Kolter Cougar Connection Part Deux

Dear Kolter Families,

The first Teacher Appreciation Luncheon of the year was hosted by the 5th grade class last Thursday.  Thanks to our 5th Grade Grade Level Coordinator, the 5th Grade Room Parents, all the volunteers, and parents who contributed items for the fabulous spread. Way to go 5th Grade!

We had a busy weekend at Kolter!  Parent and grandparent volunteers worked hard Saturday morning  clearing out the beds in courtyard and doing other odd jobs around campus.  Thanks to Greg Taylor for organizing the event, and to all those folks to showed up to lend a hand!!  It takes a lot of work to keep our campus looking great.

Saturday was also the Kolter Global Day of Play.  Many thanks to Abbie Chuo for organizing the yearly event which encourages creative play with everyday items like cardboard boxes, tape, and markers (no electronics here!).  The kids created pin ball machines, skee ball games, and all kinds of wonderful games. Thanks for joining in on the fun, Cougar Families!

Last week, our Kolter community was shocked and saddened by the tragic death of a Kolter parent, Ms. Rita Salton. Our thoughts are with 5th grader, Kyle Sanders and his family. So many parents have expressed their concern and inquired about how to help Kyle in this time of grief.  As described in the letter from Dr. Shetzer, the PTO has set up a benefit account for Kyle.  Those interested can make a donation to the Kyle Sanders Benefit Fund in a sealed envelope and drop it by the front office.  We will collect all donations and deposit them into the account.  Checks must be made payable to the Kyle Sanders Benefit Fund, not to the Kolter PTO or Kolter Elementary.  If you are interested in making an online contribution directly to the bank, please contact me at president@kolterpto.com .

Where in the world will you be October 18th??? Kolter iFest from 1-4pm, of course.  Questions? Email Jocelyn Guite at ifest@kolterpto.com

With Cougar Pride,

Lorena Estrada
Kolter PTO President, 2014-2015

Kolter Cougar Connection 10_12 Part 1

Some very exciting things are happening this coming weekend!

iFest (formerly known as International Night) – THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th from 1-4!!!

Flyers went home in last week’s Tuesday folder.  The event will kick off at 1 pm with the traditional Parade of Nations.  For those new to our Kolter traditions, the Parade of Nations is a little like the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  Kids are encouraged to come dressed in international garb of their choosing – this could represent your family’s heritage, their magnet language, or just a country that interests them.  Students wishing to participate in the parade should meet in the cafeteria at 12:30 to line up.  Our fabulous Taiko drummers will kick off the day! There will be fun, festivities, and FOOD TRUCKS!!  Admission is free, (though, the food trucks will be charging).  Donations are accepted. We are also accepting donations of water.  You can drop these off this week in the front office of Kolter. Thanks to Jocelyn Guite, Nikki Ricardez, and Valerie Carville for putting together this event with love and creativity!

Also, for updates, photos, reminders, and more, be sure to “Like” Kolter Elementary PTO on Facebook!!!

Look for the Cougar Connection Part 2, which will be emailed later today.

Kolter Cougar Connection 10/5

Dear Kolter Families,

We have lots of FANTASTIC events on the horizon.  If you read this Cougar Connection all the way through, you will get a sneak peak at a new and amazing opportunity to win BIG at the Kolter Fiesta Auction.  No cheating!

Kolter iFest – Mark your calendar for this year’s iFest on 10/18 from 1:00-4:00pm, celebrating the many cultures represented at our school! The event will include a parade of nations for the children, performances from Kolter kids and other community groups, food trucks, music, and booths.  We are asking families to consider representing their country or culture by   teaching a simple craft or skill, setting up an educational display, and/or offering a small dessert or finger food sample. Can you demonstrate origami, Tai Chi, teach a fun dance or a game?  Do you have some interesting items or instruments to show? Get creative! (we need to know your idea by Oct. 10th, if you want to participate but don’t know how, we can help!). Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.  Questions? Contact Jocelyn Guite at ifest@kolterpto.com .

I Heart Kolter – It is not too late to send in your contribution for the IHK family underwriting campaign.  The class at each grade level with the highest % participation will receive a FREE DRESS DAY in the spring.  The class with the overall highest % participation will receive a SILLY STRING PARTY in the spring. Class standings will be announced at the PTO meeting!!!  Let me tell you, it is a close call in a few grades! Sadly, our participation rate is only 29%, and we know that Kolter Families, Faculty and Staff can do better than that!  We are looking for 100% participation this year.  No amount is too small!  The IHK campaign ends on 11/22. Questions? Contact Aimee Taylor or Kim Taylor at iheartkolter@kolterpto.com

