Week 17 - Dec 4 - PTA Newsletter

Dear Sulphur Springs Parents and Guardians,


Holiday Shop is this week!  SSPTA opens a special room at school filled with great gift ideas for everyone in your child’s life.  All classes will be offered a preview of the Holiday Shop on Monday, 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?

Please read more below to learn about our new cashless system for Holiday Shop or to let us know if you would like to volunteer with our Holiday Shop.


4-Week Look Ahead

  • 12/4-12/8 – Holiday Shop
    • Students attend with their class.
    • Open hours are also available for YOU to visit. See the attached flyer.
  • 12/5 – “Restaurant Night” at The Open Book, 10am-7pm
    • Great opportunity to pick up a fun gift for the holidays
  • 12/14 – School Site Council Meeting, 7:30am via Zoom
  • 12/15 – Recycling Drop-Off
  • 12/18-1/7 – NO SCHOOL, Winter Break (School resumes January 8)
  • 1/11 – PTA meeting for all, 9am in Bungalow 41. Please plan to attend!
    • We will be electing our Nominating Committee at this meeting. This group will be seeking qualified candidates for PTA leadership positions next year. 
    • If you would like to serve on this committee, or if you would like to be considered for a PTA leadership position next year, please let us know!

(Email our Parliamentarian Karen Fidaleo at kafidaleo@gmail.com.)


Table of Contents

  1. Holiday Shop – For all students! Be sure to send in your cashless payment.
  2. “Restaurant Night” at The Open Book
  3. After-School Opportunities (off-site)
  4. Special Volunteer Recognition – Thank you!
  5. List of Volunteer Needs


  1. Holiday Shop – For all students! (12/4-12/8)

Please be sure to send in your student’s shopping list and your payment ASAP.

Participation in Holiday Shop is optional.  We do not want any student or family to feel obligated to deposit money nor to make any purchases.  Some families do; some families don’t.  Some students spend all the money they have budgeted; most do not.  The SSPTA simply provides this service so students can have an opportunity they might not otherwise get to independently purchase gifts for loved ones.

This year, we are transitioning to a cash-free Holiday Shop.  You can deposit money (in increments of $5) for each of your students on the PTA website at https://www.sspta.org/collections/events/products/holiday-shop-deposit.

You are also welcome to send a personal check with your student made out to SSPTA (or Sulphur Springs PTA).  These are best sent stapled to your child’s “shopping list”.  (This flyer is attached, and it will also be sent home with your student no later than Monday.)

If your student does not spend the entire amount, you send/deposit, we are happy to write a refund check for any amount remaining over $5.  (Because of PTA requirements, these refunds will be sent home with your student during the week of December 11th.  Please note, there will be a 5% fee – with a minimum fee of $1 – deducted from the refund amount to cover our online processing fees and our check-writing costs.)  You may alternatively choose to donate the remaining amount to the PTA.

If you have any questions about Holiday Shop, please contact the chairperson Jeanette James at mrsjdjames@yahoo.com.  For questions regarding deposits or refunds, please contact SSPTA President Jessica Coleman at President@sspta.org.

If you’d like to help with Holiday Shop, we still need volunteers who are willing to wrap gifts at home (or at school) or who can assist students with making the perfect selection for the loved ones in their lives. 

For more information, please reach out to the Holiday Shop Chairperson Jeanette James (mrsjdjames@yahoo.com), or sign up online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B48AAAC28ABFF2-45981470-holiday.

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.


  1. “Restaurant Night” at The Open Book

This month, our Restaurant Night isn’t about food!  (Don’t we have enough of that this time of year, anyway?)  You can stop by this Wednesday, December 6, and check out the books and non-book items offered at our local bookstore, The Open Book.

They are located at 19188 Soledad Canyon Rd, at the intersection of Whites Canyon, in the shopping center with Walgreens and Food4Less.  Wednesday’s hours are 10am to 7pm.


  1. After School Art and Chess (at Valley View Elementary School)

We have had a number of families ask about after-school activities, and I wanted to be sure you are all receiving your PeachJar flyers.  These are online/digital flyers sent by the district about activities you might be interested in.

For example, there is an after-school art/drawing class and an after-school chess club at Valley View Elementary on Thursday evenings.  Information is available on the PeachJar system at https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/all/districts/35545/

You can also sign up on PeachJar to receive future flyers that might be of interest.


  1. Special Volunteer Recognition

SSPTA would like to recognize these amazing volunteers for their willingness to donate their time and energy to making our school just a little bit better.  Thank you!

Angie Figueroa

Bailey Johnson

Claudia Pineda

Daynabelle Anderson

Deering Viola

Heidi Wiglitton

Julie Ramey

Karen Preciado

Karen Fidaleo

Kim Sperling

Nicole Burch

Nicole Carruth

Portia Franklin

Yuka Kawasaki



Also, to our teachers and staff, Principal Palacios, Assistant Principal Terrazas, and our front office staff Dionne, Gale, and Holly:  Thank you for your support 


  1. List of Volunteer Needs

We have an immediate need for volunteers in the following areas. If you are available and would like to donate your time, regardless of the amount, please reach out to the contact listed:


Help shop ahead of time, wrap presents at home, or volunteer during the school day.

We are seeking candidates for a number of leadership positions, for this current academic year as well as for the next school year.  If you are potentially interested in joining the PTA Board, let us know!

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!