PTA Leadership Info Coffee

We are looking for Harvard community members who are interested in taking on a PTA leadership role now or in the future. 

Please join us on Friday, March 24 from drop-off until 9 am to learn about PTA leadership roles and how you might get involved.

If you have any questions email Gaby Ramirez - gabyaramirez@yahoo.com, Amanda Paige amandapaigestiles@gmail.com, or Kristin Dawson kdawson1021@gmail.com

Classroom Donation Drive Ends Today!

Today is the last day for Totally Harvard Classroom Donation Drive! Funds raised this year will help the PTA continue educational programming for next year, as well as campus improvements and teacher support. We are so close to reaching our $110,0000 goal and need your help in this final push! THANK YOU for your generosity and commitment to your children's education! Click here to donate!

Harvard PTA Proposed By-Law Changes

Dear Parents, 

At our last General Meeting February 8, 2017 I mentioned and attempted to explain the proposed by-law changes we will need you to vote on and approve at our final General Meeting on Friday, April 21st (right after drop-off at 7:50 am).

Here again those changes for your perusal along with links to our current by-laws.

  • We are officially adding the following roles to our PTA Executive Board:
    • 5th VP - Membership and Volunteer Coordinator
    • Continuity Advisor (one role that can either be past-president, president elect or another advisor, depending upon our needs)
    • Teacher Reps upon availability and desire to serve, we seek to have one classroom and one specialty teacher on the board each year, serving a one or two-year term. 
  • We are eliminating local dues, currently set at $2 annually. State and national dues will remain at $2.25 each = $4.50 because we cannot change this. This change will allow us to use online membership enrollment upon final approval by the Texas PTA this summer.

Click here to view our current by-laws.

Click here to view the Local PTA Bylaws Snapshot Worksheet with our proposed changes.

The proposed changes Snapshot Worksheet and a copy of the full by-laws can also be viewed in paper form on our PTA Bulletin Board near the front office.

Attention Harvard 4-5th Graders: Submit your original work for Hogg's Writing Contest!

Hogg is hosting a 4th-8th  grade Writing Contest as part of their Literacy Night Festivities!

Due March 10

*Writing must contain the idea of ‘a wish.’

*1 page or less, (handwritten or typed).

*Can either be a piece of prose or poetry.

*Write Student’s Name, School, Teacher, Grade Level, and Parent Contact—Phone number or email on entry.

*Submit only 1 entry per student.

*Writing must be original – not previously published.

*Submissions must be turned in to your Elementary school’s front office by Friday, March 10th. 

Winners will be notified by Monday, March 20th.  Ribbons for honorable mentions and prizes for winning poems will be handed out on the night of the event.  Writings will be displayed andwinners will be invited to read their winning entry at Hogg’s  Literacy Night featuring Lauren Myracle, April 4th, at 6 PM.

At Hogg’s Literacy Night—Lauren Myracle will discuss her series—Wishing Day.   She is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Winnie Series.  Books to be autographed must be purchased from Blue Willow.  You can also preorder books from–                     http://goo.gl/eOWhiy - or the Hogg Librarian or Hogg MS website.

Doors open at 5:30.

Lauren Myracle will speak at 6:00.

All families of 4th  – 8th grade students are welcome to celebrate Literacy on Hogg’s Literacy Night of fun and activities with Lauren Myracle, not just winning entries.  

 

 

Flashback! See pictures from Totally Harvard 80's Prom!

Want to travel back in time? See pictures of Totally Harvard 80's prom here! Harvard supporters, like, you are the most RAD! We had an awesome night of food, friendship, and 80's fun! Our fundraiser was a huge success, and with your generous support we are one step closer to getting much needed library upgrades for Harvard campus. We want to thank our volunteer parent event organizers, community sponsors, and YOU for truly making this a 1980's party with a purpose!

Sonny and Rico will be there...Will you? Totally Harvard 80's Spring Fundraiser is Tomorrow!

Guys and gals: Get your tickets to the 80's event of the year! While 80's attire is completely optional, BRINGING YOUR CHILDREN is not! This event is for ADULTS ONLY, so bring your friends and party the night away like its prom 1988! Don't miss out on...

Live music from Molly and the Ringwalds!

Enjoy delicious foods from local Heights eateries that support your school!

Sample drinks from local breweries! AND...

And bid the night away! Live Auction includes an exclusive mountain getaway in beautiful Colorado!

What to wear? Anything 80's goes! Click below for ideas!

Like, Totally Support Harvard! Get Your Tickets!

