Save the Date – Thanksgiving Luncheon

thanksgiving_clip_art_by_designFloris Elementary will hold a Thanksgiving Luncheon on Thursday, November 17 from 11 am – 1 pm.

More details are on the way but in the meantime, we need parent volunteers!

Will you please visit our sign-up sheet? Give a hour or two of your time! We are Greater Together!


Baskin Robbins Spirit Night Featuring Our Teachers


Come Get a Scoop of Ice Cream from Your Favorite Teacher!

At Spirit Night, Wednesday, October 26

5:30 – 8:30 pm

Baskin Robbins at Franklin Farm Village Shopping Center

13344 Franklin Farm Road, Herndon

Here’s the Scooping Schedule for the Evening

5:30 – 6:00            Nancy Baker and Gail Heidt

6:00 – 6:30          Verna Marie Greene, Laura Siegert, Maddie Irwin

6:30 – 7:00          Dave Gerstner

7:00 – 7:30          Lise Greenfield and Avery Ginn

7:30- 8:00            Kat Clifford, Heather Einset, Amy Girardi, Sarah Tisinger and Mary Ann Geis

8:00 – 8:30          Amy Albanese and Gail Porter


Announcements from the PTA President – 10.17.2016

PTA Eagle

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hi, everyone!  And a re-hi to all those who turned out for the big Movie Night event last week!

Got a few time-sensitive notes for you, so please pardon the email-trespass!

1.  PTA Membership Meeting — Due to overwhelming demand, I’ve invited Alicia Clarke and Stefan Mascoll, the brains behind FCPS’ internet safety protocol, to come and present at our Tuesday meeting.  This was a terrifically useful presentation last year — new social media platforms are constantly emerging and really put the “ub” in ubiquitous — this is a safe landing-spot for all of us “old-timers” to ask our questions.  Also, the discussion among parents last year was useful and informative as well — I would expect no less this time around.

Would you please mark your calendars for 6pm on Tuesday 10/18?  We’ll probably meet in the Little Theater, with kids being watched by Ms. Dowling in the library (at no charge to you).  And I’ll probably make 10 or 12 pizzas fall out of the sky for those in attendance.  Please consider joining us.

2.  REFLECTIONS!  You’re on top of this, right?  I’d love to see 100 entries from Floris this year — please encourage your tiny people to participate.  I’m putting a box in the office tomorrow morning, and we’re collecting through 10/27th.  More info?  Sure thing — check this out:  http://florispta.org/2016/10/09/do-you-know-about-the-reflections-program/

3.  Baskin Robbins Spirit Night!  Wednesday 10/26, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at Franklin Farm Village Shopping Center!  With any luck we’ll have some teachers and/or Floris admin manning the scoops.  You can even come and kerflummox some intrepid PTA Board members with your ice cream orders!  A bunch of the proceeds come to the Floris PTA, which eases some of our fundraising pressure, and best of all, ICE CREAM!  Who can argue with that?  (p.s. dear debate program, that was NOT a challenge.  well, on second thought, bring it on!  let’s see what you’ve got).

4.  Friends of Floris — Time to get to work, folks.  We’re halfway to our goal, which means just about a third of our families have participated.  Please save me some grey hairs and get those contributions in.  Full-court press on this begins very soon :) Click here to learn more and sign up!

5.  PTA Board Slots Next Year!  It’s early, but it’s never too early.  Do you have an interest in directing the operations of the PTA next year?  We’ll have openings, and I hear through the grapevine that the president is stepping down at the end of this year.  This has been one of the most rewarding “jobs” I’ve ever had — it’s time-consuming, but the ability to envision and enact positive changes in a school community is a tremendous opportunity to make a big difference in our community.

What skills are needed?  Any and all.  Do you have financial expertise?  We can use you.  Tech savvy?  Yes, please.  Do you like to torment audiences of 1500 parents with ridiculous attempts at humor?  Check.  Do you have ideas that might improve the school?  Great!  Do you have access to a good orthopedic surgeon (yeah, they’re kids, but after the first 500 hi-fives in a day, one’s wrist gets a little tired)?  The sooner you step forward, the easier the transition will be.  There are no experience requirements whatsoever.  We all know I didn’t have any when I took on this role (this is where you’re supposed to say “really?  we had no idea!!”).

6.  Thank you!!  A special thank you to all of those who helped out at Movie Night!  Haresh Bhatia, Aparna Vemuru, Janelle Brevard, Kathy Webb, Josh Dake, Mary Carbaugh, Sabita Dammoju, Poornima Mamillipalli, Kani Venkatesan, Kim Howells, Arielle Whiting, Dave Gerstner, Gail Porter, and our wonderful custodians — great job one and all.

And a special thank you to Mrs. Sudha Mony, who somehow found the fortitude to procure a minivan full of bottled water, a mountain of pizza and varied, various and very helpful accoutrements, all while managing the needs of two daughters and last minute requests from yours truly.  Thank you, Sudha.
David Whiting
Floris PTA President


Have You Ever Wondered. . .

How Much Work We Could Do for Floris Together?

