Inch by Inch: Row by Row

Inch by Inch Row by Row Please help our Garden Grow.

There are some great things happening at our little school including the opening of our Community Garden. On Earth Day 2017 the school in conjunction with all of our partners held the Community  Garden Grand Gpening.  This has been a three year project. The students at  Green Gables performed the John Denver song Inch by Inch.

JPS TV captures the opening of our Community Garden and our kids performance. Lucky even makes an appearance. Enjoy! We are all lucky to have each and everyone of you as a part of our community. As Mrs Hawley says “We couldn’t do it without all of us in partnership.”

We all feel very blessed.

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Run 4 Funds

Our last and final fundraising event for the 2015/2016 school year is quickly approaching. Back by popular demand is the Run 4 Funds fundraiser. Funds raised during this event will go directly to the purchase of Chrome books. Our goal by the end of  next year is to provide each student with a Chromebook, and we are getting closer with each fundraiser. Last year we raised roughly 4K on this fun raiser. This year we want to GO FOR THE CHROME and raise even more.

Dates: April 28th School Assemble

May 4th Run day

Run Times:

9:00- 9:40- Kindergarten and 1st Grade

9:40-10:20 – 2nd and 3rd grade

10:20- 11:00 – 5th and 6th grade

11:00- 11:40- 4th grade

We are in need of lap counting volunteers please use the sign up genius to sign up. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f48aeae2fa4fa7-run4funds

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Graduation Announcements Thank you cards and napkins

Have a graduate? Need invitations? Want some custom Thank you cards? Printed napkins? Use our Shutterfly storefront link and 13% of your purchase will be sent back the Green Gables PTA.
40% off all graduation card orders and 30% off everything else + Free Shipping! Just use the special code SCHEB6ZZBE  additional details in the flyer below. Don’t forget to use our special link when you order.

https://drive.google.com/…/0BwH4aHY5LGqlNnlYYmFwVE9ib…/view…

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A Grand turnout for the Science Fair

Did you happen to catch the Science Fair this Evening?

What a wonderful job our Science Fair Committee did this year organizing a fun interactive night for our budding scientists! You  know what was the best thing about Science Night? It was when the Fish and Wildlife group was leaving the parking lot and I went to the Thank them…..They said…. “Thank you for including us. That was so much fun and the best group of Kids. They were so patient and polite.” Way to show GOLD pride Green Gables. Job well done by all!

A special thanks to our booth sponsors.

  • Audubon Society – Birds, owls, wing speed, and owl puke Ok that’s not what they called it but it was cool!
  • Barnes and Noble Bookstore– Interactive robots that chased your color lines and flying experiments
  • Bear Creek High School – I mean these kids did a stellar job at slime, marshmallows, and circular force. I was for sure that water was going to spill you?
  • Bureau of Reclamation – Hydrolectric power. Did you try that circuit? That was pretty cool
  • Carmody Middle School – 7th 8th grade science
  • Denver Museum of Nature and science – Who could miss that way cool car in the parking lot? and the paper rockets! Well let’s just say no kid missed that fun!
  • EPA – Where does our waste go. Did you catch one of their recycled pencils? That was pretty cool
  • Fish and Wildlife Service – They brought in Animal pelts and bones and taught us about tracks.
  • Intuitive Machines– Lunar and Mars Landers
  • National Renewable Lab– Who could not have had fun trying to get the light bulb to light or to measure wind?
  • Play Zone – Provided building blocks and coloring pages in the cafeteria
  • Red Rocks Aftercare – Ms. Beth had some pretty cool bubbles and showed off her dry ice magic.
  • Steve Spangler Science– The snow in your hand booth was very popular!
  • Sustainable Southern Gables– We learned all about the plant cycle. There is for sure some really cool stuff going to happen in our garden this year! Don’t forget to come to the Grand Opening 4/22
  • Water for People – Here we learned all about water conversation and how to keep our waters clean.
  • Paper Roller Coaster– Did you see that masterpiece Mrs. McDowell created all created out of paper? AMAZING!

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Teacher Appreciation Week

#ThankATeacher Contest—Teacher Appreciation Week

Has a teacher in your life gone above and beyond to deliver a brighter future? Take your gratitude to the next level by entering the National PTA #ThankATeacher Contest. Enter the contest April 3-17, 2017 and win up to $4,500 in products for your teachers!

