What is your superpower?

Charitable

Ways to support our school throughout the year?
Simply shop with SCRIP

It won’t add up to your shopping cost, and it will beneficiate our kiddos!
Scrip is fundraising while you shop. Here’s how it works: you buy a scrip gift card through our scrip program. Over 750 Retailers to choose from: Wholefoods, Target, Macys, Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Starbucks, Subway, etc. just to mention a few… You’ll pay the full-face value, while Overland will earn an immediate percentage that’s typically between 2% and 16% depending on the retailer. Then you use that gift card on your normal purchases. You’re not spending extra money, and you’re just earning for your school!


More information contact the SCRIP Team

Gear up!

Wearing Overland T-shirts help reinforcing Overland Community.
And without our community, Overland would not be the amazing School it currently is! Tuesdays are School Spirit Days so wear your Overland gear to show your love!
Take a peek at our School Market page and for more information contact Mariya
Amazon in my zone!!
Each time you shop Amazon, click here so that Amazon will donate a portion back to Overland!

Cut these boxes

Send you kiddos on the hunt for these Box Top tags!
Collect them and drop them off in the Box Tops collection box at the main Office. Easy peasy!
Each tag equal ¢10 paid back to Overland.
Learn more here

Ralph’s Reward Program

Register your Ralph’s Rewards card to ear for Overland!
As of September 1, the Ralph’s Community Contributions program has started for 2018-2019. Please register your Ralph’s Rewards shopper card online and link it to Overland Elementary. The school will earn up to 4% of your purchases made using your registered Ralph’s Rewards card. Instructions to register will be sent home with your student or the flyer is also available in the school office. Even if you have registered previously, your card must be renewed every September. Feel free to share the instructions with other friends and family who may not already have an organization to support.
If you have any questions about this program or any other Charitable program, please email the Scrip Team.

FOO

Friends Of Overland helps to ensure that Overland Elementary remains the extraordinary public school it is today. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to raise money that supports critical programs cut by LAUSD.
We are running two major fundraisers per year: FAD and Overland Annual Gala & Auction
Your support is essential. Give our kids the education they deserve!
Learn more about FOO, how are budgets developed by the principal with input and review of administration, faculty, and parent leadership committees, where we spend money to maintain Overland Excellence (a California Distinguished School with an API score greater than 900 for 5 consecutive years): http://friendsofoverland.org

Crafty

With or without paintbrushes!

You do not need an art background to come on board.

Soul of a tinker? You’re welcome too!

Pick and choose, I’m gonna be…

An Art Docent

An Art Docent is a parent volunteer who comes up with lessons and teaches them in the classroom. You are not alone: we have dozens of lessons and ideas you can tap into. The art docent communicates with the teacher: tie topics to the curriculum, ideas, etc., organizes the supplies, runs the lesson and cleans up. For more information and lesson ideas contact Brenda
– Assisting Ms. King in the Contact Olivia or reach out to your room parent or teacher.
– Joining the Art Committee
The Art Committee brainstorms about the Art Show theme, lesson plans, budgets & resources, and how to raise our kids’ awareness of Arts. Contact Brenda

Supporting Square 1 Art

You surely have seeing these custom-made water bottles, or these personalized tiles!? Well, they come from Square1Art. Kids draw something they like under their teacher’s or a parent’s guidance. This drawing is sent to Square 1 Art Company. Parents can then enjoy precious keepsakes featuring their child(ren)’s artwork year after year: key chains, mugs, etc. Square 1 Art Company donates Overland a % of each transaction processed from Overlanders parents. These funds are key to purchase Art Supplies and support enrichment programs.
For more information, contact Dena

Joining the Art Show Team

We run an amazing student Art Show! Each year we have a new theme the Art Docents interpret with the kids. The world is your oyster, this is a wonderful and exciting opportunity for creativity galore! Mark your calendars April 19th and Contact Brenda

Money Maker

Are you: A Financial Advisor? An Accountant? Or simply related to the Leprechaun?
If you know how to convert 1 to 3 and more, if you can sell anything (not your kiddos though), come and help us!

