Walk/Bike to Week coming up!

Poly Drive will celebrate International Walk to School Week with our Annual Walk (and Bike) to School-A-Thon and Walking School Bus! For those who are new to the concept, a walking school bus is a group of students walking to school as a group, under the watch of adults/parents and older students. Younger students are encouraged to “board” the bus at any point along its route to school.

The Poly Drive Walking School Bus will operate in the morning only, Monday, Oct.  6 through Friday, Oct. 10, beginning at the northwest corner of Poly & Hoover at approximately 7:55am. The route will proceed toward campus on the north side of Poly Drive.  Parents who would like to start their own walking school bus on a different route are encouraged to do so. Please contact Jenny or Lyndsay at jenniferwalker@bresnan.net for information and support equipment.

We will have bicycle helmets available Friday, Oct. 3, at both dismissal times.  Tori Koch will be there to fit any kids in need.

Just like last year, students will also be encouraged to collect pledges from friends and family for each trip or mile they complete during the week. Great prizes and gift cards to sporting goods stores will be awarded to top participants. Classes will also compete with each other for bonus recess periods! Funds raised will support Walk and Bike to School activities all year long.

Log sheets will be sent home the week before the event begins.

Last call for directory sign up

This is your chance to be included in the Poly Drive PTA directory for 2014-15. Use this Poly Drive PTA directory form, and turn it into the school (PTA mailbox) or scan your completed form and e-mail it to polydrivepta@gmail.com by Sept. 22. This directory provides contact information for Poly Drive families. It is voluntary; please provide the information you are comfortable with sharing. On this same form, you can sign up to support Poly Drive PTA by becoming a member AND selecting volunteer opportunities.

Dues collected from PTA members ($18/year) go toward the many enrichment activities and initiatives sponsored by the Poly Drive PTA.

The Poly Drive PTA is dedicated to enriching the lives of all students at Poly Drive and all families are welcome and encouraged to participate in this effort. Together we achieve more for our children.

Winning with membership

A big thank you to all of the Poly Drive families and staff who turned in their PTA membership, directory and volunteer sign ups. Your involvement helps our school in so many ways! Over ninety families returned their forms to school by Sept. 4, the deadline to be entered into a drawing to win one of ten prizes.
Congratulations to our winners:

The Brown Family · $25 Poly Food Gift Certificate
The Harvey Family · $25 Poly Food Gift Certificate
The Klepps Family · Two Front Row Seats at Show of Choice
The Byrd Family · Two Front Row Seats at Show of Choice
The Marshall Family · Two Front Row Seats at Show of Choice
The Pellandini Family · One Reserved Parking Space at Poly School Event
The Hunnes Family · One Reserved Parking Space at Poly School Event
The Bergeron Family · One Reserved Parking Space at Poly School Event
The Wilailuck Family · Two Free March Madness Wristbands
The Erlenbusch Family · Two Free March Madness Wristbands

Joining PTA does not require you to volunteer your time, though it is always appreciated. Scholarships to cover dues are also available for families in need. Sign up forms are available in the hall by Ms. Vicki’s office at Poly Drive.

Saturday Live 2014

SATURDAY LIVE IS ALMOST HERE! This Saturday, Sept. 27 at Pioneer Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., join us for this great event that supports the students of Billings Public Schools. There is also a fun run at 9 a.m. at Daylis Stadium, and the school with the most participants in the fun run wins a prize. Registration for the fun run is at http://www.efbps.org.

Poly Drive Elementary will have a Bungee Run Inflatable, Mystery Doors, and Sweet C’s Kettle Corn and City Brew Morning Coffee! Remember, Poly Drive receives proceeds from the tickets we collect at our booth. If you run out of time to use up your tickets, be sure to stop by our booth and we’ll take them off your hands! Plot your course for Saturday with this map.

Tickets will be sold in advance at Poly Drive, 2 tickets for $1.00, sold in strips of 10 tickets for $5. They will be available for purchase after school on Thursday, Sept. 25 and Friday, Sept. 26. Or you can download the ticket form here and turn it in to the school; ticket orders received after Tuesday, Sept. 23 will be sent home on Friday, Sept. 26.

Great Northern Book Co. Book Fair, Sept. 11

Join the Poly Drive Family for the Great Northern Book Co. Book Fair next Thursday, Sept. 11, from 2:20 to 7 p.m. in the Poly Drive library.

Ron and Barb Scherry, owners of Great Northern Book Co., a Montana business, will be providing the upcoming book fair for Poly Drive. The Scherrys were well-known educators in Montana before retiring and buying the book company in 2000. This reading event will offer students, parents, teachers, and members of the community the opportunity to see the latest works by popular authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. Along with winners of state and national awards, the book fair will present hundreds of titles selected to excite and motivate students to become lifelong readers and to promote family literacy. Special attention is given to find books that will appeal to the emergent, the experienced, and the reluctant reader. Books for all members of the family will be available, from birth through adult.

Ron and Barb are on hand in the evening to meet parents and help them with their selections. This fundraising activity encourages good reading habits, and the school’s proceeds are used to purchase new library materials.