A Quest for Excellence

PTO Week in Review 9/19



We are looking forward to seeing our K-2 families on Back to School Night on September 22nd at 7:00 PM! Please be sure to stop by the PTO table – check out our Spiritwear, take a peek at pics from our activities from last year, confirm you have successfully signed up for the PTO and directory for the year, and ask questions!

PTO Membership: Thank you to all of you who have filled in the online membership form! We appreciate you working with us to go completely paperless and make filling in Back to School forms simpler and to help our volunteers more easily get you your membership directory!

If you haven’t yet – please check your child’s backpack and green folder for directions on the Shongum PTO QuickStart Guide http://www.shongumpto.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PTOQuickStartGuide.pdf.  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 you in Volunteer Opportunities as well as allow for online payment (or payment by check).

If you are filling in the online form – please be sure to go through the entire form and enter “submit” on page 7. When entering your selection of PTO membership type, be sure to select the box of the membership type you would like – and if paying by paypal, be sure to select the link next to the choice – e.g. (check the box) $50 – Basic Membership incl. 1 Directory + 2 Additional Directories + PTO Donation – (select this link) https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=892T5HTNWKYTW. Once you have completed the paypal, please go back and complete the form through page 7.

If paying by check – complete the online form through page 7, submit and be sure to send in a check made out to “Shongum PTO” in an envelope marked PTO Back to School.

Important note if you have ALREADY completed the online PTO Membership Form:

We have received payments that do not correspond with submitted registrations. Please note, you must go through the entire document to page 7 and click “submit” for any data to be saved in the system. Please re-input your information if you closed out the Membership Form before hitting “submit” on page 7 or your information may NOT be included in the directory. You will not need to pay again. Simply check the box for the payment amount that you already tendered and continue through to page 7 and click “submit”.

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.


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
10/10:                        Schools closed for Students/Full Day Staff Development
10/12:                         Schools closed – Yom Kippur
10/15-16:                    Family Portraits – Brundage Preserve Pond

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: Thank you to all who have signed up already! Volunteers are still needed for class time slots!

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!

PTO Website & Weekly Blast: Be on the lookout for changes to come! Over the next several months, we will be updating both our e-blast communications and our website format along with adding additional content to become your complete source for Shongum School PTO info. Our goal is to become a fully green paperless system. The Shongum PTO is updating our email server for all Shongum PTO Blasts. To continue receiving our PTO Blasts and to ensure our emails don’t go to SPAM, please add PTOeblasts@shongumpto.org to your address book. Check us out at http://www.shongumpto.org/.

Money for Nothing: Welcome back Shongum families! We’d like to remind you to send in all the Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Tyson Project A+ Labels you collected over the summer. Also, if you have any of the bonus Box Tops that are often found on packages at the beginning of the school year, please send them in before they expire.
Each month we will present the traveling Box Tops trophy to the class who brings in the most Box Tops, Labels for Education, and Tyson Project A+ labels. Each winning class will also get a certificate they can hang outside their door all year to show the rest of the school that they are super clippers. We understand that it can be a pain to remove and send in Box Tops, Labels for Education and Tyson Project A+ labels and we appreciate your support. If you ever have any questions about what we can and cannot accept, please contact Vikki Fordahl at vfordahl@gmail.com or Crystal Gumann at cgsurface@optimum.net.

Family Portraits: On Saturday and Sunday, October 15th and 16th, Shongum School PTO will offer this very special opportunity to have a family portrait session done outside with the beautiful background of Brundage Preserve Pond for only $25!  As in previous years, local photographer Tom Neely has graciously offered this service to our Shongum families. To reserve your session time, please follow instructions and complete the online form at www.shongumpto.org/family-portraits/ no later than Friday, October 7th. You can pay online or send your check made out to Shongum PTO in an envelope labeled “Family Portraits”. Please contact Dawn Pietrucha at dawn@me.com with any questions.

Yearbook: First Day of School easy? Captured those awesome pics on your phone? We are looking for your First Day of School Pics! We would love any pics – any smartphone pics need to be uploaded to www.phanfare.com on a laptop. Any pics less than 1 megabyte will not be suitable. Here are the directions:

– Upload photos from your phone OR camera to your laptop
– Go to phanfare dropbox link http://sh.phanfare.com/ybkguest/dropbox
– Type in the password (ybkguest)
– Click Get Started
– Under “Your Name” type your email address
– If you need to explain something you can put it in “Note to Site Owner”
– Click Next
– Click Select Files. A window will open for you to find the files on your hard drive
– Hold dow the key to select multiple files – all those you want to upload
– Click Open
– Phanfare will load them all, show you the list, and tell you when it’s finished (Upload

Baby Pics: Attention all Fifth grade parents!
Please submit your child’s baby photo for the special 5th grade yearbook page. Digital camera submissions are preferred. By December 1st – please upload your photos to phanfare for the yearbook!

Directions for submission of baby photos to phanfare:
– Upload photos from your phone OR camera to your laptop
– Go to the phanfare dropbox link http://sh.phanfare.com/babypic/dropbox
– Type in the password (ybkbabies)
– Click Get Started
– Under “Your Name” type the designated label, eg “gr5-fromme-baby”
– Under “Email” type your email address
– If you need to explain something you can put it in “Note to Site Owner”
– Click Next
– Click Select Files. A window will open for you for find the files on your hard drive.
– Hold down the key to select multiple files -all those you want to upload
– Click Open
– Phanfare will load them all, show you the list, and tell you when it’s finished (Upload

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!

Shongum Cub Scouts: Is your son interested in scouting? Join us Saturday, September 24th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for a Campfire, Skits & S’mores at Brundage Preserve (near pond) or join us Monday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. for our first Pack meeting of the year! The boys will be able to participate in the meeting and activities! Parents of non-scouts must stay while their child is present. Please see the attached flyer for more information. flier-for-shongum-distribution-9-2016


9/23:                Center Grove School Carnival – 4:30-9:00 PM

Randolph High School Girl’s Soccer: RHS Girl’s Soccer invites all Randolph travel and recreation players to its Fan Appreciation Night on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. at John DaSilva Memorial Field. For information, please click on the attached flyer. http://www.rtnj.org/cms/lib011/NJ01912887/Centricity/Domain/8/Girls%20Soccer%20fan%20app%209%2028%202016.pdf

Ironia Fundraiser: The Ironia School 5th grade class is selling sports chairs with “Randolph” on them for $25.00 as a fundraiser. Please check out the attachment if you are interested in ordering! Orders are due by September 23rd. Please email all questions to Francesca Tighe at ftighe22@yahoo.com.  fifth-grade-chair-fundraiser-1


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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