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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!!

pto-board-members-colorNext 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




  1. Suzanne Copsey
    January 24, 2017 at 1:25 am Reply

    Thank you for considering the Buddy Bench proposal. I agree that providing more Responsive Classroom training to staff may be more beneficial overall for all Haisley students. I am very excited to hear about this approach/idea for creating a more supportive environment!

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