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Panther Club

3rd Thursday
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Thursday, May 17
6:30 pm

In the SLVMS Staff Room

Officers and Board Members


Vice President


Heather Tardel


Shannon Calden

Faculty Rep
Student Council Reps


Volunteer Coordinator
Tammie Webb

Website Maintenance

Daria E. Troxell

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Funds Request Application Form

Welcome to the SLVMS Panther Club!

The Panther Club is the SLVMS Parent Club dedicated to supporting the students, staff and teachers at SLVMS. All parents and guardians of our middle school students are welcome as members of our nonprofit parent/teacher organization. Throughout the year we provide support to these various groups by providing much needed assistance. If you would like to get involved please join us at our monthly meeting which happens the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Teacher/Staff lounge. We would love to see you there.

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Click here to learn more about What We Do.

Primary Purposes of the SLVMS Panther Club

A) To support the students of San Lorenzo Valley Middle School (SLVMS).

B) To support the teachers, administration, and staff in fulfilling the school’s mission of: “Working together to ensure all students learn.”

C) To promote cooperation among parents/guardians, teachers, staff and administration.

D) To encourage active participation in SLVMS by students and active support from the community.

E) To fund-raise to enable The Panther Club to fulfill the above objectives.

Latest Panther Club News

Time for 2018-2019 Board of Director Nominations

We are looking for new board members for the 2018-19 school year, specifically President, VP, Secretary and Panther Pantry Manager. Elections for those positions will be held at our final meeting of the year on May 17, 2018. Meetings are typically held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm in the SLVMS Staff Lounge. If you are interested in serving next year please contact Dusty Gipson at or Shannon Calden to add your name. We look forward to having you involved!

8th Grade Parent Volunteers - Dance & Party

We are looking for a parent to head up a committee for the 8th grade party, and one for the 8th grade dance. Grab a friend and co-chair. If you are interested, please contact Dusty Gipson at Panther Club will give you a budget to work with. 8th grade dance is June 8th, and the 8th grade party is June 11th.

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

shoe drive fundraiser kick off
The SLVMS Panther Club is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser. The Panther Club will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected. 100% of those dollars will benefit SLVMS. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the SLV Middle School office. All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of small business partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. It's a winwin for everyone! By donating gently worn, used and new shoes, you will make a difference in people’s lives around the world. Clean out that closet! When is the last time you wore those shoes? Ask you family to help our school! San Lorenzo Valley Middle School values your donation, thank you so much.

Long-Term Panther Club Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in getting involved with your child’s school? The Panther Club has two immediate volunteer needs. Please let us know if you can help!

Publicity Liaison
So many wonderful things happen on our campus! We have a vibrant and active student and staff population. The SLVMS Panther Club is looking for a volunteer (or a few volunteers) to help us keep our community informed about events and activities happening on campus. Please contact Dusty Gipson at if you are interested in this fun and rewarding opportunity.

Fundraising Chair
SLVMS Panther Club would LOVE your energy and enthusiasm for creating new events and programs that bring much-needed funds to our school. If you have great ideas and can help implement those ideas, please let us know! For more information, contact Tamar Hughes at or 831-901-8412.

Panther Pantry Co-Coordinator
Panther Pantry sells snacks at after school events (like dances), and at home sporting events. The Co-Coodinator will help shop for and stock the Pantry, and be available to help set up, sell, and clean up at various events throughout the school year. Role will be shared with one or more people to lighten the load! Please contact Tamar Hughes at or 831-901-8412 for more information!

Ways To Help Support Panther Club & SLVMS

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More ways to earn $$$ for our school!

Now you can receive bonus box tops credits to our school directly when you shop at Safeway! Visit for more details and be sure to sign up for more special offers at Our school ID# 310911.

Contact Nicol Murphy for more info. Keep on clippin’!

Supporting SLVMS Sports One Snack at a Time

The Panther Club operates the Panther Pantry which provides a source of income for all of the Middle School Athletic events. All income from the Pantry helps to pay for equipment and uniforms to make it possible for students to participate in school sports without paying to play. It takes many people to operate the snack pantry, so volunteer help is always welcome on the day of athletic events.
Donations keep the Pantry up and running. All donations sold go right to the Athletic fund. Check the Panther Club Panther Pantry page for an updated list of items needed and calendar of athletic events for volunteering.

Handwipes, hand sanitizer and Kleenex are always welcome. Please drop your donations off in the office.

What We Do

Throughout the year, the Panther Club (SLVMS parent group) sponsors or provides volunteers for a wide variety of events and activities. If you have an idea that you think will help, let us know. We would love to hear from you.

Below are descriptions of some of the events and fundraisers that we have planned.

Ben Lomond Market Ongoing. BLM has a shopping rewards program that donates  money to local schools. Please assign SLVMS to your card.  You MUST use your BLM card for the school to get credit. Simply giving them your phone number at the register will not assign credit to our school. 

Target & Nob HillOngoing. Both Nob Hill and Target stores have shopping card programs that will donate a percentage of your purchase to our school. Please sign up if you have not already done so. Please assign SLVMS to your card/account.

Drive for Schools Fundraiser - October. SLVMS has once again been invited by Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and The Capitola Auto Mall to participate in the annual car give away fundraiser - Drive For Schools!  Every year, the Grand Prize is a brand new car (including tax and license)! If the winner is not in the market for a new car, they will be awarded $25,000 cash instead! There will be MANY other smaller prizes awarded as well.

