Weekly Update – April 29

Thank you to everyone who donated to PlanetAid, Electronics recycling, Planet Green recycling! 

Did you know Planet Aid bins are located in the gym corridor for year-round collection of worn shoes, sheets, clothing. Please consider these bins before discarding your textiles. 

Did you know Colorcycle is our newest recycling initiative? Markers, highlighters, or dry erase markers can be placed in the marker collection inside the main Herbert street entrance doors.

Thank you to our Green Team, Marie Lang and Andrea Jarvis for organizing these events and to everyone who helped clean-up Belle Isle!


Parent Guild is host a seedling planting after school at FCMA Thursday, May 2 3:30-4:30pm.  Donations in kind appreciated to support FCMA Native Garden and Habitat.  Potting soil and seeds provided. Please bring your own flower pot; limited quantities will available on-hand.


Parent Guild is starting their Endangered Species Sponsorship Campaign May 1st!  Each classroom has a container to collect your loose change. Proceeds go towards supporting the chosen Endangered Species, which will be voted upon by the students and staff on Endangered Species Day May 17th!  This year we will bring awareness to Asian Endangered Species- be on the lookout for posters highlighting these fascinating species.  Check your car, couch and backpacks! Bring in your loose change!


Four Corners Montessori Academy has been approved for Michigan Green School certification!  Thank you in supporting our efforts in recycling, reducing energy consumption, supporting environmental protection. 

Our Native Garden and Habitat and The Serviceberry Tree will be blooming soon! Please be mindful of where the buds are coming through. We ask that you stay on the path, off the mulch, and leave the buds and branches to grow freely. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Weekly Update – December 10

A huge thank you to everyone who made the Candy Cane Shoppe a big success:

Cemone Moy, Vida Markle, Megan Modica : co-chairs and for for their vision of adding handmade items to the Shoppe, countless volunteers who donated wrapping supplies, and wrapped gifts throughout the week, Dawn and her cricut expertise that allowed the Parent Guild to offer personalized ornaments. Thank you to the Fig room staff who generously donated their space for the Shoppe.  The Parent Guild is grateful for our creative community.  There were candles, scarves, crocheted items, jewelry, bath items, wands, ornaments, as well as many different items we were able to offer!  Thank you also for your donations to our 3 charity partners.  We will be donating $50 to Make-A-Wish Michigan, $140 to Heifer International, and $50 to the Detroit Zoo!
The Parent Guild wishes you a festive and peaceful holiday season.  We are so thankful for your time, patience and support during all our events!  Have a joyous New Year!
We have more events in store for 2019, please keep checking back for more information.  Our next meeting will be in January 2019.

Candy Cane Shoppe Shoppe – Opens next week!

The Candy Cane Shoppe offers FCMA students an opportunity to purchase reasonably-priced holiday gifts to surprise family & friends. Each class will have a designated time to shop during the week of the sale. Gifts purchased will be wrapped and labeled and sent home with your child the day they buy them. Simply make a list of people your child wants to shop for, along with the amount to spend, and send in cash or check (payable to Parent Guild) with your child on their designated shopping day to pay for their purchases.  Shopping dates will be Monday afternoon 12/3- Friday 12/7. The Shoppe is closed during lunch and dismissal time. Click here to view this year’s schedule. 

New this year:

The Parent Guild has added a ‘donation in kind’ element.  Students will have the opportunity to make a donation to a charity in someone’s name.  If students choose to make a donation, they will receive a postcard to present to the recipient stating, ‘A donation was made in your honor to: _______(Charity Name).The charities the Parent Guild chose are:

  1. Most of the shop’s inventory this year comes from donation and crafts from the FCMA community. Expect to see unique gift items.
  2. Personalized ornaments will be offered! For a small additional fee, students can have ornaments personalized at the time of purchase to include a (sur)name and the year.
  3. We will also continue sticking fair trade craft items.

Please note that a blank shopping list and envelope for bringing in money to spend in the Candy Cane Shoppe will be sent home in your child’s Friday folder. There will be volunteers to help the little ones with the whole process!  Please visit the following Parent Guild website to view the shopping schedule for each classroom: fcmaparentguild.com

If you would like to volunteer or donate items to the Candy Cane Shoppe, sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c44aeae2eaafc1-2018

Thank you for your support in this Annual event!

 

Candy Cane Shoppe Workshop

Candy Cane Shoppe Workshop

Welcoming all crafters- kids, adults, friends! Bring a craft to make or bring supplies: Glue guns, corks, cardstock, yarn, nail polish, markers, empty boxes or bins to store finished items, etc.
Citric acid, epsom salt, cornstarch, ice cube trays (bath bomb craft); solid-colored tee-shirts (scarf craft); thick round magnets (bottle cap magnet craft)
Cannot attend? No worries, the next one will be Thursday, November 29th in the evening. Location to be determined.

