This Week at Grout: Sept 11-15th

This week at Grout2

Here’s what’s happening in the next week:

Thursday, Sept. 14 – Back to School Picnic/Open House 5:30-7pm

Bring your own picnic dinner and meet new families.

  • 5:00 ESL Meeting
  • 5:30 Picnic Begins
  • 6:15 Principal, Head Start, PTA, SUN introductions
  • 6:30 Open Classrooms
  • 7:00 TAG Meeting

picnic openhouse

Friday, Sept. 15 – Dine out at Cloud City

Cloud City is donating 20 percent of the day’s proceeds all day long. Yum!Cloud City dine out

Friday, Sept. 15 – PTA Membership/Order forms Due

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Reed 5k Fun(d) Run

All proceeds from the race and sponsorship dollars go to five neighborhood schools, including Grout. Last year’s race was a lot of fun and raised over $40k for the schools.

Next Week:

Monday, Sept. 18 – Open Playground Committee Meeting 2:30

  • Meeting location will be in Teacher Sharese’s room
  • This meeting is open to anyone interested in joining the committee, or that’s just interested in what’s happening with the playground.
  • This meeting will focus more on updating staff that are present and talking about how to get the kids more involved. There will be another meeting later in the month with more of a focus on fundraising.
  • If you are interested in joining the committee and can’t make this meeting, just email me and I’ll make sure you hear about any meetings going forward.

Don’t forget to buy a Chinook Book

Did you love the Chinook book app you bought through the PTA last year? Good news, you can now buy it online through your existing Chinook Book app and still have the proceeds go to Grout. Or you can set it up for the first time if you missed out. Here is the link:

  • Feel free to share the link with friends/family/neighbors that might want to buy a chinook book. Anyone who uses this link to buy the Chinook book will support Grout!
  • There are other easy ways to raise money for the Grout Programs you love by simply signing up, including at Fred Meyer and Amazon, and it doesn’t cost you a cent.

Amazon Can Go a Long Way!

To link your Amazon account with AmazonSmile, go to: and you can get Amazon to donate .5% of every dollar you spend with them though their AmazonSmile program. It’s really easy to do:

  1. Go to and log in, just like you would to your Amazon account. In fact, if you’re already signed into your Amazon account, AmazonSmile will take you right to a page where you can select your charity.
  2. Once you’ve logged in, the site will prompt you to select a charity. Please search and select Grout Elementary PTA as your charity. 
  3. Now all you have to do is buy stuff using the website. It will look exactly the same as, and will have the same products and prices.

Shop at Fred Meyer?

Here are the steps to link your Fred Meyer rewards number with their Community Rewards.
  1. Go to and log in.
  2.  Once you’ve logged in, the site will prompt you to select a charity. Please search and select Grout Elementary PTA as your charity.
  3. Every time you shop at Fred Meyer, scan your reward card.
Fred Meyer just sent us a check and it really adds up. In the past few years, we’ve received  $500-600 a year from this program.
It’s a simple way to get businesses to support the community we care about, ensuring that our school has the resources to thrive. Many hands make light work, and pennies build up over time!
Thank you so much for helping us!

Sue Ledgerwood

PTA President