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Off To A Great Start

Renee Penegor

The 2015-16 school year is off to a great start.  A huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers of Jumpstart Day and to all of you who visited the stations and talked with PTA members to find out what's going on at Strandwood.  

We appreciate your donations to the Fund For Excellence -thanks to you, we hit our first fundraising benchmark goal.  We also want to extend a special welcome to our new PTA members.  Our first general membership meeting will be Thursday September 10th at 7pm in the library. All are welcome!

We'd love to share some of your back to school photos from around campus on our new site.  If you want to see your kiddos faces here, please email photos (limit 2) to vpcomm@strandwoodpta.org.

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After School Enrichment - Fall Sessions start soon!

The Strandwood PTA is excited to bring some new classes to our after school enrichment options while bringing back some of the old favorites! 

All after-school classes require at least one parent volunteer (that is a PTA member – Paid the $8.25 fee and is cleared through the Mt. Diablo District, fingerprinted and TB tested) to be present at each program session. This parent volunteer just helps ensure children are where they are supposed to be and be there in case of an emergency. Most or all of the program vendors offer a discount off the registration fee or FREE registration for the parent volunteer! 

Fall classes starting mid-September (find info & registration forms here):

·          Tennis

·          NEW! Volleyball

·          NEW! Public Speaking/Debate

·          Chess

·          Basketball

·          Flag Football – This program will be cancelled unless we get more registrations, right now we only have 2 signed up!

·          NEW! Toyology

·          Lego Engineering

·          Girls on the Run

·          NEW! Media Art (Drawing/Painting Animals)

·          Guitar Lessons

·          Gardens for Growth

·          Stage Play

Contact: vpprogarms@strandwoodpta.org if you have questions or want to be the Parent Volunteer for a specific program.

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NUTCRACKER

Information packets about The Nutcracker, along with permission slips will go home in communication folders with all students in about two weeks.  Please read through all the information.  There will be caps on volunteer dances for 3rd-5th grade, which means we can only have a set number of students per dance, so get those permission slips in on time. No late permission slips will be accepted.

Want to be involved with THE NUTCRACKER at Strandwood? Great! We still have some open positions. Join us for a fun, fulfilling experience, unique amongst elementary schools in our area. We are looking for:

Dance Teachers K-2nd grade class dances: No dance experience necessary - these are simple steps! K-2 class dances rehearse twice a week for 20 minutes, starting the week of October 12th. Show day is December 5th. 

Dance Teachers 3rd-5th grade volunteer dances (Arabians, Battle, Chinese Tea, Party, Wind Up Dolls) rehearse before or after school, once a week, beginning week of October 12th. No dance experience necessary - we will teach the steps to you, they are very simple. Show day is December 5th.

If you have any questions regarding the above Open Nutcracker positions, please email: nutcracker@strandwoodpta.org 

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DECODING DYSLEXIA

Are you concerned that your child is having trouble reading, sounding out words or spelling?  Would you like advice from other parents about resources and technology that could help?  Please join us for our monthly Decoding Dyslexia parent support group.  We will meet Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the community room of Church of the Resurrection.  For more information, please e-mail Amanda Szakats at amanda.szakats@gmail.com.