Welcome to the Kyrene Middle School Parent Teacher Organization web site

Why we exist:
To connect students and families with teachers and staff to create/support an environment at KMS where all individuals can be successful.
To inspire and engage our diverse community to support the academic achievement & personal growth for our students

What we do:
Support activities that enhance the academic and character education of KMS students both with volunteer and monetary support.
Support recognition of excellence for both students and teachers.

Be "In The Know" with these quick and easy links:
Sign up for PTO email updates here. Look at the sidebar to see what you missed.
Find us on Facebook here.
Follow us on Instagram here. (not currently active)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Book Fair is Coming!

Dear KMS Families,

The “aMAZEing” Scholastic Book Fair is coming up next week, October 22nd- 24th. We have some

fun events happening throughout the book fair:

October 22nd – 24th: Shopping

Shopping before school from 8:00 am – 8:30 am, during lunches, and scheduled conference times.

This is a great opportunity to pick up some new books before the holidays to keep or give as gifts.

Poster Raffle:  Anyone who visits the book fair can enter to win a poster. There will be a separate

drawing for each grade level on Wednesday and Thursday of the fair.

Book & Gift Basket Raffle:

Now’s your chance to win iTunes, Bahama Bucks and Starbucks gift cards as well as Maze Runner

books! Anyone who buys a book can enter into the raffle to win a gift basket. The winners will be

chosen after lunch on Friday.

All for Books Change War for free iFriday:

All for Books is a Scholastic Program. The money that is raised will be given to the library to buy

books from the fair and Scholastic will donate a book for every $1 raised to one of its charities.

There will be a separate jar for each grade level at the Book Fair.  Each grade level is being asked

to raise $50. The grade level that does this will get a free iFriday! This is a good time to

clean out the cushions or under the car seats and donate that loose change.

Thank you so much for your support!

Courtney Johnson

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fundraiser Extended until Friday

Entertainment Book Fundraiser extended to Friday, September 12th.
We are close to our goal of selling 500 books.  Please help us reach it!
Turn orders in before school on Friday!

Create personalized link with Group ID #66374 for email sales at https://share.entertainment.com/share/

Deal Maker Coupons
Dicks Sporting Goods:  $10 off $50; $15 off $75; $20 off 100
Melting Pot:  25% off total bill (max discount $40)
Francis and Sons: 50% off full service carwash X 12 coupons
Cobblestone Auto Spa: 50% off full service carwash X 3 coupons
Play it Again Sports: 20% off total purchase (max discount $25)
Fired Up Grill 25% off total bill (max discount $25)
Lots of fast food coupons!

Buy One Get One
Stratum Laser Tag
Phoenix Rock Gym
AZ Science Center
Phoenix Zoo
Wildlife World Zoo
Desert Botanical Garden
IDEA Museum
Challenger Space Center
National Comedy Theater
Pump it Up

Nearby Businesses
Marcello’s Pasta Grill
Great Harvest Bread
As You Wish

Toys R Us  Babies R Us

Monday, August 18, 2014

Entertainment Fundraiser FAQs

The PTO Entertainment fundraiser will run from August 19th to September 3rd.  The money that is raised will be used for student and teacher support; character and diversity education; school supplies; eighth grade promotion activities; student grants and more.  We greatly appreciate your support of this fundraiser and any cash donation that you would like to make! Please make your checks out to KMS PTO.

Purchasing Online
  •  If I purchase online will KMS earn proceeds?  Yes.  Be sure to create an account at http://sellersection.entertainment.com using group ID # 66374 and your personalized link will be connected to KMS.
  •  How much are shipping costs for books purchased online?  Shipping is free.  This means that your friends and family around the country can buy the version specific for their area for only $30. We will only be providing Phoenix area editions at school.  Purchase other area editions online and have them shipped directly to your customer.

  • What deals are available this year?  Browse the deals at https://www.entertainment.com/coupon/  Remember that with the purchase of the book you also get the mobile app and email deals!


What prizes are offered? 

Sell 1 book receive a hippo collectible keychain.
Sell 2 books receive dino plush with secret pouch.
Sell 3 books receive a “Find Me” item locator.
Sell 5 books receive a SkinIt custom phone cover or beard hat.
Sell 7 books receive Bluetooth mushroom speaker.
Sell 10 books and receive a Chitter Chatter.
Sell 15 books and get a life size celebrity standup or $20 Target gift card.

You earn the prizes for each level you achieve.

Bonus prize:  Sell 20 or more books and you get one bonus gift card.  The dollar amount increases at 30, 40 & 50 books sold!

Each book sold will earn an entry into a raffle for additional prizes including: $50 cash, KMS t-shirts, gift cards and more.  That means that if you sell 10 books, you get ten chances to win.

