Wow, we are almost to the end of another fun and educational year at Plumb Elementary! I would like to take this opportunity to announce our PTA Board for 2015-2016.
The Executive Committee Chairs were voted in at the General Meeting on April 24, where the PTA also held a Celebration of Plumb’s cultural diversity:
· President Paul Cooley
· Vice President of Ways and Means Amy Sohoski
· Vice President of Programs Khalila Hansen
· Treasurer Tracy Joyce
· Recording Secretary Shannon Higgenbotham
· Corresponding Secretary OPEN
I would just like to say a few words about each of these outstanding volunteers.
I don’t know Shannon Higgenbotham very well, but each time I have spoken to her, she has always been warm and friendly and positive. She is a teacher at Plumb and I have heard nothing but praise about her. This year she coordinated the 2nd grade bead charm fundraiser to raise funds for a field trip to the Zoo. We are very excited to have the privilege of adding her energy and her positive attitude to our PTA Board as Recording Secretary!
For those of you who attended the “Reflections” Award Ceremony in November, you will remember the wonderful performances by several local artists, including a fun, interactive drum circle by Giving Tree Music (who also performed at Fun Fest in February). Khalila Hansen works with many organizations like this at her full time job, and she is very excited to use these professional contacts to bring many wonderful Programs to our students and families next school year! Her friendly smile and willingness to help is going to make for a great year of Programs next year!
Most of your kids already know Amy Sohoski – she works in the lunchroom at Plumb and sees every single kid every day. She already works hard making sure your kids are eating their nutritious lunches. She has run the Commitment to Character Program for the last several years, has been involved or coordinated the Carnival Auction for 8 years, has served on SAC (School Advisory Council) , and this year took on Coordinating the Fun Fest in February and Chick Fil-A Spirit Nights. Amy has committed so much of herself toward Community Service, never misses a meeting, and will do whatever she can to get the job done. She already does so much that simply adding the title of VP won’t be much of a stretch!
Many of your kids also already know Paul Cooley. He spends a LOT of time at Plumb making sure tardy kids get to class in the morning, proctoring exams, and helping the teachers and office staff in other ways. At the 2013 Plumb PTA Carnival, after not one adult signed up to monitor the Haunted House, he recognized our plight and spent the ENTIRE weekend with his son in the Haunted House with a big fat smile on his face. Because of his desire to help and his ability to recognize a need, he was chosen as the 2013-2014 Plumb Volunteer of the Year. We are very excited that Mr. Cooley will be heading up the PTA next year!
Just a quick word about me: I have been heavily involved in the PTA for the past four years. While I was the Treasurer for two years, I helped with Chick Fil-A Spirit Nights, served on SAC, and coordinated the Walk for Plumb. I have also sold Plumb Merchandise, coordinated the Fall Carnival, and this year served as PTA President. Next year I will be “taking it easy” and taking on the Treasurer role again, supporting our President and whatever else is needed!
Also continuing on or joining our Board are the following Administrative Offices and Committee Chairs:
Communications (Monthly newsletter and website) – OPEN
Homeroom Parent Representative – Angie Fuller
Teacher Representatives – Tina Hull and Maura Hedrich
Ways and Means (VP Amy Sohoski)
· Cookie Dough Fundraiser – Carrie Klinefelter
· Fun Fest – Amy Sohoski
· Merchandise – Angie Fuller
· Membership – Michelle Saari and Temple Ahern
· Spirit Nights – Chick Fil-A Nights – Tanya Werder
Skating Parties - OPEN
Threshers Night – Carrie Klinefelter
Programs (VP Khalila Hansen)
· 5th Grade Celebration – Trisha Jamo
· Family Social – Karla Moreno
· “Reflections” – Karla Moreno
· Curriculum Enhancement – Christy Fryer
· Health & Safety – Kelly O’Neal
· Commitment to Character – OPEN
· Hospitality (Teacher Appreciation) – Monica Hardy (could use another person or two to help with this)
Please join me in welcoming our 2015-2016 PTA Board members! If anyone is interesting in taking on one of the open positions, please contact me or Paul Cooley at PlumbPTAPresident@gmail.com.