Sell SCRIP

Scrip is fundraising while you shop. Here’s how it works: a family will buy a scrip gift card through our school’s scrip program. They’ll pay the full-face value, but Overland will earn an immediate rebate percentage that’s typically between 2% and 16% depending on the retailer. Then they use that gift card full amount on their normal purchases. We’re not spending extra money, we’re just earning for our school!

Contact Scrip Team.

Sell Gear

Contact Mariya

Cut these boxes

Send you kiddos on the hunt for these Box Top tags!
Collect them and either give them to your teacher or drop them off in the box located on the right side of the School Office. Easy peasy!
Each tag equal ¢10 paid back to Overland.
Learn more: boxtops4education.com

Register your Ralph’s Rewards card to ear for Overland!

As of September 1, the Ralph’s Community Contributions program has started for 2018-2019. Please register your Ralph’s Rewards shopper card online and link it to Overland Elementary. The school will earn up to 4% of your purchases made using your registered Ralph’s Rewards card. Instructions to register will be sent home with your student or the flyer is also available in the school office. Even if you have registered previously, your card must be renewed every September. Feel free to share the instructions with other friends and family who may not already have an organization to support.
If you have any questions about this program or any other Charitable program, please email the Scrip Team at scrip@overlandschool.org.

Strictly Organic

Green Hands? Hopefully not literally!

The Overland Green Team is a parents-students organization committed to increasing environmental awareness and reducing school waste.

The Green Team agenda includes Gardening as an enrichment program to the school curriculum and a Parent Committee that oversees several awareness activities.

We believe that by helping our kids growing their classroom garden bed and by teaching them the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, we educate them on all the ways our natural world is important to our lives and encourage their community responsibility.

If you love gardening, if you’re ecofriendly, if you like working outside, if you nurture a passion for the science of plants, or would like to promote healthy eating, add your green thumb to ours…or FIND it with the help of our treasure trove of lesson plans and of our supportive and collaborative team.

— Assist your kid(s) classroom Gardening Lead Parent or become a Gardening Lead Parent. Contact Deva

—Help Trash Troopers to make sure Overland keeps reducing lunch wastes being sent to landfills. Contact Green Team 

— Be an advisor to our 5th grade led Green Team: a student group dedicated to reducing school waste and running our compost program. Contact Green Team

— Help with any green initiatives, suggest ideas, to help Overland becoming the number one Eco Friendly LAUSD school Contact Green Team

— Initiate planting Contact Green Team

— Clean-up the campus Contact Green Team

— Become a Compost Captain

Created in 2011 to promote proper recycling and composting procedures at our school, the Compost Captains Program offers 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to be leaders by demonstrating responsible waste reduction and proper recycling and composting methods during the school lunch hour. Students work in teams of 2 for 2 week periods. Participation in the program requires a student get signed approval from parent and teacher. Awards for participation are given every 2 months during school assembly. plan and implement committee meetings, work with staff to coordinate Awards Assembly, plan video presentations, work with Annette Mercer, Earth Day Fair planners, and seek outside assistance; SMC and UCLA environmental students’ groups, community gardening and composting groups… Contact Green Team 

— Decorate and update the Green Team Bulletin Board Contact Green Team

— Manage the student sign-ups and scheduling (Remote role) Contact Green Team

— Manage committee communications and general support (Remote role) Contact Green Team

Beautifier

Are you the lucky owner of a magic wand? Or a skilled tinker? Do you hold a degree in Design? Or have an exquisite eye to beautify anything?

There are so many opportunities you can help beautify our campus:

— Decorate and update the Bulletin Boards * Contact Cecilia

— Initiate planting, increase green zones * Contact Cecilia

— Clean-up the campus * Contact Cecilia

— Fix gardening beds * Contact Deva

— Add art, balloons, craft throughout the campus and during events * Contact Cecilia

Time Constrained

We are #BetterTogether

If Time is a rare supply in your life, there are still ways you can help Overlanders by squeezing in a few minutes here and there. Once a year or once a week, anything you can give helps and makes your kids happy & proud!

