“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
The purpose of the PTA is to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school, community, and place of worship; to raise the standards of home life; to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth; to bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth; and to develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.
2017-2018 PTA Executive Board:
Principal: Jeff Paulson 423-886-0882 PAULSON_JEFF@HCDE.ORG
Assistant Principal: Fannie Moore 423-886-0882 MOORE_F@HCDE.ORG
Co-President: Sarah Milz
Co-President: Dana Stone
Co-Presidents-Elect: Amanda Bowen and Kay Turner
VP-Membership: Jenny Beckham
MEF: Sarah Provonsha and Brooke Maedel
VP-Treasurer: Caryn Pitcaithly
Assistant Treasurer: Catherine Trotter
Recording Secretary: Laura Newton and Casey Robertson
Parliamentarian: Kay Turner
Historian: Cathy Pierce
The contact email for the PTA is email@example.com
Helpful Links for Parents:
Mountain Education Foundation (MEF):
Donate online at meftoday.org
Mail donation to M.E.F. P.O. Box 81 Signal Mountain, TN 37377.
If you are a federal employee, you can donate to M.E.F. through the Combined Federal Campaign at your office.
Check with your employer to see if your company has a matching gift program.
For more info, contact M.E.F. Executive Director Katie Hanners at 423-517-0772.
While our goal each year is to raise $200 per child, please know that every amount helps! See more MEF information below.
How You Can Help Throughout the Year:
Check our Facebook page for updates on events and activities, and see the various ways you can help below:
Earn Money for Thrasher!
Send in your product labels, box tops, box ends, and lids; use your Target RedCard when you shop, and help our school earn money and supplies.
Box Tops for Education
We raise thousands of dollars for Thrasher through our Box Tops program. We have earned over $44,000 since 2003, so this program is a HUGE help!
For a complete list of Box Tops products go to: www.boxtops4education.com/earn/clip/Brands.aspx
Publix Partners Card
Pick up a keychain card in the front office and use at any Publix in the tri-state area, to earn money for Thrasher!
Food City School Bucks
Click on this link to download instructions on how to help earn money for Thrasher from Food City.
Support Thrasher just buy shopping on Amazon! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
Just make sure to access Amazon by going to smile.amazon.com (it doesn’t count from the app, you must use your browser). You can set Thrasher Elementary as your charity of choice.
Signal Mountain Nursery
When you shop at Signal Mountain Nursery, save your receipts and put them in the box in the school lobby. The Nursery gives our school a credit for a percentage of the receipts we turn in.
Contact Lauren Sabatini for more information on how you can help raise money for Thrasher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kids First Coupon Books
The annual Kids First Coupon Book Sale is held at each Hamilton County elementary school during the month of September. Each coupon book offers a variety of money-saving coupons for local stores, restaurants, and services. The cost per book is $10 with $7 of the cost going directly to Thrasher. This sale is very important to our overall student offerings as the primary focus for these funds is technology acquisition and upgrades.
Thanks in advance for your support of Thrasher through Kids First coupon book purchases. For more information, or to place an order during the month of September or throughout the year, please contact the office at 423-886-0882.
Mountain Education Foundation
The Mountain Education Foundation was formed to provide ongoing financial support to achieve and maintain excellence in the Signal Mountain Public Schools. The foundation was created by the merger of two volunteer led community groups, the Mountain Education Fund and the Founders Fund. The foundation does not provide programming, only financial support and a network of volunteers ready to assist the Signal Mountain public schools. Annual financial support will is provided to: Thrasher Elementary, Thrasher Elementary, and Signal Mountain Middle/High School. Your contributions to MEF are greatly appreciated as our schools are able to provide so much more to our students with this assistance.
Learn more by visiting the MEF website here.
Scholastic Book Fair
The Book Fair gives our school the opportunity to bring families, teachers, students, and books together. It is a great way to raise funds while encouraging kids to read.
Our Scholastic Book Fair is an annual event that gives you and your child the opportunity to buy carefully selected, quality books and products at affordable prices. Our Book Fair also offers you the opportunity to give the gift of reading. Thank you for partnering with us to encourage our children to read.
2017/2018 Book Fair Dates are Feburary 5th-14th.
Contact the front office for more information.
Signal Mountain Social Services
The Signal Mountain Social Services (SMSS) organization meets the needs of Signal Mountain residents at times of financial or emotional emergencies. They are totally funded by private donations from Signal Mountain residents and gladly accept financial contributions of non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food pantry located at 633 Mississippi Avenue. Volunteers are always welcome to staff the office, work in the Clothes House, tutor children, or assist members of the Signal Mountain Social Services with client needs. Professionals in many areas of expertise may also volunteer their services to client needs.
