Category Archives: Fun

Team Heads to Global Reading Challenge Semi-Finals

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This past Thursday, seven teams of 4th and 5th graders participated in the Global Reading Challenge at Schmitz Park.  Over the past few months, Ms. Vannini has been encouraging 4th and 5th graders who took on the challenge to read all 10 books.  Kids created their teams and met on a regular basis to discuss the books and ready themselves for Thursday’s challenge.

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Our local librarian from the Admiral branch led the competition by asking teams 3 rounds of questions pertaining to all 10 books. The team with the most correct answers – we had a tie and it came down to one question between a 5th and 4th grade team – would move on to compete in the semi-finals.

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In the end, the 5th grade team won and will go on to compete against 54 teams in the semi-finals.  We wish them much success in the semi-finals and congrats to ALL who participated!

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Come Have a Cup of Coffee…

Immediately following the annual Flag Ceremony in the school cafeteria (approximately just after 9 AM).  The PTA will provide free coffee (thank you Jeff Chapman for the Starbucks donation) and be there to answer your questions on how you can join the PTA and get involved at the school. Come meet old and new friends and help us kick off the school year right with a cup of jo. Questions, please contact board@schmitzparkpta.org.

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Schmitz Park Flag Football Team Wins Again!

Congrats go out tonight to the Schmitz Park Flag Football Team 3rd – 5th graders!  They beat the Lafayette Leopards 70-63!  Everyone had a great time cheering on their teammates…it was nice to see camaraderie and team spirit between the two schools.  So the Foxes take home the infamous trophy once again until the teams meet up again in the Fall.  And a HUGE thank you to Coaches Aranza Santana and Emily Giaquinta for all their hard work and assistance in getting the team ready for the big championship game!

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Mariners Update – fantastic success!

We had our biggest turn-out ever to the event this year, and even got to see the Mariners extend their winning streak!

If you were there or not there’s a few things you should know

1) They missed our call out in the Welcome section, yet made up for it with an extra special message as you can see in this picture

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Mariners Welcome Schmitz Park Elementary

 

 

 

 

2) Congratulations to Dorienne Raynolds for selling the most tickets – please look out for your prize

3) A hilarious shout out to Robert Ruvkun (and family) for your awesome dancing that was captured on the big screen! If you missed it, here’s a link to a previous camera moment of his

4) We are very happy to say we raised over $2k from this event and had a lot of fun doing it.

5)  Be sure to join us next year!

 

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Bike to School Day – May 7th

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Join the Fun!  Ride with your children to school for National Bike to School Day, on Wednesday, May 7th.  We will take a group photo of the participants in front of the school at 8:30am followed by refreshments and light snacks in the cafeteria.  For more details, see the BTSD_EventDetails_SchmitzPark flyer.  And if you want to lead a group to ride down to school, please contact Mark Wainwright at mwainwright@mac.com.

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Buy Child’s Photo, Support Schmitz Park

Copyright Gene Hsu PhotographyGene Hsu, a photographer and fellow parent, volunteered his time to take B&W photographs of Schmitz Park kids. He is donating all profits to the Schmitz Park PTA.

Details will be emailed to you after you opt. Please email photos@schmitzparkpta.org if you have questions. Include your child’s first, last name, and grade.

Your opt-in provides permission for your child’s photo to be posted on a password protected website, which can be viewed by other Schmitz Park parents.

Student names will not be listed. Pricing options and sizes vary. Details will made available on the password protected site that will be emailed to you.

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Schmitz Park Fox, Packing Some Heat

Mariners Poster Contest Update – Buy a Ticket Today

Thank you for the great response to the poster competition.  We had a particularly strong showing from the 1st grade. It is clear we have some budding Monet’s in our midst!  While we debate over the final winners (to be announced this weekend), a special congratulations goes out to Jayden Holloway (3rd) for not only submitting the first entry but also winning the special prize for such a fabulous design. Way to go Jayden!  Look around the school next week for the winning posters, and remember to buy a ticket.

