PTA Newsletter - August, 2016

August PTA Newsletter

August 2016

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DATES 2016
20: Landscape Clean up
23: Online Spirit Wear                 Sale Begins
23: Open House 5th                             grade 4:30-6:00
24: Open House 6th-8th                     grade 4-6
29: 1st Day of school

5: No school Labor Day
17: Rollerskating Night
19: School picture day

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Field PTA Board 


Welcome back returning families and a special welcome to all the new Field families. There is a buzz in the air, and everyone is giddy for the beginning of the school year (well, at least the parents are)! I had a fun summer with my family and friends as I hope you all did as well.
Let me tell you about myself: I am Jennifer (Jen) Buss - this year's PTA Co-Chair along with Leah Kondes. I am an experienced member of the PTA; I was a co-chair at Hale for two years and was the membership chair at Field before stepping up to the co-chair position last year. I have also been chair to committee events and many PTA events at both Hale and Field. I have two sons: Ethan who is starting 9th grade at Washburn and Hayden in 6th grade at our wonderful Field. I am a full-time working parent, who loves to volunteer in our school and around our community. My other hobbies are shopping, baking, and golfing (when I get time). I cannot wait to dive into all the fun events this year.
Field is such a great school.  We are all so lucky to have caring teachers and wonderful parents who are involved in our community school and take advocating for their children's education head on. I hope to see you all around school, the community, and at Field PTA events.
Don't forget to stop by the Field PTA table at open house. You can sign up to be a Field PTA Member and check out Volunteer opportunities. Show your school spirit by purchasing Field gear also available at Open House.
If anyone ever has questions, please don't hesitate to contact Leah or myself. We are here to help! Let 's have a great school year!
Jen Buss
Field PTA Co-Chair

Clean up Crew Needed for Field School Grounds Clean Up 
Saturday August 20 9:00-12:00
The landscape committee is looking for volunteers to help clean up the landscape at Field. Help is needed to weed, clean up the grounds, and put down mulch. Please bring any gardening equipment and gloves. If you have any questions contact Steph and Garrett Fuerniss at

Help Needed for Staff at Field Monday August 22 9:00-4:00

Help is needed to assist teachers unpack and get their rooms ready for the school year due to the fact that they had to pack everything up for the new flooring project! Any amount of time you can give that day is appreciated. Please show up and ask for Vanita or Liz and they will direct you to where help is needed. Adult volunteers only please.

The school needs help with: 
1.       Unpacking boxes
2.       Moving smaller pieces of furniture: team lift
3.       Wiping down tables, desks, chairs
4.       Sewing hems on new curtains in the computer lab - 4 straight seams
5.       Re-shelving books in media center
6.       Other teacher specific requests

Open Houses and Supply Lists
The first day of school is Monday August 29. Check here for the school supply lists for each grade. 

Open House for 5 grade is Tuesday August 23 from 4:30-6:00
Open House for 6-8 grade is Wednesday August 24 from 4:00-6:00
Please come to meet teachers and staff, get a schedule and see the shiny new floors in the school. 

PTA Membership
Membership forms will be available at the open house nights. The cost is $10 for a single membership, or $15 for a family membership (two adults in the same household). Please considering becoming a member, we can only take cash or checks for the membership fee. 

Why join PTA? The number one reason to join the Field Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child and support their educational experience.  In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more PTA advantages:
  • Build Relationships. There's no better way to know get to know other families at Field.   
  • Get Involved.  You can put your skills and hobbies to work by helping with landscape improvements or social events or even raising money through the No-sale fundraiser, plant sale or Spring Fling
Spirit Wear Samples at the Open Houses
Field spirit wear sales begin August 23. Look for spirit wear samples at the open houses and more information on how to order.

The PTA Needs Event Chairs
We Need: 
2-3 people for the Scholastic Book Fair
1-2 people for the Barnes and Noble Bookfair
1-2 people to help with Yearbook pictures and distribution
1-2 people to help with Field Holiday Helpers

You will shadow the current chairs for the 2016-2017 school year and then take over the event the following school year 2017-2018. These events can't happen unless we get volunteers, so please consider volunteering!

If you are interested in hearing more about these events, or able to help contact Jen Buss at 

Screenagers Event September 13
Save the date for the screening of "Screenagers" in the Washburn High School Auditorium. This event is in the planning stages and we will send out more information as it is available. Thank you to the generous funding from the Field PTA, Washburn High School and the Washburn Foundation. 

PTA  Tax Help Needed
The PTA needs a CPA or Tax Accountant to help us submit our taxes for the fiscal year. Our treasurer can supply access to QuickBooks and all financial statements. We are looking for a parent volunteer so we do not need to use PTA funds to pay someone. If you are able to help us out please contact our treasurer Darren Selberg at

Treasurer Elect Needed for PTA 
The PTA is in need of someone to shadow our current treasurer for the 2016-2017 school year and then take over the position for the next school year. 

The duties include:
- ensuring proper credentials with the bank 
- manage the online Quickbooks account 
- depositing checks from events
- receiving requests from Field and providing checks as requested and recording against the allocations.
- Creating the monthly reports (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss, Reconciliation) and attending monthly PTA meetings

Please contact Jen Buss at if you are interested or want to know more about this position


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