Route 40

Elementary School

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Weekly Newsletter October 11

HARVEST BASKET TICKET SALES: We have started Harvest basket ticket sales. Students who sell 25 or more tickets get a t-shirt designed by fifth grade students. Families with 2 or more students need to sell 20 tickets per child to receive a t-shirt. If you sell 50 tickets your child will receive a wristband for the night of the Halloween Social. The wristband is a $10 value that includes all games, except for the cake walk. Otherwise, it’s $10 at the door. Families of 2 or more students need to sell 40 tickets per child to receive the wristband. The classroom selling the most tickets wins 15 extra minutes of recess. The top three sellers win Walmart gift cards for $25, $15, and $10. Tickets are $1 each. If you would like to have tickets to sell, please send in a note or call Mrs. Spataro. All tickets and money are due October 22, 2018. Please try to sell these tickets. This event is the one that supports the PTO programs for the year. Unsold tickets need returned. You are responsible for purchasing any lost tickets.
CLASSROOM BASKETS – ITEMS NEEDED: Every year students create baskets that are raffled at the social. Each classroom chooses a theme and is asked to send in items to fill the basket. The classroom themes are listed
Pre-K - Gift cards 3 – Arts and Crafts
Kindergarten – Snow Day Fun 4 – Crafts
1 – Money Tree 5 – Squishy Basket
2 – Snack Attack
HARVEST BASKET ITEMS NEEDED: Each grade is asked to send in specific items to fill the harvest baskets. We appreciate your efforts in helping us to continue this tradition. Please see your child’s grade level below. Please send in all items by October 22, 2018. PTO will add the gift card for the turkey.
Pre-K – stuffing mix and cans of pie filling 3 – cranberry sauce and dessert mix
K – cans of sweet potatoes and noodles 4 – gravy mix or jars, corn bread mix
1 – cans of sauerkraut and carrots or peas 5 – cans of fruit and corn
2 – cans of green beans and instant potatoes
HELP WANTED AT THE HALLOWEEN SOCIAL: We are looking for people to sign up to work events at the social. Please let us know how you can help.
HALLOWEEN SOCIAL BAKE SALE & CAKE WALK: The PTO is asking parents to donate baked goods for the bake sale and cake walk for the Halloween social. If you are able to make a donation, please complete the bottom portion of the forms that were sent home. Thank you for your support of our children, school, and the PTO.
HALLOWEEN PARADE: There will be a Halloween Parade and classroom party on October 26. Students will begin dressing at 1:45 for the 2:00 p.m. parade. The classroom snack and celebration will follow immediately after the parade. Classroom teachers will send out specific details about their specific festivities.
BOX TOPS: Please continue to send box tops to school. The teachers use the proceeds to buy materials and supplies for their classrooms.
PBIS STORE: We have opened our PBIS store thanks to the generous support of PTO. Students earn points through positive behaviors in the classroom. These points are accumulated and used to purchase items in the store. Parents can support us by donating gently used items that are no longer wanted for their child. Examples would be books and toys in great, clean condition that students have outgrown or no longer wish to use.
PICTURE RETAKE DAY: Friday, November 16 is Make-up Picture Day. If you would like your child to have his/her picture retaken, simply return your original package on Picture Retake Day.
4-H: The Route 40 4-H After School program will be beginning on October 18 from 3:15-5:00. This program is for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and will be every third Thursday except for January. Registration forms were sent home this week. If you are interested in having your child participate in this program, please fill out the form and send back to school.
PTO MEMBERSHIP: PTO is currently accepting dues for membership $3.00 per person or $5.00 per family. Membership gives you a voice in the decision making process. Please consider joining us in supporting our school and making this a great place for kids.
PTO MEETING: Our next PTO meeting will be Wednesday, October 17 starting at 6:00 p.m. We will be working on the Halloween Social for this year. We are asking everyone able to help to attend the meeting. We are going to need organizers for all aspects of the evening’s events.
FLUORIDE PROGRAM: The Garrett County Health Department will once again be offering fluoride to our student’s grades 1-5. We will start the fluoride program the week of October 15. Your student was sent home with information and a permission slip. If you have not yet returned the permission slip or you need another one please contact the school nurse.
PARENT CONFERENCES: Parent Conferences will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Notices will be sent home later with the time of your conference.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS: Every Wednesday at 1:00 pm is our parent volunteer day. If you can come to the school and help out that would be great. You would assist us in the preparation and making of classroom materials. If you want to volunteer on other days, please call the office.
YEARBOOKS: There are currently yearbooks from the school year 2017-2018 available for purchase for $18 each. Please make checks payable to RT 40 PTO. We are looking for volunteers to help design the 2018-2019 yearbook. For more information please call the school.
A+ SCHOOL REWARDS: If you have a Martin’s card, please consider sending us your name and number. You can also enter your information on the Martin’s A+ website at
REMIND: Our school is inviting you to join Remind, a text messaging system that allows you to receive messages from our school on your phone. We send home reminders about early dismissals, school closures due to inclement weather, special events and other important information. To join, please text @route40s to 81010. If you are unsuccessful with that, try texting @route40s to (469)208-6807 instead.
17 PTO 6:00 p.m.
18 4H 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
22 Wear Fall Colors
23 Wear favorite team shirt
24 Wear sunglasses and hats
Basket items due
Social tickets due
25 Wear red, white, and blue
26 Wear Route 40 shirt
Halloween Social 7:00-9:30 pm
5 Parent Conferences from 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
6 Election Day (No School)
21 Noon Dismissal
22-23 Thanksgiving Break (No School)