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Mason Crest PTO to cover the cost of school supplies!

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Your Mason Crest Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be covering the cost of school supplies this year. The only thing you need to provide your student(s) with is a backpack!

All we need is YOUR support by joining the Mason Crest PTO!

Click HERE to join.

Membership dues for the year are $15 per voting member.
$10 of EACH $15 due will be going toward the purchase of school supplies for the ENTIRE SCHOOL!

*** Dues are paid per voting member, NOT per student. If more than one adult in your household would like to be a voting member, please register individually. ***

In addition to helping provide school supplies, membership in the PTO has the following benefits:

• Helps to Fund Field Trips
• Supplies Books for the Library
• Supports the Teachers and Staff Throughout the Year
• Builds the Mason Crest Community by Sponsoring Fun Events

Say goodbye to the LONG school supply list!
Say goodbye to the LONG lines!
Save yourself a trip to various stores, looking for the best deals!
Save $$$! Save time!

Join Mason Crest PTO!
2/3 of your annual dues helps pay for school supplies!!!

Click HERE to join!

Mason Crest College and Career Link to Learning Team College and Career Fair (June 12)

The Mason Crest College and Career Link to Learning Team we will hold the College and Career Fair on Friday, June 12 from 9:15 am to 11:15 am in the Mason Crest Elementary School gymnasium. The goal of this event is to raise awareness amongst the students of Mason Crest about higher education and the opportunities that can become available to them when they earn a college degree.

During the event, career fair volunteers will be set up at tables around gymnasium and the students in grades four and five, who would love to learn more about the careers they dream about, will have the opportunity to go from table to table to ask questions about the volunteer’s careers and the path that got them there.

If you are currently working in a career that you love and would like to talk to our students about it, then please email Kimberly Lord at krlord@fcps.edu or by phone at (571) 226-2691.

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The Mason Crest Elementary PTO Election will be held June 11 during the June PTO Meeting

Eight candidates will be on the June 11 ballot for the six seats on the Mason Crest PTO Executive Board. The election will take place during the Mason Crest PTO meeting on June 11 at 6:30 pm in the Mason Crest Library. Paid members of the PTO who cannot attend in person may assign another paid member to vote in proxy by completing the Special Meeting Proxy Form available at masoncrestpto.org.

The nominees for the position of PTO President are Tim Sample and Monica Buckhorn. The President manages the overall objectives and strategies of the PTO, acts as a liaison between the parents and the Mason Crest staff, and organizes the PTO meetings and events.

Johanna Murphy and Cara Annexstad are the nominees for the VP of Communications. The Vice-President of Communications coordinates the electronic and print communications of the organization including weekly announcements and regular newsletters, arranges language translations and interpreters for official events sponsored by the organization.

The nominees for the Vice-President of Finance (Sandra Miracle), the Vice-President of Administration (Elizabeth Bille), the Vice-President of Ways and Means (Christy Fase) and the Vice-President of Community Outreach (Patrick Krason) are all running unopposed. The Mason Crest PTO Vice-President of Finance maintains custody of all organizational funds, keeps a full and accurate account of receipts and expenditures, and makes disbursements. The Vice-President of Administration records the minutes of all meetings, ensures all meetings follow procedures and rules or order and maintains membership and an accurate historical record of the association. The Vice-President of Ways and Means identifies and organizes the organization’s fundraising opportunities (and events that benefit the PTO mission as well as its primary financial needs), and is responsible for the recruitment of committee members for fundraising events. The Vice-President of Community Outreach coordinates the recruitment of volunteers for PTO needs, establishes family-outreach programs, maintains a volunteer database, and creates a PTO presence at all school events.

For questions regarding the election, contact the current Mason Crest PTO president, Rock Rockenbach at rock.rockenbach@masoncrestpto.org or our Nominating Committee members, Crystal Krason at crystal.krason@masoncrestpto.org and Daniela Raik by email at daniela.raik@masoncrestpto.org.

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Spring Scholastic Book Fair set for March 9-12

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ANNANDALE, Va. —
The Mason Crest Elementary Spring Scholastic Book Fair will be held during the week of March 9-12 in the Mason Crest Elementary School Library from 4 – 5 pm daily and online from March 4 – 24. The book fair is an opportunity to buy carefully selected, quality books and products at affordable prices and it gets our students and our community excited about reading.

