Thursday, February 15, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Italian Night Update

Back to School......

We hope you enjoyed your nice long weekend.  Here are the fun happenings this week as we had back to School

Tomorrow & Wednesday are more Ziti with line collection days!!

We got 26 boxes last Thursday and we need a lot more to feed 600 people on Italian night.  Get those boxes sent in tomorrow or Wednesday for your raffle ticket.

We are happy to confirm many more vendors for our Vendor/Craft fair at Italian night

Scentsy Candles
Moms On Track Relay - Team Dry Mixes 
Iphigeniart  - Paintings, Prints, Cards, Jewelry, Scarves 
Tastefully Simple 
 Pampered Chef 
Abby's Famous Dog Treats
Shelby Manuels Bundles Of Joy Crafts Knit Crafts  - Baby Blankets, Bibs, Burp Cloths 
Omi's Krafty Kupboard - Knit & Sewn Items
Sharyn Sargent's Decorative Flags & Knit Hats

Make sure you check out our facebook page for some of the amazing raffle prizes!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A friendly reminder.....

Tomorrow is day 1 for Ziti with lines drop off.  For every box you bring in you get a free raffle ticket.  Additional tickets will be sold at lunches through Thursday 1/18. 
Raffle tickets are $.25/per ticket, 5 tickets for $1 or 26 tickets for $5

Ziti with Meatballs, Salad, Bread, Lemonade
Bake Sale Desserts

**Take-out Available**

Friday or Monday!! 
 Enjoy the long weekend!!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Italian Night!!!

Italian Night is quickly approaching.  Here is everything you need to know about this JA tradition and how you can be a part of it.

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 4:30 - 7:00
Where: Johnny Appleseed Cafeteria
Cost: Adults - $6.00 / Seniors and Children - $4.00
Menu: Ziti with Meatballs, Salad, Bread, Lemonade
Bake Sale Desserts

**Take-out Available**

How can I help?

Parent & Fifth Grade Student Volunteers

Shifts include:
4:15 - 5:40 (Set up and Serving food)
5:30 - 7:00 (Serving food and Clean up)
7:00 - 8:00 (Clean up)

     It is required that a parent is in attendance while5th grade students are working.  If the parent is able to help while there, that would be great too!

     All student volunteers must pre-register in order to work that night.  
Please arrive 10 minutes before your requested time.  
Wear Red/JA gear if you have it!

You may email us directly at to sign up

Ziti Donations
Students will receive one FREE raffle ticket for every box of Ziti with lines they donate.
 (1 box of ziti = 1 raffle ticket, 3 boxes of ziti = 3 raffle tickets!)
Ziti donations may be brought in from Thursday, January 11 – Wed January 17 and are collected first thing in the morning

Please bring baked goods to the school for our bake sale before 4:00pm on Thursday, 1/18.  Please mark anything with peanuts and individually bagged items are prefered.

This year we have added a Craft/ Vendor to our line up.  Vendors will line the halls of JA with their goods for sale.  Jewelry, handmade crafts, direct sales and much more.

Vendors include:
Eclipse, Lipsense
Monat Haircare
Tocara Jewelry
Bounce House - Kids Children's Clothing & Accessories
Rustic Cuts - Handmade home d├ęcor
Seraph Jewelry
Surfing Goat Soaps
Handmade Craft Fleece and Crocheted Crafts

Friday, December 29, 2017

The JA PTO hopes that you all have had a great holiday season with your families.
Make the most of every moment you have left with the kids while on winter break. 
Here is a quick look ahead at all of the great things to come in January!



Come and get information about our past and upcoming events. 
Bring yourself, your voice, your input to our meeting.
(there will be NO childcare for this meeting)



No need to cook, come eat with the JA community. 
Or if it's easier get take-out to enjoy at home.
  • Details to come on:
    • 20+ vendors (ranging from direct sales to handmade items)
    • Pasta donations will be starting in January. 
    • Helpers will be needed for various shifts to help in lots of ways.
    • Bake sale donations
    • AND a chance to advertise on our place mats which will be seen by over 600 diners!

Friday, December 8, 2017

We still need people to help our little friends 
shop and to work our Elf Shoppe! 

This is always so much fun for kids and adults alike! 
Please email if you available 
anytime Monday or Tuesday! #passiton

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Will be Thursday, December 14th 
From 3:00-6:30 in the caf

Thank you for all your orders, see you at pick-up.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 Elf Shoppe 


Your children will have the chance to do their shopping next week. 
A red stapled notice went home last week with details and shopping lists.

We need more volunteers for all following shifts:

Monday, December 11th      8:15-12:00         12:00-2:45

Tuesday, December 12th      8:15-12:00         12:00-2:45

If you are able to come down to work a table and help our young shoppers, that would be great!
Please email

Look for our PTO Holiday shopping guide in your child's backpack today!! 
Here is a sample of the things you can find in it.

