MBES 5K Road Race and Fun Run

Get the MBES 5K Road Race and Fun Run information here:


Go Fund Me page for Justin Birckbichler

One of our very own fourth grade MBES teachers, Justin Birckbichler, has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.  Please consider reading his go fund me page and donating today!



MBES 2016 Road Race, Sunday October 2!

MBES PTO is proud to announce our eighth 5K run/walk and 1 Mile Fun Run. Race Timing Unlimited will provide us with chipped timing and a certified course.

Race packet pick up:
Sept. 29th/4-7:00/MBES Activity Room
Sept. 30th/4-7:00/MBES Activity Room

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 RACE DAY
8:00 Girls 1 mile COLOR  Fun Run (12 and under)
8:15 Boys 1 mile COLOR
 Fun Run (12 and under)
8:45 5K
Margaret Brent Elementary
2125 Mt. View Rd.
Stafford, VA 22556

Click here for 1 mile COLOR Fun Run online registration

Click here for 5K online registration

Click here for printable race registration form


Click here for 5K map (some of the course is off road)
Click here for 1 mile fun run (only for kids 12 and under)


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Dinner and a Movie 2016!

Good Morning, Bobcat Families! Don’t forget to send in your registration for our annual Dinner and a Movie (featuring “Inside Out”) on Thursday, January 21 from 5:30 – 8pm! Included in your $3 per person cost is a sub sandwich slice, chips, water, a bag of popcorn, and a dessert! You can’t beat that with a stick!  wink emoticon Register early before it sells out! (All registration and fees must be turned in by Tuesday, January 19.) As always, we appreciate and welcome any and all volunteers to help make our event a success…check the “I can help” box on the registration form and be sure to include contact information! See you there!!

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MBES 5K Road Race and 1 Mile Fun Run Postponed!

Oct. 4th MBES road race postponed to Nov. 8th

Due to impending weather,
MBES Road Race has been postponed to Nov. 8th
Race packet pick up has been postponed to:
Nov. 5th/4-7:00/MBES Activity Room
Nov.6th/4-7:00/MBES Activity Room
Runners registered will be transferred automatically from Oct. 4th to Nov. 8th (new race date).
Online & paper registration will be available.

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2015-2016 Membership form!



Meet the Principal Ice Cream Social and New PTO By-Laws

Mark your calendars! Our next event is the PTO General Meeting and Meet the Principal Ice Cream Social Wednesday, September 16th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm!!! We will be holding a brief PTO meeting to vote on new by-laws (which will be linked for your review) followed by ice cream…yay!! Mr. Fitzgerald is eagerly awaiting meeting all of our Bobcat families and this is a great time to get to know our new principal a little better! Bobcats are free, $1 for everyone else paid at the door. Don’t miss it!



PTO BYLAWS Revision 092015


Kindergarten Registration

Do you know a future Bobcat Family with a rising kindergartner?  Get ahead of the crowd!  Kindergarten registration begins April 13, 2015 – May 15, 2015.  April 13th registration opens at 9 am and closes at 6 pm.

Kindergarten Registration
In order to register, you will need your child’s:

*official birth certificate
*social security number, if available
*proof of residency

Proof of Residence

 Must provide one of these: Deed, Lease, Tax Bill
 Must provide two of the following options that are current for the

last 2 months with the parent/guardian name:
o Utility bills tied to the home
o Employment verification (payroll stubs, current employer verification on company letterhead)

o Tax documents

o Other correspondence with government agencies o Medical bills
o Consecutive bank statements for 2 months
o Vehicle registration
o Driver’s license
o Insurance policy

Note: A certificate of immunization and a copy of the physical examination must be submitted prior to a student’s first day of school.

Please register your child at the elementary school he or she will attend.

For more information call:

Coordinator of Elementary Literacy – (540) 658-6000

Boosterthon Pledges!

MBES Bobcats ROCKED the Boosterthon Fun Run this year!  Don’t forget – we need you to collect all of your pledges during spring break.  Our MBES Bobcat Families are AWESOME!!!!  Pledges due April 17!


