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PTA newsletter- September 2019

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help our Kramer Colts get off to a fabulous start. We appreciate each of you supporting Kramer with your talents!

Fall begins a time with lots of activities and the hope of cooler weather. Take a look at what is coming up below. For additional resources/details about these events, go to the Important Dates tab found under Upcoming Events on the PTA website.

We have several new staff members. Contact information can be found at https://www.dallasisd.org/domain/5201.  

Please join fellow Colts and their families on Friday for a Back to School Celebration and Movie Night!  We will be watching Sword in the Stone. Concessions available for purchase - CASH ONLY. Bring blankets, chairs, bug spray!  Spirit Wear will be on sale! Get help with REMIND! Sign up to VOLUNTEER! Festivities begin at 7:30 PM on the back side of the building.  Volunteers are still needed for this event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A48ADAC2EA3F85-ptaback?fbclid=IwAR1pyDNwPOdV9R2AKAsM7Tl-UwKxyiabArA2YM87pWhMeH8iuCrTAmfNEH0

The Hillcrest High School Panadette  Dance Team have their annual clinic on Sunday, 9/15.  Details can be found here.

On TUESDAY, September 17, we have a donation  day at SHAKE SHACK. This lasts ALL DAY LONG and 25% of sales is given back to our school.  Last year we raised $900. Let’s try for more this year!

Join fellow parents for the first Fall Carnival organizational  meeting on Tuesday at 6:00 PM at Kramer. Contact Nikia with questions:  nikiawoods@gmail.com

Show your support of Kramer Elementary PTA on North Texas Giving Day, Thursday, September 19! We need every family to help so we can reach our goal of $10,000!

Visit our donor page at  https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/Kramer  to pledge a donation anytime September 9th through 19th!  EVERY DOLLAR HELPS. These funds will help the PTA buy STEM Carts for all grades! Please Share this link with your friends and family.  You may also send in your donation in the envelopes that will be sent home in Colt Folders.

Have you been clipping those precious box tops?  Even better, have you started using the app? We will be collecting the physical box tops in October so clipping to earn money for our school!  Keep scanning your receipts and watch our money grow in real time! Box Tops collection sheets will be sent home next week. Turn yours in by October 16 to earn a FREE DRESS DAY for your child! 

Did you take pictures of your kids heading back to school?  It's never too soon to start submitting those pictures for the Kramer yearbook. Please email any pictures you have to kramerptayearbook@gmail.com. Make sure to include children's name, grade level, and event (i.e. first day of school). Please only send photos containing multiple students.


Important September Dates can be found here:

www.kramerelementary.org/events

or click on calendar to the right!

(below on mobile devices)

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JOIN THE KRAMER PTA TODAY!

JOIN THE PTA BY SEPTEMBER 3rd TO BE ENTERED INTO A RAFFLE TO WIN TICKETS TO A RANGERS GAME AND THE CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE!

Kramer families & faculty,

Thank you to the parents that stopped by our annual BooHoos & Yahoos breakfast this morning and to Hilary Evans & Maria Rodriguez for organizing the event.  As you are unpacking backpacks and mentally preparing for homework and after-school activities, I hope you'll put aside some time to join the Kramer PTA.

Did you know that the PTA's mission is "to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children." At Kramer, through your PTA membership, we're able to fulfill this mission by sponsoring school  wide programs, providing grants for teachers to use for their classrooms, and for sponsoring school wide events for all families.

I hope every parent (yes, that means both parents), family, and teachers will join our PTA and help us maintain a top-notch teaching and learning environment for our Colts. 

 

Thank you,

Alden Brosseau

Kramer PTA President

aldenbrosseau@gmail.com

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PTA COLLECTS BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION, TOM THUMB REWARDS, AND AMAZON SMILE

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Throughout the school year, we collect Box Tops and students earn a Free Dress Pass. To learn more about our collection program,  please contact Lindsey Odeh @ lindseyodeh@gmail.com or visit www.boxtops4education.com.

