LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENTS
February's PTO meeting was a great example of how the St. Giles community is able to pause, consider, self-reflect, and improve our school. Two important subjects dominated the conversation.
First, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee has officially launched! Deidre Jenkins and Erika Montgomery led a productive meeting with attendees setting forth a mission statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. All members of the school community are encourage to attend future meetings and engage in open conversations that represent diverse experiences and perspectives. The hope is we all can learn something just by listening to each other. The committee has exciting plans! Please look to the enews for dates of future gatherings.
Second, Principal Bigane shared her concern about the growing lack of safety and respect among drivers in the drop-off and pick-up lines. She could not emphasize enough how important it is for the safety of our children to follow the traffic rules and be courteous and respectful to one another and staff.
As a refresher, the pick up and drop off lanes require patience. If everyone follows the set traffic patterns, it is an efficient process.
Please remember to:
- drop kids off curbside (no doors on the left side of the vehicle should open)
- remain in your car in traffic lanes
- do not block traffic lanes or walk through them
- please do not encourage, accompany, or allow children to cross lanes of traffic unless at a crosswalk
- have backpacks and instruments in the car (not trunk) so the flow of traffic is smooth and doesn't put children at risk around moving vehicles.
Additionally, no texting while in cars when the drop-off or pick-up lines are active on Linden or Columbian (this includes in the lanes after students have exited the vehicle and others are behind you), and please treat your fellow drivers and St. Giles staff with courtesy and respect.
Lastly, PTO has two big fundraisers coming up! We hope you will help support the Outdoor Classroom with a purchase through the Plant Sale. Check the enews for announcements regarding ordering. Online and paper orders will be available by early March. Also, March Madness is right around the corner so look for information about squares benefiting our school. Feel free to invite family, friends, and neighbors as well! And if you are interested in helping to plan or run either of these events, please reach out to us. Most of the work can be done at home and in the evenings.
As always, please reach out to any executive member of the PTO if you have questions, comments, or suggestions. We love to hear from you!
Jennifer and Amy
P.S. Don't forget to send your Box Tops to school. PTO earns 10 cents for every Box Top submitted, and all funds support an activity or purchase for the school!
|May||7||7:00 PM||(Year End Social)|
BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB
Birthday Book Club is a way to celebrate student birthdays while building our school library. For a small donation, students are invited during their birthday month to participate in a special pizza party during which they can select a new book to be presented to the school library. Volunteers are needed to organize attendees, oversee donations, and run the lunch.