Read the official contest rules & frequently asked questions for more information and submit today.

  1. Share a photo or video with a caption and the hashtag #ThankATeacher on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram—be creative and have fun with it!
  2. Complete the #ThankATeacher form below:
    https://www.pta.org/programs/teacherappreciation.cfm?ItemNumber=5181&navItemNumber=5184

Let’s show the world how our Green Gables staff  put the rock in Shamrock! Submit your facebook videos and form!

The Green Gables PTA will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation week May 8 – 12. If you would like to volunteer for the committee please come to our April 10th PTA meeting.

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How much ice cream can our little leprechauns consume in one day?

So how much ice cream can our little leprechauns consume in one day? The answer is $1,074.00! Thank you Magill’s ice cream for partnering with us and thank you Green Gables Friends & Families for participating in our St Patrick’s Day fund raiser! Magill’s has generously donated 25% of our total sales on St Patrick’s Day back to the PTA.

Now, little leprechauns stretch your thinking and do the math.. How much will Magill’s write the check for if they rounded the total contribution to the nearest even dollar amount?

Enjoy your spring break.. and remember to visit Magill’s Ice Cream for your next bday or ice cream cone craving. They are local.. they support our school… and let’s be honest they have the best darn ice cream this side of the Mississippi!

Magill’s World of Ice Cream

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2017/2018 PTA Board Positions are open

The Green Gables PTA is seeking to fill all board positions for the 2017/2018 school year. According to our bylaws our current board has reached their term limits. This means that all board positions are ready for new members that are excited to engage in their kiddos education. This is not your Momma’s PTA! You don’t have to have prior experience, you don’t have to bake, and this is not a full time job!

We know what you are thinking…

I am very busy I don’t have time – The time commitment is not as bad as you might think. In fact 95% of our board members currently hold full time jobs, have multiple kids,  and have lot’s of engaging outside activities that keep them busy. You can do it we promise you!

I have never held a board position. I have no idea what to do!- We are here to help you and so are the Jeffco PTA and National PTA organization. We have documented all of our processes and are available to the incoming board with any questions that they you might have. The Green Gables school administration is also extremely supportive to the board.

What are the benefits of being a PTA board member? – The number one benefit is being engaged in your kiddos education. Studies have shown that parent involvement in their kiddos education: 1) Improves your kid’s experience at school 2) Improves their test scores 3) Improves your health! – Ok I added that one in…but it does give you a great feeling to be engaged.

 

How does the process for election work? – The process is very simple. Just let us know if you are interested in holding a board position. We will then take care of the rest. If there are more then one individuals interested in a particular position an election will be held. The nominating committee appointed by the current board will appoint the board member.

I want to know more about the positions- Below is an overview of each of the responsibilities for the board members and Committee Chair Positions.

President:

  • Preside at all meetings of this local PTA members and the board of directors.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee and the financial review/audit committee
  • Coordinates the work of the officers and committees of the PTA in order that the purposes may be promoted
  • Performs such other duties as may be provided for by the bylaws, prescribed by the parliamentary authority, or directed by the board of directors
  • Appoints standing and special committee chairs with the approval of the board of directors with the exception of the nominating and financial review/audit committees chairmen
  • Appoints special committees, as needed, with the approval of board of directors
  • Appoints the PTA liaison to the school’s accountability committee, with the approval of  the board of directors and signs all contracts.

Vice President:

  • Serves as aide(s) to the president
  • Performs the duties of the president in the president’s absence or inability to serve
  • Performs such other duties as may be provided for by these bylaws, prescribed by the parliamentary authority, or directed by the president, and the board of directors

Secretary:

  • Records the minutes of all meetings of the Green Gables PTA, board of directors and executive committee
  • Is  prepared to read the records of any previous meetings
  • Files and maintain all records in accordance with document retention requirements
  • Maintains the current approved copy of the bylaws

Treasurer:

  • Has custody of the funds of this local PTA/PTSA
  • Maintains a full account of the funds of this local PTA/PTSA
  • Makes disbursements as authorized by the president, the executive committee, the board of directors or the membership of this local PTA/PTSA in accordance with the budget adopted by this local PTA
  • Be one of the signatories on all PTA accounts. Signers of PTA accounts cannot have disbursement authority over school/school district funds, nor shall two signatories reside in the same household or be related
  •  Keep full and accurate account of the receipts and disbursements in the books belonging to the Green Gables PTA
  • Provides a financial report to the board of directors and the membership at each meeting
  • Submits the books annually for a financial review/audit by an auditor or a financial review committee selected by the board of directors. A check signatory may not be the auditor or a member of the committee. The financial review must be completed within thirty (30) days of the close of the fiscal year.  A report of the completed review will be presented to the board of directors for adoption at the first general board meeting following the completion of the review, and a copy will be submitted to the Colorado PTA; and

