Hello Leopold families. Here is some information on upcoming events at Leopold.PFO Volunteers Needed
There are a couple of particular and somewhat urgent needs on the volunteer front at Leopold. The volunteers who currently chair these positions are moving on to middle school next year, and we would like to have someone learn from them while they are still here!
Our Box Top coordinator runs our school Box Tops contests including providing flyers, class counting and tracking. We have another volunteer who does all of the counting and sorting to submit to Box Tops so this would not be part of the role. Please contact Michelle Barfield or me if you would like more information.
We are also in need of a Timber Wolf Trample fundraising coordinator. This is a great position to raise money for our school. An amazing foundation has been put in place and really is more management than fundraising. This is a very important position to our school, as we raise around $10,000 each year through these efforts. Please contact Pam Baumgartner or me if you would like more information.
*Asking questions and finding out more information does not obligate you to accept one of these roles!*
Thank you for considering offering your time and energy to keep so many important and fun programs at Leopold strong so that we can continue to support our students, staff and families through great programming!
PFO Family Meetings to Begin
Tuesday, November 11 will be our first PFO family meeting of the school year. The topic will be family and community engagement. We'll also touch base on some general PFO info as well. Please join us in the Leopold library from 7-8 pm. Spanish interpretation provided.
Attendance Matters breakfast volunteers
The Attendance Matters Breakfast is an event that Leopold school staff has hosted the past two years. All Leopold families are invited to a family breakfast and then parents can join their children for the first 15 minutes of class. Finally, parents return to the cafeteria to learn about attendance expectations. The goal is to communicate attendance practices and allow parents to see that the classes are off and running at the bell.
This event is very well attended, and for that reason, we need a lot of volunteers to help run it. We need volunteers onNovember 20thfrom5:30 to 7 pm to assist with setting up the cafeteria. More importantly, we need volunteers on November 21st from 6:30 to 9 am to help run the breakfast.
Please considering signing up to help with this event.
Set up volunteer sign up (Nov. 20) can be found here and breakfast volunteer sign up (Nov. 21) can be found here.
Tito's Readathlon Literacy Event
The PFO will lead an all-school literacy event, encouraging kids to read, write, and create! The kickoff, or Starting Line event will be held December 2, in the evening and the Finish Line event will be held on January 13, in the evening. Students will get to hear from guest authors and readers, participate in a book swap, and much more.
*We are encouraging families to save any books your children are done with to bring in for the all-school book swap at our Starting Line event. A drop off box is now available in the lobby for book swap collection (please don't take books out as a swap yet, we're saving this for the literacy event).
Library Volunteers needed
Mr. Mueller, our librarian, is in need of volunteers in the Leopold library to help shelf books, etc. If you are interested, he can share a calendar sign up link with you so you can find a time that's convenient for you. This is an important request from school staff that supports all of our students. We'd love to have some parents help out in this fun and easy way.
If you want to take a look at the calendar to see if a time might work in your schedule, please email Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Grants from the PFO
This week, the PFO will be rolling our our 2014-15 staff grant program. The PFO has budgeted $5,000 to support innovative and creative ideas that our staff may have, but that are not funded through the regular school budget. If your child's classroom teacher or support staff has mentioned an exciting idea to you, please encourage them to apply for these funds. The PFO loves to see the innovate ideas that our staff wants to implement with our students!
Flu Shot Fundraiser
Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated annually against influenza.
The Leopold PFO is partnering with the HyVee Pharmacy in Fitchburg to offer flu shots to our community, with $4 from each shot coming back to our PFO. In order for Leopld to receive credit, please take a Flu Shot PFO Fundraiser in with you so Leopold gets credit. The coupons can be found on our blog (http://www.leopoldpfo.org/ leopold-pfo-blog) or you can pick one up on the school office.
Shots are covered by most insurances; cash price is $29.99. The fundraiser runs through December 31, 2014.
Open Schoolhouse Continues
Come to Leopold from 6pm-7:30 on Tuesday nights. Partnering with various nonprofits in the area, Open School House will now offer at least four separate opportunities for students and families to participate in. These classes will run for three week sessions, focusing on either Physical Activity, Education, Life Skills, and Leopold Family Sessions, an opportunity to interact with principals, teachers, and help guide the direction of our school. At the end of every set of sessions, we will host a large Party Night for all the families, before starting a new set of sessions. This month's programming includes:
Basketball Camp: Fitchburg Rec is hosting four weeks of basketball drills and games appropriate for all elementary-age children. Parents are welcome to participate as well.
Learning While Playing Together: The Fitchburg Public Library will hold family-based learning activities to help students gain new tools for literacy, math and science.
Exploring Your Natural World: Ex;lor, learn how to care for and interact with the outdoor world. Build bird feeders, learn how to identify wild life and more.
November 18th Culture Night
Questions regarding Open Schoolhouse can be sent to Josh Miller at email@example.com or Pat Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls on the Run founder, Molly Barker, is coming to Leopold!
