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***UPDATE ON THE CONTINUATION PLAN ISSUE FROM OUR PTA PRESIDENT***

Cassidy families,

I continue to receive your positive voice and willingness to help address the ongoing issues of overcrowding at Cassidy next year. I cannot thank you enough for this meaningful support. Ms. Fister is working with our superintendent to meet with the Board to address these concerns and I will continue to update you on our progress toward being a part of those discussions. In the meantime, aside from signing the petition (at this link), I would also encourage you to reach out to our elected Board of Education Member, Amanda Ferguson. Ms. Ferguson is our elected member of the Board and in her role she is tasked with being a voice–our voice–to concerns such as this. To that end, I have also attached a letter detailing our concerns and I would encourage you to review, enhance, improve or modify the letter for your own purpose. Reaching out to her, as our representative, is one tangible way to have our concerns addressed. The attached letter is not meant to be your own personal opinion (though you are free to affix your name and email it as is), but it is an example of the message we are trying to send. Feel free to add your own concerns!

In our letters, I would recommend that we all be mindful of the issues that will resonate with district officials. The district and the Board will be motivated by concerns that directly impact our children. They are far less likely to consider or address concerns that surround complaints such as decreases in property value or the unsightly appearance of portables. As you thoughtfully consider sending the attached letter with your own revisions, I would encourage you to think of our concerns in the context of the motto of FCPS: “It’s About Kids.” As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you!

“Fayette County Board of Education, Fayette County Public Schools: Maintain the Continuation Plan to Prevent Critical Overcrowding at Cassidy Elementary”
You can read more and sign the petition here:
https://www.change.org/p/fayette-county-board-of-education-fayette-county-public-schools-maintain-the-continuation-plan-to-prevent-critical-overcrowding-at-cassidy-elementary?recruiter=467109998&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

Melanie Gabbard,
PTA President

 



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Cassidy Registration: Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the 2016-2017 registration process on Tuesday Feb. 2 and Wednesday Feb. 3. We will need a few volunteers for each of the following shifts: Tuesday, 2/2-9 am – 11 am Tuesday, 2/2-11 am – 1 pm Wednesday, 2/3-9 am – 11 am Wednesday, 2/3-11 am – 1 pm.

If you would be willing to help please contact Emily Mooring at emooring@me.com.  Volunteers will report to the front office on the dates listed at the appointed time. Thanks!



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COLTS NIGHT OUT IS THIS TUESDAY 1/5 AT NEWK’S EATERY

Time to celebrate the new year and back-to-school with Colts Night Out at Newk’s Eatery, this Tuesday, January 5th. Colts Night Out takes place at both Newk’s locations – Richmond Road and Fayette Mall. Check out their delicious menu – salads,  hand-crafted sandwiches, tasty pizzas, and more! They even have a “Little Newk’s” menu for the kids. Bring your Newk’s Colts Night Out flyer, and have a great night out with friends and family! Thanks to Newk’s for supporting Cassidy and the PTA.



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BOX TOPS NEWS!

Our winter “GUM & GAMES” contest returns this week! The top 4 classes that collect the most Box Tops between November 1st and Thursday, February 25th will win a “Gum & Games” party. As long as you turn in your Box Tops in a baggie with your name and teacher’s name on it, we’ll keep track of your totals.

Thank you and keep up the great work! Don’t forget to send in all of the Box Tops you clipped over winter break!

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HOLIDAY GIVING AT CASSIDY: FINAL WEEK FOR DONATIONS!

Please join Cassidy in supporting families in need this holiday season! The Cassidy PTA is collecting new winter hats and gloves, as well as Kroger gift cards for those who need assistance during this time of year. Please join us by sending in your donations between now and winter break! Look for the big red box at the back door! Gift card donations can be dropped off in the front office. Donations will be distributed by the Cassidy Family Resource Center. Thank you for your generosity during this season!

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WE NEED YOU TO HELP WITH THE CASSIDY DIRECTORY!

Do you know how to do layout and design for print publications? Or are you connected to a printing company that offers these services? If so, we need YOUR help!

Each year, the Cassidy PTA puts out the Cassidy Directory, a wonderful resource that allows you to have contact information for parents of your child’s classmates, your child’s teacher, homeroom parents, and more. We are looking for help with the Directory’s layout. We need someone who either (a) knows how to do it themselves, or (b) has a connection to a printing company that has the ability to do the layout portion for us. The Cassidy Directory includes all of this great information, is free to all Cassidy parents, and is funded by local community ads. We collect all of the information for the Directory and enter it into a spreadsheet…if you can help us with the layout, we would be incredibly grateful! If you can help or know someone who can–or if you need more information–please contact the PTA Communications Committee chair, Lindsay Costich, at Lindsay_Costich@taiamerica.com. Thank you!

