Fall Festival is Coming!

Within a month, the Fall Festival will be here! It’s a fun time of year for Perkins. If you haven’t been, please mark your calendars to be able to attend. This Sign up Genius link will be emailed to all of the families of Perkins within a few days but I figured we could get a head start on it! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0444afac29a02-galactic1

Each class is decorating a pumpkin for our Pumpkin Patch! Please ask your child’s teacher if you can help with the project. There will be a silent auction held at the Festival for each pumpkin. Monies raised will go directly to the school and classrooms.

Info will be coming home in your child’s backpack for advanced ticket sales and vendor opportunities. Please check their backpacks in the next few days. We will be selling tickets for Fall Fest at drop off and pick up, outside the office, from 10/7-10/14/2016.

We will be at the PTA T-Shirt and Ticket Table collecting Fundraiser envelopes, the deadline is 9/30 but we are always hoping to collect donations to meet our Budget goals. We can also collect PTA membership applications, Adopt-A-Class sheets, BOX TOPS and answering any questions you have concerning PTA. We hope to hear from you and see you there!

Thanks so much!

Such a busy past few weeks!

Thanks to those of you that came to the first PTA Meeting of the year, last Tuesday. We value your time and appreciate you making an effort to attend. We had 22 parents that were Level II fingerprinted through EZ Fingerprint Systems. That’s great news for our school! More involved parents means a better Perkins experience for all, especially the kids. Showing them that you have interest in their education and want to be a part of their school days is invaluable. It will have a life-long positive affect on them.

Today was the first Teacher and Staff luncheon, sponsored by 5th grade parents. Thank you to the volunteers that came out to set up and clean up. Barbara, Erin and I could not have done it without you today🙂 you were such a big help…

Mary Martynow, Michelle Robinson & Estefania Saraintaris!

Of course, thank you also to the parents that donated food, time and money to make it all happen. A big THANKS to Nikki Leonardi just because she’s awesome haha

Our Fall Fundraiser is coming along. The end of the fundraiser is September 30th but we will be accepting donations throughout the year. The classes that have 75% participation get a popcorn party and the class with 100% participation will have a pizza party. Please consider sending in a donation (no amount is too small) and also signing up to be a member of the PTA. It’s only $5.00. We currently have 85 members. I will be sending home your PTA Membership cards with your children in a small white envelope with your name on it. Please look for it in their backpacks/folders. You can register your card at floridapta.org to receive member benefits, like tickets to LEGOLAND for $35.00.

Don’t forget that you can Adopt a Class! Those forms are available in the front office. All funds go directly to that class, to buy things they need throughout the year. I know the teachers really appreciate being able to update their class library and/or buy supplies for projects and snacks for the classroom. Any amount helps! 

Mark your calendars for the Fall Festival on October 15th 10am-2pm

See you around🙂

I Love September!

I always feel like the month of September is when things settle in and become more routine, as far as school is concerned. The kiddos know where they are going and what they should be doing by now (hopefully) and the teachers are learning the classes general “personality” to move forward in the planning of this year.

So if the kids and the teachers know what they are doing, what about US? The Parents?

When my oldest began Kindergarten, I didn’t know what  to do with my new daytime freedom, I only work nights. Lunch dates were scheduled with old friends and shopping was done without dragging my little one along. It was awesome! I even got a massage and a manicure now and again. Things are busier now though. My oldest is in Thurgood Middle School and I don’t seem to have as much time between drop off and pick up now, especially with car-circle craziness!

So I feel I need to make a “school checklist” for the month of September and stay organized. Mine looks like this;

  • Bring in unwanted clothes, shoes and backpacks to put in the Go Green recycling bins on campus either in the courtyard or in car circle
  • Bring in BOX TOPS that were collected over the summer (deadline is October 15th!)
  • Classroom Wish List Items/Forgotten School Supplies, both schools
  • Lunch Money account paid up, for both schools
  • Sign Up to be a Volunteer at the Middle School
  • PTA membership (it’s only $5.00 at Perkins, it’s $8 at Thurgood)
  • Adopt-A-Class (I can give a little more since Bella is in Middle School now)
  • Fall Fundraiser ends 9/30 (I only have one kid here at Perkins now! Yay it’s only $35)
  • Spanish Donation ($10)
  • Do we need new Perkins Shirts ($10) or PME Swag?
  • Check the school website, the PTA Blog😉 and Facebook pages (update mine and watch the schools) for upcoming events/happenings to stay in the loop.
  • Makes sure I can log into Class Dojo as well (this is a BIG new way to communicate with the school/parents!)

Seriously my list is a lot longer but you get the idea 🙂 Do you have a checklist? You should!

