Poly Drivers: It’s no mystery – Poly Readers rocks!

Poly Readers wrapped up in March, and celebrated with Krispy Kreme doughnuts on March 6.

Eighty students participated in 13 reading groups, with 14 reading group facilitators. Over the four to five-week time frame, the students met at lunch once per week to discuss their mystery books. PTA supplied the age-appropriate books for the program, and plans to use them in subsequent years.

Thanks to all our PTA reading group facilitators, chairperson Amber Erlenbusch, and all the classroom teachers who allowed the use of their classrooms. We appreciate you all!

Poly Drivers: Talent Show brightens our winter

That’s a wrap, folks! Thanks to all who participated in and attended the Poly Drive Talent Show on Friday, March 2. The well-attended event was packed with plenty of great music, variety, art, dance – and dessert!

A big round of applause goes to the wonderful student, parent and staff volunteers who helped make the evening possible, the dedicated PTA planning committee and Mrs. Langeliers for presenting a star-studded show! Thanks to Mr. Croff for continued support of the beloved Poly tradition. Thank you to Deva Gallagher and Ms. Walker for coordinating the Art Shows. Sincere thanks also go to Principal Sulser and staff at Lewis & Clark Middle School for being great hosts, and to MSU-B for their student volunteers.

Sponsors included Starbuck’s on Grand, Allegra Printing and GE Capital. We appreciate you!

Poly Drivers: Igloo serves as membership display, cozy nook and STEAM inspiration

The Poly Polar Bear Igloo Construction was a great success! Thank you to all who donated milk jugs – the support for it was amazing! A snowflake with each of the current Poly Drive PTA family names was placed inside the igloo.

Students enjoyed using the igloo during their library time. And while the igloo was eventually disassembled and recycle, it will serve as a mathematics and engineering model during the upcoming STEAM Night at Poly Drive.

Poly Drivers: Poly artists’ endeavors rewarded with Reflections

Reflections Art Program is a National PTA program. Twelve student artists participated at Poly this year. Several students advanced to the state level: 1st place-Aubri M. and 2nd place-Ronan G. (K-2 Primary division), and 1st place-Emery P. and 2nd place Maren R. (3-5 intermediate division).
State level results were announced in late February, and two Poly artists received Judges Awards: Ronan and Emery. First place winners from state level then advanced to the national level.
All of the Poly Reflections artists’ work will be on show at the Toucan Gallery the week of April 16, with an opening reception beforehand.
A special thank you to our Poly Drive Reflections judges—Ev Bergeron, Mike Caskey, and Kelly Ewing for evaluating the students’ work.
And a huge thank you to PTA Reflections chairperson Deva Gallagher for organizing and guiding the artists in their Reflections endeavors.

Poly Drivers: Breakfast honors armed forces members

On Friday, Nov. 11, nearly 150 people gathered to honor and remember the sacrifices made by members of the armed services. Poly Drive PTA again hosted the Veterans Day Breakfast.

PTA chairperson Dana Ludden reported the breakfast was a success, with community members and Poly families generously donating to the effort. Special thanks to Starbucks, Evergreen IGA, Perkins, Fiesta Mexicana and the Murillo family, and Poly families that donated items. Special recognition also to Mrs. Robinson’s class for setting up America’s White Table to honor our fallen and missing soldiers.

On behalf of the Poly Drive PTA, thank you to all veterans for your service.

Poly Drivers: Fall mixers bring families together

A little food, fun, and conversation – sounds like a great mix! Poly PTA provided pizza, families brought dessert and other sides to share, and the mixing commenced. Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers attended each mixer, respectively, to share a welcome message and visit with families.
Thank you to all who shared food for the event, to teachers and staff for joining us, PTA members for their help with the event, organizer Letha McDowell, and all the families that participated.

March Madness: Food, games, fun, duct tape?

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

March Madness Carnival & Dessert Silent Auction is just over a week away, set for Friday, March 23. The evening is one of family fun, filled with food, games, prizes, and the decadent dessert silent auction. This year, Principal Croff has accepted the Duct Tape Challenge: he will be duct taped to the wall during March Madness, if we raise $500 before the carnival begins.
Wristband purchase allows for unlimited game playing and winning through the evening. Each classroom features a unique game, and students win tickets to be redeemed in the prize room. Parents can also 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, help out with serving food (pizza, cookies and chips), selling wristbands and food punch cards, or lend a hand with setup and clean up. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the Duct Tape Challenge to duct tape Principal Croff to the wall during March Madness.
To volunteer, use myschoolanywhere.com or contact Renee at polydrivepta@gmail.com.
Wristbands are available for purchase via flyer through March 20, at the front office through March 23, 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 or credit card payment may be used.

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

Poly Drive Talent Show: March 2 is an evening to remember!

The Poly Drive Talent Show, a fun evening for the whole family, will be held at Lewis & Clark Middle School on March 2. Showtime begins at 6 p.m.

In addition to the wide variety of talents featured in the show, student artwork will also be on display. Artwork will include submissions to the Juried Art Show and the Reflections Art Program. Other talents will be featured in the Talent Showcase display. This is truly an evening for all Poly students to shine!

Please bring a dessert or snack to share during the dessert reception immediately following the show. A DVD of the evening’s showcase will be available for purchase in March.

Calling all clippers: Box Top Collection due Oct. 25

Box Tops for Education is a year-round fundraising effort at Poly Drive. We encourage you to both clip box tops and use the bonus Box Tops app to maximize funds received.
The first collection due date is next Wed., Oct. 25. Please turn in collected, clipped box tops to your students’ classroom, and also enter any receipts into the Box Tops app, by the collection due date. So far, $24.60 of the $1,000 year goal has been received. So help raise funds for initiatives like Reflections Art Program, Spanish Club, STEAM Club, Math Club and much more! Just clip your way to cash for the benefit of our Poly Drive Polar Bears.

Walk/Bike to School Week is here!

Poly Drive will celebrate International Walk to School Day 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. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6, 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.

Another Walking School Bus route has been started this year, with a cohort meeting at Colton and Rehburg, and another at the corner of Rimrock and Rehburg, both at 7:50. They will meet up at Poly and Rehburg at 7:55, and proceed to the campus along Poly.

Log sheets were sent home in last week’s Wednesday Watch. Students tally their miles, as well as parent miles, and top mileage logs will win prizes.

Questions may be directed to Lyndsay Serpe at lcross4@hotmail.com.