Archive for Thursday, August 3, 2006

Parties to greet school year

August 3, 2006

De Soto schools are having special parties to help introduce students and parents to their school community.

Kay Speed, returning for her second year as president of the Starside PTA, said the school's back-to-school bash would be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 with free ice cream.

"It helps them to find out who their teacher is going to be and meet students in their classes," she said.

Starside students will also have the opportunity to take school supplies to their classes. Starside PTA typically sponsors events such as the back-to-school night and other fun parties throughout the year, Speed said.

More might be on the table this year as the Starside PTA was awarded a $5,000 grant to find fun ways to encourage students to be healthy. At the back-to-school bash, parents will have the opportunity to sign up for the PTA if they wish.

"When I was a first-time mom with kids in school, I wanted to learn more about teachers and the school in general, and I wanted to meet other parents," Speed said. "I've learned so much about the school from being in the PTA."

Other opportunities for parents who want to get involved in their child's school are being a "Watch Dog" dad. Fathers can sign up to spend one entire day volunteering at the school during the year.

Mize Elementary School also has a Watch Dog program and PTA. The Mize back-to-school night, also sponsored by the PTA, will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14.

Lexington Trails Middle School is having a parent information night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28. Lexington Trails parents have a PAWS group -- Parents At Work for Students -- is the volunteer group that sponsors fun community events at the middle school. PAWS is sponsoring an ice cream social for students during their Aug. 25 class time. Their first meeting is Sept. 11.

The De Soto High School booster's club will have its first meeting Aug. 30. The booster club sponsors more than just athletic activities and this year sold advertising to put out its first-ever events calendar.

The DHS back to school night is from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22. Students can visit their classrooms, meet their teachers and will hear a speech from Principal Dave Morford.

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