Posted by: The Sapia Science Blog | December 8, 2015

Rippowam PTO Announcements

Rippowam PTO Weekly NEWS/Week of December 3, 2015

Gift of Giving Event — Deadline 12/10
Student Council has teamed up with Kids Helping Kids again this holiday season for their Gift of Giving Event. They are collecting gently used items for kids and adults, such as toys, games, books, jewelry, jewelry boxes, household items etc. Deadline is December 10 and the drop off location is in Mrs. Schumann’s office.

Collection for 10th Mountain Division — 12/11
A big part of IB is community service and showing that we care. So we are having a collection to do just that! This is a collection to help a very specific unit of the Army. The 10th Mountain Division. Mr. Dubuque’s brother SPC Patrick Dubuque, is a medic in the 10th Mountain. Their official designation is the 10th Mountain Second Brigade Polar Bears. The brigade has been active since World War Two and is the most deployed brigade in the Army. They are currently serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

There are 111 soldiers in SPC Dubuque’s company, consisting of 107 men and 4 women. Most of them are in their late teens or early twenties. Not much older than you! There about 380 total soldiers deployed in Kandahar. They are scheduled to return in the Spring of 2016. For now, it is our goal to send them a holiday care package they will never forget! What the young men and women are missing most are the creature comforts. The things we take for granted like the ability to walk into a mini mart and grab a candy bar and a soda. Halloween candy, snacks, goodies…They want treats! They have an abundance of the usual military drive items like tissues and hand sanitizers. What they want are the
little things that help put smiles on faces. But beyond treats, the one thing they want the most is letters.

They love to get and respond to letters from YOU. So in addition to bringing in sweets and treats, write a letter to a soldier. Tell them how proud of them you are. Thank them for their service. Give the women props. Talk about a recent movie or TV show. Tell them about an awesome game you watched. Anything! The advisory class that shows the MOST spirit, enthusiasm and care will win a doughnut party courtesy of Mr. Dubuque. So bring in those letters, snacks and works of art! Attached is a list of requests directly from some of the soldiers in the 10th Mountain.

Rippowam Yearbook

YEARBOOK 8th GRADE PARENT AD ANNOUNCEMENT: Want to give your 8th grade graduate a special message in the yearbook?- here’s how….See attached for the front and back of the parent ad flier. The first deadline is November 27th if you turn them in to Ms. Chymbor. However there is a great online offer happening until January 29th- a 10% discount on all ad prices but you must place your ad order online. See forms below for information. Any other questions please call Ms. Chymbor at 203-977-4346

Need some Ripp Spirit Wear? RIPP SpiritWear order forms are available in the office or see attached flyer.

Parent Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering for PTO activities, please email Please include your name, student’s name and grade, phone number and email.

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