||In the Know...Helpful Info
Authors’ and Artists’ Celebration (Sparke) / Literature & Arts Expo & 2nd Grade Science Fair (Stokes): An event held in May, celebrating the students’ talents as author and artists. Choral performances are scheduled throughout the day for Sparke children. In the evening, every student’s artwork and writing is displayed throughout the hallways at Sparke & Stokes. You are free to explore the schools at your own pace.
Blitz: Our biggest fundraiser. On April 1, the Blitz will be held at the ITMMS. The Blitz is a night for adult family members and friends of Island Trees to have fun and win great prizes! Help is needed to secure donations of prizes, set up, wrapping baskets, selling tickets, etc.
Book Fair: This is an annual fall and spring event in which the students and their families can purchase books, often at a discounted price. There is an opportunity to purchase books for your child’s classroom as well. This is NOT a fundraiser. We do not profit from this event. The books are offered to you at cost. In the Spring, books are sold on a Buy One Get One Free basis. Volunteers are needed!
Box Tops: A free program offered by name brand merchandise such as General Mills, Kimberly Clark and Betty Crocker. On select items, there is a Box Top coupon to cut out. We ask that you send your Box Tops into school so that the schools can redeem them for 10 cents each. The money is used to benefit the children at Sparke and Stokes.
Class Parent: Our teachers choose two parents to represent the class and to help organize and assist the teachers with projects, class parties and help collect classroom donations for our largest fundraiser, the Blitz. Class parents are also asked to canvas certain local establishments for Blitz donations. Stokes class parents may be asked to wash field trip t-shirts for their class.
Class Parent Tea: This event takes place in October. All class parents are invited to meet with the PTA to review the events of the year, their responsibilities and the expectations for the year to come. The Tea takes place at Stokes where all party volunteers are invited to come and meet their child’s class parents and discuss classroom volunteer opportunities.
Cultural Arts Program: This program provides programs and services to enhance the children’s learning experiences. They are exposed to most, if not all, areas of the arts (i.e., Theater, Artists, Musicians, Writers, and Entertainers).
District Dinner: This event is a dinner for the entire Island Tress School District. This night honors and acknowledges the upcoming Executive Board, the Honorary Life Recipients and Founders’ Day Award Recipients.
Father’s Day Sale: This event gives the children opportunities to purchase small gifts for Father’s Day (or Special Person). The gifts range from $1.00-$10.00. The children get the opportunity to learn how to purchase items, budget their money and make change. This is a service, not a fundraiser. Volunteers are needed!
Field Day (Sparke) / Team Adventure Day (Stokes): This Physical Education event consists of games and activities designed to foster physical fitness. On this day, the children learn about team work and cooperation.
First Grade Send-Off: This event is held the last week of school, and is our way of celebrating the first graders’ time at Sparke and their move on to Stokes.
Founder’s Day: This award is given to recognize the excellence among our alumni, faculty and staff. The nominations begin in March. The winner will receive his/her award at the District Dinner.
Fun Fair: This event is a fun filled day for all students and teachers to enjoy. It consists of inflatable rides, carnival games, crafts, and snacks. This is an all day event that the kids really look forward to and can only continue with the support of all our parent volunteers. You can join us for an hour or all day. The choice is yours. We need every one of you.
Gift Catalog Sale: This fundraiser takes place at the beginning of the year to raise money to support our cultural arts program, among many other activities.
Gingerbread University: Families of Sparke & Stokes are invited to pre-purchase a beautiful Gingerbread house kit at a discount (kits are ordered by us from Gingerbread University) and join us one evening in December to assemble and decorate your houses.
Halloween Parade: This year, the parade will take place on Oct. 30 at 9:15 am at Stokes and 10:00 am at Sparke. Weather permitting; the children will parade on the sidewalk outside of the school.
Halloween Party: This costume party is held at Stokes (for all Sparke & Stokes students) around Halloween. Volunteers are needed to decorate, sell tickets and help during the event.
Halloween Pumpkin Patch: On Halloween, the children of Sparke are invited to our “Pumpkin Patch” behind the school. Each child gets to choose a pumpkin to take home. Parent volunteers are needed.
Harvest Sale: This is a service provided by the PTA. We sell fall plants such as mums, hay bales, etc. at a discounted price. Volunteers are needed for collecting the orders as well as distributing the plants when they arrive.
