A Quest for Excellence

PTO Week in Review 9/12

A warm welcome to the new and returning families to Shongum School from your PTO. We are looking forward to a wonderful year!
Please check your child’s backpack and folder for directions on the Shongum PTO QuickStart Guide! By going online to http://www.shongumpto.org/membership/ – our one-stop form will enroll you for PTO membership and directory, allow purchase of Excuse Pads, enroll in Volunteer Opportunities and sign up for the Room Parent Program as well as allow for online payment (or payment by check).

Please complete the online form and return dues payment to your eldest child’s homeroom in an envelope marked “PTO Back to School” – OR submit online.

If you wish to become a Room Parent – membership dues and online form need to be returned by Wednesday, September 14th. For questions about the Room Parent program – please contact Dana O’Malley at baccdana@yahoo.com or Dawn Pietrucha at dawnp@me.com.

If you do not wish to become a Room Parent – membership forms and payment are due by September 28th in order to be included in the school directory.

We are so excited for you to be a part of the Shongum community and are eager for you to be a part of our communications for the year.
If you have any questions regarding PTO – please email Carol Brandmaier-Monahan at cbrandmona@gmail.com.

A very big thank you to our wonderful Scavenger Hunt Coordinators: Vikki Fordahl, Crystal Gumann and Jen Weinstock. The passport idea was fun, the selfie booth and decorations were a big hit with our families! Thanks also to your helpers for helping to guide our new schoolmates through the school: Elisa LaPietra, Michelle Rothfeld, Martha Conte, Terri Albright, Amanda & Jack Kielbania, Jen, Kendall & Madelyn Pasuit, Nancy & Lauren Podesta, Jen Weiss, Beckett & Dane Fordahl, Ava & Preston Gumann, and Leah Weinstock.

As part of our Back to School events, a big thanks to our Spiritwear and School Supply Coordinator – Marie Lachanski, and to all of the people who helped out at the Scavenger Hunt and Luncheon to get the spirit wear and school supplies to our children: Meghan Murphy, Staci Havens, Jackie Kovacs, Melissa Millward, Vikki Fordahl, Crystal Gumann, and Katelyn Monahan.

Our Back to School events continued with a Back to School Luncheon for our staff and PTO Committee Heads. A huge thanks to Erin Kazella and Jen DesRosiers for a wonderful spread, and to our PTO Board for all of your help in setting up and cleaning up: Jen Pasuit, Crystal Gumann, Jackie Kovacs, and Renee Thurman.

Lastly, our Back to School would not be fully complete without our membership folders and all of the hard work that goes into preparing those folders and getting them to the classrooms. Thanks to Jackie Kovacs, Jen and Madelyn Pasuit, Crystal Gumann, Renee Taurman and Katelyn Monahan for all of the hard work that went into getting our school year off to a great start!


9/14:                    Room Parent Sign Up forms due (sign up at http://www.shongumpto.org/membership/)

9/22:               Back to School Night – Grades K-2 – Shongum APR – 7:00-8:00 PM
9/26:               Early Dismissal for Students – 1:25 PM dismissal
9/28:               PTO Meeting 9:30 AM – All Purpose Room
9/28:               Shongum PTO Membership forms and fees due (sign up at http://www.shongumpto.org/membership/)
9/29:               Back to School Night – Grades 3-5 – Shongum APR – 7:00-8:00 PM
9/29:               Room Parent Tea – 3:10 PM
9/30:               School Pictures
10/3-10/4:          Schools closed – Rosh Hashanah


Please visit our website, http://www.shongumpto.org/, or Facebook page for more information.


*** UPDATES ***
Excuse Pads: Shongum PTO is pleased to offer you the convenience of “Excuse pads”:
Child late for school…
Going home with another parent…
being picked up early…
Staying after school for…
These handy, colorful easy to find pads are available to you by completing the information below. Once your order is received, it will be sent back home with your child. The Excuse Pads are priced at $5.00 each, $8.00 for two, and $10.00 for three (50 sheets per pad). Keep one in your home, car, and office and you’ll never have to search for a scrap piece of paper again! Ordering available on our website: http://www.shongumpto.org/excuse-pads-2/.
Questions about the Excuse Pads please contact Paula Dobres at pauladand3@yahoo.com
or (973) 661-0292.
Library Volunteers: With the start of a new school year, we are looking for library volunteers!
Mr. Lutschewitz (Mr. L) is looking for volunteers to check in/out books and to help students find books they are interested in reading. Library is once a week for half an hour – it is up to you how many times you would like to come in and help. Ideally, we have 2 parents for each session (the younger ones tend to need more help that the older students). It is a great way to volunteer and be involved!
If you are willing to volunteer, please sign up at http://www.shongumpto.org/library-volunteer-sign-up/ with your volunteer slot requests. Once volunteer interest is determined, we will confirm your slot and frequency.
Your emails will only be shared with Mr. L so you can be notified in case of last minute changes to the schedule. If you are a volunteer from previous years, you can start helping out right away, but please be sure to sign up.
For our new volunteers, we would like to invite you to our library training session with Mr. L (it is not complicated). Once you have attended this orientation you will be able to start volunteering during your requested time slots. Dates for training will be in October! We are looking forward to meeting with you! Please reach out to co-chairs Imene Kouidri at imenesaid@gmail.com and Birte Streitberger at birte@streitberger.net with any questions. See you at the library!
Shongum Girl Scouts: Attention all parents of girls in grades K-5: If your daughter is interested in joining Girl Scouts, please come to our Recruitment Night on September 27th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Shongum All Purpose room. Please consider becoming a leader or co-leader. It is so much fun and rewarding watching your daughter and her friends achieve their goals. Please RSVP to Jill Ellermeyer at jillae1201@aol.com. We hope to see you there!
9/14:                                        RMS Back to School Night – Grade 7 – 6:00-8:00 PM
9/15:                                        RMS Back to School Night – Grade 6 – 6:00-8:00 PM

Thank You for Your Donation!

Your support of the Shongum PTO is very much appreciated. Your donation goes to providing programming for the students of Shongum, technology upgrades and a myriad of other services. Thank you!

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