RTMS PTO Executive Board Candidates Needed for 2015-2016 School Year


The Rodney Thompson Middle School PTO Nominating Committee is currently looking for interested volunteers to fill ALL positions for the 2015-2016 Executive Board. The elective offices of the RTMS PTO are as follows:  President, VP Fundraising, VP Membership, Secretary, and Treasurer.

If you are interested in serving on the RTMS PTO Executive Board, please contact the Nominating Committee Chairperson, Kristen Barnes, at, or visit our website,  under PTO Information to find the Nomination Form and a description of board positions.  Nomination Forms are due by Friday, April 3rd.


Nominations will be announced on the RTMS PTO fusion website on or by Friday, April 17th.  Elections will be held at the May 18th RTMS PTO General Membership meeting at 6:00 PM in the RTMS library.


Please consider not only becoming a member of the RTMS PTO next year, but also joining the RTMS PTO Executive Board!


Boosterthon Sponsorship!

Boosterthon is right around the corner!  Get your name and/or business printed on the back of every Boosterthon t-shirt by being a sponsor!  We are accepting sponsorships until Friday.  Don’t miss out!


Basket Bingo!

Mark your calendars for our Basket Bingo event on Friday, February 6th!  Last year was a huge success and this year will be even better!  As always, if you’d like to volunteer to help us with this event, here’s the Sign Up Genius link:




Nov. 20th MBES vs GES Basketball Benefit at MVHS!


November 20th MBES vs. GES Basketball Benefit @ Mountain View High School
2014 Garrisonville Gators vs. Brent BobcatsBenefit Basketball Game
at Mountain View High School
Thursday, Nov. 20th/6:00 PM
Tickets are $5.00


Click on the link for ticket information!


Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A on 610!

Mark your calendars…MBES Spirit Night is coming up this Thursday, November 13th from 5pm – 8pm! Which class will take the trophy?


PTO Board October Meeting Minutes


October 10, 2014


IN ATTENDANCE:  Kara Colucci, Michelle Conely, Kim Maselli, Corrine Mayhew, Kim Grant, Amanda Schilling, Sandy Pezzillo, Dottie Truslow and Dorothy Wood





  1. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES:  September 22, 2014 PTO Board Meeting Minutes were distributed electronically.  A motion was made by Kim Maselli to approve the meeting minutes, including the addition of Mason Garner in the list of attendees.  The motion was seconded by Kim Grant and unanimously passed.