  • When will I receive my prizes?  The prizes will be handed out on the order fulfillment days: Wednesday, August 27th; Tuesday, September 2nd and Wednesday September 3rd before school.  You’ll turn in your money and orders, and receive your books and prizes all at the same time.  Please make checks out to KMS PTO.  If you have orders to turn in on the first day, August 27th, you'll get an iFriday pass as a bonus prize.

  • We greatly appreciate your cash donations.  Cash donations will earn raffle tickets and a prize.

Further Assistance
  • How can I get more help?  The PTO is committed to being responsive to your needs and concerns.  If there is any way we can assist you please contact us at pto4kms@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

KMS Curriculum Nights

KMS Curriculum Nights
Please bring your student's schedule with you!

Thursday, August 14
6th grade

Wednesday, August 20th
7th grade

Thursday, August 28th
8th grade

6-6:30pm Exploratory classes
A-Day—6-6:12 and B-Day– 6:16-6:30

Team time—6:30-7:30pm

Please help KMS with copy paper!
A PTO parent will be at each curriculum night to collect reams of paper.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Welcome to the start of another great school year at KMS!  The KMS PTO is again looking forward to providing activities that enhance academic and character education for KMS students through volunteer and monetary support.  Volunteering and becoming involved in your child's school won't just benefit your child, his classmates, and the community; it will also benefit you!  Research shows that those who volunteer are healthier and happier.  So do yourself a favor and GET INVOLVED THIS YEAR!

A great first step in doing so is to stop by our PTO OPEN HOUSE, Wednesday, August 13th @ 6:30 p.m. in the library.  Come mingle and visit with other parents who want to get involved.  Learn about activities sponsored by PTO and see what KMS PTO is all about.  Refreshments will be served.  It will be a fun night to make new friends.  WE NEED YOU and so do our KMS kids and teachers!  Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Drumroll Please!

The winner of the Diamond Backs suite is George Villalobos.
We raised 1400 dollars, all of which will directly impact the students at KMS.

Thank you SO much for your support KMS community, we appreciate it!


Friday, May 9, 2014

Opportunity Drawing

The Drawing will be held on Monday, May 12th, so don't lose hope yet.  Thank you for EVERYONE who donated to an amazing cause at KMS!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Diamondbacks Suite Opportunity Drawing

Diamondbacks Suite Opportunity Drawing

You have the opportunity to win an 18 person suite for the Diamondbacks game of your choice (excludes post season).

$5 for one ticket
$10 for three tickets

Must be 18 years or older to buy tickets.

Drawing will occur on May 9, 2014.

Proceeds benefit the PTO and Teacher Enrichment Education Scholarship Fund.

Purchase tickets through the KMS Administration Office or through PayPal {above}

Those who order through Paypal will recieve an order confirmation.  Please share this in any of your social media circles! :)

{tickets can be purchased above}

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bonus time at iGive!

April $5 Challenge - 1,000 New iGive Members a Day Mean $5 Donations for Kyrene Middle School

Spring is finally here. To celebrate, we'll donate $5 per new member supporting Kyrene Middle School in the month of April.  No purchase necessary.  In other words, for free.  If a new member supports a different group, we'll donate $5 to that group.

Here's the challenge.  iGive must get at least 1,000 new members a day (supporting any cause, it doesn't need to be yours) in April. They need to try the free and optional iGive Button through 7/15/14.

In our best months, we'll get 1,000 to 1,500 people joining each day.  What we're hoping is that you'll tell all of your friends, even those friends who might support causes or charities different from your favorite. That'll make April a Best Month.

Why share with your friends? -

  1. When they shop, they'll help Kyrene Middle School or their own favorite cause.  Why not let them take advantage of over 1,400 stores that want to help?
  2. The average shopper is raising over $30 - $100 a year for their cause ... all for free.
  3. It's simple and automatic..
  4. Five bucks free, just for trying us out.
  5. The more iGive members, the better the deals we can get from stores.
 Spread your iGive link everywhere (Facebook's a great way, but Twitter, e-mail, blogs, bulletin boards, and handouts all work).
Use your special link:

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us
at http://support.iGive.com