I would like to thank my Board Members, Administration, Parents, Teachers and Staff for all of their support and hard work this year! It was a very busy year, and I am looking forward to the Summer! I know that next year will be another fun and exciting year, so enjoy your Summer, and we’ll see you in the Fall at Meet the Teacher Day!
PTA President, 2014-2015
Have you ever had the experience where your child asked you to paint their bedroom and you said “No,” because it’s way too much work? Your child said, “But I want to help.” Of course anyone who has painted a room knows what is REALLY involved in painting a room is the following:
Now, what your child thinks is involved in painting a room is buying paint and rolling it on the wall, which are really the only two parts of painting a room that are even remotely fun, and don’t take much time. A lot of these steps can be divided up between different people, but it comes down to one person really coordinating it all. Just think, if the person who said they would do the edging (I HATE edging) doesn’t do it, someone else has to do it because you can’t complete the job unless the edging gets done. Or, if someone else says they’ll buy the supplies and they forget the tape, you can’t even start!
But WOW, once the room is finished, isn’t it a great feeling to step back and look at how great the room looks and think, “I did that.”?
I’m using this analogy to describe a lot of the Events, Fundraisers and Programs that the Plumb Elementary PTA puts on for the school every year. Some of our functions are less work than painting a room and can be done by one or two people (Chick Fil-A Spirit Nights, Skating Parties, Merchandise, Communications or Membership). Others might be suited for three or four people (“Reflections”, Family Social). Some are a lot more work than painting a room, and require the effort of a lot of people, with one or two people coordinating (“Fun Fest”, 5th Grade Celebration).
Our PTA Board had been shrinking over the last few years, and there are a very few people that have been doing the work of many, by holding several Board positions, or pieces of smaller ones. Part of this might be because I am more of a “do everything from beginning to end” type of person, so I’ve never really been the greatest at delegating (since most of the people I have to delegate TO are already doing several other things), or managing others, or recruiting.
Maybe it’s because everyone is just too busy, or afraid to commit. Maybe they don’t get along with someone on the Board, can’t make the meetings, or have a child that struggles with their homework for two hours every night.
I don’t really know the reason. There are probably many. Unfortunately, I hate to say it, Plumb is in danger of not having a PTA at all next year. It’s not that NO one wants to help, it’s just that most people want to show up, roll paint on the walls and go home, and we need those people, too.
What inevitably WILL happen is we are going to hear, “What happened to the PTA this year?” or, “Why don’t we do _______anymore” or, “We were really disappointed this year.” My all-time favorite is the soul-crushing “It’s so sad, Plumb is just not the school it used to be.” That last one really gets me – I love Plumb and I think it’s an incredible school with amazing teachers. I certainly hope people aren’t feeling sorry for us.
I promise the intent of this blog was not to complain that we are overworked. I really just want everyone to know that if you just take on ONE position for a few years, stick to that ONE position for a year or two, maybe bring a friend to do it with you, it really is not that much of a commitment.
Five years ago I never imagined doing the things I’ve accomplished on this PTA Board. You’ll be amazed at what you learn, the incredible people you will meet, the example you will set for your children, how much the school appreciates what we do, and how you will grow as a person. PLEASE consider taking on a Board position for next year.
And the best part is the feeling you get when you stand back and see at how great that room looks when the work is all done!
