FInd out more about this important special election (early voting now, regular election May 6) regarding Recapture and school funding. See you tonight at Waltrip High School at 6 pm!
The Harvard Elementary PTA is a group of dedicated parents who seek to support our children, teachers, and staff as we work together to build on a long and rich history of educational excellence in the historic Houston Heights. Join us!
Harvard Elementary PTA presents….
Our Sprout School Supply Sale for 2017-18!
May 1st – July 31st
Save time and money driving from store-to-store and “go green” by ordering online this year. Your child’s supply kit includes the exact teacher requested supplies and ships directly to the school before the first day of class!
1. Log onto www.sproutsupplies.com/supplykits and enter HES001
2. Select the appropriate grade pack. Be sure to choose next year’s grade level.
3. Pay with a debit or credit card. You will receive an email confirmation once you purchase your child’s kit.
4. Order dates: May 1st – July 31st
5. Every kit includes all the exact teacher requested supplies, viewable online.
6. Your kit will be delivered directly to Harvard Elementary School in August!
7. Questions? Contact Sprout at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571-403-0899
Order before May 31st and like Sprout on Facebook to be entered into a drawing to win your supply kit FREE!
During the month of April, Harvard has registered to compete in the HISD Energy & Sustainability Department's Earth Month 2017 Challenge! If we win, Harvard will receive a Sustainable Schoolyard outdoor classroom sponsored by Volunteer Houston.
Here are some of the things you can do right now to help us earn points:
- Tweet your pics and from our Earth Day celebration including our school name and #HISDGoGreen. Each tweet will earn us 5 points.
- Make plans to attend the Urban Harvest Eastside Farmer's Market, 3000 Richmond Ave, on Saturday, April 15 from 8:00am-12:00pm and check-in at the HISD booth during your visit. Each person who says they are from Harvard will earn us 5 points.
- Participate in the Book Drive next week benefitting Books Between Kids. This book drive will earn us 50 points. More information to follow - please check LivingTree or Home Comm Folders!
This is a tough subject to understand, but your voice and vote are important because the loss of millions of dollars for our Houston Public Schools is at stake. Let me explain this to you as I understand it:
Houston ISD owes the state money because we are considered property rich and property tax incomes have crossed a threshold that puts us into a status called “recapture” that takes this “excess” and gives it to poorer districts. This is based on a complicated calculation of property values that does not consider our urban and generally less-affluent student population across our public schools. This vote does not change the fact that Austin is coming at us for their money and they will get it.
The question right now is HOW we pay the state this money.
As it stands, we voted against “purchasing attendance credits” in November, which means we refused to “cut them a check” for the amount they are owed from our excess in property values. This means they are going to come and get it by detaching valuable properties and their tax revenue (properties that also serve as collateral in some of our other school financing and bonds). Once these properties are detached, WE NEVER GET THEM BACK. The revenue from these detached properties goes to another district (Aldine), which will likely tax them at a higher rate.
We have a second chance to undo this and simply write the state a check. The check is going to be considerably LESS than we thought in November because the amount is now being based upon TAXABLE values (ie. what we actually pay based on our homestead exemptions) vs appraised values. And, as school finance in Texas is eventually FINALLY reformed, we will still have those properties generating revenue for us into the future. Remember, once we lose them, we NEVER GET THEM BACK. Let’s make sure we don’t lose them now!
Please trust me and vote FOR “purchasing attendance credits,” the better option for us in the long run. Get out and vote May 6!
TMI? Or not enough? If you want to learn more, please join our District I trustee, Anna Eastman, at a community meeting about this on Monday, April 24 at 6p at Waltrip High School to learn more.
We are looking for Harvard community members who are interested in taking on a PTA leadership role now or in the future.
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!
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.
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.
Don't miss the final movie night of the year! Happy Fatz, Pink's Pizza, and Rita's will be on site serving their delicious specialties. So, bring your family, and enjoy dinner and a movie at Harvard Park!
Help YOUR child's class earn a free dress day by helping us meet the fundraising goal!
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.
Stick with your 2017 New Year's Resolution to stay fit and support STEM programs at Harvard!
Did you hear? You can still purchase several auction items! See below and visit www.totallyharvard.com today. And remember, all sales proceeds go to Harvard Elementary. Don't miss out on these exciting experiences for you or your kiddo/s!
Pink's Pizza has generously pledged proceeds from all Dine-In or Carry-Out orders between 5-9 pm to Harvard TODAY - so make it a date night with your family at Pink's! (Delivery and Online orders do not count!)
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!
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...