Weekly Update – 9/7
Welcome back TOW families!
We hope it’s been a great first few days–we know the first week of school is filled with new routines, overwhelming amounts of information and high emotions. The Weekly Update should help. This weekly email is a joint communication from the TOW PTA and Principal Conlon, designed to make your life easier! It is emailed out each Thursday and includes a snapshot of the week ahead, plus details about all the great stuff going on at TOW. Read it, click through it, print it, post it at home! If you delete it, it’s always available on towpta.org.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT IS WEDNESDAY
NEW FORMAT! A night packed full of information from staff and teachers—don’t miss it. Our very own Nutrition Services will be catering a BBQ dinner with burgers and salad for $4.40. Tour the TOW cafeteria and experience your student’s lunch hour. You can also participate in a cafeteria walk, gather after school class info, buy NEW spirit wear, become a PTA member, and more. In order to get the most of our teacher presentations, we ask that you leave your children at home this evening.
Boys and Girls Club three branches are open until 8:30 on Back to School Night. Please call to make reservations. $10 includes dinner.
Lang Park 715-7322; TLC 494-7630; Main Branch Canyon 494-2535.
- 5-6:30- Visit Lunch Patio for dinner, cafeteria tours, and info booths
- 5:30-6:15- Grades 3-5 classroom presentations
- 6:15-7:00- Grades K-2 classroom presentations
- Campus closes at 7pm
Picture day is Friday, September 22. Dress your best and bring your smile. No money needed on picture day. For details, visit www.sumnerphotography.net.
SCHOOL LUNCH ACCOUNTS
Are you interested in learning more about school lunches and how to create an account for your child? Check out the Nutrition Services website.
NEW VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES
Volunteers that perform volunteer service more than five (5) hours per week, chaperone field trips, or drive students, are considered “Tier II volunteers” and are required to receive Live Scan Fingerprint clearance through the FBI/DOJ prior to volunteering. Also, volunteers who will have frequent or prolonged contact with students must demonstrate they are free from tuberculosis (TB). While we understand these requirements may be inconvenient, they are legally required for student safety and well-being. Once an individual is approved as a Tier II volunteer, they do not need to go through the process again as long as their child and his/her siblings are continuously enrolled in LBUSD. Click here to get all the details about the opportunity to get your fingerprint clearance done for free.
NEW TOW STEAM FAMILY DAY!!!
Come for a (free!) STEAM family day on Saturday, September 16 from 9am-12:00pm. This event will explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM!). There will be eight different stations with MANY take home STEAM projects. Come build, decorate, and test launch your own rocket! Coding and robotics will also be explored at this event. Plus parent engineers and scientists will be there to talk about how they apply STEAM in their jobs. There will be much more so please join us! For more info and to RSVP.
JUST A COUPLE OTHER ITEMS
- Our campus opens at 7:40 everyday so please do not drop your child off before that time.
- Please call the office before 12 if you have a change of plans for your child. Do not just email the teacher directly because they do not always check while they are teaching.
DO GOOD THINGS FOR KIDS – JOIN THE PTA!
We are up to 99 members and counting! We’re shooting for 100% of our families to become PTA members this year! It’s as easy as clicking a button. For just $10 per family member, it’s an incredible way to show your support of the school! Meetings not required. 😉 Join today.
NEW SPIRIT WEAR
We are celebrating 50 years of education at TOW! In honor of this special celebration PTA is gifting each student a new TOW spirit wear shirt. The students will receive these T-shirts tomorrow morning when they arrive into their classroom…shhhh, it’s a surprise! 😉 Swing by at Back to School Night and buy extra t-shirts and our new TOW NBRHD hats!
FREE COFFEE & SNACKS! We look forward to seeing many of you at the first PTA meeting on Monday, Sept 18 at 8am in the MPR. We will get an update from Mr. Conlon on all that’s new and exciting at TOW, plus vote on the year’s budget and programs.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BONANZA/TOW IS TURNING 50 B-DAY CELEBRATION
SAVE THE DATE for the Back-to-School Bonanza on Friday, Oct. 6th! The Bonanza is an afternoon of family fun, with inflatable slides, games, music, face painting, food trucks, and more, designed to raise money for TOW! You won’t want to miss it. Details on pre-ordering your UNLIMITED FUN wristband, sponsorship opportunities, and volunteer openings to come.
Registration for the Fall session of our after-school program opens Saturday, Sept 16 at 9am. Don’t miss out on new classes! Sessions fill up quickly! Session 1 begins on September 25 and runs through November 16 (Grades 1-5). We’ll let you know as soon as classes are posted online for browsing.
Want to Be a Garden Parent?
Sign up in classrooms at Back to School Night for a fun year learning outside, growing fruits and veggies and being part of an active volunteer garden team! It will be an exciting year as TOW installs its new greenhouse.
We’ll kick off the annual Reflections art contest at tomorrow’s flag assembly—ask your child about it and look for more information in the weeks to come. Our goal this year is full school participation!
Don’t miss out on critical reminders for after-school, talent show, and more. Make sure you sign up to receive PTA emails.
Check the district’s Community Page for flyers.
- The City of Laguna Beach is having a special event on Tuesday, September 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to honor the Laguna Beach Girl’s age group water polo teams. All three of our Laguna Beach Girl’s teams won gold medals at the 2017 Junior Olympic Games. The event will take place on the terrace at our Community and Susi Q Senior Center (380 3rd Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651) and will feature an introduction by the Mayor, short speeches, light refreshments, and a celebratory atmosphere. Gold medal winners on the girls JO teams include TOW students Kara Carver, Kaelyn Chism, Presley Jones, Siena Jumani, Jordan Katz, Isabella Sarkis, Rowan Van Dender on the 10U team; Ava Knepper on the 12U team; and several TOW graduates on the 12U and 14U teams.
THE WEEK AHEAD
MONDAY – SEPTEMBER 11
WEDNESDAY – SEPTEMBER 13 – Minimum day!
Grades 1 – 5 – dismissal at 11:40am
All kindergarten arrive 7:55am – dismissal at 10:40am
Back to School Night – see schedule above
THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 14
PTA after school class preview – online opens
SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 16
After-School Program online registration opens at 9am
TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 19
GATE parent meeting – 2:30 – 3:30 – Room 6104
FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 22
SMILE – it’s Picture Day!
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