Week 30 - Mar 24 - PTA Newsletter

Dear Sulphur Springs Parents and Guardians,

Later this Spring, we will present our Founder’s Day awards to volunteers from our school and our community who have gone above and beyond for the students on our campus.  If you know of a volunteer who deserves extra recognition, please reach out to our PTA Historian (and Volunteer Appreciation Expert) Yuka Kawasaki at Yuka0924@hotmail.com.  She will work with you to ensure that each person truly knows how much they are appreciated.  Nominations are due Friday, April 12. 

Also, Talent Show rehearsals start right after Spring Break.  Please look for the flyer, and email your music or video to GaryLaramore@gmail.com as soon as possible!  We would like to receive this information before our “auditions” on Tuesday, April 9.  If your student would like to participate but cannot attend the Audition, please text Rose Carradine McGee at 661-644-7779 no later than April 8.


4-Week Look Ahead

This Week

  • 3/25 – Spring Picture Day (and 6th Grade Class of 2024 Panorama Picture Day)
  • 3/25-3/29 – SSPTA Presents Women in History Week
  • 3/28, 7:30am – Site Council meeting, via Zoom (open to the public)
    • Look for the link in this week’s Mustang Message from Principal Palacios.
  • 3/28 – Decades-Day Dress-Up Day (ex: 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.  We’ll see you there!
  • 3/29, 9am – Spirit Assembly


Next Week

To purchase:  https://www.sspta.org/collections/yearbook/products/2023-2024-yearbook

  • 4/1-4/5 – NO SCHOOL, Spring Break


Week 3

  • 4/8 – Video Submissions for the Talent Show are due to GaryLaramore@gmail.com.
    • Please also send any music to be used – for “auditions”, rehearsals, show, etc.
  • 4/9, 3:15pm – SSPTA Talent Show “Auditions” in the MPR (until 4:15pm)
    • All students must be accompanied by an adult guardian/caregiver.
    • If you cannot make this time, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Rose Carradine McGee (661-644-7779), preferably before April 9.
    • A flyer will be coming home before Spring Break. Please complete that form, email your child’s music/video, and return the form ASAP.
  • 4/12 – Nominations due for Volunteer Appreciation and Founders Day Awards


Week 4

  • 4/15, 3:15pm – SSPTA Talent Show Rehearsals in the MPR (until 4:15pm)
    • All students must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 4/16, 3:15pm – SSPTA Talent Show Rehearsals in the MPR (until 4:15pm)
    • All students must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 4/17 – SSPTA Restaurant Night, location to be announced in our next newsletter
  • 4/18 – Minimum Day, student dismissal at 12:45pm
  • 4/18 – Open House Night on campus, Time TBA (from the school district)
  • 4/19 – Final Yearbook Sales! Be sure to reserve yours now, limited inventory.



Table of Contents

  1. Talent Show Volunteers Needed
  2. Volunteer Appreciation – Founders’ Day Awards Information
  3. Special Volunteer Recognition – Thank you!
  4. List of Volunteer Needs


  1. Talent Show Volunteers Needed

As you may have heard, Sulphur Springs Has Got Talent! returns to the MPR Stage in April. 

To make this production the best that it can be, we are seeking a number of volunteers (adults, teenagers, and even a few responsible 5th/6th graders) to work as:

  • Backstage Supervisors
  • Stage Crew (creating and/or moving props and set pieces)
  • Audience Managers and Concessions Salespersons
  • Sound Board Operator
  • Videographer and/or Video Editor
  • Hair and Make-up Artists, Costume Stylists

If you are interested in helping out with any of these positions, no matter your limited availability, please contact Rose Carradine McGee (661-644-7779).

The Talent Show Committee is also looking for the following donations:

  • Banner – a themed Sulphur Springs’ Got Talent banner to be reused each year
  • Materials for props – plywood, 2x4s, red paint, paint rollers, glow tape
  • 3-4 headset or lavaliere microphones – to borrow is fine!
  • Food – for performers to enjoy on the nights of the evening shows

If you have any donations you are able to make or any contacts we should reach out to, please be in touch with Rose Carradine McGee (661-644-7779) as soon as possible.


