Whoa! That’s about all we can say recently. Hopefully everyone is staying safe and staying involved and staying sane.
With the cancellation of… well, everything…. we never got a chance to finalize board members for the 2020-21 school year. With no president-elect available the current board made the decision that Cheri Shoup would stay on for one more year as the President. Desperate times and all… Current Secretary Jennifer Thorndyke has agreed to take the President-Elect position, and she would then move into the President role in the 2021-22 school year. Molly Warren has graciously agreed to be our Secretary for the coming year. Thanks Molly! And Josh Kitchen will stay on as treasurer for one more (and final!) year.
Not much going on obviously with school, but some info to share. The cancellation of the carnival hurt; the PTO is currently at a $2500 deficit for the year. Fortunately we have the cash reserves to get us through. An updated financial statement is available, and I believe everything should be in for the year ending 6/30/20.
Shout-out to Kona Ice, who took their trucks through the neighborhoods on April 23 as a treat to Abbott students. And the PTO received a $300 check back from Kona as a % of sales. Thanks to all the families who participated!
A few misc items that the Board decided on in absentia: We allowed an extra $250 for the Fifth Grade Farewell for a students to get t-shirts, and to cover some party favors that were already purchased. We also authorized $250 from the Hardship Fund, to help families that Dr. Chaussee identified as particularly hard hit by the pandemic. (Thanks to Stephanie Ludwig for the idea!) We decided not to pursue the Dancing Classrooms group for a refund (approx $200) since they are a nonprofit. And the decision was made to pay our crossing/traffic guards for the full school year. Thanks Peggy & Karl!
Here’s looking forward to getting school started again in the fall! The PTO is planning on going strong with lots of volunteer help. See you in September!
Join the Grace Abbott PTO Facebook page for information and to connect with other parents.
Calling all Parents!! You are invited to attend our next/first PTO meeting on Tuesday, Sep 1st at 6:30pm in the library. This is a great way to share in your children’s educational experience, and to get information about volunteering in your children’s school. If nothing else, come for Dr Chaussee’s State of the
Union School address.
Fill a baggie with clipped Box Tops and return to your teacher between November 18, 2019 and January 10, 2020. Scan your receipts in the Box Tops for Education App and if you GIVE CREDIT to your teacher, these will also count towards the classroom totals. The three classrooms with the highest submission will win a special treat!
1st Prize – Pizza Party *** 2nd Prize – Popcorn Party. *** 3rd Prize – Donut Party
Grace Abbott PTO fundraising
Save your Hy-Vee receipts from any Omaha / Papillion Hy-Vee store from September 1st through December 31st. Gas receipts, diner, coffee shop and pharmacy are accepted. Hy-Vee will donate $1 for every $200 spent during this time period to our school. Send your receipts to school. If you receive your receipts via email you can now forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to ask family and friends for their receipts!
Buzz Book Confirmation is now OPEN – Detailed Instructions (click Here)
We will be using https://graceabbottpto.membershiptoolkit.com to host our online Buzz Book, but we NEED your help! All existing and new Abbott families need to confirm and update their own information so that the most current information is published to the school families. Even if you do not plan on purchasing the Buzz Book, please confirm your information!
Order form for Cash/Check – can also pay online via PayPal
How will I access the Site to Update My Information?
ALL NEW and Existing Families:
- Click on the Register/Login button.
- Select “Create Account” and fill in the name, email, and password information.
- Click “verify my email” and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
- Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process.
- Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information.
- Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.
- Once these forms are complete, you will be able to purchase the Buzz book online or use the form below to pay by cash or check.
Will there be a Cost for the Buzz Book?
For $3.50, you will receive a paper copy of the Buzz Book and access to the Book online. You can pay using PayPal (after confirming) or Cash/Check using the form below. Additional copies are $3.50.