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Ice Cream Social This Week!

The ice cream social will be on the big playground, Friday, 5/26, after school.  Want to help out?  Email Emily Almas.

The Spring Fair is Coming!

Even though it doesn’t feel like spring yet, it’s Spring Fair time! We are very excited about the fair this year and are planning to add some new games and fun for all! We have a couple things we need help with prior to the fair:
1. Does anyone have an amp/PA system that we can use for the cakewalk from 10-3? And might that person be interested in playing DJ?
2. We had great success with recycling all the little treasures out of everyone’s house for the Bags O’ Fun last year so we’re looking to do it again.  If you want to find a new home for all the birthday party grab bags you’ve accumulated over the year, please bring them to the office by June 1st. We’ll have a box there for collections.  The bags were very popular last year so the more we can get the better!
3. We’re looking to advertise the fair around the neighborhood this year — is anyone interested in making a fun flyer/sign?
And of course we need loads of help the day of the fair to make it a success! Join the fun here!

Colonial Day

This year, Colonial Day will be Friday, June 9 — save the date! Colonial Day, an annual Peirce tradition, is an exciting event for 3rd graders, who have been studying colonial times throughout the year. On Colonial Day, they will experience aspects of life in colonial America through activities, games, music, gardening, and food from colonial times. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements Please contact Amy Anderson at aehanderson@gmail.com.

Fourth Grade Fundraiser Dates

Several local restaurants will be supporting our fundraiser.  Not Your Average Joe’s in Arlington every Tuesday in May, Blue Ribbon BBQ in Arlington and Newton on Wednesday, May 3, and Papa Gino’s in Arlington on Thursday, May 25.  We will distribute flyers that are needed for Not Your Average Joe’s and Papa Gino’s.  Feel free to tell friends and family in the area and even spread the news on social media!  The more people we have participating the more money we will raise!

Reminder – we collect BoxTops!

Peirce School PTO collects Box Tops to raise money for our school. Box Tops coupons are found on packages of hundreds of products that you probably use every day.  Each Box Tops coupon is worth ten cents, so the coupons add up fast! Click here for a link to Box Tops products.  BoxTops can be taped to a collection sheet or sent in in plastic baggie.  Please be sure that they are not expired.

Support Peirce While You Shop!

AmazonSmile is helping to combine your support for the Peirce PTO with your everyday online shopping!  It is a simple and automatic way for you to support the PTO every time you shop, at no extra cost to you.  Peirce PTO will earn 0.5% on eligible purchases!  Shop at http://smile.amazon.com and select Peirce PTO as your charity, or click here: Amazon Smile

Let’s pull together for the Peirce PTO Annual Fund! 

The Peirce PTO Annual Fund subsidizes the PTO’s Annual Operating Budget, which supplements school resources and funds community events.  We ask each family to make a minimum one-time annual donation of $60 to the Annual Fund to achieve our annual goal of $7,000.00 and 100% family participation.  For more information or to donate online, visit: https://peirceschool.info/pto-annual-fund Please contact Molly Gillis at:339.707.0691 or peirceannualfund@gmail.com with any questions. We truly appreciate your support!

Safe Routes Volunteer Needed

The Safe Routes to School proram is looking for another volunteer.  Responsibilities include assisting with walk to school events, safety patrol, pedestrian and bicycle trainings and one monthly meeting a month.   Contact Mary Alice Vallerino for more info. Click here for more info on Safe Routes to School.

Kindergarten Playground Project

The Kindergarten teachers, with the help of the PTO, have launched a fundraising effort to update the Kindergarten Playground! The Kindergarten teachers approached the PTO about this project early in the 2014-2015 school year, proposing the addition of musical instruments or art space to the playground to give children a creative alternative when waiting in line for the two swings, and seating so kids are not sitting in the dirt to eat snack.

If you would like to support our Kindergarten Teachers in their effort to give our youngest students a play space that allows them to spend more time outside, and develop their sensory play, please consider donating to the Go Fund Me Campaign at: GoFundMe.com/peirceplayground. Please also consider sharing this link far and wide.  We also have a sign that you can print and hang up in your neighborhood (click here to download).  Many neighborhood families who do not yet have children at Peirce use the playground and might be interested in helping out.