THIS WEEK
Wednesday, August 30
Spirit Wear Orders Due

Thursday, September 1

*Back to School Night
4-6th 5:30-6:00
PTA Meeting 6:00-6:30
K-3rd 6:30-7:00
Upcoming Events
Italics = added this week


Monday, September 5
No School - Labor Day

Friday, September 9
No School - Teacher Workday

Monday, September 12
Kindergarten and 6th grade lunch on the lawn

Tuesday, September 13
1st grade lunch on the lawn

Culver's Restaurant Night

Wednesday, September 14
2nd grade lunch on the lawn

Thursday, September 15
3rd grade lunch on the lawn

Friday, September 16
4th and 5th grade lunch on the lawn

Saturday, September 17
1st Grade Parent Party
Stacey & Adam Algren house

Monday, September 19
Vision Screening, Grades K, 1, 3, 5

Tuesday, September 20
Booster Seat Check by PV Police Dept. for Grades K-2

Friday, September 23
Fall Fest 5:30-8

Saturday, September 24
Kindergarten Parent Party
Jessica & Andy Clocke house

Tuesday, September 27
Picture Day (new date)

Thursday, September 29
Super Chat with Dr. Hinson
Trailridge Middle School
9:30-10:30 am

Friday September 30
Early Dismissal (12:30) - Professional Learning

Saturday October 1
4th Grade parent Party
Lauri & Steve Bledsoe house

Saturday October 8
5th Grade Parent Party
Ashly & Mike Hanson house

Saturday October 15
2nd Grade Parent Party
Stacey & Brent Grecian house

Saturday, April 29
Dragon Dash

Saturday, March 4
Corinth Benefit Auction
The Dragon Digest

Your Corinth PTA Newsletter
Week of August 29-September 2, 2016
Hello Corinth Families!

Back to School night is this Thursday, September 1st. Please come to visit your child's classroom to hear about what they will be doing this year. And, at 6:00, come to our general PTA meeting in the gymnasium. Our main agenda items will be to introduce the 2016-17 officers and approve our budget.

Your to-do list for this week:
*Back to School Night on Thursday, September 1
*Get your Spirit Wear orders in (due August 30)
*Fall Fest - order your wrist bands and meal vouchers, and VOLUNTEER!
*Sign up for the directory if you have not done so already.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night!

Amy McCarthy
PTA President
PTA NEWS
Back to School Night
Be sure to attend this fun annual evening at the school. It is an adult-only event at which you get to visit your child's classroom and hear about the plans for the coming year. 4th through 6th grades will be from 5:30-6:00; Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be 6:30-7.

Between (at 6:00), be sure to stop by the gymnasium for our General PTA Meeting. We will introduce the PTA officers for the 2016-17 school year, and review and approve the budget. If you have questions or concerns about the budget, (preliminary proposed budget attached here) please send them to me.

SIGN UP TO HELP IN THE CLASSROOM AT BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT!

  • You can sign up to help with the parties… plan a craft or game, or sign up to be a Parent Helper, an extra set of hands to help facilitate the party.

  • If you cannot be at the parties, you can still participate by sending treats, drinks or paper goods.

  • Be a Room Parent and facilitate parties, and make the teacher feel special throughout the year.

  • Be the Class Photographer and help the yearbook staff get fun pictures of all the kids!

  • Keep an eye out for Fall Fest and Auction sign ups as well.

    HELP TO MAKE THIS A GREAT YEAR AT CORINTH!!

HELP WANTED
We are still looking for some volunteers on our PTA Committees. If you are interested in helping with the Yearbook, with an eye to succeed the role of Chair, or if you can be the Chair of the Reflections committee (a PTA-sponsored student competition. This year's theme is "What is your Story?" Click here for more information), email Amy McCarthy
DIRECTORY

Don't forget to follow the link in your email from Scott William to update your directory, (even if just with your child's teacher), join the PTA, volunteer and more! Questions or problems, contact Scott William.
Parent Parties!

You are now able to pay the suggested donation ($125) online through your directory account (go to the directory, select the PTA section, and look for the option to pay for parent parties). Of course, you may always make payments in any amount (any amounts are truly welcome) via check with the envelope that comes attached to the paper invitation approximately 2 weeks before your event.

Many thanks to our hosts this year!! Check the upcoming events section for dates and hosts.
Any questions, contact Michelle Schmidt.

