Feb
26

Announcements from the PTA President 02.27.2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hi everybody!  Somebody’s going to yell at me for this, but we’ve got 6-part announcements this week.  Who’s gonna make it through?!?

1.  Day of 100 Dads!  March 10th!  You know the deal by now, right?  This is one of the better ideas we’ve had in the last couple of years, so… Dads!  If you haven’t signed up?  Please join us.  Moms!  If Dads haven’t signed up, please exercise your executive authority and cause them to attend!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4caaab283-dayof100

And fair warning, all slots which are not filled by other parents will be taken by a live, schoolwide simulcast of an epic, day-long rap battle between the esteemed “Perilous” Pavan Mamillipalli and your humble correspondent, “Dynamite” David Whiting.

So please.. sign up and save me from myself!

2.  Bingo Night!  Also March 10th!  Everybody loves bingo night!  Come and join us as the teachers call numbers and kids amaze parents with their ability to play 30285203528 cards at once!  Mary Carbaugh has worked very hard to keep prices low again this year, and um.. let’s just say it must have been ah… coincidence… that the PTA president won the very first round last year.  Lucky guy!

3.  GREEN TEAM — The Green Team (you know we have a Green Team, right?), comprised by a group of environmentally-aware and -curious students, will plant a seedling of an idea at our march PTA Membership Meeting on March 21 which, we hope, will sprout into a full-fledged garden of learning and community building, as we refurbish the planter-boxes on the Floris campus.  The kids are going to be sharing a very reasonable proposal for their project, and I hope you’ll attend and give them your full consideration.  I will.

4.  Art Night — April 6Save the date!  More info coming soon, but.. save the date!

5.  Reflections Winners!  Countywide!  On behalf of our Reflections chairs, Mr. Nilay Gandhi and myself, a GIGANTIC congratulations goes out to the following Floris students who have placed at the Countywide Level!

Zoeb Izzi — Outstanding Interpretation in Dance Choreography

Ruthika Mamidi — Award of Merit in Film Production

Hia Banerjee — Award of Excellence in Literature

Sarah Ghantiwala — Outstanding Interpretation in Music Composition

Connor Whiting — Award of Merit in Music Composition

Conrad Cliff — Award of Merit in Photography

Jack Whiting — Award of Excellence in Photography

Kevin Guo — Award of Merit in Visual Arts

6.  You guys still with me?  Ok.  So.  It’s time to talk teacher-appreciation week.  As you all know, I’m a very timid and unassuming sort of person.  As such, I’ve unilaterally redesigned the PTA’s role in teacher-appreciation week because… it needed doing.  So this year, instead of stocking the teacher’s lounge with snacks, we’re going to try something more personalized and meaningful.

Your room parents will be reaching out to you in the very near future — I’m asking each child to prepare a thank-you page, on 8.5×11 paper, for his/her classroom teacher, and all specials teachers with which your child has a connection (art, music, PE, counseling, special Ed, AAP, etc — just ask your kids).

Essentially, we’re making thank-you notes for the teachers, and the room parents are going to collect them.  Room parents will compile binders of notes for each classroom teacher (nothing fancy), and I’ll compile binders for the specials teachers and other specialists.  And during teacher appreciation week, we’ll hand over the binders to the appropriate teachers.

So what’s your role?  Simply to ask your children to spend a few minutes making a thank-you note (or picture, or photograph, or poem, or pretty much anything).  It’s all fair game so long as it’s on 8.5×11 paper, can be hole punched and will go nicely into a 3-ring binder (nothing 3-dimensional, please).

Teacher appreciation week is the first week of May, so we’ll be working on this project during March.  Please feel free to get started so room parents don’t have to chase you down.  Because they’re a fearsome and intimidating bunch, this year.  I wouldn’t mess with them…

David Whiting

 

Feb
26

Reflections 2017 Countywide Winners

A GIGANTIC congratulations goes out to the following Floris students who have placed at the Countywide Level in the PTA Reflections Contest!
(Reflections is like a non-static science fair for arts sponsored by the National PTA.)

  • Zoeb Izzi — Outstanding Interpretation in Dance Choreography
  • Ruthika Mamidi — Award of Merit in Film Production
  • Hia Banerjee — Award of Excellence in Literature
  • Sarah Ghantiwala — Outstanding Interpretation in Music Composition
  • Connor Whiting — Award of Merit in Music Composition
  • Conrad Cliff — Award of Merit in Photography
  • Jack Whiting — Award of Excellence in Photography
  • Kevin Guo — Award of Merit in Visual Arts

Feb
26

Dads – We Need You!

Floris Dads: We Need You On March 10 – Our Annual Day of 100 Dads.

Day of 100 Dads is simply a day we set aside for dads to come into the classroom as volunteers.

Here’s how it works:

Click on this sign-up sheet and find your child’s teacher listed. Sign up whenever you have time during the day. Please note that there are sign-ups hours for specials too – so come help out in art, music or the STEAM Lab.