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Did you know that every time you shop at Tom Thumb, you can donate money to our school?  You can visit Customer Service or complete and return the attached form to any Tom Thumb store to link our Reward card to Kramer Elementary!  

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Are you an Amazon shopper?  If so, next time you check out, please link your purchase to the Arthur Kramer Elementary AMAZON SMILE account!

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Be a part of diverting thousands of pounds of shoes and clothing from local landfills by filling our shoes and clothing donation bin with your gently used shoes, clothing, purses, belts, wallets, hats, caps, backpacks, hard toys, stuffed animals and pots and pans. For every pound collected from you, Kramer PTA receives $0.12 per pound. The benefit to you? Neater closets, drawers, toy boxes, and kitchens, and the knowledge that less textile waste will end up in our local landfills.


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Sign up on REMIND

Don't be left out of the loop! Kramer will use the Remind app school-wide to keep our families better informed about school emergencies, school announcements and events, PTA communications, and activities at grade levels. This FREE service allows Kramer to send quick messages through text messages, push notifications, or emails to all those who have chosen to participate. Instructions can be found in your Colt Folder and on our website: https://kramerelementary.org/remind/

Want to receive your messages in Spanish. You can! Remind will automatically translate an English message into Spanish. You will need to have your phone language settings set to Spanish and open the Remind message in the Remind App. It is that easy.


NEW AND RETURNING VOLUNTEERS

for 2019-2020 School Year* 

Click Here to Submit Annual Volunteer Applications

 Volunteer Process

New Volunteer:

  1. Sign Up @ dallasisd.voly.org

  2. Create a Voly account 

  3. Complete an application, background check, and orientation (e-signature required)

  4. Await volunteer clearance email notification

  5. Once cleared, Sign-up for Volunteer Opportunities!

Returning Volunteer: 

  1. Log In using your Voly account 

  2. Update application, new background check request, and orientation (e-signature required)

  3. Await volunteer clearance email notification

  4. Once cleared, Sign-up for Volunteer Opportunities!

*ALL volunteers MUST register every year!  Voly is required for those who coach sports teams, help in classrooms and attend Field Trips.*


Upcoming Volunteer Needs

  • On Friday, 9/13, we celebrate Kramer’s IB-iversary and Back to School with a movie on the lawn.  We need your help to make our first school wide event a success! Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the event.  Please contact Sarah Little.

  • Are you interested in volunteering for our Fall Carnival?  If so, please join Nikia Woods on 9/17 @ 6:00 PM in the Kramer conference room for a planning meeting.  Enter through the doors by the Cafeteria.  

  • Do you love Pinterest?  Do you alphabetize items in your  home? If so, consider helping Mayra Kitchens with ongoing support of our wonderful staff on the Teacher Appreciation  Committee.


Drop off Procedures

Tuesday, August 20th is the first day of carpool!  Carpool will begin at 7:15 be open until 7:55 am when the tardy bell rings.  We ask that you "drop and go" in the carpool line, the driver cannot exit the car. You can also walk your child to the front door. Please park along St. Judes or Tunica and walk your child to the front door. The PreK/Kinder door will not be open for drop off. If you arrive after 7:55 am you will need to park and walk your child to the front door.  Additional information related to carpool can be found at kramerelementary.org/carpool.  


  KONA ICE TRUCK ON FRIDAY!

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Thank goodness it is Friday! The Kona Ice Truck will be parked near the playground on Friday, August 23th at 3:00pm. They will have their ice treats for purchase, with a portion of the CASH sales returned back to Kramer. Come on out support Kramer and celebrate the first week of school. Hope to see you on the playground!


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Got Pictures?

Did you take pictures of your kids heading back to school?  It's never too soon to start submitting those pictures for the Kramer yearbook. Please email any pictures you have to kramerptayearbook@gmail.com. Make sure to include children's name, grade level, and event (i.e. first day of school). Please only send photos containing multiple students.


kramer pta august 2019 newsletter

We are counting down the days until the first day of school on August 19!  Below is news you can use!

