Where: GBES

When: Thursday, Oct. 26

It is that time again when all our little monsters get to come out from the shadows! Grafton Bethel Elementary PTA proudly invites you to join us for a spooky fun night of Trunk or Treat Thursday, October 26th from 6pm to 8pm. Bring all your little gouls and goblins out for a fun night of candy, obstacle courses, and refreshments. Costumes are encouraged for everyone!

We need candy donations! If you would like to donate there is a box located in the office for candy.

If you are interested in volunteering for the event or setting up a themed trunk please email graftonbethelpta@gmail.com or call/text Jammie Hunt at 704-231-7483.


Your children did an amazing job running, walking, and dancing their way around the soccer field. Now is the time to start collecting pledge money if you haven't already done so. Collection envelopes are due Oct. 23.

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.

Unleash your creativity!
The PTA Reflections theme this year is "Within Reach."
Students can create their own original artwork in as many of the following categories as they like:
Visual Arts
Film Production
or Musical Composition

Deadline is October 25, 2017
Place artwork in a protective plastic covering and attach a signed and completed entry form in an envelope to the back of each submission. Submit your work to the school office. Rules, submission requirements, and entry forms can be found at

If you have any questions please contact our Reflections Chair, Stephanie Schmuck at gbesreflections@gmail.com
We can't wait to see what you create!

Spirit Wear orders are due by Wednesday Oct. 11. Get those orders in so you can receive your spirit wear by the end of the month.


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:
Oct. 23- Walkathon Collection envelopes due
Oct. 25- Reflections projects due
Oct. 26- Trunk or Treat
Nov. 6- Our Next GBE PTA meeting at 6:30
Nov. 9- Spirit Night at Gus's

Advocacy Minute:
Statewide Family Engagement Centers
Join advocates across the country in supporting 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