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Important! May Fundraising

May Fundraising

 

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED….. 

Why is the PTSA always fundraising?  

You may have asked this question or wondered why public schools need to raise funds, despite receiving government funds. Unfortunately, to provide the best possible support and staffing, many schools are unable to reach their higher potential without additional community funding.  

So…How much has the PTSA raised this year?  

Our PTSA Board, volunteers and community have been working hard to raise much-needed funds. Here is what we have been able to raise so far:  

    • The October Auction, General Donations, Restaurant Take Out Nights and the Goodwill Truck Fundraiser: $18,000! 
    • As of May 9, 2024, the Fundraiser & Fun Run raised just over $16,000!  
    • That’s a total of $34,000! 

And…What exactly does Spiritridge spend it on?  

Donations are collected into a “general school fund.” This gives the PTSA flexibility to cover the most pressing and important expenses first. Look at what YOU and our community provided through your generous donations last year!  

    • $50K Donation to the School for General School Assistants (or GSA’s): This money gives Spiritridge extra support by hiring GSAs who support students in a variety of ways. Some of these include:  
    • Assisting teachers with small group, reading groups, literacy skills, 1:1 support and testing 
    • Lunch and recess monitoring 
    • They play a crucial role in how the school functions and how our students receive extra support in the classroom 
    • $16K for Curriculum Enhancement: These are the things that really make coming to school extra special! Some examples of curriculum enhancement are:  
    • Fieldtrips 
    • Classroom speakers 
    • Toymaker 
    • Time (Magazine) For Kids and Scholastic Magazine provided to classrooms 
    • Makerspace Materials 
    • $11K for Programs: These are the fun events that help create community and opportunities for families to gather in a fun way outside of school. Some of these events include:  
    • Family fun Nights 
    • Ice Cream Socials 
    • The Science Fair 
    • Carnival 
    • Movie Night 
    • $7K for Staff Grants: These are teacher-requested grants that provide things such as classroom materials and supplies.  
    • $3.5K for Literacy Manipulatives: These are physical tools which students can use during their reading journey. They provide enhanced reading support through hands-on learning.  
    • $3K for Staff Appreciation: Our teachers, admin and staff work hard to support our students and staff appreciation helps us to give back in a small way! Occasional PTSA-provided staff lunches and appreciation events help us to celebrate our wonderful staff! 
    • $4K for Administration Costs: The least glamorous of the expenses, yet so crucial. These expenses include things like printing, providing families with a family directory, PTSA insurance, website, processing fees and taxes, etc. (printing / copy center, Directory, insurance, website, processing fees and taxes, etc.  

EVERY DONATION MATTERS!  

As you can see, all donations – both big and small – are meaningful. Your donation enhances the way our students learn and gives them experiences that create lifetime memories. Whether you are able to donate $1 or $100, your donation makes a BIG impact on our school! Donate today! Visit Spiritridge.org to make an online contribution.  

CORPORATE MATCHING – DOES YOUR COMPANY DO IT?  

Did you know that many companies in Washington State offer corporate matching? Some well-known companies include Starbucks, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines, Boeing…and many more! Ask your co-workers, HR department or employee assistance program specialist about it today!  

YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS = MONEY FOR THE SCHOOL  

Some companies will pay your chosen non-profit organization for your volunteer hours! Not sure if your company offers this? Ask around or see if your company has a Corporate Social Responsibility or Corporate Citizenship department.  


Spiritridge Carnival

Spiritridge Carnival

Please join the Spiritridge PTSA and Spiritridge community for our annual end of school year Carnival!

WHEN: Friday, June 7th
WHERE: Spiritridge Gym

Outdoor opens at 5:30pm / Indoor at 6:30pm
Event Concludes at 8:00pm


TICKET PURCHASE:
 Families are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets. Receive 3 additional gold star game plays with pre-purchased ticket. Pre-purchase is available until Friday, May 31st. See the list below for games & activities included in admission and available as Gold Star Games.

CLICK HERE for Tickets


CONCESSIONS:
 The following Food Trucks and vendors will be onsite for food purchase from 5:30 - 8:00pm:

    • Food Truck: Baitong
    • Food Truck: Lunch on the Plate
    • Everything Bunt Cakes
    • Kawaii Treats (available from 6:30 - 8:00 pm indoors)
    • Hot dogs & Pizza - while supplies last from 5:30pm - 8:00 pm


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
The school carnival is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate a fantastic school year.  To ensure that the carnival is a memorable and impactful experience, we need volunteers like you to lend a helping hand. There are various roles available, including: face painting, running a carnival game, concessions or helping prior to the event. Please check out the volunteer opportunities below:

AVAILABLE GAMES/ACTIVITIES: We will have available games and activities suitable for all ages and abilities.  Included in Admission:

    • Complimentary Popcorn
    • Face Painting
    • 1 Gold Star Game

Complimentary Games/Activities:

    • Inflatable Battle Axes
    • Balloon Blast
    • Backlash
    • Strike Zone
    • Bubbles/Chalk
    • Pick-A-Duck
    • Bean Bag Toss
    • Ring Toss
    • PLUS many more

Gold Star Games:

    • Shoot & Score Connect 4 Basketball
    • Dunk Tank
    • Cake Walk
    • Bingo
    • Football Throw
    • Hoop Shot
    • Windmill Golf Carnival Game

Community

TAKING CARE OF OUR NEIGHBORS and COMMUNITY!

