Alder Creek Middle School PTO Newsletter
February 2021
Calendar of Events
The Alder Creek Parent Teacher Organization is here to help enrich and support the parent - teacher - student community at ACMS. We welcome your ideas and input at any time via email or join us at our monthly meeting!
Monday, February 1st, 7:43 am: Transition to Hybrid Learning
Thursday, February 4th, 4:30 pm: Last Day to Enter Tamale Raffle Fundraiser
Wednesday, February 10th, 8:30 am via Zoom: PTO Meeting
February 15th - February 19th: Ski Skate Week, NO SCHOOL
Friday, February 26th: Panda Express Fundraiser
Upcoming Events
Back to Hybrid Learning
Monday, February 1st, 7:43 am
TTUSD will be transitioning back to hybrid instruction on Monday, February 1, 2021. You can learn more about the decision here. The ACMC Hybrid Daily Bell Schedule may be found here. As students prepare to come back to in person learning, please view the ACMS Virtual Tour here.
Touchdown Tamale Fundraiser
Donations accepted until February 4th, 4:30 pm
Here's your chance to win one of 12 tamale dinners, just in time for the Super Bowl! Raffle tickets are $10 each, available between now and Thursday, February 4th. Winners will be selected and notified at 5 pm on Thursday, February 4th. Tamales will be available to take home on Friday, February 5th, just in time for the big game weekend. Raffle donations may be submitted via PayPal by visiting ACMS PTO Tamale Fundraiser page.
Thank you so much for supporting our school!
ACMS PTO Meeting
Wednesday, February 10th, 8:30 am
Zoom Virtual Meeting
New day and time! Join us to find out more about what we’re doing and what you can do to help! Please email for the Zoom meeting information.
Here's your chance to make a change and give your input!
Panda Express Fundraiser
Friday, February 26th
An easy and delicious way to take care of dinner! A portion of sales made at Panda Express on Friday, February 26th will be donated back to the Alder Creek PTO. You will need to present the flyer - either a printed or digital version - or enter 321777 in the promo code box during online checkout at for us to receive credit for the sale. Orders must be placed on the event day.
Other News
ACMS Spirit Wear For Sale Online!
Alder Creek Middle School Spirit Wear is now conveniently available for purchase online! Please visit this website to place your order. Show your support of ACMS, both online and in person during hybrid learning!
ACMS Yearbooks
Yearbooks are on sale now! Please order early so we know how many to print by following this link: Buy your ACMS Yearbook!
Since things are different this year, we need your help with yearbook photos. We need images of students doing things! Please submit photos for the 20/21 ACMS Yearbook HERE.
Also - we need art for the divider pages of the yearbook. If you are interested, please draw or paint or use whatever art medium you prefer, including digital art, that represents the "silver linings" that you can find in these trying times. Email an image of your art to
How are PTO Funds Spent?
The PTO typically runs on a budget of $10,000 per year. This funds grant requests submitted by ACMS staff to provide classroom materials, field trips, recognition events and more for our school community. We have been focused on supporting our students and staff during distance and hybrid learning and ensuring we have funds available for future in-person student activities without our usual major fundraising events. We recently provided every staff member with an ACMS mask and other holiday gifts, and are providing Site Council funding for rewards for creative student recognition programs. We're always open to new ideas for ways to enhance our school community!
What's Happening at School?
The daily bulletin is available to everyone on YouTube! Take a moment in the morning to view the bulletin here and stay informed. Cougar News and the calendar of events, are available on the ACMS school website.
Past Events
PTO Meeting Summary
All parents and staff are members of the PTO. Please join us for a meeting any time! Here's a summary of our last PTO meeting:
Ongoing Programs
Support our Local Truckee/Tahoe Merchants!
ACMS PTO encourages you to shop and dine locally! Please support our local merchants and thank them for the generous support that they give our school. For those items that you can only find online, please remember to sign up for and use Amazon Smile and Benefit.
Grocery Outlet School Rebate Program
Our local Grocery Outlet is offering a school rebate program! BEFORE PAYING at checkout, tell the cashier that you are supporting Alder Creek Middle School. The cashier will type in a code that tags that transaction total as supporting Alder Creek, and they will donate 5% of the total right back to the school! A HUGE thank you to Grocery Outlet!
Use Amazon Smile!
Please be sure to use the link to make your online Amazon purchases. Choose "Alder Creek Middle School PTO" as the organization your purchases will benefit. A portion of your purchases will be donated to our PTO.
Scan Your Grocery Receipts for Box Tops!
Here's the deal on Box Tops! Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Once school opens, you may drop these off in the front office for collection.
The Box Tops program has turned digital. If you see the new label, download the new Box Tops app and scan your receipts. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.
Take a minute in the parking lot of the grocery store or when you get home to scan your receipt. OR - you may drop receipts off at school when it reopens and we will scan them in.
You may also submit receipts from online shopping or grocery pickup. See instructions to submit these here.
Shop like you normally do, but when it’s time to checkout, reach for the Benefit mobile app. Purchase digital gift cards and redeem at the register or online. Up to 20% of your purchase price will go to support Alder Creek Middle School.
Feel free to contact us with any thoughts, concerns or ideas!

Co-Leaders: Susie Overall, Celli Baker
Secretary: Jenny Suh
Treasurer: Raughley Koehler
Fundraising Co-Chairs: Nate Melen & Carrie Haines

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