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The purpose of the Countryside Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is to support and enhance the educational programs at Countryside Elementary and to strengthen the relationship between home and school. Read More ...


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Save the Date:


PTO General Meeting: April 4, 6:00 p.m, Media Center
Staff Appreciation Lunch: April 7 
Carnival: April 28 6:00-8:30 p.m.





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Annual Events





March

21Science and Learning Fair and Gallery Walk – 5:30-7:30 – north ½ of gym during day, gym, cafeteria

21 – Book Fair – 4:00-8:00 PM – band room

23 – Early Release

April

4 – PTO General Meeting – 6:00 PM – media center

13 – Spring pictures – north ½ of gym

28 – Carnival – 6:00-8:30 PM

May

2 – Early Release

26 – Field Day

26 – Open House/Hospitality Room for Parent Volunteersmedia center or outside/tent??

30 – Rain Date for Field Day

June

2 – Fifth Grade Recognition – 9:45-10:45 AM

2 – Last Student Day





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Please "like" us on Facebook. These tools are managed by the PTO Exec Board and will be used to communicate events, general information and other interesting items related to the Countryside community. There are other Countryside Elementary Facebook pages, so please use the link to go to the correct one!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Countryside-Elementary-Edina/451077871634989






Carnival Basket Donations: Deadline March 22
Please consider making a donation to the Carnival Baskets!!! You can send a check or cash with your child to their teacher, drop a check or cash off into the donation box in the front office, or donate online at my school anywhere. Just log in and click on Our Store. 
https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w

PTO General Meeting: April 4
The PTO General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4 at 6pm in the Media Center. We will be swearing in nominees for 2017-18 officers, providing updates on several PTO-led initiatives and presenting a budget update. As always, we will be answering your questions and addressing your concerns. Feel free to reach out if you are planning to attend and would like to see a particular issue addressed. 

The 2017-18 PTO nominees are the following:
Melanee Sorensen, PTO Secretary 
*additional nominees will be sworn in at a later date

Staff Appreciation Lunch: April 7
We will be holding out last staff appreciation lunch for the school year.  Please sign up to bring something and help us show our amazing staff how much we love them!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa9a62aa2f94-april/

MySchoolAnywhere: Your new online directory and shop

Hello Countryside families,

The PTO is pleased to announce that this school year the entire directory process will be paperless from data collection to making the directory available both on your computer, as well as, your smart phone.  In addition to serving as Countryside's directory, MySchoolAnywhere also acts as an on-line store where you can conveniently purchase Pride shirts and grade level planners for your student(s).  You'll also have the option of paying PTO dues through MySchoolAnywhere.

Why are we doing this?

* Saves time – this new system allows us to publish the directory right when school starts AND we can keep it up to date throughout the school year, plus your profile remains in the system as long as you have students enrolled at Countryside (we'll only ask you to confirm your information each year to make sure everything remains accurate)

* Less waste - no more paper forms, no more paper directories

* Reduces errors - because you enter your information yourself, you can be guaranteed it's what you want


How does it work?


First, you will input your information online, and then you will be granted secure access to the online system. To enter your information please go to the link below and follow the instructions. This is a secure form and you can print your submission for your records.


join.myschoolanywhere.com


Enter code: countrysideedina


Once we have received and reviewed your family’s information you will receive an email with login instructions.  Our plan is to go live the first week of school so please confirm your data! (note: student information will be merged with their teacher's profile after teacher assignments are announced)

What are the benefits of the online directory

* It’s secure – your family will have a unique login and password and the directory can’t be lost or stolen


* You can search by student’s first name, grade, teacher and family last name.


* You can create your own custom list of frequently-called families


You can access the family directory from any internet connected device: your computer, smart phone, iPad, etc.


* You can purchase Pride shirts and grade level planners, as well as pay your PTO membership dues



Is it secure?

 

YES! All data is stored behind secure firewalls and can only be accessed by authorized users with a validated username and encrypted password. All data is viewed and passed using SSL encryption.


**Please note that a limited number of paper directories will be available for those families who need them.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions; however the following link will take you to a guide which should address most issues:  

http://msa-parents-guide.helpscoutdocs.com/.


Thanks

Jen Patterson