An update from PTSA President, Julie Runyan-Brown:

Parents:

Thank you for supporting our staff appreciation efforts by sending in soup and other foods for our Soup Spectacular! Everyone enjoyed a nice lunch and were very appreciative.

When you receive your child’s report card on Friday, January 26 you should also receive a letter from the PTSA regarding our Spring Fundraiser. When you choose to respond, please use the envelope provided and have your child return the envelope to their Advisory teacher or drop it in the mail. We really appreciate the support from our families to help us enhance our students’ educational experience. If you have any questions about this fundraiser, please feel free to contact the PTSA President, Julie Runyan-Brown at rcmsptsapresident@gmail.com. 

Box Tops are still being collected. Our next deadline is January 31, 2018.  Students should put their name and homeroom teacher on the bag or envelope they turn in so they can be entered to win an iTunes gift card. 

The PTSA truly appreciates your support this year. Nominations are being accepted at this time for most positions for next year’s PTSA board. If interested, please fill out the nomination form HERE and turn it in to the front office, attention PTSA Nomination Committee. You may also mail to the school or email the application to rcmsptsapresident@gmail.com.  

If you are interested in being on the nominations committee, please email Julie Runyan-Brown at rcmsptsapresident@gmail.com. Thank you!

Upcoming events to look forward to helping us with:
January 30  Spirit Night at Panera  4-8pm

February 9  Make Up Winter Glow Dance/Valentine's Dance  3:30-5pm
February 12  Spirit Night at Henry's   5-8pm

March 13  Spirit Night at Wendy's  5-8pm
March 30  Spirit Night at Panera  4-8pm

These dates are not all inclusive...just ones we want you to put on your calendar to help us with! As always, keep checking the website calendar for the school for more events like athletic games and upcoming events. We are currently looking for a couple people to take over planning the dances and to handle our Box Tops for Education drive. Please email rcmsptsapresident@gmail.com if you would interested in helping!

*The new By Laws were approved at our PTSA general meeting on September 14, 2017. You can review them here.

Join the PTSA!

Ralph Chandler's PTSA Membership application form can be found HERE.  Family and friends are always welcome to volunteer and be involved in the many activities our children are participating in.  We have so many great things going on and it takes several people to make them happen.  If you don't know where you want to serve, but want to know of all the opportunities, you can find them listed HERE.  The PTSA Leadership Nomination form is available HERE.  

Meet our PTSA Board 2017-2018

President: Julie A. Runyan-Brown
VP Programs: Heidi Payne
Secretary: Kristie Crosby
Treasurer: Angela Laird
Communications: Anne Abahazi
Memberships/School Store: Stephanie Mahaffey
Fundraising/Spirit Nights: Brian Poole
Reflections: Dawn Hanel


Our committee chair positions we still have available include: 
Dances
Box Tops for Schools
Teacher Appreciation
If you are interested in helping with any of these openings, please contact me at rcmsptsapresident@gmail.com  Thank you! 

National PTA Reflections-

Reflections contest is officially under way. Students can enter in the following categories: Dance Choreography, Fil Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. All entries must be turned in to the school level no later than Friday, October 27. Winners will be sent to the district in early November. Entry Forms and rules will be sent out in HR this week! Any questions please contact Dawn Hanel dwnhanel@hotmail.com.

Box Tops for Education! - Box tops are worth 10 cents for our school!  Don't toss 'em, clip 'em!  You can find all the details HERE.

School Visitor and Volunteer Guidelines-

Greenville County Schools (GCS), in an effort to ensure the safety of all of our students, is implementing additional security checks for school volunteers.   Effective immediately, all volunteers must submit an application to the school and receive clearance from the district before interacting with children in the school or chaperoning any school field trip.  Volunteers are now identified by two different categories:  Level I or Level II.  Please review the required procedure by clicking HERE.

Advocating for Your Child's Success - Video HERE

GCS has partnered with District 1 PTA to produce a video outlining how parents can appropriately advocate for their children. The video stresses following proper channels of communications beginning with the teacher or other appropriate employee, working with teachers and other staff, staying informed through Parent Portal and teacher meetings, informing principals of concerns, etc.  You can view the video by clicking the link above.

South Carolina School Improvement Council - Click HERE

Retail Partners with RCMS:
Publix Partners:  Help your school every time you shop at Publix.  Through Publix Partners, all purchases at Publix will help earn money for our school.  For every $37,500 spent cumulatively by school participants, Publix will award your school $250.  If you would like a Publix Partners Card, please contact the RCMS PTSA.

School Bookstore

Visit the school bookstore for your school supplies and check out the cool RCMS logo items!  Stop by to purchase our new t-shirts and hats to support your school! We're open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.

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The Mission of Ralph Chandler Middle School is to provide an environment that is conducive to learning and focuses on academic excellence.