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30 September 3 - 16, 2011 CTA-Independence Hawks

Fundraiser fun - The Chandler Education Foundation’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser benefiting Chandler families and teachers is Fri., Sept. 9 at the Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler. CTA has been the grateful recipient of grants made available by the CEF in the past. Info: Campus clubs – CTA is buzzing after school with the sounds of chess pieces clinking, Spanish being spoken, golf and tennis balls being hit and computers whirling. Through Club CUSD, CTA offers golf, tennis, creative writing, drawing, technology, Spanish and chess clubs on campus during the school year. To sign up, visit the district website, click on Community Education and then Club CUSD Enrichment.

Terrific traffic – Thanks to all the patient parents for getting in the flow this school year. CTA’s new pickup procedures are keeping traffic moving. The front lot has also been cleared to enable parents and visitors to park up close. Parents

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IN THE NEWS: CTA’s campus newspaper is up and printing. “Tweets from the Nest” has 12 student reporter-writers, including Adam Chismar and Maddie Johnson-Barbier, here working with Ms. Ortiz, covering campus news, as well as an advice column called “Talk to the Hawk” where students submit questions to be answered in the paper. Articles have been written on staying organized, popular books, fashion and activities on campus. CTA’s teacher editors-in-chief Ms. Ortiz, Mr. Bro and Mrs. Kunz meet with students to guide their efforts. Issues can be viewed at the school website under “News.”

PTO powwow – The next PTO meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 6 in the Media Center. This is a great chance to meet and support the Hancock PTO. Help wanted – Volunteers are needed for Hancock’s annual Scholastic Book Fair in September. Help is needed to set up, cashier, assist students, set up the breakfast event, clean up and pack up. Any amount of parent help is welcome. If interested, stop by the library or contact the school librarian Miss Gray at 480-883-5901 or School Cents – Hancock has teamed up with Chandler Fashion Center and Urban Villages to earn points for every dollar spent in any of the stores at the mall and its surrounding areas. Stop by Guest Services at the mall to get receipts stamped for Hancock to earn points. The school that earns the most points through April 2012 earns $2,500. Acts of kindness – This year, Hancock staff is teaching students how to show better citizenship and kindness. Each week a school-wide focus skill is taught. Recent focus skills included “Getting Off to a Good Start” and “Greeting Others in a Friendly Manner.” The goals for the students are to develop self-respect, promote kindness and consideration, practice being polite, respect others’ property and own a sense of personal responsibility. —Suzanne Incorvaia

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may also park and walk up to pick their students up after school. Tax credits – Visit the school website under the Our School tab for information on how to be part of the tax credit program this year. Up to $400 can be donated depending on tax filing status. Donations are used for educational fieldtrips, presentations and after-school clubs for CTA students. Every dollar donated is returned at tax time. Box Tops – Earn cash for CTA by clipping Box Tops from hundreds of participating products from makers such as Juicy Juice, Betty Crocker, General Mills, Nature Valley and Chex. The classroom with the most Box Tops each quarter wins a party. —Sue Bowers

School Cents – Jacobson is proudly participating in School Cents this year through Chandler Fashion Center. Shoppers should turn in all receipts acquired by Dec. 31 to the classroom or the PTO Box, or stop by Guest Services at the mall to get receipts logged for school credit. Help Jacobson earn 1,000 bonus points by signing up at Musical date – “Pirates! The Musical,” performed by Jacobson fourth-graders, will be held at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 16 in Jacobson’s Multipurpose Room. Change the date – The PTO August meeting is rescheduled for 3:15 p.m. Thu., Sept. 22. Thanks due – Huge thanks to all the parents, students and staff who came out and supported Jacobson’s first Eat Out Night at the Elephant Bar. Big thanks also to all of Jacobson’s wonderful teachers for hosting. Box Tops – Jacobson is once again collecting Box Tops. They will be picked up in late September, so families are asked to keep clipping and sending them in. Each classroom has a Box Top collection box. Tax credits – Jacobson families are asked to consider contributing to Jacobson. A single person may donate up to $200, and a married couple may donate up to $400. Thanks to everyone who has already donated.

Calendar Sept. 14: Skateland, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 22: PTO General Meeting, 3:15 p.m., Media Center

Sept. 27: Early release at 11:30 a.m.; Peter Piper Pizza Eat Out Day 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 28: Early release at 11:30 a.m. —Susan Hegarty, Katie Perry

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