PTO Blast: Nov. 14, 2011

Notes from Mr. Madison
Thank you to the many Dicken parents who helped to remove the mud/lake near the Kindergarten blacktop, replacing it with a brand new concrete slab. That area has been a constant problem for over 35 years. Dicken parents rock!

Project Supervisor – Patrick Lyons, with labor provided by Jim Anderson, Kurt Zrull, Andy Comai (the tool man), Erik Sheagren, Dave Moran, Miles Selfride (logistics), Fola Odetola, Mike Bassett and Zach DeGeorge. Food personnel – Jennifer Barton, Addy Lyons, Emma & Gavin Bassett, and Lilian Anderson. Custodial support- Tony Sanke. Dicken staff support – Ben Michelson.

Funds for the project provided by Dicken PTO. Project approval provided by Principal Madison. What a great team!!!!

Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, November 15th. If you were not satisfied with your child’s original photo, please have your child bring in the original picture packet and have a new photo taken. If your child was absent on Picture Day, please make sure to have your child get his/ her photo taken on Tuesday. Additional packets are available in the main office. For any other inquiries about your picture package, contact the company directly at

The Annual Dicken November Potluck is this Thursday! Thank you to Naela Jenkins and the Dicken PTO for organizing and coordinating this year’s event. Please remember that this event is open to all Dicken families and that plenty of food and desserts will be provided for everyone. It is a time to give thanks and celebrate the many cultures that live within our community. All food should be eaten in the multi-purpose room and students need to be properly chaperoned by their parents (no students should come without supervision). Our custodians have reported that some students tend to forget about school rules and procedures during evening activities. We want everyone to be safe and have fun meeting new friends, while tasting all of the wonderful foods that will be on hand. Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy! I will be unable to attend, as I have to supervise at the U of M Basketball Game that evening (my other job).

The Dicken “Green Machine” Recess Recyclers program is up and running! Thank you to Justin Harper for chairing this noon-hour club. The following parents will be assisting each week:

1st Friday of each month – Bethany Williston,

2nd Friday – Janine Hutchinson

3rd Friday – Jennifer Streeter

4th Friday – Karen Thomas

Allyson Hartung will also assist when available and Cathy Cieglo will be consulting with Justin. Thank you to Jennifer Streeter for coordinating this activity. “Go “Green!”

Thanksgiving Baskets – our Community Partners in Excellence: Comerica Bank, Knox Church, and Cooley Law School, are generously donating Thanksgiving Baskets for Dicken families. Please return the tear off from the form that came home last week, or call the main office if your family will benefit from a Basket. All requests must be turned in by Wednesday, November 16th, so that we may plan accordingly. Baskets will need to be picked up on Tuesday, November 22nd, by 4:30 pm. If you are unable to pick up your basket, please let us know and Principal Madison will assist with the delivery.

WHAT: Dicken Community All School Potluck

WHEN: Thursday November 17th, 6-8pm

DETAILS: The potluck is this Thursday, beginning at 6:00 pm. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early so that we can get the buffet table set with everyone’s dishes. If you would like to attend, please contact Naela Jenkins at It is always a fun night, with time to chat with friends, enjoy a delicious meal, and make a card for our soldiers overseas. Also, the Student Council canned food drive will be getting ready to wrap up, so please bring a canned good if you would like to donate. Looking forward to seeing you there!

WHAT: Student Council Canned Food Drive

WHEN: November 7-18.

DETAILS: During these hard economic times, please help families in need, by donating items to the canned food drive. Student Council members will be collecting food items from classrooms to deposit in the Food Gatherers barrel.

WHAT: Innisbrook PTO Fundraiser begins TODAY!

WHEN: Monday, November 7th – Tuesday, November 22nd

DETAILS: The Innisbrook Company offers a variety of holiday and non-holiday, reasonably priced, products to our families, while generously donating 40-50% of the sales back to our community. These funds help us to provide field trips and valuable enrichment opportunities for ALL Dicken Students.

Last year, we sold approximately $4,000 of products and made over $1,800 for the PTO. Our goal this year is to have $5,000 in sales, which would give us a profit of approximately $2,500.

Students will be bringing home catalogs with an informational letter in the packet. Please read carefully. Orders can be entered online, but if you don’t have access to a computer, you can send in your paper order and the Fundraising Chairperson will enter the order for you. You can also direct out-of-town relatives to the Innisbrook website to place orders, and they will be shipped directly to them. Check the informational letter for more details on how to do this.

All orders will be delivered the first week of December in time for the holidays! Please consider participating in this important fundraiser. If every student sold just two products, we would have no problem meeting our goal!


When you use this method, the school and seller are automatically credited.

1. Visit

2. Click on Parents EZ

3. Follow the instructions to create a username and password

4. Follow the instructions to enter the seller’s name

5. Click on “send emails to family and friends”

6. Click on send the “email directly to me, I will forward it to family and friends”

7. Check your email inbox and there will be an email to forward to as many people as you want.

Questions: Email Jennifer Brogno at