January Pony Express


Contact Debbie Martin For info on Young authors workshop


R.I.F. Reading Is Fundamental


Free Books

For every child K-3rd Grades

We would like to let you know about a wonderful literacy program in Anacortes: Fidalgo Island Reading Is Fundamental. RIF is the largest and oldest non-profit literacy organization in the country. Our local RIF group has been in operaion since 1996, providing free books to children two times during the school year. Last year we distributed close to 3000 books to over 920 children. 

At each of the RIF distributions days this school year, children in the preschool through third grade will have the opportunity to choose a paperback book to bring home and keep. Volunteers will be on hand to read to your child a portion of his or her book. Parents are encouraged to participate and we invite you to be one of the readers on RIF day.

These books have been purchased with doinations from local service clubs, the PTA’s, the Friends of the Anacortes Public Library, and some generous individuals.

Reading aloud to your child is perhaps the single most important thing a parent can do to build young readers. We hope that you and your child will share the RIF books together at home.

Art Camp during comference week



Hello lovers of Arts and Crafts,
If you have a few hours next week (Oct 13-16) and want to have fun with art and kids, please email Pilar Burkland at pburkland@asd103.org directly. Pilar is looking for art helpers to assist the two instructors at this year’s Art Camp. See her email below Thanks, Jayne

Our conference week Art Camp starts Tuesday, October 13th – Friday, October 16th at Island View Elementary School. I am wondering if you can send a note out to your volunteers to see if anyone is interested in helping out? Attached is the flyer with details of the activities.

Volunteers should sign in at the main office at Island View School, then head to the school’s Theater located just off the main lobby.

We need help daily from 11:45 a.m. until 3:30-4:00 p,m. Volunteers can help 1-4 days of their choice. They will assist the two art instructors with projects. No art skills are necessary. They will be working with students in grades Kindergarten through 6. We expect 20 students in the art camp. Students can get messy in their artistic creativity, so volunteers should wear their ‘old’ clothes! Island View School is at 2501 J Avenue.

Thank you,
Pilar Burkland

Email: pburkland@asd103.org

PS – If volunteers can’t help out the full 3+1/2 to 4 hours, even a few hours would be great. I’ll just need to know what time they want to start and stop!

Art Camp flyer, Fall 2015 (1) <—–Flyer for the camp with details, pricing and sign-up info.

*This is not a Mt. Erie PTA activity.

The Pony Express-October

pumpkinThe Pony Express October 2015

 The Mt Erie PTA’s Newsletter
By Sarah Harris-Nibarger

President: Tor Fleming mterieptapresident@gmail.com
Vice President: Alethea Fleming mterieptavp@gmail.com

Welcome Back!
The 2015/16 year is in full effect

We are so excited for the new school year. Each month we will put out a newsletter with important dates, information, updates on projects and highlights of special students from our school.
First of all, a big thank you to everyone for making Open House a success!

WatchDogs: Thanks to all the Dad’s and Grandpas who brought their children to the Pizza Party! Please don’t forget to email Megan at megan@anacorteskayaktours.com to sign up for a day to be a WatchDog

The garden is growing beautifully this fall. Fifth-grade students have been especially helpful at clearing beds, spreading compost and planting our cover crops for the winter. With Mr. Donaldson’s assistance, they installed a hoop over one bed for some winter gardening. Fall cleanup continues as they begin their compost education this week with Callie Martin during science.

Raise money for the PTA without even knowing it!!

clothes for a causeClothing Fundraising Drive: Drop off your used textiles and shoes at school until October 9th. We get paid by the pound, and your old stuff gets distributed to shelters, thrift stored, or fiber recycled. Our goal was 500 bags for $2000 and as of Oct 1 we’ve reached that goal! The more we collect, the more we make so keep bringing it in. Join us at Focus Wildlife & Welch Brothers Construction at 8957 Stevenson Road (off WA20) from 9-10am on Oct 10th when we move the bags to the Clothes for the Cause truck and get a fundraising paycheck!

Box topsBox Tops for Education:
http://www.boxtops4education.com Clip Box Tops labels from participating products and turn them in at school.  Last year those little labels were worth $900!

gametimeGame Time Fundraisers:
http://www.gametimefundraisers.com Shop a selection of official Seahawks items at regular retail prices, and 40-50% will be donated back.


recycle elec.electronic recyclingCartridges for Kids Ink Cartridge and Electronics Recycling:

We want your old electronics!! We recycle them for money that go directly to the PTA.

Original Works Art: Look for more information in November about ordering gift imprints of your student artist’s work!  These will be perfect holiday presents for the relatives.

Shoparoo  http://www.shoparoo.com/

Take pictures of your grocery receipts on your smartphone. Download the free app from the Apple or Google Play Store by searching ‘shoparoo’ and then select our school as your chosen cause. Last year we raised $70 with only a handful of parents.  Imagine what we can earn if more parents sign up!

Amazon Associates: Click and shop from the Amazon banners on our website. Last year we raised about $900!

target Target Take Charge of Education:
Register your Red Card and elect Mt. Erie as your school by using the school ID of 105025.

Monthly Kindness Award
Your Name will go here

Starting in November I will be showcasing a student or group of students who go above and beyond by showing random acts of kindness. You can nominate someone or yourself by e-mailing me your story to sarahnibarger@outlook.com You will be featured here with your name and photo and on FB and our website with your full story.

 Important dates
Upcoming dates to remember

7th: Walk and ride to school from Storvik park 8:50 a.m.
10th: Clothes for a Cause pick-up (Drop off used clothes and textiles at school until Oct 9)
12th: PTA Board Meeting 6pm Library
13-16th: Early Release and Conferences
23rd: Nominations Due for monthly kindness Award!
29th: Fall Family night and Carnival (ONLY IF WE FIND A VOLUNTEER TO COORDINATE) If you know anyone who would do well in this role please suggest it, they will have lots of help!
30th: No School / Staff Development day

Check the calendar for regular updates.

Mustang Wear 2015/16

Mustang Wear!!

Here are the order forms for Mustang wear. They will be due Sept. 30th. If you would like to order:


  1. Print of the sheet attached, fill out and return to the office.
  2. Look for order forms in backpack mail.
  3. There will be extra forms at the office later this week.

If you have any questions please contact Gail Tabor at gailtabor@mac.com

Mt. Erie Order Form 20132014 Mt. Erie Order Form 20132014

Art For The Sky

Mustang Art from the sky

Art For the Sky!

Artist: Daniel Dancer

Anacortes Arts Festival so graciously funded Art for the sky to come and create this amazing project. Artist Daniel Dancer came to Anacortes and created a piece for all three elementary schools on Fidalgo Island. Thank you to Meredith McIlmoyle for coordinating this fun event for our kids and thank you to all the people who donated your unwanted jeans to the project.