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There is a lot going on at McAlpine Elementary. If you have any questions or concerns always feel free to reach out to our PTO Board using the contact information on the OUR PTO page or by using the contact us form below. We will respond as soon as possible.

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How Can I Reserve The Spirit Rock?

  • Reservations MUST be made to paint the rock.
  • Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Reservations can be made in the Spirit Rock Binder in the school office. Please do not call them in.
  • The cost to reserve & paint the rock is $10. This is a 5th grade fundraiser in support of the 5th Grade Washington, D.C. trip.
  • Reservations must be made by a parent/guardian or teacher on behalf of a student or student group.
  • Only one person per day may reserve the rock…no consecutive days.
  • Once reserved, you will have the rock for 24 hours, from 3pm the day before to 3pm on the day of your reservation. (For example, if you reserve the rock for November 6th, you will have the rock from 3pm on November 5th through 3pm on November 6th.)
  • All rules as outlined in the CMS Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Character Development Handbook and Code of Student Conduct must be obeyed! (NO bullying, profanity, obscenity, or derogatory language.)
  • Please fill out reservation envelope (found in Spirit Rock Binder in front office) with your payment of $10.00 cash or check.
  • Please write "Spirit Rock" on the memo line of your check. Checks should be made out to McAlpine PTO.

How Can I Recognize My Child's Birthday At School?

For just a $5 donation that goes toward the 5th Grade Washington, D.C. trip, you can have a “Birthday Shout Out” on Eagle Extra (school-wide morning news program) the morning of their birthday.

McAlpine Elementary PTO Birthday Shout Outs on Eagle Extra Guidelines

  • Sign up on the calendar in the office (include child’s first and last name, grade and/or teacher’s name and age turning if you wish).
  • Reservations must be made by a parent.
  • $5 donation, cash or check made out to McAlpine Elementary PTO (Funds will go to help the 5th graders pay for their Washington DC field trip).
  • Birthday Shout Outs must be signed up and paid for by Friday the week before their birthday to be announced – no exceptions. The Eagle Extra Crew will be pulling the calendar for the week and we cannot ensure birthdays will be mentioned if not done by the Friday before. For example, if your child’s birthday is Thursday, October 20 you must sign up and pay by Friday, October 14.
  • No special messages will be announced, just a standard birthday “shout out” used for everyone .
  • More than 1 child can be mentioned on 1 day, so feel free to sign up even if someone else has signed up for the same day.
  • If your child’s birthday is over the weekend or on a school holiday, you may sign up on the school day that is closest to their birthday to receive the “shout out”.

How Do I Volunteer?

CMS requires that ALL volunteers register and get approved by the school system in order to be a volunteer at any CMS school. The process is quite simple and takes just a few minutes of your time. Please make sure to add McAlpine Elementary to your volunteer school list. In order to register, please go to Click the new volunteers tab and follow the instructions. If you were registered last year, you do not need to register again.

There are many different types of volunteer positions available with the McAlpine PTO! Whether you have a few hours per week or a few hours per year, we have many opportunities for you to contribute. If you are interested in learning more, contact Catherine Laurenzi, PTO President, at or Vicky Shannon, VP of Volunteers, at

Check with your child's teacher and room parent for additional classroom volunteer opportunities during the year.

How Do I Get In Touch With Staff & Teachers?

Contact information for McAlpine's staff and teachers can be found on McAlpine Elementary's CMS web page.

Are Donations Tax Deductible?

All donations are tax deductible. Remember to double your donation with your Company Matching Program. Thank you for supporting our school!

How Do I Submit Pictures To Be Considered For The Yearbook?

If you would like to email pictures that you have taken of school events, you can email them to:

How Do I Create An Account With Pay4schoolstuff?

To Create A New Account:

  1. Open your internet browser and go to
  2. Pay4SchoolStuff uses pop-up windows to display forms and other information. Allow pop-up windows for this site.
  3. If using a mobile device, use the Google Chrome internet browser to access the site.
  4. Enter your First Name, Last Name, and Email Address. Your Email Address will be used as your login/User ID.
  5. Enter and re-enter a Password of your choosing.
  6. Enter your Phone Number and Address.
  7. Click the orange "SIGNUP" button.
  8. Read and agree to the Terms of Use, then click "Next" on the bottom of the page.
  9. Enter the First Name and Last Name of your student. Your school may require entry of the Student ID. If you do not have a student at the school, you may self-register by entering your own name, and selecting "Adult" under grade. If you are registering your child for an item or event at another school, create a new account for your child at that school. If your child changes schools, add them as a new student to the new school.
  10. Select the school by specifying the State, County, and School Name from the drop-down lists.
  11. Select your students’ grade. This grade must be updated each year under Parent Services/Your Students/Edit. DO NOT CLICK "DELETE’ WHEN YOUR CHILD CHANGES SCHOOLS (as this will remove him from the database and will prevent paying for this student.
  12. Choose your child’s Teacher Name (if school requires it) from the dropdown list.
  13. Click "Submit" at the bottom of the page. To add another student, simply repeat steps 9-14.

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