Haisley Elementary PTO – News

25
May

Calling All Soon-to-be 5th Grade Parents!

25
May

New Constitution and By-Laws Approved

On May 4th, 2017, the PTO Board approved an updated version of the Constitution and added By-Laws.  Please see the new information at this link.

22
Jan

January Meeting Re-Cap and Next Year’s PTO Board!

From Your PTO                   Our January meeting was a great success. We want to thank everyone who attended and offered input into our awesome capital funding proposals! The PTO is able to offer funding for capital projects as a direct result of the success of our fundraising, significantly the fall Silent Auction and the Spring Walk-a-Thon. If we don’t meet our fundraising goals, we are unable to commit money to large spending projects that really have the ability to impact our students. All this to say—THANK YOU. Thank you for engaging and allowing your PTO to really make large-scale impacts on our children’s educational experience! Because of the success of our auction, we were able to approve: IPads for 3rd and 4th grade: 30 IPads + Cart ($16,960.68) The impact of this expenditure cannot be overstated! With the addition of 30 iPads, our upper el AND lower el teachers benefit! This will provide more differentiation in classrooms, and allow more intentional use of technology in the classroom. Yearbook funding: (roughly $1600) The PTO voting to cover the cost of yearbooks for all students on free and reduced lunch for the next two years. Funding for ancillary school staff in Responsive Classroom: (cost to be determined) This came up when deciding whether or not to approve the Buddy Bench proposal. What a great discussion. Essentially, everyone likes the idea of the Buddy Bench, but we also recognize the drawbacks. In our discussion, it became clear that what would be more beneficial to our student population would be to continue to ensure that all staff are trained in responsive classroom. Responsive Classroom is a school-wide philosophy and approach to learning that ensures positive social-emotional interactions which leads to high academic success. Ultimately, while the Buddy Bench might be a great stopgap measure for bullying problems, it could also undermine the lessons and approaches used with responsive classroom. So, instead of using money for a bench, we will focus on making sure our lunch staff and other ancillary staff members are trained in this approach to interactions. All of our kids benefit because of YOU! Thank you!!! Next Year is Not Far! …And the PTO needs YOU! We will have several significant spots opening up for the 2017-2018 school year, including President. Please consider joinging as a Board Member. Email: haisleypto@gmail.com or jklozik2002@yahoo.com    

07
Jan

Capital Proposal Vote!

The time has come for the PTO Board to vote on all of the capital improvement proposals we've received.  At our January 12, 2017 meeting the board will review all proposals and vote.  We welcome public commentary, however only PTO Board members may make an official vote for a proposal.  Also, in the interest of time, we will be keeping commentary timed and moving along efficiently. I want to thank everyone who participated in this process, and presented AMAZING ideas to the board through the first 4 months of our school year.  We are lucky to have community members who are always looking for ways our school can be better, and engage the PTO to help make some of those happen. You can find each proposal here: Water Station Proposal Yearbook Proposal IPADs for 3rd and 4th grade (3 proposals in one) Library Shelving/construction

03
Nov

November Agenda and 2 New Capital Proposals

It's that time again!  Find the PTO Agenda November 2016 and two new capital campaign proposals that will be presented at the meeting Thursday, 11/3/2016 at 7:00 PM.  See you there!

20
Oct

Handbook Correction Page

At this point, all Haisley Families have received a hardcopy of the new Parent Handbook!  If you need to print out the page of corrections, click here.  The link to the Handbook on this website links to the most up-to-date Handbook, which includes all corrections. We hope you find this helpful as you and your child navigate the school year!

20
Oct

Year At A Glance Calendar

Another new for this year! An at-a-glance calendar to help keep you up-to-date on Haisley events.  You can find the most recent calendar to download at this link.  Have something to add?  Email us!

