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It's hard to believe that it's already September, and today is the first day of fall! Everyone is ready for the beautiful fall Colorado weather to kick in!
So far we've already held some amazing events here at Clear Sky Elementary, and we hope that you've had the opportunity to enjoy a few of them. Donuts with Dad was in a new location at Bison Park, and it was followed by a kick off meeting for our new Dads of Clear Sky (DOCS) Committee. DOCS hosted Dodgeball, Dads + Dogs last week, and the dads seriously had more fun than the kids! (Check out the photos!) Next week is our Grandparents Day Breakfast. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

If you missed any of these events, don't feel bad. There are many more activities to come! Our Bison Fall Festival will be October 30, and the kids can look forward to different carnival games this year, as well as a bounce house and obstacle course. Parents will still have the opportunity to enjoy the vendor booths with several businesses from our community. (Would you like to be a vendor? Request online.) Also new this year, local food trucks will be on hand for you to purchase food items. So, don't forget to come out with your little monsters, ghosts, or ghouls in their costumes so they can be entered into the costume contest! (More information)

Do you or your company have an interest in being a
sponsor of a CSE event? If so, please send an email to our Sponsorships Chair for information on how to help CSE and market your company at the same time.

This past week, 
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers presented Mrs. Roe with a $554.19 check from our Back 2 School Social in August. To date, Clear Sky has had the highest participation and we've been invited back any time! Thank you to all the parents, students, and staff who attended!

Finally, if you haven't yet, please make sure you visit our website and opt in to receive communications from your Room Parent, and sign up for texting alerts. PTO offers several methods of communication to ensure you can get plugged in and do not miss important news. 

Have a great fall break!

 Fran McBee
Grandparents Day became a national holiday in 1978 and on Monday, September 28, Clear Sky PTO invites our students to bring their grandparents or adoptive grandparents to a special breakfast. This is a unique opportunity to bring multiple generations together and celebrate the important role of grandparents. The breakfast will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Bison Bistro. Join us for FREE bagels, coffee, juice, and fruit, as well as door prizes. The Fall Scholastic Monster Book Fair begins Monday as well, so be sure to stop by the library after the breakfast and get some holiday shopping done for the kids!
Please RSVP to help us plan food and beverages accordingly. 
It's time for the Fall Scholastic Monster Book Fair! The fair will be held in the library:
Monday, September 28  |  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Tuesday, September 29  |  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Wednesday, September 30  |  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 1 |  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 2  | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We are looking forward to another successful event! One of the reasons why our book fair is so successful is because of your help. Please take a look at the Sign Up Genius and select a time that works for you. 

To assist with decorating, students were asked to participate in a "Create a Monster" contest. Grade winners were selected, and each received a gift certificate for a free book (up to $9 value). Congratulations Kindie 
Leighton Brooks, 1st Graders Hannah White and Bo Seymour, 2nd Grader Cecilia Rabourn, 3rd Grader Jewell McBee, 4th Grader Keely Hames, 5th Grader Olivia Marx, and 6th Graders Tanner Gray and Hope Romeo. (All submissions can be viewed in the hallway by the library.)

Many of you have collected Box Tops and Labels for Education over the summer, and now is the time to turn them in! Place them all in a ziplock bag with your child’s name and teacher’s name printed on the outside. (Prefer a collection sheet? Download one here.) Each classroom has a collection box. The classroom that collects the most points wins a pizza party with our principal, Mrs. Roe. Turn in your bags to your teacher by Wednesday, September 30. Good luck, and happy collecting!
Cash for Cash

Please help support one of Clear Sky’s own teachers by having fun and participating in our upcoming Spirit Days:
September 30  Any Hat Day (Also Castle View High School Day)
October 28
 – Crazy Socks Day
November 11
 – Bring Your Favorite Stuffed Animal 
(Also Red, White & Blue Day for Veterans Day)

December 2
 – Crazy Hair Day
December 16
 – Holiday Hat/Socks Day

Students – Donate a minimum of $1.00 per Spirit Day to participate. Each participant will receive a stamp when the donation is collected at one of the collection locations (near Kiss N’ Go drop off, at the playground, and in the school lobby by the Bison).   

Staff – Clear Sky staff can also donate for each Spirit Day as well as make another monetary donation for Jeans Day.

Upcoming Event – A community dinner and family night will be announced in the future as another way to support the Cash family during this challenging time.

