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Weekly message from our PTO President


Hello Countryside Families!!

Mark your calendars and plan to take a break from cooking because this Thursday, March 4, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., is Passariello’s Restaurant Day! Order lunch and/or dinner by phone or in-person and tell them you’re supporting Countryside, and 20% of all sales will be donated to the PTO! See below for more information!

The One School, One Book (OSOB) program kicks off on Monday, March 1, 2021. If you haven’t already picked up or received your copy of Dragons in a Bag, please stop by Countryside during the following times:

  • Monday, March 1st, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 2nd, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Be sure to follow the reading schedule included with the book. For more information about the program or to listen to the special Guest Readers, please visit the Countryside OSOB website: https://cs-osob.weebly.com/. Please save the date for the virtual One School, One Book Celebration which will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This week is also Read Across America. Each day there is a special way to celebrate, so please check below for the detailed list. Make sure to take pictures and post them on our Countryside PTO, ML Facebook page!


  • Monday, March 1, 2021: 4th-Grade Selfies and Questionnaires Due

  • Friday, March 5, 2021: Student Portraits Due (all grades)

Please see below for more detailed information on how to submit your photos.

Our Raffle Calendar Committee has been working tirelessly to get donations and put together prize baskets. Keep an eye on our social media pages in the coming weeks to get a sneak peek of some of the awesome prizes you can win. Anyone who wishes to sponsor or donate a basket can contact Megan at megan.sheppard@gmail.com.

Please stay in touch with the PTO! Be sure to visit us frequently on Facebook and Twitter by turning on ALL notifications and changing your settings to “See First” so you don’t miss a post. Remember, we are here to support you in any way we can, so please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of service.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

03/01/21 Cohort D Book Pickup for One School, One Book 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

03/01/21 One School, One Book Kick-Off

03/01/21 Deadline for 4th-Grade Selfie and Questionnaire for the Yearbook

03/02/21 Cohort D Book Pickup for One School, One Book 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

03/04/21 Restaurant Day at Passariello’s, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

03/05/21 Deadline for Student Portraits for the Yearbook (All Grades)

Read Across America Week Schedule:

03/01/21 The Rainbow Fish: Wear Rainbows or Rainbow Colors

03/02/21 Where the Wild Things Are: Wear Your Wildest Hairstyle

03/03/21 The Cat in the Hat: Wear Your Favorite Hat

03/04/21 The Mixed-Up Chameleon: Wear Mixed-Up Clothes

03/05/21 Goodnight Moon: Wear Pajamas and Bring a Flashlight

See below for more detailed information about upcoming events and fundraisers!

Yearbook - 4th-Grade Selfies and Questionnaires Due Monday, 03/01/21

Attention 4th-Grade Families: Please send the following questionnaire and the specific photo requested below to Melissa at mcalderaesq@gmail.com by Monday, March 1, 2021 (no exceptions) in order to be included in the yearbook:

  1. Child’s name:

  2. Child’s teacher:

  3. Favorite Countryside memory:

  4. What you want to be when you grow up:

  5. One selfie photo of your child.

Restaurant Day at Passariello’s - Thursday, 03/04/21, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Join us for Countryside Elementary's fundraiser at Passariello's this Thursday, March 4, 2021! Enjoy their delicious food anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Please be sure to mention Countryside when placing your order. Orders can be placed in person or over the phone for either pickup or delivery (please do not place your order online). The Countryside PTO will receive 20% of the sales from this day!

Passariello’s is located at:

13 West Main Street

Moorestown, New Jersey 08054

The menu can be found here: https://www.passariellos.com/menu. Please call 856-840-0998 to place your order.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Miller at pamtravis929@yahoo.com.

Yearbook - Student Portraits (All Grades) Due Friday, 03/05/21

IMPORTANT: If your child did not have their picture taken by Lifetouch at one of our Picture Days but you would still like their photo included in this year's Countryside Yearbook, you can upload your own picture!

Please take a nice, close-up picture of your child and upload it into the “Portrait- extra” folder on TreeRing. In the caption under your photo, please enter your child’s first and last name and his/her teacher’s name. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 5, 2021.

If you have not yet created a TreeRing account, please visit www.treering.com/validate and enter Countryside’s passcode: 1015379701861794. Questions may be directed to Melissa Caldera at mcalderaesq@gmail.com.

Raffle Calendar Donations, Sponsors, and Volunteers Needed

We are very excited to introduce a new fundraiser this year - a Raffle Calendar! The month of April will be filled with opportunities to win awesome prizes! We are in the process of collecting donations for our Raffle Calendar. If you own a local business and would like to participate by offering services, items, or gift cards for our raffle, we would be so grateful - any gift at any value is appreciated! We would be happy to showcase your donation and/or help promote your business on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Click here for a copy of our donation request letter. All donations must be received as soon as possible.