“When you support our book fair you are helping raise money so the PTO can support Mason Crest’s classrooms and teachers needs,” said Christy Fase, the 2015 Spring Book Fair coordinator. “This year we are excited to be able to offer an on-line Book Fair as well as our in-house Book Fair. You can tell your out-of-town family and friends about this opportunity to provide books for your children while raising money to buy books and classroom equipment for our school.”

The online book fair will be available from March 4 until March 24 at bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/masoncrestelementary

Families are also invited to attend the Ice Cream Social and Bedtime Stories Read By Mrs. Kerr and Mr. Butler on Wednesday, March 11 from 6 – 8 pm at the school.

To volunteer for the book fair or the ice cream social, please visit the Mason Crest PTO Volunteer page.

Volunteers Needed for Teacher Appreciation Support

TeacherAppreciationANNANDALE, Va. — Each year the Mason Crest PTO does something special for the teachers and staff of Mason Crest Elementary School to show appreciation. This year, before the Winter Break, the PTO will present each team with a basket of baked goods and a gift card to spend collectively.

We are looking for volunteers to donate healthy and yummy snacks for this effort.  Specifically, we are looking for granola bars and other healthy snacks that can keep through the holiday break, whole fruit, and yummy sweet treats. If you can assist, please add your name to the volunteer sign up sheet.

All donations can be dropped off to the front office beginning on Tues., Dec. 16, and all donations should be made no later than 9 am on Wed. Dec. 17. The baskets will be assembled Wed. Dec. 17. If you are available to help assemble the baskets between 9 am and 11 am, please consider signing up!

For additional information, please contact Sandra Miracle at sandra.miracle@masoncrestpto.org.

Mason Crest PTO set to hold the first meeting of the 2014-15 academic year

ANNANDALE, Va. — The Mason Crest PTO will hold its first general membership meeting on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Mason Crest Elementary Cafeteria.

Following the meeting, members of the Mason Crest PTO will be on hand during the Mason Crest Elementary Back to School Night on Sept. 18. The Back to School Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. Members of the PTO will be present to answer questions, sign up volunteers and assist parents as they prepare for the new school year.

Saturday is Mason Crest Garden Day

ANNANDALE, Va. — Mason Crest Elementary School has been the happy recipient of a Fairfax County Public School’s grant for the completion of our planter project. We were, therefore, able to purchase the second set of planters for our school!

Join us on Saturday June 21, from 9 am to 12 noon to assemble seven additional planters on our front yard. The rain date is Sunday June 22, from 9 am to 12 noon.

Everyone welcome. Adults and children alike.

Special Bylaws Voting Meeting

ANNANDALE, Va. — On Friday, June 20, 2014, a special PTO Meeting for paid PTO members will take place at Mason Crest Elementary at 8:15 am to vote on the proposed revised PTO Bylaws.

As we discussed at the PTO meeting on May 15, Elizabeth Bille and Tim Sample reviewed our bylaws and made proposed changes. The goal in revising these bylaws was four-fold

(a) to streamline them, remove redundant language, and strike content that was not applicable to our PTO (but was a holdover from a PTA template we had received during our organization’s infancy for example);

(b) to take out extraneous sections that do not need to be contained in an organization’s bylaws (for example, auditing procedures–that are better served in a standalone policy document, which we have created);

(c) to build upon our learnings from our first couple of years as an organization, revising time frames where we noted we needed more flexibility or where we wanted our calendar to better correspond with the school calendar; codifying that many roles can be shared by two or more people, etc.; and

(d) creating a bit more role clarity between the Board members and committees.  Currently, the elected Board positions and non-elected committee positions have quite a bit of overlap, which can lead to confusion.  Thus, we are proposing that the elected Board positions will be primarily responsible for setting the strategy and goals of the organization, and for coordinating the work of any committees that logically related to/flow up to that Board position; and then the committees, working with the Board member, would execute upon those goals/strategy/activities.

Copies of the current and proposed revised bylaws are available for review .

Paid members who cannot attend in person may assign another paid member to vote in proxy by completing the Special Meeting Proxy Form.

Questions can be directed to Rock Rockenbach, PTO President, at Rockenbach@aol.com.