February 2020 Kromrey PTO Newsletter
Spirit Night 2020 Is Coming Soon! (March 13th)
Kromrey spirit night is one of the most fun, festive, and exciting events of the school year! Please encourage your 6th-8th grade students to attend. The goal of the event is to promote healthy choices for teens and a spirit of connectedness to Kromrey. The cost is $7.00 to pay for snacks, dinner, games, movies, prizes, tournaments, and a DJ for the dance. Spirit Night is open to all 6th-8th grade students.
See link to the Kromrey website: https://mcpasd.k12.wi.us/kromrey/news/spirit-night-march-13th
Poetry Slam is Coming! Mr. Ricks is Leading the Way!
From Mr. Ricks Monthly Message: “We are under a month away from Kromrey’s first annual Poetry Slam! As a former teen slam poetry champion and poetry coach I have been giving mini lessons on poetry in literacy classes. I have done four so far and have four more on my calendar. If your student is a writer, performer, or interested in trying something new, please encourage them to sign up for the Poetry Slam on March 18th. You can sign up at kromreypto.org.”The Poetry Slam is March 18th at 6:30 pm
Acting in a Greek Play with “Artist in Residence” APT’s David Daniel
Carol Deyoung provided a few action photos of an arts enrichment program funded by the PTO. David Daniel from the American Players Theatre led the kids in an exciting, energetic, and enthusiastic learning experience. Thanks to Carol for leading this program!For more background on David Daniel, please follow the link: fhttps://americanplayers.org/about/people/david-daniel-actor
The Green Schools of MCPASD March 19th
The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy and MCPASD are joining forces to promote Green Schools. Please plan to attend a talk by MCPASD Director of Communications Perry Hibner on March 19th. He will cover a wide array of topics including: sustainable efforts across the District, the commitment the District has made to sustainability, and how students are playing a role in the culture of sustainability.Mr. Hibner’s talk begins at 6:30 pm and will be held in Kromrey Community room 510. It is open to the public.
Chipotle Restaurant Night Fundraising Success
Thanks to you for dining at Chipotle and supporting our first restaurant night fundraiser. We raised over $250 for the PTO. Those funds will be redirected toward enrichment events like the coming Kromrey Spirit Night.
The ”We Love the Kromrey Staff Appreciation Luncheon” was held on Feb 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day
As we reported last month, the PTO was honored to recognize the great work that the teachers and administrators are doing at Kromrey. Their commitment to our community’s success is second-to-none.The luncheon on Feb. 12th went very well, with many staff coming in to take advantage of the Costco pizza, side salads, veggies, fruit and many desserts. The PTO paid for 11 pizzas and Kromrey families brought in all the sides, water, and dessert. The staff were very appreciative of the luncheon. The PTO plans to hold another similar event in May during Staff Appreciation Week. Food contributions from families were so generous that the PTO is shifting to having families bring in ALL the main dishes, side dishes, water and dessert during the next Staff Appreciation Week.The PTO Board would also like to thank Christine Laufenberg and Jennifer Stewart for leading the luncheon for 175 people. Successful events are always led by exceptional volunteers; thank you to Chris and Jen for a job well done!
Cougar Community Connections Event held on Feb 19th. "Youth Empowerment; Bridging Gaps"
On February 19th, PTO’s Community Connections held its first speaker series event. About 20 participants - parents and students - gathered to hear our guest speaker Dr. Beatriz Aguilar discuss “Youth Empowerment; Bridging Gaps”. She talked about the benefits of pursuing post secondary education and minority representation. Then a panel of high school students answered questions about their own experience at MHS. Our participants were very interested and had lots of questions for our MHS students. Last, we had Mr. Greg Benz from MHS talk a little about Carrier Pathways at MHS, as one of the many opportunities our students have.Stay tuned for our next event, April 8th at 6:30 pm our guest speaker Dr. Hentz from CEO’s of Tomorrow will talk about how young generations can influence their world through social entrepreneurship.
PTO Funding Follow-up By Kelli Maring
The after-school club “Be Kromrey” partnered with the PTO for funding one of our recent projects. In the beginning of the school year, students in ELT created a school logo. A month later, all ELT classes voted on the winning logo and our school reached a winner. In an effort to create engagement and excitement, this project was presented with an incentive for the winning team. Our PTO so graciously funded stickers and pins with the winning logo to the students that won!
Online Donations to the Kromrey PTO
Events like Kromrey Spirit Night, the Artist in Residence series, Cougar Connections, Staff Appreciation luncheon, and the Kromrey Logo contest all depend on your generous financial support. Separate fundraising events like the Chipotle Restaurant night do raise some money, but the largest portion of our funding comes from you, our Kromrey families.If you haven’t had the opportunity to donate, please follow this link to the PTO website and click on the red "PTO Donations" button. It’s quick, it’s easy, and your gift produces great results for your kids. Thank you!!!
Communications Tools and Resources
There are many ways to stay connected with everything happening at Kromrey:
● eNews signup - www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us/kromrey/enews-signup
● Kromrey PTO website - www.kromreypto.org/
● Subscribe to the Kromrey PTO e-mail list - www.kromreypto.org/about
● Kromrey PTO Facebook - www.facebook.com/KromreyMiddleSchoolPTO/
● PTO Monthly Newsletters - www.kromreypto.org/news
PTO Board Members
President - Danielle Boorstein
Treasurer - Sam Garlock
Communications – Chris Jones
Sunshine Fund – Melissa Dale
Events – Rebecca Charles
Fundraising – Fran Priddy
We'd love to hear from you!
Please contact us at: www.kromreypto.org/contact