CORINTH BENEFIT AUCTION

New this year for the Corinth Benefit Auction are silent auction grade baskets! Each grade has a theme and parents are encouraged to bring an item to the fall parent parties. Please note, this does not replace the $125 suggested donation for the parent party. The easy thing about these baskets and your donations are that you can donate a really simple item and collectively they’ll add up to a really great package at the March 4, 2017 event!

The Donation Committee will accept any donation, but here are some simple ideas of what you can contribute to your child’s grade basket{s}. Feel free to drop it off at the parent party, or in the office with a note {“ auction – grade”}. Contact Trisha Sims or Jenn Miller with questions.

3rd Grade – August 20th: Tailgate Time

Examples: Yeti cooler, plastic wear/utensils, games, Boulevard beer, 360 vodka, Nerf football, mini grill, Bluetooth speaker, batteries, reusable cups, bottle opener.

1st Grade – September 17th: KC Proud

Examples: Charlie Hustle shirt, BBQ supplies, gift card to KC steak company, tickets to the Negro Leagues Museum, Hallmark ornament, Jennifer Janesko necklace, Boulevard beer, Chiefs/Royals/Sporting KC gear, Michael Savage print, Andre’s chocolates, Christopher Elbow chocolates, drink mix from Kansas City Canning Co., Farm to Market Bread Company gift card, Rotisserie coffee.

Kindergarten – September 24th: Fiesta!

Examples: Chips, dip mixes, adult beverages, drink glasses, decorative napkins, serve ware, taco holders, tortilla warmer, cookbooks, gift cards to area Mexican restaurants.

4th Grade - October 1st: Ahhhh the Spa

Examples: towel, bath salts, lotions, gift card to an area salon or spa, candle, music {iTunes gift card}, makeup, make up brushes, nail polish, luffa, cotton balls, nail polish remover, hair ties, nail file, S’well water bottle.

5th Grade – October 8th: Vino!

Examples: bottle of wine, gift card to Better Cheddar, wine glasses, wine chiller, bottle opener, aerator, decanter, wine vacuum, wine charms, napkins, appetizer plates, Amagoni tour, cheese platter and knife.

2nd Grade – October 15th: Around the Yard

Examples: Hose, sprinkler, gardening tools, clippers, lawn & leaf bags, gardening gloves, seeds, knee pad, pruning scissors, watering can, planter, top soil, grass seed, yard art, small yard flag, front door mat, 5 gallon bucket, bucket buddy wrap for a 5 gallon bucket.

6th Grade – Date TBD: Backyard Bonanza

Examples: Utensils, marinades, rubs, oven mitt, charcoal, cookbook, small grill, steaks from KC steak company, Foo’s gift card, fold out chair, beach towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, yard toys, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and board games.

FALL FEST
2016 Corinth Fall Fest - Friday, September 23, 2016
~Check your children's backpacks for the flyer~
or here
New this year! Pay for your meal and wristband order online HERE!
Meal vouchers and wristbands will be sent home in your child’s backpack before Fall Fest.

Volunteers!
We NEED your help to make this a fabulous night for all our kids. The fall fest is a parent-run event. We'd like to see each family who has a child attending the fall fest volunteer for at least one shift. Sign up HERE.


Volunteers are needed for the 6:15-7:15 and 7:15-8:15 shifts.

In addition, there will be a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card for one lucky volunteer from the last shift and clean up crew!
Spirit Wear!
Do not forget that the deadline to order this year's cool new spiritwear is August 30th. Samples are in the office to review, including the pink and green versions that were not available at the ice cream social. Click here for the link to the Peachjar version of the order form. Questions? Contact Amy Neusel or Sally Hardinger.


PTA PROJECTS HIGHLIGHT

We know our PTA does a lot of fundraising, so I thought we should highlight some of the projects that the PTA is able to do because of your generous donations of both time and money. Among such things as classroom grants, purchasing yearbooks for all the children, subsidizing field trips, maintenance on our garden, new books for the library, and teacher appreciation events, we undertake the major funding projects of providing an additional aide in the classroom focused on math, a Spanish program, and new this year -- a Maker's Space. Look in this section weekly for highlights on some of these projects. This year, we welcome a new math aide, Jennifer Grayson:

MATH AIDE

Hi! My name is Jennifer Grayson and I’m the new Math Aide at Corinth Elementary School. I grew up in Evansville, Indiana where I moved from last November when my husband accepted a job here in Kansas City. I attended Western Kentucky University where I earned my degree in Middle Grades Math Education. Before moving here, I was a Kindergarten assistant for a year and a half and a substitute for Pre-K through 8th grade for a year at a private school in Indiana. I love working with kids and I love math! It brings me so much joy to see a child improve and eventually master a concept they have been struggling with!

