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A Friendly Reminder

August 24, 2009

Tonight! Webster night at Islands! Come on down and reconnect with all your Webster pals-5pm till closing. See you there!

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Earn Money For Webster Without Lifting A Finger

August 5, 2009

Ok everyone, starting August 12th, you can earn extra money for Webster just by doing your grocery shopping at Vons or Pavillions!  Look for the “10% Goes Back to Schools” promotion and pick up participating products using your club card through September 15th.  Pretty simple, huh?  And hey, Monarch Community School in Santa Cruz, CA earned $15,941 through this program last year, so what’s stopping us?
Here’s what you do: 1.  Register for eScrip at https://secure.escrip.com/jsp/supporter/registration/step1.jsp
(Our into: Daniel Webster Elementary School / eScrip Group ID – 139977991)
2.Use your club card and shop for products marked with the 10% back to schools logo. eScrip wil automatically tally your totals.
3. Tell all of your friends and family to sign up!
The top 200 earners will receive a $1,000 bonus.  And, as a member of eScrip, you’ll earn money for Webster all year long.

*If you are not signed up for eScrip, you will receive a cash register receipt worth money on your first shopping visit.  Collect as many receipts or Club Card numbers as you can, then go online to http://www.backtoschools.escrip.com to redeem your register receipt tape codes.

Happy Shopping!

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Webster Uniform Policy

July 19, 2009

The Webster School uniform consists of Navy or Khaki bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers, leggings) and white, navy or light blue tops (polos or button downs).  Kids can wear jeans and a Webster logo t-shirt on Fridays.  You may purchase uniforms at any store or online retailer.  We will also be selling Webster logo clothing at various school events.

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Save the Date!

July 10, 2009

• Attention Incoming Kindergarteners: Give your kindergartener a chance to meet new friends and connect with old Webster buddies at two fun events before school starts. The first will be a fun, get to know you playdate on July 30th, 2009 at 4:00pm at Vina Vieja park on Orange Grove in Pasadena (better known to some as “the Dog Park.”). This playdate is for all incoming kindergarteners and their families. Bring bikes, snacks, scooters, drinks, and come prepared to have a great time! We will also be hosting a New Families/Kindergarten Welcome Celebration on September 1st, on the Kindergarten playground at school. It will be a playtime, potluck and a chance to see the classrooms, get the tour, scope out the bathrooms and cafeteria, pick up Webster uniforms and gear and learn the ropes before the big day!

• Back to School: Our traditional Welcome Back To School Social will be held on September 9th, at 4:30pm There will be treats, sign-up opportunities for our exciting slate of upcoming events and Webster polos, sweatshirts, t-shirts and uniforms for sale, so don’t miss out!

• Islands in the Summer Remember how much fun we all had at our Island’s fundraiser last fall? Well, mark your calendars because we’re doing it again in August. Make plans now to meet up with all your Webster friends on August 24th at Islands on Foothill in Hastings Ranch for a fun summer dinner date!

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Thanks, Congrats and a Couple of Shout-Outs

July 10, 2009

Yes, We Can!
To each and every student who brought in aluminum cans, congratulations! Our school collected over 3,000 cans, which will be cashed in to help with PTA programs. This summer, as you’re having family bbq’s and summer picnics, remember to keep saving those cans. We will be having another can drive in the Fall, so do your part to save the earth while helping our school at the same time!

Extreme Makeover, Cafeteria Edition
We had a fantastic response to our annual coin and dollar drive, enough to replace our rickety old cafeteria tables and put a brand new coat of paint on the walls! To all who dug pennies, coins and dollars out of pockets, car ashtrays, couch cushions and junk drawers, great work! And to those who spent countless hours sorting and counting coins, thank you from the bottom of our hearts…and a jumbo tub of hand santitzer! We will be painting the cafeteria this summer, and we need your help! If you would like to help with prep or painting, please contact Emilline Nice at emillinenice@yahoo.com.

Super Singers
One of the highlights of our year was the Young Americans workshop in May. Our students sang danced and rehearsed for three days, culminating in a fabulous performance at the end of the weekend. It was a one of a kind experience for our students and parents alike, all made possible by Nestlé. Thank you to this wonderful organization for their continued generosity and support of Webster. Behind the scenes, we had many parents who pitched in by providing food, helping hands and places for the Young Americans to stay while they were here. Thank you for your enthusiastic support!