    1. Track Connector:  No update is available on the track bifurcation at this time.
    2. Request for Funds:  One of the microwaves in the Teachers’ Lounge was thrown away and not all buttons work on the other microwave.  This is not an item the PTO would typically purchase; however, it was noted that there is an extra microwave that may be moved down to the Teacher’s Lounge.
    3. Bus Driver Appreciation:  Bus Driver Appreciation Day will be held on November 24, 2014.  The Spirit Monkey Key chains will be ordered for the bus drivers.
    4. Spirit Sticks:  The Spirit Stick order was discussed at length.  Spirit Monkey key chains will be ordered for Bus Driver Appreciation.  This will still be a special order, so the minimum order of key chains must be 1000.  The PTO is out of key chains, so it was agreed that ordering now was a good idea.  It was pointed out that several teachers want spirit sticks for other projects.  Mrs. Speights and Ms. Lamcyzk would like spirit sticks that have key phrases, such as ‘Math Wiz’, ‘Word Wizard’, ‘I think like a Scientist’ and possibly one for the chess club. Mrs. Speights has money set aside for the spirit sticks.  It was mentioned that some teachers wanted spirit sticks for those students who may not reach their Accelerated Reader (AR) goal, but the teachers want to give them something to reward their effort.  It was agreed that 100 spirit sticks with a bookworm would be purchased for those students that have not reached their AR goal, but their teachers determine that the students have shown good effort. Ms. Watson briefly joined the PTO meeting and discussed with Mrs. Colucci and the PTO Board the spirit sticks for the Accelerated Reader (AR) levels.  Spirit sticks for both AR goals and levels could be ordered.  There is a Reading Counts spirit stick variety pack of 10.  AR spirit sticks could be awarded as follows (colors may be assigned differently, those listed are suggestions): 25 AR points/blue with green spirit stick, 50 AR points/ yellow spirit stick, 100 AR points/ green spirit stick, 250 AR points/red spirit stick, 500 AR points/blue spirit stick.  A student that meets their goal could receive a spirit stick and then receive an additional spirit stick if he/she achieves one of the AR levels.  It was discussed that second grade was not doing AR this year, as the county only purchased enough AR spots for third, fourth and fifth graders.  Purchasing the AR spots for second graders would cost approximately $8 per child as there are less than 150 students in the second grade.  Additionally, not all the second grade teachers use AR.  Therefore, it was concluded to not purchase AR spots for second graders.  Second graders do use Razz Kids.  It was noted that the extra Reading Counts spirit sticks could be used for grades K – 2.  Purchasing additional silver key rings was discussed, as kids are filling up their original key rings.  The rings could be purchased and sold for $0.50 each (100 rings may be purchased from Spirit Monkey for $10).  Additional spirit sticks for the HoHo Holiday party and Dreamcatcher event were also discussed, and a penguin spirit stick design was selected.  To summarize, the order discussed was as follows: 1500 Reading Counts spirit sticks (150 of each color), 100 key rings, 100 bookworm spirit sticks, 200 penguin spirit sticks, spirit sticks for Mrs. Speights’ and Mrs. Lamcyzk’s groups (per further discussion with them), and 1000 bobcat keyrings.  This order totals approximately $2660.00.  A motion was made by Kim Grant and seconded by Sandy Pezzillo to purchase the appropriate spirit sticks, bobcat key rings and extra silver key rings.  The motion carried.
    5. Dishwashing Racks: The cafeteria dishwashing racks were broken by the trays from the ice cream social.  A motion was made by Corrine Mayhew and seconded by Kim Grant to purchase two replacement racks from Calico Industries, Inc. at a cost of $250, including shipping.  The motion unanimously carried.




    1. General Membership Meeting:  There was a good turn out at the General Membership Meeting in September.
    2. Literacy Night/Ice Cream Social:  A great crowd attended Literacy Night and the Ice Cream Social.  Eight gallons of ice cream were purchased.  Two and one half gallons were left over.  However, more than six containers of whip cream would be useful in future years.  Also, one box or container of toppings worked well, but at least two large jars of cherries would be nice to have in future years.  The day after ice cream for the teachers is well received by the teachers.  Due to the amount of leftover ice cream, there will be additional special ice cream days for the teachers.
    3. Field Day:  For Field Day, five cases of oranges (88 oranges per case) were ordered.  The orange slicer sliced the oranges into eight pieces and three pieces were put into each bag.  Feedback was received that the students wanted an additional slice per bag. Two of the water coolers are broken. A total of 12 water coolers are necessary, two for each of six stations.   It was approximated that the water coolers are $50 each.   Kim Grant made a motion to purchase the appropriate number of water coolers so that there are a total of 12 water coolers available on Field Day.  Amanda Schilling seconded the motion and the motion carried.
    4. Fun Run:  The Fun Run was success.  It was such a success that Dr. Vincent spoke about how the Fun Run was well run at the principals meeting.  Dr. Vincent did not stay at the Fun Run long enough to receive his trophy, so either Dorothy Wood or Kara Colucci will present it to him at the next school board meeting on Tuesday.