Additionally, the PTO is seeking sponsors for our upcoming Raffle Calendar fundraiser. This is a great opportunity to advertise your company while helping our school! Attached is a flyer describing the various sponsorship levels. Please share with local businesses and contact CountrysidePTOnews@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

We are also looking for volunteers for the Raffle Calendar Committee. Volunteers will help the committee chair in finding and requesting donations for prizes. If you are interested in being part of the committee or if you have questions on how you can help, please email Megan Hurst at megan.sheppard@gmail.com.

Raffle Calendar - Ticket Sales: Friday, 03/12/21 - Friday, 03/26/21 | Event Dates: Thursday, 04/01/21 - Friday, 04/30/21

So, what's this Raffle Calendar fundraiser all about?

A Raffle Calendar is a whole month of great prizes! Each calendar will have its own 3-digit number; only 1000 tickets will be sold! Each night's winner will be chosen by the NJ Lottery Pick 3. One prize will be raffled off each day from Thursday, April 1, 2021, through Friday, April 30, 2021. Each calendar purchased gets you 30 opportunities to win! The same raffle calendar can win again and again! The more raffle calendars you purchase, the more chances you have to win! Each calendar will cost $10.

Ticket sales start Friday, March 12, 2021, and end on Friday, March 26. 2021. For more information, please email us at CountrysidePTONews@gmail.com.

Spring Virtual Scholastic Book Fair - Tuesday, 03/16/2021 - Monday, 03/29/2021

The Book Fair is coming soon! Chapter books, picture books, graphic novels, and fan favorites such as Dog Man await your young readers at our Spring Virtual Scholastic Book Fair! It will be held online from Tuesday, March 16, 2021, through Monday, March 29, 2021.

The Book Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist. Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Access to over 6,000 products including best-sellers, skill-builders, and more

  • All orders ship direct to home

  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25

  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Our Virtual Scholastic Book Fair is a fantastic way to get books in the hands of your children to keep them reading at home. We hope you’ll share photos of your kids with us as they receive their new books in the mail — we would love to know what they are reading!

One of the special things our families love about the Book Fair is having the opportunity to purchase books for our amazing teachers and staff. The Scholastic website, however, does not yet include a Teacher Wish List feature with Virtual Book Fairs. Therefore, we will be creating a SignUp Genius for you so that you may see which books your child’s teacher(s) would love to have in their classrooms! You are under no obligation to participate, but if you would like to, feel free to buy one or as many books for one or as many teachers as you wish. Some parents choose to buy books for their child’s homeroom teacher, some for the school library or a special teacher, and some for teachers their kids had years ago. If you would like to contribute (when the time comes), just sign up for the book(s) you intend to purchase before shopping at the Book Fair, then be sure to add those titles to your cart on Scholastic’s website. If you change your mind, please release the slot so someone else might be able to purchase it.

Please remember to write a dedication in the front of the book so the lucky recipient knows who gave it to them and can always think back fondly to that student. I know first-hand that our staff is always so appreciative of our families' generous donations.

If you have any questions, please email csbookfairnj@gmail.com.

Want a preview of what will be available? Check out these videos for a sneak peek! Note: Keep watching - the video will go more in-depth about several new and exciting books!

We can’t wait to “see” you at the Fair! Happy reading!

Five Below Fundraiser - Saturday, 03/20/21 - Saturday, 03/27/21

Shopping for spring holiday gifts? Looking for fun things to help get the kids playing outside? Already thinking ahead to summer? Then, how about shopping at Five Below! Please print and present the attached flyer when you shop at the Five Below at the Moorestown Mall from Saturday, March 20, 2021, through Saturday, March 27, 2021, and 10% of sales will be donated to the Countryside PTO. Again, you must print and bring the attached flyer with you, as electronic copies will not be accepted.

Five Below is located at:

Moorestown Mall

400 Rt 38

Moorestown, NJ 08057

For shopping hours, please click here: https://locations.fivebelow.com/nj/moorestown/440-new-jersey-38

Please contact Sara Knoedler at sarajoyknoedler@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Fundraiser - Delivery Week of 03/22/21

Thank you to everyone who participated in our virtual Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Fundraiser. Deliveries are scheduled to arrive the week of March 22, 2021. If you chose to have your orders delivered to the school for free, we will be scheduling a date and time for a drive-by pickup. Some orders for hybrid students may be able to be sent home via backpack while others that are large will need to be picked up. Please note: You are personally responsible for distributing all of the customer orders attributed to your family’s account. Stay tuned for more details.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Shaman at CountrysidePTOpresident@gmail.com.

Yearbook - Orders and Custom Pages Due Friday, 04/16/21

It’s not too late to order a yearbook! The deadline to order your 2020-2021 Countryside yearbook is Friday, April 16, 2021. Please go to www.treering.com/validate and enter Countryside’s passcode: 1015379701861794.