 

Let’s come together and take care of our commUNITY!

Two of our Spiritridge families have suffered devasting losses after their homes caught on fire within the last couple months. Information about how you can help is below, 

Ms. Angela Anderson (a para educator at Spiritridge) lost her home in April. Her family has the following wish list, Anderson Family Wish List

The Kriner family has two young students (Kindergarten and 3rd grade) at Spiritridge, earlier this month they suffered a total loss of their home and nearly all their possessions after their house caught fire. If you are able to donate, they have started a Go-Fund-Me here. Kriner Family Go-Fund-Me

If you have any questions or want to discuss alternative ways to contribute, please reach out to Nicole Holley at Holleyn2@gmail.com 

Thank you for supporting these families during an exceptionally difficult time!


Spiritridge Spring Garden Project

Spiritridge Spring Garden Project




Our school garden needs some spring love! Below are opportunities to contribute to our community. Assembling cups with soil and distributing to interested classes for growing in their window sills are priority. We want to get the seeds distributed this month! Please contact jleeglover@gmail.com if you have questions about the level of effort or commitment. It takes a village!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (Signup link)
CLASSROOM SUPPORT (8 openings, ~1-3 hours, time varies with teacher)
Classroom Garden Liaisons: Can you take the lead on connecting with your teacher, or multiple classrooms to help them use the garden? We've got loads of seeds you could use for in-classroom projects. We can give you a tour of the garden, so you can lead classrooms in outdoor garden time (pulling weeds, exploring soil, etc.). Interest varies among teachers in using the garden space, but dedicated classroom garden helpers makes it much easier for them to get out there.


Car Dropoff

Spiritridge Car Dropoff Helpers Needed!

In an effort to help the morning drop off process be more efficient, we are looking for a few volunteers - adults and children - to open and close car doors as students arrive. Students 3rd grade or older are welcome to volunteer, but must be accompanied by an adult. The volunteer time would be 8:35-9:10 AM every day.

All volunteers will have a bright safety vest on and will be trained on where they should stand to keep everyone safe and expedite the process for all. Please direct questions to: president@spiritridge.org

Click for the Sign up Link


Yearbook

Yearbooks

Spiritridge Yearbooks are available for pre-order! Order your child’s yearbook now to be sure they receive one at the end of the school year.

Please contact yearbook@spiritridge.org with any questions. Also, please share your photos from Family Fun Nights, classroom activities, field trips, etc. to get them included in the yearbook. Send to: yearbook@spiritridge.org


Volunteers

Volunteers Needed


Our yearly Spiritridge PTSA events and programs would not be possible without dedicated volunteers like yourself. Please sign up for any volunteer efforts to help bring our commUNITY together.

We are still looking for chairs and volunteers for the following programs / events:

    • Monthly Staff Appreciation
      • We have monthly opportunities for showing appreciation to our Spiritridge Staff. If you'd like to help us with this, please email us @ Hospitality@spiritridge.org 
    • Spiritridge Morning Car Drop off
    • Bite of Spiritridge / Multicultural Night (May 10)
    • Carnival (June 7)

If available, please email the following unless otherwise specified: programs@spiritridge.org


CommUNITY Opportunities

CommUNITY Opportunities for your Kids!

Community

Looking for local opportunities and activities for your kids to participate in? Events will be posted on our CommUNITY page which can be found in the sidebar, leading you here: https://spiritridge.org/Page/CommUNITY/Community%20News

If you'd like to add to our growing list, contact us at Webmaster@Spiritridge.org and we'll get it posted!

In the meantime, check out the CommUNITY Page for more details on the following:


Join the PTSA!

Join the PTSA!

 

Spiritridge PTSA Membership

Welcome back, parents and guardians, teachers, and students. We are launching our membership drive for the next two months and we need your support. Family (2 adults) $30Single Adult $20School Staff $15Our PTSA Creates ConnectionsCome build powerful relationships get to know our school’s teachers and staff, and see how we’re working to improve our school. We’re all in this together!Our PTSA Supports Your ChildOur data-backed, nationally recognized programs give your child access to opportunities they might not have otherwise. We need your help to keep them going!Our PTSA Amplifies Your VoicePTSA members have been changing children’s lives for over 125 years—take the school lunch program for example! We’ll give you training, knowledge and opportunities to have a voice in decisions that affect your family.Link to Join Today! Questions? Contact volunteers@spiritridge.org 


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