Schoolyard

“Good-bye Blacktop” Lyrics

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Goodbye isn’t always such a bad thing
Losing something never felt this good
I don’t mean to be mean, but I’m happy to see you leave,
So I’m saying peace, you belong in the street.

Goodbye black top, hello green,
No more pavement to skin my knees
I’ll have things to climb and swing
No more snow hills and bull dozing
So I’m saying peace, you belong in the street.

Hello playground, good-bye pavement
We play in a car lot that is vacant
If I fall and land head first
Now I won’t have to go to the nurse.
So I’m saying peace, you belong in the street.

Now it’s cool and safe to play at school
And we owe everything to the Irving Schoolyard team.

Goodbye isn’t always such a bad thing.
Losing something never felt this good.
I don’t mean to be mean, but I’m happy to see you leave,
So I’m saying peace, you belong in the street.

-lyrics by Mr. Williams, music by Ms. Hiolski, assistance from Irving students.

PTO Meeting May 23, 2013

We hope you can join us for the May PTO meeting, which is this week on Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 in the Library/Media Center on the second floor. As always, free child care is provided. This  meeting will assess the past year in order to prepare well for next school year.

We hope to see you there. If you are unable to attend and would like to discuss anything on the agenda, please contact Laura Crawford at lauracrawford47@gmail.com, Jodie Ackerman at jodiepto@yahoo.com, or any of the other PTO board members (click here for contact info).

Irving School PTO
Agenda for Monthly Meeting
May 23, 2013
6:30PM
Irving Media Center Library

  1. Welcome
  2. Transition of PTO board positions: Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer (5 minutes)
  3. Principal’s Report (30 minutes)
  4. Treasurer’s Report (10 minutes)
  5. Schoolyard Project update (5 minutes)
    1. Construction briefing
    2. Blacktop party: Friday, 5/24
  6. Committee Reports: (20 minutes)
    1. Event evaluation: Sleepover
    2. Event evaluation: Ethnic Parade
    3. Event evaluation: Staff Appreciation
    4. Event evaluation: Art Fest/Poetry Slam
    5. Event evaluation: Family Math Night
    6. End of Year party: Friday, 5/31
    7. Other committee reports
  7. Eagle Extras Update: (5 minutes)
  8. Summer Planning (10 minutes)
    1. Fun Run
    2. Suggestions for next year’s PTO budget development
  9. Reflections on past year with suggestions for improvement. (10 minutes)
  10. Approve minutes from 5/2/13
  11. All other business

Bye Bye Blacktop Party! May 24, 4-8pm

Say goodbye to the blacktop, Irving style!
You won’t miss the blacktop! Don’t miss the party!

Friday, May 24, 4-8pm

See the awesome flyer here!

Outside activities from 4-6:

  • Dunk tank for teachers (stay tuned for those details)
  • Blacktop t-shirts available ($10 for adults; FREE for students)
  • Music! Baggo! Extra 4-square courts! Color the chalk mural!
  • Sing the new Goodbye Blacktop song (music and lyrics written by Ms. Hiolski and Mr.  Williams)

Parent/Staff softball game from 6-8:

  • Bring your lawn chairs or
  • Wear a white shirt to play on the parents’ team

Food truck provided by Robinson’s Ribs. Buy dinner and drinks (soda, water) from them, or just bring your own picnic. (We will not have grills this year.)

Good Humor ice cream truck will be there!

After-party at the Side Bar on Roosevelt for staff and parents to hang out after the kids are in bed.

Contact Jassen Strokosch (jassens@gmail.com) to be on the parent softball team. The game even has it’s own Facebook page.

Contact Laura Crawford (lauracrawford47@gmail.com) with questions about the party.

SAVE THE DATE: 5/24, 4-8PM – Bye Bye Blacktop party

Our Bye Bye Blacktop party will be on Friday, May 24, combined with the Parent/Staff softball game. From 4-6 there will be plenty of fun stuff to do outside, or you can just chill out on your lawn chair. Then the softball game is from 6-8, and you don’t want to miss that. Bring your own picnic or purchase from the Robinson’s Ribs food truck that will be there. Details coming in a flyer soon.

Let’s say goodbye to the blacktop, Irving style. This is going to be awesome, people! Don’t miss it!

PTO Meeting Thursday, May 2

We hope you can join us for the May PTO meeting, which is this week on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 in the Library/Media Center on the second floor. As always, free child care is provided. The May 23 meeting will assess the past year in order to prepare well for next school year.

This month’s meeting will include many votes. We will allocate PTO funds for the Schoolyard Project construction, and vote on items to prepare for next year over the summer. Principal Hodge will give an update on the busy month of May.

We will also vote in 3 new PTO board members. Nominations may be accepted until the time of the vote. New board members begin their 2 year term at the May 23 meeting.

We hope to see you there. If you are unable to attend and would like to discuss anything on the agenda, please contact Laura Crawford at lauracrawford47@gmail.com, Jodie Ackerman at jodiepto@yahoo.com, or any of the other PTO board members (click here for contact info).

Irving School PTO
Agenda for Monthly Meeting
May 2, 2013
6:30PM
Irving Media Center Library

  1. Welcome
  2. Principal’s Report (30 minutes)
    1. Update on end of year activities and technology planning.
  3. Treasurer’s Report (20 minutes)
    1. Vote to approve/deny the costs presented for the purchase of technology equipment.
      1. Teacher input to be presented.
    2. Vote to approve/deny PTO budget line item for Teacher Classroom Fund for 2013/2014 school year effective 6/1.
    3. Vote to approve/deny the costs presented for Irving to have a float in the Ethnic Parade.
  4. Schoolyard Project Votes (10 minutes)
    1. Vote to approve/deny the allocation of $43,800 from the PTO’s Schoolyard Project account to District 97 for costs related to the construction of the new schoolyard to begin June 2013.
    2. Vote to approve/deny the costs presented for the Bye Bye Blacktop party on 5/24.
  5. Incoming PTO board (5 minutes)
    1. Vote for open PTO board positions
      1. Nominations include: Lori McConnell (Vice President), Lynn Battoglia (Treasurer), Rebecca Tull (Secretary).
    2. Vote to approve/deny changing the incoming Treasurer’s term to begin effective immediately, so overlap occurs with current Treasurer until 5/23 PTO meeting.
  6. Committee Reports: (30 minutes)
    1. Event update: Tasty Dog Challenge
    2. Event evaluation: Academic Fair & Egg Drop
    3. Event evaluation: Spring Book Fair
    4. Event discussion: Taste of Irving
    5. Ethnic Parade: Saturday, 5/4
    6. End of Year party potential date change to 5/31
    7. Other committee reports
  7. Eagle Extras Update: (5 minutes)
  8. Approve minutes from 3/7/13 and 4/4/13
  9. All other business

Note: Next/last PTO meeting is May 23.