PTSA Monday Message March 18, 2018

Welcome to the Monday Message for the Grafton High School 2017/2018 school year!
Contact the Monday Message at:

Mar 19 – “A” Day
Mar 20 – Help! My Child is Almost a Senior in the Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Mar 22 – PTSA Meeting in the Principle’s Conference Room at 7:00 p.m.
Mar 23 – Red & Blue Crew
Mar 24 – GHS Color Me Red & Blue 5K Fun Run/Walk at 9:00 a.m. at GHS
Mar 30 – Early Dismissal
Apr 2-6 – Spring Break

Mar 19 – Girls Lacrosse vs. Kellam @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Yorktown MS
Mar 20 – Varsity Baseball vs. Jamestown @ 4:00 p.m., Jamestown High School
Mar 20 – Varsity Softball vs. Jamestown @ 4:00 p.m., Jamestown High School
Mar 20 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Warhill @ 4:00 p.m., Warhill High School
Mar 20 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Warhill @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 20 – JV Baseball vs. Jamestown @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 20 – Boys Soccer vs. Chancellor @ 5:30/7:00 p.m., Bailey Field
Mar 20 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Lafayette @ 6:00 p.m., Warhill Sports Complex #5
Mar 21 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Maury @ 5:30 p.m., Yorktown MS
Mar 21 – Boys JV Lacrosse vs. Cox JV @ 6:00 p.m., Norfolk Collegiate
Mar 21 – Girls JV Lacrosse vs. Princess Anne JV @ 7:30 p.m., Yorktown MS
Mar 22 – Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Poquoson @ 4:00 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 22 – Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Poquoson @ 4:00 p.m., Poquoson High School
Mar 23 – Varsity Baseball vs. York @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 23 – JV Baseball vs. York @ 4:30 p.m., York High School
Mar 23 – Varsity Softball vs. York @ 4:30 p.m., Grafton High School
Mar 23 – Girls Varsity Lacrosse vs. Jamestown @ 5:00 p.m., Warhill Sports Complex #1
Mar 23 – Boys JV Lacrosse vs. Hickory JV @ 6:00 p.m., Yorktown MAC #5
Mar 23 – Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs. Menchville @ 8:00 p.m., Yorktown MAC #5
* Information for GHS sports is obtained from the Bay Rivers District site at:
‘Spring’ into Volunteering – Grafton High School’s Clippers Care program promotes and facilitates community service by GHS students.  Community service is an excellent opportunity to give back to the community; is an outstanding addition to competitive college applications; and is recognized at graduation at both the county and state levels.
The attached flyer provides a sprinkling of community service opportunities in the local area.  Students are reminded that community service hours should be recorded and submitted to Mr. O’Regan in Room 400.
For more information, and to obtain a blank GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE LOG, go to or contact Mr. O’Regan at