    1. Book Fair:  The Book Fair books, etc. were brought in today.  The Book Fair starts Oct. 14.
    2. Custodian Appreciation Day:  Custodian Appreciation Day will be held in November.
    3. School Lunch Week:  Dorothy Wood will get the gift certificates to Mountain View Salon and the small flower arrangements from Lowes in preparation for the School Lunch Week (week of 10/13/14).
    4. Fall Pictures:  Picture Day is on 11/7/14.
    5. Trunk or Treat/Monster Mash Dance:  The DJ is set for the Monster Mash Dance.  The pizza will be purchased from Dominoes.  Families may preorder four drinks with a pizza for $10.  Dorothy Wood has last year’s flyer.  Corrine Mayhew will be the POC for Monster Mash and Kim Grant will be the POC for Trunk or Treat.  Spirit wear and spirit sticks will be for sale under the awning of the school.  It was suggested that the principal dress up and sell the spirit sticks under the awning.  Spirit wear will also be available for purchase during some of Monster Mash.  Monster Mash will be 6:15-8 P.M.
    6. Awards Ceremony:  The first awards ceremony will be held November 12, 2014.  All of the awards for all of the grade levels will be presented on the same day.
    7. HoHo Holiday Party:  It was confirmed with Reed Burnett that she will take care of the Holiday Shoppe. Chairs to help with the milk and cookies are needed.  The PTO needs to email Leslie Martin to ask if she will take pictures. In prior years, the profits from the pictures went into technology funds.  In the past, it has worked well to put on a movie while the children are waiting for their number to be called.
    8. Dreamcatchers:  Dreamcatcher pictures are done by a parent, Charlene Woods.  She puts the pictures on a CD for the families.  The PTO usually gives Ms. Woods a thank you gift.




    1. VP – Kim Maselli:  The next newsletter is under review.  The Twitter account is linked to facebook.  A request was made to get pictures from the Fun Run that are on Holly Hazard’s facebook page on the MBES facebook page.  Ms. Angelo and Mrs. Martin’s daughter both also took pictures at the Fun Run, so some of their pictures may be able to be posted as well.  Kim Grant and Kim Maselli will post the Fun Run pictures as appropriate.  The webpage is fine.  Past minutes will be posted online.
    2. VP – Kim Grant:
      1. Yearbook: Mr. Burgoyne does not want to continue to do the yearbook.  He is willing to help periodically.  The question was raised as to whether the PTO wants to do the yearbook.  Several volunteers have offered to help with the yearbook.  Teachers are willing to supply photographs.  There are several companies that help with yearbooks, such as Lifetouch and  Costs may vary by company selected.  Before agreeing to take on the MBES yearbook, Kim Grant will meet with Mr. Burgoyne to see how big of a job the yearbook actually is, so that everyone will have an idea of what is needed for the job and if the PTO is still interested in making a MBES yearbook.
      2. Request for Assistance: One of inclusion classes asked if we could have one of the volunteers help with the inclusion kids.  The staff needs to be working with the kids, so at this time volunteers cannot assistance in this case.
    3. 1st Secretary – Amanda Schilling:  The previous year’s PTO Board Meeting minutes will be saved on a DVD and placed in the PTO room.
    4. 2nd Secretary – Corrine Mayhew:  The membership database will be put on a laptop. The event resource book is in progress.




    1. Spirit Wear – Sandy Pezzillo:
      1. Concerns: Concern was expressed over the lack of responsiveness of Bob Stevens over the past several weeks.  The online spirit wear webpage has still not been updated (for example, hoodies are still not on the website).  Some orders that were placed online for spirit wear at the beginning of the school year have still not been filled.  Several phone calls and emails to the vendor were not returned.  It was noted by other PTO members that they have noticed that this vendor works best under “crunch” times, rather than lots of time to fill an order.  It was suggested that different spirit wear vendors could be researched throughout this school year.  At least two online orders were outstanding.  One of the online orders arrived at the school yesterday and was delivered to the family.  Some of the staff ordered shirts at the luncheon and still have not received their shirts.  It was noted that the PTO cannot tell who orders or what is ordered online.
      2. Super Power Shirts:  Sandy Pezzillo will talk with Bob about making lime green short sleeve t-shirts with blue writing.  There will be a super hero logo on the front and on the back it will say “I learn at MBES…what’s your super power?”.  The shirts will be sold at Trunk or Treat.  Bob will be able to tell us how many the PTO will need.  The super hero t-shirt for the teachers was approximately $7.  Since this is a light shirt with dark print, it may cost less.  It was discussed that 100 shirts could be made. It was recommended that only papers orders would be used for this spirit wear.  The superhero logo needs to be changed from the one used for the teachers’ shirts.  Mrs. Colucci will show Bob/work with him on the new logo. It was suggested that spirit wear could be sold on Election Day.  For some spirit wear sales, it may be useful to have the app for credit card sales.
      3. Staff Jackets: The PTO wants to give teachers their jackets around November 9.  Teachers may choose if want pull up zippers or over the head zippers.  One quote was already received from Bob.  The embroidered MBES bobcat square (left chest design) may be done for $4 more than the screen print.  Clarification is needed to find out if the square is a solid fill.  Desired delivery date of the jackets is 7th of November.
    2. Boxtops:  Some bags are leftover from the Teacher Bags that may be used for the Boxtops program.