As the Math Aide, I will be going around to each grade level and working with small groups of students who may be struggling in math or may need some enrichment in math. I am very excited to have the opportunity to help your children succeed this year!

Treasurer FYI for the new school year
  • Deposits require a filled out CEF/PTA Deposit Request Form in order to be accepted. Deposits are usually left with Sheryl at the office to put in the safe for the Asst. Treasurer to pick up.
  • Reimbursements require a filled out CEF/PTA Reimbursement Request Form in order for reimbursements to be processed. Reimbursement requests go into the Treasurer's mail box in the Corinth office.
  • If you have any questions please let Kim or Sarah know.
SUPER CHATS
Join the Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA for Super Chats. Super Chats are informal Q & As with SMSD Superintendent, Dr. Jim Hinson. There will be several Super Chats throughout the school year at the SMSD middle schools. The first is September 29, 2016 9:30 am-10:30 am at Trailridge Middle School. Click here for more information.
OTHER NEWS
FOOD SERVICE
Did you know

Did you know that breakfast is available each day at your student’s school? Eating a nutritious breakfast helps students achieve the classroom goals set for them. National studies consistently confirm that breakfast helps kids concentrate, think, behave and learn. Eating breakfast:

  • improves children's classroom performance, including better test scores and grades

  • increases children's ability to focus and concentrate on school work

  • decreases behavior problems, tardiness and visits to the school nurse

  • increases attendance rates

  • decreases risk of food insecurity and hunger that impair development and learning

  • may protect against childhood obesity

If it is difficult to fit breakfast into your morning routine, breakfast is available in all schools. A student must choose a full portion of at least three different items to receive a reimbursable school breakfast. One of the three items must be ½ cup of fruit or juice. Breakfast items include: protein, grain, fruit/juice, and milk.

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website

LUNCH ON THE LAWN

Come bring a picnic blanket and join your kids during their normal lunch times for the annual lunches outside on the lawn!
September 12
Kindergarten 11:30-11:55
6th Grade 12:20-12:45
September 13
1st Grade 11:50-12:15
September 14
2nd Grade 11:20-11:45
September 15
3rd Grade 11:00-11:25
September 16
4th Grade 10:50-11:15
5th Grade 12:05-12:30

NURSE NOTES

Vision screening scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19

Lion’s Club will be visiting Corinth to check vision for students in grades K,1-3-5 on Mon., Sept. 19. We need (2) AM parent volunteers (8-11 am) and (2) PM parent volunteers (12-3 pm) that can assist with walking the kids from their classes and recording. Please let Nurse Albert know if you are available and willing to help, it is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Instrument Beginning Band Classes
Kent Setty will be teaching instrument beginning band classes at Indian Hills. All classes will meet in the band room at Indian Hills and will be from 4-5pm.
Flute: Monday August 29 and Wednesday September 7
Clarinet: Tuesday August 30 and Friday Sept 9
Trumpet: Thursday September 1 and Tuesday September 6
Trombone: Wednesday August 31 and Thursday September 8

Thank you!
DIRECTORY
A big thank you to Scott William for his great work in creating and updating our directory this year. We love having the PTA functions consolidated and streamlined! We are extremely lucky to be the beneficiaries of his time and talent.
DID YOU KNOW?
MATCHING DONATIONS

Keep in mind that many generous companies offer a matching gift/donation program that either match dollar for dollar or a % of the total if the donation is to a 501(c)(3) organization and that organization can provide a receipt. Our Corinth PTA qualifies, and we can provide a receipt for you! Please consider taking advantage of these programs and increase the impact of your donations to the Corinth PTA. To request a receipt or ask questions, contact Sarah Casey.
Peachjar
Ever wonder where those Peachjar flyers go? Did you know there is a repository, in which you can look at them again? Click here to find them!
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