WVMS PTSA Weekly Update
September 20, 2017
PTSA Membership Bash
It’s not too late to send in PTSA Memberships and Bash Permission Slips. Both are needed to attend the Glow-in-the-Dark Membership Bash and can be turned in this week. They will also be available at the sign in tables the night of the Bash (Friday, September 22rd 6pm-8pm)
***Please Note: If Memberships and Permission slips are received after Friday, September 15, the student’s ticket will be waiting for them at the door and the coupons will be sent home via their homeroom teacher.
Volunteers Needed for Membership Bash
Volunteers are needed for the night of the PTSA Membership Bash. If you are interested in helping, please click on the link below
Reminders about the Membership Bash:
Arriving and Departing:
– All students must arrive via the front of the school (no early drop offs).
– All students must leave via the back doors of the school and must be picked up on time (no later than 8pm).
– To attend, a student needs a PTSA Membership ($10 – cash or checks made out to WVMS PTSA) and a Permission slip signed by a parent. NOTE: All those attending MUST be a student of WVMS
– The PTSA will have a list of all students whose families have purchased memberships and turned in permission slips.
– If not done before the dance, Memberships can be purchased at the door.
– Permission slips will also be available at the door for parents to sign
– If a Membership Envelope and permission slip is turned in after Friday (September 15th), the student’s ticket will be waiting for them at the door and the coupons will be sent home via their homeroom teacher.
– All students MUST wear clothing that follows Knox County Schools Dress Code Policy.
– To glow in the dark, students should wear clothes that glow under a black light.
– Students should wear casual clothing.
Money is needed for:
– Students whose families haven’t purchased a membership will need ($10 cash or checks made out to WVMS PTSA).
– Candy and drinks will be available for purchase at the concession stand.
We’re looking forward to a fun night!
WVMS PTSA Membership Drive Update
The PTSA would like to thank all the families, teachers, staff and administrators that have joined the PTSA for the 2017-2018 school year! We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to working with our WV Community in providing fun and educational events and programs for our school!
At last count, WVMS PTSA has a little over 900 members!!
Coupon envelopes should be coming home. If you have not received yours by Monday, September 14 and have purchased a membership, please contact the Membership Co-Chairs, Pam Canon – firstname.lastname@example.org and Kelsey Mitchell –Kelsey@graymitchell.com.
It’s still not too late to join and we will gladly accept memberships throughout the school year!
Thank you again!
Staff Tailgate Luncheon
Thank you to our amazing West Valley Families! Our teachers enjoyed an amazing luncheon and appreciated all the yummy food that parents provided on Friday, September 15.
KCS Coupon Book Drive
Money raised by WVMS during the coupon book drive stays in our school and they need our help for it to be a success!
Parent volunteers are needed every morning from 8:00-8:45 to help distribute prizes and coupon books to students. It’s super easy to help! Volunteers will need to report to the Guidance room to pick up a cart for their grade level, wheel it to the appropriate hallway, and give out the appropriate prizes and number of coupon books.
At least two volunteers are needed per day, per grade.
Thank you for helping to make WVMS Coupon Book Drive a success!
**Please note: The Coupon Book Drive is a Knox County Schools fundraiser and is not run by the PTSA. For questions and more information about the drive, please contact the school.
WVMS PTSA 2017 Holiday Boutique
The WVMS PTSA Sixth Annual Holiday Boutique will be held on
Saturday, October 28, 2017!!
The holidays are almost here! Get your shopping done early by supporting local vendors and crafters while helping raise money for our school. Our 6th Annual Holiday Boutique will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and our Bake Sale and “Teacher Experience” Auction will be held the same day, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
We will have vendor booths, gift drawings, “Teacher Experiences” to bid on, food truck catering, a bake sale, student vendors, and so much more!! This is a family fun event you won’t want to miss. All vendor table fees, donations, and proceeds go directly back to our West Valley Middle School students.
Vendor list and “Teacher Experiences” coming soon…
Keep an eye out on our WVMS PTSA Holiday Boutique Facebook page, as well as our web page for “Teacher Experiences” and lists of participating vendors!
Vendors needed for WVMS PTSA 2017 Holiday Boutique
Do you want to be a vendor or know someone who does?
Vendor applications are due by October 6, 2017 and can be found on the WVMS PTSA webpage (www.westvalleyptsa.org), the WVMS PTSA Holiday Boutique Facebook page, as well as in the office. As always, priority will be given to West Valley families and Holiday Boutique-Returning Vendors. We will limit the number of direct sales vendors to one of each company. Completed applications (all forms and payment) will be dated and priority for table selection will go to those vendors who turn their applications and checks in earlier.
