Jan 26, 2011

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Jan 11, 2011

Marathon Kids Running Program is up and running

This week, thanks to Mrs.Mori, Mrs.Ryan and several parent volunteers, our school was able to implement a morning running program tied in with Marathon Kids.  The children will have till March 5th, to complete 26.2 miles, the final mile celebration will take place at UCLA's Drake Stadium on March 5th.  Use the morning running program to help your child achieve their goal;  your child can also accumulate miles on their own, just make sure to log them in their Marathon Kids mile log. As an incentive, interim rewards will be given out; for every 20 laps (1 mile) completed your child will receive a "fast pass" for lunch.  To sign your child up, all you have to do is walk them down to the running track on the playground, one morning between 7:40-8:00am and fill out a Marathon Kids packet.  If you are already signed up for Marathon Kids, just add in the miles your child has completed so far and use this opportunity to encourage your child to stay focused on their goal and run with their friends to make it even more fun.

We have a few parent volunteers, but to ensure the success of this program,  we could use a few more.  We are only asking for a 20 minute commitment one day a week from 7:40-8:00 am.  If you are able to help us out, please contact Anvy Kevany (volunteers coordinator) at volunteers@mwpta.org .  Healthy kids are happy kids!

Americana Night Update and Thank Yous

Thank you for a simply fantastic Americana Night! We had a spectacular turn out! Our total percentage earned for the night from Barnes & Noble-ALONE was $511!   Pretty good for one evening of fun with parents, family & friends! We will receive our total from the School Holiday Program which includes a percentage from all retailers & restaurants during November 17th - December 24th in the following weeks, so be on the look out for an update!

I would like to specifically, thank those who’s time and energy were given to make the Americana Night a success. So a HUGE Thank You  to Matthew Reichman for sharing the fabulous book "The Snowy Day". To Nicole Dow for stepping in and up when her husband Kwame became ill.  To Doug Young for his beautiful reading of "The Night Before Christmas". To  Mary Gaillard and Lea Hayes for leading our Choristers in another spectacular performance. The kids were a joy!  And finally, to Pilar Buelna for bringing her “Ballet Folklorico” group to us. They were the perfect finale!!

It was a pleasure to chair this event, and I must say … I’m looking forward to next year! 
Sharen Steele Herran

The PTA wishes to thank Sharen for her leadership, dedication and commitment to this event.  Job well done!

Jan 9, 2011

Coffee with the Principal, Friday, January 14th at 8:15am

Please join us for coffee with our wonderful new Principal, Mrs. Valentino, once a month.  The first one will be held this coming Friday, the 14th at 8:15 am in the Parent Center.  It will be in an informal setting where you will have the opportunity to chat with Mrs. Valentino about issues, concerns, up coming events and share ideas about our school.

Fresh and Easy Receipts Due By Friday, January 14th

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Fresh and Easy Fundraising program.  To date, the total amount collected is $2,463.48.  If you still have receipts to turn in, the last day is Friday, January 14, 2011.  Please make sure to only turn in receipts dated between September 15th, 2010 to December 31st, 2010.  Please turn them in to your classroom teacher, the office or the parent center. Thank you to Michelle Perez for coordinating this program.

Cyber Safety for Kids, Monday January 24th, 8:15am in the MPR

Everything you need to know about your child and the Internet!  Don't miss Lori Getz, a noted Internet Safety Expert, who will address crucial topics like cyber bullying, texting, Internet predators and social networking.  Join us on Monday, January 24th at 8:15am (immediately following the morning assembly) in the Smith Center (MPR).  Refreshments and childcare will be provided.  For more information please contact Natasha Stanton at programs@mwpta.org or Kathryn McGuire at programs1@mwpta.org .  Hope to see you there.

Calendars and new merchandise for sale

Calendar Sale!  $15 for the calendars this month in the Parent Center… because everyone needs a new 2011 calendar, why not support our school and students with a custom MWE version!
We are well stocked with T-shirts and some long sleeve shirts to show off your school spirit. T-shirts starting at $10, come to the parent center to make a purchase or look for us at our next event.

Save the Date. Valentine's Dance: Friday, February 11th

Save the date for our annual Valentine's Dance coming up on Friday, February 11th.  It's a great opportunity for the entire family to dance together, have fun together and add to your collection of great memories of your child's elementary years.  Look for a flyer and more information, coming your way soon.