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.

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

March Madness just weeks away

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 31 – the Poly Drive March Madness night. The fun will go from 5:30-8 p.m.

Poly Drive will be transformed into a carnival, with games, prizes, a decadent dessert auction, food & drinks for the whole family.

Proceeds from the evening will go toward STEM efforts at Poly.

A decadent dessert auction is new this year. It replaces the classroom basket silent auction. All bakers and dessert enthusiasts are invited to make an upscale dessert for the auction, or may purchase and donate one instead. Desserts need to be delivered to the school by noon on March 31. To donate a dessert, contact Heather Hughes.

Students can put their spare change toward the Dino-ize Croff effort. If enough money is collected, Principal Croff will appear as a dinosaur at the event. Money will be collected beginning the week of March 20.

Wristbands will be sold again this year. The wristband allows unlimited access to games during the carnival. Each classroom will feature a different game. Tickets are won, and players can then trade in their tickets for great treasures in the prize room.

Room parents soon will request parent volunteers to help run the games. But don’t wait to be contacted. You can reach out to your room parent and sign up for the time that works best for you.

Families are also asked to consider donating a movie-size box of candy for the candy walk game. Candy will be collected in the classrooms.

To join the committee or for more information, please contact chairperson Briana Bergeron.

Look for flyers on the Dino-ize Croff effort and wristband sales in future Wednesday Watch envelopes.

We look forward to a fabulous evening at Poly!


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.

Walk/Bike to Week October 3-7

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. 3 through Friday, Oct. 7, beginning at the northwest corner of Poly & Hoover at approximately 7:55 am. 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.

Bicycle helmets are available at school for those in need. Connect with Mrs. Reas for these.

Great prizes and gift cards will be awarded to top participants. Classes will also compete with each other for bonus recess periods! Make sure your child logs his or her trips to and from school.

Log sheets were sent home this past week. The completed form is due no later than Oct. 14.

Contact Lyndsay Serpe at lcross4@hotmail.com for information, support or equipment.

Poly Drivers: STEM takes Poly by storm

This spring, over 60 parent, teacher and community volunteers came together to host our first Poly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Day. On a sunny April day, 115 kids learned about local bird tracking, soil composition, bugs found in our area, technology in our own library and robotics. We watched in awe as the LifeFlight Medical Team landed their helicopter on our playground, stayed the day to share their knowledge, and took off as parents arrived for their students. What a day, what a school and what a great group of people making the day happen. Thanks to all!

Special thanks to school nurses Melissa Archilla and Debbie Davis. And thank you to parent volunteers Caroline Chviliek, Robyn Willett, Amber Erlenbusch, and Jon and Jessica Peel.

March Madness Spring Carnival coming up

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 11 – the Poly Drive March Madness Spring Carnival. The evening runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join us for an evening of fun sports games, minute-to-win-it games and the amazing prize room where you can redeem tickets for fabulous loot! Visit the gym where you’ll find pizza for purchase, silent auction baskets to browse and bid on, and a jail cell just waiting to be filled by Mr. Croff.
Silent auction basket items are needed for each classroom, as are parent volunteers to staff the classroom games for a shift or more. Room parents will continue to seek parents’ assistance with these areas. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Briana Bergeron or your class’s room parent.
Wristbands are $12 each before the carnival and $15 at the door. They will go on sale at the beginning of March. The collection buckets to Jail Mr. Croff will also be in classrooms at the beginning of March, so save up that extra change now!
Proceeds from this PTA-sponsored event will go toward increasing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning opportunities in and outside the classroom. We are also working to increase safety at Poly Drive by purchasing bumpers for the playground and snow removal equipment for our new sidewalks and entry.

Here are the theme baskets listed by classroom teacher:

WHITTMEYER: Chocolate Lovers basket
BELL: Gardening  basket

BLAKESLEY: Backyard BBQ basket
DAVEY: Mexican Fiesta basket
MAXWELL: I Scream for Ice Cream basket

GIBSON: Italian basket
IVES: Fishing basket
SCHEPPELE: Budding Artist basket

DELCAMP: Shopping Spree (non-restaurant gift cards) basket
EGAN: Pamper Yourself basket

ROBINSON: Dinner on the Town basket
SCALLY: Sports Fanatic basket

ENGLER: It’s Raining Cats & Dogs basket
SCHAFF: Tea Party basket

MONSON: Good Morning Breakfast basket
WHISENAND: Let’s Go Camping basket

Rock Star Readers – Read-a-Thon is on!

The 2016 Poly Drive Read-a-Thon kicked off on Friday, Jan. 22 All students have received their pledge sheets and instructions. Here’s the scoop:

From Jan. 23-29 students will set a reading goal and obtain sponsors. Sponsors may either pledge a flat donation or a set amount per minute read (i.e., $0.05 per minute or $10 flat donation). All donations are tax deductible.

Jan. 25-29: students bring sponsor envelopes to school so they can be rewarded for new sponsors they’ve gathered. For each unique sponsor, students get raffle tickets and can choose which prize box they’ll put their tickets in. Prizes will be rewarded from the raffle prize boxes, as well as for most minutes read (individual and by class), most sponsors, and most money earned.

Jan. 30-Feb. 5: Reading Week! Now it’s time to accrue those reading minutes each student sets as their personal goal. Minutes are logged on the sponsor envelope. Guest readers will read in the Poly Drive Library each morning at 8:10 a.m. Additional sponsors may be added during reading week.

Feb. 5: Add up all minutes read by students, including on their own, being read to and 100 minutes from school work.

Feb. 6-11: Contact sponsors and collect pledges, put all money and additional reading logs into the envelope, seal and return to the school no later than Thursday, Feb. 11

Funds raised through the Read-a-Thon will go toward STEM activities and initiatives. Some of the funds are also used to refurbish library materials.