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09
Feb

It Takes A Village! A Message From Your PTO President

I want to take a minute to discuss a topic near and dear to all of us, the future. Let me first start by clarifying something…each and everyone one of you are members of the Haisley PTO, Parent-Teacher Organization. Yes, there is also a governing board, but each and every parent and teacher is automatically included in the ranks. Really! So, what does that entail? Many new parents (and alarmingly many tenured parents) often ask, “What does the PTO do?” And while we do many things, like advocate for our students and build community, the majority of our activity boils down to two very critical issues…1) fund raising and 2) volunteer management. Perhaps the more talked-about of these items is fund-raising. We all dutifully pay our taxes. In return we expect an exceptional education. And while that sounds great, the state and district budgets are very lean. Often, supplying the learning we demand requires a supplemental investment. Bring on the auction, and Walk-a-Thon, and Box-Tops, and…you get the point. This school year the Haisley PTO will raise nearly $50,000. That may sound like a staggering number. In practicality, it’s only about $110 per student. The majority goes directly to classroom learning: field trips, guest instructors, summer learning books and classroom instructional equipment. Let me be very clear, these are not common luxuries at every Ann Arbor elementary school. We are blessed to have a generous community. Now lets shift to the more challenging topic…volunteerism. None of these fund-raising events would happen without an even greater investment of time from many parents. Haisley has come to expect and rely upon three major annual events: the Silent Auction, the Walk-a-Thon and the Ice Cream Social. Nearly three quarters of all PTO revenue is generated by those three events. Each event requires an army of volunteers, and more importantly as it relates to this discussion, a few brave champions to lead the activity. Here’s the good news…we have a generous community. Every time we put out the call for help, crowds show up. Almost every class has multiple room parents. Every parent event is well attended. You are all actively engaged. Here’s the bad news…By the very nature of our community, families come and go. As we look forward to the 2015-16 school year we anticipate a few vacancies in critical leadership roles. We are currently without a team to lead the auction. Many of the current PTO board members will be cycling out of their current position including President, Vice President, Parent Volunteer Coordinators and Fund-Raising Chair. So now I need a favor…I need you, yes you, to step forward. I need a few parents – ideally with lower-el students – to raise their hands and take the torch. The current PTO has done an amazing job of building infrastructure. There are processes in place, notes and templates. 90% of the PTO activities run themselves. We need you to be the magic 10%. SO, what say you? If you’re curious, check us out. PTO meetings are the first Thursday of each month. All are welcome. Perhaps your room parent or neighbor is a board member. Chat them up. And know that we all started just like you, innocently thinking it was too hard, or that someone else would do it. Please act. Help us ensure future classes of Haisley Huskies continue to receive the best education possible. Jimmy Simonte, PTO President, jimmy.simonte@gmail.com http://www.haisleypto.org/  haisleyPTO@gmail.com www.facebook.com/pages/Haisley-Elementary-PTO

06
Feb

Coming Soon To Haisley!

  Fun, exciting things are always happening at Haisley.  Here are some things for you to keep on your radar:   Friday, February 6th is the Haisley Heart Dance!   Come dance and have fun from 6-8 p.m. Besides dancing in the multi-purpose room, there will be face-painting, tattoos, food, drinks, and basketball in the gym! This event benefits 5th grade camp. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. A chaperone is required. Friday, February 13th is the Box Tops due date!!  Be sure to send in all those box tops we know you've been diligently saving since October. Book Fair will held during the first week of March.  More information soon. The Haisley Parent Social will be held Thursday, March 12.  More information coming soon. Thanks to everyone who participated in our Community Survey!  We will have preliminary results for you soon.

09
Jan

Heritage Night Thursday, January 29

How do you celebrate your family’s heritage? The PTO would like to invite you to share the traditions that represent your culture at the annual Haisley Heritage Festival on Thursday, Jan. 29.  We are looking for presenters willing to host a table featuring a unique dish, activity, or craft from 6-8 pm.  This event is one of our most popular as it allows families to mingle and experience a variety of cultures all in one evening!  Please consider giving some of your time to help make this a fun event by signing up using the link below.  Contact Kourtni Awwad (kourtnidawwad@yahoo.com ) or Courtney Nathan (callennathan@gmail.com) for more information.

