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

Attention NEW Kolter Families

THIS INFORMATION IS FOR NEW KOLTER FAMILIES ONLY

We are so happy to welcome you to our school!

Three very  important pieces of information to get you ready for the new school year:

  1. In order to volunteer at the school for any activity or event, you must follow the HISD VIPS process. It is very simple; first you register online at  http//prodnet.houstonisd.org/visit/en-us/loging.aspx  This process can take several weeks, so do not delay and register NOW!  You do not want to miss out on that first class field trip! Next,  present your Drivers License, ID, passport, or Resident Alien Card  at the front office.  They will scan it, and you will be ready for field trips, class parties, etc.
  2. ALL PTO communication will be sent out through the Kolter School Directory.  If you do not register your family in the directory, we have no way to share information with you about PTO and school events like Open House, Spirit Nites, IFest, class parties, Spring Carnival , etc. Please note that you can opt out   and we will not publish  your contact information  in the printed school directory.  Register at http//bit.ly/KolterDirectory  If you have questions or need help, contact Drew Shefman at directory@kolterpto.com.
  3. The School Directory is also used to capture your volunteer interests.  However, you must do this separately from your directory registration described above (sorry, but this is a limitation of the program and not our choice).  Please use the following link to register to volunteer and our committee chairs will contact you when your help is needed. http//bit.ly/KolterVolunteer

The PTO works very  hard to serve our  school, including YOUR child!!  Please support our efforts by giving of your time, talents, and/or treasures.

Attention Returning Kolter Families

THIS INFORMATION IS FOR RETURNING KOLTER FAMILIES ONLY

We are so happy to welcome you back for another great school year!

Three very  important pieces of information to get you ready for all  PTO and Kolter activities:

  1. In order to volunteer at the school for any activity or event, you must follow the HISD VIPS process.  It is very simple, just present your Drivers License or ID at the front office.  They will scan it, and you will be ready for field trips, class parties, etc.
  2. By now, you should have received an email from the Kolter Directory(My School Anywhere) to update your family information for the year. If you did not receive an email, please contact Drew Shefman at directory@kolterpto.com.  It is very important that you update your contact information AND your child’s homeroom teacher. ALL PTO communication will be sent out through the School Directory.  If you do not update your family info, we have no way to share information with you about PTO and school events like Open House, Spirit Nites, IFest, class parties, Spring Carnival , etc.
  3. PTO Manager is no longer being used.  We will be using the School Directory to capture your volunteer interests.  However, you must do this separately from your directory information described above (sorry,  but this is a limitation of the program and not our choice).  Please use the following link to register and our committee chairs will contact you when your help is needed. http//bit.ly/KolterVolunteer

The PTO works very  hard to serve our  school, including YOUR child!!  Please support our efforts by giving of your time, talents, and/or treasures.

 

 

 

Calling all Kolter Cougars….

The count down is ON!  Only 6 more days until school starts!!!!!

We are eager to get this year started.  Here is a quick run down of Back to School events at Kolter:

August 20, 9:00am  Kinder Play Date (Kinder Playground)
Great way to meet your teacher, fellow classmates, and make new friends!  Snacks will be provided. The School Store will be open so bring cash or checks to purchase your uniform shirts.

August 22, 9:00am Pre K Parents Only Meeting (Cafeteria)
Everything you ever wanted to know about PreK at Kolter!

August 22, 1:00pm  New Student Orientation (Cafeteria)
Everything you ever wanted to know about Kolter! New families will be able to register for their HISD background check in order to volunteer at the school and register for the PTO directory/volunteer database. The School Store will be open so bring cash or checks to purchase your uniform shirts.

August 22, 1:30pm  PreK Meet and Greet (Rm 1)
Come see the classroom and meet your classmates.

August 22, 2:00pm Meet the Teacher/Back to School Snow Cone Social
Check out your classroom, meet your teacher, then join the PTO on the covered blacktop for an icy treat.

August 25, 7:35am  First Day of School
Bell Schedule Reminder:     First bell 7:40am
Tardy bell 7:45am
Dismissal 3:00pm

August 25, 8:15am  Parents’ 1st Day Coffee (Cafeteria)
Join the PTO for a Boo hoo or a Yahoo! Reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

August 25, 4:40-5:30pm  Parents’ Afternoon Tea (Cafeteria)
Stop by before you pick up your kids from extended day and have a  refreshing, afternoon pick-me-up with the PTO.

Help for a Kolter Family

As some of you may know, one of our Kolter families, The Cohens (Blake-2nd Grade, Drew-5th Grade),  suffered a terrible loss when their home was struck by lightening and burned down.  Luckily, everyone in the family, including their dog, escaped unharmed.  However, they lost almost everything!   At this time, everything is tied up with insurance. The boys have gotten a ton of clothes already from donations, but we are collecting gift cards for groceries such as HEB and Kroger, restaurants and adult clothing stores such as Target, JC Penney, Old Navy, Stein Mart, etc. We have also set up an online funding account. If you have a gift card to donate, please drop it off at Staci Beinart’s house.  Her house is just around the block from Kolter at:  5210 Valkeith Dr (between Cedarhurst and Moonlight)

This family has been a very involved family at Kolter during the last 5 years. Tamara has served on the Executive Board over the last 2 years as Volunteer Coordinator and has had many other volunteer positions as well! All donations are greatly appreciated by the family!

If you would like to help in a different way, please consider visiting the website below.  It was created by their family and friends in an effort to consolidate donations and give the the Cohens the help they need at this time.  Thank you for your support Cougars!

https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/47f5/the-cohen-family-fire-recovery-fund

It Is Not Too Late for School Supply Orders

Don’t fight the back-to-school crowds and save time by ordering your child’s school supplies online.  It’s not too late to order! Go to www.epipacks.com, school code: KOL004 to order.

The deadline is August 15th and you will be charged a late fee.

Supplies ordered now will be delivered the first week of school.  How easy and convenient is that?

Please contact Kim Taylor at kimtaylor26@outlook.com if you have any questions.

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