-In the morning

15 to 30 minutes: Kiss & Drop, Overland drop-off lane from 7:50-8AM Monday to Friday contact Stacey

Sell Scrip or Gear, once a month at the PTA tent. Contacts here: <a href=”mailto:scrip@overlandschool.org”>SCRIP</a> & <a href=”mailto:gear@overlandschool.org”>Gear</a>

-Any time during the day:

Update & decorate the Bulletin Boards, 30 minutes max, for composting contact The Green Team  & for school events contact Cecilia.

Lost & Found contact Nicole.

Magic of Reading, 30 minutes, contact Stephanie Fraticelli.

-From Home:
–Communication – About 10 minutes:

Coordinate your classroom communication or set up Signup Genius forms for your child’s classroom, contact Olivia.

Coordinate Career Day communication with speakers, contact Rosanne.

Composting Sign Ups & Committee communication contact Cecilia.

–With your kiddos

– About 30 minutes: help your kiddos write and/or draw stories to contribute to Soaring High, contact Cecilia

–Research

– About 30 minutes: find ideas for Assemblies, contact Norma.

–eContribution

– About 30 minutes: help with the Yearbook contact Joanne. Help with eNews and Website contact Catherine.

Drop Off

Just a few minutes of your morning goes a long way.

8am to 8:11am

If you know how to open and close car doors, if you can say: Hi! Good morning! Buenos Dias! こんにちは Bonjour! Hallo! Buongiorno! or any other language. If you can help kids getting out of a car safely, and if you can’t volunteer more than a few minutes here and there, the Kiss & Drop Off Lane is for you.

Remember: the goal is to get our kids into school safely.

Contact Stacey or simply show up, step in if you see the car line is long!

Storyteller

Soaring High is Overland’s quarterly student newsletter featuring interviews, stories, book or movie reviews, jokes, cartoons, comics, artwork, or anything printable by Overland students of all grades.

Encourage your child to become a Soaring High staffer today and have her work featured in upcoming issues of Soaring High!

Please submit articles or drawings by e-mail to Cecilia or turn in hard copies to Ms. Goffin’s box in the main office. Upcoming submission deadline will be announced in Overland’s e-newsletter. Feel free to check for assignments or ideas by visiting the Soaring High bulletin board or contact us.

eNews let parents know weekly about Overland’s hot news: events coming up, To-do-list, etc. If you’d like to contribute, contact Catherine. Note that PTA Tuesday eNews are sent to parents who registered and signed up in the School Directory, or who signed up directly through the PTA website.

The Yearbook is one of the highlights of the end of year activities. It regroups the precious key school grade-level memories. Whether you have an eye for layout and page design or you are the parent, the “grade-level” memory keeper, who is always snapping pictures at various events… we can use your help! Join our committee and be a part of the process. Contact  Joanne

Our PTA Website can use the help of talented copywriters! Contact Catherine

Video scripts writers here is your part! Contact Catherine to come up with our next cool Video script!

Fashion Killa

Fashionistas and all textile experts here is your section!
School pride rocks!

Wear gear on every Tuesday for Spirit Day. Not only our kiddos, but Teachers and Parents can stand proudly together! You can shop at the PTA tent every 1st Friday of the month, stop by our shop or contact Mariya for information & orders.

And if you have any ideas to keep Overland red carpet at the top, contact & join Rehana.

You can also help with Lost & Found. Okay… it’s not exactly about Fashion, but definitely about textiles! Help organize these poor jackets, polos, and other lost pieces of clothes, reconcile them with their owners. Or make sure they will find a new home and a kid in need. Contact Nicole

Events

STEAM stands for Science Technology, Engineering, Art & Math

A whole school day dedicated to all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math is a wonderful and wonder-full day for Overland students and their families. Ideas and volunteers for this fun day of learning are always welcome! Contact Alicia.

