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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THANK YOU to everyone who made our magazine drive a success!! Today was the last day to turn orders in for prizes and we apologize any confusion our earlier blog email may have caused as that should have gone out yesterday. If you have any questions please email

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Week of 10/9/17

Happy Thursday!!

We hope you had a great week so far.  It is nice to see the weather getting cooler, the leaves turning and it is great being back in the swing of school!!

A few reminders for the end of this week:

Friday, October 13th is a Bonus day as we wrap up our annual Magazine Drive!  2 or more orders turned in and your child gets Mr. Puff ball in addition to their regular prizes.  Did you know this is the only way to get a JA Hot Chocolate mug before winter kicks in (7 orders for this prize!)

You have until 10/18/17 to turn in your orders!!  

Thanks for your support!!

Fall Box top due date is 10/20/17.  Students bringing in 10 or more box tops are eligible for our fall 2017 mystery raffle!!

Make sure your students name and home room are part of your submission. (Baggie or coloring sheet are both fine)

Hannaford Helps bags are still available at Hannaford at the Twin City Plaza!!

$1.00 from each bag comes straight to JA PTO

It is time to get your Wachusett Mountain Ski Pass!!

Do you like to Ski Wachusett?
Have a child in grades 3-5 who may want to join our ski club?
Have a younger or older child?

Sign up on  Wachusett's Website thru Dec. 1, 2O17
to receive discounted rates!

The Johnny Appleseed Ski and Snowboard Club is an eight week program at Wachusett Mountain starting on January 7th, 2018.

Ski Club will be held 4:30pm - 8:30pm on the following Sundays:
January 7, 14,21,28, February 4, 11,18 and 25,2018.
An eight-week lift badge or a Season's pass may be purchased.

Teachers and parents of those students are entitled to discounted rates too.
**Grades K-2 (and their parents) can also purchase season passes or lift
Lessons are available for six weeks from 6 PM - 7 PM and equipment is available to rent. Parents and teachers may also take lessons.

8 Week Lift Badge thru 12/1/17 $130
8 Week Rental of Ski or Snowboard Equipment $110
Season Rental of Ski or Snowboard Equipment $179
6 Week One-Hour Ski or Snowboard Lesson $60

8 Week Helmet Rental $24

Season Passes are also available on line at a discounted rate.

Parents/Guardians are responsible for the transportation of students to and from

Ready to sign up?
Parents Step One: Click Here
Parents Step Two: Program Code: JAPP

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Connors at

Next week...

End of Magazine Drive

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Magazine Drive

Magazine Drive

Did you know the magazine drive is one of the PTO's largest fundraisers of the year?  We make 40% of all items sold so we need your help in making this a success!!

Did you know you can buy so much more than Magazines?
We encourage you to log in and check out all of the cool stuff there is offered!!

Did you know you can pay with a credit or debit card online and your child will still get credit?

Share this link with your family and friends and you child will get credit for every order in person and online!! School ID 2590727

You can order your Holiday cards...

4” x 8” Flat Photo Cards – Set of 20


Live-Love-Laugh Layered Necklace Kaleidoscope Hoop Earrings "Faith Hope Love" Bangle Alluring Layers Necklace

Even Personalized Ornaments & Stonewear

Kid's Ornament - Ballerina Girl Kid's Ornament - Bicycle Boy 10" Traditional Pie Plate  7.5" Medium Dog Bowl

Tomorrow, October 5th is a bonus day!!  Every child with 2 orders will get a glow in the dark ghost key chain in addition to all of the regular prizes!!

Have an hour or 2 to spare in the morning?!?

We need help tallying orders and distributing prizes.  Sign up here!!

Sign up Genius