Welcome to the Samuelson Elementary School PTO Blog! We created this blog as another tool to keep the Samuelson Community up-to-date on PTO activities. Check back often to find out about upcoming activities,volunteer opportunities and to connect with other Samuelson families.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Scholastic Book Fair and Staff Dinner

The Scholastic Book Fair is just a month away and the PTO needs volunteers to help set-up the Fair, sell books and pack up the Fair both days.
The rewards we earn from the Fair are dependent on sales and are used to purchase literacy materials for our classrooms. We usually earn about $1,000!
Please use this link to sign-up to help at the Fair. No Book Fair experience is needed! Thanks for supporting Samuelson!
We will also provide a meal for school staff on Wednesday, October 21 during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Most of the meal will be catered, but we are looking for donations of desserts, beverages, and paper goods. Please use this link to sign-up to donate items.

Also, don't forget about the Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser through September 29 and the Walk-a-thon on October 2!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Samuelson Elementary in the Beaverdale Parade Saturday, September 19

Come join the PTO in showing our school spirit this weekend in the Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade!
Arrival: 10:15 AM (Samuelson is 80th out of 121 entries)
Wear: Samuelson Colors - Green and Yellow. No bikes, scooters, etc are allowed in our entry. Parents are welcome to push strollers/pull wagons, etc.
Where: Meet in the parking lot of First Federated Church at 48th and Franklin. Please see Below:
• Park as far away from 48th & Franklin as possible. Franklin between 44th and 50th will be a drop off zone, so you can’t park there. Parking isn’t permitted in any of the First Federated lots. There is no parking on 44th or 50th between Franklin and Hickman, but there is parking on the surrounding side streets (45th, 46th, 47th, etc.). You must park and then walk with your student to meet our entry.
• The parade will start at 10 AM. We’ll proceed south on 48th Street to Franklin, east on Franklin to Beaver, and north on Beaver.

The PTO will not provide candy for students to hand out.
The parade officially ends at Beaver and Clinton.
Please meet your students near the Boesen Florist Parking Lot at the end of the parade. The address is 3422 Beaver Avenue.
Parents dropping off students must leave contact information where they may be reached during the parade with a PTO volunteer or Mrs. Roerig.
There is NO adult supervision at the end of the parade so please be there to pick up students. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the parade.

This is an optional event sponsored by the PTO.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Samuelson Walk-a-thon 2015

Walk-a-thon Packets are coming home with students tomorrow. Students can collect donations for walking 30 minutes on the school walking track on October 2.
Funds raised from the Walk-a-thon will be used for PTO activities, including purchasing books for the school library. We want to provide at least $2,500 for new books as they are well loved and used by our students.
Students earn the following prizes for their collected donations:
$10 earns a color changing Bracelet
$40 earns a Samuelson Backpack and Bracelet
$75 earns a limited edition Walk-a-thon T-shirt, Backpack and Bracelet
$100 earns a Pizza Party Lunch with our Principal, T-shirt, Backpack and Bracelet.
In addition, all who collect at least $100 will be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 Target Gift Cards
The top earning student will win an Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet (6" HD Display, with Wi-Fi, 8 GB)!
The top earning classroom in each grade will win a Popsicle party.
Completed envelopes will all collected funds must be turned into the school by October 2 to be eligible for prizes. No prizes will be awarded until all collected checks are cleared by the PTO's bank.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment here or send an email to samuelsonpto@gmail.com
Thanks for supporting Samuelson!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Busy Time for Samuelson PTO

September and October are proving to be busy months!
+ Send in your Box Tops through the rest of the week to vote for your winner of the Iowa State v Iowa football game this weekend.
+ Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade Saturday, September 19. Plan on joining us walking in the parade to support Samuelson. Details will come home at the end of next week when the parade line-up is finalized.
+ Samuelson Walk-a-thon on Friday, October 2. Donation envelopes will come home next week with all the details. Check those backpacks!
+ Picture Day Tuesday, October 13. Two volunteers are needed from 8:30 to approximately noon to help get students to the photographer and make sure they look their best. Please leave a comment here or send an email to samuelsonpto@gmail.com if you can help
Thanks for supporting Samuelson