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Cornerstone Academy PTG is now an Amazon affiliate

March 19, 2013
What does this mean to you?  You can help out the school at no cost to you.  
Go to the PTG website at  
Click on the Amazon banner to go to the Amazon website each time before you purchase something on Amazon, and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the PTG.  This does not increase your cost.  Please consider this small extra step to help benefit the school.

Scrip Program

September 21, 2011
Dear Cornerstone Parents,

The PTG is offering the gift card program to Cornerstone families and friends for the school year.

It works like any other gift cards you purchased from your favorite stores, except the PTG purchases the cards from the Great Lakes Scrip Center ("SCRIP") at a discount (2-10%) and re-sell them to our families and friends at face value.  PTG has made close to two thousand dollars each year for the last several years.

They have hundreds of choices which include very popular retailers which you probably are using now including Stop and Shop, CVS, Target and many many more.

Attached is an order form with a listing of popular retailers, but feel free to write in additional scrip retailers. Check out their complete list at .

I will also print out a few copies initially for each family,

All you have to do is fill-out the order form and enclose a check made out to Cornerstone PTG and place in your child's journal.   Please put attention: Maria Barrett

I will be placing orders on the first week of the month.  I will send reminders.  Your cards will be back within 5 business days and delivered through the journal.

The first order will be placed on October 3. Please have order forms in to me by 9/30. I will be sending this letter and a few order forms home this week.

Also, Please consider purchasing your gift cards through the PTG for your holiday shopping needs to support our kids and school.

Remember to make check payable to Cornerstone PTG .

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Maria Bolstad Barrett


September 21, 2011
September 19, 2011 

Dear Cornerstone Parents, 

The Cornerstone PTG is again sponsoring a Square 1 Art Fundraiser, which is open to Cornerstone students and their siblings. Square 1 Art can transfer the artwork image your child creates to a variety of articles ( ie. Mouse pads, stationary, wooden boxes, etc...). These keepsake items are very popular with the Cornerstone parents and make great holiday presents. A portion of the purchase price is returned to Cornerstone. This historically has been a very successful fundraiser for us. Examples of Square 1 Art products can be viewed on their website: . There are also posters in hanging in the hallways at school showing the different items available for purchase.
Very soon your children will begin to create their pictures in the classroom under our guidance, while siblings can draw their pictures at home to submit. However, special barcoded paper needs to be used in order to submit a drawing. So, if a sibling is going to participate, please contact me at Mplatz7523 (at) and I will send you the appropriate paper and art guidelines through your child’s journal. Drawings done by siblings must be sent into school earmarked for Square 1 Art no later than Monday, October 3rd. 

Square 1 Art produces “Squickers” (20 free stickers) for all pictures that they receive at no charge. The “Squickers”, along with a personalized order catalog will be sent home to you to order from. (This should come to you towards the end of October). At that time, please complete the order form and return it to Cornerstone, along with a check made out to the Cornerstone PTG. If no items are purchased for a large number of ”Squickers”, this will ultimately result in a lower return to the school. So, we encourage your support to help make this fundraiser a success.
Please discuss ideas for drawings with your children, so they are ready to create their masterpieces, when we are in the classroom at the end of this week. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you, 
Melissa Platzman 
Square 1 Art Coordinator 


Continued Discussion Re: February Vacation Moving to March

February 7, 2010
Please continue discussion thread here:

Electronic Surveys?

February 1, 2010
In the future, when the Board members have questions they'd like to get out to the parents, would you rather have an electronic survey sent?  There are some free survey services on the web that we could use.


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