Monday, April 28, 2014

Where Does Your Money Go Monday #3

This week's Where Does Your Money Go Monday focuses on your PTA Membership Fee. 

At the local level a portion of your $7.00 membership fee stays here at Lansing Elementary School and helps to fund PTA supported programs (see previous Where Does My Money Go Monday posts for details of these programs). It also pays for the school directory that PTA Members receive. 
A portion goes to the state level Kansas PTA, where the money helps fund leadership training workshops, membership mailings, educational conferences, legislative advocacy, grant processing, publications, video processing, and scholarships. 
A portion also goes to the National PTA where your money helps the PTA focus attention on the problems facing schools today, provides representation in Washington D.C. and helps provide information and leadership to over six million members of the largest grass roots child advocacy organization in the world.

We are accepting membership forms/ payment for the 2014-2015 school year now! Reach out to a PTA Executive Board member, come to our last PTA meeting of the school year, or keep an eye out for us at back to school nights for your students where we will have representatives available to answer questions and accept your membership registration.

Harlem Wizards Game!

Join us on May 2nd at Lansing High School for a 7:00 pm game! Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance. Advance Purchase tickets are on sale at Lansing Elementary School, or online at for $8 students/$10 adults. Tickets purchased at the door (if available) will be $10 for students and $12 for adults. For online purchases, a service fee of $0.99 per ticket will be added to your final total.

THE ONLINE BOX OFFICE FOR THIS EVENT WILL CLOSE 24 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT. If you purchase tickets online, you will NOT receive a physical ticket prior to the game. We will have your order information and you will need to check in at the Will Call area at the event.

Monday, April 21, 2014

It is almost Carnival time!

Carnival is almost here! Please join us this Friday, April 25th from 5-9 pm at Lansing Elementary School for some good old fashioned family fun! Bring your friends and family, and enjoy great games, fabulous prizes, a spectacular raffle, delicious food and much more!

We are looking for helping hands to assist us with making this event a masterpiece! If you are able to help us, whether it is for 30 minutes or more, please click on the link below and see what spots are available, and of course, SIGN-UP! We appreciate your support!

Where Does Your Money Go Monday #2

Welcome back to another Where Does Your Money Go Monday!

Have you ever wondered how the school can manage to take your child on field trips for only $5-7 dollars? They can keep the costs so low because the PTA pays for busing for field trips, and even supplements the cost of some of the field trips to keep the costs down for you. 

In the closing statement of recent online article from EducationNext on the Educational Value of Field Trips, the authors state 

"We don’t just want our children to acquire work skills from their education; we also want them to develop into civilized people who appreciate the breadth of human accomplishments. The school field trip is an important tool for meeting this goal."

Your donations. and support of your children's fundraising efforts help our schools to continue to provide these opportunities to our children. 

Thank you for your support.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What are my responsibilities as a PTA Member?

Many people hesitate to join the PTA because they are not sure what will be expected of them once they pay their $7.00 membership dues and are officially a PTA member. 

You can be as active in the PTA as you would like. You can volunteer to help with fundraisers, or setting up for events, you can come to the monthly PTA meetings to vote on issues/ funding requests that come to PTA, or you can just support us by being a member. 

What you are able to do is really up to your schedule and your availability. You will find that it's very rewarding to help better your children's and peers experience at school by showing them you are there to help and participate in building their future. But even if you are not able to come to the meetings (the 1st Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 pm in the school library.. childcare is provided!) or provide support at an event, just being a member supports your child and his/her teachers. 

The membership form includes a section asking how active you would like to be in the PTA. If you are not interested in anything more than the general membership, and the school directory only available to PTA members, then just leave that section blank and we will understand.

We are now accepting memberships for the 2014-2015 school year!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Where Does Your Money Go Monday #1

Here is another Where Does Your Money Go post! I have decided to post one of these every Monday. How does "Where Does Your Money Go Mondays" sound?

Does your student brings home an agenda every day? Yep, those are purchased with funds raised by the PTA. 

As a mom I really appreciate these. Having a method to communicate with the teacher, to see what homework my child has, and to be responsible for signing it each day so that the teacher knows that I saw it is a great idea. This is also a good way for the teachers to ensure that the parents are aware of what assignments there are, especially if you have one of those kids that conveniently forgets their homework, or says that they do not have any at all.

Friday, April 11, 2014

LES Carnival Pre-Sale

Order forms should be going home with your children this week to pre-order your Carnival wrist-bands. The Pre-Sale wristbands will be $8.00, and are good for unlimited inflatables & games. 

Order your wristbands now and come on out on April 25th for some good old-fashioned family fun.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Where does your money go?

Many people wonder where the funds raised through all of those candy bar sales, and wrapping paper fundraisers etc. go. I know that I had no idea before I joined the PTA this past year. One of the goals of this years PTA Executive Board is to improve our communication. Not just of events and fundraisers, but of what the PTA does for your children. If you have a specific question or comment, feel free to leave it on our Facebook page or in a comment here on the blog. We will do our best to answer any questions left on either forum.

One of the programs that the PTA funds are the Friday Folders that your students bring home each week. These folders help the teachers and the parents keep track of their students work and items that need to be returned each week, in a plastic folder that will hopefully last the entire school year. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Float to the Finish - Labels Contest

Our Float to the Finish labels contest is still going on through April 17th. This is the last chance this year to send in the labels that you have collected. We especially need the Bonus Box Tops turned in as the expiration date on these are checked closely. 

You can also go to the Box Tops website for more ways to earn Box Tops for our school.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Egg Fun Run/ Walk this Saturday!

Join us this Saturday, April 12th at 8am for an Easter Egg 5k Fun Run/ Walk. Collect eggs along the route and enjoy the (predicted) beautiful spring weather. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

18 more days until Carnival!

There are only 18 more days until the LES PTA Carnival! Our event chairs have outdone themselves with planning this year's events. 

Here are a few of the amazing prizes that will be in the drawing this year:

Ipad Mini
Air Hockey Table
Schlitterbahn Family 4 pass
Laser Tag/ Paint Ball Passes
Kureg and coffee
and many more!

We are still looking for helping hands to assist us with making this event a masterpiece! If you are able to help us, whether it is for 30 minutes or more, please click on the link below to see what spots are available, and of course, SIGN-UP! We appreciate your support!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Save the Date - School Disco!

Save the date! We will be having a Disco Dance on Friday, April 11th from 6-8 PM at LES for all K-5 students.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carnival Volunteers Needed!

It's almost carnival time! We are looking for helping hands to assist us with making this event a masterpiece! If you are able to help us, whether it is for 30 minutes or more, please click on the link below to see what spots are available, and of course, SIGN-UP! We appreciate your support!

Lots coming up!

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