Week 28 - Mar 10 - PTA Newsletter

Week beginning:  March 10, 2024

Dear Sulphur Springs Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your support of our Book Fair.  It was great fun seeing all the smiling faces with new books this past week.  If you would like to continue to make purchases, you can visit our online Book Fair through March 13.  We will continue to earn 25%, and all monies goes towards the school library and to teachers for their classroom libraries.


We hope to see you this week at our Annual Meeting – Tuesday at 1:30pm.  This is where we will elect officers for the next school year.  (You can still run for office!  Simply come to the meeting – in person or online – or email the Nominating Committee at mrschrystalramos@gmail.com or President@sspta.org.)  

  • Please remember, in order to vote, you must have been a paid PTA member as of 2/11/2024; we will have a list on site if you can’t remember.  

  • We’ll be meeting at 1:30pm in Bungalow 41, or you can attend online at


4-Week Look Ahead

  • 3/12, 1:30pm – SSPTA Annual Meeting and Elections, Bungalow 41.  Please attend!


  • 3/13, last day for the online Scholastic Book Fair


Next Week 

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

    • Please bring your flyer or mention our school.  

  • 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

Week 3

  • 3/25-3/29 – SSPTA Presents Women in History Week

  • 3/26 – Spring Picture Day

  • 3/28, 7:30am – Site Council meeting, via Zoom (open to the public)

    • The link will be in Ms. Palacios' Mustang Message the week of the meeting

  • 3/28 – Decades Day Dress Up Day – flapper, ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, 1800s…

  • 3/29 – SSPTA Recycling Drop-Off at all 3 valets (morning only)

    • New volunteers are always welcome!  8:15am-8:55am

  • 3/29, 9am – Spirit Assembly

Week 4


Table of Contents

1. PTA Elections and Annual Meeting

2. Special Volunteer Recognition – Thank you!

3. List of Volunteer Needs

1. PTA Elections and Annual Meeting – 3/12, 1:30pm, Bungalow 41 or Zoom


Please join us this Tuesday at 1:30pm, just before pick-up, for our Annual Meeting and Officer Elections for the 2024-2025 school year.  We will have a revised slate at the meeting, plus additional candidates.  Our Nominating Committee has been hard at work – thank you Chrystal Ramos, Kim Sperling, Nicole Carruth, and Principal Palacios!

In order to vote – or to run for office – individuals must have been a paid PTA member on 2/11/2024.  We will have a list on site if you can’t remember, or you can email the SSPTA President at President@sspta.org to inquire.

If you would like to run for an officer position (President, Vice President of Programs, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, or Financial Reviewer), you still can!  Simply attend the meeting – in person or online – or email the Nominating Committee at mrschrystalramos@gmail.com or the current PTA President at President@sspta.org.

In addition to electing next year’s leaders, we will also be discussing upcoming events for the Spring and setting up planning committees for next year’s calendar and next year’s budget.  If you can’t attend but would like to get involved, please email President@sspta.org

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday afternoon!  1:30pm in Bungalow 41 or online at 


2. Special Volunteer Recognition

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

Thank you to all our families who completed the Newsletter Survey.  Your input was valuable, and we hope you will see relevant changes that are directly because of your comments.

Thank you also to our volunteers for STEAM Night, the Book Fair, and the Great Artist Program, plus all our regular volunteers who keep things running behind the scenes (with flyers, social media and website updates, Hospitality, and so much more!).

Adrienne Andalon (T)

Angie Figueroa

Bailey Johnson

Chrystal Ramos

Daynabelle Anderson

Deering Viola

Emma Villavicencio (T)

Emily Jones

Erin Riley (T)

Gary Laramore

Heidi Wiglitton

Hrarpi Kevorkian

Jada Dunn (T)

Jeanette James

Jen Heuseveldt (T)

Jennifer Issa

Jessica Coleman

Julie Ramey

Karen Fidaleo

Karen Preciado

Katie Palacios (Principal)

Ken Newton (T)

Kessa Taylor

Kim Sperling

Kristin Barkhurst

Mellissa de Conza

Nicole Burch

Nicole Carruth

Portia Franklin

Rose Carradine McGee

Shamsia Haque

Sheila Ruiz

Sophia Leao (T)

Yuka Kawasaki

Yukari Murase-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 Katie Palacios, our new Administrative Support Monica Rodriguez-Grubbs, and our front office personnel (Dionne Hinson, Holly Slocum-Reyes, and Gale Tripp):  Thank you for your support!

3. List of Volunteer Needed

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:

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

  • Women in History Week (3/25-3/29) – A different female chef will be presented each day.  We have scripts, costumes, and goodies for the kids.  What we need are friendly volunteers to come into the classrooms, present a famous chef, and have a great time with our students.  If you’re ready to sign up, contact Mellissa de Conza at mellissadeconza@gmail.com, text Rose McGee at 818-818-9628, or email President@sspta.org

  • 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 and rollers, glow tape, etc.).

      • Thank you to the de Conza family for their donation of 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!