Originally delivered on 1/24/2023 9:20 pm

SUBJECT: January PTA Newsletter


It's been a while since we've checked in with you! We've been busy in the last few months. Here's a snapshot of what the PTA has been up to:

  • Reached our fundraising goal of $5,000 from our Fall Movie Night and Online Auction. The turnout was amazing and we had a lot of great items to auction off. A HUGE thank you to Ray and Kathryn Schilens for donating the audio/visual equipment and services, and to Kristin and Dalton Lytle for sponsoring our movie and movie license. And to all the volunteers and families who came out to support our Fall Movie Night!
  • Hosted Teacher's Hospitality events in October, November, and December, including a gift card punch game in December. All staff members received a gift card donated by parents (thank you so much to all who donated!). 
  • Held a gingerbread house-themed door decorating contest amongst the teachers. The "upstairs" winner was Ms. Kelleher and the "downstairs" winners (tie) were Ms. Coleman and Ms. Gomez! Check out their winning doors below. 
  • Met up with fellow little Vikings at USA Ninja Challenge's Spirit Night.
  • Celebrated and thanked our wonder volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch at Live Oak Grill. 
Our "Naming Rights" Auction Winners!

Our online auction consisted of several winners of naming rights to different areas of the school: the library (The Chernosky Library, pictured below), front lobby (Mary Trevino's Front Lobby), playground (Peyton's Playground), cafeteria (The Lau Cafeteria), and gym (Mr. Butt's Gym). Congratulations to these generous donors! Have you seen the new signs around campus?

Healthy Minds Grant Recipient

Great news! We are the lucky recipient of one of the $2500 grants given out by National PTA Healthy Minds, sponsored by the New York Life Foundation and the Allstate Foundation! We will be developing and incorporating several "Healthy Minds" programs this semester, so please be on the lookout for some great opportunities to learn more about how to support your child's social and emotional health. The first way you can help is by filling out our needs-assessment survey here. This will help us cater and develop programs to fit your needs the most!

Thank you to Vanessa G. for leading this initiative!

If you are able to help with stickering the students at lunch time on Friday, please email secretary@lvepta.com. You can show up for just one grade level, or multiple grade levels! Stickering only takes 10-15 minutes per grade level. You must have your criminal background completed to volunteer on-site. 

Volunteer Spotlights!
  • Kirsten Ramirez for the AMAZING hospitality lunches and treats she has coordinated each and every month to spoil our Lakeview teachers and staff. Kirsten is dependable and always goes above and beyond. 
  • Rowena Quach for always being on top of our social media accounts. She has been such a huge help with creating eye-catching graphics for all our PTA things and helped us keep our Viking family updated via Instagram and Facebook. 
Executive Board Nominations

It is that time of year again! Nominations are now open for executive board members (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer). Keep in mind that our PTA NEEDS a president, secretary, and treasurer in order to stay active and function. PLEASE consider nominating yourself or a friend for one of these positions if you are interested. 

We all know it takes a village to make this PTA thing work. Our executive board is supported by the tremendous help from our committee chairs. If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, please also fill out the nomination form. Our chair positions include: Hospitality, Volunteer, Fundraising, Spirit Wear, Spirit Night, Sponsorship, Social Media, Website, Class Party and Room Parent Coordinator, 5th Grade Party, Healthy Minds, and Dudes on Campus. 

More information about the executive board duties can be found here, and information for chair responsibilities can be found here. Any questions can be directed to pta@lvepta.org. Our nominations form is on our website, or you can click here to fill it out. 

Upcoming Meetings

Make sure you mark your calendars for our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, February 1st from 9A-10A via Zoom. Zoom meeting details will be on our website. 

Board meetings (via Zoom) for the rest of the year are as follows:

  • February 1st from 9A-10A
  • March 1st from 6:30P-7:30P
  • April 5th from 9A-10A

General membership meetings for the rest of the school year are as follows:

  • April 25th at 5:30P (in-person) - voting on new Executive Board
  • May - Date and Time TBD

Thank you to our PLATINUM Corporate Sponsors: Imperial HOA, Imperial by Johnson Development, BEAM Orthodontics, Capital Infectious Disease Associates, and Pierce Built Homes.

Thank you to our newest PLATINUM family sponsors: Arleen and Jack Kluepfel, Celina Deleon, and Shane and Babitha (Mani) Thomas. 

Did you know you can be a family sponsor too? Sponsorship levels range between $25 to $100 and include perks like preferred seating at school programs and a free birthday marquee message. 

Become a Family Sponsor

Unfortunately, AmazonSmile is going away. The last day to use AmazonSmile will be February 23rd. On a web browser, navigate to smile.amazon.com and sign into your account. Search for and add the charity "PTA Texas Congress 9283 Lakeview Elementary" and start shopping! On your Amazon mobile app, go to "Settings" and select "Amazon Smile" - search and add Lakeview (see above for the full name). Make sure "generating donations" is turned ON. Start shopping!

Box Tops

Download the Box Tops for Education app and create an account. Add our school when prompted to find a school (search for Lakeview 77498). Complete your profile and make sure to use a referral code to earn more money for our school's PTA (ISYQ3PRZ). Scan grocery receipts each time you shop to start earning our PTA money! So far this school year, we've earned over $120!

Last Call for Yearbooks!

There are only 20 yearbooks left! Make sure to place your order ASAP - you don't want to miss out and lose your chance to get a 2022-23 Lakeview Elementary yearbook. To purchase a yearbook for $30, please click here

Over the last few months, PTA funds have been used to purchase some of the following items: 

  • Blackout curtains and magnetic curtain rods for each classroom (for safety purposes, will be purchased this month)
  • Field Trips - 2nd Grade to Fort Bend Discovery Center
  • Classroom support - reimbursement to teachers for classroom items, educational software, educational convention
  • Italian lunch catering for Holiday Luncheon for teachers and staff 
  • Pizza for holiday classroom parties
  • Supplies for gift card punch game, holiday door decorating contest
  • Gingerbread houses for winning classrooms (Door Decorating Contest)
  • Marquee birthday messages for PTA Family Sponsors (PTA payment to the school)
  • Boxed lunches for guest judges for Holiday Door Decorating Contest
  • Volunteer Appreciation Lunch at Live Oak Grill
  • Ornaments for volunteers (volunteer appreciation)

For a more complete look into our financials, PTA members can access this information on our website under "Our PTA" --> "PTA Documents" or by clicking here (you must be logged in to view). 

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