Each year, Thrasher Elementary participates in various fundraising activities to benefit Signal Mountain Social Services. These include the Fall Coin Drive which goes towards the various programs offered by our agency, the Food Drive which helps with our Christmas Basket Program, Book Collections, and the Spring “Fresh Start” Drive which aids in the need for household cleaning and toiletry items.
Contact Laura Newton or Amy Pate at email@example.com for more information.
Volunteer for the PTA! Here are the many ways our PTA helps out:
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a program designed to encourage and help develop reading skills. Children read from a list of books and, upon completion of each book, answer computerized comprehension questions. Parent volunteers support the faculty with this program by donating items for parties and organizing events.
Each year the Thrasher PTA is proud to sponsor a Scholastic Book Fair in the fall. The Book Fair offers the best books and educational learning products while raising money for special school projects. .
Boxtops and More
One simple way to earn money for our school is through the Box Tops for Education program and cashback programs through Publix, Food City and Amazon Smile. These programs reward us with both cash and merchandise for our school.
Fifth Grade Coordinator/ Thrasher/SMMS Liaison
The liaison works to help parents and students prepare for the transitions between Thrasher Elementary School and Signal Mountain Middle School. f you have any questions regarding our many fifth grade-specific events and activities or our work with SMMS, please contact the Coordinator, Ashley Borders.
The PTA supports the school nurse by volunteering hours and donating supplies to the Health and First Aid Room. Please contact Laurie Collier about donations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, Thrasher’s fifth grade participates in the SMMHS Homecoming parade.
Homeroom Parent Coordinator
Each classroom has a Homeroom Parent, who works closely with the teacher to coordinate classroom parties and other special events and activities. If you are interested in being your child’s Homeroom Parent (or Assistant HRP), please contact the teacher at registration.
Thrasher proudly participates in Junior Achievement’s “JA in a Day.” You do not have to be involved with JA to participate in JA in a Day. Training is provided.
Level Book Room
This specialized resource room allows teachers to select individual books for their classroom needs and/or each individual child within the class.
The Library Volunteer program provides general assistance to the library.
Our school photographers are PTA volunteers. If you do not want your child’s picture to be posted online and/or in school publications, please contact the office at 423-886-0882. “Do Not Post” forms are sent home with each student at registration, and only need to be returned if you do not want your child’s picture used.
Publicity handles all communication with the area news outlets in order to promote the many events at Thrasher and to highlight the accomplishments of the staff and students at Thrasher. In addition to our website here, you may also visit us on Facebook here. The Thrasher Website is designed to keep Thrasher parents informed and up-to-date on all of the many things happening at Thrasher. Please contact the Publicity/Webmaster, Jessica Hampton, at email@example.com to submit information to be posted or with any input or suggestions for making the site more informative and easy to use.
The Reflections Art contest is a National PTA program where students compete in the areas of literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts. Please contact Casey Robertson if you have questions about this program.
This committee coordinates all existing outside landscaped areas and the creation of new areas. It also oversees any interior beautification projects. Please contact Jessica Hampton with your questions regarding our grounds.
School Supply Kits
Each spring, Thrasher’s PTA offers parents the option of pre-purchasing the following year’s supplies. Please contact Ashley Henry or Michelle Donina if you have any questions about this program.
Signal Mountain Social Services
Thrasher students have many opportunities to help less fortunate families on the mountain throughout the school year. An October Coin Drive, a December Food Drive, and a Spring Cleaning Items Drive all help Social Service provide much needed assistance to area families. Contact Laura Newton or Amy Pate with questions about this program.
A variety of Thrasher sportswear is available for purchase at PTA meetings and throughout the year. Please contact Amanda Haney for all your sportswear needs.
Student Directory App
The Thrasher directory app helps Thrasher families stay connected at all times. The app includes all pertinent staff and student information needed to schedule birthday parties, playdates, etc. Contact Stephanie Goodrich for more information.
To honor and show our appreciation to the Thrasher staff, this committee organizes special events throughout the year. Some of these include dinners the first day of school, monthly snack cart, Christmas present wrapping for the facilty, Souper Bowl luncheon, and a week-long celebration in May.
Please contact, Monica Glover, PTA Workroom Coordinator, for details on how, on a very flexible schedule, you can assist the teachers with copying and other workroom needs.