Mrs. Cash is a vibrant wife and mother of five. She is a beloved tennis coach and special education teacher at Clear Sky Elementary, as well as treasured daughter, friend, and mentor to many. Her Christian faith is her guide and strength. On May 4, Mrs. Cash was diagnosed with Stage 3 triple negative invasive carcinoma, an aggressive form of breast cancer. The treatment plan is also therefore aggressive. She already started a 20-week chemo regiment on May 21, which will be followed with a double mastectomy and then several weeks of radiation. The hope is for Mrs. Cash to be cancer free by Christmas.  This family has already reached some of their family year limits insurance and although a new insurance year began July 1, they are likely to hit those as well.  Anything that you can donate would be a blessing and so appreciated.
The Apple Award nomination window is now open. Please take the time to nominate a special teacher, school employee, or administrator from Clear Sky Elementary! Nominations can be submitted online by parents or students, and the process is simple and quick. This is a wonderful way to recognize someone within the Clear Sky community!
Have you downloaded Shoparoo yet? This free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school!

Get started today: 
  • Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  • Select Clear Sky from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts-shop anywhere, buy anything! 
  • Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code. 
  • You can even select a grade to support and have fun with grade competitions! Currently the 3rd graders are in the lead for the year by just a hair ... 

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo-the more supporters, the more we will raise for our school. Schools with just 40 supporters are earning an average of $1,000 every year. That’s free, easy money!

September 28 | Grandparents Day

September 28-October 2 | 
Fall Book Fair

September 30 | Cash for Cash 
Any Hat Day

October 30 | Fall Festival

November 20 | Movie Night

November 30-December 4  | 
Holiday Gift Shop

December 11 | Game Night

The best way to find out about our events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities is to come to the PTO meetings. We love parent involvement! (FREE childcare is provided.) 

November 16
January 11
February 8
April 11
May 16

Location: Bison Bistro (cafeteria)
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

how can YOU get involved?

PTO functions on the generous volunteer efforts of our Clear Sky families. Throughout the year, there are many ways in which you can give your time and efforts, either AT SCHOOL or FROM HOME. Participating on a committee, serving as a room parent, helping in the classroom, fundraising, and more all require the helping hands of our volunteer families. We understand that people have very busy schedules and that time is precious. Thus, we have made the process of getting involved as easy as possible.

(1) complete our new “time, talents & interests” volunteer form
This year we have created a Time, Talents & Interests form that will allow us to plug parent volunteers into a ”job” that fits them specifically. The job options are endless, and we want to make sure your volunteer experience is pleasurable and productive, and that it fits in perfectly with your schedule. After you complete this form (which can be found here), our volunteer coordinator will contact you personally to discuss volunteer options with you. (Keep in mind that volunteering does not necessarily mean serving on a committee!)
(2) help us earn free money & rewards from home
Did you know that you can earn cash for Clear Sky by simply collecting labels from products you already purchase, scanning receipts with your smartphone, and registering online with participating locations? These are FAST and EASY ways for busy families to contribute to our school, even if they can’t physically volunteer in the school. Learn more here.
(3) give room parents permission to contact you directly
Don't miss out on any classroom communications. Room parents will be contacting parents directly, usually via email, with classroom activities, parties, sign ups, etc., as well as providing important information about PTO events. Please opt in to these communications by completing this online form

We have kicked off our 2015-2016 Secret Messenger program, and we NEED YOUR HELP! Designed for your child’s classroom teacher, specialist teachers, educational assistants, and office staff, the Secret Messenger program provides an opportunity to recognize our incredible teachers and staff with random acts of kindness (RAKs). A 100% voluntary and “secret” program, it runs throughout the school year. You can give once or as many times as you wish during your specified period of time. These are to be small tokens of thanks to show our appreciation. (You Don't need to spend a lot of time or money a thank you not sends a thousand hugs.) You can find out our teacher’s list of favorites and you can add your gifts to the journal so future Messengers have an idea what the teacher has already received. (HINT: This is also a great place to find out our teacher’s favorite things if you’re looking for a birthday or Christmas gift.) You can leave items in the staff mailboxes in the office, or you can get creative and find other ways to deliver these little surprises.

If you would like to participate, please sign up for a specific teacher or group of staff members. (Don’t forget our other staff needs some appreciation too!) More detailed information and a Sign Up Genius form can be found on the CSE PTO website
Thank you!

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