Important August Dates can be found here:

www.kramerelementary.org/events

or click on calendar to the right!

(below on mobile devices)

Join the PTA

Avoid the crowds and go online NOW to join the Kramer PTA for only $10 per person.  Throughout the year, our PTA supports the hardworking staff with classroom supplies, brings in programs for students like the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, the Dallas Zoo and the Frontiers of Flight Museum to name a few. Join on a joinpta.org



Colt Family Playdate

Current and Incoming Colts and their families are welcome.  THIS SATURDAY, 8/3, at 9:30 on the Kramer Playground.



PTA Meeting

Please join the Kramer PTA for our first meeting of the 2019-20 school year! The meeting will be on Tuesday, 8/6 at 6 in the Kramer Learning Lab.  The Learning Lab is the large, portable building on the backside of the school and is accessible from the staff parking lot.



Online 2019-20 Student Handbook & Calendar

The Student Handbook is intended to be a resource for parents. Have you ever wondered about how to report student absences, the tardy policy, behavior expectations, uniforms and so much more? You can find all the answers to your questions in the Student Handbook.  It is available online and in the printed calendar that will be available at the “Meet the Teacher” Night. https://kramerelementary.org/student-handbook/



New Spirit Wear and Athletics Registration

Visit the Kramer PTA website for new spirit wear and athletics (soccer, flag football and volleyball) registration.



Spirit Wear

https://kramerelementary.org/shop/

Take a look at the exciting new spirit wear online. We have Kramer polos, glitter t-shirts, Kramer socks and new t-shirt designs. Place your order now and we will have it ready for pick up in the auditorium at Meet the Teacher, August 15. Remember you can wear a spirit shirt or college shirt on Fridays with your uniform bottom.



Athletics

https://kramerelementary.org/athletics

Online registration is now open for soccer, flag football and volleyball. Deadline to register is August 8. The YMCA has requested our rosters before the first day of school. Cost is $30 to play and $15 for the jersey. We always need coaches and cannot form a team until a coach has volunteered. A benefit of coaching is your little one's registration fee is waived! Please direct your questions or your desire to coach to kramerathletics@gmail.com.


Meet the Teacher

Thursday, August 15th: 5:30-6:30 pm

Classroom assignments will be sent through REMIND Grade Level Streams on the afternoon of Meet the Teacher.  Lists will also be posted at the front of the school then come inside to meet your teacher. This is a come and go event from 5:30-6:30 pm. Don't forget to stop by the auditorium to pick up spirit wear and join the PTA.



First Day of School, Boo Hoos and Yahoos Parent Coffee

On the first day of school, August 19, you can walk your child into the school beginning at 7:15 am. For the FIRST DAY only, parents are welcome to come inside the building and wait with their child in their waiting area: PK-1st in the auditorium, 2nd-4th in the gym, and 5th grade in the cafeteria. The teachers will pick up the students at 7:45 am to take them to their classroom. You are welcome to escort your child to the classroom.  



Parents are invited to attend our BooHoo and Yahoos breakfast in the Learning Lab at 7:55, or otherwise exit the campus, so our students can begin the new school year!



After drop off, join us in the Learning Lab, the portable building next to the cafeteria for coffee and pastries. You maybe team Boo Hoo or team Yahoo or maybe a combination of both but join us, we would love to see you. We ask that you do not exit the campus through the building. No one will be allowed back into the school building. Thank you for making the first day of school a great one for our students.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email kramerpta@gmail.com!



Remind App

Sign up on REMIND

Don't be left out of the loop! Kramer will use the Remind app school-wide to keep our families better informed about school emergencies, school announcements and events, PTA communications, and activities at grade levels. This FREE service allows Kramer to send quick messages through text messages, push notifications, or emails to all those who have chosen to participate. Text the message @akramerpta to the number 81010 or join online at rmd.at/akramerpta.  