Today is the day that tickets go on sale online at www.totallyharvard.com for our Harvard Elementary School PTA 2017 fundraiser! The $50 price includes all-access to the fun-filled 1980s prom-themed event on Feb. 11, 6 - 11 pm at the Heights Villa, 3600 Michaux Street in the Houston Heights.

Jam to live music from Molly and the Ringwalds; sample fresh food donated by Hunky Dory, Glass Wall, Harold’s Restaurant, and Tap Room, Pho Bihn, Mellow Mushroom and Ritual;  and sip rad drinks provided by local breweries, including Town and City, Eureka Heights, St. Arnolds, Sonoma Wine bar, and Heights Liquor. 

KPRC Channel 2’s Amy Davis will host the totally tubular BACK TO THE FUTURE festivities, which include silent and live auctions. In fact, anyone and everyone can start bidding for silent auction items online at www.totallyharvard.com - the auction online site is to the public and you don’t have to have a ticket to participate.  Auction highlights include restaurant experiences, artwork, gift certificates to local businesses and vacation packages!  

We, like, totally can't wait to see you there!

Save the Date: Food Allergy and Asthma Awareness Night: January 30, 6-7pm

Food Allergy and Asthma Awareness Night

Monday, January 30

6-7 pm

Childcare will be provided

Come hear from experts about the basics of asthma and allergies, what to look for, actions you can take and how to respond to emergencies.

As part of our Healthy Harvard initiative, Harvard PTA wants to help parents understand and make choices about the things that are around us all the time but have the potential to make our kids sick…the food we eat and the air we breathe.

  • Nearly 1 in 9 children has asthma; many of who are not diagnosed

  • Asthma rates have been on the rise for decades

  • Allergic conditions are the largest health issue affecting children in the U.S.

  • Nearly 200,000 hospital visits were due to allergic reactions last year

Speakers include the following local area advocates for food allergy awareness and asthma.

Dr. Carla Davis, Director of Food Allergy Program at Texas Children’s Hospital, is dedicated to understanding and treating food allergy illnesses in children.

Dr. Ruby Abrol, Asthma Programs Manager for the American Lung Association of Texas, is an advocate for patient education.

Parents, coaches, educators, Scout leaders, volunteers at school….come learn and discuss and be part of our Healthy Harvard Community!

 

Holiday Teacher Appreciation

During this festive season, we want to do something to show our teachers how much we appreciate them.  The PTA is organizing breakfast and dessert days during the last week before the holiday and we ask for your help bringing breakfast or dessert items as a thank you to all Harvard staff for their efforts this year! Sign up below to help us!

Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13. Please bring items to the teacher's lounge by 7:15 am. On Thursday, December 15 we will have a dessert buffet. Please bring dessert items to the teacher's lounge by 10:00 am.  Please drop off items in the teacher's lounge by 10 am though they can certainly be dropped off earlier!

Please help with one or both if you can and sign-up here!

Many thanks to each of you!

Laurie D. Moreland, Harvard PTA Teacher Appreciation Leader
 

Time Travelers Needed: Donate to Totally Harvard's Spring Fundraiser!

This Year's Annual Fundraiser is February 11

We are raising funds to improve our library and enhance our current art program.

We are looking for some time travelers to donate to our auction. Here are three ways YOU can help:

1. Donations for our silent and live auction. If you have access to a vacation home, or any item or service you would like to donate, please visit our website at www.totallyharvard.com or contact Annie Stein at astein@gmail.com.

2. Get together with some friends and throw a party! The hosts pay for the event, and spots for the party are auctioned off to raise money for the school. The party can be for children or adults only. This is a great way to get to know other Harvard families. Examples include a backyard movie night, Cocktails and Cupcakes, or an in-home dinner party. Please visit our website www.totallyharvard.com or contact Barrett Kilian at Barrettdmk@gmail.com for more information or ideas.

 3. A monetary donation is always appreciated! We have sponsorship and underwriting opportunities available or will gladly accept any outright donations. Please visit our website www.totallyharvard.com or contact Cara Starnes at cara.starnes@yahoo.com.

THE DONATION DEADLINE IS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017

We could not support our wonderful school without your help! All donations are greatly appreciated. Please remember that Harvard Elementary (PTA) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) educational and charitable organization and your contribution is fully deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Help out at Seasons of Sharing!

Parents, we have a great itinerary of activities in store for our children at this year's Seasons of Sharing Craft Night and we need your help to make it a memorable occasion! Please consider devoting no more than an hour of your time to help set up, facilitate craft stations, or clean up.

Sign up at this link and let us know if you can help! Thank you for your support!