Please make sure you turn in your community service hours to the school counseling office to qualify for either the YCSD Community Service Seal or the Excellence in Civics seal placed on your diploma.
Please turn in your college acceptance letters to the School Counseling Office.
Also, all scholarships offers that are shared with the School Counseling Office will be included in the graduation program.  Even if the scholarship is not being accepted by the student these will still be included in the program.
Attention Parents of Juniors and Sophomores!  Please join us on Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the GHS Auditorium.
The Grafton High School Counseling Department has brought together a group of experts to give you the information you need to help your rising junior and senior make decisions about their future.
Saturday, March 24th at 9:00 a.m. at Grafton High School Complex 
Only one week away from the Grafton 5K Color Me Red & Blue Fun Run! Get your hype on!!  We need more runners!!  We’ll have a table in the cafeteria March 21st & 22nd during lunch to register runners. Get a group together and come run/walk with us!  The cost is $25 and the first 300 to register get an event t-shirt.
You can register on-line at anytime from now until the day of the race or you can drop or mail in the attached registration form to:
Grafton High School PTSA After Prom 5k Fun Run/Walk
403 Grafton Drive
Yorktown, VA 23692
  WE NEED YOUR HELP!! – We need more volunteers!!  We need help with cleanup and the color station (volunteers to throw powder at runners).  We also need photographers.  Cameras will be provided.
Visit to sign up for a slot that fits into your busy schedule!
  RED MANGO NESTLE TOLL HOUSE CAFÉ FUNDRAISER – March 25th to 31st from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Tech Center, 12080 Jefferson Ave, Bldg. 900, Suite 940.
Cruise over to Red Mango for a yummy treat!!  Grab some friends and enjoy frozen yogurts, fruit smoothies, parfaits, fresh juices and much more!  YUM!!!!
**Bring in a copy of the attached flier and GHS After Prom receives 20% of proceeds.
  MR. GRAFTON – Saturday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. in GHS Auditorium.
It’s the pageant of all pageants … it’s Mr. GRAFTON!!  Calling all guys 9th -12th grade!!  Pick up an application in the main office or print a copy attached to sign up to be a contestant for Mr. Grafton.
Contestants will be judged on Spirit Wear, Swim Wear, Talent, Formal Wear and the Interview.  Judges will look for originality, school spirit and stage presence.  Return your application to the main office or you can give it to any of the following:  Christina Sabochick 871-3583 or Michael Caraballo 870-4890, our emcees, or Martha Owens 879-1943.  
Sunday, May 20th from Midnight to 4:00 a.m. at Victory YMCA
Theme:  Midnight Cruisin’
Help us make this a fun and safe evening for the senior class of 2018.  We need lots of volunteers on the night of After Prom.  Please sign up using the link below:
We need a Logistics Person.  Logistics involves leading a team of volunteers in moving items from the storage unit, moving items to specified rooms in the YMCA, setup, teardown, and moving items back into the storage unit.  The storage facility Morningstar Storage is located off of Magruder Blvd.  The manager graciously rents a unit for free to Grafton After Prom.  Morningstar also lets us use their moving van for free on that weekend – Friday night move the day before the event and Sunday morning to move everything back.  Everything you need to know is in the Logistics binder. You’ll lead the charge but will have lots of help moving. Grab a buddy and volunteer!  We need to fill this position soon.
The After Prom Committee is selling graduation garden flags for $22!
Flags are sold for $22 each which includes one name and year.  There is a $2 charge for an additional name and year.  Deadline to receive garden flag orders and payment is:  March 29th
Please see flag order forms and sample flag in attachments.  If you have any questions please contact:  Wendy Linehan (757)509-8233 or
The next meeting of the PTSA Board is Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Principal’s Conference Room.  All are welcome.  Notice the change in day, we usually meet on a Tuesday but there is a conflict with another event that is happening on Tuesday the 20th so we have moved our meeting.
The next Red & Blue Crew is Friday, March 23rd in the cafeteria during all lunch blocks.  We will be serving yummy home-made brownies.  Remember to visit the RBC table during lunch to get your brownie.  If you remember your PTSA membership card you will get extra candy!!
If you are able to bake some brownies for our event please click on the link below and sign up:
Nominations for the GHS PTSA Executive Committee for 2018-19 – The following Officer positions on the Board are currently vacant for next year.  The election for these positions will take place in May at the final General PTSA Meeting of the year.  The closing date for Nominations is Friday, April 27th and candidate names will be posted by Friday, May 4th.
Vice President
Recording Secretary
