PTO Notes 04-29-2022

Apr 29, 2022 | News

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Next Week is Teacher Appreciation Week!

While the PTO has some fun stuff planned to honor and celebrate our teachers, it is always wonderful to receive handwritten notes and pictures from students!  

Mark Your Calendars

The PTO welcomes you to enjoy Family Movie Night on Friday, May 13th for a viewing of Disney’s Encanto! All are welcome so pack your fluffy blankets and chairs, pillows, and drinks! 

Pick a spot behind the school at 7:40 p.m. – the movie starts promptly at sunset! Popcorn and assorted candy will be available (donations suggested).

Reminders & Updates

A+ Magazine Submissions due TODAY

Mason-Rice parents! Today is the last day to get your child’s creation to us to be included in this year’s A+ Magazine! Submit your child’s artwork, story, poem, favorite recipe, pet picture, puzzle, musical performance, interview (person, pet, fictional – all welcome!), scenic photograph, book review, etc., by emailing us here. An easy way to do this is snap a picture of the submission with a smartphone and email it to us!

An online version will be available to all families to view next month and depending on interest, a printed color copy may be available for purchase thereafter. Any questions? Contact us. We would love to have a submission from every Mason-Rice student included!

Mason-Rice Serves

Come anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to help with clean-up, gardening and repairs. All are welcome even if you did not sign up with the city.  

We need WHEELBARROWS!!! Even if you can’t make it, you can still help out by loaning us you wheelbarrow. Wheelbarrows can be dropped off at the garden shed by the K entrance Sunday morning. Please label you wheelbarrow with duct tape!

LIKE POWER TOOLS? We need a volunteer with a circular saw who can measure and cut wood to replace broken garden boards. We will provide the wood. Email Kate Wissel if you are able to help, or if you have any questions. 

Access NPS’ calendar here.
Access Mason-Rice’s PTO calendar here.

Upcoming Important M-R Dates

  • 5/1: Newton Serves
  • 5/4: Walk/Roll/Bike/Bus to School
  • 5/13: Family Movie Night – Encanto

Support the Businesses that Support Us

Your usual shopping can support PTO-funded activities (such as teacher classroom allowances, appreciation lunches, and curriculum-enhancing programming for all our students). Last year, the Mason-Rice community shopped with our partners and raised nearly $1500 while participation in our Spring '21 Restaurant Series raised an additional $1100

Note that these programs/partnerships, below, run year-round!

  1. Go to Mabel's Labels homepage and click "Support a Fundraiser"
  2. Type and select "Mason-Rice Elementary School PTO"  in the menu
  3. Shop your order and check-out as usual
  4. Mabel's Labels will automatically donate 20% of the order back to the PTO

Enjoy 20% off Minted cards & gifts with promo code [see e-mailed PTO Notes]. 15% of each order will be donated back to the PTO.

Select 'Mason-Rice PTO' with AmazonSmile and the PTO Benefits from Your Everyday Purchases. Set it up once and never again!

#1: Select Mason-Rice as Your AmazonSmile Charity-of-Choice

  1. Visit AmazonSmile and sign in with your Amazon.com credentials.
  2. Choose and select Mason-Rice Elementary School PTO as the charitable organization to receive donations.
  3. Start all of your Amazon shopping at the Smile homepage, versus amazon.com. The shopping experience is the exact same, but your purchases will qualify for Smile commissions to the PTO.

#2: Turn On AmazonSmile on Your Amazon Shopping app

  1. Make sure you're signed up for AmazonSmile in web browser.
  2. Open the Amazon Shopping app and find “Settings” in the main menu (☰).
  3. Tap on “AmazonSmile” (under "Programs & Features") and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the app.
  4. Shop as usual!

(Hot Tip: Anyone can participate, so be sure to share with grandparents and other friends/family!)

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