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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gorman Fort Banks PTO
Calendar Raffle Fundraiser

Help your Classroom &Win an iPad Mini!*


Dear Gorman Fort Banks Families:

This year the PTO is giving you a reason to look forward to May. For our second year, we are running a Calendar Raffle as a fundraiser for the Classroom Grant Fund for our school, and the month of May could be your lucky month!

31 Chances to Win and $2000 in Cash Prizes!

For only $10 per calendar, you can be entered to win daily cash prizes ranging from $25 up to $250 throughout the month of May. All winners are put back into the raffle drum for the next day's drawing, so you can win multiple times with one calendar. The more calendars you buy, the better your chances to win.

Entering the Raffle is Easy!

Simply buy or sell each calendar for $10, fill out the bottom portion completely and return it with your payment in a sealed envelope (cash or check payable to the GFB PTO) by April 30th. All entries received with payment will be included in the Calendar Raffle drawings.Mrs. Pearson will draw the winners during morning announcements. Winners will be contacted daily, and will also be posted weekly on the GFB PTO website (www.fortbankspto.blogspot.com) and Facebook page. Prizes will be sent directly to each winner at the address provided on each winning ticket.

We hope you will find this to be a fun and exciting fundraiser to be involved in. Please remember that all proceeds raised will directly support the Classroom Grant Fund which will help our teachers purchase special materials to enrich your child’s educational experience. If you are unable to sell any of the provided calendars, please return them to the school in your child’s backpack.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Paint Nite - Friday, April 4



We are so excited to be having our first Adult Only event of the year and hope you will be able to join us for a fun night of painting and mixing among other Winthrop parents and friends.  You have likely received your flyer in your child's backpack, but I have attached one for you to share with your friends and family.  We are limited in the amount of painters we can accommodate so please don't wait on purchasing your desired paint session tickets, however, if painting is not your thing and you'd rather just mingle, we can help you at the door.

The proceeds from this event will be going to a Technology Grant to be used for the purchase of any new technology that will help increase our kids' academic achievement or teacher productivity.  Over the years, research has proven the benefits of technology in education and the question is no longer IF technology enhances learning, but how do we fund it?  

Here are a few ways you can help:
1)  Buy a ticket!  Invite your friends to join you.
2)  Donate a raffle prize. Do you own a business or can you provide a service?
3)  Contribute to our Snack Table.  Fruit, Cheese, Crackers, Popcorn, etc.

If you would like more information about the event or how you can help, please don't hesitate to contact us at fortbankspto@gmail.com.

Thank you, as always, for your time and efforts!

Sincerely, 

Alicyn Thompson
Co-President

Tuesday, January 7, 2014



Gorman Fort Banks PTO
Meeting Agenda for January 8, 2014 8:30am

• Welcome

• Introduction of the Board
  • Christa Shea & Alicyn Thompson Co-Presidents
  • Kristen Buonopane & Linda Straccia, Vice Presidents
  • Gillian Texeira & Dawn Sullivan, Treasurers
  • Michelle Holmes & Mariana Babine, Secretaries
• Principal’s Report (Mrs. Pearson)

• Treasurer’s Report (Dawn Sullivan)

• General Business
  • Stop&Shop Principal’s Challenge (Tatiana Mendieta)
  • Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities (Mariana Babine) 
  • T-Shirt Pre-sale starts tomorrow 1/9
  • BookFlix Renewal in April - $949 Check it Out! Vote next meeting
    • User Name: gormanfb Password: bookflix
• PTO Events Update
  • Upcoming Family Events Discussion (Alicyn Thompson)
    • Family Skate Party  
      • Need skating volunteers!
      • Admission charge? - VOTE
    • Paint Nite (Adults Only) 
      • Committee Needed
      • April dates available
      • Technology grant fund? VOTE
    • Literacy Night
      • Lucky Bob pre-show? VOTE
      • Budget $250 - VOTE
  • Gorman Giving (Alyssa Sacco)
    • Food Drive dates
• In School Enrichment Activities (Cara Huberman)
  • December Enrichment Follow-up – Winter Puppet Show
  • January Enrichment – 1/15 Keith Richards: The Bubble Guy






Friday, January 3, 2014

Blizzard Bags – A chance to recoup lost school time?

As we are all enjoying Day 2 of no school this week, has the thought crossed your mind about what would happen if go beyond our allotted number of snow days? Last year, it extended into the last week of June.

A possible solution could be “Blizzard Bags.” These are packets of grade-specific activities that must be completed and submitted to teachers upon resumption of school. They are meant to encourage learning and incorporate learning opportunities outside of the classroom. These bags are not a replacement to snow days, schools that use them intend them to forestall adding on school days after the allotted snow days have been exhausted. This is an example of one school's blizzard bag.
                                                     
Do you like this idea? A few Fort Banks and Cummings parents liked the idea too. Here is what needs to happen before we can do this:

·      Attend the Monday, January 6 School Committee meeting at 6pm and make your support known for a Blizzard Pack during the public comment period.

·      Ask the School Committee and Superintendent if Blizzard Packs would be acceptable to be used to fulfill Department of Education school year requirements if we’ve exhausted our allotted snow days.