Fall into reading with Read-A-Thon

Poly students, it’s time to get your Read On! The annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser kicks off today with the packets sent home. Fall into reading as you gather sponsors to support your reading efforts.

From Oct. 16-18, students will receive raffle tickets for each new sponsor they acquire. Students choose the raffle bucket they wish to place tickets in. Primary prizes include Chuck E Cheese gift package (top pledge earner), and a $50 AMC Movie giftcard (most minutes read); intermediate hall winners receive 6 passes to the Reef (top pledge earner), and $50 AMC Movie giftcard (most minutes read). See the Read-A-Thon packet from the Oct. 11 Wednesday Watch for more information on the fabulous raffle prizes available. If students gain more sponsors after the Oct. 18 date, raffle tickets will still be provided for additional sponsors.

Top earning classes in each division will receive an ice cream party, and the classes with most minutes read receive an extra recess and gummy bookworm treats.

Next up, time to read on and on! From Oct. 20-27 is Reading Week; special guest readers will be featured in the gym before school begins on Oct. 24-26. After logging all those minutes, students will collect pledges from their sponsors, turning in their log and monies no later than Nov. 3.

Last year’s Read-A-Thon netted $10,620. The bulk of the funds raised went toward STEM initiatives at Poly Drive, including 1:1 computing for primary grades. Funds raised will be allocated toward the 2017-18 Poly Drive PTA budget, including STEM efforts.

To volunteer for Read-A-Thon, use myschoolanywhere.com online or via the app.

Goblin up some good books with Read-a-Thon!

The Fall 2016 Poly Drive Read-a-Thon kicked off on Friday, Oct. 7 All students have received their pledge sheets and instructions. Here’s the scoop:

From Oct. 10-14 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.

During this week, 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.

Oct. 15-21 (Saturday-Friday) 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 Monday-Wednesday morning at 8:10 a.m. Additional sponsors may be added during reading week.

Oct. 23: Add up all minutes read by students, including on their own, being read to and 100 minutes from school work.

Oct. 22-28: Contact sponsors and collect pledges, put all money and additional reading logs into the envelope, seal and return to the school no later than Friday, Oct. 28.

Funds raised through the Read-a-Thon will go toward STEM activities and initiatives, as well as other PTA-sponsored programs. Some of the funds are also used to refurbish library materials.

Poly Drivers: Vision screening

On Oct. 8, school nurses and parent volunteers ran an efficient and effective vision screening. The vision screening consists of a distance visual acuity test for grades K-2 and grades 3-5. It detects those students who aren’t seeing well at a distance. It is important for parents to note that this test does not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam with an eye doctor, which also addresses near vision and eye health. The American Optometric Association recommends that children have a full eye exam prior to kindergarten and at least every two years thereafter.

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.

Poly Drivers: Saturday Live offered fun in the sun


A gorgeous, sunny day and lots of helping hands made for success for Poly Drive at this year’s Saturday Live event. The Poly Drive booth hosted Kettle Corn, Bungee Run, Mystery Doors and Coffee/Cocoa/Tea. There were lines all day long, save for the hot drinks given the unseasonably warm temperatures. Next year’s booth will include lemonade, so we’re ready for whatever weather.

Proceeds increased this year, netting $1,930. Miss Vicki will again receive a $100 gift certificate from 360 Office Solutions, the third place prize for ticket pre-sales.

Thanks to the parents and students who stopped in and helped throughout the day.

Big thanks to these businesses that donated or discounted services and supplies: City Brew Coffee, Lave Masonry, Sweet C’s Kettle Corn, and Splat Inflatables.

And huge thanks to these volunteers:
Teachers/staff: Annette Bohn, Renee Wizeman, Amy Sanders, Nicole DelCamp, Tiffany Bell, Katie Tatum, Megan Malia-Edwards, Desiree Caskey, Hannah Monson, Teal Gibson, Tanna Schaff, John Bunderson, Bob Knight, Cici Kelling, Cindy Stubbs, Ashley & Ryan Hall, Jenny Walker, Ursula Richter, Kally Dreikosen.

Students: Destiny L, Katherine S., Jenacey J., Camden H., Matthew H., Lauren P., Lindsey K., Kaden D., Addison L., Scotlyn K., Zoee D., Harrison B., Reagan W., Andrea C., Alyvia J., Maryemma S., Rowan K., Hannah S., Jack R., Savanna C. And Poly alums – Julia L. and Tealy D. who sold Kettle Corn all morning.

 And if you were in the park that day and came to support our booth  – thank you!


Poly Drivers: Walk & Bike Week nets 318 miles!

This October, 68 students participated and walked or biked 552 trips for 318 miles during Poly Drive’s participation in the national Walk to Schools week event. Students are encouraged to walk or bike to and from school during the week. They collect sponsors and raise money to support the program.

The funds raised through Walk and Bike to Schools Week go toward supporting Safe Routes to Schools.

