Originally delivered on 9/14/2023 9:48 am

SUBJECT: SGE PTA News: September Carnival Edition

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It's beginning to look a lot like fall...

Shamrock's biggest fall event is back! Bobby Sisk Homes, in partnership with the SGE PTA, presents the Shamrock Gardens Elementary Fall Carnival on October 6th. This annual event includes inflatables, games, music, face-painting, balloon-twisting, food trucks, and more. To avoid standing in line, purchase your $5 wristbands in advance from September 21st through October 2nd. Keep reading to learn more, and for other updates this month!



Visit the SGE Fall Carnival webpage for up-to-date information about wristbands, food, and the full carnival map! A few highlights:

When/where: Friday, Oct. 6th, 5:00-8:00pm at the SGE Bus Loop

Attendance/wristbands: Wristbands are $5 for elementary students ages four and up. Adult chaperones and younger children enjoy free admission. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. With a wristband, SGE scholars can enjoy the inflatables and games, face painting, balloon twisting, the dunk tank, and the pie-in-the-face zone to their hearts’ delight! Wristband presales will begin September 21st.

Volunteers: are needed and can enjoy the festival while helping out! See the volunteering section below to sign up.


Membership Toolkit: Don't forget to sign up for Membership Toolkit! You'll receive access to the private (optional) School Directory, the full school year PTA Events Calendar, and a signup for Rent the Rock. Simply visit shamrockpta.org and click LOGIN in the upper right corner to register for free.

Cafeteria: Starting October 2nd, families who are registered CMS volunteers will be able to come eat lunch with their scholars. If you want to buy lunch from the cafeteria for yourself, you can use the balance on your scholar's PayPAM account or bring cash. (Our advice: Trying the cheese dippers at least once is so worth it.)

Transportation: Thank you for everyone's patience while transportation bumps (no pun intended) get smoothed out during the first weeks of school. We appreciate your understanding about bus changes and accommodating families who are new to carpool procedures. Remember to follow these Car Line Procedures so drop-off and pick-up go as smoothly as possible for everyone!

Current volunteer needs

Our volunteer needs have officially ramped up! We love our volunteers and appreciate any amount of time you are able to give. If you plan to volunteer in any way (including chaperoning field trips or eating lunch with your scholar), make sure you register at cmsvolunteers.com. This must be done every year!


The Fall Carnival is a big endeavor, so we need your help! We need MANY volunteers to supervise all the fun inflatables and games. Click below to sign up for a one-hour slot. We appreciate your support in making events like these possible, as they strengthen our whole community!



Clubs are back! Club Fridays will start October 6th and will generally run the first and third Friday of each month through May. Grades 1-2 Clubs will be 8:30-9:20am and Grades 3-5 Clubs will be 9:30-10:20am. We need volunteers (who are registered CMS volunteers) to lead/assist with these clubs! You don't have to be an expert, just an enthusiastic and cheerful helper who enjoys working with our scholars. Sign up here.


Want to support a child at Shamrock with only one hour per week? Heart Math Tutoring trains and supports volunteers as tutors to work one-on-one with scholars who need foundational math skills and confidence. With the support of an on-site coordinator, volunteers use an easy-to-follow curriculum and work with the same scholar all year to build a relationship and strengthen skills. You can sign up to volunteer here. Available timeslots are 7:50-8:50am or 9:20-10:20am. Email volunteer@heartmathtutoring.org with any questions. This program is made possible by both your financial and time contributions to the SGE PTA!


We are looking for parents/guardians that would like to be room parents this year. Room Parents will replace the Grade Coordinator positions we've had in previous years. Responsibilities include:

  1. Serve as a connection point and streamline communication between the teacher and parents.
  2. Provide support to collect supplies, snacks, etc. per teacher requests.
  3. Arrange and manage signups for parent volunteers for requested events.
  4. Organize volunteers for stuffing Thursday folders and making copies.
  5. Organize family contact information.

Fill out this interest form if you would like to be a Room Parent for your scholar's classroom!


Lucky's Library will reopen the week of October 9th! It will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30-8:00am to scholars who have been completing the reading logs in their agendas and have received a Lucky's Library pass from their teacher. At least one parent/guardian volunteer is needed each morning to monitor the library and help scholars as needed. It's the perfect volunteer opportunity to knock out before work or an otherwise busy day! Sign up on the PTA website.

Featured Events
First SIT Meeting

The first School Improvement Team (SIT) meeting of the year will be Wednesday, September 20th at 5:00pm in the SGE Media Center (library). All SGE community members are welcome to attend. You can be part of the development and support of the school improvement plan and engage in decisions that impact all of our scholars. SIT meetings are usually the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00pm.

Curriculum Night

Join SGE staff on Thursday, September 21st at SGE for Curriculum Night! Each grade level team will meet together to tell you a little about what your scholar will be learning this year, covering content in all subject areas. Times vary by grade as follows:

  • K-1st: 5:00-5:30pm
  • 2nd-3rd: 5:30-6:00pm
  • 4th-5th: 6:00-6:30pm
Spirit Night

On Thursday, September 21st, visit Marble Slab Creamery in Plaza Midwood (1509 Central Ave.) anytime between 4:00-8:00pm for SGE Spirit Night. A percentage of your purchase will benefit SGE, and a surprise guest scooper will be revealed!

Mark your calendars!
Wednesday, September 20
Dragon Discussions (SGE staff and scholars only)
5:00p SIT (School Improvement Team) Meeting
Thursday, September 21
4:00p Spirit Night at Marble Slab Creamery Plaza Midwood
5:00p Curriculum Night
Monday, September 25
Friday, September 29
8:00a INVEST October Kick off: Wear green!
Sunday, October 1
INVEST October begins
Monday, October 2
8:00a Invest October Kick off Car/Bike parade

Simply click on any event above to see end times and more details!

Passive ways to support SGE everyday!

Support SGE while you shop with these easy, passive fundraising opportunities. 

We've got spirit! How about you?

Visit our spirit store anytime! Grab magnets, yard signs, and spirit wear, including spirit shirts that can be worn as part of the school uniform.

Rent the Rock

You can also Rent the Rock any week of the year for just $20, which raises money for SGE and shows off our community's creativity and spirit.

Harris Teeter VIC

This must be done each year! Link your VIC card to SGE (code 3961), and a portion of your Harris Teeter purchases will be donated back to SGE! Log in to HT's Together in Education, and cross this off your list.

Box Tops

Download the Box Tops app and link to SGE. When you scan your receipts from any store, the app will find participating products and give back part of those purchases to SGE!

App Wrap-Up Reminder

Here's a wrap of the apps we've found most useful when navigating the everyday stuff of an SGE scholar:

  • ParentSquare - Keep in touch with SGE staff and your scholar's teachers
  • Here Comes the Bus - Track your scholar's bus to/from school
  • Nutrislice - View all upcoming school menus in one place
  • PayPAMS - Load and track money on your scholar's cafeteria account
  • PowerSchool - Beginning with third graders, track grades and attendance here
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