Third Annual EPO Toy Drive

The EPO is again sponsoring a toy drive for American Family Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Center. Donations will be going to kids who are in the hospital during the holidays. All donated items should be new and in their original packaging; items that can’t be cleaned easily (stuffed animals, anything with cloth) cannot be accepted. Examples of acceptable items include: building sets, craft kits, kid DVDs, infant and toddler toys, books, and gift cards (Target, Best Buy, etc.) for teens. The drive will begin on Monday, Dec. 8, and run through Friday, Dec. 19. Toys may be deposited in the bins in our two lobbies.

Wrap Gifts at Barnes & Noble

The EPO is looking for volunteers, two or three per shift, to wrap gifts for a great cause at Barnes & Noble West on Sunday, December 7, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Help us provide free gift wrapping to customers as we collect donations for the Malala Fund (www.malala.org), an organization that aims to create a world where girls are empowered through quality education. Student volunteers, accompanied by a parent, are welcome to wrap gifts or direct customers to the wrapping station. Please click on the following link to volunteer for a two-hour shift:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0949a5ae2ca64-barnes.

Questions may be directed to coordinator Helen Lee at helenlee00@yahoo.com.

Kēva Party – Save the Date!

EPO will sponsor an all-school family party at Kēva Sports Center on Saturday, January 31, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Beat the winter blues by joining other EAGLE families for active fun and refreshments. We don’t want you to miss it, so mark your calendars now!

Read-A-Thon Reaps Rewards

Congratulations and many thanks to all who participated in our Fall Fundraiser Read-A-Thon! Students read an amazing number of minutes, 103,370 in total, across a wide variety of genres, and raised $8,500 to be used toward the purchase of Smart Boards, Robotics kits, audio equipment for world language classes, scenery and stage equipment, and of course, books for our EAGLE library. We especially congratulate the Primary A’s, our Read-A-Thon class champions, who read 7,053 minutes combined. They celebrated their big win with an EPO-sponsored donut party.

Family Game Night

This coming Friday, Nov. 14, the EPO will sponsor “Family Game Night” from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Commons. This special event is open to all current EAGLE students; however, students in fifth grade and younger must be accompanied by a parent, while sixth through eighth graders may attend on their own. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided by the EPO, but we encourage everyone to have dinner beforehand.

If you are willing to teach and/or facilitate a specific game, we would love to have your help. Please contact Dan Siehr at dg.siehr@sbcglobal.net to volunteer.

RiDQulous Fun at Fitchburg Dairy Queen – Oct. 23

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the EPO’s October community-building event–RiDQulous Fun at Fitchburg Dairy Queen on Thursday, Oct. 23. This Dairy Queen location, right up Fish Hatchery Road from school, will be generously donating 10% of ALL purchases after 3:00 PM to EAGLE. Be sure to stop by on the 23rd for a treat after school, or plan an ice cream outing with friends (no school the next day). Don’t forget to take something home for the freezer!

Fall Fundraiser Read-A-Thon Begins Oct. 1

It’s Fall Fundraiser time, and this year we are trying something new–an EAGLE School Read-A-Thon! Now, students will have the ability to really make a difference in the success of our fundraiser, as they set reading goals, recruit sponsors, and collect donations. It will be a great opportunity for our kids to take pride in helping their school while doing something they love–reading! To make it even more interesting, prizes will be awarded to our reader leaders. The student from each homeroom who reads the most will receive a gift certificate, and the homeroom that collectively reads the most (all minutes combined) will celebrate with a class party. The proceeds from this year’s Fall Fundraiser will be used for Smart Boards, Robotics kits, audio equipment for world language classes, scenery and stage equipment, and of course, books for our EAGLE library.

Instructions, pledge forms, and reading logs will be placed in lockers next Monday, Sept. 29. The Read-A-Thon will run from Oct. 1 through Oct. 22, and all pledge forms and donations will be due in the Reception Office by Oct. 29.

EPO Online Volunteer Sign-Up

The EPO is on the lookout for volunteers for a number of upcoming events. Unfortunately, the new online sign-up did not yield as many responses as we had hoped, so we are asking any families that did not get a chance to sign up in August to please visit http://bit.ly/volepo to select your volunteer preferences. Thanks to all who signed up previously and to all who will sign up in the very near future. Your help is much appreciated!

EPO Community-Builder at Vitense Golfland

Mark your calendars for our first community-builder of the year at Vitense Golfland on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28. Round up the kids, friends, and neighbors for lots of family fun! Vitense will donate 10% of gift card purchases and 15% of ALL activity, food, membership and golf pass purchases to the EAGLE EPO. Please plan to stop by anytime that weekend with family, friends, and neighbors, and be sure to look for the marked boxes to deposit your receipts.

EPO Fundraiser at Fitchburg Farmer’s Market

On Thursday, Sept. 18, EAGLE School volunteers will be serving up yummy frozen custard, donated by Culver’s. Located on E. Cheryl Parkway under the big white tent, we will be part of the market’s annual “Fall Fest” celebration. Along with our fundraiser, there will be live music, free horse-drawn carriage rides, water bottle and tote give-aways, plus fresh food and flowers available from the market vendors. Ecycle for Hope will also be collecting electronic office and household items (under 50 lbs.) in exchange for five food or toiletry donations to the St. Vincent Food Pantry. Show your support of our school and community by joining us at the market, next Thursday, between 3:00 and 6:00 pm.