This year marks Girls on the Run of Dane County's 10th Anniversary and Molly Barker is coming to help us celebrate. She will be arriving in Madison on Thursday, November 6th and will be visiting our practice before heading downtown for a presentation. Molly will be arriving at Leopold in time for our final practice session from 2:45 - 4:15. She will also be in attendance at the GOTR final 5K on Saturday, November 8th in Waunakee. We are so excited about this wonderful opportunity for our girls and coaches!
Molly Barker founded Girls on the Run in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, she used her background in social work, counseling and teaching, along with research on adolescent issues, to develop the program. Today, there are Girls on the Run councils in over 210 cities across North America serving over 200,000 girls and women each year.
This weekly email is prepared in English and will be posted in both English and Spanish on our blog each week (http://www.leopoldpfo.org/ leopold-pfo-blog ).
Este correo electrónico semanal se prepara en Inglés y será publicada en Inglés y Español en nuestro blog cada semana (http://www.leopoldpfo. org/leopold-pfo-blog ).
Have a great week!
Kris Aman, President
Leopold Parent Faculty Organization
Encouraging Kids. Connecting Families. Serving Leopold.
Hello Leopold Families!
Buffalo Wild Wings Tonight
Bring the family to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner tonight and watch Packers vs. Bears in Monday Night Football. Come any time between 4-11 PM. Dine in or Carry out. Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10% of all sales (less alcohol or promotional discounts) to Leopold Elementary.
Must present this voucher, or the reminder sticker your child will wear home that day, for Leopold to receive the credit.
Attendance Matters Breakfast
Leopold's 2nd Annual "Attendance Matters Breakfast" is scheduled to take place before school on Thursday, November 7th in the cafeteria. The morning will be a time for parents to have a family style breakfast with their child/ren, feel welcome, get to know their child's routine, and most importantly, fully understand the necessity of being present and on time to school everyday.
The schedule for the morning is as follows:
or you may call the school office at 204-4240.
Heath Office in Need of Clothing
The Leopold Health Office (nurse's office) is in desperate need of underwear and sweat pants. The Health Office goes through up to 10 sets each week, so this is a high and ongoing need. Girls and/or boys or unisex, size 6-10. Gently used items are acceptable and will be sanitized. If you have any to donate you can drop them off at the school office or send them with your child marked "Health Office".
Currently, there is not a need for coats, hats, scarves, mittens, and t-shirts as they have a supply and no additional storage for these items.
The 2013-14 Leopold Student Directory is now available online. You can find it at leopoldpfo.org under the directory tab. You will need to enter the password (case sensitive):
Many thanks to Ben McPhee for organizing the directory for us!
Please note that the PFO receives this information from the school district per permission on your school registration forms (online or otherwise). The role of the PFO is simply to organize the information and share with families. If you see any errors in your student's information, you can email me and we will correct it.
Other Happenings This Week
There is a Unity Group meeting at 6 pm on Thursday.
Picture retake day is Friday.
Thanks everyone. Have a great week!
Hello families! Sorry for the late email this week. I've had a sick one at home with me in need of some extra attention.
Remember, there is no school on Thursday and Friday this week because of Thanksgiving so be thankful for your wonderful kiddos and the extra time together with family. There will also be no open schoolhouse tonight.
A Family Breakfast to celebrate getting to school on time, and recognizing how important this is to learning will be held on Tuesday, November 27, at 7 a.m. Come eat breakfast with your child(ren) and join them for the first few minutes in their classroom to see how important it is to be at school on time.
Approved Classroom Snack List
MMSD has updated their list of Approved Classroom and Program Snacks for 2012-2013. You can see the new listhere.
Salad Bars in Schools
MMSD has applied for a grant with Lets Move Salad Bars to Schools. The founding partners for this group are National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, Food Family Farming.org, United Fresh Produce Association and Whole Foods. MMSD has applied for 39 salad bar units. If you are interested in donating to this effort, community members can donate to the school of their choice at www.saladbars2schools.org. Community donations can help us to move up on the list of requesting districts. The cost of the 39 units for MMSD is $102,375.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our last PFO meeting. We had a fun and productive brainstorming session about ideas for our school in an effort to develop a three-year plan and then bring community partners together to make some of these things happen. As the plan is further developed, we will share it with everyone and look for assistance in accomplishing some of our exciting goals!
Piano Keyboarding program coming to Leopold
Leopold Elementary School will be adding opportunities for electronic piano keyboarding in the 2013-2014 school year thanks to a grant from VH1, additional support from the Foundation for Madison Public Schools, and MMSD. We look forward to adding this opportunity to our educational offerings at Leopold! Please see the following link for additional details.
Shop amazon.com for Leopold
If you're doing holiday shopping online, don't forget to enter amazon.com through the banner on leopoldpfo.org (on the main page and the fundraising page). All you have to do is enter the site by clicking on the banner, then shop as your normally would, and Leopold gets a portion of each purchase. We're off to a great start!
Thanks go everyone who came out to support Leopold at Little Cesar's Night. They are a great community partner and we are fortunate to partner with them for fundraising opportunities.
Have a great Thanksgiving.
The PFO emails are posted on this blog.