Let’s party like it’s the end of the year

The End of the Year Celebration will feature food trucks, fabulous games, and lots of time for friends to celebrate the 2017-18 school year. Join us on the playground from 12-2 p.m. on Friday, June 1.

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 bit.ly/pdspring2018 to volunteer. Parents are required to be present during the celebration.

FAQs can be found here: EOYC FAQ 2018. For more information, contact/text Jourdan Guidice.

STEAM Night at Poly

Make Friday night Family Fun Night on April 27. The PTA is sponsoring a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) Night, from 5-7 p.m. The night will feature STEAM activities that can be completed by students and their accompanying adults. Students will receive a passport to get stamped at each activity in which they participate. They may then turn in their passport to be entered in the student raffle.
We will also be raffling off a new Chromebook for adults who participate in our PTA Survey. SCRaP Billings, a non-profit creative reuse center, will be on hand for an activity, as will Wise Wonders Children’s Museum. Other activites include: a math and engineering project about the membership igloo, STEM games, teepee construction, tin can flashlights, Discouraged Drawer Prevention Society, Poly Neuroscience Club, and Makerspaces. Contact Amber Erlenbusch for more information.
Also that night, Poly Drive Library will host a bookfair from 4-8 p.m., with titles from Usborne Books available for purchase.

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.

Poly Drivers in brief: Coins for Change, Membership Scoop Drive

COINS FOR CHANGE ADDED UP
During October, the combined effort of KC Club and the Poly Drive PTA-Coins for Change-raised funds to benefit those recovering from hurricanes in the Southeast U.S., and wildfires in Montana. Students raised nearly $225 and the PTA donated an additional $75. In total, $300 was distributed among three charitable organizations. Way to give, Polar Bears!

MEMBERSHIP SCOOP WINNERS NAMED
This scoop just in: Winners from the school-wide Membership Scoop competition that concluded Oct. 15 are:
-Teacher gift card raffle winners: Mrs. Whittmeyer and Ms. Hanley
-Classroom ice cream parties: Mrs. Egan’s and Ms. Phillips’, for having the most family PTA memberships.
Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who’ve joined Poly Drive PTA. Your membership is a win for everyone, as it helps all of our Poly students to achieve their potential. We currently have 85 families and 22 faculty among our PTA membership.