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Adams Traditional Academy | January 22, 2019

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Bi-Weekly Update Nov. 15 – Dec. 31

Events Happening in the Next 30 Days:
General PTO Meeting and Coffee with the PrincipalNovember 15, 6:00 pm in the
Multipurpose Room A
Come to the next PTO meeting on Thursday evening to have coffee and chat with Dr. Oates! You can make your voice heard, learn about what is planned for the rest of the school year and find opportunities to volunteer and contribute to the success of our school.
Box Tops for EducationNovember 30Have you been saving the box tops from your grocery items? Well the Box Tops for Education collection contest is here! Watch for information to come out about sending your box tops in to your child’s class – the class with the most Box Tops collected will get a special ice cream party in December! The final due date will be November 30th, so start sending in your Box Tops.
Used Uniform Blowout Sale!December 1-31Did your child grow this fall? Need to stock up on some uniforms, but feeling the pinch of the holidays? You are in luck! For the entire month of December, the PTO Council will be selling used uniforms at blowout prices – fill a bag with uniforms for $10!
Watch for more information – and remember to wash and donate your child’s outgrown uniforms, too.
Family Dinner Night at Chipotle December 4Join your ATA friends and family at Chipotle at Norterra to help earn money for our school. Family Dinner Nights are a great way to support the school, see your friends and take care of dinner all at the same time! And don’t forget to save those receipts for Norterra’s Earn and Learn points.
Staff Appreciation LunchDecember 11Thank our teachers for a great year with the second quarter Staff Appreciation Lunch in December. The theme will be holidays from around the world, so be sure to let the PTO know if you can help!
Classroom Holiday PartiesDecember 21The kids get out early and celebrate from 11:00-12:00 in the morning on the Friday before Winter Break! Help your classroom’s Home Room Parent make this year’s Holiday Party a fun activity for our kids.
Volunteer Opportunities:
HelpContact Description
Staff Appreciation LunchMirna DahdalHelp us thank our teachers by bringing food or volunteering to help (December 11)
Classroom Holiday PartiesKerry Patel and Jill FrierHoliday Parties are right around the corner and your Home Room Parents need your help to make them a fun celebration for your kids! Please reach out to your classroom’s Home Room Parent or contact the PTO for information about how you can help with the Holiday Party activities for your child’s class.
The PTO Council is always on the lookout for easy, quick fundraising opportunities to support ATA and the school priorities identified by Dr. Oates and her staff (sound system completion, Team Sports program support and science lab kits and resources). Here are some easy ways to support our school (send us your ideas, too!):
Cruisin’ with Santa
(Norterra Earn & Learn)
Earn 500 bonus points for our school when you check in at The Shops at Norterra’s Annual Cruisin’ with Santa Car Show, a night of FREE family fun on Friday, December 14, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Take your flyers to earn points and see Santa!

ATA earns points from Norterra for sales and special activities throughout the year, so keep those receipts and turn them in to the school (a box is in the lobby of buildings A and B). Watch for news throughout the year of more ways to Earn and Learn at Norterra Shops.
Box Tops for EducationBuy groceries? Save those Box Tops! Our first Box Tops for Education campaign will run through the end of November. Every Box Top is worth 10 cents and will go towards a special treat for your students! Box Tops will be collected through November 30 – watch for more information about the class contests to come in the next few weeks.
Amazon SmileShopping for the Holidays with Amazon? Switch to AmazonSmile and select ATA PTO as your favorite charity! Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our organization. Go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You will automatically earn money for ATA PTO as you shop on Amazon.
Tuft & NeedleYour sleep means real money for our school! Tuft & Needle will give our school 25% of the profit from every mattress sold using their personalized purchasing link. The cost is the same for you—but the school gets the money!
eScripeScrip helps schools and nonprofit organizations earn thousands of dollars for much needed programs and activities. Dine out, shop, travel and earn with registered credit and debit cards at participating merchants. Sign up and select our school to start automatically earning money for Adams Traditional Academy!

Yearbook Update

Have you ordered your full color yearbook yet? The cost is $28 for a softcover yearbook right now, but the price will increase on December 22. Go to and enter our Yearbook ID code: 10539419

We Need Yearbook Photos!

Do you have photos you want to contribute to the yearbook? We are in need of photos from all classes and activities for the school. Please email your photos to Miss Welch, or download them to a thumb drive and send it in with your child (include your name if you would like it returned). Be sure to identify the photos by teacher name or activity so Miss Welch knows where to put them in the yearbook.


We are celebrating a few more successes and milestones achieved so far this year:

The Scholastic Fall Book Fair ran from Monday, October 22 through Friday, October 26 and generated over $9000 in sales! All of the over $4500 in profit generated was collected in Scholastic Dollars, so every cent goes back into making sure this program benefits reading and learning for our kids and our school. A great big thank you to Christie Murphy for spearheading another successful book fair, and to all of the volunteers who helped her make it a success. Well done!

The 2018 Annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 26 was a huge success! All of the kids had a great time and all of the candy disappeared before 8:30! A huge thank you goes out to Kerry Patel for leading the charge to pull this event together, to Jill Frier and Jen Flores for their assistance and support efforts in planning and execution, and to all of the Home Room Parents and volunteers that made this a fantastically fun fall event – we are so grateful for your hard work and support!

Many thanks to all of the parents who volunteer and work hard to bring fun school activities to our kids and drive successful fundraisers to support learning, education and our school community. Your participation, questions and feedback are welcome so please don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of the PTO Council with questions. We are here to help make volunteering easier for you.

Thank you for all you do to help make Adams Traditional Academy a great school for our kids!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The ATA PTO Council
Christie Murphy Shannah Billerbeck  Kerry Patel
Mirna Dahdal Jen Flores Jill Frier
Angela Lian Natasha Woolery