Spring Fair

Every Spring, the PTA sponsors a fun-filled Saturday fair for the students, their families, and the entire Overland community. Last year’s Spring Fair was a celebration of Earth Day. There was flowers planting, carnival games, food carts, music, prices, arts and crafts, bake sale… the list goes on! What will we celebrate for Spring Fair this year? Share your ideas and make a difference by joining the planning committee! Contact Alicia.

Teacher’s Brunch

Every month parents pull together to host a brunch in honor of their grade level teachers. A different grade is selected monthly, parents are providing food and decor specifically honoring their teacher. It’s a wonderful way to show our teachers & staff appreciation and how much we support them. For more information contact Olivia.

Picnic

The Annual Welcome Picnic welcomes everyone back to school: new and returning families. Join the festivities in the park: games: soccer, catch the flag, live music, popsicles, etc. For more information contact PTA.

Family Fun Night

Picture this: You are at a restaurant enjoying a nice dinner with your family and other Overland families. No need to worry about making dinner for that evening. And you are raising funds to benefit Overland at the same time! It’s definitely a win-win situation. This is what Family Fun Nights are all about. Stay tuned for upcoming Family Fun Nights!
If you know of a restaurant that would do a fundraising evening or if you are interested in being on the Family Fun Nights team, contact Cecilia. The more the merrier!

Career Day

Career Day is an event inviting parents, or friends of Overland, speakers to talk to our 4th and 5th graders about their career and job. This event takes place in May, we are looking for about 10 speakers. So, if you have an occupation you think can interest children between 9 and 12 years old and can speak in front of a young crowd, or if you know someone who does, contact Rosanne.

Assemblies

Throughout the year, PTA coordinates assemblies for our children and parents free of charge. Past events have featured cyber safety workshops, cultural dance performances and musical events. For more information contact Norma.

Red Ribbon Week is scheduled at Overland for 2018 from October 22nd to the 26th. Red Ribbon week is a national program to educate our youth about drug prevention. 2018 year’s theme is: “Life Is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free”. We will be making a large poster and will have every Overland student sign their names on the poster to pledge their commitment to be drug-free. Your ideas and your help are precious, contact Cecilia.

Read-a-thon

A marathon for your kiddos reading cells! Overland’s read-a-thon helps students track how much they read in a specific time span, and award them with an awesome T-shirt! The read-a-thon kicks off with Books on Parade, a school wide event on Halloween, where students are encouraged to dress up like their favorite book character and parade on the yard with their classmates. For more information contact Natalia.

Newbie

It can be overwhelming to be the Newbie, remember?
So, we narrowed it down to keep everyone’s cool.
To welcome new families to our wonderful school, the PTA created the “Host Family Program”.
Sweet!
Become a friendly ambassador to our new families. Help ease the transition by sharing information and answering questions over a coffee/tea-chat at the PTA tent, over emails or a friendly call. Invite them to these key events:

— Kinder Pizza Party end of July

Kindergarten Teacher Meet & Greet mid-August

— Kinder Connection Meeting on August 27th, October 16th, February 12th and May 7th.

New Student (Gr 1-5) Orientation the day before school resumes

— PTA Tent First Friday after school resumes During Morning Drop-off

— PTA General Meeting after school resumes on August 23rd in Staff Lounge

— Welcome Back Picnic on August 19th (1st Sunday after school resumes)

— Back To School Nights

Grades TK-2 second week after school resumes

Grades 3-5 second week after school resumes

Contact Kathee regarding the Host Program, Llana for Kinder questions and Elaine and Michalle regarding Newbies Events.

