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Apr. 4: Aldrin Elementary Night at Observatory Park/Third Grading Period Ends
Apr. 7: NOW A FULL SCHOOL DAY / 3rd Quarter Progress Reports Sent Home/WordMasters Study Group
Apr. 14-18: Spring Break (No School for Students)
Apr. 26: Food Drive (North Point Giant)
May 1: Band and Strings Concert (7 pm)
June 5: Science Fair

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The PTA Buzz weekly newsletter is the primary way the PTA communicates with parents. Please forward our newsletters to any new parents or encourage them to sign up for the newsletter by visiting www.aldrinpta.com and filling out the “Subscribe Today” section.

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Sports Camp Registration – Happening NOW!

Sign up here:
www.sportability.com/aesports

Dates:
Session 1: 7/7-7/11
Session 2: 7/14-7/18
Session 3: 7/21-7/25
Session 4: 7/28-8/1 (AM only)

AM: 9:30-12:30
PM: 12:30-3:30
All day: 9:30-3:30

Option for 9AM drop off for $25/week

Early bird cost (until 4/30)
$130 (AM or PM)
$240 (Full day)
(Costs will be updated after 4/30)

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ResTown Hall Meeting: Creating a Community Response to The Draft Baron Cameron Park Master Plan

Buzz Aldrin ES Cafeteria, 7-9 PM, April 7, 2014

RCA’s Reston 2020 Committee invites fellow Restonians to participate in an engaging and interactive community meeting to respond to the Park Authority draft plan for Baron Cameron Park presented on March 27th (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/plandev/baroncameron.htm).

The goal of the meeting is to generate feedback about the draft Baron Cameron Park plan’s strengths and weaknesses, additional ideas, and significant concerns, and submit them to the Park Authority Board as a consolidated community view.

At the meeting, everyone will have the opportunity to:

• Learn the facts and background of the plan via a brief overview of the Park Authority’s presentation as well as feedback raised at the Park Authority meeting.

• Assemble into small, moderated work groups to generate and capture ideas, questions, and concerns about the draft plan.

• Work together to consolidate and prioritize the small group feedback while fleshing out key issues.

Reston 2020 will consolidate all the contributions into a community response to the Park Authority Board by April 18th in order to provide time for the Park Authority to respond.

THIS IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT CONCERNS, QUESTIONS OR IDEAS REGARDING THE BARON CAMERON PARK MASTER PLAN! ALL FEEDBACK IS DUE BY APRIL 27TH!

It is your community; let us help make sure your voice is heard.

For more information, please see RCA President Colin Mills’ comments athttp://www.restoncitizensassociation.blogspot.com/2014/03/rca-wants-your-thoughts-on-baron.html

If you have questions, please contact Reston 2020’s Terry Maynard atterrmayn@yahoo.com.

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2013-2014 ALDRIN YEARBOOK

Yearbook orders MUST be turned in THIS WEEK! It is important that you order your yearbook timely to ensure we have enough for every student/family that wants one. If you need another brochure, you can pick up one in the main office.

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The Aldrin PTA will soon be looking to fill open chairperson and board positions for the 2014-2015 school year. Stay tuned for more information! Questions, email whatsthebuzz@aldrinpta.com

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THE ALDRIN GARDEN NEEDS YOU!!

A few adults volunteers are needed on Monday, March 31 after 2:30 to help top off the Aldrin garden beds with new garden soil being delivered early Monday afternoon. Wheelbarrows, shovels, metal rakes and a tarp or two are needed as well. If you have tools and/or are available to help please email Kathy Pursifull (kbpursifull@fcps.edu).

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ITS ALDRIN ELEMENTARY FAMILY NIGHT AT OBSERVATORY PARK on Friday, April 4th!!

Look through telescopes to see stars, constellations, planets and more! Please click on the below link for more information and to RSVP. Hope to see you all there!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0445A5A82DAB9-family

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Science Fair – June 5

The science fair has been rescheduled from April 24th to June 5th. More details to follow.

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Food Drive: April 26 at North Point Giant! Save the Date!

Aldrin will be participating in a Summer Food Drive at the North Point Giant on Saturday, April 26 from 10am – 5pm. We are looking for 10 – 12 smiling volunteers who can work in 1.5 to 2-hour shifts to hand out ‘shopping lists’ to the shoppers indicating what is needed – and what aisle they can find the items. Please keep this date in mind as a volunteer – and as a shopper – as you plan your upcoming calendars. More information will be available in the next week. Stay tuned!

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Wordmasters Study Group:

Our next study group will meet on Monday, April 7 from 8:10-9:05am in the Aldrin cafeteria to prepare the children for the next challenge in May. Please have them bring a pencil and their word list. Please remember that these study groups are for grades 3-5 ONLY. We do not have a group for 6th grade. The final study group will be on April 28. Please email Alison Behar with any questions:alison.behar@gmail.com.

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FCPA

The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering two unique recreational opportunities in April. One is a LEGO design contest, and the other is a mini golf competition. Information about both is included in the attached flyers. Proceeds from both competitions will be used to support the county’s athletic field turf replacement initiative.

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/tournaments-for-turf

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Internet Access For Low-Income Students

As technology plays a larger role in our schools it becomes more important for all students to have home access to technology and the Internet. Many students have little or no access to the Internet away from school. This places them at a disadvantage. To address this problem the FCPS’s “Access 4 All Committee” has been working to support three programs that make it possible for low-income families to obtain computers and Internet access at home at reduced or no costs. Details of the program are described below.

The first program is Cox Communications’s “Connect2Compete” initiative that allows families receiving “Free Lunch” support to obtain Internet access for $10.00 a month. It also provides those families with support and the opportunity to purchase computers at low cost. Attached are English and Spanish language flyers from Cox that provide details concerning this program.

