We hope your Fall is off to a great start! It’s wonderful to see all the smiles and energy back at Grand Ridge. As we look ahead at an action-packed year, we want to highlight our Orange Ruler fundraiser, which provides the money to support Grand Ridge programs inside and outside of the classroom.

Orange Ruler is our only fundraiser during this school year to support programs that do not receive state or local funding. By Tuesday, our goal is to raise $90,000 to fund the following in 2018-19: 

  • Teacher stipends: For books, science materials and other classroom supplies
  • Grade stipends: Teachers at each grade level decide how to use these funds to enhance the grade’s curriculum – everything from field trips to Mercer Slough to Science to Go from the Pacific Science Center
  • Family Events: From Falloween to the Talent Show and Cultural Fair
  • Recess programs: Grizzly Garden Patch, STEM Club, and Grizzly Guys
  • Technology Programs: Subscriptions for all students to online learning programs like BrainPop and RazKids

Thank you to the families and friends who through yesterday have helped us raise $49,000 so far. 

If you have not yet had a chance to register your child, please do so today by visiting orangeruler.com/signup. Once registered, you can make a 100% tax-deductible donation, send donation requests via email to friends and family, and view your child's and his/her classroom's progress in real-time. We also accept all company matching programs. Cash or checks may be turned in on Tuesday, Oct. 2. 

In addition to our annual Orange Ruler fundraiser, the PTSA also holds an auction every other year to fund the Art Docent program, Reading Club, and YMCA recess as well as specific needs. 

This past May, “Lights, Camera, Auction” raised over $68,500 to support art, reading, and recess for this school year and the next (2019-20) as well as Virtual Reality goggles and playground improvements. In future newsletters we will share more about these programs that have a big impact at the school but that parents may not be as aware. 

We are lucky to live in a community that invests in our school and teachers and helps our students Reach Far and Be Grand!

 

Bookmark our webpage www.grandridgeptsa.org for easy access to all of our programs, calendar, and volunteer opportunities. Like us on Facebook for the last news and event reminders. PTSA E-blasts are sent monthly. If you do not wish to receive them, please update your Grand Ridge PTSA account on our website.