Scrips Gift Card Program

Shop with scrip for all of your holiday needs so you can earn money for your organization and love the holidays!  Who doesn’t love picking out their own gifts? By giving a scrip gift card to someone you love this holiday, they can do just that while you earn rebates for our school! Of course, if you have the perfect gift in mind for someone, or you have a list of presents to check off for your kids, just purchase gifts with scrip and save.  Use code 66FA173A21987

Spirit Wear

What kid would not love a JA Backpack or Sweatshirt under the tree this year? 
Visit to order yours today.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Johnny Appleseed Elementary 
Barnes & Noble
Holiday fun Night

Mark your calendars to come down and support the JA School Library. 
15% of every purchase in the store and cafe counts!!!
Don’t miss students and staff read and perform!

If you can’t make it to the store, 
all online purchases made 
with the coupon code counts too!!!!!

Time is running out to order the December exclusive Holiday shirt.  Place your order by 12/3 at to order yours today

Half day Wednesday, December 6th for a professional day!!

Look for our JA Holiday shopping guide coming home in Backpacks on Monday!  Let us help you make your holiday shopping a little easier all while supporting JA.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

You asked, we listened.
Books and Beyond reading log sheets 
are now available here on our blog. 
Just click the link to print additional 
sheets for your readers!

If your child has NOT yet handed 
in a half sheet, they may do so anytime. 
(only one per student though)
We want to encourage their reading 
with this nice bonus.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

is this Thursday 11/30 from 3:00-7:00 in the JA caf.
Please pass the word along so we don't have any orders left behind.

(Also Nature's Vision will NOT be this week but will be TBA)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friday 11/17 is the last day 
to bring in order form for both

Nature’s Vision 

Holiday Plant Sale

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week of November 13th

This week's happenings

November 13 - 17, 2017

All week long
Fall Book Fair

Children will visit the book fair during their Library special this week.  Parents are welcome to come in and shop with them during this time. 

We still need volunteers for Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon!!
Please email if you are interested in helping

Tuesday, Nov 14th
PTO Meeting

Join us while we recap the start of the year and bring you up to speed on what is upcoming over the winter.

We will have a representative from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to talk about community involvement and how your children can take part.

As always, FSU students will be there to entertain the kids with stories and crafts

Wednesday, November 15th
Natures Vision Fundraiser Due

Please bring in orders and money by Wednesday.  Checks can be made payable to JA PTO

Picture Retake Day

Wednesday is the day for retakes if you are unhappy with your school photos or missed the first picture day.

Friday, November 17
Winter Plant sale orders due

Wreaths, Pointsetta's and Christmas cactus can be ordered through your student for our holiday plant sale.  Orders and money should be sent to school with your child by Friday.

Family Fitness Night

Our Family Fitness Night will be Friday, November 17th.  This is always a fun night that families enjoy.   Please consider joining us for all kinds of fun in the gym along with a special prize for all families attending!!!   A requested donation of $5 will be taken at the door.

Next Week

Monday, November 20th - Half day - Parent-Teacher conferences
Tuesday, November 21st - Half day - Parent-Teacher conferences
Wednesday, November 22nd - Sunday, November 26th - No School Thanksgiving Break

If you have questions about anything we have upcoming or ideas you would like to share, please email us at

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Happy Wednesday!!

What a busy week it is again!!

Nature's Vision Fundraiser

Orders are due by Wednesday, November 15th.  Items make great Holiday gifts for all members of your family.  Orders will be available for pick up the same day at the Holiday plants (11/30) so you can shop for your kids and they won't know!!  

Holiday Plant Sale

It's Holiday Plant sale time.  Get your Wreaths, Pointsetta's & Christmas Cactuses and support your school.  Orders are due 11/17 and pick up is in the Cafe on 11/30 from 3:00 - 7:00

Friday, November 10th we have no school as we celebrate Veterans.  Thank you to all of the Veterans who have served.

The final public PTO meeting for this calendar year will be Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm.  Fitchburg State University students will be doing a Thanksgiving craft with any children who come.   We will talk about the exciting things that have happened so far this year, What is on the horizon for 2018 and have a representative from Scouts to talk about how your children can become involved in the community.

The Annual Fall Bookfair will be next week 11/13 - 11/17.   Please check the flyer that went home with your child for shopping times.  We are still looking for Volunteers so if you are interested please email

Our Family Fitness Night will be Friday, November 17th.  This is always a fun night that families enjoy.   Please consider joining us for all kinds of fun in the gym along with a special prize for all families attending!!!   A requested donation of $5 will be taken at the door.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Week of 10/23

Exiting Things Happening this Week!

Books and Beyond kicks off this Friday.  Keep your eye out for the first sheet to come home and make your way up the ladder to earn a medal in the spring!!

Only 7 days left to get your Hannaford Helps bag.  Any Hannaford "Helps" Bag purchased in the month of October at the 927 Merriam Ave location gives $1 to JA PTO! Get there and purchase reusable bags for your school!

Thanks to our JA families we sent in over 11,000 Box tops for our fall submission.  That is OVER $1,100 for our school! 

Our Next PTO meeting is now Tuesday, November 14th

Please note the date change of date to the choir performance in honor of Veterans Day. 

Join the JA PTO for a discussion with Scout leaders in our area about how your children can be involved in their community. 

We will also recap the Magazine drive and look forward to Family Fitness Night, Fall Book Fair, Natures Vision & Winter Plant Sale.

As always, Childcare will be provided by Fitchburg State University.