Hello Thomas Families!
We are a week into our two week fundraising event, the Dragon Dash! We are blown away by the amount of support we’ve already seen come in. Our PayPal has already processed over $400 in donations! This is huge, but we still have quite the ways to go.
If you weren’t able to attend our Kick-off Event last week, here’s an overview of what was discussed. The PTO budget is $40,000. Because we were able to get so many last minute discounts on the playground equipment last year, we actually have $10,000 remaining that we are able to apply to this year. This makes our goal for this year $30,000 or $60 per student. This is used to pay for our family nights (which there are a total of 3), teacher and staff gifts for holidays and appreciation weeks, a scholarship for a graduating senior, recycling for the school, refilling the pebble pit, teacher meals during conferences and much more. This really is just portion of what the PTO covers. Luckily, we are able to do a lot because of the great support from our Thomas families.
Our big ticket purchase for the school this year will be a new sound system for the school. We are very lucky that our school is relatively new and our students have all the technology available to them. BUT, our school’s sound system still has a tape deck! Mr. Basye has worked on getting us quotes to upgrade the sound system and make it better for Mrs. Acker to run our music programs. He is also hoping we can earn enough funds to add two large tv’s to the commons area to put school news on and to have school movie days. This was a much more affordable option than a projection system that would only be used a very small handful of times a year.
The fundraising weeks end with our Dragon Dash obstacle course on Friday, October 13th. Each grade will have a designated time to run the course and will finish up with waters provided by Lowe’s and a re-energizing snack for working so hard. Here are the course times:
8:45-9:30 AM: 1st Grade
9:45-10:30 AM: 5th Grade
10:45-11:30 AM: 2nd Grade
11:40 AM-12:25 PM: KG
12:30-1:15 PM: 3rd Grade
1:25-2:10 PM: 4th GradeOutdoor Schedule
8:45-9:35 AM: 1st Grade
9:45-10:35 AM: 5th Grade
10:45-11:35 AM: 2nd Grade
11:40-12:30 PM: KG
12:45-1:35 PM: 3rd Grade
1:45-2:35 PM: 4th Grade
Let’s get down to the fun part, the prizes! At Thomas, our students are all on the same team. If, as a team, they reach the fundraising goals, they will ALL earn the prizes, together! Here’s the breakdown:
$8,000: Crazy Hair Day
$16,000: Board Game Day
$24,000: Ice Cream Social
$30,000 : DUNK TANK!!
The class who earns the most amount of donations will also each win a $5 gift card to Sonic for a sweet reward or anything else you’d like to have.
Now, here’s where we are changing it up from previous years. These fundraisers are a lot of work and the people doing the work is us, the parents! So why can’t we be rewarded for our hard work, right? Well, this year, we will be! Our highest earning student will win a grand prize basket filled with prizes that parents actually get to enjoy and even want. Everyday, the pot grows too. So far, what we have confirmed is:
-2 adult and 2 child activity passes to GPS activities
-$100 gift certificate to Firebirds
- 4 tickets to Marcus Theaters
- 4 Build & Grow kits and hammers donated by Lowe’s
- 1 night’s stay at Hilton donated by Hilton
These are just the confirmed prizes. We still have THREE additional prizes that we are finalizing the details on. If your business would also like to add a prize, please reach out to us and we will make the announcements. Also, if you have spoken to us about donating already, please reach out so we can confirm the details of your donation. We have been blown away by the generosity of our Thomas families as we couldn’t provide such an awesome grand prize without these donations from their businesses.
Let’s finish our last week of fundraising strong! Here’s the link for online payment processing: https://www.paypal.me/ThomasElementaryPTO Talk to you family, share it on social media, ask co-workers. If we all work hard, we can have a great year of fun and rewards for our students, our staff and our incredible Thomas community!
In the words of the late Billy Mays, but wait, there’s more! We actually have a lot going on this month. On top of the fundraiser, we have Thomas Tuesday coming up Tuesday, October 10th at the Gretna McDonald’s. Please see the attached flyer. I know I’ll be looking forward to a night I don’t have to cook!
We also have classroom Halloween parties at the end of the month. Head room parents should be getting the planning emails sent out soon to begin planning. We do have a few rooms without a head room parent. We completely understand that it’s a lot of work having to plan out a party, especially if you don’t know where to begin. The good news is, our volunteer coordinators are working on tentative party plans that they will send out to make it easier on the room parents. All you have to do then is split up the work! Be on the look out for those emails next week.
We will be meeting Thursday after school to set up the Dragon Dash course. If you volunteered to help, meet us on the field. Also, if you volunteered to assist the day of the course, send us a message letting us know the times you’ll be able to help so we have a schedule.
We know this is a lot for this month. But we also know that us parents are why we are able to provide so much for our students and our staff - because they are deserving of so much!
Have a great weekend and feel free to contact us with questions, concerns or ideas :)