Poly Drivers: Walk/Bike to School Week nets impressive mileage

The report on Walk/Bike to School Week for spring 2017 is here! During the week of May 8-12, Poly Drive students logged an impressive 795.3 miles. That’s one-third the length of Mississippi River, or all the way across Montana and half way back!
There were 1,585 trips. Mrs. Egan’s class had 131.7 miles, for a free recess win. And Mrs. Hanley’s fifth-graders logged 97.6 miles, winning them the intermediate grades’ extra recess prize.

What fuels all this energy? While we don’t have a confirmed report, we do know there have been some serious efforts on the Box Tops for Education front. In fact, Mrs. Whittmeyer’s class turned in the most Box Tops (829) winning them an afternoon treat of Wilcoxins ice cream bars. Congratulations and thanks to everyone for participating!

Poly Drivers: Readers share lunch and literature

This spring 100 enthusiastic readers participated in Poly Drive Readers. Many people helped made this successful reading enrichment experience possible. Thanks go to the students for participating, parents for encouraging their kids to read, the 13 volunteer facilitators who gave their time and energy to make this program possible, and to the teachers for the use of their classrooms. Facilitators were: Deva G., Briana B., Stephanie W., Maria K., Amber E., Robyn W., Jessica C., Casey B., Kally D., Lisa C., Jenny W., and Jenn D. Thanks also go out to Lucky’s Market for donating 25 pizzas. We appreciate their generous community support. I hope everyone reads some great books this summer and we look forward to next year.
~Kimberly W., chairperson

Poly Drivers: Stars and tech shine on @ Poly

Starlab came to Poly the week of April 24-28. The PTA STEM Committee hosted the portable planetarium from the Museum of the Rockies. Every class at Poly was able to spend 20-40 minutes in the inflated dome learning about our night sky, including Greek Mythology, Native American Constellations, and even the navigation of Lewis & Clark.
On Friday, April 28, Poly families were invited to our Starry Night Tech Event. With the support of Poly library and classroom teachers, families could experience technology in action with student and teacher presentations throughout the school. Special thanks to our teachers who helped with the evening and to Mrs. Caskey, our wonderful tech leader and librarian.
We sent over 175 people through the STARLAB to view the constellations in our night sky. Shannon Davis was the winner of the PTA Survey Chromebook Giveaway.
Thanks to organizers and presenters, Jennifer M. and Amber E., for their hard work and expertise in the STARLAB. It was a long week of set ups, takedowns, teaching and sharing alongside the Poly Drive teachers and all of their curious, excited students. Thanks to Mrs. Reas for giving up her space for the STARLAB and to Mrs. Buss, Mrs. Ruby, and the great support staff for all their help in getting us back up and running after lunch each day. Thanks to all of the volunteers who made the week and night event possible: Katie C., Ryan and Michelle D., Letha M., Shawn K., Cici and Bruce K., Becky S., Kiely L., Jeannie P., Jenny W., Renee W. and Briana B.

Poly Drivers: Teachers celebrated, spa-style

Our awesome teachers were celebrated during Teacher Appreciation, May 1-4. With a spa theme, wonderful treats, and small gifts throughout the week, we hoped to convey our gratitude for the people that make the magic happen with our kids.
Special thanks to the Fuller family and Fuller Periodontics & Implant Dentistry for providing yummy Ciao Mambo catered lunch on Tuesday. Thanks to the Doucette Family and 406 Kitchen & Taproom for hosting the long lunch on Thursday. What a great atmosphere to enjoy a few extra minutes of down time! At the end of the week, raffle gifts were distributed including a Granite Membership, spa robe and gift certificate to name just a few.
Many thanks for the volunteers who planned, prepped, decorated and supplied treats, including Jennifer M., Amber E., Erica H., Shelby G., Shannon W., Dana L., Traci S., Lyndsay S., Renee W., Heather H., Robyn W., Briana B., Paula P., Brooke B., Jeannie P. and Kiely L. Thanks also to Maria K. and our additional room parents for their help including, Tonya A., Mandy W., Deva G., Amy F., Scott B., Shaydean S., Erica L., Kimberly W. and Mary L. and all the others who made the week a success.

Poly Drivers: March Madness nets funds and fun

March Madness mixed old favorites and new features. Initial figures from the Mar. 31 event indicate about $500 raised from the Dino-ize Croff effort. And dessert enthusiasts paid about $1,500 at the new Decadent Dessert Auction. After expenses, $8,593 was raised to benefit the PTA STEM fund at Poly Drive.
A highlight of the evening was Principal’s Croff stint as a T-Rex. He marched through the hallways in the inflatable suit, as students reached their fundraising goal.
The PTA extends a sincere thank you to all volunteers and the generous March Madness sponsors:
-The Bike Shop
-Billings Marble and Granite
-Buchanan Capital
-Byorth Family
-Cozzens-Guidice Family
-EPC Services Company
-Fuller Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
-Granite Health and Fitness
-Jourdan Guidice CPA
-Harvest Tech Garden and Greenhouse Supply
-Kelly Colt Interior Design
-Pediatric Therapy Clinic
-Poly Food Basket
-Sanctuary Spa
-Ty Nelson Construction