Call to Action: Donate to Grant’s Annual Giving Campaign Today!!!

December 2 is Giving Tuesday, the National Day of Giving! The Fundraising Committee is asking Grant families who have not yet donated to PTA’s Annual Giving Campaign and SMMEF to please make your donations via the links at!

Fall Festival was a great success, raising $15,000 to help meet PTA’s $186,050 budget. Did you know our PTA annual budget is $186,050?!?!?! Yes, that’s what the “stuff” PTA pays for costs! The “stuff” we pay for is critical to the day-to-day operations of our school. It falls into four main categories: (1) Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs; (2) Teacher Support; (3) Equipment and Facilities Management; and (4) PTA Administrative Expenses and Charitable Giving.

Annual Giving - PTA Interim 2015-2016 Budgeted Expenses

Alright, you ask, but what does all this really mean to my child’s day-to-day school experience? It turns out it means a lot! New computers in K-2nd? PTA-funded. The annual class field trips? PTA-funded. Special assemblies? PTA-funded. Science Expo and STEAM supplies? PTA-funded. Talent Show? PTA-funded. Do your kids like Brain Pop or has their reading improved because of Lexia? These are PTA-funded as well.

This chart below lists what your donations to Grant PTA fund for your children:

Extracurricular & Co-Curricular Programs Teacher Support Equipment and Facilities Management PTA Administrative Expenses
  • Field trips and assemblies
  • 5th Grade activities (Tile Project, Science Camp, etc.)
  • Science Expo
  • Math Night
  • Quiet Center
  • Books for library
  • Community events/groups (ELAC, PLRN, Green Gecko, Wellness Committee, Diversity & Inclusion, Tardeada, Black History Month, and Kindergarten/5th Grade Orientations, etc.)
  • Talent Show
  • Career Day
  • Reflections Art Program
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • Holiday benevolence for Grant families
  • Classroom supplies ($600 per teacher per year)
  • Software/Web licensing for Brain Pop, Reflex Math and Lexia
  • Curriculum materials requested by teachers including Reading and Writing Workshop materials
  • Office Supplies
  • Nurse Supplies
  • Earthquake Supplies
  • P.E. Equipment
  • Computer and STEAM Supplies
  • Copier leases
  • Leases for K-2 computers (district provided computers for 3-5)
  • School safety
  • Capital Improvements
    (Last year these included: awnings for classrooms with direct sunlight, new chairs for auditorium, new picnic tables, marquee and math manipulatives. This year, PTA is working with Ms. Fullwood and the District to determine where to best focus PTA funds.)
  • Childcare for PTA Meetings
  • Refreshments for PTA Meetings and Other PTA-Sponsored Events
  • Bank Servicing Charges
  • Merchant Fees
  • Postage
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance (required for all our events like Fall Festival)
  • Legislation
  • Honorary Service Awards
  • Donation to SMMEF
  • Donation to Youth Camp

We have our work cut out for us to raise the resources to pay for all these worthwhile expenses. Toward that end, PTA engages in four main fundraising activities each school year: (1) Annual Giving Campaign; (2) Fall Festival; (3) Jogathon; and (4) Spring Auction/Party.

Annual Giving - Big 4 Fundraising Methods

While Fall Festival was a successful community event and raised its projected funds, our Annual Giving Campaign is way behind last year and substantially below our budget projections. Indeed, only 22.5% of Grant Families have invested in PTA this year!
Annual Giving - 2015 Annual Giving Shortfall

So, we are asking you to please join us in making your contribution to Grant’s Annual Giving Campaign to ensure we don’t have to make tough decisions to cut the “stuff” our children and teachers have come to rely upon. If your family is able, please consider donating $350 per child, though last year we received donations ranging from $5 to $3,000 and everywhere in between. No donation is too small and all of our donations help our collective goal of providing all our children with the resources they need to succeed.

The Fundraising Committee will be in front of school the mornings of December 2-4 to accept your generous donations and we look forward to seeing you then! If you would rather give online, you may go to to make your donation today. Click on the Annual Giving Campaign link that takes you to the PayPal site. Thank you for your investment in all of our children’s education!

Online Coupon Codes

Great news for all you shoppers! You no longer have to scour the web to find those coupon codes when you are shopping online. They are all listed on! Just go to Goodshop and search for the store and you’ll find them all ranging from Old Navy coupon codes for your kids’ clothes to Petco promo codes for your pets and Target savings for everything else! Goodshop works with thousands of stores including Amazon, Pottery Barn, Expedia and more! And, here is the best part, a percentage of what you spend will also go to (name of your cause). Simply go to, select (name of your cause) as the cause you support and then every time you shop, you can save money and help the school at the same time! Goodshop has already raised about $12 million! So, shop, save and help our school all at the same time!

Grant Book Fair!

HELLO! It is almost time for the GRANT BOOK FAIR! Our book fair will run from Friday, November 13, through Friday, November 20th, in the Grant Library. We will be open:

  • Friday, November 13: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm – MOVIE NIGHT in the auditorium! Come buy books while your kids watch the movie!
  • Monday, November 16: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 17: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 18: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 19: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, November 20: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Shop in our online fair from Wednesday, Nov 11 through Saturday, Nov 28 – here is a link to buy books online:

Remember, these books will be delivered to your child’s classroom sometime in December, so if it is a surprise for the Holidays, your child will see it.

The book fair raises funds for Grant to purchase books and resources for the classrooms and library. If you buy a book for $10, then $5 goes directly back to Grant in Scholastic Dollars.

We also still need more volunteers to staff the book fair – it is easy work – helping kids pick out books, restocking, tidying up the book shelves. Here is a link to our VolunteerSpot website:

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Wolfe in the library or email Cindy McKeown at Thank you for your support!

Fall Festival 2015

Fall Festival 2015 Flyer


MC’d by THE ZIBBZ!!!

1 pm

1:30 pm
Bring a water bottle, comfy clothes & shoes, get ready to dance!
Kids, parents, teachers – all welcome to join in the fun!!

2 pm

2:30 pm

3:30 pm

4 pm

4:30 pm

5 pm

5:30 pm
And before it’s all over…