Kolter Global Day of Play – Join us this Saturday, October 11th from 9 a.m until 11 a.m. on the Kolter Blacktop. For those of you who do not know about the Global Day of Play, visit this website to see the short film about a boy named Caine who inspired this event. http://cainesarcade.com/dayofplay/. The Cardboard Challenge invites kids (and kids at heart) to build  awesome creations out of cardboard — arcades, rocket ships, robots, labyrinths, etc. It is a great way to disconnect from the electronics and have some old fashioned fun. You can bring a completed project/game or create something that day. We need parents to supervise and help with the projects/games.  Questions?  Contact Abbie Chuo at abbie.chuo@gmail.com

Kolter Workday – October 11th at 7:30am.  We need 1 or 2 power washers, rakes, shovels, a few wheel barrels, and of course YOU!!!   We will need a pick up truck to help haul our trash.  Be sure to bring water and a hat!  Please RSVP to Greg Taylor at  Gregory_Taylor@oxy.com.  He would like to get a head count for the event.

Mixed Bag Designs – Thank you to Monica Medrano and Mariana Pena for their hard work getting all of our orders submitted.  They did a fantastic job.  Thank you for supporting this fundraiser and making it a huge success!  The final sales and individual and class winners will be announced, you guessed it, at the PTO meeting on Tuesday night.

Kolter Fiesta Gala & Auction – Let me tell you, the Gala & Auction Committees are working hard to make this year’s event SPECTACULAR.  There will be a lovely buffet dinner, dancing, and of course, the silent and live auctions. I have been in awe by the steady stream of envelopes with items like restaurants gift cards, museums tickets, local sports team tickets, vacation getaways, theater tickets, Schlitterbahn, and Disney tickets coming in the PTO mail.  I can promise you that you will not be disappointed with all the fabulous items lined up for the auctions.  Remember, that this is the only time of the year that you can purchase Teacher Treasures (Teacher for the Day, Nurse for the Day, Science Party, Scrapbooking Party, Tea Party etc).  You can purchase tickets online at kolterpto.com or fill out a form and return to the front office.  Tickets are $35 for open seating, $50 for reserved seating, $20 for faculty and staff, and $45  for tickets purchased after 10/31.  Questions? Contact Donna Mark at gala@kolterpto.com or Melissa Bayne at auction@kolterpto.com

Breaking News: The Kolter Fiesta Auction Committee will be selling Golden Tickets for a drawing.  The winning Golden Ticket holder will get to chose any Teacher Treasure or Silent Auction item at the Fiesta.  Do you want more details about how you can get a Golden Ticket? Then, come to the PTO meeting on Tuesday at 6:30pm to find out! Remember, meetings are only an hour long and we provide free childcare.

Remember to visit kolterpto.com for all things Kolter like information on school events, purchasing Fiesta tickets, contributing to IHK, posting your child’s birthday on the Kolter marquee, etc.

With Cougar Pride,

Lorena Estrada
Kolter PTO President, 2014-2015

Kolter Cougar Connection 9_29

Dear Kolter Families,

We are looking forward to a short week, right?  Do not forget the Fall Holiday is this Friday.

Tomorrow is the Curriculum Information Night from 6:30-8:00pm.  This is a Parents Only event, so please plan accordingly.   Do not miss out on this opportunity to learn what your student is learning at school and how they are learning it.
PALS, Lifeskills, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd will meet in their child’s classroom.
All 3rd-5th grade parents will meet in the cafeteria.

Mixed Bag Designs-The Fall Product Committee would like to thank all the families who supported the fundraiser.  The final numbers are not in, but it looks like we sold almost $14K in merchandise!  Way to go Cougars!  Contest winners will be announced soon.

I Heart Kolter-So far, we have raised over $38K!  Way to go Kolter Families!!!!  Thank you for your generous contributions.  Our participation rate is only 29%, and we know we can do better than that!  We are looking for 100% participation this year.  No amount is too small! As of this week, here are the class standings:K-Cotton, 1st-Gornall, 2nd-Tie between Pferdehirt and Reardon, 3rd-Grimm, 4th-Carrandas, 5th-Silk. Get those envelopes in!  The class at each grade level with the highest % participation will receive a FREE DRESS DAY in the spring.  The class with the overall highest % participation will receive a SILLY STRING PARTY in the spring. The IHK campaign ends on 11/22. Questions? Contact Aimee Taylor or Kim Taylor at iheartkolter@kolterpto.com

SAVE THE DATE for the first Kolter Workday of the year on October 11th at 7:30am.  Parents, the Workdays Committee invites you to join them for a morning of good times as we work on the TO DO list for our campus.  With your help, we can make the Kolter grounds look AMAZING!  We need 1 or 2 power washers, rakes, shovels, a few wheel barrels, and of course YOU!!!   We will need a pick up truck to help haul our trash.  Be sure to bring water and a hat!  Questions?  Contact Greg Taylor at  Gregory_Taylor@oxy.com

Remember to visit kolterpto.com for all things Kolter like information on school events, purchasing school uniforms, posting your child’s birthday on the Kolter marquee, etc.

