October 2017

Dear OKE Parents,

The last month has been a one of the most difficult times in our community due to Hurricane Harvey.  I am still in awe at the amount of compassion, hard work, and love that has been shown by many of our OKE families when helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and getting our students back to the routine and secure environment that comes with being in school.  Your OKE PTA wants to make sure that all of our families are taken care of during this time.  If you or someone you know has a need, please contact us.

Because we want our OKE families to continue helping in the community, and we acknowledge that many of our families have spent and will continuing spending money on helping those recovering from flood damage, we have decided to suspend our major fundraiser, Boosterthon’s Fun Run, this year until the 2018-2019 school year.  With that being said, we want to try our best with continuing to sustain the programs at OKE that are PTA sponsored.  The following is a list of a few of the items/ activities/programs that OKE PTA funds:

·    Art Room Supplies

·    Biblionasium - OKE’s new reading program

·    Playground maintenance and equipment -  look for the new playground equipment to be installed this fall!!!

·    Eureka- K-5 science enrichment program

·    International Night

·    Junior Achievement

·    Biz Town (5th grade only)

·    Library magazines, carts, books, furniture, technology, digital cameras

·    Performing Arts - music room supplies/musicals

·    Red Ribbon Week

·    Special Buddies

·    Sister School

·    Watch DOGS Parent Program

·    Technology - digital cameras, smart boards, I-pads, academic applications

·    RAZ Kids – online reading program

·    Staff Development and Training- this directly impacts the way our students are being taught in the classroom and keeps teachers at the forefront of what makes 21st century students successful

·    Parent Programs - Greg Tang

Our goal for this year is to focus on family centered activities and needs.  Please be on the look out for upcoming events and how you can participate!

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Wednesday, October 4th- WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

Thursday. October 5th- Smencils and Spirit Sticks in the library from 8:00-8:20am

Friday, October 13th - INTERNATIONAL NIGHT

Friday, October 20th - OKE PTA sponsored WORKDAY FOR OUR TEACHERS from 8:30-10:30 in the OLA.  We look forward to chatting with you and helping our OKE teachers!

Monday- Friday, October 23-27th - Red Ribbon Week!

Thursday, October 19th -   CHICK-FIL-A DINNER and a MOVIE NIGHT (look for a flier coming home soon)

Thursday, October 26th- SCHOOL STORE

Thank you so much for all of the support you continue to give to OKE.  We couldn’t do it all without you!

Kimberly Beidle, OKE PTA President

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