If you are interested in either position or would like more details, please let one of the Nominating Committee know as soon as possible.
Below is a brief list of duties for each position:
Vice President
The vice president may be called upon at any time to assume temporarily the place of the president;
The vice president is responsible for:
• Performing specific duties as provided for in the bylaws
• Assuming responsibility for duties designated by the president
• Representing the president in her/his absence or upon request
• and is a standing member ex officio of the membership committee.
Recording Secretary
The recording secretary is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of association meetings. The secretary should be committed to helping the president conduct a businesslike meeting.
The secretary is responsible for:
• Recording minutes of PTA meetings, motions (recorded exactly as stated) and action taken
• Keeping secure official, permanent PTA records, including all originals of approved minutes and maintaining a copy of current bylaws, standing rules, and a membership list
The secretary should have these items on hand at all meetings:
• Minutes of the previous meeting
• Copies of the previous treasurer’s report
• List of unfinished business to be discussed
• Agenda
• Current bylaws and standing rules
• Current membership list
• List of committee chairs
• Materials for note/minute taking
Don’t forget as a PTSA Member you can 10% off at the following establishments:
• Ben & Jerry’s (Yorktown location)
• Plaza Azteca (Yorktown location)
• Thai Erawan (Yorktown/Shady Banks)
• Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta (Yorktown location)
• Andrea’s Italian Restaurant (Yorktown location)
• Thai Siam Cuisine (Yorktown/Grafton Station)
• Yorktown Pub
• Gus’s New York Pizza (Yorktown location)
• Li Chinese Restaurant (Yorktown/Shady Banks)
• Bay Haven Grill (Dine-In only)
• 3 Amigos (Nelson’s Grant)
• The Pizza Shop (Yorktown Location)
• Party Essentials (located off Route 17 in Grafton)
• Holy Mackerel Seafood & Smokehouse
• Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill $5 off $15 (Yorktown/Grafton)
• Riverside Wellness Center Corporate Membership
• Victoria’s Day Spa 15% off Mon/Tues/Wed only
• YMCA – Join with no registration fee ($100 value)
• Mathnasium Math center free $100 assessment
To check out your National Member Benefit Providers
Click on the link below:
REMEMBER we have passive fundraisers at Kroger and Farm Fresh running all the time and with Easter coming there will be plenty of opportunity to shop and earn money for Grafton.  Just shop as you normally would!!  Spread the word about these fundraisers and you can even involve friends, family and neighbors.  You do not have to be a PTSA member to take part in any of them.
If you shop at Kroger please consider registering your Kroger Plus Card on-line and selecting Grafton PTSA as the beneficiary.  Every time you shop you will earn monetary rewards for GHS PTSA which we collect in the form of a check every quarter.  Last year we earned over $1500 with this fundraiser alone and that was with only 47 Grafton families enrolled.
If you shop at Farm Fresh then remember to show the Grafton High School key fob you received when you joined the PTSA.  The key fob is registered to GHS PTSA so you don’t have to do anything else. The Farm Fresh rewards are redeemed via a catalogue enabling the Administration to choose items that will benefit the school.
Use the link below to check out all of these fundraisers and have fun shopping!
Interested in supporting Grafton’s Sports Activities?  Consider joining the GABC for only $10.00.  You may be wondering where the money goes.  All of your $10.00 returns back to the athletes in equipment for each sport as well as hosting the end of the season banquet.  Senior recognition is also supported by the booster club, along with scholarships.  You can join the GABC on-line too.

Inline image 3  GHS PTSA has a Facebook Page!!!  Search for Grafton High School PTSA the next time you’re on Facebook.  We’ll try to keep you up to date the new old fashioned way!!  Please share the page with your friends and family.

Did you know the school has a Facebook page too?  Search for Grafton Clippers.  This page is updated by the school and has lots of info that may not make it home via your student!!
Parents – did you know that YCSD students have access to a wide variety of online educational resources, both at school and at home, to support their academic success?  Tools such as Homework Help/Office 365/Power School and Hot Math.  You can have access to all these tools too, just sign in to the portal using your student’s username and password.  The website is:
Be sure to check out the student portal!
The following is a list of useful links regarding guidance, calendars, and school board meetings:
2.  GHS Faculty & Staff Listing: (Teachers/Staff link)
3.  After Prom:
6.  Band:
8.  Clubs & Activities: (Clubs/Activities link)
15.  YCSD website:
16.  Videos on math topics:
17.  Step-by-Step homework problems review:
** – Username: Clippers123 – Login, then search for your book
18.  Explanations & examples for math topics:
19.  Free graph paper: