Fallsmead ES PTA News & Notes
YEARBOOK PORTRAITS DUE BY APRIL 1ST
We need YOU to submit a portrait photo of your child for the 2020-2021 Fallsmead yearbook!
Because there have been no student portraits taken this year, parents will need to upload a portrait photo of their child into our Fallsmead Student Repository. The due date for submitting student portraits is April 1st.
When you upload your child's portrait, please also take a moment to edit your child's name to make sure that it is exactly how he/she would like to read their name in the yearbook. Please note: if a photo is not uploaded of your child, their name will still be listed on their class page, but there will be no photo displayed.
Here how to upload a portrait:
Double click the link to the Fallsmead Student Repository.
Find your child's teacher & double click.
Find your child's name. Right click on the name and choose to "rename" if you'd like to edit it. Then double click on your student's name.
Drag a photo into the space.
Recommendations for portrait photos:
Only of the student
Relatively close up
Take a look at previous yearbook student photos for inspiration
** Even if you are planning for your child to return to in-person learning in the coming month, please know that there is no plan for yearbook photos inside the school building. All families should go through THIS process.
VIRTUAL BINGO NIGHT
Remember when we felt good finding toilet paper at Harris Teeter? Well, now we can feel good raising money, having fun, and helping others! Fallsmead will host Virtual Bingo on March 5th from 6:30-7:45pm. Cards are $10. All money goes to Strike Out Cancer, and it's run by two local high school students. Have fun and do good! Buy tickets here.
SCIENCE FAIR HELP NEEDED
Kids + Science...what's not to love? This year is challenging, but with some creativity + resilience, we can figure out a virtual science fair where our budding scientists can keep developing their scientific discovery and presentation skills! But, these scientists need your help! If you are interested in helping to coordinate and/or participate in the science fair in late March or early April, please email email@example.com. We'll need coordinators, judges, and tech assistants. All are welcome to help!
FALLSMEAD YEARBOOK PHOTOS NEEDED
The yearbook staff this year invites students and parents to submit photos for this year's unique yearbook. If you’ve got great photos of school events and/or learning, we’d like to see them. Our photographers are relying on you all more than ever! Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book that everyone will want to have. Please submit photos of students participating in learning (online OR asynchronous) without including any screenshots or zoom meetings. The last day to submit your photos is March 25th 2021.
Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload
Click on “Select My Images”
Enter information about the photo (grade level is VERY helpful)
Provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information
Click “Upload Chosen Images."
CALLING ALL ROOM PARENTS!
Grades K, 2, and 4 still need Room Parent volunteers! These grade-level room parents will work together to help problem solve, promote virtual events, and create community during this unusual school year. Please consider sharing some of your time to help make this year awesome for our kids! Please email your teacher and cc firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
THE PTA IS FOR YOU!
Due to COVID-19 and distance learning, we will not be printing a directory this year, but will be using the online directory as the main source for connecting with classmates. Since we will not have printed directory this year, it is important for you to make sure that your information is up to date in atozconnect.com. Please go online and update your information and join the PTA. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
PTA MEETING RESOURCES
A lot of great information has been presented at PTA meetings this year. Click here or below to see the resources provided at these meetings!
October 20th Virtual PTA Meeting - Presentations on Social Emotional Wellbeing with Fallsmead Elementary counselor Rebecca Kotok, our school psychologist, and administrators
November 17 Virtual PTA Meeting - Guest Nicole Lee of Inclusive Life spoke about "Having Difficult Conversations with Our Children About Race." Click here to view a recording of this discussion.
January 19 Virtual PTA Meeting - Click here to see slides about an update on regathering in person and the Benchmark and Lexia resources used by the teachers.
FALLSMEAD WISH LIST
Celebrate the new year by checking out the Fallsmead Wish List! The Wish List lets parents directly support teachers by getting them items they need to teach and motivate our kids. Please click here to see items requested by teachers for your children. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following PTA positions are open for the 2020-2021 school year:
Box Tops Chair
Festival of the Arts Coordinator
Fifth Grade Celebration Chair
Kindergarten Orientation Chair
Science Fair Chair
Sweets With Someone Special Chair