The Winter Challenge for Walk and Bike to Schools will run in January, February and March, with prizes awarded in April.

Poly Drivers: Saturday Live a smashing success

What a beautiful day for this year’s Saturday Live! Our Poly Drive booth provided plenty of variety and fun with Mystery Doors, Bungee Run, City Brew Coffee and Sweet C’s Kettle Corn. Coffee and kettle corn were both new additions for us this year and each was wildly successful! The total amount raised by our school was $1,930 – just about double last year’s total! We also won second place in the pre-ticket sales contest for which we received $150 in gift certificates at 360 Office Solutions. These will be gratefully used by Miss Vicki.

We would like to thank the following local businesses/individuals for donating products which kept our costs down and allows more money to stay at Poly Drive: Sweet C’s Kettle Corn, City Brew Coffee, Wendy’s, Johnny Carino’s, Sam & Louies, Straw Hat, Lave Masonry, Allegra Printing, Annette Patterson & the Hepp family.

In addition, we could not pull this event off without the help of many volunteers, so many thanks go to:
Parents: Mary Lave, Tori & Craig Hepp, Annette Patterson, Henry Morgan, Krissy Yerger, Shannon Westerman, Michelle Breum, Kori Caudill, Kevin Stubbs, Amy Sanders, Renee Janhunen, Ann Brucker, Nicole Benge.

Teachers: Desiree Caskey, Teal Gibson, Katie Tatum, Becca Egan, Tanna Schaff (+John Bunderson & Bob Knight).

Students: Shane Mullowney, Laurin Patterson, Anne Morgan, Malikye, Grace Hepp, Angelo, Hunter Brown, Luke & Hailey Breum, Dacee Zent, Bayles DeVries, Karter Binstock, Julia & Destiny Lave, Kaylee Stubbs, Ava Grubbs, Jack Rentz, Katherine Sanders, Alyvia S, Anna Whitney, Jessica Morgan, Annika Rickbeil, Sydney Sivertson.

And lastly, if you were in the park that day and came to support our booth – thank you!


Reading Incentive Program launched

A new reading incentive program was launched in October. This program is supported by the Poly Drive PTA.

WHAT: An effort to encourage students to enjoy reading or being read to outside of school. This DOES NOT take the place of the annual
READ-ATHON which will take place the end of January.

WHY: Reading is so important for our youth. Our hope is that by hanging the reading incentive calendar on the fridge, on the door or the bathroom mirror, it will be a constant reminder to both parents and children to pick up a book and read!

Making reading a habit pays off for students. Think about it this way–Student A reads 20 minutes a day, compared to Student B who reads 4 minutes or less a day. After one school year, Student A has read 3,600 minutes compared to 720 minutes for Student B. The information retained widens considerably over time, and most likely improves school performance! Now imagine the knowledge gained from reading just 20 minutes a day… year after year!

GOAL: Read OR be read to 20 minutes/ night, record your minutes on the calendar… watch how quickly those minutes add up! At the end of the month turn in the calendar to your teacher and be entered for a chance to win one of many fun prizes!

400 minutes- K-2

600 minutes- 3-6

Last call for directory sign up

This is your chance to be included in the Poly Drive PTA directory for 2014-15. Use this Poly Drive PTA directory form, and turn it into the school (PTA mailbox) or scan your completed form and e-mail it to polydrivepta@gmail.com by Sept. 22. This directory provides contact information for Poly Drive families. It is voluntary; please provide the information you are comfortable with sharing. On this same form, you can sign up to support Poly Drive PTA by becoming a member AND selecting volunteer opportunities.

Dues collected from PTA members ($18/year) go toward the many enrichment activities and initiatives sponsored by the Poly Drive PTA.

The Poly Drive PTA is dedicated to enriching the lives of all students at Poly Drive and all families are welcome and encouraged to participate in this effort. Together we achieve more for our children.

Winning with membership

A big thank you to all of the Poly Drive families and staff who turned in their PTA membership, directory and volunteer sign ups. Your involvement helps our school in so many ways! Over ninety families returned their forms to school by Sept. 4, the deadline to be entered into a drawing to win one of ten prizes.
Congratulations to our winners:

The Brown Family · $25 Poly Food Gift Certificate
The Harvey Family · $25 Poly Food Gift Certificate
The Klepps Family · Two Front Row Seats at Show of Choice
The Byrd Family · Two Front Row Seats at Show of Choice
The Marshall Family · Two Front Row Seats at Show of Choice
The Pellandini Family · One Reserved Parking Space at Poly School Event
The Hunnes Family · One Reserved Parking Space at Poly School Event
The Bergeron Family · One Reserved Parking Space at Poly School Event
The Wilailuck Family · Two Free March Madness Wristbands
The Erlenbusch Family · Two Free March Madness Wristbands

Joining PTA does not require you to volunteer your time, though it is always appreciated. Scholarships to cover dues are also available for families in need. Sign up forms are available in the hall by Ms. Vicki’s office at Poly Drive.