PTA Updates

Tiger Talk Update 01.30.20

January 30, 2020

We have many upcoming events that require volunteers and we would be appreciative for any help that you are able to provide.

Here are the detailed events:

  • Assisting Mr. Tsourakis in the media center (ongoing) - Click on Media Center Volunteers to sign up for a 2 hour shift. Please note that dates are organized by days of the week (ie. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays). Currently, no extra help is needed on Mondays, but might be in the future.  
  • Walk to School Wednesday on February 5th from 6:55 - 7:40 am - Please click on Walk to School Wednesday to sign up. 
  • Set up chairs for the Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Concert on February 12th - Volunteers are needed from 2:15 - 3:15 pm. We appreciate any time you can spare, even if you are not able to stay for the entire hour. Please click on Chair setup to sign up. 
  • Jump Rope for Heart on Friday, February 14th - Volunteers are needed to help monitor stations, hand out water, turn jump ropes and more. If you are interested in volunteering, please click on Jump Rope for Heart. You are encouraged to choose the times your child(ren) will be participating.
    Below are some upcoming important dates: 
    • 02/02 - Community Cleanup for 5th Grade Students at Coleman Track at 9:00 am     
    • 02/03 - Community Cleanup - Meet at Park & Walk at 12:55 pm    
    • 02/05 - Walk to School Wednesday from 7:00 - 7:35 am   
    • 02/06 - Last day to submit entries for the SLAM Showcase  
    • 02/07 - Fair Day - NO SCHOOL  
    • 02/10 - K-2nd Sculptures due for Doodad Sculpture Contest  
    • 02/12 - 3rd-5th grade Sculptures due for Doodad Sculpture Contest
    • 02/13 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine's Concert at 8:15 am
    • 02/14 - Jump Rope for Heart and Field Day 
    • 02/17 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL  
    • 02/19 - Ready for Kindergarten event for incoming kindergarteners at 8:15 am      
    • 02/28 - Family Skate Night at United Skates of America at 6:00 pm 
    • 03/11 - Spring Concert for 1st and 2nd Grade Students at 6:00 pm  
    • 03/12 - Spring Concert for 3rd - 5th Grade Chorus at 6:00 pm  
    • 04/18 - Grady's Auction Night 


    Community Cleanup Opportunities

    • All Grady Students - Please help us clean the Baseball/Softball areas next to Park & Walk every Monday at 12:55 pm, right after school. Bring an adult and check in with Wendy De la Garza at the Park & Walk gate. Please bring tongs/grabbers to help pick up trash from the surrounding area. The PTA will have a few extras your students can use.
    • Grady 5th Graders - Please help us keep the Coleman Middle School track and surrounding area clean of trash. ?? ??This is a great environmental project and it serves our learning community. Bring your parent and a pair of gloves to any or all of the Sunday morning meet-ups at 9:00 am at the track entrance on W. Neptune St.  Please wear your Grady spirit shirts. 

    SLAM Showcase
    The Student Literacy and Media (SLAM) showcase is in full swing at Grady Elementary! This is a district K-12 event celebrating reading. All students are invited to make two-dimensional art projects or short video book trailers about books in the special reading list. There will be awards given and winners will proceed to a county level showcase. Submissions must be sent in by February 7th. For more information about the SLAM Showcase and the official rules, please click here  or contact our Media Specialist, Mr. Tsourakis, at [email protected]us.  
    Doodad Sculpture Contest Important Dates and Details
    (K-2nd):  Due Monday, February 10th
    (3rd-5th):  Due Wednesday, February 12th
    Location: Media Center

