Holiday happenings bring fun for students & a little cheer for staff

Poly Drive PTA sponsored virtual coding events for students in December. Each grade cohort made a holiday-themed item using STEM techniques. Both online and in-person students participated in the Zoom meet ups.

K-1 had 17 participants led by Letha McDowell. Each participant coded a Christmas tree. Mr. Dimock led 25 second and third grade participants in making a LED Christmas ornament. And Mrs. Caskey assisted 25 fourth and fifth graders in making a binary coded ornament.

Poly Drive PTA decided to spread some holiday cheer to our amazing Poly staff in this challenging year. The PTA, in partnership with Tea City and Cupcakes, gave staff $10 gift cards to Tea City, which included $5 gift matches by Tea City. Forty-six staff and 20 virtual teachers received the holiday gifts. Staff were very appreciative of the gifts, and we appreciate them!

Butter Braids fundraiser exceeds previous year’s profits

This year’s Butter Braid fundraiser was a sweet success! Poly Drive families sold a whopping 950 butter braids, which raised $5,700. This was a 30% increase over last year’s sales. Way to go! Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser.

Congratulations and thank you to all participants. This years top sellers were:
Ellie & Maddie S – 88
Ollie N – 57
Cora C – 51
Taylar A -45
Saffron A -37
Matea M -33
Lily R -25
Grayson & Oliver K -24
Elijah N -23
Brodie B -23
June C -23

Virtual book clubs celebrate reading in February

February is I Love To Read Month, and Poly Drive is ready to show the love. There are two great opportunities to dive in and celebrate reading with friends: virtual book clubs and Read-A-Thon.
For book clubs, simply contact the grade level coordinators listed below by Feb. 8. For the first four takers in grades 2-4, a free book to keep will sweeten the experience! Fifth grade book clubbers will be able to check out a book for their selection.
2nd grade: Monday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Reading Jada Jones: Rock Star by Kelly Starling Lyons. Facilitator is Jessica Cozzens,
3rd grade: Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Reading Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. Facilitator is Jacob Troyer,
4th grade: Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Reading Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper. Facilitator is Jessica Cozzens,
5th grade: Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Facilitator is Briana Bergeron,

March Madness: Bring the fun!

Get all the details you need about March Madness with our FAQ, located here: MM FAQ

March Madness Carnival & Dessert Silent Auction is just days away, on March 6. Swing into spring with an evening of carnival games, food, prizes and the Decadent Dessert Silent Auction.

Wristband purchase allows for unlimited game playing and winning through the evening. Classrooms feature a unique game, and students win tickets to be redeemed in the prize room. Parents, grandparents and community members are encouraged to browse the delectable dessert offerings available at the Decadent Dessert Silent Auction.

You can be involved in many ways: volunteer for a shift or two at a classroom game, spread joy in the prize room, help out with serving food (pizza, cookies and chips), or lend a hand with setup and clean up.

For more details on dessert auction donations or March Madness event sponsorships, check out the MM FAQ.

Wristbands are available for purchase via flyer through March 4, at the front office through March 6, and available at the door that evening. Pre-purchased wristbands are $12 each, and will be $15 at the door. Cash or credit card payment will be accepted at the door.

Pizza, chips, cookies and water are also available during March Madness. Cash, check or credit card payment may be used.

We’ll see you there!

End of Year Party coming to YOU!

The End of the Year Celebration will feature food trucks, fabulous games, and lots of time for friends to celebrate the 2018-19 school year. Join us on the playground from 12-2 p.m. on Friday, May 31.

Poly Drive PTA sponsors this celebration for our Poly Drive community. Enjoy the great activities (free with signed waiver) and tasty treats available for purchase, including gourmet hot dogs and grilled cheese sammies, and Summer Snow frozen treats. Games will include a climbing wall, free photo booth, and game truck. Adult volunteers are needed to help with the games. Please go to to volunteer. Parents are required to be present during the celebration.

FAQs can be found here: EOYC FAQ 2019. For more information, contact/text Jourdan Guidice.

Poly Drivers: Local author visits Poly for assemblies

Mike Thayer, a local author of children’s fantasy adventure stories, spent the afternoon at Poly on Wednesday, Sept. 25, speaking with 3rd-5th graders.

His first novel Passage to Avalon (Book 1 in The Epic Adventures of the Techno Wizard) is the story of a boy from Montana who gets transported to a strange and magical world, but still maintains cell phone signal back to Earth.

During his presentation, Thayer spoke about nurturing creativity, developing a productive obsession, and shared an in-depth look at the novel writing process. His second book in this series will be released this December.

This event was made possible through donations to the Poly Drive PTA. Thank you for your support of offerings like this one.

Poly Drivers: Poly PTA supports inclusive playground

In August, the Poly Dive PTA Board voted to make a $500 donation to the Every Child Plays – Rose Park Elementary Inclusive Playground project with a small portion of our unspent funds from last year.

Our school continues to receive so much support from our families and we wanted to share that with a local community project. This also gives Poly families an inclusive and engaging place to play outside school hours that is also in our neighborhood.

The goal of the Every Child Plays project goes beyond the simple addition of a few accessible pieces of equipment, but instead focuses on the mutually benefi cial and important value of inclusive play between students who are typically-developed and those of diverse abilities.

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Poly Drivers: Polar Bears race, among other things

The Great Polar Bear Race of 2018 has come to a close. This membership drive encouraged some healthy competition between classes to get the most new Poly PTA members.

And the results: Classroom Ice Cream Party: Mrs. Watson (kindergarten); Mrs. Robinson (4/5 combo; Ms. Phillips (4th grade)

Teacher Giftcard Drawing: Mrs. Delcamp; Ms. Phillips Congratulations to the winners!

If you haven’t yet joined Poly Drive PTA, come on over! Contest or not, we all win with efforts to make each of our student’s potential a reality, through advocacy, partnership and enrichment. Become a member for just $10 in dues.

Poly Drivers: Walkers/bikers push past weather

What is it about Walk/Bike to School Week (WBTS) that triggers winter-like weather? Poly Polar Bears weren’t daunted by it, as they logged 690.96 miles, with 1,431 total trips, and 137 student participants.

During the week of Oct. 8-12, kids and parents got moving through the streets surrounding Poly. Mrs. Byrd’s class won extra recess with 55.5 miles tallied in their classroom. And on the intermediate side, Mrs. Walker’s class won with 61.9 miles logged. Fantastic work, everyone! Volunteers, you take the prize for making this fun week possible.