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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sign up to help at the Fall Carnival!



Please sign up to work a shift at our Fall Carnival on Friday, Sept 22! Volunteers will earn $5 off a wristband for unlimited games (normally $10) for each shift worked. We need parent volunteers to run games and inflatables, help at the prize and face painting stations, sell popcorn and cotton candy, and during set-up and clean-up. This is the PTO's biggest event of the year, please help make it a success! Click on this link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/ZwWREVC or contact our event chair Patti Sosa at prsosa@gmail.com with any questions.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Help improve arrival and dismissal



Help improve morning drop-off by following the procedures in the FLA Parent Handbook. Morning arrival should occur between 8:35-8:45am. For the safety of our students, all children being dropped off must be driven to the West side of the building in the lower parking lot. Drivers should arrive from Main St, turning onto 34th St or 34th Terrace, turn RIGHT into the lower parking lot, circle through to drop off, then exit to the RIGHT on 34th St and out onto Warwick. One-way traffic in the morning will decrease congestion and make it safer for everyone. If you plan to park and walk your student into the building, you must find a parking space in the upper lot, or on surrounding streets.

Ayude a mejorar las mañanas en la escuela con los procedimientos descritos en el Manual de Padres de FLA. La llegada de la mañana debe ocurrir entre 8: 35-8: 45am. Para la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, todos los niños que llegan por carro se deben dejar al lado oeste del edificio en el estacionamiento más bajo. Favor de llegar desde Main St, girando a 34th St o 34th Terrace, al entrar en el estacionamiento gire a la DERECHA y dé una vuelta para dejar sus niños, luego salir a la DERECHA en 34 th St y siga hacia Warwick. El tráfico de una solo vía en la mañana disminuirá la congestión y lo hará más seguro para todos. Si planea aparcar y caminar con su estudiante al edificio, debe encontrar una plaza de aparcamiento en el estacionamiento superior, o en las calles circundantes.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Car Wash Fundraiser

Our 8th graders will be washing cars to raise funds for their capstone trip to Puerto Rico this Friday, Sept 8 from 3:30-6pm and Saturday, Sept 9 from 10am-2pm. $10 will get you a clean car and support our students! Invite your friends and neighbors!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Download the School Calendar and Parent Handbook

FLA School Calendar and Parent Handbook are now available for download. El Calendario Escolar y el Manual para Padres ya están disponibles para descargar. Save time and paper by downloading a copy to your computer or phone.
- 2017-2018 FLA School Calendar
- Foreign Language Academy Parent Handbook

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017-2018 PTO Meetings

We had a great first meeting this month! We hope you will be able to join us the rest of the year as your schedule allows. Meetings provide an opportunity to discuss school news or concerns, meet other parents, hear updates from the administration, and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

September 26 at 4:30pm
October 26 at 6pm
November 14 at 6pm
December – No Meeting
January 18 at 6pm
February 20 at 4:30pm
March 22 at 6pm
April 17 at 6pm
May 10 at 6pm

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

PTO Volunteers Needed

We are looking for a few more volunteers to serve on the 2017-2018 FLA PTO Board and other committees. Board members will help set our goals for the year, establish the budget and committees, and help communicate the needs of the school to the PTO. We especially need Parent Representatives of students going into 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 8th grade. If you are interested in fundraising, we also need volunteers to help lead the Box Tops and Book Fair efforts next year. Stop by the PTO table after school this week, or contact Lisa Gooden at mamagooden@gmail.com or 816-204-0905 if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities.


Detailed descriptions of many of our volunteer opportunities are below:

Grade Level Representatives - Responsibilities: Attend PTO Board and General Meetings; develop the budget; help shape the direction of the organization; facilitate communication between the organization and the parents and teachers in each grade level. Two representatives per grade level are needed.

Teacher Representatives- Responsibilities: Attend PTO Board Meetings; develop the budget; help shape the direction of the organization; facilitate communication between the organization and teachers.

Fundraising - Responsibilities: Recruit volunteers and lead various fundraising efforts including Box Tops, Book Fair, and restaurant nights. Assist in planning as needed and coordinate when fundraising efforts occur to avoid overlap.

