WVES PTA Communications 10/7/2018

THANKS FOR VOTING Thanks to everyone who voted on the fate of Mr. Smith at the Wildcat Walk-a-Thon.  Votes were tallied and his fate is:  COVERED IN PIES!  If we reach our stretch goal of $27,500, one teacher from every grade and the Wildcat will each be given a pie to throw at Mr. Smith.  He will be covered in messy pies and we are certain the kids and teachers will love it!  

As you know, money raised from the Walk-a-Thon will fund programs like assemblies, field trips, a visit from an Author, family events, technology and books for classes, after-school programs and much, much more!  But there are some other benefits to raising money - fabulous prizes!  Here is a list of what kids and classes can earn by raising money for the Walk-a-Thon this year:

  • If we reach our $20,000 goal - every student will be given a free pass to Bowling Palace, a coupon for a free cone or cookie at Chick-fil-A, and a soft pretzel at an upcoming lunch.

  • If we reach our stretch goal of $27,500 - one teacher from each grade and the Wildcat will get to throw pies at Mr. Smith!

  • The top earner from each grade on Walk day will help carry the Walk-a-Thon banner and lead our walk. 

  • The top individual earner will get a $250 gift card to Target.

  • The second highest earner will get a "Make it, Bake it, Take it" party for 8 from The Crafty Chef Academy.

  • The third highest earner will get a free week of camp at Miss Betty's Day camp (plus a guest pass). 

  • The top-earning class will get a lunch catered by Chick-fil-A, delivered by the cow and 15 min extra recess.

  • The second-place class will get a pizza party from Carmine's.

  • The third-place class will get a tin of pretzels from the Unique Pretzel bakery for each student.

  • Raffle Prizes including an American Girl Doll, Tickets to the Turkey Hill Experience, a WV Spiritwear package, a Chick-fil-A prize pack including dinner for 4, gift cards to Applebee's, Liberty Union, Monkey Fish Toys, Barnes & Noble, Lani Ice, Primo Hoagies, Scholastic dollars good at our WV book fairs, and more.  Note:  Every child will be entered into our raffle but for every $20 a child raises, they will earn an additional entry for our raffle prizes.  

There are only 10 days until the Wildcat Walk-a-Thon and the tally as of Tuesday was about $11,000 so we have much more to raise to reach our goal!  Donations can be made at www.westvincentpta.org.

On Wednesday, October 10 students from West Vincent Elementary can meet at the parking lot of Henrietta Hankin Library (215 Windgate Dr, Chester Springs) to walk to school. Parents are welcome to walk too as we take part in National Walk to School Day.  Meet at the library at 7:45 am for a photo and we will leave around 8:00 am.

Be sure to have your creative little ones working on an entry for the Reflections Art Contest! The theme is "Heroes Around Me" and entries can be turned in for Literature, Visual Arts, Music Composition, Film Production, Dance Choreography, and Photography. Entries may be turned in at the front office at any time until November 12. Please visit the website for more information.

The first All Pro Dad breakfast of the year will be held Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 7:00-8:00 am in the WVES All-Purpose Room.  The topic of discussion will be Initiative.

Please RSVP to the WVES page on the All Pro Dad website.

Please sign up here if you are able to bring a food donation.

Mark your calendars for all four breakfasts for the 2018-2019 school year:
October 18, 2018

December 6, 2018

January 31, 2019

March 28, 2019

Hope to see you October 18!  Mike Frederick

As a reminder, photo day at West Vincent Elementary is Friday, October 12.

Tuesday is Day 4. (No school on Monday)

Have a great week!

Lyn Noon

Science Explorers - Next Session

Science Explorers After-School Science Club

at West Vincent Elementary for Grades 1-5:

 The next club of the school year begins soon!! 

Science Club will meet on Tuesdays at West Vincent Elementary

after school from 3:15-4:15pm

and is available to students in grades 1-5.

