Week 15 - Nov 13 - PTA Newsletter

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Dear Sulphur Springs Parents and Guardians,
4-Week Look Ahead

  • 11/15 – Restaurant Night – CANCELED (I know; we’ll miss you too!)
  • 11/17 – Recycling Drop Off – At all three valets!  (We have a chairperson!  Woo hoo!)
  • 11/17 – Spirit Assembly, 9:00am
  • 11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/4-12/8 – Holiday Shop

Table of Contents
1. Recycling Drop-Offs (next one 11/17) – Information on Our CRV Recycling Program
2. Holiday Shop (12/4-12/8) – For all students!  Find out how YOU can help.
    Volunteer:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48AAAC28ABFF2-45981470-holiday  
3. Thanksgiving Break (11/20-11/24)
4. Special Volunteer Recognition – Thank you!
5. List of Volunteer Needs
1. Recycling Drop-Offs – Thank You to Our New Chairperson Bailey Johnson!
Mother Earth has missed YOU!  But don’t fear – the SSPTA Recycling Program is back!
With great thanks to our new chairperson, Bailey Johnson, and to our many regular volunteers who come together to make this happen, Recycling returns to the Sulphur Springs campus on Friday, November 17.  We will have volunteers at all three valet lines (up front, at the Kindergarten Gate, and in the bus loop) collecting those CRV bottles and cans that you’ve been collecting.
Remember, CRV bottles can be glass or plastic, clear or colored, and they say CA CRV 5c.  CRV cans are aluminum beverage cans of varying sizes; they also say CA CRV 5c.  Not all bottles and cans are recyclable.  (For example, milk containers and large juice containers are not CRV.  Please check the label to be sure.)
We take your CRV bottles and cans to the local redemption center and exchange them for money, which goes towards enrichment activities and fun events during the school day.
If you would like to volunteer for Recycling, you can just show up at 8:15am on our Recycling Drop-Off Days at the front gate, and we’ll have someone there that can show you what we do (gathering the recyclables and sorting them for the recycling center).   We also welcome students who want to hold up signs.  (If you would like to help drive recyclables to the redemption center, please contact us at President@sspta.org, and we’ll get you in touch with Bailey to coordinate.)
Thank you for all you do for our students and our planet!
2. Holiday Shop – For all students! (12/4-12/8)
Holiday Shop is an exciting event for our Mustangs of all ages.  In the first week of December, our SSPTA opens a special room at school filled with great gift ideas for everyone in your child’s life.  All classes will be given a preview of the Holiday Shop, and then they will return later in the week to make their purchases (with funds that you send in for them).  
Students love that they can get you something that’s truly a surprise.  When else do they get the opportunity to shop without you?
If you’d like to help with Holiday Shop, we need volunteers:

  • Now, to wrap gifts at home (or at school), with your supplies or ours;
  • In December, to assist students during the school day with making the perfect selections for the loved ones in their lives.

Holiday Shop is hosted by the 6th Grade Committee and serves as a fundraiser, so they can purchase t-shirts for every student in the Class of 2024, celebrate their achievements at a special end-of-the-year outing, and have an amazing promotion ceremony in June.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please reach out to the Holiday Shop Chairperson Jeanette James (mrsjdjames@yahoo.com) or visit our SignUp Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48AAAC28ABFF2-45981470-holiday.
3. Thanksgiving Break (11/20-11/24)
As the autumn leaves blanket the ground in vibrant hues, the joyous anticipation of Thanksgiving break fills the hearts of children across Sulphur Springs.  With school doors swinging open and freedom beckoning, kids burst out with unbridled enthusiasm, ready to embark on a delightful week of family gatherings, laughter, and gratitude.  Whether they're eagerly preparing to help in the kitchen, crafting handmade decorations, or simply relishing the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, Thanksgiving break signifies a moment of respite and connection, offering children the chance to savor the comforting embrace of home and the promise of delicious feasts to come. 
We hope that you have a wonderful week off spending time together.
4. Special Volunteer Recognition
SSPTA would like to recognize these amazing volunteers for their willingness to donate their time to our student body!  A special thank-you to our Mustang Store volunteers – without your dedication and generosity, the kids would not have gotten such a fantastic and rewarding experience.  We heard such positive feedback from the school administration, teachers, parents, and, of course, students.  THANK YOU!

Alyssa Gilkerson Angie Figueroa Bailey Johnson
Christina Mackey Daynabelle Anderson Deering Viola
Emily Jones Gloria Kamenos Heidi Wiglitton
Jennifer Issa Jessica Coleman Julie Ramey
Karen Fidaleo Karen Preciado Kelly Cullen
Kim Sperling Kristin Barkhurst Kristin Richardson
Laila Wardak Malesha Brown Mirta Anguiano
Nicole Carruth Piunik Masihi Portia Franklin
Sarah Scott Shamsia Haque Valentina Zarubin
Yuka Kawasaki Yukari Murase-Louden  
Chrystal Ramos Claudia Cuevas  

We would also like to give a special thanks to Mr Newton, Ms Riley, and the Student Council volunteers who helped during their recess and lunch recess.  You guys rock!
Also, to all our teachers and staff, our Principal Ms. Katie Palacios, our Assistant Principal Ms. Janine Terrazas, and our front office staff Dionne, Gale, and Holly:  Thank you!
4. List of Volunteer Needs
Did you know you can volunteer any amount of time to PTA?  We have volunteer opportunities that take as little as 30 minutes a month.   We also have larger options, including leadership roles, for those who are interested.
Did you also know that YOU can volunteer?  We accept parents, guardians, caregivers, grandparents, big sisters, older brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles, and even neighbors or family friends!  You can volunteer at home or on campus (after a brief training).  If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering, please forward them our newsletter or have them get in touch with us directly via email.  (President@sspta.org
We have an immediate need for volunteers in the following areas.  If you are available and would like to donate your time, regardless of how much or how little you have to give, please reach out to the contact listed below:

  • Children’s Holiday Shop (12/04-12/08) – We are seeking a few volunteers who would like to pre-wrap presents (at home or at school; we can provide the wrapping paper), and we are also looking for quite a few volunteers to “staff” the store (helping students choose appropriate gifts for the loved ones on their lists, restocking inventory, and running the cash register). We may also need help with shopping, set-up, and clean-up. – Chair, Jeanette James (mrsjdjames@yahoo.com


  • Subcomité de Familias Que Hablan Español – Un noche de lotería? – Presidenta, Claudia Pineda (klaudette26@gmail.com)


  • Inclusion Committee (ongoing) – We are putting together a small group of parents and teachers who would like to advise the PTA on how we can be more inclusive, especially for students in our SDC and AUT programs.  These volunteers are also looking into how we can better inform our families of the accommodations that are available or that may be requested. – Chair, Karen Preciado (hiedi2@aol.com

Ways to Connect with PTA: https://www.sspta.org/pages/ways-to-connect-with-sspta
If you would like to know more about what the Sulphur Springs PTA does for our school, please check out: https://www.sspta.org/pages/about-us
Email President@sspta.org with any questions!