Greeting from the Countryside PTO! We hope this site will be a “one stop shop” for any Countryside information that families could want/need. Here are a few quick links you may find useful:

  • New to Countryside FAQ’s
  • Countryside PTO Calendar
  • Membership Toolkit – To receive our weekly communications and to be included in our Countryside directory, you must create an account! This is separate from Aspen. It is an added step, but it only take a few minutes.
  • Aspen – Every year families are required to update student information in Aspen, our student information system. It is important that the school has accurate contacts, phone numbers, and addresses in case of emergency. Instructions for how to update your account are here.
  • COVID-19 Information – links to the latest guidelines from the Medical Advisory Board and the NPS Health and Safety Plan
  • School Supply List 2022-2023

Countryside News

DONATE TO THE COUNTRYSIDE ANNUAL FUND!

The Countryside PTO is dedicated to enriching the Countryside community through a variety of events and programs. Some examples include mini-grants for our teachers, equipment purchases for our classrooms, and community building events for our families. To learn more, check out the Annual Fund brochure sent home in your child’s folder on Friday. Please note that a successful Annual Fund minimizes the need for smaller fundraisers throughout the year.

We are blown away that after only 4 days we are already at 21% of our fundraising goal. Thank you so much to all who have already donated! While the cost is $150 per student to run our programs and events for the year, please donate what you can. We appreciate that every family has different circumstances and no donation is too large or too small to make a difference. The deadline to donate is October 31, however all families who donate by October 7 will receive a Countryside car magnet! 

You can donate to the Annual fund by Check, Venmo, Paypal or Credit Card here.  or scan the url on the right of this site. If you choose to make an electronic payment, please remember to either make a note of your name and children(s) names when entering the Venmo/PayPal transaction. Donations are tax-deductible and we need to be able to identify donors in order to provide you with a receipt. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

 

BOKS
Get ready for another great session of BOKS, the before-school fitness program offered at Countryside. BOKS (Building Our Kids’ Success) is a Reebok initiative that provides children with the opportunity to increase their daily physical activity and be better prepared to learn throughout the day. BOKS will run on Mondays and Fridays from 7:30-8:10 a.m., and the fall session will start on September 30 and run through December 16. Registration will be limited to 30 children and is open to all grade levels. Registration costs $35 for the first child and $15 for each additional child. Register online and bring a check to the first day, made out to the Countryside PTO. Please contact John McEachern for more information.

MYSTERY DINNER
Back by popular demand, the adults-only Countryside Mystery Dinner returns on Saturday, November 12! Join fellow Countryside parents for delicious food and drinks at this fun twist on a progressive dinner party. Wondering how it works? All participants start at the same location for cocktails and appetizers. After cocktail hour, guests will receive an envelope revealing their dinner location. Following dinner, all guests reconvene at a single dessert home. Be on the lookout for an invitation in your child’s folder and in the weekly PTO Update email.

We’re looking for multiple dinner hosts and you don’t have to do it alone! Why not team up with a friend to help with the evening? You are free to serve whatever you like. It can be fancy or simple, the goal is to get people together and to build community. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Barbara Mauger

COUNTRYSIDE DIRECTORY REQUEST – PLEASE COMPLETE
The PTO is preparing the annual Countryside Directory. This year, we will still provide the printed/paper directory but will offer this as an “opt-in” option with the default being the electronic directory. Please complete the very brief form here, indicating your preference. Thank you!


Volunteers

ROOM PARENTS STILL NEEDED! 
Several of our classrooms are still in urgent need of at least 1 room parent. It’s truly one of the best ways to get acquainted, stay connected, and directly impact your child’s experience at Countryside. Ideally, each class will have 3 volunteers, and since you work as a team, it’s a fun opportunity to work with a friend! If you see your child’s teacher listed below and want to sign up, please click here.
MacDonald (K)
Guarrera (1st)
Cantalupo (2nd)
DeForest/Sosa (3rd)
Greene (5th)
Morris/McDonagh (5th)

PTO POSITIONS STILL AVAILABLE!
Are you looking for a way to get involved with the Countryside PTO? Look no further! We have the following positions open for this year:

  • FORJ Representative
  • Mystery Dinner
  • Parent Party Committee
  • Turkey Donation
  • METCO Liaison
  • Countryside Musical

Please click here for more detailed descriptions, or check out the website for details about ALL PTO positions that need to be filled each year. Email the co-presidents to volunteer!

COUNTRYSIDE GREEN TEAM
Who? All 3rd–5th grade Countryside students are welcome to join.
What? Work on fun, earth-friendly projects and activities to help green our community!
When? The first meeting is Thursday, September 29 after school from 2:50-3:50pm.
Where? Our first meeting will be at the garden beds in front of the school near the 2nd grade ramp entrance.
Why? Because you care about the environment and want to find ways to help our community be more sustainable! 
How to join? Click here to sign up!  Look out for more info to follow about future meetings – we will meet monthly, on the 3rd Thursday of the month with an indoor location TBA as it gets colder. Join our first meeting to learn more, or email Julie
Questions? Email Countryside parent and Green Team leader: juliewinsett@gmail.com