Holiday Boutique: This is an annual event in which the students can purchase small holiday gifts for relatives and friends. The price range of the gifts is $.50 to $10.00. This event is also NOT a fundraiser. This is organized as a learning experience for the children. There is no profit. The Sparke Holiday Boutique is open on the Sparke Craft Night for parents to shop with their children. Stokes Boutique is open in the evening for parents during Gingerbread University. Volunteers are needed!
Honorary Life Award: This award honors one member of our community for distinguished services to children and youth. You will receive a request for your nominations in March. The recipient will receive their recognition at the District Dinner in April/May.
Kindergarten Orientation: This day introduces the children to their teachers, classmates, classroom, and the curriculum. They are invited to tour the classroom and the cafeteria.
Meet The Teacher Night: This is a welcoming meeting at the beginning of the school year. Dr. Fisher will introduce the staff at J. Fred Sparke School. Mrs. Ackerman will introduce the staff at Stokes. Each teacher will meet the parents in his/her individual classrooms to go over the school curriculum along with his/her expectations for the year. Teachers will review the homework policy, test-taking policy and many other important issues.
Mother’s Day Plant Sale: This annual one day event takes place the week before Mother’s Day. Flats can be pre-purchased at discounted prices prior to the sale. On the day of the sale the children can purchase gifts for Mother’s Day. Flats and hanging baskets can be pre-ordered. This is a non-profit event and the price range is from $1.00-$8.00. Volunteers are needed!
Nutrition Cart: This service is offered in both schools, bi-monthly during lunch. The Nutrition Cart offers students the opportunity to try new and healthy foods. Volunteers are needed to distribute the healthy snacks.
PARP (Parents As Reading Partners): This program runs in Stokes in January for two weeks and Sparke in April for 3 weeks. It is focused on reading. We encourage parents to get involved and read with their children every day. Logs are kept to record minutes read and top readers are always recognized. Fun assemblies, family nights, giveaways, and book fairs are all a part of PARP. Volunteers are needed to decorate, count minutes, plan activities and more.
Picture Day: This day is set aside in October for a photography studio to come to Sparke to photograph all the classes and each student individually. You will be provided with an order sheet just prior to the event. You may choose to purchase pictures, if you wish. On Spring picture day, your child is photographed individually. You will receive proofs of the pictures after they are taken and you can order them if you choose to.
Pie/Cookie Dough Fundraiser: This fundraiser runs from Oct. 1 – Oct. 16 with the pick up on November 23. You and your family and friends will have the opportunity to order delicious pies and pre-measured cookie dough right before the Holidays. Help is needed to collect the orders and sort the products when they come in.
Pre-packed School Supplies: This program allows families to obtain school supplies for the upcoming year. Packages are ordered from a packing company and contain ALL the supplies you need for the upcoming year according to your school supply list. This is an optional purchase and is a service provided by the PTA.
School Store: Our School Store gives the children an opportunity to purchase additional school supplies throughout the year as the need arises. At Sparke, it is located in the cafeteria during all the lunch periods (11:00-1:30) once per month. A supply list will be sent home with your child the day before. Please place the money in an envelope marked “school store” and indicate anything specific you might want your child to buy. At Stokes, the school store is open every Wednesday morning before school in the GPR.
Sparke Family Craft Night: This night occurs on the same night as the HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. The children can join us in making crafts, story time and refreshments. This is an event run by parent volunteers and includes a visit from Santa.
Special Guest Day (Stokes): Each student is able to invite one relative, family friend, or parent to the school for this special day. The guest will be invited into the classroom or lunchroom to spend some time with the children.
Staff Recognition Day: This event is a PTA sponsored breakfast or luncheon served to all the staff at Sparke and Stokes to thank everyone for all their hard work throughout the year.
Square One Art: This fundraiser allows you to purchase your child’s artwork on many different items, such as mugs, pillowcases, tiles, and much more. Volunteers are needed to collect orders and for distribution of the items when they arrive.
VIP Day (Very Important Person): Each student is able to invite one relative, family friend or parent to share in the celebration. There is a small get together in your child’s classroom followed by refreshments in the GPR, along with a presentation by the children with the music teacher. This choral event takes place during school hours and lasts approximately one hour. This is always an entertaining day.
Volunteer Appreciation: This event is a night when all the volunteers are recognized for their work throughout the school year. The celebration occurs just prior to the last PTA meeting in June and includes refreshments.
Yankee Candle/World’s Finest Chocolate: This is a new fundraiser this year! We will be selling Yankee candles in conjunction with World’s Finest Spring chocolates. Volunteers are needed to take all the orders and submit them to the company, and volunteers to sort and distribute the products.
IT ELEMENTARY PTA
Island Trees School District