Auditing Committee - Responsibilities: Annual review of the treasurer’s end of year financial statement.

Hispanic Community Liaison - Responsibilities: Reach out to families whose primary language is Spanish to help the organization understand their needs, and promote their involvement in the organization and in school events. Help provide or recruit volunteers to aid in translation during meetings and translation of the organization’s print/online materials.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation - Responsibilities: Organize two annual teacher/staff luncheons during parent/conference days. Coordinate volunteers to assist with Teacher Appreciation Week and any other appreciation efforts.

School & Community Engagement - Responsibilities: Organize refreshments for Boo Hoo Breakfast for Kindergarten parents on the first day of school; represent the school at welcome/sign-in tables during school events/open houses - Curriculum Game Night, Art Fair, Black History Month Program; assist in student recruitment efforts by attending school fairs, networking, and social media

Grounds - Responsibilities: Coordinate efforts to clean up and enhance the school building grounds; planting trees & flowers and other projects as needed.

Book Fair - Responsibilities: Organize two annual book fairs; recruit volunteers to help with set-up, and to work during the week to help students visiting the fair; receive all incoming funds; communicate with Scholastic to reserve materials and submit funds; communicate with teachers to set up dates for classes to visit the fair; distribute information to students and families to promote the fair.

Box Tops - Coordinate two annual school-wide collections. Plan collection goals for the school and incentives for winning classes.

Room Parents - Responsibilities: Help recruit parents to assist with classroom/teacher needs; plan seasonal room parties; chaperone field trips

Fall Carnival - Responsibilities: Plan, promote, and recruit volunteers to carry out the Fall Carnival. Carnival typically has a theme and includes decorations, games, prizes, refreshments, and inflatables.

Friday, May 26, 2017

2016-2017 PTO Highlights

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's PTO events and initiatives a success! Here are some highlights from our 2016-2017 year:

Capstone Trip
--$2000 donation to 8th Grade Capstone Trip fund to provide initial deposits for students in need
--$800 in additional funds provided to 8th grade for refreshments/sales and staffing games at carnival

School and Community Engagement
--Outreach to our Hispanic community - translation at monthly meetings, increased documents in Spanish, Know Your Rights immigration workshop at FLA
--Winter and spring Book Fairs – Hosted 8 days of book fairs resulting in over $11,000 in total sales!
--Social events to bring together FLA community – including Fall Carnival with hundreds of guests, and Family Sports Night with special guest from FC KC Women’s Professional Soccer
--Parents represented FLA at city-wide school fair to engage with prospective families; increased social media presence to promote school tour dates
--PTO welcome tables at Kindergarten Playdate, Curriculum Game Night, Arts Fair
--Utilized social media, email, paper and electronic fliers, blogging, and bulletin boards to increase awareness about school events, needs, and initiatives.
--New FLA car decals designed to help build FLA community and raise awareness of FLA outside the school; will be sold at school events/meetings as fundraiser

Fundraising
--Box Tops
--Carnival
--Book Fair

Teacher/Staff Support & Appreciation
--Coordinated parents and teachers for seasonal classroom parties
--Fall and spring appreciation luncheons during conference days
--$3200 in Scholastic credit from Book Fairs to provide books & materials for teachers and school library
--Funds for classroom and grade level needs or projects - included recess games & equipment, books, and refreshments for middle school end of year celebration
--Appreciation week: breakfast burritos, ice cream treats, dessert buffet, Keurig coffee maker for staff lounge

Parent Education & Family/Student Support
--Conscious Discipline talk during fall PTO meeting
Parent Education survey created, plan to distribute fall 2017
--Uniform Exchange provided extra clothing for nurse’s office; allowed families to receive free uniforms and donate outgrown items

PTO Meetings
--8 monthly meetings provided time for school community to give and hear updates; for parents, teachers, and administration to discuss issues or concerns, successes, and give feedback

Safety & Grounds
--Increased safety during morning drop-off with addition of cones to slow traffic
--Spring clean up day to pick up litter on school grounds and reduce brush by the upper garden beds
--Purchased new outdoor nets for the FLA soccer fields