13 years together! Former Sylvan Park Panthers and current Hillsboro Seniors returned to the Sylvan Park playground to memorialize where their educational journey began. 

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:• Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals• Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands• A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

For more information visit https://getemergencybroadband.org/

Minutes from May 4th PTO Meeting

The final PTO meeting was held May 4th via Zoom. The 2021-2022 Executive Board was approved at the May 4th PTO meeting. Thank you to the following volunteers, who will be serving on the PTO Board next year: 

President – Theresa Yarber

Vice President – Emily Fisher

Ex Officio – Ruth Butler

Treasurer – Matt Grace

Treasurer-in-Training – Jenn Morse

Secretary – Lacey Burke

Fundraising – Jennifer Ervin

Russelle Bradbury

Volunteers – Sarah Grace

Teacher Appreciation – Christina Coldiron

Natalie Goldsby

Diversity – Sarah Laos

Communications – Amanda Reynolds

Community Relations  – Annette Ashley

Teacher Representatives – Lizzy Williams (Related Arts), Jenna Hahn (K-2nd grade) & Keisha Williams (3rd-4th grade)

Principal – Elizabeth Goetz

The following amended language from Article 2.6 (c) and (d) of the Sylvan Park PTO By Laws was approved:

(c)  The PTO shall maintain a Reserve Fund equal to 20% of the current fiscal year Operating Expenses (the Budget less earmarked Fundraising Expenses) or $5,000, whichever is greater (the “Reserve Amount”). The Reserve Fund shall be held in interest-bearing account separate from the PTO’s general funds.

i.   Any interest from the Reserve Fund may be transferred to the PTO’s general operating account(s) or reinvested.

ii.   If the balance of the Reserve Fund exceeds the Reserve Amount for any reason, the Board may elect to transfer the excess to the PTO’s general operating account(s). 

ii.   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the Reserve Fund may be used for expenditures as approved by a Board vote followed by a full PTO vote.

iii.  If at any time the Reserve Fund contains less than the Reserve Amount all fundraising earnings except for designated under Article 2.6(b) (Earmarked Funds) shall be deposited in the Reserve Fund until the balance reaches the Reserve Amount.

(d)  In addition to the Reserve Fund, the PTO shall strive to preserve a reasonable balance at the end of each fiscal year, to be used by the next year’s PTO as a starting point for the following fiscal year; and, 

Information for Entering Kindergarten Families

Sylvan Park is excited to welcome our new Kindergarten families in August! We know you are excited too, but also a little nervous about this big milestone. There will be lots of information coming in July, so keep watch on the newsletter as we get closer to the start of school. In the meantime, here are a few important things to know:

-Don’t forget to register! Kindergarten Registration is open. Registering early helps our school plan for your student. Find out more: http://mnpsearlylearning.ss13.sharpschool.com/kindergarten

-You can get a head start on back to school shopping by purchasing a School Supply Kit with everything the Kindergarten teachers requested in one box delivered directly to your child’s classroom before the 1st day of school. Sylvan Park PTO also gets a portion of the proceeds! Simply order online at www.shopttkits.com. Enter our school’s account number 79045.  Order the Kindergarten Girl or Boy box. Place your order by May 28, 2021. Questions? Contact Theresa Yarber at tsyarber@gmail.com.

-Will your student need before or aftercare? Our onsite option is PNA (Project for Neighborhood Aftercare). Check out http://www.pnatn.org for enrollment information. Contact Yawanda McCord with questions, yawanda.mccord@mnps.org

-Sylvan Park students wear “Standard School Attire” (SSA) for school each day. This means shirts with collars in solid colors–no stripes, no patterns, no words. (Any Insignia on the shirts must be less than 2 inches in diameter.) Pants, skirts, or shorts in khaki, navy blue, or black may also be worn. SSA can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Old Navy, etc, and is usually easy to find in the weeks before school starts.

-Students may also wear Sylvan Park “Spirit Wear” (shirts and sweatshirts with

the Sylvan Park logo). Links to the Online Spirit Wear store can be found on the PTO website, www.sylvanparkschool.org. For early summer orders, please select the Ship to Home option. Look in the July newsletter for ship to school order options and deadlines. 

Save the Date (Dates and events are subject to change)

August 5, 8-9am Kindergarten Coffee: Learn the ABC’s of Kindergarten at Sylvan Park

August 9, 4-5pm Kindergarten Ice Cream Social

August 10, 8am 1st Day of School Coffee & Kleenex

Don’t Miss an Important Announcement, Get Connected to the PTO:

• Sign up for the PTO weekly newsletter at https://www.sylvanparkschool.org/subscribe/

• Facebook: Sylvan Park Elementary Paideia Design Center PTO

• Instagram: @sylvanparkpto

• Twitter: @SylvanParkPTO

Last week’s celebration of our wonderful teachers and staff. Thank you Teacher Appreciation Chairs, Christina Coldiron and Natalie Goldsby, and all those who contributed items for Stock the Lounge or sent in notes of appreciation. 

