Harvest PTA Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Box Tops!

One of the best ways to help our school is through the Box Tops for Education program. Now through Halloween, if you purchase any 3 Juicy Juice products in a single transaction, you will receive 10 Bonus Box Tops at the register. This offer is available at Smith's and Walgreen's. Thanks for helping making our school the best!

You can also enter for a chance to win 30,000 Bonus Box Tops at our school by playing the El Tacodor game (that is $3,000!). Go to www.btfe.com and click on the "earn" symbol at the top and click on the Bonus Box Tops. The link to El Tacodor is at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

T-shirt orders

School t-shirt orders were placed today. We will notify you as soon as we have a delivery date. Thanks to everyone who purchased a t-shirt, hoodie, polo, or blanket. We will do another t-shirt order in November in time for you to receive your items by Christmas. Questions? Contact Julie King at kingsofnv@netzero.net.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Please join us!

We appreciate all the parents who have joined PTA. If you have not joined yet it isn't too late. Forms are available in the office. Membership is just $5 per parent. Make a difference in your child's education and join us!

Pick up and drop off

The lanes in front of the school are now available for pick-up and drop-off. They used to be bus lanes but now they are for parents' use. Please take advantage of this.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Donut Date Update

At today's meeting, it was decided that we will keep the current budget and Donut Date program for this year. The responses have been overwhelmingly positive towards the program and the way it is being run. We are grateful for the PTA volunteers who are running this program well.

We will conduct a needs assessment to continue to insure that our budgets and programs reflect the desires of the parents at our school. {The budget this year IS based on a current needs assessment.}

We appreciate everyone who has a passion for PTA and has let that shine over the last few days.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Donut Dates Concerns

Last night, at our first General Membership Meeting of the Year, the subject of Donut Dates came up.

Donut Dates are an opportunity for each classroom to have the parents of the children come in during school hours and read with their child. The PTA provides a donut for both the child and parent. It is once a year, per classroom, for 15 minutes.

There were two parts of the concern voiced:
1. Not every child has a parent who is willing or able to come to the school for the 15 minute date, and that situation may create sad feelings for the children without parents who come in. I was approached by several teachers after our meeting last night who commented on this, and there were some suggestions about asking our local police, firemen, army staff, etc. come in to help with the children who don't have parents. We can certainly look into that if we decide to keep the program running this year.

2. Cost of donuts. The Donut Date program is part of the Family Life Commission, and they have a current annual budget of $1800, down from $2350 from last year. To be clear, NOT all of that money is spent on donuts, their commission sponsors THREE main things:
a. Family Week in November {you may remember this week from the last few years-- the keystone event of the week was when families were invited to the school to watch a movie},
b. the Birthday Table {each child is invited to have a small piece of cake and juice during lunch. The Family Life Commissioner is planning on saving money this year by serving water instead of juice}, and
c. the Donut Dates.

The Family Life Budget is currently $1800, about 4.69% of the total PTA budget for the year.

Some additional things that have been brought up to consider:

Donut Dates are not the only school function where children are invited to have a family participant to come to the school- the 5th grade maturation program and the 1st grade grandparents day that would also fit into that category.

The goal of the Donut Date program is to provide a fun activity where the parents are invited into the classroom, can see the environment there, how the teacher interacts with students, and see who their children are buddies with. Parents have expressed support for the program citing those benefits.

As your PTA board, we want to be sure that the programs we are funding are meeting the needs of the families at our school!! Please weigh in on this issue and help us get a feel for how the PTA general membership at our school feels. We will be in further discussions about this Tuesday morning at our 9:30 am board meeting, and we welcome you there. Our meetings are held in the teacher's lounge.

Thank you for your support! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Jen Cox
President, Harvest Elementary PTA