Box Tops for EducationOngoing throughout the year. We’ve turned Box Tops collections into a fun competition between the classrooms where the winners earn a prize at the end of the collection period.  We usually raise about $400+ each year. Learn more about collecting Box Tops for Education here where you may also find coupons for your favorite brands.

Panther Pantry - Ongoing. The Pantry sells snacks at after school sports events. While only a few years running, it has already been very successful! The money raised helps to fund PE class supplies and after school sports (pays for officials & prevents us from becoming a “Pay to Play” sports program). The Pantry can always use cash donations for supplies, a person to assist the coordinator in the stores operation (opening & closing for home games) and volunteers to run the pantry during games. The Panther Pantry raises THOUSANDS of dollars to keep after school sports free for SLVMS students.  This can’t be done without the help of parent volunteers.

Halloween Dance – October. Every year, the Panther Club sponsors a Halloween Dance. This dance requires a LOT of excited and creative parents getting involved in the decorations & coordination.  If you would like to coordinate (or join a team of co-coordinators, please contact a member of the Panther Club Board).

Back to School Night - September. Baked goods /bottled drinks are needed for our bake sale table. 

Magazine Drive - Sept/Oct. This is coordinated through the school (not Panther Club), but they do need parent volunteers to help on Prize day. Money raised helps the ASB to pay for dances, after School sports officials, uniforms & many other things. 

Ink Cartridge Recycle ProgramOngoing.  Just drop off any brand of ink cartridges at the school office and we well get store credit at Staples to purchase office/school supplies. We use this program to keep the office supplied with copy paper.  We purchase classroom supplies with any additional credit earned thought this program.

Donate Tissues / Hand Sanitizers / Bleach wipes/  Copy Paper Ongoing. In middle school, it’s hard for one family to donate supplies to 6 teachers. Certain classes do need specific donations (Science, Art, etc.) but we found that every class has the same need for copy paper, tissues,  hand sanitizers, and bleach wipes (especially during the cold season since classrooms do not have sinks). If we can keep them supplied with these items, they can use their school allotments for other special needs for their class.

School Dance Chaperones and Panther Club snack bar help – Dances are organized through the school and parents are needed as chaperones.  This is to help ensure that dances are a safe and fun environment for all. Parents mainly monitor the doors (to make sure no one is trying to sneak in) or help run the Panther Club snack bar. Discipline is handled by the staff chaperones. Sign up for one or more dances though Volunteer Spot!

Winter Carnival – December.  Approximately eight parent volunteers are needed to help count tickets at the end of the carnival (around the lunch time hour) for about an hour.

Staff Appreciation EventsAugust, December/Jan, May.  The Panther Club sponsors three Staff Appreciation events per year.  The “Welcome Back Staff” event in August is generally a light lunch or a continental breakfast.  The event in the December/January time frame is the “Winter Staff Appreciation Luncheon” and the event in May changes from year to year. All of these events are arranged and provided for by parent volunteers /The Panther Club.

Classroom/Office Supplies Funding – Every year The Panther Club donates money to each classroom for supplies.  The Panther Club also regularly approves funding of purchases for additional office and classroom supplies as needed throughout the year.

Open House – May. The Panther Club serves a pizza and salad dinner with drinks and dessert to an average of 200+ people before classrooms open.  Volunteers and donations are needed to make this fundraising event a success.

8th Grade End of Year Activities - June. Parents of 8th graders are needed to coordinate both the 8th grade fun day/picnic at Camp May Mac AND the 8th Grade only Dance.  Planning should begin no later than the beginning of May.  Contact a school administrator for more information.

Honor Roll Ice Cream Celebration - Each Quarter. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, ice cream scooping and light clean up.  Yes, you will get you see your child be honored for their accomplishment!

Picture Day Help – Panther Club finds parent volunteers (2-3) to assist on school picture days.

SLVMS Panther Club 2015-16 Calendar of Events

August 21 Welcome Back Staff “Event” (PC sponsored breakfast)
ALL YEAR Panther Pantry
September 11 School Dance 5-7 (Leadership - PC finds chaperones & coordinates snack bar sales)

Click here to see the complete SLVMS Panther Club 2015-16 Calendar of Events


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Panther Club
Funded Programs
(as of 5/16/16)

Middle School Department Grants:

Classroom Support Supplies:

Drama Department, Seussical production: $750

Language Arts
Classroom Novels: $750

Staff Supplies & Expenses: $715

Honor Roll Expenses: $735

Staff Appreciation
Luncheon: $200

San Lorenzo Valley Foundation
for Education: $300

How Panther Club
Raised Money in

PANTHER CLUB FUNDRAISING: Safeway eScrip, SLVMS / Amazon Store (on Panther Club web site), Dance and Dance Snack Bar sales, Coupon Books, Back To School Night and Open House Snack Bar, Drive For Schools Drawing, and finally,

The Panther Pantry is a snack bar program sponsored by the Panther Club and provides a source of income for all after school, Middle School Athletics. All of the profits from the Panther Pantry help to pay for equipment and uniforms, and officials, and helps to make it possible for SLVMS students to continue to participate in after school sports without paying to play.

Click here for past fundraising information.