Sunday, August 18, 2013

Prop U Update

The start of the new school year is right around the corner. Just a few months ago our community voted with a 70% majority to pass Prop U. While the improvements funded by Prop U are being made in a phased approach, based on what I saw at Brittany Woods Middle School this week, it appears the district lost no time in getting construction started over the summer.

My new sixth grader had her oh, so cool, eighth grade brother give her a tour of her class room locations after they registered for the upcoming school year. While my sixth grader obsessed over the really important aspect of sixth grade, how to decorate her locker, Mom snapped a few photos of some of the Prop U improvements along the way.

The new band room in the final stages of construction.

A refreshed little theatre (the seats of pull of desk areas).

The choir room
The gymnasium received a lot of attention as well. What the pictures don't show are a new HVAC system. No more hot and sweaty assemblies.

New gym lockers.

A freshly painted gymnasium that is properly heated and
cooled and has an improved sound system.

New gym doors!

Other renovations that took place during the summer include kiln rooms at Jackson Park and Flynn Park, and replacement of all gym roofs, air conditioner installation in all gyms, locker room renovations and ventilation, dance studio and auditorium improvements at University City High School.  

There are more exciting renovations coming with the new high school library slated for next fall. Our schools are always open to visitors. Stop in any time to see the exciting changes.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

eScrip - It's Like Free Money!

No matter how honorable the cause, most parents don't enjoy fundraising. With three kids at three schools and in a multitude of activities, our friends and neighbors have been extremely generous over the years - whether it be purchasing car wash tickets, wrapping paper, or girl scout cookies. It's also the reason I never say "No" to a young person when ask to make a purchase.

Can't someone make fundraising easier? Someone did.

It was said, "nothing in life is free," but that was before Schnuck's eScrip program. Schnuck's will donate a percentage of your purchase to your designated organization(s) when you present your eScrip card at the register. How amazing is that - FREE money for school PTOs and student organizations using the eScrip program.

The best thing is it costs nothing to participate. Just pick up an eScrip card at the Customer Service desk at any Schnuck's, activate your card (on-line or by phone) by designating your preferred organization (you can designate up to three organizations on one card, and handing it to the check-out clerk when you make a purchase at Schnuck's. Free and easy.

It's so easy anyone who shops at Schnuck's can participate. So when you pick-up a card for yourself, don't forget grandma, aunts, uncles, neighbors, alumni - everyone can support our PTOs and student groups.

In fact, three of the U. City public schools were recently recognized for being in the Top Five eScrip money earners of the 75 organizations registered in the U. City area.

Flynn Park, Jackson Park, and UCHS were three of the
top five eScrip earners in U. City.

Start making money for a good cause today. Pick-up an eScrip card and remember to use it every time you shop.