PTSA Spotlight

Over the past few months,SCHS PTSA has successfully collaborated with Parents, Students and Staff and succeeded in making a positive impact at the school and in the district.


HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

The SCHS PTSA Board hosted a holiday luncheon on December 16, 2020 for the staff and teachers who have been working on campus during the COVID pandemic. PTSA provided boxed lunches from Le Boulanger along with gift bags containing hot cocoa tins & thank you cards as a way to show their gratitude for all that the teachers/staff have been doing for the school, its students and the community. Keeping all the social distancing rules and guidelines in mind during the pandemic, the team including Karen Yoshioka, Neelima Singireddy and Sarika Thakur distributed the lunch boxes and gift bags to 33 teachers/staff. Usha Kalahasti led the event impeccably with the help of PTSA board members Reena Arya, Karen Yoshioka, Neelima Singireddy and Sarika Thakur. The traditional year-end staff luncheon for ALL staff members has been planned for end of the school year, in early June, 2021.


PTSA wishes the entire SCHS community a safe, healthy and peaceful holiday season.


We look forward to seeing everyone in a better and healthier 2021.


Here are some pictures taken that day:

CHRISTMAS DONATION DRIVE TO SUPPORT SCHS STUDENTS IN NEED

SCHS PTSA and the Parent Center are coming together this week to collect donations for the 19 SCHS students and their siblings who live in shelters and foster care.


Every year, the ESUHS district hosts a Christmas lunch for these students and their families. This year, the district plans to provide "Service bags" to the students and their siblings. PTSA is supporting the district's efforts (as has been done the past two years) by creating a list of " wants" and "needs", where available, for these students and their siblings. Our hope is to spread some holiday cheer during these really tough times especially for these families.


Earlier this year, SCHS community came together to raise funds (through gift cards) to support these students due to the unprecedented times created by COVID-19. An overwhelming positive response was received for the gift card drive. Many many families in the community reached out to the PTSA wanting to help again. Therefore, PTSA has created this opportunity for all those members of the community to support these families in need.


Those who can help, please look at the list of donation requests listed in the link below. Please sign up, follow instructions and drop off donations at the school office. Please DO NOT DONATE USED ITEMS.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49a4aa22a6ff2-december


Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Please stay safe, stay healthy.

Usha Kalahasti

SCHS PTSA

Gift Card Donation Drive - October 19th to October 26th

The Gift Card Donation Drive was conducted by SCHS PTSA from October 19th to October 26th to support 18 students at our school who live in shelters or in foster care. PTSA worked with the school to raise funds for these students. We are extremely thankful to our Silver Creek families for their generosity in these unprecedented times.


We initially planned for $50 each kid and with overwhelming response made it to $250 per kid for 18 kids in total. Each student will get 10 gift cards of $25 value.PTSA purchased Target gift cards of $25 value each, using cash, checks and online donations.

Here are the details about our Gift card donation drive:


Online Donation

$1,850

Cash

$665

Gift Cards Donated

$2,000(80x25)

Checks

$550

Grand Total

$5,065

$4500(18x250 = 4500) was used for this donation drive and the remaining balance of $565 has been set aside for PTSA's Christmas donation drive.


Please look out for details pertaining to the upcoming Christmas donation drive for the families of these 18 students in last week of November. All gifts to be dropped off by December 4th and they will be distributed during the 12/14-12/18 week. SCHS PTSA is very thankful for your support for the students in need at our school.

Any questions, please email Usha Kalahasti, ushakalahasti@gmail.com or Neelima Singireddy Neelu_s@yahoo.com

Welcoming Staff "Back to School" - August 2020

The start of the new academic year brought a different challenge to the PTSA. Traditionally, the PTSA organizes and provides a Welcome Back-to-School luncheon for the SCHS staff and teachers. Because of the social restrictions imposed by the pandemic and the online distance learning, the staff was not required to be on campus. The lack of the staff on campus meant the cancellation of the annual luncheon.

The PTSA still wanted to find a way to welcome and thank the staff and the teachers even though a luncheon could not be provided for them. After soliciting ideas from the SCHS administration, it was decided that the PTSA would purchase custom made face masks in the black and orange school colors for everyone. With the help of Werner Haag, one of the SCHS wrestling coaches, the PTSA was able to order 150 masks. The masks arrived Wednesday, August 26th, five days earlier than expected, much to the delight of the PTSA. The masks were then packaged individually in gift bags and delivered to the school to be distributed to the staff.

The PTSA team gave a heartfelt welcome to the staff with a gift that will be a lasting memory of an unforgettable school year! The school staff and teachers were more than happy to receive such a thoughtful gift from the community of parents and students.

A special Thank-You to Karen Yoshioka and Neelima Singireddy for leading this effort, and dedicating their time and energy to this valuable task, and starting the new year with a bang!

CHRISTMAS GIVING - December 2018

In the first week of December 2018, PTSA promoted the Annual Christmas Giving initiative of the East Side Union School District. Annually, the School District provides Christmas gifts/gift cards at the Annual Christmas Dinner to high school students district wide who come from families that live in shelters or in shared housing. This school year, High school students from 100 families were the recipients. 24 of the families belong to our SCHS community.

Thanks to the heartwarming generosity of our Silver Creek families, PTSA was able to raise $375 in cash and $ 575 in gift cards in under a week. With the donations that were received and received promptly after the schoolloop message went out, PTSA was able to provide $25 gift cards to the students from SCHS community. In addition, some students from other high schools in the neighborhood were also provided with gift cards. With the remainder of the donated funds, Christmas gifts for siblings from these families were purchased. Parents also donated new socks and gloves that were given to the families.

What started as a request for Christmas gifts for 5 SCHS students who live in shelters, became hugely successful Christmas Giving project that provided Christmas cheer to many families in the district. A huge THANK YOU to all the SCHS parents who supported this initiative and helped spread the spirit of Christmas. A big THANK YOU to Ms Elizabeth Cabrera, Parent Center Co-Ordinator, who worked with the district and the parent community to make this effort hugely successful.

PTSA plans to make this an annual project so stay tuned for details for the 2019 Christmas Giving Initiative.

Improvements to the Conference Room

In November 2018, PTSA approached Freshman parent - Interior Designer Ms. Noor Majhi of iD2 Concepts Interior Design Studio - to help make improvements to the Conference Room in the Attendance Office at SCHS. Improvements to the conference room were requested by Associate Principal Ms La Price Sanford and PTSA was able to provide the funding for the improvements thanks to the generous donations received this year to the Raider Fund. PTSA exceeded it's fund raising goal which has allowed for the completion of such projects.

Thanks to the extremely professional work of iD2 Concepts and Ms Noor Majhi, the project to make improvements to the conference room was completed very well and the conference room looks fabulous. The voluntary work provided by Ms Majhi and iD2 Concepts was invaluable. The room is currently used as a conference room where district staff, Child services and other groups meet the staff of SCHS and / or students.

PTSA spent $500 towards this project which was completed in about 35 man hours.

Thank you parents for your generosity which has made this project possible and thank you to Ms Noor Majhi and iD2 Concepts for volunteering your time, creativity and efforts to make SCHS a better place for everyone.