With Cougar Pride,

Lorena Estrada
Kolter PTO President, 2014-2015

Kolter Cougar Connection 9_21

Dear Kolter Families,

Believe it or not, it was a slow week.  I only have a few reminders, so I promise to keep it short and sweet.

Mixed Bag Designs-The last day to order is Monday, September 22nd. There is something for everyone in this catalog. Get a head start on your holiday shopping.  Simply go to www.mixedbagdesigns.com/order , register, and use our ID#: 112790.  You can pay w/ a credit card.  Don’t forget to include tax of 8.25%. Or turn in your paper order form.  Questions? Contact  Monica Medrano at miracemag@yahoo.com or Mariana Miguelez at mariana0522@yahoo.com.mx

I Heart Kolter-No amount is to small, please help our PTO provide the things our reduced school budget can longer cover.   You can send in a check payable to Kolter PTO, or you can pay online with a credit card at kolterpto.com or chose to make 4 monthly payments.  Here is a video to show you why your contribution is so important.  Be warned, it is a real tear-jerker!  Brian has shared a video with you using OneDrive. Who is Brian, you ask?  Mr. Ladd is the the wonderful employee at Beth Wolff Realtors who created this amazing video for us.  Thank you Brian!! Questions? Contact Aimee Taylor or Kim Taylor at iheartkolter@kolterpto.com

SAVE THE DATE for the first Kolter Workday of the year on October 11th at 7:30am.  Parents, the Workdays Committee invites you to join them for a morning of good times as we work on Dr. Shetzer’s Honey Do List for our campus.  With your help, we can make the Kolter grounds look AMAZING!  We need 1 or 2 power washers, rakes, shovels, a few wheel barrels, and of course YOU!!!  If you have a pick up truck, come join the fun.  We will need to haul our trash.  Be sure to bring water and a hat!  Questions?  Contact Greg Taylor at  Gregory_Taylor@oxy.com

Please do not forget early dismissal on Wednesday, 9/24. The school day ends at 12:30pm.  If you need to pick up your child early, you must come to the front office BEFORE 12:00pm.  They will not release any students between 12:00-12:30pm. There are no after school activities on this day.

***NOTE***There is a change to the school calendar you should be aware of.  Curriculum Information Night has been moved to Tuesday, 9/30 at 6:30pm.

Remember to visit kolterpto.com for all things Kolter like information on school events, purchasing school uniforms, posting your child’s birthday on the Kolter marquee, etc.

With Cougar Pride,

Lorena Estrada
Kolter PTO President, 2014-2015

Kolter Cougar Connection 9/7/14

Dear Kolter Families,

Last week went pretty well, didn’t it?  Everyone seems to be back into the groove of things, and drop off and pick up is much improved.  Thank you all for your cooperation and patience.  It has made a huge difference at carpool!

I imagine you are on information overload at this point.  Don’t worry, we are here to sum it up for you. For starters, you received information about our annual Family Underwriting campaign called I Heart Kolter (IHK). This is how the PTO raises the bulk of the money to support the school. Last year, we raised over $50,000.00!  Yes, that is the correct number of zeros!  This year, I know we can do better.  Our goal is to have 100% participation.  ANY amount is greatly appreciated. You will be hearing more about this campaign at the upcoming PTO meetings.

Our fall product fundraiser, Mixed Bag Designs is back by popular demand!Catalogs and order forms were sent home on Friday 9/5 in your child’s backpack.  Check it out! The products include well constructed, eco-friendly tote bags, travel sets, lunch bags, lots of lovely accessories, and more. Get a head start on your holiday shopping, and support our school by shopping Mixed Bag Designs!   Preview some Mixed Bag Design samples at the upcoming PTO meetings. Questions? Contact  Monica Medrano at miracemag@yahoo.com or Mariana Miguelez at mariana0522@yahoo.com.mx

Ready or not, this is going to be a busy week!!!

The First Spirit Night of the year is scheduled for Monday, 9/8 at Escalante’s in the Meyerland Plaza. Take a night off from cooking and help the PTO raise money for our school.  Dine in or take-out!  Kolter PTO receives a percentage of the total sales that evening. What time does it start?  Anytime your family is hungry!  Drop in any time between 4:30pm and closing and you might run into a school administrator or your favorite teacher!

Kolter Open House/PTO Meeting will be held on two separate nights this week.  Parents of children in grades PreK-2nd will attend on 9/9 at 5:30pm and parents of children in grades 3-5 will attend on 9/11 at 5:30pm.  Remember that this is a Parents Only event, so please plan accordingly.

Remember to visit kolterpto.com for all things Kolter like information on school events, purchasing school uniforms, posting your child’s birthday on the Kolter marquee, etc.