Comcast’s “Internet Essentials” is the second program. This program is similar to Cox’s “Connect2Compete” initiative with the primary difference in that students on both “Free AND Reduced Lunch” are eligible for it. Details of Comcast program are found in the attached English and Spanish Comcast flyers .

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School of Excellence Action Plan

As you know, in partnership with the school, the PTA conducted a Family Survey at the beginning of the school year. Your feedback is very much appreciated. The PTA, Mr. Wolfe and Mrs. Gist have thoughtfully considered the results and the current level of family engagement and have developed an action plan based on a shared goal of Improving Family Engagement in Education. Specifically, our objective is to increase family engagement supporting student success (literacy, math, science). Many of our actions are already underway. ClickHERE to view a copy of the action plan. We will be conducting another Family Survey at the end of the school year. We look forward to your continued feedback!

If you have questions or would like to help the school and the PTA reach its stated objectives please contact Kim Gilbreath kim.gilbreath@verizon.net or Hale Brickhouse vthale@halebob.net.

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New at Aldrin: 6th grade Girls Running Club.

Free of cost. ALL you need is love to run or have a desire to do some work out. Just join them on Tuesdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 from 3.55-4:55p.m. You will learn about Character Qualities as you train for a 5k. The girls will finish the 5 weeks with a 5k.

Contact Debbie Onufer at daonufer@fcps.edu, or Lindsey Woodardlswoodard@fcps.edu for more information.

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Ask The Coach

It’s here! Click here for the March editionof Ryan Lonnett’s “Ask the Coach” article addressing your common health and wellness questions. Ryan is the founder and owner of Empowered Wellness, a company specializing in providing wellness solutions to schools in addition to conducting unique wellness-oriented summer camps.

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Aldrin PTA Direct Contribution Campaign

YES, YOU CAN HELP!
We need 100% of our families to participate by contributing whatever you can afford. Please remember that NO donation amount is too small and every bit helps the teachers and students of Aldrin Elementary.

TO MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION, complete THIS FORM and return it to school in your child’s backpack. Please enclose your form and check (payable to Aldrin PTA) in a sealed envelope marked “Direct Contribution”. Or, you can visit us on-line at www.aldrinpta.com to pay with a credit card through PayPal.

All donations are tax deductible. Your company may also offer matching contributions.

For additional details or questions, please contact the Stephanie Naski atshnaski@yahoo.com.

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STORE INCENTIVES – Way to earn money for Aldrin!

Have you updated your store cards this year for Together in Education??

Once again this year Giant, Harris Teeter and Target are partnering with us to bring Aldrin Elementary school rewards for the 2013-2014 school year.

This can be done on each of their websites and we would like every Aldrin family to participate in this great program!
Now is the perfect time before the Holiday Season begins!

To register with Giant go to: https://www.giantfood.com/our_stores/bonus_bucks/

To register with Harris Teeter go to:http://www.harristeeter.com/community/together_in_education/link_to_your_school.aspx

To register with Target go to: https://www-secure.target.com/redcard/application

For more information, click here.

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Comments/Suggestions

Aldrin Elementary PTA is always open to ideas and feedback!
You can email your ideas, comments and suggestions to whatsthebuzz@aldrinpta.com!

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Your Company Can Make a Big Difference at Aldrin

Companies, both big and small, can directly partner with Buzz Aldrin Elementary to help us further enhance education and academic success for our children. Participation can be through various avenues including helping to fund reading initiatives, volunteering during student activities or simply participating in a school event like Career Day. We are actively seeking new corporate partners and welcome the opportunity to explore a mutually beneficial partnership with your company and Buzz Aldrin Elementary. If you would like to learn more about how you and your company can help, please contact Annmarie Swope (amguy19@gmail.com) or Katelyn Montgomery (katelynmontgomery@verizon.net) or join us at the PTA meeting on October 8th. You can also learn more about the benefits of the Fairfax County Schools Business Partner program at http://www.fcps.edu/cco/bcp/about/index.shtml.

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Did you know…Seven (7) PTA memberships cover one classroom startup fund for a full-time teacher? The PTA provides up to $100 to each FT teacher at the start of each school year.

JOIN THE PTA today to support Aldrin teachers, staff and students! It’s the best value for your money. For more info go to www.aldrinpta.com.

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Join the PTA by becoming a member today!

Why join the PTA?

The number-one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more advantages.

· Get Connected – There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.

· Tap into a Network – PTA functions provide opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, build rapport and discuss parenting issues that are on your mind.

· Watch yourself Grow – By volunteering with your PTA, you gain valuable experiences. It’s an opportunity to put your skills and hobbies to good use for a good cause.

· Witness Improvement – By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping to make positive changes.

· Help Your Child Succeed – PTA fosters parent involvement. Parent involvement has been proven by three decades of research to be the greatest predictor of student success.

· Be a Role Model – By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

Aldrin’s PTA plays an important role by supporting many student programs during the school year, including assemblies and classroom activities such as field trips, speakers, science fair, keyboarding class, Word Masters and many others. To continue this great tradition of support we need YOU and YOUR special talents. Please join today. Any questions, please contact Halé Sheikerz Brickhouse at vthale@halebob.net or 703.467.9459.

Click here for the membership form.

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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!!!

Hi Everyone,

Keep up with all the latest news with our new Twitter Account!!

@AldrinEagles is up and running! Sign up, follow us and stay up to date. twitter.com/AldrinEagles

If you already have a Twitter Account, please follow us and feel free to add to the account! Then, throughout the year….Tweet!! Let everyone know all of the wonderful things going on in your classroom.

Parents will be invited / encouraged to join and keep up with our most recent happenings.

Thanks,
Shane

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