Student Enrollment

All students must be enrolled online for the 2019-20 school year. Go to

https://dallasisd.powerschool.com/public/home.html to enroll your student. Any enrollment issues can be resolved by talking with Ms. Padilla or by calling the Online Enrollment Help Desk. Kramer has computers available for registration.

Students NEW to Kramer for the 2019-20 school year must up to the school to complete additional paperwork. Please contact Ms. Padilla, our CRC, for any questions you may have about enrollment at jepadilla@dallasisd.org or 972-794-8300. She is back in the office and ready to help.



Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to keep our school going.  If you’re interested in volunteering, please send an email to kramerpta@gmail.com and someone will follow up with you. 



We need your help to make the staff Back to School breakfast on 8/8 successful!  Please sign up to help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4BAEA82BA5F49-back



Looking forward to a wonderful school year!



Alden Brosseau

Kramer PTA President




KRAMER PTA Summer Newsletter

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Happy summer Kramer families! Yes, the countdown to the first days of school has started and August 19 will be here before you know it! There has been a lot happening over the summer and we wanted to give everyone an update.

We have a lot to share with you, so let's get started.


Important Dates

July 8:  Spirit Shop and Athletics Registration are now open

August 1: Join the Kramer PTA (joinpta.org)

August 3:  Incoming Family Playdate Time and location TBD

August 5: Kramer Office opens for enrollment

August 6:   PTA Meeting Kramer Learning Lab 6:00 (large, portable building accessible from the staff parking lot.)

August 8:   Athletics Registration Deadline

August 15:  Meet the Teacher 5:30-6:30 pm

August 16: Deliver School Supplies to classrooms 9:00 am

August 19: First Day of School!

August 20: Carpool begins

August 23: Kona Ice on the playground at 3:00 (CASH ONLY)

August 29: Colt Parent Orientation 5:30-6:30 

*Head over to the Upcoming Events Tab to stay up to date on the latest events.


Spirit Shop

Take a look at the exciting new spirit wear online. We have Kramer polos, glitter t-shirts, Kramer socks and new t-shirt designs. Place your order now and we will have it ready for pick up in the auditorium at Meet the Teacher, August 16. Remember you can wear a spirit shirt or college shirt on Fridays with your uniform bottom.

Athletics

Online registration is now open for current Kramer student for soccer, flag football and volleyball. Deadline to register is August 8. The YMCA has requested our rosters before the first day of school. Cost is $30 to play and $15 for the jersey. We always need coaches and cannot form a team until a coach has volunteered. A benefit of coaching is your little one's registration fee is waived! Please direct your questions or your desire to coach to kramerathletics@gmail.com.

Sign up for Athletics www.kramerelementary.org/athletics


Join the PTA

Avoid the crowds and go online beginning August 1 to join the Kramer PTA for only $10 per person.  Throughout the year, our PTA supports the hardworking staff with classroom supplies, brings in programs for students like the Perot Museum of Nature & Science, the Dallas Zoo and the Frontiers of Flight Museum to name a few.  

Colt Family Playdate

August 3-Current and Incoming Colts and their families are welcome.  Time and location TBD.  


Student Enrollment

All students must be enrolled online for the 2019-20 school year.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Padilla, our CRC, for any questions you may have about enrollment at

jepadilla@dallasisd.org or 972-749-8300. She returns to Kramer on August 5th to answer all your questions. For immediate assistance contact the Enrollment Helpdesk at 972-925-5555.  For immediate assistance with pre-k enrollment, please call (214) 932-7735.


PTA Meeting

Tuesday, August 6th from 6:00 pm -7:00 pm in the Kramer Learning Lab 

*The Learning Lab is the large, portable building on the backside of the school and is accessible from the staff parking lot.


Come join us to kick off the new school year at our first PTA meeting.  Whether you are a

returning member or new to Kramer, everyone is welcome. This is a great opportunity to hear

what is happening at Kramer, our plans for the new school year and answer your questions.

