As I look back through a quiet December (PTO wise) at Van Zant, I cannot help but feel great about all the things we have provided for our students, staff and parents.  I also get excited about all the upcoming events we have planned.

I would like to congratulate Ms. Stockl and Ms. Ricciardi for winning the November Teacher Incentive Program raffle and Ms. Casale and Ms. Alexy for winning the December Teacher Incentive Program raffle.  Each teacher received a gift card for Lakeshore Learning Store.  We know they will use it to buy great things for their classrooms!! The PTO thanks all of the teachers of Van Zant for their continued support by becoming members and participating in fundraisers.

Chick Fil A Night was the most successful one we have ever had.  We raised so much money and the store was PACKED!!! Thank you to everyone who came out…we sold out of our “Eat Mor Chickn” spirit sticks!!!  Congratulations to Ms. Fusco’s class for winning the Chick Fil A lunch, Ms. Whitehead’s and Ms. Catenella’s classes for coming in second and third.  They received coupons.

December was a musical month for some of our students at Van Zant.  Our Advanced Band students performed at Barnes and Noble (and survived the first and very unexpected snow storm of the year) and our chorus put on a fantastic show at their concert.  Great job to Ms. Melamed, Ms. Wasdick and all the students who brought holiday cheer.  A special thanks to Mr. Wolcott (a student teacher) on a job well done in and out of the classroom.  We wish you nothing but the best in the future.

The PTO sincerely hopes that everyone enjoys the spirit wear that you ordered and the candy cane pretzels. Thank you to Karen Maratea for organizing the pretzel sale.

As always, I would like to encourage all of you again to take the time to check our New Web Site periodically for useful school and PTO information. Stay connected by checking www.vanzantpto.org and like our page on Facebook. I am always available, so please contact me at any time with all any questions or concerns.

Please join us for our next meeting Thursday January 9th at 7 pm in the Van Zant Library (children welcome and refreshments are served).  It is a great way to find out about what is happening at Van Zant.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and continue to have a fantastic new year!!!

Sincerely,
Lea Ryan
Van Zant PTO President
Lea.ryan@vanzantpto.org

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