Harvest PTA Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 22, 2009

T-Shirts and Hoodies

There have been a lot of phone calls and questions about t-shirts and hoodies. We received the November/December order back from the vendor on December 19, 2008. Just in time to send home before the Christmas vacation. Unfortunately, the WHOLE order was wrong. :( We called the vendor and let him know. He is working to get it re-done. He did not give us an exact date but I am hoping that they will be done by no later than the end of next week. We are incredibly sorry about the inconvenience. We have done everything we can possibly do on our end. Please call Audrey at 435-590-0466 if you have any more questions. Thanks for purchasing your t-shirt or hoodie in support of our school! GO HAWKS!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Great Incentives for Jazz Read-A-Thon!!

We have many fun incentives (subject to change) planned for students who return their tracking sheets and for those who read the most minutes.


-Turn in tracking sheet= small treat

-Turn in tracking sheet on the Monday it is due= small treat and a ticket to enter into a drawing.*

-Most minutes read each week (one student per grade) =wear a Jazz jersey on Friday and then entered to win the jersey in a drawing at the end of the contest.

-Overall top reader (one student per class)= Principals lunch to Arctic Circle

-Class with the most minutes read each week (one class per grade)= a trophy to keep in the class during the week.

-Class with the overall most minutes read (includes all grades)= pizza party

-1 Million minutes read by February 9th (1/2 way)= School wide no homework day and no tests the next day (will be on Wednesday February 11th )

*Drawing- Each week the students who return their tracking sheet on time will be given a ticket to enter into a drawing. In the office we will have 6 different prize options. They will need to make sure to write their name on the ticket and put it in the container for the prize they’d like to win. This will continue each week during the contest. The students are free to pick a different prize each week or they can try for the same prize. You are welcome to take your class by the office on the way to or from their specialty classes. During the assembly on March 3 we will draw the winners.

Drawing prizes (subject to change): Build a Bear, Boondocks, movie pack, game pack, Jump on It, and a Scott Layden basketball clinic (this is what the Jazz offered instead of game tickets).

In addition, the students can help their teachers earn prizes:

-Teacher with highest per student reading minutes= Extra FREE Day off

-Class with the most minutes read each week (1 per grade)= 30 minutes extra prep time (we will coordinate with you and find a volunteer to sit in your class during the time of your choice)

-Teacher with the highest percentage of sheets turned in each week (one per grade)= ticket to enter into a drawing for either a readers gift pack or a movie gift pack. This is similar to the student drawing and will also be awarded during the assembly.

Utah Jazz Read-A-Thon!

As a PTA we have chosen to participate in the Utah Jazz/Scholastic Book Fairs “Be a Team Player-Read” contest. A Jazz player appearance is a fun way to motivate but the main goal is to get the students to read more. Our goal is to read 2 million minutes during the month long contest. That amounts to approximately 60 minutes per student a day. As competition is steep, this may or may not be enough to win. They are awarding 10 player appearances to the top 10 schools. Ice cream parties and autographed basketballs will be awarded to the schools placing 11-20.

Important dates:

Wednesday January 21- Kick Off Assembly 1:15 (am kindergarten tbd)
*Notes & 1st tracking form in Wednesday folder.*

Friday January 23- Contest Begins

Monday February 23- Contest Ends-last day to collect reading forms

Tuesday March 3- Celebration Assembly-player appearance (hopefully), awards, etc. 1:00ish

·To count, reading must be done out of school.
·May include time a parent/guardian/older sibling reads aloud to the student.
·Parent/guardian signature required for each reading slip
·Books on tape, storytellers, cereal boxes, traffic signs, music, movie subtitles, teacher and parent personal reading minutes, being read to on the bus and any reading during the school day are NOT acceptable.

Be sure to send your student's *signed reading tracking sheet* back every *MONDAY* (or Tuesday if we are out of school). The first tracking sheet needs to be returned on Tuesday FEBRUARY 3RD. If your student is absent or you just forget to send it in on time, be sure to turn it in at anytime until the February 23rd deadline. We want to make sure that we count every minute read. . Extra sheets are in the office.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven series, is coming to Harvest Elementary, on Monday, January 26, 2009. The assembly starts at 9:15 and is for 3rd-6th graders. Brandon will be there 20 minutes early to sign books! We are so excited for him to come and promote literacy and to share his message that "Imagination Can Take You Places". If you have not had a chance to read the Fablehaven books, now is the time to do it. You definately do not want to pass up these books. They are fabulous! He also authored the book "The Candy Shop War". We appreciate Brandon for his willingness to take time to come to our school. Watch for the 4th book of the Fablehaven series, due out March 24, 2009! Also, check out the Fablehaven website at fablehaven.com. It's pretty amazing!

Family Week

We have some incredible board members this year which is why our Family Week was such a big hit! Tara Howard and Melissa Starkey are our Family Life Commissioners. They put on a wonderful Family Week. The students were sent home a different activity to do with their families each night and then we topped it off with a "KUNG FU PANDA" movie night that Friday. We thought we were very well prepared with pre-popped popcorn but there was such a great turnout, we had a hard time keeping up with popcorn and drinks! We also had a prize drawing at the end of the movie. We were able to give away DVD's, Thanksgiving Point passes, Activity CD's and many, many other fun prizes! Thank you to all who came and supported our Family Night! It wouldn't have been a success without you!


A big THANK YOU to Kristie Hepworth and Gretchen Hepworth for the fabulous job they did with our reflections this year. Reflections is definately a big undertaking but you would have never known that by the way Kristie and Gretchen handled it all. We had some incredible entries by students of all ages and some great judges! The awards night had a great turn out and each student who entered received a medal. Don't worry if you missed this year! Relfections is done each year by the PTA!