The next club topic, which begins on Oct. 23rd, is INVENTION LAB:

Calling all inventors! If you like to tinker with things, then boy do we have a club for you. Construct a metal detector, create a circuit with a switch for your own mini shiner, build a cool catapult and make a circuit to send secret messages with Morse code.

Club topics later in the school year include Blinded by the Light, Anatomy Academy, Earth's Mysteries and Magical Mixtures.

Please click here for more information on club dates, cost or to register your child.  Class size is limited to 23 students per club...so, please register early to guarantee your child a spot.

Please email questions@scienceexplorers.com or call our office

at 610.816.5047 with any questions.

The Fate of Mr. Smith - Vote Now

Exciting Walk-a-Thon Update!

The PTA's number one fundraiser is the Walk-A-Thon and it is about three weeks away.  As of this week, $7,941.00 has been raised for the Walk-a-Thon but we have a long way to go if we want to reach our goals. 

Last year when we reached our goal, Mr. Smith endured having a cooler of sports drink dumped on his head.  This year, we decided to let the students, teachers and families decide his fate.  Over the past week, students and teachers came up with ideas if we reach our stretch Walk-a-Thon goal of $27,500.  Those ideas have been narrowed down to the top three ideas and now YOU get the chance to select the winner.  

Visit our "Fate of Mr. Smith" survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/THWVGRL to cast your vote for what will happen to Mr. Smith if we reach our goal. The voting will end on Monday, October 1st at 12:00 p.m.  Additionally, here is a link to a short video pertaining to Walk-A-Thon: https://youtu.be/slVZjZan2U4.

Remember, if we don't reach our goal, none of this will happen - so send those postcards and make your donations at www.westvincentpta.org.  The money raised will support the many PTA programs students and their families enjoy throughout the school year like assemblies, family fun nights, talent show, family directory, yearbook, after-school programs, author visits, all pro dads breakfasts and so much more!

Mom's Night Out - Sept. 28 at Whole Foods

The 1st ever West Vincent Mom's Night out will be held on Friday, September 28th from 7-9pm on the rooftop at the Whole Foods in Exton.  This is an opportunity to connect with other West Vincent moms and learn more about the PTA, while enjoying food and beverages.  Food and water will be provided by the PTA.  All other beverages must be purchased separately.  This is an adult only event.  This event is limited to 100 attendees.

We look forward to spending a fun filled evening with you!

If you receive a confirmation email, you will know that you spot is reserved. Otherwise, you will be on the waitlist.

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WVES PTA Communications 9/16/2018

Hello - Lots of information tonight, so kick back and take a moment to read through all that is happening at WV!

International Night... - forms due Monday, 9/17 - tomorrow! 
International Night will take place at WVES on Thursday, November 8 from 6:00- 7:30 pm. It is a fun way to share your family heritage and this event takes place every other year. The form for registration is due tomorrow, so please be sure to send it in!  Visit our website for more information.  The form can be printed here.

Art in the Afternoon Class for grades 4-6 
Join us for this educational and interactive art class taught by local artist, Alison Lake of Time For Joy.  Students will learn about artistic techniques including wax resist with watercolor, printmaking, creating monoprints, marbling, collage techniques and more!  Art in the Afternoon is a free program for kids in grades 4-6 and will take place from 3:15-4:15 pm on 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 and 10/17.  Limited space available.  Register at www.westvincentpta.org on Monday, Sept. 17 in the late afternoon.  For more information contact Cindy Hutcheson.

Martial Arts for grades 1-3
Back by popular demand is our after-school Martial Arts class.  Students will be exposed to the basics of traditional Tang Soo Do under the instruction of Master Roy Kofroth and Bob Kofroth who have over 60 years of martial arts experience combined.  They have volunteered previously at WVE, and are excited to be able to offer this program now.  Martial Arts is a free program for kids in grades 1-3 and will take place from 3:15-4:15 pm on 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 and 10/17.  Limited space available.  Register at www.westvincentpta.org on Monday, Sept. 17 in the late afternoon. For more info. contact Anne Strawbridge.

