We are having a weeding, mulching and beautifying day this Saturday, November 11th from 9-10:30am for anyone who is interested and available to join us. The cub scouts are also coming to lend a hand with the mulching. If we have enough volunteers we will be splitting up to tackle different areas as we have multiple gardens at the school. 

Please meet us at the Grizzly Getaway which is in the center of the school. The easiest way to get there is to park as close to the bus turn around at the front of the school and walk around the far left of the school to the tennis courts and the entrance to the garden. 
Please bring a pair of gardening gloves, a kneeler pad if you have one, a bottle of water, and your enthusiasm.

We will not have access to the school, so we will not have access to restrooms. 

If you have any questions please feel free to call Stephanie Schmuck at 717-645-2027 or Email

When: Thursday, November 16th
Where: GBE Gym
5:30-5:50 (closes at 5:40)
1st: 5:50-6:10 (closes at 6:00)
2nd: 6:10-6:30 (closes at 6:20)
3rd: 6:30-6:50 (closes at 6:40)
4th: 6:50-7:10 (closes at 7:00)
5th: 7:10-7:30 (closes at 7:20)
Signup closes 10 minutes into grade level shoot times.

Join us for our annual Turkey Shoot! One boy and one girl from each grade will win a turkey for the most baskets in 30 seconds. For each non-perishable food item brought 1 second will be added to your "Shooting Time" (Up to 5 seconds)

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.

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


Gus's New York Pizza Fundraiser Night
Nov. 9 4-9pm
Eat at Gus's on Thursday and support 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:
Nov. 9- Spirit Night at Gus's
Nov. 11- Beautification Morning At GBE
Nov.14- Reflections Theme Search deadline
Nov. 16- Turkey Shoot

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