Yearbooks for the 2014-2015 School Year will be sold ONLINE ONLY!
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September 3-30 2014: $25 each
October 1 - 31 2014: $30 each.
November 1- 30 2014: $35 each
Parents of Kolb Elementary School,
We are knee deep in the school year, running at full speed, as we approach the holiday season. I would like to reflect on the past 3 months, before we close out this calendar year. I knew taking on this President role would be challenging, as I already had a hectic schedule, and it has not disappointed on that end. What I have been pleasantly surprised with, is the camaraderie, dedication, and passion I have found with those serving on this year’s PFC. The PFC sponsored, Donuts for Dads event was our biggest event of it’s kind held at Kolb to date! As challenging as our size is, we were able to host all those who came to this special morning. Our Trunk or Treat event was also a HUGE success, not only did our kids have a fantastic time, but our Kolb community donated over 750 pounds of canned food to the Alameda County Food Bank. Then we turned around and donated over 60 pounds of candy to our military troops, and families through Operation Gratitude. Keep up the great work, Kolb, and don’t forget to bring in pajamas for the current pajama drive. Kolb truly cares!
We have had fantastic success in giving back to our community, and Kolb families have also taken advantage of our monthly Dine-Out nights. These are fun events that are a win-win for your family, our community, and our school, as you get a night off from planning and making dinner, supporting our local economy, and raising money for our PFC. Our second successful fundraising event was our annual Tri-E-Thalon! We are the only elementary school in Dublin that does an event that encompasses the student as a whole: mind, body, and spirit. While our students do run, they also were engaged in answering grade appropriate questions, navigating an obstacle course, then running a laps on a track. Some classes got rained in, so the fun moved inside. Parents, students, and teachers all handled this challenge without a glitch, thanks to the quick feet of our Tri-E-Thalon crew. The bottom line is that here at Kolb, we emphasize the entire experience, as opposed to just the competitive nature of winning a race, or raising the most money. That makes me proud.
I’m going to step onto my soapbox for a minute... As great as all this is, we still have room for improvement. While we brought in over $19,700 from the Tri-E-Thalon, the reality is that this is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised equates into approximately $17 per student to help continue to fund all the activities and events as well as enhanced learning we have come to expect at Kolb. Yes, our children had fun, but money is a real and necessary factor, and we need to do better! On that note, with the funds we spend enhancing our student’s
education, it is imperative you remember to avoid classroom interruptions. Educate your student to buy lunch if they forgot it, or to look on the designated table in the hallway near the office. Office staff will not call their teacher to let them know, it’s up to students to check. Another area for much needed improvement is overall parent participation. We are struggling to get, and keep, volunteers for events, such as vision screenings, hearing screenings, and other activities happening almost daily at Kolb. This should not be viewed as a burden. Our students love to have their parents help at the school, it offers a special bond, and enjoyment of education. It becomes overwhelming for the same parents to volunteer all the time, taking away from their own families. It is also difficult for others when parents sign up to help, then don’t show up, or cancel the same day. Please be considerate, and if you can’t fulfill an obligation, make an effort to find someone who can.
Finally, many of the current PFC members will be leaving Kolb next year. I have a 5th grader this year, and 3 others will be moving onto Amador Elementary School, next year. That leaves half our board open next year. It would behoove you to get involved now, as the decisions being made at our PFC meetings now will affect your students for the next school year. We have an upcoming Bylaws meeting at 2pm on December 15th, as well as our regular scheduled monthly PFC meetings on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30. Remember, you are all members of the PFC, and this is YOUR Kolb community, consider taking a more integral part in your student’s educational experience. Get involved, as we will be looking to fill the vacancies this spring.
I wish you all a safe, happy, holiday season filled with making lasting memories with your family and friends. Thank you all for making our Kolb community what it is, and I look forward to an even better, more productive and fun New Year.
Kolb PFC President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Up Genius is a free website for organizing volunteers. We are excited about using this new tool with our Kolb parent volunteers. It is a fantastic method for getting the word out about volunteer opportunities, events, teacher wish lists, class parties, or fundraiser coordination.
Check out our Volunteer page for more information on using Sign-Up Genius as well as for a list of volunteer opportunities available.