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PTA Announcements 11-20-17

Reported by on 11/19/17


December 1 – Spirit Friday
December 2 – Gingerbread Junction at Hill Middle School
December 4-8 – Penguin Patch
December 5 – Deadline to Order Spirit Wear Gift Options
December 7 – Engage 204 meeting at Still Middle School
December 8 - Spirit Friday
December 7 – Dinner Night Out Panera Bread
December 15 - Spirit Friday
December 22 – Winter Classroom Parties
December 22 - Spirit Friday

The holidays are around the corner, and we have an exciting program coming to our school. Wouldn’t it be great if your children could shop for their family without them being there? They could pick out a special gift and you wouldn’t know what it is until your gift exchange.

During the week of December 4 – 8th, we will be having a shop where the children can shop secretly for their loved ones. Be watching for posters around the school and in a couple weeks we will send home letters and budget envelopes explaining more about the program.

Looking for one-of-a-kind gifts? Don't miss out on this holiday shopping tradition! Hill Middle School's PTSA will hold its annual Gingerbread Junction Craft Fair with over 60 artisans displaying vintage designs, doll clothes, headbands & bows, hand-crafted jewelry (silver, beads, clay), pottery, watercolor art prints, stained glass, wood art, knits, fabric & quilts, holiday decor, candles, handmade soaps, and more! Don't forget to stop by the school's amazing annual bake sale for some delicious goodies!

Gingerbread Junction will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9 AM to 3 PM at Hill Middle School. Admission is $3 for adults, children are free!

We are excited to add two LIMITED TIME gift options to our online spirit wear sale! You can now purchase a 2017 Cowlishaw ornament or snuggly blanket for your favorite Koala (or teacher!), available with personalization options! These holiday options must be ordered by DECEMBER 5th! If you would like to keep your order a surprise, make a note on your order and when Jayme delivers them to school she can leave it in the office for you to pick up instead of giving it to your child to take home.

5th grade parents- we are also offering a 5th grade keepsake blanket, available with personalization of your student and/or all of their teacher names from over their Cowlishaw years! And don’t forget to check out the sweatshirt options for Spirit Fridays now that the weather is colder.

Visit to check out all the options and to place an order. Go Koalas!!!

COWLISHAW TEACHER AND STAFF WISHLISTS- More teachers added this week!

The PTA has asked our teachers and staff to provide us with a wishlist of things they would like for the classroom or just for fun. They are posted on the school website under the PTA tab. Feel free to use them as a guide if you would like to get your child’s classroom teacher and/or other Cowlishaw staff a little thank you gift this year! Questions? Contact Kristin Wolfgram

*If purging clothes and toys is on your end of the year to-do list, please consider donating any new or gently used “Happy Meal-like” toys to our Cowlishaw Reading Improvement Teacher’s prize box. Our school nurse is also looking for new or gently used size 5-6 pants (gray, blue, black) ~Size 12-14 Sweatpants ~size XS and S Underwear Boys and girls. You can drop any donations off in the school office.*

Do you have a child in 5th Grade? Then we need their pictures!!! The PTA is creating a slide show for the kids during their “Farewell” day and we want your kid to be in it. We are looking for pictures of your child throughout their time at Cowlishaw, so Kindergarten till now. Preferably pictures from school/PTA events like Donuts with Dads, Muffins with Moms, Dinner night out, Luau, Halloween party, classroom parties, Watch Dogs, etc… We will take other pictures as well, 1st day of school pics, birthday party pics with classmates, etc.

Please send any Digital prints to by April 15th.

Friendly Reminder, after Thanksgiving break we will be opening up volunteer days for Dad’s to participate in a 2nd day! This is mainly for Dads with multiple children, but Dads can volunteer for a 2nd day even if it’s with the same child. So, if you are a Dad who has not volunteered yet, you have until after the Thanksgiving break (Monday, November 27th) to guarantee at least one volunteer day. To sign-up please click on the link (link is case sensitive) or go to and go to “Find Signup” and enter email to go to the signup page.

Thank you to everyone that attended last week’s first Engage 204 meeting! There were great small group discussions and many ideas were exchanged. The next of these meetings will be December 7th at Still Middle School. The topic of conversation will be "Changing Enrollment” and include discussion about our district demographics, enrollment, and redistricting. EVERYONE in our community is invited to attend and give input! If you would like more information and to view notes/videos, please visit

The Cowlishaw PTA now has an Amazon Smile account!! Use the link below for all of your Amazon shopping needs, and 0.5% will automatically come back to our PTA!

If you ordered Yankee Candles with the paper order form and have not yet picked them up, contact Katy Loo at to arrange pick-up. You can still order online until December 12th. Go to and enter Cowlishaw's group number #990012847 in the "start shopping" box.

The LMC is looking for volunteers for the following shifts:
Monday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 pm
Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 am
Friday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 pm.

Volunteers check in and out books, assist students and help with various projects. If you are interested, please contact Jen Don at

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The website can also be accessed via the Cowlishaw Homepage under the PTA heading.

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