Room Parent News
A giant thank you to each and every parent who has helped our teachers, in big ways and small. Your willingness to pitch in and help out by making copies, organizing events, going on field trips, buying supplies, filing, stuffing homework folders, stapling decodable books and countless other tasks, is truly appreciated by our teachers and the PTA alike! Now, we want just one more thing from you…your opinion! Please send your feedback and suggestions regarding our Room Parent structure and operation to Maggie Brandow at maggiebrandow@yahoo.com.

Bring in those Box Tops…
Congratuations to all of our 2008-2009 Box Tops winners. You all collected enough box tops to raise over $1,000 this year! So when you pick up granola bars for your summer hike, or bake cookies for ice cream sandwiches, pour a bowl of cereal or grab some fruit snacks on the run…don’t forget to save the Box Tops! Remember to tell your friends, family and neighbors to do the same thing. Who knows? You may just end up being September’s big winner!

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Have A Great Summer

July 10, 2009

Summer is here, although you wouldn’t know it by looking at the gray skies. But as we all know, the June gloom will soon pass, the days will heat up and it won’t be long before we’re shopping for school supplies and crisp new uniforms once again. Time flies, as it always does, and it has been a pleasure for me to watch our children grow and our school flourish over the past few years. During my time as PTA president, I have truly enjoyed working with all of you on making Webster a strong neighborhood school. Thank you for your support, for your enthusiasm, for your help and for your involvement. I plan to stay involved here, in the classrooms, in the PTA and on campus, and I hope that you will too. Please take a minute to introduce yourself to our new PTA President, Mayra Villa-Kowal. I know that there are lots of great plans for next year’s PTA and many ways to be involved in your child’s education. I look forward to working alongside all of you as we continue to make our school a great place to be! Have a wonderful summer.
Amy — amy@danwolfe.com

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FIND YOUR VOICE THIS WEEKEND with the YOUNG AMERICANS!

May 14, 2009

Love “American Idol?” How about “So You Think You Can Dance?” Ever thought of trying your hand at those auditions? Chances are your kids have too. Well, there’s need to fight the crowds or brave Simon’s snarky remarks…we’ve got the opportunity to show your stuff right here at Webster! This weekend, your kids can participate in a professional singing, dancing and performing workshop with the world renowned YOUNG AMERICANS! Even better, this amazing opportunity is coming to us FREE OF CHARGE, courtesy of our good friends at Nestle. And, believe it or not, there are still spots available!

Now, if you don’t know much about the Young Americans, here’s a little bit of background. This group has been around for over 50 years, and their mission is to train talented young singers and performers, then send them into schools all over the world to give kids the tools to find their own unique voices through music. There are over 200 Young Americans from 37 states and seven countries touring the world right now. Among the group’s 3,000 alumni are working professionals in music education, fine arts, motion pictures, television, radio, Broadway and recording.

The three day workshop is open to everyone (1st through 8th grade), regardless of talent or training. The Young Americans make the workshop fun for all, and their unique talent is in bringing out your child’s strengths within a positive, energetic, safe environment, where every voice is valued. Students will be grouped according to grade, so that the Young Americans can teach them right at their level. They’ll learn everything from vocal techniques, to acting and improv, to dance, theatre and staging, so there really is something for everyone. At 5:00 on Sunday evening, your child will perform, onstage, alongside the Young Americans, in a full-fledged, professional concert that will rival anything you’ve seen on TV. It truly is amazing what your kids will learn in just this one weekend. Your entire family will want to come to this one!

So, if your child is at all interested in music, acting, dancing or being “behind the cameras” (we do live in LA, after all) you will want take advantage of this amazing, FREE (seriously, no strings attached!) opportunity. Registration begins at 3:30pm tomorrow afternoon, just bring your child and we will have permission slips for you to fill out, and you’re ready to go. You’ll need to send a sack lunch on Saturday and a heavy snack on Sunday evening, but dinner on both Friday and Saturday will be provided.

Here is a schedule for the weekend:

Friday, May 15th, Webster School

3:30pm Check In
4:00pm Orientation and Young Americans Demonstration
5:00pm Vocal Ensemble
6:00pm Dinner Break (provided)
7:00pm Performance Workshop
9:00pm End of Day

Saturday, May 16th, Webster School

8:00am Class #1 (voice/dance/acting)
9:00am Class #2 (voice/dance/acting)
10:00am Class #3 (voice/dance/acting)
11:00am Performance Workshop
12:00pm Lunch Break (sack lunch)
1:00pm Vocal Ensemble
3:00pm Performance Workshop
5:00pm Dinner Break (Provided)
6;00pm Rehearsal
8:00pm End of Day

Sunday, May 17 PASADENA HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

2:00pm Dress Rehearsal
4:00pm Dinner Break (from home)
5:00pm Show

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