Dear ROE Families –
The ROE Parent Teacher Organization welcomes you to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope you and your families have had a wonderful summer and are ready for the new school year. Many thanks to Amie Canfield, VP of Internal Relations, as well as all of our Grade Representatives, for planning the welcome back play dates.
The PTO is very excited about the upcoming school year and would like to pass along some important information to you regarding Upcoming Events, Directory/Email procedures, Volunteer Opportunities, and Fundraising & ROE Community Events. In addition to the information contained in this email, the PTO’s website (http://www.roepto.org/) is a great resource for up-to-date information and contains a calendar of events and links to purchase Spirit Store items, school supplies, and tickets to various PTO-related events. You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ROEPTO). Information regarding breakfast and lunch schedules, drop-off and dismissal procedures, the ROE After School Program (ROE Connections), faculty contacts, etc. can be found on ROE’s website: (http://www.houstonisd.org/Page/45477).
Meet & Greet/Roadrunner Rally – Thursday, August 20th
The ROE PTO will host the annual Roadrunner Rally in the ROE Cafeteria during the Meet & Greet event this Thursday, August 20th, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Stop by our booths for information on the PTO’s various volunteer opportunities, fundraisers and other PTO sponsored events. The ROE Spirit Store will also be open and offering a variety of new ROE gear for sale, and school supplies will be available for purchase as well. If you are a new ROE family, be sure to come by the New Family booth!
Please note that this year’s Meet and Greet event is shorter than it has been in previous years – so be sure to arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m. In addition to the Roadrunner Rally, the Kona Ice truck will be on site Thursday evening in the back circle drive – so come and enjoy a snow cone while visiting with new and old friends.
New Family Orientation/Mini-Roadrunner Rally – Saturday, August 22nd
New Family Orientation will take place on Saturday, August 22 from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. and will be followed by a Mini-Roadrunner Rally from 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. During this time, the ROE Spirit Store will be open and school supplies will be available for purchase as well.
First Day of School Coffee with the Head of School – Monday, August 24th
Please join us for Coffee with the Dr. Fovargue beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Cafeteria. Stop by this parent-only event to visit with new and old friends, pick up Spirit Store items, purchase school supplies and learn more about our PTO.
PTO Back to School Social – September 11th
Mark your calendars for the PTO Back to School Social on September 11th at the Beck’s Prime in Memorial Park. No tickets required. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase. Children are welcome to attend. More information about this event will be coming your way in the next few days.
Developing our sense of community is an important part of the work of the PTO, we encourage you to check our website throughout the year for more information about Movie Night (October 2nd), Fun Run (October 24th), and ROE Family Carnival (April 24th), as well as the Earth Day Celebration in the Spring!
If you have not yet purchased your school supplies for next year, there is still time. You may order them here: https://cwsclients.wufoo.com/forms/river-oaks-elementary-school-supply-order-form/ or at Roadrunner Rally. All school supplies will be delivered to the classrooms before the first day of school. Please note that the Kindergarten school supplies includes the Kinder Field Trip t-shirt (green/white tie dye) and Kindergarten Graduation caps (May event).
Email and Directory Procedures
Last year, ROE rolled out its new email and directory platform, My School Anywhere. In addition to offering a print directory, this platform offers a secure, online directory in addition to a mobile app. Even if you input your family’s information last year – you will need log in again this year to confirm your information. If you are a returning family who had information in the 2014-2015 Directory, you should have received an email with a link to update your information. If you have not received this email, please contact email@example.com.
If you are a new family, or did not have any information in the 2014-2015 Directory, click the following link to enter your information: http://bit.ly/ROENewStudent.
Ways to Volunteer
There are a wide variety of ways to get involved: from helping to plan parties and events, to entering data on your computer or updating the website; from selling ads to writing thank you notes; from drafting blurbs for the ROE News to helping our Finance or Development team; from taking pictures to working in the Nature Center. Whatever your skills, we have a place for you! Stop by the Volunteer booth at the Roadrunner Rally or contact our Volunteer Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know where your skills can help the PTO.
Per the PTO Bylaws, one Kindergarten Representative was elected to the Board in May. Liz Daniel has single-handedly put together the back to school play date and communicated with incoming Kindergarten families. But, as our Grade Representatives are shared positions, she needs some help! If you have an incoming Kindergartner this year, and would like to serve with Liz as the Kindergarten Grade Representative, please let me know by August 30th (email@example.com).
As required by HISD, all volunteers must be registered through the HISD VIPS process. For more information, visit http://www.houstonisd.org/vips. To begin the registration process, visit www.houstonisd.org/vipslogin.
Other Ways to Support ROE and the PTO
The PTO pays for teacher training, field trips, the IB annual fee, student enrichment opportunities, security officers, and teacher appreciation. We depend on parent contributions as well as local business contributions to meet our budget. In addition to the Annual Fund, we have a Fall Online Auction, two Book Fairs, an Affinity Program and have numerous sponsorship opportunities. Watch for emails and flyers from our Development Committee to learn more about how ways to give and support the school!
The ROE PTO is looking forward to a great 2015-2016 school year! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about PTO or have any questions.
2015-2016 ROE PTO President