Plumb PTA President
Well, it’s finally here! The BIG PTA February “FUN FEST” is Saturday, February 7 from 10-3! Our “FUN FEST” Committee has been working very hard since October(!) to put together this great fundraising and community event! Check out our website at www.PlumbElementaryPTA.org/Fun Fest2 and our Facebook page for more information on venues and food trucks! We hope to see you there!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the “FUN FEST” planning - including endless meetings, phone calls, copying, shed organizing, prize and auction basket shopping, food truck-scheduling and volunteer-rustling. I would especially like to give a HUGE thank you to our “FUN FEST” Coordinator, Amy Sohoski, who has done an incredible job organizing the event. Amy has been involved in coordinating our silent auction for eight years. She (reluctantly) took on coordinating the entire event this year, and, I have to say her organizational skills, tireless effort, fearless ability to ask for donations and no nonsense approach really made the job easier on the rest of us and will make the “FUN FEST” an amazing event! If you happen to see Amy the day of the “FUN FEST”, PLEASE make sure you give her a pat on the back!
There have been some questions on why we moved our traditional Fall Carnival to a Winter “FUN FEST”. I wrote a blog about this back in our October newsletter. Just scroll down to the 9/30/2014 Blog titled “Traditions.”
The Spaghetti Dinner has returned! The TEACHERS and CAFETERIA STAFF have taken on hosting this event the Friday (Feb 6) evening before “FUN FEST” 5:30 – 7 PM. Dinner is a bargain at $4.00 per person, and all proceeds go directly to the school.
The Plumb PTA is looking for some awesome people for our Board for the 2015-2016 school year. The positions are pretty wide open, so if you are interested in becoming involved with your child’s school and helping their teachers, or even if you have a group of friends that would like to be involved and have some fun, we have a position for you. Give it a try – I have learned more than I could possibly have imagined in my four years on the board, and I’ve done things I never thought I was capable of simply by stepping up and out of my comfort zone. It’s an amazing experience – you’ll grow as a person and meet some incredible people. Contact me at PlumbPTAPresident@gmail.com for more information.
Thank you to the group that attended our PTA General Meeting January 20th in the Media Center. Pamela Moore from the School Board was there to talk about Common Core Standards and what they mean for our children. Our VP of Programs, Karla Moreno, wrote more about that in an article in this newsletter. Please check it out – the meeting was very interesting and informative – and entertaining…
Plumb PTA President
2014 - 2015
Welcome back, Plumb Families!
I hope you enjoyed the Holiday Break and were able to spend some time with your families!
Our next General PTA Meeting is Tuesday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi Purpose Room. Pamela Moore, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning at the Pinellas County School Board will be giving a presentation that will help our parents better understand Florida Standards Math! Also, come and find out what your PTA has planned for the coming months! I understand that Plumb is made up of many working families, and many of you work all kinds of different hours, and it’s hard for some of you to make it to our General Meetings in the evening, but we are really hoping to see you there, and that we have something to offer that will be of benefit to you and your child’s education.
The “FUN FEST” is coming soon! The date is February 7th and we are in need of registered volunteers and donations! Refer to the “FUN FEST” article in the January Pelican Post for more information. If you are unable to help the day of the “FUN FEST”, please consider helping your class put together a CLASS AUCTION BASKET. Contact your child’s teacher or Homeroom Parent to see how you can help! The Class Basket Auction is where the PTA raises most of its funds, so please help us make it a success! Please check the calendar for the dates and times.
There were FOURTEEN Plumb students whose "Reflections" projects were chosen to represent Plumb at the Pinellas County Council PTA's Awards Ceremony on January 6, 2015 at Pinellas Park High School. Last year, three Plumb students’ projects were advanced to the Florida State level. This year, FOUR students’ projects were chosen! Please be sure to congratulate Sarah Rowell (Literature), Jude Palma (Film Production), Tori Joyce (Literature), and Hanna VerHoef (Dance Choreography)!
Plumb Elementary PTA would like to thank the Plumb families for helping to make our school an awesome place for our kids to learn!
Happy December, Plumb Families! The Holidays are upon us, and the Plumb Elementary PTA would like to with you all a Happy Holiday Season! We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break with your families.
Thursday, December 18th will be our final Spirit Night of 2014! Tickets are $5, including skate rental, and parents skate free! Come and celebrate the start of the Winter Break with us!