13
Dec

Hello 4th and 5th grade parents! The cast list for School House Rock is now available below and will be posted on the Haisley Players website. A physical cast list will be posted at the school on the doors of the 4th/5th grade entrance.  Each child will be expected to initial next to their name to acknowledge that they accept their part.  If your child had originally checked that they wanted a featured role only but were not cast as one and wish to accept an ensemble part as well, they may indicate that by initialing next to their name on Monday. Please know that even if your child did not get cast as a featured role they will still have plenty of opportunity to shine in the production.  Many of the songs have opportunities for solo parts that will be assigned later during the rehearsal process.  There are no small parts in this production.  Every student is essential to helping us to realize the best production of School House Rock ever!!! Our first read-through will be held on Tuesday, December 16 after school from 3:50-5:00.  At the read-through all 4th and 5th grade performers will receive scripts, read through the play, and ask any questions they may have about the play and/or rehearsal process. At that time we would also like to have a parents meeting to answer any questions you may have and to hand out a rough rehearsal schedule.  We will also talk about volunteer opportunities and you can meet our production staff!  The parent meeting will be held at 4:45 and by the time it's finished your student will be done with their first rehearsal. If you have questions or do not see your child's name on the cast list please email Porscha, our director at pmkaz1@yahoo.com 1-3rd graders interested in being in the cast need to fill out the audition form and return it by the end of this week. Thanks! Cast List Female Dori- Nina B Shulie- Sophia R Dina- Sophie S Janet- Grace W Conjunction Junction- Maya W. & Jordan H. Elbow Room- Isha S Melting Pot- Samantha T Geralidine/Sacajawea- Daniela P Male Tom- Eliot K George- Nico F Joe- Connor A Bill- Ryan R Reginald- Nicholi E Elvis- Eliot K Ensemble &More! Maxwell A Arjun B Amelia B Joy B Zachary C Leah C Evan C Jessica C Dana D Elena D Cameron F Morgan G Shantell H Chloe H Jada H Aidan H Erin K Nii-Odartey K Elyse L Kayla M Matvey M Madelyn M Sherly N-Q Shreya N Andrea R Dylan S Elizabeth S Makena S Lucas S Breanna T Ryan T-P Ryan T Ella T Valerie vR Backstage Crew Thomas F Carter G Vivian L Avinash N Cru S Erika S Bella S Julia W Drew W Drake W Sandy Z Kristina Z Luc Z-R  

06
Nov

A BIG Shout Out to all our Auction Sponsors!

 Please show your support to our sponsors.  Thank you Haisley Community!  

16
Sep

Haisley Tailgate Auction! Saturday, November 15

  Have you heard the news?  The Haisley PTO Annual Silent Auction is a Tailgate theme this year!  The auction will be Saturday, November 15th at 7 PM, held at the Polo Fields Golf and Country Club.  Make sure you come on out to have a ton of fun, and support our kids.   Interested in volunteering?  Here is what we are in need of: Acquisition Helpers (3-5 needed): Please contact Jennifer Sauld or Micki Schueler immediately. Event Helpers (10-20 needed): parents needed to fill multiple roles ranging from set-up & decoration to check-out and clean-up. To volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ba5af28a57-auction Interested in becoming a sponsor for the event?  Check out all the levels of sponsorship available!  Click the link below for the Sponsorship information: 2014_Haisley_SponsorFlyer   Thanks, and GO HUSKIES!

