Please make plans to attend the PTA Community Meeting #3 this coming Wednesday, February 13!


This meeting is an important one, as we will discuss the final decision on our new play structure, changes to next year’s ASP program, and we will vote on the nominating committee who will serve to nominate next year’s PTA Executive Board. As usual, childcare and food will be provided. Please put the date on your calendar, and plan to attend!


Corrected link! >>> Sign up for childcare here. <<<


The awesome childcare crew from the recent SSC/PTA community meeting will be there making it a fun time for our kids - and this time, with some special Valentine’s Day projects for the kids to work on (plus Legos for those who cannot live without). Enjoy dinner in the cafeteria with your child starting at 5:30, and then walk them over to the art room and head back to the cafeteria for our gathering!



Help us find our next PTA board members!

Critical, Short-term Volunteer Opportunity

Do you care about our school, our kids, the communication between principal, parents and teachers, and how PTA dollars are spent? Are you able to be objective in consideration of PTA Executive Board candidates? Do you want to contribute to the school, but can't sign up for a year-round responsibility?


Then would you consider being on the Nominating Committee to select the next Executive Board of the PTA? It's a well-defined process that takes 2 months, and your impact would extend for beyond the time commitment.


We need 3 people (plus 1 alternate) whose role is to identify, select and contact nominees for the PTA executive board for the next school year. Every effort should be made to provide the PTA with a slate of officers that is balanced in terms of new as well as experienced officers and reflects the diversity of the school population. Members of the committee are not excluded from becoming nominees for elected office.


The timeline for the Nominating Committee work is as follows:

  • 2/8 - The PTA elects people to serve on the Nominating Committee

  • 3/22 - Nominating Committee presents a list of Executive Board Nominees to the PTA

  • 4/19 - The PTA elects nominees to serve on the PTA board


Contact Amy Millward at if you would like to be considered for the Nominating Committee!



Reminder: Our neighbors need 100% access to their driveways at all times. Please do not double park and/or block the street. This poses frustration for our neighbors AND dangers for our kids as they try to walk around the cars. Morning Drop Off is on Hayes Street for all students. Also, please use the parking lot for afternoon pick ups.





The big event - Auction Night “The Speakeasy” - is only a month away on March 8th!


  1. Get in any last minute donations and Count-Me-Ins: Please finalize any donations or CMIs as soon as possible so we can include in the online Auction Catalog before the event. Visit for instructions.

  2. Donate to our Wine Raffle:  Didn’t get a chance to make a donation? It’s not too late!  We need to collect wine for our big wine raffle at the auction. We are looking for donated bottles valued at $20 or more. You can arrange drop off by contacting Carole Penta ( Carole is also at school every morning on parking lot duty - so you can always find her there! Last year we had enough donations for three wine raffle winners who each won a case of wine!

  3. Early Bird Tickets are on Sale Now!: Prior to March 1st, tickets are $50 per person and include beverages, food, and entertainment at the event. On March 1st, ticket prices increase to $65 per person, so buy yours today!  If the ticket price is a barrier, please contact Julie Alderete or the auction committee at to receive a complimentary ticket. This is a community event and we want as many New Traditions families to attend as possible.

  4. Book the Babysitter! Please make sure you arrange childcare for March 8th as this is an adult-only event. First-time users of Urban Sitter can use this link for a $35 discount and an additional $35 will be donated to New Traditions!

  5. Watch this video to get ready and check out some of the amazing donations so far on our Online Auction Catalog


Questions? Check out



Sign Up for SoccerInsight Summer Camp by March 23 and Raise Money for New Traditions!


We know many kids here love to play soccer, especially during the summer. Now your kid’s summer of soccer can also benefit all New Traditions kids with a generous donation from SoccerInsight.


Here's how it works:


SoccerInsight has agreed to donate 20% of proceeds from New Traditions registrations in SoccerInsight summer camp — half day or full day — to the New Traditions PTA. All you need to do is register for camp by March 23, 2018 to qualify. So, hurry up, and get your kids registered for this great summer camp that will benefit the entire community.