  1. NEXT MEETING:  The next meeting will be November 10, 2014 at 9:30 A.M.


Respectfully Submitted,


Amanda Schilling

First Secretary



PTO September Meeting Minutes


September 22, 2014

IN ATTENDANCE:  Kara Colucci, Michelle Conely, Corrine Mayhew, Kim Grant,  Mason Garner, Amanda Schilling, Dottie Truslow and Dorothy Wood




  1. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES:  Meeting minutes from the August 11, 2014 PTO Board meeting and the May 2014 General Membership Meeting were reviewed electronically prior to the meeting.  A motion was made by Kim Grant to approve the May 2014 General PTO Meeting minutes.  The motion was seconded by Mason Garner and the motion unanimously carried.  A motion was made by Mason Garner to approve the August 11, 2014 meeting minutes.  The motion was seconded by Kim Grant and the motion unanimously carried.


  1. TREASURER’S REPORT: A Treasurer’s Report was distributed to all in attendance.


    1. Current Funds:  The current funding status as of September 22, 2014 is:

PTO Main: $18,651.81

Sun Fund:  $  3,004.13 (note small increase in the Sun Fund is due

to interest)

Teachers Account: $26, 136.77


    1. Audit Update: The audit is being completed.
    2. Taxes:  Taxes will be filed by October 15, 2014 by Mr. Steve Guy for the MBES PTO.
    3. Sun Fund: Currently, the Sun Fund is a separate account.  The question was raised whether this is necessary.  It is not clear in the current by laws that the Sun Funds is to be used only for maintenance or just as funds for the new PTO to start out the new school year.  The PTO discussed that as long as that amount of funding was reserved each year, then likely the Sun Fund did not have to hold a separate account.
    4. Budget:  A proposed budget was distributed to all present based upon expenditures in prior years.  Please see a copy of the proposed budget in the official meeting minutes.  Landscaping (expense budget: $1000) and Muffins with Moms (expense budget: $600) were not included in the distributed budget.  Including these expenditures the total budgeted expense for the school year is projected to be $29,450.00.  The total projected income is projected to be $41,500.00.  The difference or balance of funds is projected at $12,050.00.  It is anticipated that the PTO will spend the balance of the funds on the track bifurcation or playground equipment. A motion was made to approve the proposed budget (including the aforementioned expenditures) by Kim Grant and seconded by Corrine Mayhew.  The motion carried.  A few points in particular were noted and are outlined below.
      1. Teacher Appreciation: Of particular note was the amount budgeted for Teacher Appreciation throughout the year (approximately 25% of the total PTO expenses).  It was emphasized that this amount was for the entire school year, not just Teacher Appreciation Week, and several items may be purchased with the funds.  For example, last year, Tervis Tumblers were purchased for the teachers; this year t-shirts for the teachers were purchased for the beginning of the year and jackets are going to be purchased for the fall.  It was mentioned that in previous years, the PTO had solicited donations of food and paper products for events such as the Teacher Luncheon to help defray costs.
      2. Make-A-Difference: The proposed budget includes $2100 for Make-A-Difference to help provide needed food and clothing.
      3. Office/Admin/Copier:  This budget line item is for the copier rental, paper, etc.
      4. Boosterthon:  Mason Garner, PTO Treasurer, sent Boosterthon a deposit for this school year.  The $2000 budgeted for Boosterthon is in anticipation of finding sponsors for the t-shirts.  The income projected from Boosterthon is a low end estimate.
      5. DARE: This year, the PTO was asked to cover all the DARE expenses.
      6. Income Donations:  The income from donations took into account funds donated by Cord Sterling and random donations.
      7. Spirit Nights:  The income from Spirit Nights was based on an estimated $300 per each of 10 Spirit Nights throughout the year.
      8. Spirit Sticks:  Income from Spirit Sticks Sales was not included in the budget as it is an unknown at this time.  It was noted that $100 worth of Spirit Sticks were sold on Open House Night.
    5. Avery Family Piano:  Mr. Garner has not yet received guidance as to what to do with the funds for the Avery Family Piano.  Mrs. Colucci will find out more information for the PTO so that the funds may be properly distributed/spent.  The latest update was that the family needs to select the piano that they would like to purchase.
    6. Square Credit Card Reader:  The app for a square credit card reader seems to be successful.  Approximately $1400 was brought in using the app and credit cards and it was suggested that the PTO consider getting a second square credit card reader app.
    7. Membership Dues: A list of members who paid their dues with credit card was requested so that the PTO could tell who had paid their dues.




