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November 2021 PTSO Newsletter

Updated: Dec 13, 2021

Check out our November PTSO newsletter — lots of good stuff to share! Reach out if you have any questions, suggestions, or interest in volunteering!

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." – F. Scott Fitzgerald

💡 November PTSO Meeting Tonight at 7pm

Please join us virtually tonight for our monthly PTSO meeting, where we'll share updates on key initiatives and upcoming plans. Click here for the agenda and click here to join the Zoom meeting at 7:00pm!

🌯 Chipotle Night Fundraiser Tomorrow Nov. 10!

On Wednesday, November 10, order Chipotle and support the JVF PTSO! From 4-8pm, 33% of all orders placed using our promo code will count toward our fundraiser! Order online for pickup at the Fishkill location and be sure to enter the Promo Code L7PADXQ on the Chipotle app or website. Click here for the flyer. Yum!

📚 Fall Book Fair Success!

Thank you so much to everyone who supported our Fall Book Fair! In total we raised $500 for the JVF PTSO! Your purchases supported both our school and a local, independent business. In addition, all of the teachers received $100 gift certificates, so our classrooms are full of brand new books! The money raised will go directly back into the JVF community: for example, we will use some of these funds to purchase books for kids who join the school book club run by Mrs. Coleman. Thank you also, of course, to Michael and Heidi at Split Rock Books for all of their help, and to our Literacy Chair, Kristen Holt-Browning, for organizing!

📸 Order School Pictures Online!

School picture proofs have been sent out via email! To order pictures, click on the link in your email. If you have questions or need help, please contact Upstate Images using this contact form or call 855-773-3321.

👏Thank You to Our MAPS Team!

Thank you to Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Dinkins, their students, and the entire awesome MAPS team for collaborating with us on keeping the front sign messaging fun and fresh each month! We are excited to involve students in this effort!💪🏾 Thank You to Our Volunteers!

Thank you to our fabulous volunteers who helped us out the last few weeks! You all help make JVF a better place!

  • Playground Plantings cleanup: Cheryl, Meg, Bethany, Angela, and Tessa

  • Picture Day help: Andrea and Cheryl

  • Cub Scout trash pickup: Cheryl and Angela (and their hard-working Cub Scouts!)

😊November 13th Is World Kindness Day

The Equity Team has been encouraging students to spread kindness at JVF through kind notes and chalk art. You may have seen these inspiring messages around school! Kind Notes are an initiative organized by the non-profit organization Ben's Bells, whose mission is to teach students intentional kindness. Kind Notes are a quick and easy way to practice kindness. Your child can still write and send some in for display!

Helpful Reminders

📕 Book Nook

The Book Nook is a free resource for all JVF students. Remind your kids to stop by the Nook, just outside the nurse's office, to check it out! Kids can take as many books as they wish and they don't need to be returned! Special thanks to our Literacy Chair, Kristen Holt-Browning, for spearheading this great program!

Mark the Marker Recycling Program

All year long our students and staff will be collecting used Crayola and Non-Crayola brand markers, Dry-Erase markers and Highlighters. We will ship what we collect to Crayola for free recycling! We encourage families to participate by sending in your used plastic markers from home. Look for MARK the MARKER, our collection box, located at the main entrance! Thank you for helping JVF do our part to protect the environment. Special thanks again to PTSO member extraordinaire Margaux Lange for spearheading this program!

⏰ Upcoming Dates and Programs

Here are some key dates and initiatives coming up:

  • Wednesday, November 10 — Chipotle Night Fundraiser

  • Thursday, November 11 — No School, Veterans Day

  • November 22-23 — Half-Days / Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • November 24-26 — No School, Thanksgiving Recess

  • November, exact dates TBD — Spirit Wear Sale

  • December, exact dates TBD — Holiday Shop Online

🔖 Helpful Resources

We send out a monthly PTSO newsletter and occasional special announcements to keep everyone updated on news, events, and volunteer opportunities. Sometimes you’ll also get paper flyers sent home with your child(ren). For up-to-the-minute updates, be sure to follow the JV Forrestal PTSO Facebook page (our online bulletin board) and join the JV Forrestal PTSO Facebook discussion group (our closed discussion group.)

Not on Facebook? The JVF PTSO is also on Instagram (@jvforrestalptso) and Twitter (@JVFPTSO). On Twitter, also follow @MsSessoms and @JVFElementary.

For your reference, you'll find the JV Forrestal Student Handbook here and the BCSD Code of Conduct here. Get the latest BCSD Superintendent Blog post here.

Shop and Earn Money for JVF!

Did you know that when you shop at ShopRite or purchase Box Tops products, you can easily earn free money for JVF? Follow the links below (it’ll take 5 minutes!) to set it up and watch the rewards roll in! Thank you so much for helping our school!

ShopRite for My School: Click here to register your ShopRite card and earn money for JVF each time you shop! This program will automatically redeem any Box Tops credits you get from products you buy at ShopRite!

Box Tops for Education: For any Box Tops products you buy outside of ShopRite, you can still earn 10 cents per product for JVF! The Box Tops program has gone fully digital — download the Box Tops app and scan your receipts!


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