I know there’s school pictures coming up 9/1 and a PTA General Meeting 9/6 with Level II Fingerprinting. Here’s the link for that,


Sign Up Genius is how we sign up for all PTA volunteer positions throughout the year here at Perkins. The teachers use it for class parties and events as well. Please log in and become familiar with it!  The first Teachers & Staff Luncheon is sponsored by 5th Grade parents and is on September 8th. All 5th grade parents should be getting the Sign Up Genius link emailed to them, if not, please make sure your email address is correct with the school. Here’s the link for the 5th Grade Sponsored Luncheon just in case,


I hope everyone was able to attend Open House this last Tuesday, despite the insane weather! We sold a bunch of t-shirts, met a lot of new parents and answered PTA related questions. It was really great meeting all of you!

Open House

PTA will have a table out a Open House tonight, Tuesday August 23rd, from 5pm until 7:45pm. We will have Perkins School shirts available for purchase, child and adult sizes are available for $10. We can collect any PTA Membership forms, Adopt a Class forms or Fall Fundraiser donations at that time as well. The fundraiser closes on September 30th.

Our first General Meeting will be on Tuesday September 6th at 6pm in the Media Center at Perkins. EZ Fingerprint Company will be there to help interested volunteers sign up for Level II. You may also Sign Up via this link;


We will see you tonight!


Welcome (back?) to Perkins!

I hope everyone has had a great summer vacation! Time to get back to learning🙂

Our fantastic teachers and staff have started preparing for the arrival of our kiddos on Wednesday, August 10th. They had their PTA sponsored “Back to School Breakfast” that was catered by Chouinard Catering. The food was fantastic and everyone seemed happy, refreshed and ready to start another great year at Perkins.

I saw a few new faces on campus today and I’m excited to meet the new staff members.

PTA is already gearing up for the first few days of school. We will be out front, by the office at a table with Perkins School Spirit Shirts at drop off and dismissal the 10th-12th and again the following week, August 15th-19th. Become a member of the PTA and help us make the school a better place (if that’s possible! It’s so great already haha) Stop by and say Hello, introduce yourself. We love meeting new parents!

The first event for us this year is the Fall Fundraiser. Information will be sent home the first day, in the big envelope, with all the other school papers. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a monetary donation towards the school. We ask, if possible, for a one time $35 donation per child or if you have multiple students at Perkins, a one time $50 family donation. We accept cash or check made out to Perkins PTA. I can accept credit card payments but only by appointment in the office. Thanks in advance for your participation in our fundraiser!

Our Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday October 15th. Mark your calendars so that you can be part of a great Perkins event!

We will see you soon🙂


Before the End of the Year…

Box Top collection sheets went home today! Please gather up your remaining Box Tops and send in your Labels for Education (in a plastic sandwich bag) before the end of the year. These will be submitted and the funds raised will go straight to the school🙂

The last PTA Sponsored Teachers and Staff Luncheon was a great success! Thank you Frank Edgar, owner of Creative Catering and a Perkins parent, for the fantastic food. All the teachers and staff were saying how great it was for the rest of the day!  We look forward to working with Creative Catering next year for our Jazz It Up event.

Thanks again for a great year! We are already prepping for next year😉



MAY is the busiest month!

The “End of Year Activities” are here and there’s so much to do! If this is your first year at Perkins, you may feel overwhelmed by performances and things going on but it’s always so much fun ending the year with a BANG🙂 Soon enough it will be summer and the kids (and parents) can take a break and relax.

At our last PTA meeting of the year, the current board was elected to serve another term. The 2016/2017 PTA Board Members are as follows;

President – Colleen Hulse

Vice President – Barbara Rauch

Treasurer – Delora Croteau

Secretary – Erin Cadman

On behalf of the Board, we are happy to be able to support and enhance the school again next year. It’s a Jazz It Up year and there’s a lot to do! We are ready for the challenge.

Our last Teachers and Staff luncheon will be Thursday, May 19th and it is sponsored by the PTA. It’s such a great way to show them how much we appreciate them for another year of a solid, though always fun, education and helping our kids make their way towards a brighter future. Thank you to all the teachers for caring so much about our kiddos!

Box Tops are currently being counted. The last round up, ever because they are phasing out the program unfortunately, of “Labels for Education” are being collected before the end of the year. Please turn those into the teacher and continue to collect Box Tops throughout the summer. We will have a Box Top contest at the beginning of the next school year.

Please remember that if you are going through old clothes and buying new through the summer, the Go Green Recycling clothing bins are available for drop off and it benefits the school and others. Always a good choice for donations.

Be sure to check the calendar and Perkins website for all the dates and times for the end of year activities. There are multiple performances and shows before June 7th! Don’t miss out on your child’s achievements and accomplishments this year, they’ve worked hard on them. Let them know how proud you are of them, simple praise goes a long way🙂

Thanks again for a great school year! Have a fantastic and safe summer, we will be seeing you again soon…