Poly Drivers: Read-a-Thon a spooky success

Poly Drive students found time to gobble up good books with their Read-a-Thon efforts. One hundred fifteen students read thousands of minutes and raised $10,115 for various PTA programs. Of this amount, $2,000 will go to Poly Drive’s library.
In the primary hall (grades K-3), the top pledge earner was Stella N. with $625. The top sponsor earner was Armin V. And Emma O. read the most, at 1,206 minutes. The primary classroom with the most minutes was Mrs. Colby’s, and the top earning classroom was Mrs. Whittmeyer’s.
In the intermediate hall (grades 4-6), Lydia P. won honors for top pledge earner, most sponsors and most read, with $435 pledged for her 3,077 minutes of reading. Top earnings and most minutes read classroom honors went to Mrs. Hanley’s class.
Poly Drive PTA extends a tremendous thank you to the Read-a-Thon’s sponsors: The Grand Escape Room, Get Air, Zoo Montana, Centennial Ice Arena, Wise Wonders Children’s Museum, Grandpa’s Corn Maze and Playnation, for their great prize contributions. We also thank Mrs. Caskey for her assistance and support with this event. And a huge thank you to all the Poly Drive students, parents, PTA volunteers and pledge supporters that participated in Read-a-Thon 2016!

Butter Braids 2016: a delicious Poly Drive tradition with sweet rewards

The annual Butter Braid fundraiser will soon begin. Order forms and instructions are coming Nov. 18. Last year $5,100 was raised through the Butter Braid Fundraiser, with proceeds going toward PTA programs like the STEM Day, field trips, playground bumpers, Spanish Club and more.

Here’s a FAQ on the fundraiser.

What’s a butter braid?
A butter braid is frozen pastry dough, made with 100% real butter, giving them a rich, homemade taste. There are different filling flavors: Apple, Bavarian Crème, Blueberry & Cream Cheese, Cherry, Cinnamon, Raspberry, Strawberry & Cream Cheese, and Double Chocolate.

They arrive frozen and can be stored for up to six months.

To use them, set on the counter the night before baking and then in the oven for 25-30 minutes, cool, and drizzle with icing for a delicious and beautiful treat.

You can see them at http://www.butterbraid.com.

How much is a butter braid?
They are sold for $14 each. Profits will go toward PTA initiatives.

Are there prizes for selling?
Yes, top sellers are rewarded.

Any tips for selling?
Sell safe – if going door to door, students must be accompanied by a parent.
Sell by phone, to relatives, work places, church groups and other groups your family’s involved in.
Payment must be collected at the time of the sale! Poly Drive PTA purchases the butter braids up front.
Checks should be made to Poly Drive PTA.
Double check your students’ orders and the money collected– accuracy is important for a smooth-running fundraiser.

Important dates:
Thursday, Dec. 1: Order forms and payment due back to the school.
Thursday, Dec. 15: Delivery of butter braids to the school.

Thanks you in advance for all your hard work! Questions can be directed to chairperson Tori Koch.

Poly Drivers: Walk/Bike to School Week keeps ’em moving

Rainy weather and chilly temperatures were the hallmark of early October. But that didn’t stop Poly’s Walk and Bike to School Week, Oct. 3-7. Congratulations to the 128 students and 101 parents that participated. We had a whopping 1,335 trips, totaling 690.1 miles. Mrs Egan’s and Mrs. Robinson’s classrooms won the free recesses.
A huge thank you to our generous sponsors: The Bike Shop on Grand, Midland Implement, Cross Petroleum Service and Poly Drive PTA. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Poly Drivers: Soggy weather can’t stop Saturday Live fun

By Mary Lave
Saturday Live chairperson

Wow! What a day for Saturday Live. Despite the inclement weather, we stuck it out all day as did many families (thankfully!) who enjoyed the abbreviat-ed activities. Because of the rain and wind, our Bungee Run was the only inflatable in the park, we didn’t even inflate until the rain stopped around 11; after that there was no stopping the masses! Many enjoyed Mystery Doors until we had to take it down due to wind.
The rest of our offerings were huge hits as well: Hot drinks and the Emoji store sold out of all available product just after 2, and Sweet C’s Kettle Corn couldn’t pop fast enough.
As a result, our net income from this event was $1,970- down just $80 from last year. All things considered, an amazing pull out!
According to the Education Foundation, the Poly Booth was the top dollar performer for this year, which we believe is a first!
Countless people are needed in order to make this event happen, so I would like to say THANK YOU to the all of the parents, teachers and students that helped in so many ways. And a special thank you to these businesses/parents who donated product and prizes:
-City Brew: coffee, hot water and accompaniments.
-Sweet C’s Kettle Corn & Splat Inflatables for giving us a screaming deal on our most popular offerings.
-Lave Masonry: prizes for Mystery Doors
-Shannon W: cocoa, tea, cider mixes, creamer, etc.
-Brooke S: candy for Mystery Doors
*And…the party isn’t a party if people don’t come, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU for bringing your families out to the park in spite of the weather-it was an awesome day after all!