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Many of you have purchased Kroger Gift Cards. I have more. If you shop at Kroger, please consider buying a gift card for face value and using it to buy your groceries. Then Kroger donates a percentage to Thursday Connection. These cards will be available at Claire’s table Thursday in $50 and $25 denominations.
Here's a fun and easy way to help raise funds for Thursday Connection by playing free online games. This is a great way to raise funds-it costs you absolutely nothing and you get to play some fun games in the process!
Start by going to: http://club.live.com/Pages/Home/HomePage.aspx.
Use your login and password for your Windows Live account (such as a hotmail email account).
If you don't already have a Windows Live account, you can quickly and easily create one at the Join or Sign In page.
Once you've signed in, you are ready to start playing the games of your choice. For each game you complete, you are awarded tickets which you can redeem for prizes OR you can donate them to Thursday Connection. If you choose to donate them to Thursday Connection, Microsoft will send us a check once a year for the total amount donated.
In order to donate your tickets to Thursday Connection, Under My Account, click on "Redeem My Tickets."
Then, on the Prizes page, choose "Give Tickets to Charity."
Next, on the Give Tickets to Charity page, choose "Redeem."
Then, on the Redemption page, Step 1 is where you will choose the number of tickets you want to donate.
Step 2 is where you select the charity or school you want to donate your tickets to. Thursday Connection is listed under the "Charity" tab. Just type in Thursday Connection as your "Search for a name or key word" and click on "Show Results." You will only have to search for Thursday Connection the first time; after that it will automatically show up in the results area.
Select Thursday Connection in the Search results area. Then click "Next Step" at the bottom of the page.
On the next page you will confirm your donation.
That's all there is to it! Log in, play some fun games, and donate your tickets. It's simple and fun! And it benefits YOUR children at Thursday Connection!
You can support TC by just changing stores and shopping with Melaleuca, a wellness company with excellent nontoxic cleaning products, make-up and more. Contact Jodie Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellen Kimball at email@example.com for more information.
As you may recall, Meleleuca is one of our PICK 3! Opportunities. As a refresher, Melaleuca is a company that offers nontoxic alternatives to the things we all use every day. When members of Thursday Connection (a non-profit organization) purchase Melaleuca products, Thursday Connection earns a percentage, and Melaleuca sends us a check every month. We wanted to let you know Melaleuca normally has a $29 enrollment fee but from now until the 20th of Oct., it is $1. So if you’ve been thinking about it, now’s the time! If you have questions related to Melaleuca, please contact Jodie Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 247-1874 or Ellen Kimball at email@example.com for additional information. Thanks for considering this as one of your PICK 3! Opportunities!
The new Food City School Bucks program is here.
We've attempted to make it as simple as possible to shop, scan and support your school through the School Bucks program.
As a registered ValuCard shopper, each time you shop at Food City using your Food City ValuCard, you can earn points for Thursday Connection. The points are simple; each time you purchase $10 in a single transaction of Food City Qualifying Brands, you earn one point for Thursday Connection. The points you earn will help Thursday Connection grow their share of the $600,000 total that Food City will present to participating schools in May 2010.
Just shop, scan and save to support Thursday Connection!
Simply go to the SCHOOL BUCKS LOGIN page at: www.foodcity.com/schoolbucks/signup/
With the information below, login under REGISTERED SCHOOLS.
SCHOOL BUCKS LOGIN
Pick up a copy of the Food City letter (or download it here) that has our Special barcode on it, and take it to Food City next time you shop. The cashier will scan the bar code to connect your purchases with your ValuCard to give Thursday Connection credit. These letters will be available this Thursday at co-op on the information table.
Thanks for Supporting Thursday Connection!!
This is a great way to help Thursday Connection if you are shopping online! Shop online and earn cash for our school. How to earn through the Box Tops Marketplace(SM). Make a difference every time you shop online. Just start at the Box Tops Marketplace!(SM).
Visit www.btfe.com for more great ideas to earn cash for our school!
