2020 Scholastic Book Fair at Point Road

A HUGE thank you goes out to all the families who supported the Point Road School Scholastic Book Fair! Did you know???

We earned OVER $5000 which enables us to buy books for our libraries and classrooms!

We collected over 1700 gently used children’s books for the Bridge to Books Foundation!

We sent a total of 110 postcards to our legislators!

And we spent 20 hours talking to people about Box Tops and linking your shoprite card https://www.shopriteformyschool.com/ .

Lauren Reid won the PTO raffle basket! Thank you so much for buying a “teacher request” book! We count on people like you to bring interesting, new reads to the classroom!

Thank you to Leslie Dyer and Jen Biedinger for organizing the whole thing! Amazing work from these two dedicated volunteers! Thank you to Stacie Bender, Monmouth and Ocean County NJ Realtor for providing our reusable bags for the 2nd year in a row! And a shout out to our Box Tops ladies Gina Gill & Beth Kowalcyzk – you carved out your time to explain this new Box Tops process to people…we can’t wait to see the results! It takes a village and we have an amazing one here!


PTO meeting Friday, Jan 31st @ the Women’s Center

Friday Jan 31st the PTO will host Coffee with your BOE representative from 11:00 am – 12 noon at the Women’s Center.  This informal meet and greet is an opportunity to bring your questions and ideas to members of the Board of Education. We will have postcards to our legislators on hand, asking for changes in school funding.  Donations of postcard stamps are greatly appreciated.  

Following the Coffee with your BOE representative will be a PTO meeting starting at 12:15.  We will have a speaker from the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey who will give us effective strategies to use when discussing drug and alcohol use with our children. 

Point Road parents – attendees to either event will be entered into a raffle for the PTO parking spot for the month of February!  

Salads and sandwiches from Turning Point Restaurant are available for purchase in Membership Toolkit https://littlesilverpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home.  Can’t stay?? Lunch is individually wrapped and available to grab & go! Turning Point restaurant is a proud donor to our LS 5k!   

Join us for Ice Skating!

Join us for our 8th Annual Little Silver Ice Skating on Saturday, January 4th from 4:45-6:15 p.m. at the Red Bank Armory. The rink will only be open to Little Silver families and friends, so come and catch up with the friends you didn’t see over the holiday break!

Tickets are available in the Membership Toolkit and are $13 in advance and include skate rental. Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or check only!) for $15. https://littlesilverpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home

Different Learners Day!

3rd grade parents – Friday, November 15th is Different Learners Day!

The PTO is proud to sponsor this event which focuses on teaching our 3rd graders that not everyone learns the same, and how some people must overcome physical and cognitive challenges to achieve in school.

Volunteers have received room assignments this week. Please contact Diane DiYanni or Lauren VanVelson with any questions. We will see you on Friday at 8 am!

Waste Free Lunch!

A waste-free lunch program is a process of educating students, parents, and school staff about where our trash ends up and how we, as individuals, can reduce the amount of trash we generate. Waste-free lunch programs favor the use of reusable food containers, drink containers, utensils, and napkins. They discourage the use of disposable packaging, such as prepackaged foods, plastic bags, juice boxes and pouches, paper napkins, and disposable utensils.

http://www.wastefreelunches.org/index.html

What does a waste-free lunch look like?

A Typical American Lunch
(DISPOSABLE)

  • sandwiches sealed in plastic bags
  • fruits and vegetables in plastic bags
  • prepackaged chips, cookies, fruit bars, granola bars, cheeses, and fruit leathers
  • prepackaged yogurts, applesauces, and puddings
  • crackers, pretzels, chips, and other snack foods sealed in plastic bags
  • disposable juice boxes, juice pouchs, soda cans, water bottles, and milk cartons
  • plastic forks and spoons
  • paper napkins
  • reusable lunchboxes and disposable paper and plastic bags

A Waste-Free Lunch
(REUSABLE)

  • sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and treats in a reusable lunch container
  • cloth napkins
  • stainless-steel forks and spoons
  • reusable drink containers
  • reusable lunchboxes

*With this type of lunch, lunch food items can be bought in larger quantities. The packaging can be left at home for reuse or recycling. Waste-free lunches are not only a wise environmental choice, but they are less expensive as well.

What does it cost to pack a waste-free lunch?

A Disposable Lunch
1 egg salad sandwich$1.25
1 yogurt.85
1 granola bar.45
1 apple.30
1 package of carrots and dip.65
3 plastic bags.12
1 juice pouch.35
1 plastic spoon.04
1 paper napkin.01
TOTAL$4.02
A Waste-free Lunch
1 egg salad sandwich$1.25
1 serving of yogurt.50
1 serving of granola.35
1 apple.30
1 serving of carrots and dip.25
water0
cloth napkin0
stainless steel spoon0
packaging0
TOTAL$2.65

The Bottom Line

Disposable LunchWaste-Free Lunch
$4.02 / day$2.65 / day
$20.10 / week$13.25 / week
$723.60 / school year$477.00 / school year


723.60 – 477.00 = $246.60 savings per school year per person

“The Great Balancing Act”

Please join us on Wednesday Oct 16th, 12:15 pm at the Little Silver Women’s Club for our first PTO meeting of the year! Lisa Hillman, MSW, LCSW, CP, owner of Exceptional Wellness Counseling in Shrewsbury will discuss the importance of free time in our modern life.  Her presentation will include why free time is important, the impact of being overscheduled, and figuring it out for your own family! 

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/fashion/over-scheduled-children-how-big-a-problem.html

https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/overscheduled-child-may-lead-to-bored-teen#3

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/05/10/the-myth-of-the-overscheduled-child/

https://http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/how-play-time-outside-helps-kids#1

Lunch from Angelo’s of Little Silver is available for purchase on Membership Toolkit. Lunch will include sandwich or salad, chips and a small dessert. Bring your reusable water bottle! We will pick the BINGO card winner!

Lisa Hillman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Psychodramatist (CP). She is the founder and owner of Exceptional Wellness Counseling. Lisa has been in private practice for over 15 years. She started Exceptional Wellness Counseling in 2013 due to lack of services in the area. Lisa works with at risk children and adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has served as a school social worker, a behavioral consultant for the New jersey public schools, and has led over 100 therapeutic groups. She has presented workshops nationally, and serves as a trainer at the collegiate level and at private schools.

Getting Started with Membership Toolkit!

Having trouble getting started on Membership Toolkit? Email us @ lspto07739@gmail.com for a step by step tutorial.

Reasons to register:

Provide your contact details to the PTO so we can update you on our events (we don’t get it from the school!)

Ability to sign up to volunteer at events and to enter the room parent lottery!

Access to our store for the ECA Program, tickets to our events and more!

And for Members only, you can access our online directory and connect with classmates! New this year, student emails and phones can be entered and all members of your family can have the app on their mobile device.