  1. Volunteer Appreciation – Founders’ Day Awards Information

Do you know a PTA or school volunteer who is deserving of extra special recognition?

Each year, our PTA recognizes a small number of people for their outstanding dedication to the children at our school and in our larger community.  Please take a few minutes and tell us who you think should receive these awards:

  • HONORARY SERVICE AWARD: To recognize an individual’s (or organization’s) outstanding service to children and youth, in our school and/or in our larger community, regularly going above and beyond what is asked of them.
  • CONTINUING SERVICE AWARD: To recognize ongoing and continued service to children and youth over a number of years; this individual may or may not have received a previous California State PTA Honorary Service Award.
  • GOLDEN OAK SERVICE AWARD: This is the most prestigious PTA award in California. This award may be given to an individual who has made significant long-term contributions to the welfare of children and youth in the school and/or their community.

Please email your suggestions for a deserving individual (or for an organization/company) and state a brief reason why you think they should be honored.  Their contributions may include volunteer service to children or youth in PTA, school, scouts, sports, charitable foundations, or religious organizations.  This information can be emailed to Yuka Kawasaki (Yuka0924@hotmail.com) or completed on the flyer going home this week.  Please be sure to share your most valued volunteers with us no later than Friday, April 12.

Honorees will be recognized at our May 14 SSPTA Association Meeting.

In addition to the California State PTA Awards listed above, we will also recognize a number of Sulphur Springs PTA volunteers with our very own SSPTA awards.  Please email Yuka (Yuka0924@hotmail.com) with the names of any individuals that you want to be sure are recognized for their efforts during this past school year.  Also due Friday, April 12.

Please plan to join us at our May SSPTA Meeting to celebrate all the volunteers who give so much of their time and energy to our students and to our school community.


  1. Special Volunteer Recognition

In case you haven’t noticed, this list of volunteers is updated weekly to highlight the efforts of all the individuals who come together to make our SSPTA events happen.

Thank you to all our PTA volunteers for your work this past week on:  the Multicultural Fair, Women in History, the Great Artist Program, the Sulphur Springs’ Got Talent variety show (in April), Yearbook, Game Room (and Art Room!), and planning for future events.  Thank you also to our support crew members who handle flyer-designs, social media posts, website updates, and so much more!

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

Adrienne Andalon (T)

Bailey Johnson

Chrystal Ramos

Crystal Bennett

Daynabelle Anderson

Deering Viola

Emma Villavicencio (T)

Emily Jones

Erin Riley (T)

Gary Laramore

Hrarpi Kevorkian

Jamie Fisher

Jen Heuseveldt (T)

Jennifer Ortiz

Karen Fidaleo

Karen Preciado

Ken Newton (T)

Kim Sperling

Laila Wardak

Martha Salcedo

Mellissa de Conza

Nicole Burch

Nicole Carruth

Portia Franklin

Rebekah Child

Rose Carradine McGee

Sahar Maynard

Shamsia Haque

Shane Kilmer

Sonia Chavez

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

We would also like to give a quick shout-out to the cast and crew of SSTV, the students who put on the daily morning announcements under the supervision of Mr. Newton.  They received a prestigious Certificate of Recognition from the California State Legislature Assembly.  Way to go!


  1. 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:

  • Talent Show (April 22-26) – Rose Carradine McGee (661-644-7779)
    • We need contacts with business owners who might be willing to donate construction materials (plywood, 2x4s, paint and rollers, glow tape, etc.) or headset/lavaliere microphones (even to borrow).
    • We are also seeking a volunteer who could help with filming and/or editing the students’ performances. (We have one person and would love another.)
    • 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!


Ways to Connect with PTA:  https://www.sspta.org/pages/ways-to-connect-with-sspta

You can Join PTA with an $8 Membership at https://jointotem.com/ca/canyon-country/sulphur-springs-community-school-pta/join/register         

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!