We’re counting on a record number of dads this year!

Feb
22

Register for Family Bingo Night!

Friday, March 10th

6 – 8 pm in the Floris Cafeteria

Cards will be $2 for 5 cards and $5 for 12 cards

Pizza, drinks and baked goods will be sold for a 6th Grade fundraiser

Teachers will serve as guest callers.

There will be food, fun and prizes!

Register today!

Feb
20

Family Movie Night Is This Friday!

Join the 6th Grade Class for

MOVIE NIGHT

Friday, February 24 from 7-9 pm (doors open at 6:30)

featuring showings of

Kubo and the Two Strings and The Secret Life of Pets

Tickets are just $4 per person. 

Click here to purchase.

Note: This is not a drop-off event. Parents must accompany children.

There will be pizza, popcorn and drinks for sale. ($2 a slice or $10 a pie)

 

Feb
20

Have You Registered For Day of 100 Dads?

Floris Dads: We Need You On March 10 – Our Annual Day of 100 Dads.

Day of 100 Dads is simply a day we set aside for dads to come into the classroom as volunteers.

Here’s how it works:

Click on this sign-up sheet and find your child’s teacher listed. Sign up whenever you have time during the day. Please note that there are sign-ups hours for specials too – so come help out in art, music or the STEAM Lab.

We’re counting on a record number of dads this year!

Feb
20

Floris Chess Tournament – REGISTER NOW

Don’t Miss the Floris Chess Tournament

Saturday, March 25 from 1 pm – 5 pm

REGISTER HERE

 

 

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Feb
13

Announcements from the PTA President – 02.13.2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hi everyone!

First of all, I’d like to give a Saturn-sized round of applause to Jenn Burstein, whose stewardship of Chipotle-Night netted us somewhere on the order of $1,800, including proceeds from the raffle (Congrats, Peristere family)!

Second, it’s time for the Day of 100 Dads.   Dads!  We need you!  Moms!  We need you glare at your husbands until they sign up!

Here’s the signup form:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0C4CAAAB283-dayof100

 

NOTICE that there are signups for specials — we have offerings for art, music, STEAM, and etc.  Come join us!  (And special thanks to Sudha Mony for setting up the form, and to Dave Gerstner for tracking down teacher info)

Third, the Science Fair is coming!  Come by the gym and cafeteria between 6:15 and 8pm on February 16th (registration open ’till Feb 10th) and encourage all of our budding scientists.  Your kids didn’t do a project this year?  No worries!  Bring them anyway and let them absorb inspiration for next time!

Fourth, Movie Night!!  6:30 to 9pm on February 24th!  The 6th graders are hosting this one, so please come out and support them as they screen “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “The Secret Life of Pets.”  Showtime is at 7pm, and pizza and stuff will be available for purchase.  Please check this link for tix:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTHBcOsgnMxyTokBjUykiw2j16XVAqMxRXmbCFo_RjrNUl2g/viewform

Fifth, PTA Membership Meeting on 3/21 at 5pm.  We’ll be hearing from the kids on the Floris “Green Team” who will be making a presentation about an exciting new gardening project, and we’ll be having a presentation by the Floris Math Faculty, who will be explaining everything you could ever possibly want to know about math at the school.

Sixth
, we’re gonna be hosting a chess tournament (in conjunction with Silver Knights) on March 25th from 1-5pm.  Registrations can be had at www.skenrichment.com/tournaments .  Not yet sure whether food is available — depends on the volunteer situation.

Seventh, please mark your calendars for the evening of April 6, from 6-9pm.  We’ll be having our first ever Art Enrichment Night wherein I’m bringing in some lovely artists from Reston to lead our students through a number of options of tech-art creations.  I’ve wanted to try this for awhile now, and I think this is going to be a highlight for the PTA this year.  We’ll have signups ready in the near future, but for now, PLEASE SAVE THAT DATE.

 

Eighth, Spring sessions of our before- and after-school programs will be starting very, very soon. You should be receiving emails from your program chairs in the next few days, and if you haven’t, then please let me or Aparna know.

Sound good?  Excellent!  And… Please remember to sign up for the Day of 100 Dads (or exercise your executive power as Mom and make your husbands sign up).  I want to fill those slots if at all possible.
David Whiting
PTA President

Feb
13

Don’t Forget to Buy Tix for Feb. 24 Family Movie Night

Join the 6th Grade Class for

MOVIE NIGHT

Friday, February 24 from 7-9 pm (doors open at 6:30)

featuring showings of

Kubo and the Two Strings and The Secret Life of Pets

There will be pizza, popcorn and drinks for sale. ($2 a slice or $10 a pie)

Tickets are just $4 per person. 

Click here to purchase.

Note: This is not a drop-off event. Parents must accompany children.

Feb
13

Floris Chess Tournament Registration Open

Don’t Miss the Floris Chess Tournament

Saturday, March 25 from 1 pm – 5 pm

Sign your child up here!

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