November Parent Guild Meeting Minutes

Please read the minutes (linked here) from our latest meeting.  We are gearing up for the Candy Cane Shoppe!  There is a sign-up genius to attend workshops or to donate crafty items to stock the Shoppe.  Be on the look out for a volunteer & wrapping donations sign-up in the next couple weeks.  Classroom shopping schedules have not been determined yet.  Stay tuned!

The Parent-Teacher potluck sign-up is also included.

Updates | Week of November 12

Toyology Shopping Kickback Day

Toyology is hosting a ONE DAY ONLY Holiday Shopping Kickback Day where they have bumped up your kickback an additional 5% to 25% earned instore cred when you mention your school’s name at checkout. This special holiday shopping day is Friday, November 16th at all four Toyology Toys locations. The kickback program cannot be combined with other coupons or sale items.

See flyer here.

 

CANDY CANE SHOPPE 2018

**Calling All Crafters & Artists**

FCMA’s Annual Candy Shoppe is scheduled for 12/4-12/7 during school hours.  This event gives the students an opportunity to shop for small gifts for their families.

This year, we are seeking donations from our FCMA community (and extended friends) for items to sell in the shoppe. We would also like to host a few Candy Cane “workshops”, where parent volunteers can help make a few simple crafts to sell (dates TBD).

Example Craft ideas: refrigerator magnets, DIY infinity scarfs, candle holders, snow globes, crotched items, ornaments, jewelry, picture frames, etc.

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this awesome event, can donate items or have a simple craft we can gather volunteers to help make, please let us know.

Cemone Moy: lcemonemoy@gmail.com
Vida Markle: vidaofthestraights@gmail.com
Megan Modica aunt2bak@yahoo.com
Co-Chairs Candy Cane Shoppe

The sign-up here is to express interest in helping to stock the shop or ideas of crafts we could make during ‘workshops’.  Alternatively, you may reach out to the above emails to express interest in helping out with the event.

Updates | Week of October 29, 2018

Box Tops

Box Tops are a great passive fundraiser for all families to participate in.  Simply cut the
Box Top label on items you are already purchasing! Please remember to cut neatly and make sure the expiration date is still attached. A Box Top collection basket can be found in the Herbert Street entrance foyer for you to conveniently drop them off.  We collect throughout the school year, however, we are focusing on Box Tops for the month of October. October 29th is the deadline.  

There is also a box top app that helps double the points we earn. Download the app, add our school information then scan your receipts. If every student brings in 25 labels we have can achieve our goal of $1000 for the school year!

Thank you for your support!

Family Skate Night

Our first Skate Night of the school year!
WHEN: Thursday, November 1st 6:15-8:15PM
WHERE: Skate World of Troy
DETAILS: $6 per skater; $25 for a family of 5 skaters- cash at door (PayPal ‘sending to a friend’ option to fcmaparentguild@gmail.com.
Please leave family name and number of skaters in comment section.)
Skate rental: $3 regular; $5 inline

Candy Cane Shoppe **Calling All Crafters & Artists**

FCMA Annual Candy Shoppe is scheduled for 12/4-12/7 during school hours.  This event gives the students an opportunity to shop for small gifts for their families. This year, we are seeking donations from our FCMA community (and extended friends) for items to sell in the shoppe. We would also like to host a few Candy Cane “workshops”, where parent volunteers can help make a few simple crafts to sell (dates TBD).
Example Craft ideas: refrigerator magnets, DIY infinity scarfs, candle holders, snow globes, crotched items, ornaments, jewelry, picture frames, etc. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this awesome event, can donate items or have a simple craft we can gather volunteers to help make, please let us know.
Megan Modica aunt2bak@yahoo.com
Co-Chairs Candy Cane Shoppe
The sign-up linked here is to express interest in helping to stock the shop or ideas of crafts we could make during ‘workshops’.  Alternatively, you may reach out to the above emails to express interest in helping out with the event.

2018 Harvest Festival

Thanks for attending our annual fall event!  Shout-outs to Amber Wagner for your creative ideas and planning, Elise Hibbard, Jennie Pilkey, Leah Danou, Andrea Jarvis, Mike Hilgen, Tricia Bellew, Megan Modica, Vida Markle, and the many volunteers who contributed behind and on the scene!
Special thanks to FCMA staff, FCMA Middle School students, Plum Market, Ferndale Foods, Apple Fritter, Camden Homegrown, Pingree Farms, Biggby Coffee, My Son Pops, James Anthony musicians, The Reefermen, DJ Unicorn!

We appreciate your time and donations!

Parents of high schoolers who donated time, please contact fcmaparentguild@gmail.com if your student needs a volunteer hour form for credit.