A Look at What Your Support Accomplished This Year…

Dear SJLES Families,

I’d like to thank everyone who helped to make all of our PTA events and programs possible.  We’ve been lucky enough to have an exceptional group of Board Members, Committee Chairs, and consistent volunteers.  Together, with the community’s fundraising support, we’ve accomplished so much this year

  • Hosted 12 fun events for students and families
  • Funded 4 school-wide cultural arts assemblies
  • Free Field Day T-shirt and Snowball to all students and staff
  • Free Class T-shirt to all 5th Graders, plus funds for end-of-year pool party
  • Purchased a brand-new Gaga Ball Pit for the playground
  • Bought a class set of ukuleles for the Music Department
  • Purchased new carpets for every First Grade classroom
  • Provided funding for over $9,300 worth of new books for the Media Center
  • Framing and materials for over 1,400 artwork displays for the Art Department’s Art Shows
  • Funded improvements to the Motor Room for the Special Education Department
  • Purchased a class pack of coding robots for the Technology Department
  • Bought supplies to convert chalkboards into dry-erase boards for all classrooms
  • Funded materials for new Beginning Band Method Books to be provided to all Beginning Band students in the future
  • Provided meals on 7 different occasions for 100 teachers and staff members
  • Supplied coffee and creamer for the staff lounge and tissues for every classroom all year long
  • Gifted each staff member a new bluetooth speaker
  • Coordinated, set up, and staffed the Book Fair
  • Implemented the Book Fairy program to expand access to the Book Fair for students who would not be able to make a purchase otherwise
  • Coordinated and produced a yearbook
  • Bought a new Harry Spotter mascot costume
  • Funded the Howard County Conservancy Owl Outreach on-site Field Trip for 5th Grade
  • Bought baseball caps for end-of-year gifts for Kindergarten students
  • Provided prizes for the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program to fill the Spot-O-Gram store
  • Funded the lunch for the Simulated Congressional Hearing Judges
  • Collected 1377 items for the food drive, 234 toys for students in need, and 52 coats, scarves, hats, and gloves for the coat drive
  • Donated to the PTACHC Scholarship Program and to Homewood Center
  • Provided supplies for the Jaguar Garden Days, a letter writing project for students, and individual white boards for student use, and countless classroom supplies 

As you can see, the PTA is an important support for SJLES and the benefits to the students and staff are immensely impactful.

I’ve reached my term limits for serving as your President, but I’m excited to share that a wonderful new group of parents have stepped forward for next year.  Please join me in welcoming our New Board:

  • Katie Brewer – President
  • Chinedu Agbakwuru – Vice President 1
  • Christian Buzzerd – Vice President 2
  • Claire Mathews – Treasurer
  • Sarah Day – Corresponding Secretary
  • Sarah Sherry – PTACHC Representative
  • Seba Kurian – PTACHC Representative

(If anyone is interested in learning about joining this amazing team as the Recording Secretary, reach out to SJLES.PTAmail@gmail.com with any questions.)

We sincerely thank everyone who gave membership dues, volunteered their time, loaned us equipment for events, and encouraged us with your feedback!

With sincere gratitude,
Meg Halvorsen
PTA President 2021-2023