Order Your School Supply Kits Today!

Not only do you save time and get all the supplies your teachers requested in one easy order, but our school receives a percentage of your order. Get your back-to-school shopping out of the way early, help support our school and enjoy a summer day!

Simply order online at www.shopttkits.com. Enter our school’s account number 79045.  Order the box corresponding to your student’s grade level in the Fall. Place your order by May 28, 2021. Questions? Contact Theresa Yarber at tsyarber@gmail.com.

Hattie B’s Spirit Day, May 17th

Join us for a Spirit DAY with Hattie B’s Hot Chicken on Monday, May 17th.  The Hattie B’s Hot Chicken West Nashville location has graciously offered to donate 10% of ALL sales throughout the WHOLE day back to Sylvan Park PTO!  That’s 11am until 10pm!!!  Be sure to support our school and our generous sponsor by picking up lunch or dinner (or a midday snack!) on Monday, May 17th!  You may place an online order in advance here: http://bit.ly/HattieBs

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week Schedule: 

Monday – Stock the Lounge donations will be delivered. Thank you to those that participated in the last Stock the Lounge of the year.

Tuesday – Thank You Treats delivered to teachers and staff

Wednesday– Morning Coffee from 8th & Roast and muffins for teachers and staff

Thursday – Thank you notes and pictures from students and families. It’s not too late to send your teacher a special note of thanks! If you would like to share on PTO Social Media notes made by students, please email pictures to Natalie Goldsby, ntgoldsby@gmail.com

Friday – Teacher and Staff lunch from Coco’s Italian Market

Hattie B’s Spirit Day, May 17th

Save the Date for our Spirit DAY with Hattie B’s Hot Chicken on Monday, May 17th.  The Hattie B’s West Nashville location has graciously offered to donate a portion of ALL sales throughout the WHOLE day back to Sylvan Park!  That’s 11am until 11pm!!!  So plan to grab some lunch for the office, or pick up some hot chicken for dinner, on Monday, May 17th.  This is our last restaurant event for this school year- you won’t want to miss out!

May 4th Final PTO Meeting

In addition to the important votes needed to wrap up this year, Ms. Goetz will join and give an update on the last few weeks of school as well as information about this summer.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84464761958?pwd=Y2ttWWFBYURYaHdOOGV4L3hCNHZIZz09
Meeting ID: 844 6476 1958Passcode: 081545
Proposed 2021-2022 PTO Executive Board:

President – Theresa Yarber

Vice President – Emily Fisher

Ex Officio – Ruth Butler

Treasurer – Matt Grace

Treasurer-in-Training – Jenn Morse

Secretary – Lacey Burke

Fundraising – Jennifer Ervin & Russelle Bradbury

Volunteers – Sarah Grace

Teacher Appreciation – Christina Coldiron & Natalie Goldsby

Diversity – Sarah Laos

Communications – Amanda Reynolds

Community Relations  — Annette Ashley

Teacher Representatives — Lizzy Williams (Related Arts), Jenna Hahn (K-2nd grade) & TBD (3rd-4th grade)

Principal — Elizabeth Goetz

Proposed By-Law Amendment to Article 2.6 (c) and (d):

(c)  The PTO shall maintain a Reserve Fund equal to 20% of the current fiscal year Operating Expenses (the Budget less earmarked Fundraising Expenses) or $5,000, whichever is greater (the “Reserve Amount”). The Reserve Fund shall be held in interest-bearing account separate from the PTO’s general funds.

i.   Any interest from the Reserve Fund may be transferred to the PTO’s general operating account(s) or reinvested.

ii.   If the balance of the Reserve Fund exceeds the Reserve Amount for any reason, the Board may elect to transfer the excess to the PTO’s general operating account(s). 

ii.   Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the Reserve Fund may be used for expenditures as approved by a Board vote followed by a full PTO vote.

iii.  If at any time the Reserve Fund contains less than the Reserve Amount all fundraising earnings except for designated under Article 2.6(b) (Earmarked Funds) shall be deposited in the Reserve Fund until the balance reaches the Reserve Amount.

(d)  In addition to the Reserve Fund, the PTO shall strive to preserve a reasonable balance at the end of each fiscal year, to be used by the next year’s PTO as a starting point for the following fiscal year; and,

Current By-Laws https://www.sylvanparkschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/pto-bylaws-2020-2021.pdf

Countdown to Kindergarten

April 22, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Event Link: www.mnps.org This Live Event that will feature information sessions on how to register for MNPS kindergarten and apply for Pre-K. The virtual fair will also feature breakout sessions from MNPS departments who will provide information to support your child’s transition to kindergarten and an opportunity for families to ask questions. The Fair will end with a special read-aloud for families presented by the Nashville Public Library. The library will also be providing literacy tips to help get your family ready for kindergarten. The virtual Fair Live Event will be live from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. All sessions will be recorded and can be viewed after the event.