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Royal Court Nominations as of 4/2 12 pm

Looks like Kindergarten is saying, “Heck No We Won’t Go.” The votes keep coming in and they’ve raised their score to 31% of the funds raised. 2nd is still trying to catch them but has dropped down to 21%. This is the last day of voting. We will send out up dates all day long!! I would just like to point out the amazing participation rates, we have five cohorts with over 30% rate! This is amazing! Keep the votes coming, next update will be posted at 8 pm tonight!

Help your child’s cohort (grade level) secure the coveted honor of the Auction Royal Court by making a $5 vote on the VOTE FOR ROYAL COURT via PayPal or by bringing in cash or check to the front office (be sure to put your child’s name and room # on it). Don’t forget the top FUNdraising cohort will win a Popsicle party with masks and beads, as well as send their teachers to the auction in a swanky limo, and kick off the dance party. Get your votes in by April 2nd, 11:00 pm. 

Royal Court rankings as of April 2nd, 12 pm:

  1. Kindergarten: $1,655 raised, 331 votes, 51.4% voter rate, raised 31% of funds
  2. 2nd Grade: $1,050 raised, 210 votes, 32.3% voter rate, raised 21% of funds
  3. 1st Grade: $1,090 raised, 218 votes, 40.8% voter rate, raised 17% of funds
  4. 3rd Grade: $780 raised, 156 votes, 37.2% voter rate, raised 17% of funds
  5. 4th Grade: $385 raised, 77 votes, 32.1% voter rate, raised 10% of funds
  6. 5th Grade: $155 raised, 26 votes, 6.2% voter rate, raised 4% of funds

Rankings are based off of funds raised/total # of students in each cohort (#s equalize among grade levels). For a breakdown by classroom, click Royal_Court_4-2_12pm_Ave-funds Results Short.

School wide TOTALS thus far: $5,115 raised, 1,018 votes, 35.2% voter rate and average spend per voter $24.77 and rising. We are $4,885 away from raising $10,000!!

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Royal Court Nominations as of 3/30/14

CrownNow 1st grade is rallying, they’ve knocked 3rd grade down to 4th place. Come on 3rd grade you can rally. Kindergarten is holding steady at 29% of the funds raised, followed closely behind 2nd grade. Game on people, we can do it!!

Help your child’s cohort (grade level) secure the coveted honor of the Auction Royal Court by making a $5 vote on the VOTE FOR ROYAL COURT via PayPal or by bringing in cash or check to the front office (be sure to put your child’s name and room # on it). Don’t forget the top FUNdraising cohort will win a Popsicle party with masks and beads, as well as send their teachers to the auction in a swanky limo, and kick off the dance party. Get your votes in by April 2nd. 

Royal Court rankings as of March 30th:

  1. Kindergarten: $875 raised, 175 votes, 37.6% voter rate, raised 29% of funds
  2. 2nd Grade: $700 raised, 140 votes, 24.2% voter rate, raised 26% of funds
  3. 1st Grade: $655 raised, 131 votes, 26.2% voter rate, raised 19% of funds
  4. 3rd Grade: $320 raised, 64 votes, 22.3% voter rate, raised 13% of funds
  5. 4th Grade: $180 raised, 36 votes, 12.3% voter rate, raised 8% of funds
  6. 5th Grade: $105 raised, 21 votes, 5.5% voter rate, raised 5% of funds

Rankings are based off of funds raised/total # of students in each cohort (#s equalize among grade levels). For a breakdown by classroom, click Royal_Court_3-30.

School wide TOTALS thus far: $2,835 raised, 567 votes, 22.9% voter rate and average spend per voter $21.16 so far. Let’s try to get the participation up to 100% of the school.

We raised $9,000 last year, we are only $7,165 away from $10,000! We raised all the money last year in this last week. We can do it!!

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