Details

Registration Opens: 8am Nov 12 (4pm on Nov 9 for PTO Members)

Registration Closes: 4pm Nov 27 (4 pm on Nov 28 for PTO Members)

Cost: $20 first couple and $10 each additional son

Limit of 175 families


Dinner: 6-8pm in the Cafeteria

Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Chips, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Water, Lemonade, Tea, Cookies


Games

We have a great night of games planned for you! We have a fun scavenger hunt around campus with prizes. Out on the field we will have a range of games from glow in the dark sports to traditional BBQ games.  You will be assigned to a group as you move through the events, so nothing will be too crowded.


Mother Son BBQ Night

November 30, 6:00-8:30pm

CALLING ALL BOYS!

Come hang out with your mom/female guardian and challenge your friends and their moms to some fun games. (Don’t worry Moms… you can do it!). Take part in a scavenger hunt throughout campus – you might even learn a few fun facts about Neely! Play a little, eat some dinner, and have a LOT of fun at this year’s Mother/Son BBQ.

Use the link below to register or return the paper form sent home on Friday, Nov 9.

Paper orders will be converted to online orders and a confirmation emailed.

An Entrance Ticket download link will be included in your completed order and on the Thank You screen. If you choose to create an account, it will be in your account history.

We kept what you loved about past Mother Son Events, ditched what you didn’t, and made it awesome! Come play with us!

Sign Me Up!

Link will work from Nov 12, 8am to Nov 27, 4pm.
  • You will be assigned a group when you show up.
  • Groups will rotate through events together.
  • Eat when you want to (Dinner served 6-8pm)
  • Come dressed to play and run.

 

 

 

You Shop, We Earn!

Amazon Smile

 

From now until November 2nd, Amazon’s usual 0.5% contribution is being multiplied to 

5% of eligible purchases!

Using Amazon Smile is so easy! The one catch is that purchases MUST be made through  smile.amazon.com, not the app or amazon.com.

Don’t worry. We’ve laid out the simple process of using smile.amazon.com instead of the app right here:

 

  

Here’s how to do it:

Do everything like you normally do on your phone, computer, whatever, including adding items to your cart. DO NOT CHECKOUT!!

On your phone or tablet, open Safari or Chrome, and go to smile.amazon.com. On your computer, make sure the web address is smile.amazon.com.

When you do, you will be prompted to sign in an choose a charity. Pick us – Neely Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (aka Neely PTO). You will only have to do this the first time you use Amazon Smile.

When you’re done with that, click on your cart. Amazon will magically display everything you added from whatever you were using before. (It’s not magic, it’s complex computer code, but it seems like magic.)

NOW CHECKOUT! You will get a happy message saying Thanks for Supporting Neely! and you’ll get that smile on your face that Amazon promised in their name because your kids get something to help their school for FREE!

Everything you love about Amazon works exactly like it always has, but our school and your kids benefit. 

So, try it out. Get a little early holiday shopping done and help us earn a whopping 5% of your purchase! 

Want more details? Click HERE to visit Amazon’s Q&A section about Amazon Smile.

Chipotle @ Dana Park

Tuesday,  Nov. 13th 5-9pm

3440 E. Baseline Rd. #104 Mesa

Dine in or Take out, you pick! 

(Orders must be placed in store, not online.)

If you’ve been around Neely for awhile, you know how awesome our Restaurant Nights are! A ton of people show up, there are kids darting around to say hi to friends all night, and it is the EASIEST money our school makes! Our Chipotle night was our most successful restaurant night last year. Let’s see if we can beat it this year! Details are in the image below.

October 26, 5:30-8:30

 

Our Spooktacular Knight is a time to relax in the “cool” fall weather and watch a movie with your family, show off your Halloween costume, get a little candy, take a cute fall photo, and just have some fun! Bring a picnic dinner or you can purchase hot dogs, nachos, sausages, or soft pretzels from the Hot Dog King. 

The movie for the night will be Hotel Transylvania 2.

Admission cost is $0, nada, nothin, not a penny! Just come and have fun!

We are asking for 2 things though: Canned goods for the Student Council Food Drive, and donations of candy for the night (turn this in by 3:30 on Wednesday October 24).

There will be a  fall-themed photo booth with a photographer taking photos until dark. We would like to borrow your Fall/Halloween decorations to make our campus extra Spooktacular. They can go home with you that night so you’re ready for Trick or Treaters on Halloween. We will send an email soon with specific needs for decorations.