 

Volunteer Chair Positions:

  • Volunteer Coordinator: Communicates with and organizes volunteers for events and fundraisers throughout the year.
  • Fundraising Coordinator: Organizes and oversees details and schedule for fundraisers throughout the year including (but not limited to) Read-A-Thon, Run4Funds, World’s Finest Chocolate, etc.
  • PTA Meeting Speaker Coordinator: Contacts and schedules brief but informative talks from community leaders at PTA meetings.
  • Membership Coordinator: Builds the PTA membership through recruitment, outreach, and handles the membership forms and relays member money to the treasurer.
  • Accountability Liason: Attends accountability meetings and reports updates at PTA meetings.
  • Hospitality Chair: Coordinates food, gifts, etc for the teachers and staff for events like parent/teacher conferences, teacher appreciation week, etc.
  •  Communication: Updates the school community about upcoming events and activities on Facebook, PTA website, and flyers.

Where do I learn more? – Reach out to us we are happy to help greengablesptaco@yahoo.com

 

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Jeffco Public School Community Night with Denver Nuggets

Jeffco Public Schools is hosting a number of Community Nights at the Pepsi Center with our Denver Nuggets!

Tickets can be purchased thru www.nuggetstix.com/1617Jeffco

NOTE: Be sure to select our school. The top participating school will be able to participate in the Red, White, and Blue crew as well as the High-Five Fan Tunnel on 3/18.

 

Games are as follows:

3/13  8:30pm Nuggets vs. LA Lakers

3/18 7:30 pm Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets

3/26 6:00pm Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans

 

 

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Spelling Bee Tips and tricks

bee Spelling Bee Tips and Tricks for parents

  1.  Sound them out-
  2. Uno- Cut out the words for every card that the player has to pick up they also have to pick up and draw from the word pile.
  3. Write the words “rainbow” style. First, write each word in pencil. Then trace over it with three different colored markers. Then use three different colored crayons.
  4. Pour sand, salt, or oatmeal into a shallow pan or dish. Trace the words with your finger.
  5. Make a word search with the words. http://www.puzzle-maker.com/WS/index.htmis a free online tool that will generate a word search.
  6. When writing the words, write the consonants in blue and the vowels in red.
  7. Write the spelling words in ABC order.
  8. Build each of the words with magnetic letters, scrabble tiles, or letters written on small pieces of paper.
  9. Write the spelling words and draw a picture for each one on pieces of paper. Staple the pages together to make a book.
  10. Write each spelling word in a sentence.
  11. Sculpt the words out of play-doh.
  12. Write a letter to your teacher using all of the spelling or word wall words.
  13. Find the words in a magazine or newspaper. Cut them out and paste them on a piece of paper. (Or you can cut out letters and put them together to spell the words.)
  14. Find the words in a dictionary.
  15. Type the words on the computer. Print them or email them
  16. Choose one of your spelling or word wall words and write an acrostic poem. Write the word going down the paper with each letter of the word on a line. Write words on each line that begin with the letter in the spelling word.
  17. Write each word on two index cards and use them to play memory. Take turns flipping over two cards and reading the words. If they match, you take the cards. If not, flip them back over again.
  18. Look for a pattern in your spelling words. Write other words that use the same word family. (If you can spell at and cat, then you can spell bat and sat.)
  19. Write your words on flash cards. See how quickly you can read all of the words.
  20. Ask a family member to read each word to you while you practice writing them onto paper or a dry-erase board.
  21. Make up a song to help you remember how to spell a word.
  22. Play checkers with a family member. Before taking a turn, each player needs to spell a spelling word aloud.
  23. Write each word on two index cards. Play “Go Fish” with a family member. Spell each word that you ask for (ex: “Do you have C-A-T?”)
  24. Build the words out of toothpicks, noodles, cereal, etc.
  25. Squirt shaving cream on the counter and trace the words in it.

Check out the library resource page.

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