Our February Fun Fest is fast approaching! There is still plenty of time to get your class auction basket started! Check with your child’s Homeroom Parent to find out if they have decided on a theme. If you haven’t heard from your Homeroom Parent, check with your child’s teacher to find out if you can contact them and get the ball rolling. If your Teacher doesn’t have a Homeroom Parent, please consider taking on the role. It’s not as hard as you think, and can be done even if you work full time! Also, check out our “Class Basket 101” for tips on how to put together a basket with your class! Also, consider a homemade auction item that your child’s class can help you transform!
Our next General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 PM in the Multi Purpose Room. We will be having a Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo that evening. Please look for more information to come home at the beginning of January. We hope to see you there!
The Plumb Elementary PTA always needs your help! Please consider being an example to your children and taking on a role in the PTA. Your talents are in demand! Please feel free to contact me at PlumbPTAPresident@gmail.com with any questions or ideas!
Happy November Plumb Families! I hope everyone is having a great school year so far! For me it has been fun, frustrating, exhausting, and fulfilling all wrapped up in one big, crazy roller coaster ride!
Our first MOVIE NIGHT was held on Friday, October 24 and was an awesome success! We had a whopping 230 people RSVP and around 170 came for a screening of “Rio 2” under the stars! We had pizza, popcorn and a big screen TV. The weather was beautiful and it was a great night to kick back, watch a movie and get to know other Plumb families! Check out our Facebook page for pictures from the event. It was so much fun that (if our Carnival does well) you just might see another one in the Spring!
Speaking of Carnival, as I mentioned last month, our Fall Carnival has been moved to a WINTER CARNIVAL! Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 7th. The Plumb Carnival is our second major fundraiser of the year. We raise most of our funds through our CLASS AUCTION BASKETS. We are asking each classroom to work together to donate a themed basket to our auction. Please look for more information in this newsletter with some great tips for creating a class basket and who to contact with questions. We also need help with coordinating several of the venues.
ALSO – Friday evening, February 6th will mark the return of the SPAGHETTI DINNER! The PTA would like to extend a big thank you to Mrs. Kemp and the Plumb Teachers and Staff for stepping up to bring this tradition back. I can’t even tell you what a positive change I think this is going to be.
But even BEFORE that happens, Friday, November 7th will be our REFLECTIONS PROGRAM AWARD CEREMONY & RECEPTION. We are still in need of a few volunteers to help set up and serve at the ceremony. Please refer to the Sign Up Genius that was sent out to registered volunteers and posted on our Facebook page to see how you can help celebrate the students creative work.
CHICK FIL-A SPIRIT NIGHT will be Thursday, November 20! Make sure you stop by, mention Plumb Elementary and spin the Wheel of Chicken to win coupons and prizes! Hope to see you there!
I really hope the families of Plumb Elementary have been happy with the events the PTA has put on so far this year. We are always open to new suggestions and are always looking for new faces to help! In addition to help with Carnival, we are still in need of a Treasurer and a Spirit Night Chair. If you would like to help in either of these areas or in any other function, please contact me at PlumbPTAPresident@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
PTA President, 2014-2015
Happy October, Plumb Parents!
Welcome to another fun filled month of PTA Events! Be sure you check the back of the Plumb Pelican Lite for the October Monthly Calendar.
The PTA still has a couple of positions we need to fill on our Board! Please check out our website, www.PlumbElementaryPTA.com for ways you can help. In particular, if you have experience with Quickbooks or are very good with Excel, we are still in need of a Treasurer. Please contact me if you are interested.
You may have noticed that the PTA Carnival, which has traditionally taken place as a Fall Carnival in October, has been moved to FEBRUARY. Instead, be sure to check out our first Annual Family MOVIE NIGHT on Friday, October 24, 2014!
We decided to make this change for a couple of reasons:
1) No Friday off!