Low chairs are welcome as are blankets and other picnic supplies. Camp chairs or other taller chairs are permitted on the sides of the picnic area only.

Gates will open at 5:30pm followed by the costume parade around 6:00 and the movie starting at 6:30.

Parent or responsible adult MUST stay on campus and supervise his or her own children. No Neely staff will be available to monitor children.


To help us plan for the event, please fill out the form below. It will only take 30 seconds!

 

We would like this event to be open to all students and we know some children have allergies that restrict their trick or treating fun. Please describe any allergies we should be aware of so that we can have alternate treats available to them.
reCAPTCHA is required.

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

7:30am-3:45pm


We Need Your Help!

HOW TO HELP

  • Volunteer to help set up the drop off zone, help Neely families drop off donations, sort and re-box or bag items as needed, help to load the bins to be weighed and transported to Sunshine Acres.
  • If you aren’t able to work a full hour time slot but have a half hour, let us know so we can team you up with someone to fill the slot.
  • Please dress for the weather and in comfortable clothes and shoes. We will be in the landscape (dirt, rocks) and street (on and off the curb).
  • If you have time to volunteer and assist with this fundraiser on collection day (we especially could use a couple of strong parents while loading bins at the end of the day). Sign up here or call Susan Vail at 480-280-9918

Rule to remember:  If it hasn’t been used or worn in 3 years, it probably won’t ever be.

  • Bring your clothing items in plastic bags and bring in as many bags as you can.
  • Please place books and household items in boxes.
  • All donations go to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home!

 

Paper Drive, too!

Don’t carry it in – we will unload for you!

We will take your reams of paper and your cash to buy reams of paper right at the curb! No more loading up backpacks or hauling it into the office! Paper can also be donated in the office Monday-Wednesday.

3 Ways to Increase Donations for Our Clothing & Household Item Drive

Remember:  The Neely family that brings in the greatest weight gets a $25 check from Sunshine Acres.

  1. Ask your neighbors, friends and family to clean out their households.
  2. Stop at garage/yard sales in your neighborhood.  Let them know about our school fundraiser.  Offer to come back when their sale is over and take any items that we can accept.  Let them know you can provide them with a tax donation letter just like Goodwill can AND that all items will be going to help our school and Sunshine Acres Children’s Home.
  3. Watch Craigslist garage/yard sales, rummage and church/other organization sales.  They usually post when the sale is over.  Many post…”what’s left is at the curb, take what you want.”  You may offer them a tax donation letter as well and let them know that the donations help both our school and Sunshine Acres Children’s Home.

Clothing (all types & sizes)

All clothing accessories including Shoes, Purses, Backpacks, Belts, Linens, Bedding, Curtains, Pillows, Towels, Hats, Fabric, Sheets, Blankets, Duffel Bags, Sports Bags, Luggage, Socks, cloth/fabric and Comforters.

Books of all types and sizes including magazines!


 

Miscellaneous:

Jewelry, records, compact disks, video tapes, DVD’s, games, toys and small sports equipment, Housewares…dishes, glassware, kitchen utensils, lamps, small countertop appliances, collectibles, antiques, knickknacks and other giftware, hand tools, small power tools, stereos, radios, VCRs, DVD players, etc. 18x18x18in or smaller.


NOTE: furniture, TVs, computers/printers, full size appliances or other large household items – they will take them but we don’t make money on them!

 

Loyalty Items Fundraiser

Orders Due November 2

 

Print an Order Form

Every year, we see these flyers for Harkins, but maybe you’re not quite sure what these items are or why our school is offering them.

 

Harkins sells many things besides movie tickets and they partner with schools and non-profits to raise funds.

 

One of the most popular items is their refillable souvenir cup. Purchase the cup for $6.50 and you can get $1.50 refills (first one is even free!) all year. If you purchase their summer movie tickets, this is a great way to get a cheap drink to stay cool!

 

While you’re at the theater, you can redeem your Popcorn Voucher. Each punch is good for a medium popcorn. There are 36 punches on each card – an average of 3 visits a month! Limit of one punch per visit. It’s only $30. 