16
Sep

Volunteer Opportunities 2014-2015

2014-15 Haisley Parent Volunteer Opportunities Following is a list of major events which require a village to make it happen!  Please consider volunteering for one of Haisley's events-- your kids will thank you for it, and so will we.  If you have any questions, please contact any Board Member.  We are all happy to help!   Auction Fundraiser (fall 2014, final event on Nov. 15, 2014) Acquisition Helpers (3-5 needed): Please contact Jennifer Sauld or Micki Schueler immediately. Event Helpers (10-20 needed): parents needed to fill multiple roles ranging from set-up & decoration to check-out and clean-up. To volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ba5af28a57-auction   Science Olympiad (winter 2015, final event in May 2015) Parent Coaches (10-20 needed): Lead a team of 2-5 students as they prepare an experiment for competition. The role will require 1-2 hours per week after school. To Volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aacab28aa8-science Event Day Supervisor (1 needed): In addition coaching, each school is required to supply one parent who will facilitate one event on the day of Science Olympiad. Those interested please contact Zali Mustapha and Rose Wywrot at Haisleyscienceolypiad@gmail.com, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aacab28aa8-science1   Heritage Night (Thursday January 29, 2015) Parent Co-Chair(s) (2 needed): Work with Teacher Co-Chair to organize and facilitate the event. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aacab28aa8-heritage Cultural Table Host Families(20 needed): To volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4aacab28aa8-heritage1 Book Fair & Reading Night (First week in March, Evening Event Wednesday March 4, 2015) Event Helpers (5-10 needed): Roles needed include set-up, clean-up and general assistance. To volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4BA5AF28A57-reading   Science Night (date TBD) Event Chair(s) 2 needed: Organize coordinate evening, contact Hands on Museum, Choose Experiments, set up and clean up event, and recruit volunteers. Event Helpers (3-5 Needed): Set-up and help on the day of the event. To volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4BA5AF28A57-science   Ice Cream Social (Spring 2015, final Event Friday June 5, 2015) Co-Chair(s) (min. 2 needed): Desperately seeking “Under-studies” to help plan and facilitate the event. While not mandatory, the ideal candidates would be interested in a multi-year involvement. Event Helpers (50 needed): There are multiple roles needed including, but not limited to, set-up, working game tables, selling concessions, clean-up. To volunteer:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ba5af28a57-icecream   Haisley Players (Winter 2015, Final Production March 26 & 27, 2015) Director(s) (2 needed): Lead all creative direction for the production; set rehearsal schedules, audition and train cast, and so much more Producers(s) (2 needed): Lead all business activities associated with the play; fund-raising, ticket sales, and so much more Committee & Event Helpers: There are multiple roles needed including costumes, child watch, set design, and so much more. To volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4BA5AF28A57-haisley   Ice Cream Social (Spring 2015, final Event Friday June 5, 2015) Co-Chair(s) (min. 2 needed): Desperately seeking “Under-studies” to help plan and facilitate the event. While not mandatory, the ideal candidates would be interested in a multi-year involvement. Event Helpers (50 needed): There are multiple roles needed including, but not limited to, set-up, working game tables, selling concessions, clean-up. To volunteer:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ba5af28a57-icecream  

20
Aug

The Haisley Hello is Right Around the Corner!

The HAISLEY HELLO PICNIC will be held Wednesday, August 27 from 6-8 pm.  All families are invited to attend.  At this event you will receive your child's class placement letter (teacher) and the chance to eat dinner and play together with the rest of the Haisley School Community!!  Haisley teachers will be present to meet their new students!  Kindergarten and Young 5 bus riders will also receive a bus tag for them to wear the first few days of school.   * Each family is asked to bring a dish to share, according to this alphabetical guide line:  Last names beginning with:  A-J bring main dish  K-S bring a salad or side dish  T-Z bring a dessert  Beverages and paper goods will be provided by the PTO.  • Please bring a picnic blanket or chairs to enjoy your meal outside. Looking forward to seeing everyone for our upcoming 2014-2015 school year!  GO HUSKIES!  

09
Aug

2014-2015 School Year Is Coming!

Hello Husky Parents! Can you believe it?  The BBQ will soon grow cold, and back to school supplies are in the stores...the new school year is right around the corner!  And your 2014-2015 Haisley PTO is excited for a new, fun school year. Keep your eyes peeled for more new information coming soon, including an updated calendar and date for the always exciting Haisley Hello.  See you soon!    

08
Aug

Haisley Garden is Sprouting!

Check out the news!!! Haisley Garden June Newsletter

20
May

Garden Summer Adoption

GARDEN SUMMER ADOPTION SIGN-UP IS NOW LIVE Have you seen the Haisley Garden? Over the next few weeks Hailsey classes will be planting this years bounty. To ensure the harvest is a success we ask Husky families to help water and weed throughout the summer. It’s an easy way to get involved and a fun diversion for the lull of Summer.  No experience is necessary – all volunteers will get ample support. To volunteer and claim reserve a week now, follow this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E4CAEAD2BA02-20141  

20
May

Mark Your Calendars! Ice Cream Social June 6, 6-8 PM

Ice Cream Social - Calling All Volunteers!  The Ice Cream Social is only 3 weeks away! Mark your calendars for Friday, June 6th from 6-8 pm. It's going to be a wonderful celebration for the entire Haisley community, with some new activities and the old time favorites! But, WE NEED YOU to volunteer to make the event a success! We need over 100 volunteers to make it safe and fun for our children. Also, if you have middle school or high school children or friends, they love coming back to help with the event! Please use the following sign up genius link to sign up today! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DAEAE22A02-icecream Please contact Kate Thomas-Palmer at kaththompalm@mac.com or Jennifer Sauld at jennifersauld@gmail.com with any questions.  Thanks so much for your support with this community event!