    Details to include:
    • Student(s) Name(s)
    • Homeroom Teacher
    • 3-5 Sentence Artist Statement about their sculpture on a separate sheet of paper
    • Must include at least 1 snack wrapper and 1 plastic shopping bag somewhere in the sculpture
    • Must not be any larger than 3'X3'
    • Group projects must have students that are all within the grade level brackets above for judging purposes
    Judging Criteria:
    1. Use of Materials
    2. Creativity
    3. Followed Instructions and Guidelines
    4. Aesthetics (Neatness, Durability, etc.)
    For more details and contest guidelines, please click on Doodad Sculpture Contest or email [email protected] with any questions.  
    5th Grade Parents
    The deadline to purchase ads for your 5th grader is February 22, 2020. To create your ad, click on Create 5th Grade Yearbook Ad. For pricing and details on the process, please click here  
    Save the date for Coleman Middle School's Incoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting on May 5th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Coleman cafeteria. They will do a quick "Day in the Life of a 6th Grader" and then a Q&A. 
    We need your help to complete our Yearbook! You don't need to come to Grady Elementary to help create our Yearbook - there is flexibility to create pages and upload photos from home or the office.Please email [email protected] if you are interested in helping. 
    Yearbook sales are open online! Please visit to purchase and enter online code yb112045. Yearbooks are all hardcover this year and cost $25 if purchased before March 1, 2020.  On March 1st, prices will rise to $30. Yearbook signing day is May 22nd, so make sure to purchase your Yearbooks early to ensure that your student has for signing day! 
    We will be sending paper forms home if you prefer to pay via cash or check. Please note that cash and checks will only be accepted in January and February. 
    If you have pictures that you would like included in the yearbook and the website, please email them to [email protected].

    Box Tops

    Keep collecting Box Tops! For every 5 Box Tops submitted, students will obtain 1 entry into the monthly drawing. Submit Box Tops by March 15th for the chance to win a Barnes and Noble Goody Bag! The top class will also win a Pizza Party! For more information, please click Grady Box Tops. 
    You can submit Box Tops 3 ways: 
    1. Through the Box Top$ for Education app. Send a screenshot of your current uploaded box top amounts in your app to [email protected] to be eligible for prizes. 
    2. Clip Box Tops and turn in on the form sent home or in a Ziploc Bag. Make sure to include your child's name and teacher on the form/ziploc bag. Please insure that you are sending unexpired Box Tops and not the "Skip the Clip" logos. Items with the "Skip the Clip" logo should be submitted through the Box Top$ for Education App. 
    3. Send unscanned receipts to your teacher with your child's name written on the back. Please note, receipts must be scanned in within 14 days. 
    PTA Meetings
    The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Teachers' Lounge. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the PTA and upcoming events. If you cannot attend and would like to review the prior meeting minutes, please visit PTA Board Meetings. We have also listed some of the programs that 2019-2020 PTA Fundraisers will help fund. 
    PTA Membership
    Who can join? ANYONE. You can add your neighbor, parents, grandparents, anyone in the community. 
    How much does it cost? $6 for one person, $10 for two.
    Where can we become members? Online at:
    High membership participation provides PTA with strength in numbers when advocating for our students and also allows us to participate in PTA programs such as Reflections Art. Our PTA also receives awards for membership and programs PTA offers.
    Tiger Business and Family Partners
    Thank you to all of our Tiger partners! Our Tiger partners greatly assist us in enhancing educational opportunities and experiences for Grady students in four main areas: make a difference in our classrooms by funding programs; deliver PTA events to our students, teachers, and families; support Grady school events by providing volunteers and/or covering expenses; and enhance Grady Elementary through health and safety projects. To learn more about Tiger Family and Business Partnerships, please click hereTiger Partnership Program. 
    Our 2019-20 Tiger Business Partners are

    Our 2019-20 Family Sponsors are

    • Leader of the Pack level partner: Drs. Siviero & Heather Agazzi
    • Tiger Bronze partners: Melanie Edwards Fowler; The Gibbs Family; The House Family; and The Zysk Family
    • Red (Bengal) level partners: Angi Comas; The Christopher Family; The Du Family; The Fitzgerald Family; The Gomez Family; The Jacobs Family - Jennifer, Jeremy, Welles & Briggs; The Ledford Family; The Lueckeman Family; The Roush Family; and The Schentrup Family
    • Yellow (Cougar) level partners: John Paul and Rosemarie Getting; The Neward Family; Khue and NamSon Nguyen Family; and Ken Vu
    • Green (Cub) level partner: The Knittle Family


    Got used markers? ColorCycle them at Grady

    What is Crayola ColorCycle? Crayola’s latest sustainability initiative designed to repurpose markers, highlighters and dry erase markers. All marker brands are accepted. 

    How do I help? Collect markers and drop them off in the front office or your student can give them to our art teacher, Debonique Grigsby. For more information, click on ColorCycle.


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