Week 26 - Feb 25 - PTA Newsletter

Dear Sulphur Springs Parents and Guardians,


Thank you to everyone who dropped off books, games, and puzzles for the Book Swap next week.  If you meant to bring yours, there’s still time!  Simply bring them to the MPR on Friday, March 1, at 5pm (or contact Jessica if you need to make other arrangements – President@sspta.org).

We hope you’ll stay for the Family STEAM Night event – Friday, March 1, 5pm, in the MPR – with games, activities, pizza, and prizes!  Culminating Read Across America Week, we will also have a special Reading program AND an opportunity to visit the Book Fair with your student(s) and make purchases that evening.

Book Fair previews will take place at the end of this week for all students during the school day.  Look for their Wish Lists next weekend, and be sure to contact their teacher to find out when they will be returning as a class to make purchases.  Students can pay with cash (in an envelope with their name on it) or with the online Scholastic e-Wallet; just follow the instructions on the flyer.

We are still looking for a few shifts to be covered by volunteers.  Help our students pick out books and see great smiles on their faces – plus, it helps our library and our teachers!  (A portion of what is spent at the Book Fair will be donated back to our PTA to purchase books.)


If you’re free at the beginning of the week, you are very also welcome to volunteer with us at the Mustang Store – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  

Please remind your students to bring their PRIDE Slips!


4-Week Look Ahead

  • 2/26-2/28 – SSPTA Mustang Store; sign up to volunteer and see kids smile!


  • Remind students to bring their PRIDE slips, earned for good behavior.

  • 3/1, 5pm – Read Across America and SSPTA STEAM Family Night in the MPR

    • Join us for fun activities, prizes, and pizza! (flyer attached)

    • Bring old books, puzzles, and games to swap with other families! (flyer attached)

    • Preview the Spring Book Fair and make purchases on site!

  • 3/4-3/7 – Scholastic Book Fair, run by the PTA


  • 3/5 – MINIMUM DAY, students are dismissed at 12:45pm

    • Teacher-Family Conferences

  • 3/7 – MINIMUM DAY, students are dismissed at 12:45pm

    • Teacher-Family Conferences

  • 3/8 – NO SCHOOL, Teacher-Family Conferences

(Questions?  Email daynabelle@gmail.com.) 

  • 3/12, 1:30pm – SSPTA Annual Meeting and Elections.  All are invited!

  • 3/20 – SSPTA Restaurant Night at Chuck E Cheese, after school through the evening

  • 3/22, 5pm – SSPTA Multicultural Fair and performances, in the MPR

  • 3/22 – Due date for 6th Grader Baby Pics and 6th Grader Yearbook Ads

Table of Contents

1. Sulphur Springs Loves Books – How to support our library

2. Newsletter Survey – Tell us what you think

3. Special Volunteer Recognition – Thank you!

4. List of Volunteer Needs

1. Sulphur Springs Loves Books

You may have noticed the large number of book- and reading-related events coming up over the next few weeks.  Nationally, March 2 is celebrated as Read Across America Day.  This day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids more excited about reading.  The day occurs each year on the birthday of famous children's book author Dr. Seuss.  Over the past few years, NEA has shifted away from an entirely Seuss-centric event to a larger focus on books that celebrates diversity and tells all children that they belong in the world – and that the world belongs to them.

You can join us in celebrating reading by

  • Participating in any Read Across America events organized by your teacher(s)

  • Attending the PTA’s Read Across America and STEAM Family Event on March 1

  • Donating old books, games, or puzzles to the Sulphur Springs Book Swap

  • Visiting the Scholastic Book Fair when you are on campus for your teacher conference

  • Purchasing books for our school’s library (see desired titles on our Amazon Wish List at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2WCK31V6Q6ZCJ?ref=cm_sw_em_r_un_un_2yvlN8yZo0RZ4).

  • Reading aloud – at home with your student(s) or in our campus library.  Email our librarian Melora Pineda to get scheduled:  mpineda@sssd.k12.ca.us

  • Taking some time this month to enjoy a good book (and to role model the fun of reading to your student(s))

2. Newsletter Survey

This newsletter takes a lot of time and energy to put together each week.  Please complete the survey to let us know what you appreciate and what we should change.