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THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET YOUR PTA PACKAGE!

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Don’t forget – you can now order your PTA Package on the PTA website – just go to http://cassidyelem.digitalpto.com/product-category/pta-packages/ or go to the Cassidy PTA website homepage and select “Shop PTA Store” to order the package of your choice. Those who order ahead of the Cassidy Open House dates will be able to pick up their packages at Open House… otherwise, they will be sent home with your child on a Friday soon after your purchase is made. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Zent at lisazent@me.com or 859-420-4816. Thanks for supporting the Cassidy PTA!

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PTA PACKAGES ARE BACK FOR 2015-2016!

Thank you to the many Cassidy families who purchased PTA Packages in 2014-2015! Please see the attached letter and new packages for 2015-2016. You will be able to pre-order your PTA Package on the PTA website beginning July 15th, 2015. We will bring all pre-orders to the Cassidy Open House in August, so place your order in July for earliest possible delivery!

If you do not pre-order, you will also be able to purchase your 2015-2016 PTA Package at the Open House, as well as throughout the first few months of the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Lisa Zent at lisazent@me.com or 859-420-4816. Thanks for supporting the Cassidy PTA!

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Cassidy Parent Satisfaction Survey

Dear parents and guardians of Cassidy students,

As we near the end of the school year, Cassidy wants to hear from you! Please take this opportunity to provide feedback on your children’s experiences and your own experiences at Cassidy this year by clicking on the link below to complete our short survey.

Your responses will be completely anonymous, and your confidentiality is guaranteed. I will analyze the data, aggregate the results, prepare a report illustrating overall parent satisfaction levels with a variety of school issues, and share it with Cassidy administrators and SBDM in June. The results are taken very seriously by the administrators, and changes are often made based upon the survey findings. Please take this opportunity to make your voice heard!
Follow this link to the Survey:

Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
https://qaz1.az1.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsSurveyEngine?Q_SS=2f3ywnY8qKq2zHf_cHdZGmVTtZ0HjSt&Q_CHL=ei
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact me at meredith@millerconsultants.com or 859-576-6681.

Thank you,

Meredith

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Outreach Committee Seeking Members- SPECIAL NEEDS AWARENESS WEEK

The PTA Outreach Committee is planning to facilitate Cassidy’s 3rd annual SPECIAL NEEDS AWARENESS WEEK (“SNAW 2014”) during the week of April 14th to 17th. We have a few members from last year and are inviting any new Cassidy parents to join our committee if you are interested to help plan and facilitate some of the events we have envisioned for that week. No prior experience or knowledge is required – just creative thinking, a few hours of your time and an interest in promoting awareness and understanding for us and our kids. Ms. Barbara Jackson Mills is our official faculty liaison, but faculty, staff and parents alike are welcome to participate! I anticipate that we will have an hour long meeting about once every 2 to 3 weeks beginning early February through March to iron out the plans for April. We would love to have you join us in planning another great week!

Please contact Kim Thompson Winkler via email (thompson_winkler@hotmail.com) or cell (310-210-7636).

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Happy Holidays to our Cassidy Teachers and Staff

It’s become tradition and staff favorite, so we are at it again….please help stock up the Teachers Lounges with Keurig pods!  Coffee, teas, cocoa, lemonade….they love it all!  Sweeteners, creamers, stirrers and cups are also great!  You can send any size donation to the office any day this week and we will distribute among all rooms!
Also looking for a few volunteers to help with the Holiday Staff Breakfast on Friday 12/19! Contact Robin Norris at RNN7624@yahoo.com can help or would like to make a food donations!
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BHG Fundraiser

The holiday season is here, and Bluegrass Hospitality Group is pleased to invite Cassidy Elementary PTA to participate in a special holiday fundraiser.

 

From Black Friday (November 28th) through December 24th, patrons who purchase gift certificates at GiveBHG.com will be able to designate 20% of the purchase amount to Cassidy Elementary PTA. Please note that the 20% donation can only be provided with ONLINE purchases. Buyers are NOT able to make donations with gift card purchases made in-store at BHG restaurants.

 

To make a purchase and donate:

1)    Visit GiveBHG.com in order to purchase BHG Holiday Gift Cards.

2)    Select a BHG Gift Card of any denomination.

3)    When prompted to choose your holiday bonus, select the non-profit donation option

4)    Select your non-profit’s name from the drop down menu — double-check that you have selected the correct organization, as several participating organizations have similar names (e.g. “Dunbar Band” / “Dunbar Baseball Team”).

