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: A whole lotta miles trekked during fall Walk/Bike to School Week

Poly Drive students and parents logged 1,516.8 miles during the fall 2017 Walk/Bike to School Week, Oct. 2-6. Seventy five parents took 474 trips, logging 582 miles, and 160 students took 1,246 trips with a total of 934.8 miles.

Mrs. Watson’s class won the primary wing free recess with 81.8 miles logged, and Mrs. Egan’s class won the elementary wing recess with 102 miles.

Huge thanks to our walk bike to school week sponsors, Allegra Printing, The Bike Shop on Grand, and Cross Petroleum Service.

Also, we couldn’t have made WBTS week successful without all our parent volunteers.  We appreciate all that you do for Poly Drive Elementary Students.

Poly Drivers: Walk/Bike to School Week nets impressive mileage

The report on Walk/Bike to School Week for spring 2017 is here! During the week of May 8-12, Poly Drive students logged an impressive 795.3 miles. That’s one-third the length of Mississippi River, or all the way across Montana and half way back!
There were 1,585 trips. Mrs. Egan’s class had 131.7 miles, for a free recess win. And Mrs. Hanley’s fifth-graders logged 97.6 miles, winning them the intermediate grades’ extra recess prize.

What fuels all this energy? While we don’t have a confirmed report, we do know there have been some serious efforts on the Box Tops for Education front. In fact, Mrs. Whittmeyer’s class turned in the most Box Tops (829) winning them an afternoon treat of Wilcoxins ice cream bars. Congratulations and thanks to everyone for participating!

Poly Drivers: Walk/Bike to School Week keeps ’em moving

Rainy weather and chilly temperatures were the hallmark of early October. But that didn’t stop Poly’s Walk and Bike to School Week, Oct. 3-7. Congratulations to the 128 students and 101 parents that participated. We had a whopping 1,335 trips, totaling 690.1 miles. Mrs Egan’s and Mrs. Robinson’s classrooms won the free recesses.
A huge thank you to our generous sponsors: The Bike Shop on Grand, Midland Implement, Cross Petroleum Service and Poly Drive PTA. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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!

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.

Poly Drivers: Vision screening thank you

The PTA-sponsored vision screening went flawlessly thanks to the help of the following Poly Drive volunteers: Samantha Duncan, Robyn Willett, Tanya Dahlberg, Amber Erlenbusch, Julie Lien, Caroline Chvilicek and Cindy Stubbs.

Students kindergarten, first through third grades, and fifth grade had their vision screened by school district nurses on Sept. 23.

Thank you for giving the gift of your time to our students and the nurses.