April 23, 2019
Dear Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners,
Hello and welcome to Olde Sawmill Elementary! OSE is a wonderful place for students and families, thanks in large part to our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The OSE PTO provides funds, programs and resources to enrich and maximize the education of our students. We also work to build a sense of community within our school. Some of the events and programs the PTO provides for, include t-shirts for all incoming Kindergarteners, the back to school ice cream social, classroom parties, COSI on Wheels, Author Visits, Artist Visits, the OSE Publishing Shop, classroom news magazines and field day, among others.
One program we do as a service to families and as a fundraiser for the school is a prepackaged school supply sale. We’ve found that many families are busy, even during the summer, and appreciate not having to run around town buying school supplies, so we do all of the running around for you and have your student’s supplies delivered to your child’s classroom on the day of Meet the Teacher. Enclosed you will find the details and an order form; all orders need to be returned to the OSE Main Office by Friday, May 24th, 2019.
As you can see, we are a busy group! We have PTO meetings monthly to discuss and plan for these exciting activities. On behalf of the OSE PTO, we’d like to invite you to our meeting on Monday, May 13th, at 7 pm in the OSE Commons Area. Come, get to know other parents and see what you and your student have to look forward to next year.
There are also many ways parents are involved in our school activities and it’s the best way to get to know other parents at OSE. On the back of this letter, you will find details on volunteer opportunities. Please take a moment to look over the activities and see where you may be able to help. Once you have figured out where you would like to help just contact one of our executive board members listed below and we will get you in contact with the committee chair.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us at OSEPTOCLOVERS@GMAIL.COM We look forward to seeing you on May 13th.
Ashley Oliver & Melanie Gamez Andrea Mervis Jessica Sauter Christina Goodwin
Co-Presidents Vice President Secretary Treasurer
PTO Volunteer Descriptions-Volunteer Positions with
Day & Evening Options:
Celebration of Clovers Committee: helps plan carnival style event held in the Spring; could include ordering prizes, planning games, creating flyers
Family Breakfast Committee: helps plan the Family Breakfast; typically held in the second half of the year
Family Game Night Committee: helps plan Family Game Night; typically held in January; games and refreshments
Flower Sale Committee: helps plan Fall Mum sale and Spring Flower sale
Friendship Guide Committee: helps create the OSE Friendship Guide (a resource for OSE families with school/student information); planning begins over the summer and finishes by end of September; could include obtaining business advertisements, data entry, binding guides for distribution to families
Grant Writer(s): look for/write applications for grants that result in OSE receiving funds for programs/activities
Holiday Shoppe Committee: plan/prepare for Holiday Shoppe (in Dec) and Mother’s/Father’s Day Boutique (in May) for students to buy gifts for family; planning and purchasing usually begin in August/September
Hospitality Committee; helps plan and serve refreshments at grade level musicals (4 events a year)
Ice Cream Social Committee: help plan/prepare for ice cream social (in August); could include buying, scooping, serving
Landscaping Committee: helps with landscaping needs
Monster Mash Committee: help plan Monster Mash Dance in Oct; could include booking DJ, decorating, selling tickets
Spirit wear Committee: help plan and organize sale; distribute spirit wear
Spirit Week Committee: choose themes for Spirit Week (for example: crazy hat day), send home flyer with theme information; Spirit Week usually occurs in September
Staff Appreciation Committee: help plan/purchase/bake/set up for staff appreciation in Aug, Oct, Feb, May
Tie-Dye Shirts Committee: help plan, prepare and run tie dye shirt activity at the Ice Cream Social in August
PTO Volunteer Descriptions –Daytime Volunteer Positions:
Publishing Shop Committee: help students bind their books in Publishing Shop; usually once a week
School Store Committee: volunteer at the school store on Tuesdays during lunch periods
Holiday Shoppe Attendant: assist students that are buying gifts for family and friends. Held during the lunch periods.
The attached files contain information for the raffles and also a form for wristbands, raffle tickets and concession tickets.
Cement your place in Olde Sawmill Elementary history by purchasing a commemorative brick! Attached is the flyer to order. Surprise your graduating 5th grader or your favorite staff member or student with a brick message especially for them! Want to remember an event? What better way to do it than supporting your school and commemorating it on a brick? Deadline to order is Friday, March 22, and the next opportunity to order will not be until Spring of 2020. Send checks (preferred) payable to OSE-PTO to the office in a sealed envelope with the words “Brick order” on the front. Thanks!
A message from Eric Fritchie:
5th grade parents,
I will be putting together a 5th grade video for the end of the school year event. It is a montage of their years at Olde Sawmill Elementary, and we’re looking for your help with pictures of your kiddos. I’m looking for any school pictures and videos from their time at OSE (Kindergarten through 5th grade.) We only need school pictures, so no sports or vacation photos.
You can email any pictures to ERICFRITCHIE@MAC.COM. JPEG for still pictures and .MOV for videos usually works the best for me, but send what you have and I’ll do my best to work with it. Please remember to tell me the name of your child.
If you have a lot of pictures you can easily send them to me all at once using WETRANSFER.COM. It’s a file transfer service that allows you to upload and send up to 2 GB of pictures and videos for free.
- Go to WeTransfer.com
- Click on “Take Me To Free” button
- Upload your pictures and videos
- Send to my email address ERICFRITCHIE@MAC.COM
- In the message section please tell me the name of your child.
- Hit the “Transfer” button.
This site doesn’t ask you to sign up. It’s very easy and user friendly.
I’m hoping to start working on the video in April, so you have a month to collect your kids best pictures and videos from the last 6 years (or as long as you’ve been at OSE.) Field trips, holiday parties, Celebration of Clovers, family nights, I’ll take it all. Please email me if you have any questions, and send them as soon as you can.
Eric Fritchie (Riley Fritchie’s dad)
March 9-Be Well: A Parent University Event by Dublin and Hilliard City Schools, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Emerald Campus and Hilliard Darby
March 7th- 5th Grade Musical
March 11th- PTO Meeting 7pm
March 12th- OSE Pint Size Hero's Blood Drive
March 15-Kate Fagan, author of What Made Maddy Run, 7 p.m. at Dublin Scioto
March 25-29, NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
April 5-Dublin City Schools Dodgeball, 7 p.m. at Dublin Scioto
April 6-Summer job fair for students, 9 a.m.-noon at Dublin Jerome
April 18-Family Night
Kate Fagan on March 15
Please join us on March 15 at 7 p.m. for What Made Maddy Run author Kate Fagan at Dublin Scioto. Admission is free and you can register at this link.
March 12 Blood Drive at OSE
Our school is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive through the Pint-Size Hero program. This program will introduce students to the importance of blood donation. Your student will have the opportunity to show leadership and help save lives by recruiting blood donors for our upcoming blood drive. You can support your student, our school and help save lives by donating blood, recruiting other donors or volunteering at the blood drive.
To schedule your blood donation appointment, you can visit redcrossblood.org and use the following sponsor code: OldeSawmill. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS. If you completed the form your child brought home and returned it to the office, then you are all set. The blood drive will take place in the gym at OSE from 2:00pm -7:00pm on Tuesday, March 12. Thank you for your support and helping to save lives!