 

Lastly, if you can’t decide what to get that hard-to-shop-for person, we have $25 gift cards. Each gift card will also come with a coupon for a free medium popcorn

 

What does all this have to do with fundraising? Neely purchases these items at discount and sells them for regular price. You aren’t paying any more than you would in the theater, BUT Neely’s PTO gets some much needed cash to help our school continue to be awesome!

 

Orders are accepted by paper form only and must be turned in by November 2nd. We will deliver the vouchers for your purchased items by December 7th so you can have time to get them to your family and friends for the holidays.

 

  

A Bunch o’ Box Tops for a Bunch o’ Balloons!

August 20-31

“Box Tops are on things you use every day around your house. It’s so easy to collect them!”

Box Tops Products

Click to view the whole list

The rules of the game are simple:

  1. Collect as many Box Tops as you can.
  2. Glue 10 Box Tops at a time on to this sheet.
  3. Use more than one sheet if you have more than 10 Box Tops.
  4. Write your name and your teacher’s name on the sheet.
  5. Turn it in to your teacher or the office by August 31.

We will draw a single winner from the stack at the end of the contest and that one person will win 350 quick-fill water balloons! His or her teacher will win a $25 Target gift card!

Fall STEM KNO

(Kids’ Night Out)

September 7, 4:45-9:00pm

The evening’s entertainment includes:

A magician showing how to use science in fun ways

Pete Mueller demonstrating explosions – yes, really (but it’s all safe)

An astronomer to show you the mysteries of the universe

plus PIZZA!

You’ll get to do experiments of your own, too!

It’s science like you’ve never seen before at Neely!


Ready to register? The form opens at 8am on August 20. It closes at 4pm on September 4th.

Sign up on our waitlist

The form is set to take payments by cash, check, or PayPal. You may pay with a credit card or e-check through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account. 

Only 275 children will be enrolled. We will use the waiting list to add children if space opens up.

What does it cost?

It’s $18 for the first child enrolled, and $12 for each additional kid.  

This price includes a pizza dinner, water, a treat, and all events for the evening.

What should my kid bring?

Not much! For the movie portion of the evening, the kids will be allowed to lay out blankets and pillows to get comfortable on the cafeteria floor. This will only be about 30 minutes at the end of the night, so they may not need anything. No toys or stuffed animals will be allowed. Please label all items with your name in case they are misplaced. These items will be stored in the music room until they are needed.

Your kid will NOT need a water bottle, a meal, or anything electronic! We have it all covered!

 

Who is going to be watching my kid?

Neely teachers! Aren’t they wonderful? Each grade will be with a certified teacher and several teen/parent helpers all evening. PTO board members will supervise and organize the event. Only registered volunteers will be allowed through the south cafeteria doors to ensure your child’s safety.

Give me the nitty-gritty. How does this all work?

Arrive before the doors open at 4:45 and get in line by student last name. Teachers will verify your child’s information, attach allergy wristbands, and direct your kids where to go. You may walk them into the cafeteria to help them get comfortable if needed, but only registered volunteers may enter the school campus.

Then you’re off for a kid free evening! We will contact you if your child needs you, we promise, so go with a carefree heart!

Return between 8:30 and 9:00. The east cafeteria door will be open and we will need you to be patient as we match children and parents safely. Do not leave younger siblings in the car, please. You will pick up the card you signed at check-in and proceed into the waiting area. If we don’t recognize you, we may ask for ID. We have wranglers to collect your kids for you and the kids will meet you by the double doors. If you have a photo of them on your phone, have it available to show the wrangler to make finding the kids faster. A volunteer will match your check-in card to your child’s sticker at the end of the waiting area and you will be free to go.

*If you have a 6th grader, please use the remind app at pick-up to text the 6th grade team your child’s name and that you are in line and they will send your kid to the cafeteria.

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Curious how an event’s financials turned out? Look at the financial documents under Home on the site.

Forget to register for an event until the very last day and can’t make it to school to turn in your form? Use NeelyPTO.org to register and pay online with PayPal.

Lost the sheet that lists your teacher’s favorite treat and you know she’s had a rough week? They are all listed here.

The most important part of this site, though, is that we can make it work for you and for us. It is all able to be customized.

We hope you’ll poke around, give us a little grace as we work out the kinks, and come back often.

 

See you July 31 at 5:30 for Back to School Night! We will be in the cafeteria, with Chromebooks set to our site!

(Oh, and if you’ve built a website before or know how to, contact me! I’m self taught and it’s really complex! -Randi)