05
Oct

September Wrap-Up

From Your PTO Board Can you believe it? September has come and gone and we are well into the swing of things! We hope your family has found your “school groove” and that everyone is off to a great start. It Takes a Village In keeping with our ongoing theme, we want to remind you that the PTO Board is here to serve and represent your interests. Please do not hesitate to call on us. You can also visit www.haisleypto.org for more information. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 6th at 7PM in the Media Center. Some of our agenda items include: Enrichment update A capital campaign proposal Project Lead The Way Funding info We hope to see you there! Funding That Enriches Our Kids’ Lives Coming up—The Silent Auction! Have you purchased your tickets yet? You won’t want to miss out on this annual event. Save the date—Friday, November 11th at the Polo Fields Country Club. It’s a casual, adult-only event where you can get to know your Haisley community and raise money for your kids all while having fun. The PTO continues to rely on our community’s financial support, as well as volunteers. While there are many ways to contribute, the vast majority of our operating budget is established through three events: an envelope drive, the fall auction and the spring walk-a-thon. This year, we are budgeted to spend close to $200 per student. These are activities the district does not fund. We hope you will continue to support the PTO. Wanted: Your Capital Improvement Ideas Each year we raise funds to support our operating plan. If we exceed our annual goals, the surplus funds are moved to a separate account for capital spending. Over the last few years we’ve been fortunate enough to exceed our fund raising goal. We need your input! The PTO is soliciting capital improvements ideas through the December PTO Meeting. Nothing is too big or too small! In January we will award funding. Have an idea? Proposal forms can be found on the PTO bulletin board. Grab a form, fill it out, and let us know what your idea is! Please note, once the board moves funds into the capital account they are not available to the general operating budget. That’s why it’s critical for each year’s PTO to initiate new fund raising campaigns. Our current capital fund is not enough to cover the annual budget. Do not consider this fund a reason to abstain from the envelope drive or auction, or any other fund raising campaign. Thank you EVERYONE! Jen DeCapua PTO President

29
Sep

October Agenda

It's time for our October meeting!  Thursday, October 6th from 7-8:30 PM in the Media Center.  Remember-- we will have school-age child care available! October 2016 PTO Agenda

13
Sep

I Have An Idea!

Do you have an idea for a capital improvement or new program/project that would benefit all the kids at Haisley?  We want to hear it!! In order for a project/program/expenditure proposal to be considered, we ask that you fill out the proposal form (which can be found at this link), let a PTO Board Member know that you'd like to come to the next meeting and present the proposal.  We will fit you in on our agenda, and hopefully be able to vote on the project that evening.  In some cases, we may have questions that might need more time answering, in which case we will vote on the program/project idea as soon as we can. If it is a capital improvement expenditure, we accept all proposals through December, and the Board will vote on them collectively in January. Come one, come all!  Let's see your ideas for how we can make Haisley better!

07
Sep

Our Village

Last year we started a dialogue to help create a clearer vision for our school community. We were overwhelmed by the positive force that brought us together in support of a better Haisley. Our work towards that end as parent advocates was just beginning. It takes a village and many hands make light work. There are so many ways to plug in and become active at our school. We invite you to the first PTO meeting of the year on Thursday. Come to meet Ms. House and stay to learn how you can help make your child’s elementary experience the best it can be.  

31
Aug

New For This School Year- Haisley Family Handbook!

Families!  This year, the PTO introduces a Family Handbook.  This online handbook has been prepared to provide Haisley families with helpful information about our school.  All families will receive a paper copy within the first two weeks of school, and it can be found on our website at the link below. Please refer to this handbook throughout the school year as a reference.  It should provide the answers to most questions, but feel free to telephone us or stop in at school should you need more information. We believe that your child's success in school is dependent upon good communication between school and home. If you have any suggestions, comments, or ideas, please feel free to reach out to us.  We hope you find this helpful and informative! Haisley Parent Handbook

31
Jan

New Secure Door Entry System

Please click here for important information on the new front door entry system.  Here are some key points: For safety purposes all doors will remain locked throughout the school day. Please follow these steps in order to access the front door. 1.  At the locked Main Entrance press the button on the video intercom system. 2.  Be sure to stand inside the painted footprints to ensure you are visible to school 4.  School personnel will respond to your entry request. This may not be immediate as office professionals may be managing multiple requests. Please be patient. You can help by identifying yourself, your child’s name and nature of business at the school. 5.  School personnel will briefly unlock the door for your entry. You will hear a clicking sound when the doors are unlocked. 6.  Upon entry, all visitors must report to the office to sign in and receive a visitor tag.

26
May

Hello Haisley Community! First of all, we want to thank everyone who participated and offered feedback for the classroom food and snacking guidelines.  Parents and teachers alike came together, and after much input and several revisions, we now have the final document. You will find the Classroom Food & Snacking Guidelines 2015 here on the PTO website.  These will be the guidelines that Haisley Elementary will use starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Again, thank you for all your feedback and support!