Butter Braids: experience the WOW!

It’s time again for the Butter Braid Fundraiser.  Just in time for the holidays, these make great gifts!

What are Butter Braids?  They are frozen pastry dough, made with 10% real butter, giving them a rich, homemade taste.  They come in various filling flavors: Apple, Blueberry & Cream Cheese, Cherry, Cinnamon, Raspberry, Strawberry & Cream Cheese and Four Cheese Herb & Marinara.  This year Caramel Rolls are also available.  They are delicious and beautiful and easy to prepare…thaw, bake and eat!

Check them out for yourself on the internet at www.butterbraid.com

Butter Braids are sold for $14 each.  This year the profits will support Poly PTA sponsored activities and clubs such as our White Ribbon Week, Spanish Club, Talent Show and End of Year Celebration. We are also continuing our efforts to expand STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) opportunities at Poly and ensure every student has an iPad or Chromebook for their use in class.

We are excited to offer prizes to the top sellers, so please plan to participate!
A few tips for selling:

  • We encourage you to be safe when selling.
  • Sell with a parent or adult accompanying you.
  • Sell at workplaces, church groups or other groups.

Important: Payment MUST be collected at the time of the sale.  

Poly Drive PTA pays for the Butter Braids up front so we need to have the payment from your customers up front also.  If you would like to cover the cost of your orders and then collect at the time of delivery, that is up to you.  Checks should be made out to Poly Drive PTA.

In order for this fundraiser to run smoothly we are asking for your help in one additional area.  If the student wants to figure their sales and money all on their own, please have the order and the money collected double checked by an adult.  We have received many orders in the past that had to be returned to the student for correction, slowing down the process.

  • The order forms need to be turned in by Wednesday, November 29.  
  • Delivery to the school will be Wednesday, December 13.
  • Mark your calendar to pick up your orders on Wednesday December 13 between 1:00 and 3:00.  We have very limited freezer storage for any orders that are not picked up.

Thank you in advance for all your hard work and support.  Please contact chairperson Tori Koch if you have any questions!

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.

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

Poly Drivers: Butter Braids bonanza nets $6.7K

The annual Butter Braid fundraiser was a sweet success!

A total of 1,175 butter braids were sold for a profit of $6,756.25. Way to go, Poly Polar Bears! That’s a substantial increase over last year’s final proceeds of $5,107.

Top individual sales were: Brady B-55; George B-46; Caleb H-41.

Thanks to all for both selling and buying! And a big thank you to PTA volunteers Amber E, chair Tori K, Jo K, Jeannie P, and Jenny W.

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!


Poly Drivers: Read-a-Thon a spooky success

Poly Drive students found time to gobble up good books with their Read-a-Thon efforts. One hundred fifteen students read thousands of minutes and raised $10,115 for various PTA programs. Of this amount, $2,000 will go to Poly Drive’s library.
In the primary hall (grades K-3), the top pledge earner was Stella N. with $625. The top sponsor earner was Armin V. And Emma O. read the most, at 1,206 minutes. The primary classroom with the most minutes was Mrs. Colby’s, and the top earning classroom was Mrs. Whittmeyer’s.
In the intermediate hall (grades 4-6), Lydia P. won honors for top pledge earner, most sponsors and most read, with $435 pledged for her 3,077 minutes of reading. Top earnings and most minutes read classroom honors went to Mrs. Hanley’s class.
Poly Drive PTA extends a tremendous thank you to the Read-a-Thon’s sponsors: The Grand Escape Room, Get Air, Zoo Montana, Centennial Ice Arena, Wise Wonders Children’s Museum, Grandpa’s Corn Maze and Playnation, for their great prize contributions. We also thank Mrs. Caskey for her assistance and support with this event. And a huge thank you to all the Poly Drive students, parents, PTA volunteers and pledge supporters that participated in Read-a-Thon 2016!

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.

Poly Drivers: Soggy weather can’t stop Saturday Live fun

By Mary Lave
Saturday Live chairperson

Wow! What a day for Saturday Live. Despite the inclement weather, we stuck it out all day as did many families (thankfully!) who enjoyed the abbreviat-ed activities. Because of the rain and wind, our Bungee Run was the only inflatable in the park, we didn’t even inflate until the rain stopped around 11; after that there was no stopping the masses! Many enjoyed Mystery Doors until we had to take it down due to wind.
The rest of our offerings were huge hits as well: Hot drinks and the Emoji store sold out of all available product just after 2, and Sweet C’s Kettle Corn couldn’t pop fast enough.
As a result, our net income from this event was $1,970- down just $80 from last year. All things considered, an amazing pull out!
According to the Education Foundation, the Poly Booth was the top dollar performer for this year, which we believe is a first!
Countless people are needed in order to make this event happen, so I would like to say THANK YOU to the all of the parents, teachers and students that helped in so many ways. And a special thank you to these businesses/parents who donated product and prizes:
-City Brew: coffee, hot water and accompaniments.
-Sweet C’s Kettle Corn & Splat Inflatables for giving us a screaming deal on our most popular offerings.
-Lave Masonry: prizes for Mystery Doors
-Shannon W: cocoa, tea, cider mixes, creamer, etc.
-Brooke S: candy for Mystery Doors
*And…the party isn’t a party if people don’t come, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU for bringing your families out to the park in spite of the weather-it was an awesome day after all!

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.