GBE Scholastic Book Fair 
The Grafton Bethel Book Fair will take place on December 11-15 in our school library. Students will have the opportunity to create wish lists and shop during their encore times and after school until 4 PM. Family night is December 12th from 3:30-6:00PM. Come out and support GBE while buying books for your students!
If you would like to volunteer to help during our book fair you can sign up at 

4th Grade Choral Performance
Dec. 7th, 6:30-7:30 PM 

Our first grade level Choral Performance- "All About Virginia" will be on Thursday, December 7th from 6:30-7:30 in the cafeteria. We hope you will come out and support our 4th Graders as they perform.

Helping Hands meets every Wednesday at 9am in the school cafeteria!

If you are looking for a way to lend a hand to a teacher this is it! We laminate, cut, and glue items for teachers and we would love to have you join us. You do not have to stay the whole time. Any time you have to spare is much appreciated by our teachers.

The PTA will be sponsoring a staff Holiday Tea on December 15. We have amazing staff at GBE and we want to thank them for everything they do!



PTA Reflections Winners!

Thank you to all the students who participated in Reflections this year, and to the Judges who assessed the entries. We had some very creative entries for this years theme, "Within Reach". Making the effort to participate and share your talents is the key to success, so please keep participating. Congratulations to all the winning entries!

Visual Arts:

Primary Division:

First Place, Emma Hunt, Kindergarten

Second Place, Jack McAlroy, 1st Grade

Intermediate Division:

First Place, Cevan Green, 5th Grade

Second Place, Erin Lois Braganza, 5th Grade

Third Place, Falcon Green, 4th Grade

Honorable Mention, Makenna Fell, 3rd Grade


Primary Division:

First Place, Jack McAlroy, 1st Grade

Intermediate Division:

First Place, Cevan Green, 5th Grade

Second Place, Ava McAlroy, 3rd Grade

Third Place, Falcon Green, 4th Grade


Special Division:

First Place, Catherine Seguin, 5th Grade

Primary Division:

First Place, Carter Shaw, 1st Grade

Intermediate Division:

First Place, Sarah Schmuck, 4th Grade

Second Place, Andrew Seguin, 3rd Grade

Music Composition:

Intermediate Division:

First Place, Cevan Green, 5th Grade

Second Place, Falcon Green, 4th Grade

Only the first place entries went on to the County Level for judging. The County judging should be complete by mid-December, so watch for another announcement. We will have an award ceremony in January for our school Reflections participants, date TBD, so hopefully everyone who participated will be able to attend and enjoy the art. All of the entries will be put up on display at the school before being returned.

Thank you again for participating!

You can start thinking about what you will do for next year.

The theme for the 2018-2019 is "Heroes Around Me".

PTA Reflections Theme Search

If you missed the deadline for this years art entries, or if you weren't inspired by this years theme, you still have another opportunity to win a cash prize by entering the 2019-2020 Reflections Theme Search.  All you have to do is think of a theme for Reflections that hasn't been used before and turn in the one page entry form to the school office by Tuesday, November 14th to be considered for the chance to win $100.

You can find the form and list of previous themes at 

If you have any questions please contact our Reflections Chair, Stephanie Schmuck at


5 and Below PTA Fundraising Shopping event week is from December 17- Decemeber 23rd. Flyers will come home soon. Bring your flyer with you to the store and when you make a purchase at 5 and Below a portion will go to GBE!

Kroger Rewards: Logon to your Kroger Rewards account (or create one) and under "account summary," scroll to the bottom. You should see "community rewards" and then the organization name and number should be visible. If you can see that, then you are good to go. If you can't see that, then you are not enrolled.
For quarter 4, 2016/2017, 68 households raised $645!! Thank you for all of your support!

Box Tops: Another great and easy way to help our school is to bring in those Box Tops! There is a mailbox in the front hallway by the display case for box tops or have your student bring them and give them to their teacher. Thank you!

Important Dates:

4th Grade Choral Performance - December 7 
Scholastic Book Fair - December 11-15
Family night at the Book Fair - December 12
Staff Holiday Tea - December 15
5 Below shopping event - December 17- 23

Advocacy Minute:
Statewide Family Engagement Centers
 Join advocates across the country in supporting statewide family engagement centers by calling your representative. After 7 years of inaction, Congress is currently considering an amendment to fund Statewide Family Engagement Centers. This bipartisan amendment would provide $10 million in critical resources for states and school districts to engage parents and families in their children's education. The best way to make your voice heard is to call your Representative TODAY- it takes just a minute and will make a big impact.


Why join the PTA?
Your membership helps our school have a voice! The more memberships the bigger impact and higher chance our voices can be heard not just in the school but in the state of Virginia and the National PTA. Also, when you join you are helping support students, teachers, school functions, and school grounds. It takes a village to give the best to our kids. It keeps you informed with what is going on in and around the school and honestly we couldn't do the things we do without you. You will also receive great discounts.
It DOESN'T mean you HAVE to volunteer or you have to show up to our meetings. Yes, we would love to have you and get to know you, but we understand how busy life is. Come when and if you can. You are always welcome to join us. We love new ideas and are always looking for ways to improve.

How long do memberships last? When you pay the $6 per member it is valid until the beginning of the next school year. You have to renew your memberships every year. We are hoping to make the process easier by next year.

Who can join?
We have parents, grandparents, other family members, friends, students, and business owners join. Basically, anyone who wants to support GBES and student.

Thank you to everyone who has already joined or renewed your memberships!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Back to School night Membership Raffle winners!
Rachel Welch, Tiffany Beatley, and Casey Quinley


Remember to check YCSD and GBE social media for important announcements. 

Thank you for all your support,

Grafton Bethel Elementary PTA