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Welcome to the start of a brand new school year.  I am Mary Kate Arend, this year’s PTSA President.   We have a lot of exciting events and initiatives we are working on this year and we look forward to the support of our community in helping achieve our goals!

One of our big initiatives this year is boosting membership in the Parent Teacher Student Association.  We have asked for 100% PTSA membership from UMS staff this year and are quickly working towards our goal.  We have yet to set a goal for parent and student participation but we encourage all parents and students to become members regardless of their ability to volunteer.  The majority of the $5 membership dues ($4.25 to be exact) goes on to fund initiatives at the State and National level.  So if all you are able to do is become a dues paying member you are impacting our youth on a very large scale!  Membership forms and dues can be turned in at the main office.

Final Box Tops Collection

The PTSA is holding its final Box Tops for Education fundraiser for the year. Each label is worth 10 cents for the school and you may already have some labels on products you have purchased. (See http://www.boxtops4education.com/products for examples of products that have Box Tops for Education labels). The students’ team with the most Box Tops collected by May 19 will win a prize! Thank you for supporting our Box Tops fundraiser! Download the box tops flyer.

Important Upcoming PTSA events:

Please see our meeting dates below

Easy ways to fundraise for the PTSA:

If you have yet to register your Schnucks card through www.escrip.com please do so right away!  This is the easiest way to raise funds for UMS and registering takes only a couple of minutes.  If you would rather not register but want to contribute please just send me your name and Schnucks card number and we can register it for you.  Every time you shop at Scnucks swipe your card at the beginning of your transaction and Schnucks will donate a percentage of your purchase automatically.  There is no minimum purchase required, it does not affect your gas points, and it costs you nothing!  If you don’t have a Schnucks card get one for free at their customer service desk.  Invite your neighbors and friends to register their cards too!

Another easy fundraiser is our Box Tops drive.  We collect Box Tops all year so save them and have your student turn them in to their team box.  The team with the most box tops submitted will get a prize!  Each box top is worth 10 cents so if every student and staff member turns in 10 box tops we will have raised over $1000 simply by cutting a label off of products we buy!  See attached sheet for a list of products that carry the label.

“Believe, Dream, Inspire” Reflections contest

Every year the PTSA sponsors a Reflections contest to recognize students and promote the Arts.  This year’s theme, “Believe, Dream, Inspire,” is open to students in pre-K through 12.  Submission categories are:  Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Musical Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. This is a great contest for students to have their work recognized on a State and National level.  The rules and entry forms for each category are available in the UMS Office.  Entries are due in the UMS Office by Friday, Nov. 22nd.  Our 2013 Reflections Chair is Jen Wingler; you may contact Jen at jenwingler@yahoo.com .  More information about Reflections can be found at http://www.illinoispta.org/reflections.html.

PTSA Executive Board

President –  Mary Kate Arendmkarend25@gmail.com

Co-Vice President – Carrie May-Borichcmayborich@gmail.com

Co-Vice President – Angela King - angela.n.king@gmail.com

Treasurer -  Robert Mandrabobman61822@yahoo.com

Secretary – Jen Wingler – jenwingler@yahoo.com

Membership – Julie R. Lautjlaut@hushmail.com

Spirit Wear Chair – Becky Williamsmommytrak@gmail.com

PTSA Meetings 2013-14

*please note: all meetings are scheduled for 6:00 to 7:00 pm and will be held in the Band Room unless otherwise noted

Times and locations are subject to change.  We are soliciting ideas for our speaker series.  If you have an idea or topic you would like covered please let us know!

Once again welcome to the start of a new year!  I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming events.

Mary Kate Arend