Paris Elementary PTA

Welcome to Paris!

The PTA at Paris is an active participant in the education of children at Paris.  We volunteer in classrooms, assist teachers in preparing materials for instruction, and raise money to fund special things.  Mr. Wise describes us as "legendary" because of our history of involvement in the school. 

The "P" in PTA stands for "Parent," and your children need you to be involved.  Everyone can be involved in some way - if you have thirty minutes, half a day, or all week!  Paris is a warm, friendly school, and we want you to feel welcomed and connected.  The more parents are involved, the stronger Paris is as a school, and the better it will be for our children. 

To find your niche, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mrs. Savannah Porter (E-mail or 270-8740) or one of our 2016-2017 PTA Officers listed below.  We would love to hear from you, and we look forward to working alongside you for the betterment of our children at Paris!

PTA Forms

Payment Request Form - Approval must be obtained on all purchases. Signature of chairperson is required.

Received Funds Form - Form to properly turn in funds to the Treasurer.

Contact a 2016-2017 PTA Officer
  Co-Presidents Mrs. Keli DeHart E-mail 303-9324
    Mrs. Ollie Brown E-mail 270-8339
  1st Vice-President Mrs. Jessica Hamby E-mail 505-4287
  2nd Vice-President Mr. Joe Saitz E-mail 237-5239
  Treasurer Mrs. Rebecca Hill E-mail 525-5758
  Secretary Mrs. Tara Posner E-mail 704-0149


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For more explanation, please go to School Visitor and Volunteer Guidelines page of the GCS website.

Level I (room helper, copier help) - Fill out volunteer application. Bring the volunteer application with your photo ID to the school. Contact the office (355-4260) to attend a volunteer orientation at the school.

Level II (field trip chaperone, mentor, tutor) - Fill out the volunteer application. Fill out background check request online. Bring the volunteer application with your photo ID to the school. You will be notified when background check is approved (allow two weeks). Contact the office (355-4260) to attend a volunteer orientation at the school.


Look for this logo in Spring, 2017, for the 2016-2017 yearbook ordering information. We will be recording the memories!

Have a great picture that might be good for the yearbook? E-mail it to Mrs. Brooke Poe, yearbook coordinator, at We appreciate your help! Of course, because of design, layout, and space limitations, not all photos can be used.

VOLUNTEER for SpiritFest!

SpiritFest is scheduled for Friday, October 7, 2016, from 4:30-7:30 pm. We can't wait!

For more information, contact the SpiritFest committee.

SpiritFest Keli DeHart 303-9424
  Ollie Brown 270-8339
SpiritFest Food Court Tara Posner 704-0149
  Ann Marie Watson 243-8797
SpiritFest Silent Auction Rebecca Hill 525-5758
SpiritFest Ticket Sales Ally Bergen 313-8342
SpiritFest Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Langley 907-6220
  Josie Gregar 219-689-6912  

Please sign up to volunteer for SpiritFest 2016! PTA will be using (the leading online sign up and reminder tool) to organize for SpiritFest. Volunteers are needed in one-hour shifts from 3:00-8:00 pm during SpiritFest on October 7. The class with the most volunteers in each grade level will win a party!

Here's how it works in three easy steps:

1. Go to our PTA invitation page on -
2. Enter your e-mail address. (You will NOT need to register an account on
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Please contact SpiritFest volunteer coordinator,Courtney Langley, at with any questions or concerns. does not share e-mail addresses with other organizations.


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Watch D.O.G.S. is a program that involves "Dads of Great Students" in their schools. The dads help out at school, promote security by providing a presence, and provide male role models. You will get to interact with children at arrival, in the hall, at lunch, and at recess. You may have the opportunity to help out in your child's classroom, as well! (Paris Watch D.O.G.S. flyer)

The 2016-2017 kickoff will be a Donuts for Dads meeting on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:30 am in the media center. Bring your child and learn how to be a member of the Watch D.O.G.S.!

For more information, contact Jeff & Kelly Hoffman (,, or 238-0479).

Background Check (Watch D.O.G.S. must complete the process for a Level II Volunteer and be cleared before serving.)

Sign Up! (sign up to help with car line or come for the day)

T-shirt Order Form (some are available to borrow at school, but you can order your own with this form)


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Middle School Catalogs

Students entering middle school in the fall will need to make certain choices about the courses that they will take. Please find below a link to all middle schools.

All Middle School Catalogs



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Fuss Free Fundraiser
Tired of fundraising? Take a look at the Fuss Free Fundraiser. For a tax-deductible donation, your child can still benefit from incentives without the "fuss" of fundraising. Contact Ollie Brown (270-8339 or

REFLECTION ENTRIES ARE DUE OCTOBER 12, 2016! (Deadline extended to Monday, October 24!)

