone who recently planned and supported Brainstormers, Incoming 6th Grade Slauson M.S. Orientation, Used Book Sale, Silent Auction, Reading Month, Kindergarten Roundup, Literacy Workshop and Community of Cultures. All of our events and enrichment activities take Dicken parent school spirit and get better every year. Please continue to volunteer. Parents are an invaluable resource to what it takes to educate children in our community. It’s never too late or too little to volunteer.
It’s Official
Welcome our new 2011 – 12 PTO Executive Board:

President LaShawna Brandon
President-Elect Stephanie Comai / Kirstin Queen
Secretary Jenn Brogno
Treasurer Amy Nelson
Treasurer-Elect Rob Frazine
Communications Rachel Egelhof
Room Parent Amy Robbins / Kirstin Queen
Fundraising Sana Shakour + Co-Chair desired
Volunteer Maggi Kennel + Faith Frazine
PTOC Tenagne Fields
Teacher Rep Kristina Rossi
Enrichment Jennifer Streeter / Stephanie Comai
Dicken-Slauson Sonya Lewis + Janine Hutchinson
Hospitality Caroline Sutton

Thank you to our current board, doing an exceptional job!!!

For Education
More information has been advertised in the Blast: EVERYONE needs to enroll / renew their membership with local stores, Kroger, Target and Busch. We receive a lot of FREE money from them and don’t want to miss out on potential thousands of dollars on products you are already purchasing. It’s very simple. Kroger needs to be renewed by APRIL 30th, go to the website, and enter your card number again. Call 877-KRO-PLUS for technical support. Also, for Target Rewards visit or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate Dicken school, then use your REDcard whenever you shop and Target will donate a percentage of your purchase to the eligible K-12 school of your choice. Please keep saving and collecting Box$ Tops for Educaton labels, ask family and friends too – especially over the summer. All money earned is used to pay for field trips, entrance fees and other activities for our students.

Friendly Reminders…
Welcome back, Spring! Please pack an extra change of clothes in your children’s backpack. Otherwise, to maximize class instruction time, if your child is wet or muddy, they will receive clean clothing, as fashionably appropriate as possible; it may be kept or returned to the teacher.
Also, it’s that time of year again where we educate our children on safety drills for severe weather and lockdown procedures. Parents help us reinforce at home that these are important and just practice.
Go Dicken Dolphins,

LaShawna Brandon
PTO President