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Originally delivered on 9/19/2019 3:05 pm

Gator Weekly 09/19/19


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Gatorthon Pizza Party Contest Ends

TODAY, September 19th

The three classrooms with the highest participation percentage as of 11:59 pm will win a pizza party! The pizza party for the winning classes will be held on 9/24. Winners are based on participation, so any donation helps your class! Go to and click on "Personal Fundraising Page" to get started!

Here are the top 3 participation leaders as of now:

1st - Danson - 73%

2nd - Klutz - 64%

3rd - Bleakley - 54%

Go to to see the complete rankings!

Next Week at AES


Gatorthon Swamp Slammer

Friday, September 27th

An annual tradition!  Bring money to "lock up" your teacher, or any staff member you want! $1 buys one minute in "jail". This event takes place in the cafeteria during lunch time.

Volunteers are needed to operate the jail!

Sign up to Volunteer


Elementary Night at WHS Football Game

Friday, September 27th

vs. Sun Valley at 7:30 pm

Coming Soon


NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

Monday, September 30th


Staff Lunch - Provided by 5th Grade

Monday, September 30th

We are asking 5th Grade parent volunteers to bring in food for a Soup and Salad Lunch for our staff on the Teacher Workday.

Sign up to bring food


Last Day for Corporate Matching and Silent Auction!

Monday, September 30th

If you work for a company that matches donations, don't forget to fill out the Corporate Matching Pledge Form by 9/30 in order to be entered to win 5 extra raffle tickets for the Gatorthon Prize Pack Raffle, AND be entered to win a 3 month family membership to the Brace Family YMCA!

Monday, September 30th is also the last day to donate to Gatorthon, and the last day of the Silent AuctionNEW ITEMS HAVE BEEN ADDED!  Auction will close at 7:00 pm.


Spirit Week

Tuesday, October 1st - Friday, October 4th

Our Antioch Ambassadors will host Spirit Week, with fun themes for each day!  Here are the daily themes:

Tuesday 10/1 - Antioch Day - wear spirit wear or blue/green

Wednesday 10/2 - Pajama Day

Thursday 10/3 - Crazy Hair Day

Friday 10/4 - Pink Out - wear lots of pink


Pink Out

Friday, October 4th

Wear pink on Friday in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Friday is also our Pink Out Hair Spray Fundraiser, with all money raised going to Carolina Breast Friends, and Pink Out Night at the Weddington High School football game!  So get your pink on!!

Everyone is encouraged to wear pink on October 4th, even if you are not participating in the Hair Spray Fundraiser!  If you would like to participate in the fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends, bring $1 per strip of hair to be painted pink, as many strips as you like!  Hair spraying will take place in the Courtyard. 

We need volunteers to collect money and spray hair before school!

Sign Up to Spray Hair


Gatorthon Prize Reminders!


In addition to the weekly contests and prizes, don't forget that students also earn rewards based on overall fundraising.  Fundraising Rewards (pictured above) are based on student's fundraising totals at the end of Gatorthon (9/30).  Drawstring bags, car magnets, and other Rewards will be distributed in mid to late October - as soon as we receive them from the vendor!

There are also prizes for the Top 3 individual student fundraisers! *

First Place: Echo Dot Kids Edition

Amazon Echo Dot - Kid's Edition.  Visit for information on kid-friendly features!


Second Place: Fun Pack

One $50 certificate to Dave & Busters

Eight 1 hr jump passes to Big Air

Family 4 Pack to Sky Zone (four 1 hr jump passes, 4 pair socks, 1 large pizza, 4 water bottles) 


Third Place: Movie Pack

Six Stone Theatre movie passes and a reusable popcorn bucket filled with classic movie theater treats!


Breaking News!

Mr. Childers and Ms. Kelly have agreed to let us auction off their personal parking spaces!  As a result, new parking auction items have been added to the Gatorthon Silent Auction. Auction closes on 9/30 at 7:00 pm.

Go to and click on "Personal Fundraising Page" to get started! You can also print the Check Donation Form.

And don't forget to check out the Silent Auction!

* Top 3 prizes may be adjusted in the event of a tie. 

Volunteer Needs

 Swamp Slammer (9/27)

Students may pay $1/minute to have staff put in "jail".  Several volunteers are needed to operate the jail!

Sign up to Volunteer

Staff Lunch - Provided by 5th Grade (9/30)

We are asking 5th Grade parent volunteers to bring in food for a Soup and Salad Lunch for our staff on the Teacher Workday.

Sign up to bring food

Pink Out Hair Spray Fundraiser (10/4)

Students can bring in money to have their hair sprayed pink for Pink Out Day!  All money raised is donated to Carolina Breast Friends.  We need volunteers outside in the morning to collect money and spray students. 

Sign Up to Spray Hair


Communication Volunteers

Newsletter Editor - We are looking for someone to publish the Gator Weekly PTO Newsletter.  This is a weekly commitment throughout the school year.

Website Admin in Training - The administrator of our website "graduates" at the end of this school year, so we would like to begin training someone now to take over next year, in order to ensure a smooth transition.  Programming skills are not required, but some general tech savvy and/or familiarity with basic web design or content management systems is a plus!

For more information on either opportunity, please email Amy Hodgin at

In the Community

These events are not sponsored or endorsed by the PTO. 

Attention parents, we are looking for some help to provide this awesome Dream Chasers Program for the kids at our school this fall! You can find out more about this program @! If interested please email Stephen Vaughn - and he can provide any information you need. This program is helping our kids regardless of skill and ability level build confidence and gain traction to overcome their obstacles and chase their dreams. Its a 6-week program that ends with a team based obstacles course challenge that is fun for everyone involved! We want to provide this for our kids, but need your help! If you have availability 2 days a week for 1 hour after school this could be a great way to serve, support, and empower Dream Chasers at our school! 



Free Money

It's National Box Tops Week!

This week only earn an additional Box Top on every Box Tops participating product. To earn simply purchase by 9/22/19 and scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase.


Box Tops are Going Digital

Download the new Box Tops App to scan your receipt.  The old Box Tops can still be used until they expire!  So don't throw them out!  Continue to send them in and drop them in the bin at the front entrance.

Scan or send in your box tops.  There is a bin at the school entrance.


Re-link your VIC card using code #5615

VIC Cards must be re-linked each year!  Go here to re-link yours, or visit any Harris Teeter store.



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