Please be advised that if you plan to add pictures to your FREE two custom pages of the yearbook, they must be completed by Friday, April 16, 2021, and be set to print. If you do not set them to print, they will not appear in your yearbook.

We are currently seeking a Yearbook Editor for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in this position, please contact Melissa Caldera at mcalderaesq@gmail.com.

Fourth-Grade Slideshow Pictures Needed

Attention Fourth-Grade Families: Ms. Davis needs your help! At the end of the year, we will be sharing a slideshow that includes photos from your child’s years at Countryside! We need your assistance to gather images of your children and their classmates throughout their years! Photos can be emailed or brought into school on a flash drive. Please put your name on the flash drive and Ms. Davis will be sure to get it back to your child ASAP! If you would prefer to email your pictures, please send them to Ms. Davis at edavis@mtlaurelschools.org.

Low-Cost Preschool Program for 2021-2022 School Year

The Mount Laurel School District is offering its Low-Cost Preschool Program for a limited number of four to five-year-old children for the 2021-2022 school year. Selection for the program will be by lottery to ensure that all children have comparable access to this program. For more information and to apply for this program, please complete the application which can be found on the Preschool webpage. Forms must be returned no later than Friday, April 16, 2021. For further information, please contact Dr. Diane Willard at 856-235-3417 or e-mail pchidsey@mtlaurelschools.org.

Kindergarten Registration Now Open for 2021-2022 School Year

Kindergarten Registration for September 2021 is now open! For more information or to register, click here: Kindergarten Registration. For assistance, please call 856-235-3387 ext. 21525 or e-mail central-registration@mtlaurelschools.org. Please share this information with friends and neighbors who have children entering Kindergarten next year!

Ongoing Fundraisers:

Below is a list of our ongoing fundraisers - please be sure to support these programs every time you shop, all year long!

Box Tops: You can now earn Box Tops using your digital receipts. To sign up, please visit https://www.boxtops4education.com/.

AmazonSmile: AmazonSmile is now available on both Android and iPhones as well as your computer. Please visit https://smile.amazon.com/ and select “Countryside School PTO” (Mount Laurel, NJ) to get started.

Looking Ahead (Mark Your Calendars):

03/10/21 Conferences, K-4 Evening; 5-8 Afternoon (By Appointment Only)

03/11/21 Conferences, K-4 Afternoon; 5-8 Evening (By Appointment Only)

03/12/21 Teacher In-Service - Schools Closed for Students

03/12/21-03/26/21 Raffle Calendar Ticket Sales

03/16/21- 03/29/21 Spring Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

03/16/21 S.P.A.R.K.S. Spirit Day - Character Day: Dress Like Your Favorite Character (Tuesday)

03/19/21 S.P.A.R.K.S. Spirit Day - Character Day: Dress Like Your Favorite Character (Friday)

03/20/21- 03/27/21 Five Below Fundraiser, Moorestown Mall Location, 400 Rt 38, Moorestown, NJ 08057

03/22/21 Gertrude Hawk Orders Arrive Sometime This Week

  • Grant Writers: There are many grants and sponsorships available to organizations like ours and we could use your help applying for them! This is a perfect volunteer opportunity that you can fit into your own schedule. If interested, please contact Amy at CountrysidePTOPresident@gmail.com!

  • Morning News Show Participants: Sign up for a segment on the Morning News Show here. Videos will need to be uploaded to the appropriate Dropbox folder. See the Sign-Up Genius for more details. See you on the news!

  • Raffle Calendar Committee: We are looking for volunteers to request donations for our upcoming Raffle Calendar. If you can help, please contact Megan at megan.sheppard@gmail.com.

  • Fourth Grade Committee: If you would like to help plan for the end of the year for our fourth graders, please contact Amy at CountrysidePTOPresident@gmail.com!

  • Yearbook Editor: We are in need of a yearbook editor for next year. If you are interested in this position, please email Melissa at mcalderaesq@gmail.com for more information.

Stay Connected to the PTO!

Here’s how to reach us and stay up to date on the latest Countryside PTO news:

Email: CountrysidePTOPresident@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CountrysideElementary/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Countryside_PTO

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/countryside-pto-news/

Remind: Text to 81010 with the grade-appropriate message:

  • 4th grade: @clyde2029

  • 3rd grade: @clyde2030

  • 2nd grade: @clyde2031

  • 1st grade: @clyde2032

  • Kindergarten: @clyde2033

  • Pre-Kindergarten: @clyde2034

We hope you all remain healthy and safe during this challenging time. Have a great week!


Schedule of PTO Meetings

All general meetings will be held virtually at this time at 7:00 pm and are open to the Countryside Community. Please come and share your ideas!

09/24 - PTO Meet and Greet at Back to School Night

10/19 - PTO Meeting

12/07 - PTO Meeting

02/01 - PTO Meeting

04/19 - PTO Meeting

05/17 - PTO Meeting/Board Elections