Good Luck!
The iGive Support Team

Monday, March 3, 2014

More Info on the Comedy Night

The Comedienne will be Flip Orley:
Flip Orley:
This incredible show continues to dazzle and amaze the most skeptical audience members. Flip’s show draws anxious fans to clubs across the country where they storm the stages, hoping to be among the lucky volunteers to grab a seat and become the stars of the show. Improvs comedy chain has never had a hypnotist that has replicated the incredible crowds, amazing creativity, or quirky sense of humor that Flip brings to each and every one of his shows. Orley is adamant about not embarrassing his volunteers. He prefers his audiences to laugh with the volunteers, not at them. He takes great care in making sure that the stars of his show remember everything, and have as much fun as his audience. Orley’s brilliant comedic timing is sharper than ever. His on the spot creative imagination delivered a show in Washington DC that was so funny that an audience member laughed so hard they actually needed medical attention! Obviously this is not Flip’s goal, but it does paint a vivid picture of how hilarious this show really is. The Washington Post calls Flips show…“gut-bustingly funny”. The Dallas MorningNews says…"It's difficult to remain skeptical after seeing Flip transform a panel of well behaved audience members into a family of trailer-park dwellers from Arkansas”. The Los Angeles Times says… "The beauty of Orley's show is that, because most of the humor comes from the volunteers, no two performances are alike." Call your friends! This is a MUST SEE show! Flip has been seen on “Entertainment Tonight”, Maury Povich has turned over his show to Flip twice, as has Ricki Lake, followed by his three traffic-stopping appearances on NBC’s "Today Show", which was met with rave reviews.
The show is Sunday March 30th at 7 pm.  Please share with your friends, we are hoping this is a great fundraiser to help our KMS classrooms!

**This show, while certainly not over the top, is geared towards adults.  Come have a great time with other KMS families!

Number of Tickets

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Some Exciting Events

There are some exciting events coming up with the KMS pto.

There is the KMS/Waggoner 5k/1mile walk/run -- you can sign up here and also get more info!

Also, we are doing a FUNdraiser at the Tempe Improve, Comedy Hypnotist Flip Orley will be there, and tickets are only 15!  Buy tickets below!

Number of Tickets

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Dear KMS Parents,

We are in full swing of our spring semester, and have many fun activities planned.  Please mark you calendars for the following upcoming PTO events:

March 17th-21st – BOGO Book FairBooks are good for the brain!  Buy one get one free during the spring KMS book fair. 

March 21, (Friday) – Lunch with you Student!  
6th grade: 11:13-11:43
7th grade:12:16-12:46
8th grade (&7th grade Prep): 1:19-1:49

March 23, (Sunday) 8:00am – 2nd Annual KMS/Waggoner 5k Family Run/Walk!  Register now for this great community event! This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to get active.  Reduced prices for early registrations, each participant will receive a t-shirt, finisher medal, entry for raffle, and other goodies from our sponsors!  Register now at: www.kmswag5krun.blogspot.com
Get out and get fit!

March 30, (Sunday) 7:00pm – Parents Night Out at the Tempe IMPROVTickets are $15/person!  Featuring the amazing Flip Orley Show. Ticket sales will start soon, stay tuned for more info!!!

PTO NEEDS YOU!  Looking for a way to get involved, be in touch with the school, get to know the administration?  Become a PTO officer! If interested contact Lisa Firestone at Lfireoz@gmail.com and/or come to the Feb 5th or March 5th PTO Meetings, 8:45 a.m. in the Front Office.

Lastly, please consider supporting the Kyrene Foundation!  Purchase your
Taste of Kyrene Opportunity Drawing tickets. This year the Opportunity Drawing is more exciting than ever giving 50% of each ticket sales back to the KMS. Each ticket costs $10.

Grand prize for the drawing: Get Away Today will generously offer the grand prize of a choice between a Disneyland or Sea world vacation for 2 adults and 2 children (ages 3-9) for 4 days and 3 nights! The drawing will be held at the Taste of Kyrene main event on February 28th, 2014. Because the prize is donated, all proceeds from ticket sales will go to KMS and the Kyrene Foundation to support essential services for students and teachers in Kyrene schools.

To learn more about the Kyrene Foundation, please watch this video: 

Link to purchase Opportunity Drawing tickets:

THANK YOU! Go Scorpions!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Help us Earn Paper from Costco!

KMS will earn a ream of paper for every 100$ spent.  Please, save up your Costco shopping for THIS night.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

DON'T GO TO COSTCO (until February 1)

Costco is generous enough to provide us a paper earning night.  And KMS NEEDS PAPER.  We are excited for this opportunity for you to help our school without buying anything more then you usually would!

On Saturday Feb 1 from 7-9 pm, Costco (the one on Elliot and Priest) will open up JUST for the schools that have been asked to participate in this event (yay! less people at Costco!)

For every 100 dollars our school spends that night, we will get a ream of paper for our school.

Teachers are also filling out a "supply list", for familes who are willing to help them out as well.

Please save your lists for that night.  It will really help our school out.  Please email or comment with any questions!

Here's the nitty-gritty:
**Details: Must be a current Costco member to shop
**Renewals and new member sign-ups will count towards to totals for the donation
**Gas, photo, hearing aid center, pharmacy, and optical will not participate in totals for donations as they all will be closed (except for the gas station).

**Purchases on Saturday, February 1, 2014 made between 7pm-9pm will only count for the donations

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

PTO Meeting Cancelled

This month's PTO meeting scheduled for tomorrow (1/8) has been cancelled, as well as the night meeting on 1/15, we are planning to reschedule the night meeting ASAP.  Until then, please enjoy your January. :)