(10/10/2008)
By Jaime Booher
AES PTO President

From month to month I will be writing a newsletter to all the parents keeping you up to date with what the PTO is doing.

The first thing I bet you all are curious about is the Molasses Festival. The coronation brought in $8,229.46 in a little over 15 days. Our school's new King is Allen Metheney and our Queen is Autumn Siers. Their Royal Court of Princes and Princesses are Garrett Vineyard, Brianna Marks, Kaitlyn Marks, Mason Nicholas, Kinley Hosey, and Preston Neely.

The food booth brought in an estimated $1,400. I would like to thank all the parents and AES staff that showed up to help.

The coronation float that Chris Neely and her family decorated won 1st in the float judging and also won Best In Parade! Thanks Chris for all your hard work, it really showed.

The booth will now be going up for sealed bid by the Calhoun County school board on behalf of the PTO. We have already purchased two new pop-up canopies as well as an apple hacker. We will now be serving apple slices with caramel and all the other fixins'. We are also working on purchasing a cotton candy machine to have at next year's festival. Don't worry we'll be selling the caramel apples before the next festival. These yummy treats will sell for around $3.

The cookbooks are now in and on sale for $8. Thanks to the hard work of Heidi Allen. These cookbooks are filled with fun and fantastically delicious recipes from all the parents and AES faculty who submitted them. If you'd like to pick one up, stop in and see Connie Badgett or call Jaime Booher and we'll get you right away. They would make a great gift for that special cook in your life that can never have enough cookbooks.

The PTO also has static cling Arnoldsburg pride window decals for sale in the office, they are $3. So show off your pride for AES by getting yourself one.

Mr. Sterns AYP Assembly will be October 16, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. I'm truly honored to serve as the President for the PTO whose school has had 4 straight years of adequate yearly progress on the West Test Academic assessments. But I do have to say without our fabulous faculty and caring parents that we could not have achieved such an honored title.

The locker project is now complete the PTO donated the final cost of $2,400 to this project. We are currently awaiting the arrival of the lockers so we may plan a workday and get these much needed items installed for all our students.

The PTO suggestion box is now up and ready (just inside the front doors of the school) for all your ideas. This box is for everyone who wants their idea brought before us but may not have the time to attend the meeting. We love new ideas and faces at our meetings.

We have two meetings per month this school year one at 8:30 a.m. and the second being at 6:30 p.m. I chose to have both evening and morning meetings after many parents came to me and said that they would be more likely to attend a meeting if they were held either in the morning or the evening. After just three meetings with us you are then a voting member (last years meetings count too). Just because you have not been to any meetings does not mean that you can't come in and join us and bring with you some great ideas. Your ideas are what make AES PTO work for you and your child.

In conclusion I would like to thank all of you again for your continued support of Arnoldsburg Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.


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