Bookworm

We’re calling all book lovers!
There’s no wonder why Overland is always ranking amongst the top 10 highest-performing LAUSD schools in Common Core English. Overlanders LOVE reading!
Help and nurture this passion:

— Our beloved Magic of Reading Program is a volunteer reading program where adults from our community partner with students for a half hour each week to foster a love of reading. This program happens within the school day and requires volunteers to give a weekly 30-minute commitment throughout the school year. We have many returning volunteers, but we would love to recruit some new folks as well. Parents, grandparents, neighbors, all are welcome! Contact Stephanie Fraticelli, RSP Teacher, if you are interested.

Read-a-thon!
A marathon for your kiddos reading cells! Overland’s read-a-thon helps students track how much they read in a specific time span, and award them with a medal! The read-a-thon kicks off with Books on Parade, a school wide event on Halloween, where students are encouraged to dress up like their favorite book character and parade on the yard with their classmates. For more information contact Natalia.

Assist Ms. Mittleback in the Library
The Overland Library is an active place to visit!
Our library houses an extensive collection of books for stimulating the curious minds of our students and fueling their imaginations. The generous support of our parents in purchasing Special Occasion Books each year sees that our collection continues to grow, remain updated and offer the most popular titles to our students.
Participating to monthly book clubs coupled with the importance our community places in supporting our library finds Overland joyously “Raising Readers.” Sign up to be help at your child’s class library time, contact your room parents or teacher.

Fitness Friend

Hopscotch, Jumping Rope, Prisoner… Remember?

If you are a fitness friend, Overland is proud to offer several programs you can participate in:

— Participate to a PE (Physical Exercise) lesson: contact your teacher. The teacher provides the lesson plan, you just need to put on sneakers and bring your energy to play with the kids! And: if you are into yoga or any other kids friendly physical activity, and would like to run a session, go ahead and talk to your teacher!

— Marathon Kids: running is not only a healthy activity. While building endurance, kids build resiliency, strengthen their tenacity and show improvement with their ability to focus. They run as a team, each child at his/her own level, with the support of his/her friends. For more information contact Ms. Aquino.

Geeky

You are a tech fan? Edit videos? You make video games? Or you play videogames? You create websites? Code for your Company or NASA?

You can:

— Volunteer to assist Ms. T in Computer Lab during your child’s class– Contact your Room Parents or teacher

— Edit photos, videos and design content for:

The Year Book, contact  Joanne

The School Website, contact Catherine

Tuesday eNews, contact Catherine

Foodie

Food is not allowed on campus. So how come foodies are welcome?!

Well people eat, it’s a fact, and lots of events require food.

If you are a baker-killer, a chef, a healthy diet guru, or can add some items to your grocery shopping cart, you can support these events:

–Teacher Appreciation Brunches
Every month parents pull together to host a brunch in honor of their grade level teachers. A different grade is selected monthly, parents are providing food and decor specifically honoring their teacher. It’s a wonderful way to show our teachers & staff appreciation and how much we support them. For more information contact Olivia.

–Spring Fair
Every Spring, the PTA sponsors a fun-filled Saturday fair for the students, their families, and the entire Overland community. Last year’s Spring Fair was a celebration of Earth Day. There was flowers planting, carnival games, food carts, music, prices, arts and crafts, bake sale… the list goes on! What will we celebrate for Spring Fair this year on Saturday, March 23rd 2018 from 11am to 4pm? Share your ideas and make a difference by joining the planning committee! Contact Alicia.

–Food Drive

Overland Annual Food Drive takes place for 2 weeks before Thanksgiving Break. We advertise and organize while Westside Food Bank does the manual (hard!) work. Westside Food Bank provides bins. All you have to do is to place these bins around the Campus, print information which goes home with the kids’ folders, decorate the bulletin board by the Office and coordinate the food pick up with Westside Food Bank.

For more information contact Amy

Science Savvy

You have a knack for science? You are a scientist? Or you always dreamed to become one?

Here are your opportunities:

— Participate to Family Math and Science Night we casually call FMSN. You can either hold a booth, brainstorm with the co-chair parents to create engaging activities, help with decors, run games for the kids. Contact Alicia

— Volunteer to assist Ms. Mercer in the Science Lab, contact your Room Parents or your Teacher

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