To register for summer camp, please visit



Raise $$ for our school by ordering from Good Eggs in March and April


This March and April, Good Eggs will donate 5% back to New Traditions Elementary School every time you shop. Enroll in the fundraiser by visiting, entering the code FONT2019, and placing an order. 5% will go back to the school starting on February 25, but you can place an order with the code ahead of time to enroll early. Haven’t tried Good Eggs? You’ll get $15 off your first order when you enroll!



Girls on the Run

Registration is still open for this after school program for 3rd-5th grade girls!


Build your daughter's confidence through running! A team of 16 girls will make new friends, build confidence and leadership skills, and celebrate all that makes them unique. Each practice consists of a movement-based lesson, games, and a running workout, all from the nationally-recognized Girls on the Run curriculum. The season ends with the Girls on the Run 5K at Crissy Field, which is part of the largest 5K series in the US. All supplies, t-shirt, water bottle, and entry to the 5K are included with the program.


Enroll on the GOTR website now


Grades 3-5 / Tues & Thurs / 3:30-4:45 / $300

Feb 25- May 10---Please register BEFORE Feb 13


To enroll please go to:  



Movie Night @ Roosevelt: “A Wrinkle in Time”

**TOMORROW** Ticket sales support Roosevelt Middle School


Hello New Traditions PTA:


I'm a Peabody parent and I also have a 6th grader at Roosevelt. A group of families is hosting a sign me up screening of the movie, "A Wrinkle in Time" on Friday, February 8th at Roosevelt Middle School.

We would love it if the New Traditions PTA could help us spread the word about the SMU to help support our feeder school! We are mostly sending to 4th/5th grade families, but all are welcome, of course.


What: A Wrinkle in Time

Where: Roosevelt Middle School auditorium (with parking available in the RMS lot)

When: Friday, February 8th from 6:30-9 pm (refreshments from 6:15-7, movie from 7-9)

Cost: $20 per ticket, all proceeds go to the Roosevelt Middle School PTSA


Refreshments will be served pre-screening

Roosevelt middle kids ok to come solo, younger kids please accompanied by an adult/family member.


Get your tickets here:


Hope to see many NT families there!



Annika Ehrlich (mom to Shael, room 7 at Peabody, and Loden, 6th grade at RMS)



Yearbook Committee Chair Jon Michaelsen needs the photos you’ve taken of your child’s class


Please send me any photos you take of your child’s class! Because I cannot be in every class during the year, I need help obtaining photos for the yearbook that show not only the special school events, but also the day-to-day moments of your child’s school year. Any photos of classroom life or field trip moments would greatly help.


You can send the photos to me in any way you feel comfortable: email me at, share an iPhoto album with me, send via dropbox, or another way that’s easy for you. I’ll accept them!



And don’t forget...keep turning in those Box Tops!




School Calendar



2/7 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

2/10 (Sunday) 10am-2pm: Greening Day

2/12 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

2/13 (Wednesday) 6-8pm: PTA Community Meeting #3 - everyone is welcome!

2/15 (Friday) 9:30-10:30am: Kindergarten Dental Screening

2/18 (Monday): Presidents Day (school is closed)



3/4-8: Parent-Teacher Conference Week

3/8 (Friday): Annual Auction Fundraiser

3/13 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

3/14 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

3/25-29: Spring Break (school is closed)



4/4 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

4/9 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

4/10 (Wednesday) 6-8pm: PTA Community Meeting #4 - everyone is welcome!



5/2 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

5/5 (Sunday) 12-4pm: Discovery Festival (upper and lower school yards)

5/16 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)

5/21 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

5/27 (Monday): Memorial Day (school is closed)



6/4 (Tuesday): Last Day of School


Please tell us if we’ve missed something!



Get Your News In The Den


Do you have the lowdown on an event that you think would be of interest to the New Traditions community? Send it to Amy Millward at