The School in Service day falls on a Monday in October instead of a Friday, which is typically the day the Carnival Committee sets up. Since we don’t have all day Friday to set up, we realized we could have carnival pretty much any weekend, which would allow families who typically go out of town on that three day weekend to participate.
2) More Recruiting Time!
February gives us more time to find families to participate in setting up and running Carnival. In past years, Carnival planning has started way back in JULY, when it is very difficult to communicate with families who might like to help.
3) Spread out the fundraising and events!
Having almost all of our fundraisers in the first two months of the year can really be a hardship for many families. There is already so much going on in October – not only PTA events but Softball and Baseball tournaments, etc. And since our Family Social is now taking place in May, February was wide open and in need of a fun event.
4) Clearance Sales!
More time for families to work on Class Baskets! Think about it – Black Friday deals, Post-Holiday sales, REGIFTING! Auction is where the Carnival raises most of its funds. Look for information on how you can help create your class basket in November or December, including a “Class Basket 101” from our own Plumb Auction Basket Savant!
Mid to late October weather can be very unpredictable! We are hoping for some beautiful, cool, February days! And I’m sure Mrs. Kemp and the Teachers will be excited to know it might be too cold for the Dunk Tank! (Don’t worry, we’ll think of something to throw at you).
I’m sure many of you may be disappointed about the lack of a Haunted House, which has been a Fall Carnival tradition for over 10 years. There still may be a way to make a “Fun House’ happen – IF we can find the space and the families to make it happen!
If anyone has ideas and a positive energy and would like to help keep the Plumb Carnival tradition alive, please check out the article posted by Amy Sohoski, Carnival Coordinator, in this edition of The Pelican Post. Our first Carnival planning meeting will be October 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Plumb Library. We need you and your ideas to make this Carnival and Auction a fun event!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions!
Plumb Elementary PTA
The Plumb PTA Board has been hard at work during the summer planning some fun events and programs for the 2014-2015 school year. We hope you were able to enjoy what we would like to be the first of many PTA Sponsored “Hot Dog Socials” on Meet the Teacher Day, served by the Teacher Specialists (Art, Music, P.E.). What a great opportunity to meet the rest of your child’s teachers!
This year, the PTA will be holding two major fundraisers: Classic Cookie Dough (kicked off August 28th) and our Carnival / Auction. These fundraisers will support our fun family events, PTA Programs, School Clubs and Teachers, and we are also hoping to purchase THREE MORE SMARTBOARDS for Plumb’s classrooms.
The School and PTA are working together to provide more opportunities for Family Engagement (FE). In order to encourage more family participation this year, the PTA CARNIVAL will be moving to FEBRUARY. In October, by overwhelming request, we will be having a FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT UNDER THE STARS! You can find all of our events and Programs on the monthly website Calendar.
Be sure to attend our PTA GENERAL MEETING on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 PM in the Multi Purpose Room to learn more about what the PTA does to support Plumb Elementary.
PTA members in attendance will be eligible for a drawing that night for ONE REIMBURSEMENT OF A PINELLAS COUNTY LEVEL II VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK (worth around $50). For those of you who are already Level II Volunteers, we will also be giving away a few Plumb Spirit Tee Shirts.
The PTA budget for the year will be presented for the approval of our members! You will have an opportunity to review the line items, ask questions, make comments, and VOTE!
Our PTA Reflections Program for 2014-2015 will be officially launched that evening! If you have a student who loves art, music, dance, literature, photography, or film production then you need to be there to hear all the details about this National Cultural Arts Competition in which they may participate! Plumb Elementary PTA supports Reflections in a big way every year, so please encourage your student(s) to engage in this special activity!
If you are interested in becoming involved with the PTA, we still have several Board positions to fill. We are in need of someone who has experience with spreadsheets and budgets to come on the Board as our Treasurer! If that is you, please contact me!
If being a Board member is not your style, but you’d like to be involved in helping improve your child’s school, please let us know! The PTA and Plumb Elementary still need your help!