Meet the Teacher

August 15th from 5:30-6:30 pm

Classroom assignments will be sent through REMIND Grade Level Streams on the afternoon of Meet the Teacher.  Lists will also be posted at the front of the school then come inside to meet your teacher. This is a come and go event from 5:30-6:30 pm. Don't forget to stop by the auditorium to pick up spirit wear and join the PTA.


School Supply Packs Classroom Deliveries

August 16th @ 9:00 am in the Kramer Auditorium

We need your help in delivering school supply packs to the classrooms. This usually takes us

a couple of hours to deliver everything. We can definitely use the extra hands. No need to sign up, meet us in the auditorium Friday morning, stay for an hour or stay until we are nished. Any help is appreciated!  



First Day of School and Boo Hoos and Yahoos Parent Coffee

August 19th

Welcome 2019-2020 School Year! This morning you can walk your child into the school beginning at 7:15 am. For the FIRST DAY only, parents are welcome to come inside the building and wait with their child in their waiting area: PK-1st in the auditorium, 2nd-4th in the gym, and 5th grade in the cafeteria. The teachers will pick up the students at 7:45 am to take them to their classroom. You are welcome to escort your child to the classroom.  

Parents are invited to attend our BooHoo and Yahoos breakfast in the Learning Lab at 7:55, or otherwise exit the campus, so our students can begin the new school year!

After drop off, join us in the Learning Lab, the portable building next to the cafeteria for coffee and pastries. You may be team “Boo Hoo” or team “Yahoo” or maybe a combination of both but join us, we would love to see you. We ask that you do not exit the campus through the building. No one will be allowed back into the school building. Thank you for making the first day of school a great one for our students.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email kramerpta@gmail.com!



Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

August 20th

7:15-7:55 am Drop Off

First day of carpool! 


3:00 pm Pick Up


Look for more details through REMIND and at Meet the Teacher!


School Breakfast and Lunch

The Dallas ISD Food & Child Nutrition Services Dept. offers healthy meals, every school day at NO CHARGE for every student. Breakfast in the Classroom begins each morning at 7:45. Lunch schedules vary by grade level. Visit http://dallasisd.nutrislice.com/ to view the daily menu and download the Nutrislice app on your phone. You can still choose to send your own nutritious sack lunch for your student. For the first three weeks, we ask that parents NOT have lunch with their child to help establish proper lunch procedures and expectations.

Colt Parent Orientation

Thursday, August 29th from 5:30 pm -6:30 pm

Come and hear from your child's teacher about classroom expectations, plans, how you can help and much more. No children, please. Specific times for each grade level will be coming in August.


Remind App

Sign up on REMIND

Don't be left out of the loop! Kramer will use the Remind app school-wide to keep our families better informed about school emergencies, school announcements and events, PTA communications, and activities at grade levels. This FREE service allows Kramer to send quick messages through text messages, push notifications, or emails to all those who have chosen to participate.

JOIN REMIND FOR PTA UPDATES

Text the message @akramerpta to the number 81010 or join online at rmd.at/akramerpta.  Class rosters will be posted to the grade level streams the afternoon of Meet the Teacher.  Join your child's grade for the 2018-19 school year. All grades will be rolled up on August 1 for the 2019-20 school year.  

Prek3: For students entering Prek4 for the 2019-20 school year, a Remind group has not been created.  Please watch for your grade code through Remind PTA updates and emails.

Prek4: @akramerpk (join this is your child is entering kindergarten)

Kinder: @akramerk (join this if your child is entering 1st)

1st: @akramer1st (join this if your child is entering 2nd)

2nd: @akramer2nd (join this if your child is entering 3rd)

3rd: @akramer3rd (join this if your child is entering 4th)

4th: @akramer4th (join this if your child is entering 5th)


Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to keep our school going.  If you’re interested in volunteering, please send an email to kramerpta@gmail.com and someone will follow up with you.


Looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Alden Brosseau

Kramer PTA President

aldenbrosseau@gmail.com