The Reflections Program provides the opportunity for students to use their artistic talents in six different categories. Students compete in two groupings - Kindergarten-Second Grade and Third-Fifth Grade. Students can enter multiple times and in multiple categories. Each entry requires a separate Student Entry Form (see link below). Winners are identified at the school level and go on tothe District PTA competition with those winners going on to the State PTA competition.

Reflection "Tips"

-Complete both pages of the entry form.
-Concentrate on the artist statement; in case of a tie, the entry with the stronger statement wins.
-Do not put names on the front of any entry.  Put names on the back.
-Review all rules before submitting entries.
-You may enter more than once, but each entry needs an entry form.
-Entries are due Monday, October 24, 2016.
-Have fun and good luck!

Read more information by clicking below.

  General Participant Rules
  Student Entry Form
  Literature Rules
  Photography Rules
  Film Production Rules
  Music Composition Rules
  Dance Choreography Rules
  Visual Arts Rules
  Special Artist Division Rules
  Consent Form for Film Entries

For more information, contact Chair Katie Epps (

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Paws on Paris - New and Improved!

It's NOT TOO LATE to be a part of the New & Improved PAWS on Paris!  If you would like to be involved in helping to keep Paris a clean and neat school, please consider adopting a designated area to maintain at your convenience. 


  • Front of school

  • Sign by the carline entrance

  • Kindergarten playground

  • Benches around front trees

Contact Mrs. Heather Collins ( or 363-1557) to reserve your zone or for more information. 

Adoptions will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis!  Click to see the opportunities available.  Adopt a zone today!

Thank you for helping Paris be beautiful!

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Nominate a Deserving Teacher

Pick up a nomination form at Ingles or download one here!


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Adopt a Classroom
Did you know that teachers spend an average of $1,200 of their own money each year to purchase materials for their classrooms?  Did you know that every teacher affects 3,000 students in their professional lifetime?

Adopt-a-Classroom has a goal to end teacher-funded classrooms.  It allows you to give a tax-deductible gift to a classroom which in turn can be used by the teacher to buy classroom materials, most at a reduced cost, from a list of participating vendors.  You get to see what was bought and from where, and 100% of your gift goes to the classroom.

Find out more at or download a donor form here.


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Helpful and Informative Links    
Here are some interesting links with great information that may be of interest to you and your family.  Check back often as this list grows!
Challenge Program The mission, curriculum, and criteria for the Challenge program
Helmet Safety Just how safe is your child's football helmet and how do you know?
Sleep Debt How much sleep does your child (and you) need?  What are the effects of too little sleep?
SC Standards A family-friendly listing of the South Carolina Curriculum Standards


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Your Pictures Needed!

Did you take pictures at a school event?

Please e-mail photos if you would like them to be considered for the yearbook or website.

We cannot use all photos submitted, but will use as many as possible.


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Contact Mrs. Amanda Cox ( or 201-3912).


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First Ever Cook Book for Paris Elementary!

A big THANK YOU for submitting recipes.  There are over 400 recipes featured in the first ever Paris cookbook.   "Cooking in the Classroom" is a collection of the best recipes of the Paris community. 

Click on the cover also to get an order blank.  These cook books will make great gifts for friends and family, and at $12.00, a great bargain, too!  You can even order a CD version for only $10.00. 

Support Paris in a tasty way with "Cooking in the Classroom!"

Contact Mrs. Cindy Hamby ( or Mrs. Dixie LaMarca (



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BoxTops and Labels for Education  
Help Paris Elementary by saving the Boxtops and eligible labels from the items you already purchase! It is a great and free way to help our school and it takes only a few minutes each month!

Box Tops for Education Facts
For more informaiton, contact school coordinator, Mrs. Karen Sharp, at


Label Information
Labels for Education Product List
For more information, contact school coordinator, Mrs. Melissa Costello, at

PTA News
PTA News & Information Pages are published as the volume of information warrants a separate page.
PTA information is incorporated on the Principal's Pages if possible to save copying costs.


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Report Volunteer Hours
When you sign in as a volunteer at school, the time you spend is automatically recorded.  If you volunteer in some way at Paris this year that does not involve signing in, please be sure you have recorded your volunteer hours by using the Paris website OR by sending the information to Mrs. Aloma Smith, Volunteer Chair, at  Remember volunteer hours count for anything you did for the school -   such as baking, shopping for items you purchased, and phone calls.


Click Here
Volunteer Chair Report


Click Here


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