PTA Points of Pride


School Wide Assemblies (2018-19 schedule)

  • Detroit Red Wings (Life Skills)

  • Basketball Jones (Anti Bullying/Character)

  • Brainstormers (writing and performing - student author show)

  • Science Alive (live up close animal education)

  • Author Denise Nelson


Movie Night

  • PTA hosted a family community movie night including refreshments at the school


“One School One Book”

  • PTA provided the book “Mouse and the Motorcycle” for every student in the school. COE facilitated a school wide book study culminating with an evening celebration of reading called "The Lion and the Mouse"


Field Trip Transportation

  • PTA provides transportation to bused field trips


Donuts with Dad and Muffins with Mom

  • Community events where students have the chance to invite mom and dad to school in the morning to enjoy a breakfast treat before school. 


Hardship funds

  • Provides assistance with classroom, lunch and 5th grade camp needs


Sunshine Fund

  • Used to provide small gifts for COE families in their immediate time of loss


Music Enrichment

  • 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Ann Arbor Symphony


PE Enrichment

  • Healthy Kids Club

  • Purchase supplies for Field Day

  • Mileage Club

    • 1st-5th graders have the opportunity to run around a “track” in the back of the school and get a punch card that earns them charms for a necklace. PTA provides all necklaces and charms

    • 5th Grade Field Trip 

      • 5th grade students go on a field trip to Mystic Creek Golf Club where they learn the basics of golf from a pro and have a chance to play mini golf with their classmates. Pizza party follows


Technology Enrichment

  • Purchased iPad cart complete with covers

  • Purchased a full Chromebook cart 

  • Purchased Ozzie Bot robots

  • Purchased school wide speakers and sound system

  • Provides data projector bulbs for each classroom

  • Purchased new duplicator machine for the copy room


Art Enrichment

  • Clay for class

  • 4th Grade field trip to Detroit Institute of Arts


5th Grade Celebration

  •  An “after glow” to this event is paid for by the PTA and executed by the 4th grade families as a way to “pay it forward”

JK and Kindergarten Welcome Gift

  • White board w/dry erase markers for writing practice

Welcome Back Gift for Staff

  • Provided all COE staff and bus drivers with a COE T-shirt

Parent Teacher Conference Dinners

  • Provided dinners and "survival" goodie bags for both nights of parent/teacher conferences


"Bare Books"

  • Kids create a bound book from scratch with a variety of different subject matters (ex. 5th Grade Camp, All about Me, Poetry, State Report etc.)


Evening Traveling Folders

  • Each student in the school is provided with a durable plastic folder that they transport homework, completed schoolwork, teacher newsletters, flyers, etc to and from home. PTA provides these folders


Science Olympiad

  • Students in grades 3-5th have the opportunity to compete against other kids in the school in a student selected science challenge. Top solutions move on to a District competition. Supplies are provided by the PTA


Welcome Back Ice Cream Social

  • PTA hosts a “welcome back to school” social ice cream party at the end of the summer where students can meet their teacher, get reacquainted with friends and have and ice cream. 


Birthday Books

  • Every student in the school receives a Birthday book on their special day signed by the Principal


Math Pentahalon

  • This motivational program strengthens basic math concepts and skills, aligns with National and State Mathematics Standards, and stimulates creative thinking while developing problem-solving skills.
  • This program is held monthly in the evenings at COE. Kids work in teams playing problem solving math oriented games.

  • Students have the choice to compete in the district elementary tournament in March


WATCH D.O.G.S. Program 

  • This is a one-of-a-kind, school-based father involvement program that works to support education and safety

  • WATCH D.O.G.S. are fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator


PTA meetings 

  • Hold meetings with the school Principal and a teacher representative where ideas are generated, channels of communication are opened and events and programs are discussed and voted on

  • "Be Internet Aware" on line safety workshop 

  • "Middle School 101" informational panel to prepare upper elementary students for the next stage in their education

Gaga Ball Pits 

  • Purchased two Gaga Ball Pits for the playground


Student Leadership Team

  • Supports programs developed by this student led group. Programs differ each year


Stipend for Classrooms

  • Each year the PTA provides a sum of money to each classroom to purchase supplies that are not provided by State funds. This money would otherwise come out of the teachers pockets


Staff Appreciation Week

  • Every spring the PTA hosts a celebration for our great staff. This week differs year to year but typically includes a luncheon, coffee, bagels, small gifts, candy, recognition letters from the students etc.

Holiday Shop

  • “Store” hosted at the school in December where students are assisted by volunteers in shopping for friends and family for $1 item gifts (Students pay for gifts and volunteers help kids shop and wrap).


Scholastic Book Fair (3 Annually)

  • Profits replenish library and classroom bookshelves. “Buy one get one” spring book fair provides big discounts to all shoppers.


Spring Fair

  • School family social event that is coordinated and operated by PTA volunteers



  • Shoots, designs and creates annual COE yearbook available for purchase


Spirit Wear

  • Coordinates and organizes the ability to purchase COE wearables


Fundraisers with Local Businesses

  • Kroger Community Rewards - sign up on line via your Kroger card and school receives cash rewards when you shop

  • Matti’s Fresh Market - Turn in your receipts from Matti’s and they give the school a % back of the gross amount purchased


Coordinates Box Top Program

  • PTA coordinates school community to clip “Box Tops” from participating food items and school gets a % back

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