    1. Track Connector:  Currently there is no update on the track bifurcation.
    2. Chromebooks: One of the Chromebooks had only part of a power cord and no mouse, so Best Buy replaced it.  All of the other Chromebooks are operational and in use.
    3. Popcorn Popper:  The popcorn popper has been repaired and returned to the school.  The PTO needs to get in touch with Mr. Greer to find out the cost of the repairs.
    4. Request for Funds: Ms. Warren requested funds from the PTO to purchase a safety goggle sanitizing unit from for $549.95 plus shipping.  The unit would be utilized for STEM lab and encourage the proper usage and cleaning of safety eyewear.  Additionally, the use of a sanitizing unit may greatly reduce the need to purchase new goggles in future years.  A motion was made by Corrine Mayhew to purchase the safety goggle sanitizing unit from for $549.95 plus shipping.  The motion was seconded by Kim Grant and the motion carried.
    5. New Teacher Lunch Fund: There is no new teacher lunch fund this year.
    6. Boosterthon:  A motion was made by Kim Grant to approve the $2000 deposit for Boosterthon.  The motion was seconded by Mason Garner and unanimously carried.
    7. Bus Driver Appreciation:  National Bus Driver Appreciation Week is 10/20/14 – 10/24/14.  The PTO agreed to change the Bus Driver Appreciation event to Monday, October 20, 2014.




    1. Open House:  Open House ran smoothly and was a success.
    2. Teacher Luncheon:  The food from Salad Creations was fine, but Salad Creations did not supply enough salad or salad dressing and it was strongly recommended that the PTO not use Salad Creations again for this event.  The issue was raised with Salad Creations and unfortunately, the company did not find a way to remedy the situation.
    3. School Supplies:  The PTO will continue with Innisbrook for the prepackaged school supplies, as this is the second year that the program has run smoothly and successfully. The prepackaged school supplies program is offered as a service, not a fundraiser.  It was noted that it having the school supplies list at the end of February would help to include more families in the program.
    4. Reading Garden:  The Reading Garden landscaping work is now completed and looks lovely.




    1. General Membership Meeting:  The PTO is holding a General Membership Meeting on September 24, 2014 at 6 P.M. PTO Board members can set up for the meeting by moving some cafeteria tables into the activity room Wednesday at 5:30 P.M.
    2. Literacy Night/Ice Cream Social:  The Literacy Night/Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Oct. 1.  Currently, four stations are planned.  There will be a ticket for each bowl of ice cream and a ticket for each spirit stick.  Additional spirit sticks will also be offered for sale in the cafeteria.  It was decided to purchase eight gallons of ice cream for this event.   There are leftover toppings in the PTO room.  It was noted that if additional toppings were necessary, it was less expensive to purchase the toppings from the local grocery store.  Volunteers will be needed for the pre-event ice cream scooping, for topping monitors and to hand out spoons.  It was decided that at least five or six volunteers would be helpful for this event.
    3. Custodian Appreciation Day:  Currently, Custodian Appreciation Day is scheduled for Oct. 3.  As two of the custodians are out on leave, it was decided to postpone the Custodian Appreciation Day until November.  Dawn Hacker is on leave so that she may be with her son who was in a terrible accident.  A motion was made by Mason Garner to purchase Dawn Hacker a gift card to an appropriate place (WaWa or a Visa gift card) in the amount of $250 to help once her son is discharged.
    4. School Lunch Week:  School Lunch Week is the Week of 10/13/14.  Last year, small flower arrangements from Lowes and gift certificates to Mountain View Salon were given to the cafeteria workers.
    5. Fall Pictures:  Picture Day is now 11/7/14.  A call for at least five volunteers will be coming out from the Volunteer Coordinator.
    6. Trunk or Treat/Monster Mash Dance:  A separate meeting is necessary to coordinate and plan the Trunk or Treat/Monster Mash Dance.  Last year, the dance ended at 8 P.M.  Trunks started at 5:15 P.M. and were open until 6:15 P.M.  It was recalled that the doors opened for the Monster Mash before the Trunk or Treat was finished.  Mrs. Wood will look up the flyer from last year to see the times from last year.  Volunteers will be needed for pizza delivery.
    7. Teacher Luncheon:  The Teacher Luncheon is scheduled for November 4.  Last year, sub sandwiches were purchased from Wal-Mart.  Mr. Garner will check with Wegmans to see if they are willing to donate sandwiches for this event.
    8. Ho Ho Holiday Party and Dreamcatcher Event:  A Holiday Shoppe Coordinator is needed for this event.  A middle school student may be able to help as well.  The PTO has crafts from last year.  Amy Holler can do crafts from the party.  The PTO needs to check with Ms. Wimmer to see what she needs to order.  Mrs. Colucci has a catalog for this purpose.
    9. Book Fair Set Up:  Friday, October 10, 2014 is the Book Fair Set Up.




    1. Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle Conely
      1. Membership Analyses:  A presentation with membership statistics was distributed for review (see printed presentation in official minutes).  It was noted that there is more PTO membership in the fourth and fifth grade levels.  PTO membership by grade level was presented.
      2. Copying:  All teachers will have a copy folder in the workroom for items that need to be copied.  Volunteers will copy the items and put them in the designated folders
      3. By-Laws Complete Revision:  A draft of the complete revision was emailed to the PTO Board Members.  Comments may be submitted to Kim Grant and Michelle Conely.  The issue of how to select a teacher representative was raised, as if the teachers do not have planning time during at PTO meeting, they cannot attend the meetings.
      4. Volunteers:  Volunteers requests for the events discussed at this meeting will go out to the membership as appropriate.


  1. NEXT PTO BOARD MEETING:  The next PTO Board Meeting is on October 10, 2014 at 2 P.M.



Respectfully Submitted,




Amanda Schilling

First Secretary


Trunk-or-Treat/Monster Mash

It’s October, and you know what that means, right?!?  It’s time for the MBES Trunk-or-Treat and Monster Mash Dance!  It’s all happening October 24 and you don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Want to sign up and volunteer (this is a popular event to volunteer for!)?  Here’s how:



Field Day!

MBES Field Day is October 10, 2014!  If you would like to sign up to volunteer with this event, please go here:

MBES PTO also needs your help cutting and bagging oranges for field day.  This is happening the day before, on October 9th 2pm – 4pm.  Please sign up to volunteer here:


Literacy Night and Ice Cream Social!

Please come and join us Wednesday, October 1 from 6pm – 7:30pm for our Literacy Night and Ice Cream Social.  All students that participate in every station will receive a FREE Literacy Night Spirit Stick!!!


If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please go here:


MBES 5K and 1 mile Fun Run!

There’s still time to register for the MBES 5K and 1 mile fun run!  Register and join us on October 5, 2014 from 7am – 9am!  Or, register to be a volunteer!  MBES 5K & 1 mile Fun Run is Sunday, Oct. 5th. Race details can be found on School Fusion under PTO tab.  MBES Road Race Volunteer sign up link below. Thanks in advance to all volunteers & runners!

You have been invited by Kelly Davis, Volunteer Coordinator, to sign up for the MBES Fun Run and 5K 2014.  Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.  We need runners and volunteers!