Come to Tuesday’s PTA Meeting (Oct. 18).

6 pm in the Little Theater.

We’ll hear from special guests Alicia Clarke and Stefan Mascoll, the brains behind FCPS’ internet safety protocol.

And you can hear about upcoming events the PTA is sponsoring.

We have work for every level of commitment.

Only have time to volunteer at an activity for an hour? We have a project for you!

Want to lead a committee and maybe spearhead an upcoming event? We have something for you!

Have ideas? We want to hear from you!

Come out!



We All Scream for Ice Cream!


Don’t Miss Out On Yummy Yummy Ice Cream!

Join the PTA’s Baskin Robbins Spirit Night

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Stay Tuned For More Details Coming Soon!


Get Ready for Spirit Ball 2016!

It’s the Social Event of the Year. Don’t Miss Spirit Ball 2016. Tickets Go On Sale Soon!

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Announcements from the PTA – 10.10.16

PTA EagleOctober 10 2016

It’s hard to believe it’s already October! But it is, and our PTA year is in full swing!

Many of you reading this week’s Tuesday announcements are new to the fold. Welcome! We’ve completed the integration of our email system, so you can now expect a recap email every Tuesday at 8 am. It will include a message from the PTA as well as a recap of the latest blogs from our website. We hope you find it useful. And remember you can contact a member of the PTA Board anytime with additional questions!

This week, we have just a few reminders for everyone:

  1. Friends of Floris – This is our PTA major fundraiser. It’s how we pay for all the great programs we sponsor. The cost is $80 per child or $150 for families. We hope you’ll go the link and sign up. We need your support to continue our great programs for our students! And if you need more information on FoF, we have that right here.
  2. Movie Night – Our first family fun event of the year is this Friday, and we sure hope you can make it. We’ll be showing two movies: Zootopia in the cafeteria and The Iron Giant in the library. Both movies start at 7 pm, but we’ll start pizza sales at 6:30 pm. Admission is $5 per person in advance and tickets can be purchased here. Tickets at the door will be $6 per person. We need lots of volunteers to pull this off, and if you volunteer, we’ll give you and one child free admission. The Volunteer Sign-Up sheet is here.
  3. Reflections – Beginning next week on Oct. 17, we’ll have a box in the Front Office to collect submissions for the Reflections program. Learn more about the Reflections program and have your child create an original piece of artwork to enter this wonderful program!
  4. PTA Membership Meeting – Our PTA Membership Meeting is scheduled for October 18. Stay tuned in coming days for more details about the meeting. We want you to come out and share your ideas for the year ahead. Plus, we have free babysitting and pizza! Come join us!
  5. Volunteer Opportunities – As you can imagine, it takes a dedicated army working behind the scenes to keep our school great. We’ve created a new section of our website that we’ll update regularly with volunteer needs. Please visit this page weekly and donate your time and your talents when you can! In fact, be sure to check out the Helping Hands call for volunteers this Thursday!

That’s it. Make it a great week Floris – and remember, we’re greater together!

Janelle Brevard

Communications Secretary


The Friends of Floris Campaign Needs YOU


We’re still short of our goal for this year’s Friends of Floris campaign.

Just as a reminder, Friends of Floris is our major PTA fundraiser. It pays for all sorts of great programs, like school assemblies, ice cream socials, the new STEAM Lab, our before and after school programming and so much more!

We’re asking for contributions of $80 per child or $150 for a family. You contribution includes one PTA membership as well.

We need you! Please click the link below to sign up now! Remember – these donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

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Do You Know About the Reflections Program?

reflections imageReflections is like a non-static science fair for arts sponsored by the National PTA.

Here’s How It Works: Students create a piece of original work, loosely based on the theme “What Is Your Story?”  These works can be in any of the following categories:  dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts (2D or 3D).  Floris Reflections Co-Chairs David Whiting and Nilay Gandhi will collect the original works, and present them to a team of judges who evaluate them gently and constructively (it’s a very non-competitive competition, essentially).  Those deemed exceptional will proceed to an evaluation round at the county level.  And so on to state, and to the national level.

There is absolutely no cost for participation – there’s nothing to lose, and lots to gain.  Last year our Reflections participation rate was up about 250%.

When?  How? Submissions will be collected between Oct 17 and Oct 27, just drop them off in a collection box that will be placed in the Front Office.  Each entry should have the child’s name, grade, classroom teacher, etc written on the back (or on an envelope, or.. just use your best judgment).  ALSO, there’s an entry form which is required, the link to which is here:  http://www.vapta.org/documents/arts-in-education/16-17-reflections/515-16-17-student-entry-form-fillable-pdf

No entries will be accepted after Oct 27.  Questions?  Please contact Nilay at reflectionsfloris@gmail.com if you have more questions.


Movie Night This Friday

The Floris PTA is proud to present


Friday, October 14, 2016



the-iron-giant-511cc53c54dcd-1Movies start at 7 pm. Zootopia will be shown in the cafeteria and The Iron Giant will be shown in the library. There will be FREE POPCORN. Pizza will be sold by the slice beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $6 per person.





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