Dec. 12: Band & Strings Winter Concert (7 pm)
Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Winter Vacation (School Closed)
Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Holiday (School Closed)
Jan. 29: Second Grading Period Ends
Jan. 30-31: Teacher Work Days (No School for Students)
Have you downloaded the App?
It’s a quick and easy way to donate money to the Aldrin PTA!
What is Shoparoo?
Shoparoo is a free app for smartphones and tablets that lets you turn pictures of shopping receipts into donations to the Aldrin PTA. With Shoparoo, every grocery receipt – regardless of the store or products purchased, earns money for our school. Snap those Giant, Harris Teeter and Target receipts! And it’s PRIVATE. No need to include names, addresses, bank account numbers or credit cards.
This Holiday Season, Shoparoo is accepting receipts from even more of your favorite retailers! And on November 29, Shoparoo will award you double the Roo Points when you upload your Black Friday receipts within an hour of your purchase.
For additional details or questions, please contact Stephanie Naski email@example.com.
Do you have any recommendations for an After School Program or do you teach a class or sport?
The After School Program team is gearing up for the Winter and Spring sessions and would love to hear from you! Would your child like to participate in more Art, Music, Math, Science, or Sports classes? Have you had a great experience with an After School program not currently at Aldrin and would like to make a recommendation? Do you teach music, dance, art, math, or a sport?
Any and all recommendations and ideas are welcome! Please send your suggestions or questions to Qudsia Maqbool at firstname.lastname@example.org this week! We look forward to hearing from you.
Cooking With Your Children
The holidays are upon us, which means more family time and time spent in the kitchen preparing holiday favorites. This is also an opportunity to impart some healthy habits. One of the best ways to familiarize your child with good food choices is to encourage him/her to cook with you. Let them get involved in the entire process, from planning the menus to shopping for ingredients to the actual food preparation and its serving.
When you are planning meals with children, try to include items from the important food groups (see choosemyplate.gov for more information). Explain the importance of making low-fat choices whenever possible, choosing poultry and fish rather than red meat in most cases, or choosing low-fat cheeses over higher-fat varieties. Particularly in their first few efforts at helping in the kitchen, let them select recipes that s/he and other family members have enjoyed in the past, so s/he can see what’s involved in preparing them.
In assigning tasks to your child, keep in mind that they need to be age-appropriate. For instance, you wouldn’t give a six-year-old a sharp knife to chop vegetables, although s/he can certainly wash the lettuce. Nor would you let him/her remove a hot, heavy casserole pot from the oven, although s/he can carefully open the oven door for you.
Here are some other guidelines to keep in mind:
- Make certain that you or another adult is in the kitchen at all times when your child is helping out.
- When your child pares vegetables, show her how to point sharp edges away from her to avoid accidents.
- Explain how s/he should weigh and measure ingredients.
- Use the rear burners when cooking on the stove. Make sure that pot handles are turned inward so children can’t accidentally knock them off the stove.
- Teach your child the importance of using potholders when touching hot saucepans and other items.
- Shut off the oven and burners when you’re finished cooking.
Try this recipe with your mini sous chef using your Thanksgiving leftovers:
Turkey Mushroom Quesadillas with Spinach
Makes 4 quesadillas
1 tablespoon olive oil
Cooking spray (canola oil based or similar)
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
Splash of apple cider vinegar
4 whole wheat tortillas
1 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup roasted turkey meat, chopped
In a 9” fry pan or similar, sauté the mushrooms and chopped spinach in a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Toss in a pinch of salt and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Once cooked down, remove from pan to a plate or bowl and set aside. Spray each side of tortillas with canola based cooking spray and place in the pan on medium heat, cook for a minute, and then flip. Add 1/4 cup low-fat shredded cheese, 1/2 cup sautéed mushroom/spinach combo, and 1/4 cup turkey. Fold the quesadilla in half and cook for 3 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes. Keep finished quesadillas on a warm plate in a 200 degree oven.
Slice into triangles and serve with a lightly dressed green salad or a fruit salad.
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 at email@example.com.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katelyn Montgomery (email@example.com) 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.467.9459.
Click here for the membership form.
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!!!
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.
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