Archive for October, 2010

October 21, 2010

We Can Win $20,000-Another Update

A message from Care2.com, the company sponsoring the $20,000 contest:

Thanks for voting for your school in America’s School Spirit Challenge!

Weekly Winner
Congratulations to our fourth Weekly Winner of $500–Shalsheles Bais Yaakov School in Brooklyn, New York!

If you haven’t voted yet at the main contest, for our school to win $20,000, please do so now at http://tinyurl.com/35t4y8v

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October 19, 2010

We Can Win $20,000-Update

We are now number 33 on the top 100 list to get the $20,000. That actually sounds a lot better than it is! To win, we will need over 2700 votes-and we only have ninety five! Have you voted yet? Have you passed it on to all your friends?

If you are interested in posting about this as your status on facebook, email me at morahmamela@hotmail.com and I’ll send you a text to use. If you are interested in writing a note about this on facebook, and tagging your friends to get them to vote, email me at the same, and I’ll send you a poem that you can use.

October 12, 2010

New Cubbies Are Here!

Today, the new cubbies were finally ready for use! It’s hard to describe the looks of joy on my students’ faces, as they got to practice coming up the stairs and putting away their jackets and bags.

The hooks were first installed today. As each cubby was completed, it was brought into the classroom, where the girls were sitting on the mat. Then, we carefully removed the name tags from the makeshift cubbies we were using until now, and placed them on the back of the cubby. The girls carefully put all their things into their knapsacks, put on their jackets, and waited outside the room. They took turns being greeted as though it was the morning and they were first arriving. Then, they took their notebooks out of their bags and put them in the proper place, and did the same with their jackets and bags. It’s a pleasure to watch how nicely they put away their things, even though it was only the first time!

Since I don’t have permission to post photos of their faces, you’ll have to make do with pictures of the cubbies, and the backs of one student putting her backpack away for the final time for today! With your continued support, we can have new tables. So what are you waiting for? Click “How Can I Help,” and see what you can do!

R putting away her bag

 

October 12, 2010

Making Our Way to the Top

We’re working hard at our fundraisers this week! Many people have been kind enough to post links to the two main fundraisers, Del Monte Teachers Monday, and America’s School Spirit Challenge on their blogs, facebook, and twitter. That’s what has brought us this far! At 192 votes, we are number 25 on the list at Del Monte-which puts us in week three! If we keep moving up at a quick pace, with all of you, and your friends voting daily, we can easily move up a few notches, maybe even enough to make it into the second week! At America’s School Spirit Challenge, on the other hand, we are not doing nearly as well. That’s a pity, because $20,000 in the school’s coffers could make a huge difference in the education of so many children! With 42 votes, we are only number 66 in the top 100 schools, and that won’t get us any money.

If you want to make a difference, not only should you vote, but encourage your parents, friends, and relatives to vote too! Anyone over the age of 18 can cast a ballot in America’s School Spirit Challenge, and all you need to vote in Teachers Monday is a computer with internet access-it doesn’t matter how old you are! In fact, in one family, some people who didn’t yet have email addresses made them special for America’s School Spirit Challenge! It’s not hard, and you won’t be flooded with spam.

Please help today!

October 9, 2010

We Can Win $20,000!

Please vote for us HERE. The school with the most votes gets $20,000, and each week a school is randomly chosen to win $500. PLUS, if you refer a certain amount of friends (I believe 20), the program will send you a $50 gift card!

October 8, 2010

Teachers Mondays

Del Monte fruit company is currently having a promotion. For five Mondays, starting October 18, they will be awarding $750+$250 in fresh fruits to 10 classroom! You can help us get the money by voting daily at the Del Monte website. It’s easy, free, and the more votes I get, the more likely it is that I’ll win! Winners are based ONLY on the amount of votes, so if you vote, and pass it on to everyone you know, I’ll move up the list and be more likely to win.

Please help!

October 7, 2010

New Cubbies!

I can’t wait for school to start again next week, thanks to all the wonderful donors out there! The new cubbies arrived today, and are in the process of being assembled. By Monday morning, the preschool students will be able to put their things away without trouble. Each girl will have her own double hook for her jacket and knapsack, and a shelf on top for storing snacks and extra clothing. What a difference that will make! Right now, they stuff their jackets, knapsacks, change of clothes, supply boxes, and projects into little square foot cubbies, so every time they want to take something out, everything lands on the floor. Watch for pictures, to be posted next week!

October 5, 2010

Business Owner?

Are you a business owner looking for a way to help your community? Here’s an easy way! Funding Factory, the program that is taking the Electronic Clutter that I’m collecting, has a great way for business owners to partner up with our organization, at no cost to you!

Here’s how it works:

1. You register with Funding Factory as a business owner here. One item they will ask of you is for the Beneficiary ID, which identifies our school as the organization receiving funds.  I will gladly provide it to interested business owners.

2. At your request, Funding Factory will send you shipping labels and promotional materials, at no cost to you.

3. Collect empty inkjet and laser cartridges and old cell phones.

4. Using the free shipping labels provided by Funding Factory, send in the cartridges and cell phones.

5. Shalsheles Bais Yaakov’s account will be credited with points (each point has a $.40 value) towards classroom, recreational, and technology equipment.

For all other Electronic Clutter you may have, read this post for drop-off locations!

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