Mom's Night Out
Save the date - Friday, September 28, we will be hosting our first ever West Vincent Mom's Night Out. It will be held from 7-9pm at the rooftop at the Whole Foods Market in Exton.  Appetizers and water will be provided.  All other beverages must be purchased.  This is a great opportunity to meet other moms in the West Vincent community.  This event is open to 100 attendees.  A sign up sheet will be available on the PTA website, in the late afternoon, on Monday, September 17. When you register, your name will automatically be entered into a raffle for these amazing prizes:

1)  Gift Card for 6 laser hair removal sessions for underarms - $500 value (generously provided by Metro Laser of Exton)

2)  Gift Card for microdermabrasion and masque.  Enjoy this relaxing 

spa favorite of deep exfoliation to help remove dead skin cells and sun damage to leave fresh, bright skin, followed with a moisturizing masque - $125 value (generously provided by Metro Laser of Exton)

3)  Spa gift basket

Family Directory... deadline extended!
We have extended the deadline to input your information for the FREE Family Directory. Take a moment when you go to register for any of the programs listed above and enter your family's information. It is a very useful guide to have throughout the year, so be sure you are in it! Sign up here.
--> And don't forget to Join the PTA as well! It is a great way to know what is going on at school. The cost is $7.50 per person.

Spirit wear Sale
West Vincent spirit wear is on sale now!  There is a huge selection of West Vincent gear available online.  Please visit https://squareup.com/store/westvincent  for hoodies, track jackets, sweat shirts, tees and more in kids and adult sizes.  The online sale ends September 23.  All purchases will be delivered to your child's classroom by the end of October.  If you have any questions, contact Katie Felmlee at katiefelmlee@gmail.com.  

Box Tops for Education
The Fall Box Tops Challenge is on!  This is the last week to send in your neatly clip Box Tops off the packaging of products you buy. The class that collects the most Box Tops will assume ownership of a special Box Tops Trophy and win a soft pretzel treat. Each year our PTA earns over $1000 through this program, so clip away!!  Box Tops collection ends on Friday.

The Wildcat Walk-a-Thon is well underway and donations are already coming in! Last week your child should have brought home an envelope containing all you need to know about our largest fundraising event of the school year.  We will continue to give updates about the Walk over the next month including details on prizes, how the fundraising is progressing and how you can help decide what happens to Mr. Smith if we reach our stretch goal!  Take a look at this video recapping the 2017 Walk-a-Thon so you can see exactly why we love this program that gets all our kids moving https://youtu.be/bm4FuGoR5G4.  We can't wait to do this all again October 16, 2018!  If you have questions or know of a company who may want to be a corporate sponsor, email Cindy or Katie .

If you haven’t sent in your child’s Walk-A-Thon t-shirt size form, please send it tomorrow!  We must have these in hand tomorrow to be sure your child gets the proper size shirt for the event.  Thanks for your help!

Reflections Art Contest
The National PTA Reflections program is PTA’s cornerstone arts program. The Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. Each year, students in Grades K through 12 are recognized for bringing the theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  Students are broken down into Grade Divisions: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.  Judging first occurs at a local level (judging our school only.) Entries then move on for Regional, State and National judging, if applicable.  This year's theme is Heroes Around Me. Students may begin working on an entry at any time now. The deadline for entries is November 12, 2018. Student entry forms will be available soon!  For more information, please see our Reflections page or contact Lyn Noon.

Reading Olympics
Calling all 4th- 6th graders who want to be part of an amazing and fun reading team. Students are required to read at least 6 books from the Chester County Reading Olympics list. They would then meet with their coach during the year to go over comprehension questions and talk about the books before the competition. Competition dates will be sometime later in the year and the competition is held in the evening. Students will compete against other Chester County schools to see who knows the most about the books. Registration forms are available in the library for any student who wants to join the team.  The cost is $25 and is on a first come first serve basis... limited spots available. For more information, please visit http://readingolympics.cciu.org/

Monday is Day 4.
Have a great week!

Lyn Noon