3. Special Volunteer Recognition

Here are some of the amazing volunteers the SSPTA would like to recognize right now: 

Adrienne Andalon (T)

Bailey Johnson

Christina Mackey

Chrystal Ramos

Daynabelle Anderson

Deering Viola

Emma Villavicencio (T)

Emily Jones

Erin Riley (T)

Heidi Wiglitton

Jada Dunn (T)

Jen Heuseveldt (T)

Julie Ramey

Karen Fidaleo

Karen Preciado

Ken Newton (T)

Kim Sperling

Mellissa de Conza

Nicole Burch

Nicole Carruth

Portia Franklin

Rose Carradine McGee

Shamsia Haque

Sophia Leao (T)

Yuka Kawasaki

Yukari Louden

Yvette Spencer

(T) = A special thank you to our teacher members who are actively volunteering to support, run, or lead various PTA programs and special student opportunities.  You guys are awesome!

And, to all our teachers and staff, Principal Palacios, our new Administrative Support, and our front office personnel (Dionne, Holly, and Gale):  Thank you for your support!

4. List of Volunteer Needs

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

  • Mustang Store (February 26-28) – For three days in February, the PTA creates a “store” where students can exchange their PRIDE Slips, earned for good behavior, for a variety of fun and exciting prizes.  We are looking for volunteers to help set up the store on Friday, February 23, and then to staff the store (never on your own) Monday through Wednesday.  This is a great way to meet other involved parents and to enjoy the smiles of our students.  To sign up, you can email the Chairperson, Yuka Kawasaki at Yuka0924@hotmail.com or text her at 818-749-2203.  You can also sign up online at: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/409044BACA629A1F94-47510452-mustang 

  • Book Fair (March 4-7) – Our Book Fair Chairperson is now working full-time!  She needs help with everything:  setting up on February 29, previewing the store (helping kids pre-select what they would like) March 1, manning the “store” and checking kids out with their purchases (March 4-7), and packing things up on March 8.  We don’t need anyone to commit to all of these days and hours, but we would love for as many people as possible to commit to an hour or two over the course of the week.  If you can pitch in, please contact Julie Ramey at JulieRamey@yahoo.com or sign up online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084BA4A722A7FD0-47835728-book

  • Multicultural Fair (March 22) – This will be the second year of our amazing multicultural fair, sharing some of the cultures of our school with our students.  Last year, we had tables representing Argentina, Japan, Peru, and the Philippines.  If you would like to host a table for a country (educating students about local foods, clothing, music, customs, etc.), please be in touch with Daynabelle Anderson (daynabelle@gmail.com).  

    • If you don’t want to commit to hosting a table/country but would still like to help in some way, we would love that too!  Email Daynabelle, and she’ll help you figure out the best way you can contribute.

    • We are also considering an evening component where students, families, or groups could perform – music, dance, song, etc.  If you know of someone who might be interested in doing that, please contact Daynabelle.

  • Talent Show (April 22-26) – Contact Rose McGee (818-818-9628) or Kessa Taylor (K.TaylorMoore@gmail.com) to get more involved in our talent/variety show.

    • We need contacts with business owners who might be willing to donate construction materials (plywood, 2x4s, paint, etc.) or headset mics.

    • We are also seeking a volunteer who could help with filming and/or editing the students’ performances.  (We can probably get access to a camera or two, but we need someone who can use it and then ideally edit the recording so we can share it with families online – or on DVD.)

    • And, of course, we need people to help with make-up and hair, to supervise the kids backstage, and to help with our sound system during rehearsals and shows.  Even if you can’t commit to every rehearsal and show, please let us know where you can help!

  • Game Room (ongoing) – We have a volunteer coming once a week to play board games with the kids, and we have another volunteer coming once a week to do art projects with them.  This is during their lunch recess time, so approximately 12:15-1:35pm.  If you would like to help with these activities, or if you would like to run your own activity during this time, please email the Chairperson, Daynabelle Anderson, at daynabelle@gmail.com, to coordinate.  The PTA has board games available if you would like to do those with the kids, and we may have some budget to support new activities if you wanted to add something (like organized field games or Spanish conversation); just let us know!

Ways to Connect with PTA:  


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!