Are you an artist? Jewelry designer? Baker? WE WANT YOU!! We are looking for West Valley students who are interested in showcasing their talents. There are no table fees to set up your items; however, a 10% donation of your proceeds is expected. Applications can be found on the WVMS PTSA webpage, WVMS PTSA Holiday Boutique Facebook page, as well as in the office. Forms need to be completed and turned in by October 6th.
The PTSA will be collecting Box Tops throughout the school year. If you have any you would like to send in, please either bring them into the school office or have your child turn them in to their homeroom teacher.
Please check the expiration date of your Box Tops before sending them in.
Due date for submitting: Friday, October 6
For more information contact: Marianne Benson at email@example.com
The school clinic is in need of the following items: New underwear, sizes: Kids 12 and 14/16, Women’s x-small, small and medium.
The clinic also needs volunteers to help our children during the school day. If you’re interested, please contact:
Kelsey Mitchell at Kelsey@graymitchell.com
Treats for Troops
Treats for Troops is a yearlong Student Council project that’s aimed at providing treats for those that serve our country. If you are able to donate any non-meltable snacks please send them into school after each break (Fall, Holiday, and Spring) and the Student Council will make sure that are passed along to our troops.
Note: It takes 2 weeks for items to reach the base and they need to be donated in boxes.
Examples of treats: Goldfish, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, energy bars, gum, mints
It’s time to order your yearbook! If you send in an order to the school, your student can give it to his/her homeroom teacher or send it to Ms. Webster. Yearbooks are $55. Remember, as in years past, we will NOT be ordering
As always, if you have any questions, please email Ms. Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Book Club
Students–Love to read and talk about books? Join us! The First WVMS Student Book Club meeting will be Thursday, 9/21 in the library from 3:30-4:30. Contact Mrs. Hoppenrath or Mrs. Getz if you have any questions!
Walk to School Day
Looking for a healthy way to start the day? Jump-start it by walking to school!
We need chaperons! Join the Wolf Pack in celebrating International Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 4th! Students love seeing their parents and teachers walk with them! There will be a sign up sheet in the work room for teacher and parent volunteers or you can email email@example.com. Last year we had 90 participants and are hoping for more this year! We will need at least 10 volunteers.
We will start walking from the Gettysvue Center, 8907 Linksvue Drive, at 7:00 AM. The walk is 2.1 miles. A shuttle bus for teachers and parents who need to park at school and ride to Gettysvue Center. The shuttle bus will leave from the front of school at 6:15 and again at 6:30. Hope to see you there!!
September is Attendance Awareness Month
A word from your school social worker on school attendance
Starting back to school is a good time to think about your child’s attendance to school. Missing 10% or more school days (18 days of school in a year) is considered chronically absent. The average student in Tennessee misses no more than 6 days in a school year.
Did you know?
- By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
- By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
- Missing 18 days a year or 2 days a month, can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
- Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
- Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.
- Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
What you can do:
- Make school attendance a priority, talk to your child about the importance of it and make daily attendance to school the expectation.
- Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Just because your child doesn’t feel good doesn’t mean they should stay home from school. Throwing up or running a high fever are good reasons to stay home from school. Having a headache or feeling tired are not good reasons.
- Help your child stay engaged at school: Stay on top of their academic progress as well as their social contacts. Encourage meaningful afterschool activities.
- Plan family vacations on breaks from school rather than at times when they will need to be absent from school.
- If your child or family is experiencing things that makes him/her struggle with school attendance please communicate this with WVMS’s school social worker, Katie Allen for help and/or support.
- Know and follow KCS’s attendance policy: If your child is too sick to attend school or has another valid excuse for being absent, please send in a note within 5 days of them returning to school. According to school board policy, a student can have unlimited medical or other official documentation and up to 10 parent notes each year to excuse an absence. Excuse notes are to be turned in to their homeroom teacher. This communication helps us to better address attendance problems. The complete School Board Policy for attendance can be found on the KCS website.
Upcoming Dates: September
September 22: PTSA Membership Bash – 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
October 4: Walk to School Day
October 9-13: Fall Break
October 16: PTSA Board Meeting – 12:30 pm, PTSA Room
October 28: Holiday Boutique 10 am – 4 pm, WVMS