20
May

Walkathon: HUGE SUCCESS! THANK YOU!

Haisley Walkathon -- THANK YOU & Outstanding Sponsor Money Due ASAP! The 2014 Haisley Walkathon was a big success this year due to the volunteers and donations from many Haisley families.  The kids had a ton of fun walking, jogging, skipping, dancing and running their way through the course.  We walked for 2 hours and managed to have a popsicle and gatorade along the way, too.  We even had a special appearance by our own Haisley Husky mascot and the Detroit Tiger's mascot, Paws!  This fun event is dependent on the support of Haisley families.  So, a huge thank you to those who have contributed to making this fundraiser a success.  If you missed donating, it is not too late to make a contribution. Please send a check in to your teacher with the envelope marked as "2014 Haisley Walkathon Donation' by Friday, May 30th. For those children that still need to collect money from their sponsors for the "pledge per lap" donation, a letter along with their pledge envelope will be sent home in the next few days. We need to collect on these outstanding donations by Friday, May 30th.  Please be diligent and hand in these donations directly to your teacher.  Again, Haisley benefits from your support, so thank you! Finally, a big, HUGE, thank you to our Haisley Walkathon corporate sponsors.  Haisley Elementary sincerely appreciates your support.  We looked amazing in our colorful walkathon t-shirts! BMW of Ann Arbor Mercedes-Benz of Ann Arbor Sesi Motors International Synergies Haig Construction Allergy & Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor Dominos pizza Mark Rubin Realty Dan DeCapua Remax Realty Ann Arbor Houses Arcade Barbers Satchels BBQ Advantage Sports

16
Apr

The Haisley Hustle is coming!!

Our annual "Haisley Hustle" Walkathon is scheduled for Friday, May 16th.   This school FUNdraising event will take place throughout the day with classes walking for a two hour session.   We NEED volunteers! if you are interested, please tell your child(ren)'s teacher or email Susan Courtright at susanmidwest@aol.com. Volunteer positions primarily include counting laps for your child's class.  Set-up and clean-up positions are also available. Finally, pledge envelopes will be sent home soon with detailed information about the event.  In the meantime, start thinking about family and friends that may like to donate to your child(ren)'s walking effort.  Last year we raised $15k, this year we are aiming higher with a new goal of $20k.  Any questions?  Contact Susan at:susanmidwest@aol.com  

26
Mar

Alice in Wonderland at Haisley!

DON'T MISS DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. THIS WEEK!! The Haisley Players are presenting Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. on THURSDAY & FRIDAY at 7:30 pm in the Haisley Multipurpose room. General admission tickets available at the door ($3 per ticket suggested donation). There will also be a free, daytime school assembly performance at 2 pm on March 27th.

24
Feb

Scholastic Book Fair and Family Reading Night!

  Scholastic Book Fair, March 3 – 7 Family Reading Night, March 5  Please join us for the Scholastic Book Fair taking place at Haisley Monday, March 3 – Friday, March 7 from 9:00 – 4:00 every day with extended hours from 6:00 – 8:00 during Family Reading Night on Wednesday, March 5.  We need your help to make the fair a success!  To volunteer for a shift, contact Mrs. McLean at mcleank@aaps.k12.mi.us or use the sign up link here:  Sign Up Genius Scholastic Book Fair and Reading Night. Thanks for your support!

06
Feb

Upcoming Haisley Heart Dance

The Haisley Heart Family Dance is coming up! The proceeds from the event benefit 5th grade camp. When: Friday, Feb. 7th from 6:30-8:30 pm Where: Haisley Multi-Purpose Room and Gym Cost: $5.00 per person, or $20 per family. *Chaperone is required. In addition to dancing, the Haisley students and their families are welcome to come and enjoy other activities including face painting, tattoos and basketball in the gym. There will also be a silent auction. Please let us know if you are willing to donate an item for the auction (Susan: susanmidwest@aol.com or Kathy: kathywatza@gmail.com). Concessions will be open! Domino's pizza, drinks and other surprises! Tell your kids this will be like a "FUN NIGHT" at Haisley! Hope to see you there! Susan Courtright & Kathy Watza (Committee Co-Chairs)