1. Sign Up Online
2. Shop Online
3. Our School Earns Cash
Go to the Box Tops Marketplace(SM) and shop at your favorite online store. When you make a purchase up to 8% of that purchase will be automatically donated back to our school. What could be easier?
Go to www.btfe.com/marketplace to shop and earn today!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING IN BOX TOPS AND CAMPBELL’S LABELS.
IF EVERY CHILD COLLECTED 10 BOX TOPS WE WOULD HAVE $350 FOR THURSDAY CONNECTION!!!
THEY CAN BE PLACED IN THE CAMPBELL’S SOUP BIN IN THE ENTRY!
To see a list of participating BOX TOP products go to www.boxtops4education.com
Please collect and bring to co-op your Box Tops For Education, Campbell’s Soup, Pepperidge Farms and Swanson's Labels for Education.
Hey all! One great way we can earn easy money is through the Box Tops For Education program. These labels are located on hundreds of food items that we all eat. All you have to do is cut them out and bring them to Thursday Connection. There is a large Campbell’s soup can now located in the front by the scanner. You can drop both the Box tops and the Campbell’s soup labels off in this bin.
Thanks for helping us keep fees low!
Box Tops Booster Club
You can help earn extra money for Thursday Connection by signing up and encouraging parents, family and friends to participate in the Box Tops Booster Club. For each person that will sign up to receive their reminder emails we get 5 points which is really $0.50. While that might not seem like a lot if we all signed up it would add up! And when you sign up they give you a set of coupons for their products. Once signed up, there are exclusive opportunities to earn cash for Thursday Connection, plus money-saving coupons and get great ideas for today's busy family life. Membership is free! For a chance to win 10,000 Box Tops (equivalent to $1,000) for your school, sign up today.
Thursday Connection is registered for a program offered by Tyson foods, saving symbols from their chicken products for redemption to benefit our school. Look for the A+ symbol on Tyson frozen chicken products and deli meat. Each one may be redeemed for $.24 apiece. That could really add up for Thursday Connection. For a complete list of products check out http://www.tyson.com/projectaplus/.
We’ve had a lot of questions about the fundraisers that we do. Many of you wonder why we have fundraisers. I’m so glad that you are asking!
The tuition that you pay covers the teacher’s pay and the materials fees cover all consumable supplies that your child uses in class. We actually audit the materials fees by having the teachers turn in receipts, and comparing their totals with what they are charging for materials—you’d be surprised at how much stuff costs.
There are a lot of large items that the co-op must pay for out of pocket in order to have good classes—microscopes, science equipment like scales, beakers, burners, etc. We have to purchase laptops, printers, ink, paper, and supplies for the childcare room. We try to purchase at least one large item from the fall fundraisers, and this year, we will be purchasing a projector that will connect to a laptop to allow the teachers to use the internet in the classroom. This will primarily be used in art each week, but there will be other teachers who will use it as well. In addition to these purchases, we pay rent on the facilities to cover some of the expenses such as wear and tear on the building, utilities, supplies such as cleaners, toilet paper, and paper towels. While the church gives us a good deal as far as rent goes, we still pay several thousand a year.
Our Administrator and Registrar, on a good week with no big things going on (like registration, crisis, etc), have documented at least 20 hours per week on a consistent basis (even during the summer.) During registration periods, tax times, periods when there might be a crisis going on, it is not unusual for us to put in many more hours than that. Our “pay” is very conservative, but does help cover classes for our children. If we didn’t have fundraisers, either we would have to raise fees (yes, we know they are already a stretch for most of us,) or go bankrupt. I hope this explanation helps you to understand why we try so hard to get folks involved in fundraisers. If each family would embrace at least one fundraiser a year, this would be so much easier for us.
We also have a vision for Thursday Connection to eventually have our own building. This is a dream, but a possible one. It will actually be a building for the entire home school community to use. We have several ways we’re looking into making this happen. Please pray for God’s leadership in this endeavor.
The funds brought in by folks “buying” their shifts are used to hire consistent workers in the childcare and break rooms, so that we have folks in there who can get to know the kids. We feel this provides a safer environment. We also use this money to hire folks to fill in the holes left after everyone signs up.
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