With Cougar Pride,

Lorena Estrada
Kolter PTO President, 2014-2015

1st PTO Meeting of the Year and Open House

The first PTO Meeting/Open House is this week.  Join us for information on upcoming events, fundraisers, and a presentation on the 2014-2015 PTO Budget.  Here is the schedule of events:

Grades K-2, Tuesday 9/9 

  • 5:30-6:30pm-PTO Meeting
  • 6:30-7:30pm-Open House

Grades 3-5 , Thursday 9/11

  • 5:30-6:30pm-PTO Meeting
  • 6:30-7:30pm-Open House

Remember that this is an Adults Only event.   Please plan accordingly.  Hope to see you there!

Kolter Volunteer Opportunities!

Click below to be taken to our sign-up page where you can pick which opportunity is right for you!
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Please remember that in order to volunteer on campus you need to be cleared through the VIPS system.  Click the VIPS logo to register, and make sure to take your drivers license by the front office.  It can take up to two weeks to be registered.

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Kolter Cougar Connection 9/1/14

Dear Kolter Families,

What an amazing week it has been!  I hope everyone has enjoyed the 1st week of school.  It is great to be back with our friends and beloved faculty and staff.

We did not have a Tuesday Folder (aka Parent Communication Folder sent home every Tuesday) this week, so I have tons of information to share with you!

In the next few days, you will receive information about our annual Family Underwriting campaign called I ❤ Kolter.  Because the PTO is not a dues based organization, we raise money through the I ❤ Kolter campaign and several fundraisers.  It is our privilege to provide the supplies, equipment and activities that our school budget can no longer cover.  In the last few years, the PTO funded a $30,000 remodel of the library, purchased leveled libraries for every classroom, purchased French, Chinese, and Spanish language software for the iPad carts, purchased all new PE equipment, purchased a new sound system and curtains for the cafeteria.  The list goes on and on! There is much to do to improve our school.  Families are asked to make a meaningful contribution to support this campaign.  Look for more information about this campaign and how you can support our amazing school in the Tuesday folder or click on the IHK link on the left.

Our first school fundraiser will kick-off next week.  Mixed Bag Designs is back and better than ever!  Look for information in the Tuesday folder.  Catalogs and order forms will be sent home on Friday 9/5 in your child’s backpack.

Take a night off from cooking and help the PTO raise money for our school. The First Spirit Night of the year is scheduled for 9/8 at Escalante’s in the Meyerland Plaza.  Dine in or take-out.  Kolter PTO receives a percentage of the total sales that evening. What time does it start?  Anytime your family is hungry!  Drop in any time between 4:30pm and closing and you might run into a school administrator or your favorite teacher!

Save the Date for Kolter Open House/PTO Meeting.  Parents of children in grades PreK-2nd will attend on 9/9 at 5:30pm and parents of children in grades 3-5 will attend on 9/11 at 5:30pm.  Remember that this is a Parents Only event, so please plan accordingly.

Let’s address some housekeeping matters.  There were some minor hiccups with drop off and pick up carpool this week.  The school administration will be reevaluating the process.  Parents, please set a good example for your children by following the carpool rules.  It will speed up the loading/unloading process and it will make it a safe experience for all of our students and volunteers.

  • DO use the crosswalks when crossing the street. Jaywalking is illegal and unsafe.
  • DO have your carpool tag when picking up your child after school for walk-up pick-up and for the moving carpool lane.
  • DO be kind and patient.  Your child and other children are watching and listening!
  • DO NOT park in the moving carpool lanes.
  • DO NOT put your child’s backpack and belongings in the trunk of your car.  It slows down the loading/unloading process when these items have to be retrieved from the trunk.
  • DO NOT exit the car when using the carpool lane.  Carpool volunteers will assist your child with his/her belongings.
  • DO NOT make a U-turn on Runnymeade or Dumfries during carpool.  This is very dangerous!

If you have not already done so, please fill out and sign all paper work sent home in the 1st Week Packet last week, and return it to school as soon as possible.  The packet included your child’s enrollment form, code of conduct, media policy, health survey, etc.   Contact the front office if you have any questions.

Remember to visit kolterpto.com for all things Kolter like information on school events, purchasing school uniforms, posting your child’s birthday on the Kolter marquee, etc.

With Cougar Pride,

Lorena Estrada
Kolter PTO President, 2014-2015

Need Kolter Uniform Shirts?

The Kolter PTO School Store is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.  Shop online under the SHOP KOLTER menu, pay with a credit card, and have your merchandise delivered directly to you child’s class.  How easy is that!?!

Shop at the PTO Shed (red barn by the K playground)  this Friday, 8/29, from 7:30-8:30am.  We accept cash or check.

If your child needs an agenda, you may purchase one at the front office.

Questions? Contact our PTO School Store chair person, Kate Garcia at store@kolterpto.com

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