5)    Your gift card will be sent in the mail in two business days and your organization will receive 20% of your purchase!

It’s easy to give the gift of good taste and support Cassidy Elementary PTA at the same time.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call Malone’s at 335-6500 for additional information.  Happy Holidays!

 

Sincerely,

Bruce Drake & Brian McCarty

 

P.S.  Remember that Bluegrass Hospitality Group gift certificates are honored at Malone’s, Sal’s Chophouse, Harry’s, Drake’s, Malone’s Banquets, Malone’s at Home and soon to open in the Lansdowne Shoppes OBC Kitchen!

 

 

When you purchase $100 in Gift Certificates,

Cassidy Elementary PTA receives $20!

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GET INVOLVED WITH THE PTA!

The Cassidy PTA is run entirely by volunteers. All of the great services, activities, and events that we offer are provided by people who are willing to share their time, talents, and energy. Please consider helping! Parent engagement is a proven piece to every successful school. Please take a minute to look at this report by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a private non-profit advocacy group for public education in Kentucky.

How can you become an ENGAGED PARENT at Cassidy? One fun and meaningful way is to volunteer with the PTA. Next school year we will have openings for many positions (treasurer, school supplies, yearbook…just to name a few). During the rest of this school year, we have lots of events that can not happen without volunteers. Consider adding your name and sharing your time! There is something for everyone!

For more information, contact Jennifer Alexander (jenalexander115@gmail.com) or Melanie Gabbard (mgabbard@allen-kopet.com).

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PTA AND THE CASSIDY YEARBOOK

Did you know that a PTA volunteer organizes the Cassidy Yearbook? Vanessa Flannery has made this her love for the past many years, but she will be moving on next year….THANK YOU, VANESSA! We are looking for someone to shadow her this year to learn the process and develop a plan for the upcoming year. If you are interested helping preserve special Cassidy memories for your family and many others, please contact Jennifer Alexander at jenalexander115@gmail.com.

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Cassidy Colt Apparel Store

Great chance to get your Cassidy Spirit Wear!  Look for order forms in backpacks this week, visit the store on Thursday, October 9 at the PTA meeting at 6:00pm AND Friday, October 10 in the afternoon carpool area or use our website.  Please contact Colleen Hampton or Molly Powell with any questions.

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LAST CHANCE: DIRECTORIES AND SHOUT-OUTS

PrintThe 2014-2015 Cassidy Directory is coming soon! Remember…this year, the directory must be purchased for $5. The easiest way to pay for your directory is to purchase the $10 Show PTA package, which includes the directory and the $5 PTA membership dues. This will also allow you to cast your vote for how the PTA will spend its excess funds from last year to support Cassidy.

If you have **not** already provided or verified your contact information for the directory, please complete this form and send it to school in your child’s folder by Wednesday, September 17. (If you have already purchased any PTA package, then you do not need to send in any money for the directory – it was included in all packages.)

The deadline has also been extended for purchasing Shout-Outs for the directory! (If you have already purchased an Exacta, Trifecta, or Superfecta PTA package, the Shout-Out was included in your package, so no need to send in any money.) Wording for Shout-Outs can be submitted by completing this form and sending it to school in your child’s folder by Wednesday, September 17.

Contact Barbara Crandall at barbaracrandall@hotmail.com with questions!

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SPIRITWEAR!

Cassidy_Colts_Logo_186_Outlined_2_New Spiritwear is here! Click here to see the new fall apparel and download your order form! Just turn it in to your child’s teacher (with a check made out to the Cassidy PTA) to place your order for the coolest Colts clothes in town. See the flyer for contact info if you have questions.

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Buy Directory Shout Outs Before September 17th!

Give your Cassidy Colt a SHOUT OUT in the directory!!  Here are the details –

  • Each shout out is 2.5” x 2”
  • $10 per shout out (if you purchased a PTA package with this item included please let us know.  If you are unsure about your package check out the website http://cassidyelem.digitalpto.com/?p=1281 they are all listed)
  • Two lines per shout out
  • Three lines per signature
  • Email Barbara Crandall – Barbaracrandall@hotmail.com

If you have not joined Cassidy PTA yet you will not automatically get a directory.  Each directory cost is $5 or pay $10 and you will also be a part of PTA.

Please check which item you would like to purchase.  Make sure and include what you would like your shout out to say (example – Good luck in 3rd grade Caroline, Love, Mommy & Daddy).  Also include a check to Cassidy PTADUE DATE is SEPTEMBER 17th.

  • SHOUT OUT ($10 per shout out)
  • DIRECTORY ($5)