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!

Magnet Tour Volunteers Needed

If you have time to volunteer to help prospective parents tour Harvard, we could really use your help. Our remaining Magnet Tours take place Thurs mornings once a month. All you need to do is be there, come along on the tour and ask questions of parents during the short tour --you won't be put on the spot or presenting anything yourself. Come share your love of Harvard! The schedule of needed times can be found at this link below. We appreciate your help!

Final Fun Run Pledges Due this Wednesday, 11/16!

Dear Harvard Parents:
Thank you so much for participating in this year’s Harvard Fun Run! As of right now we have collected 94% of what was pledged. That is great! But there is still over $5,700 in outstanding pledges. 

Please help us reach our 100% collection goal! The second Due Date for pledges is Wednesday, November 16th. Checks can be written to the Harvard PTA. Pledges can be turned into your student’s teacher or into the front office. Also, sponsors are able to pay online if an email address was entered at the time of the pledge.

Thank you again for all you’ve done to make this a fun, successful program! Please email any questions to our fabulous Fun Run Chair, Lorena Orantes  - kinderrep@harvardelementarypta.org 

 

Movie Night is Tomorrow!

Families, bring your pillows and blankets for movie night at Harvard Park! We'll be showing  Disney's Zootopia, a movie about a rookie bunny cop forced to work with a con artist fox. Free popcorn and water will be provided to guests. Movie starts at 6:30 pm.

 We'll have a table with Totally Harvard shirts available for purchase! 

Come early to pick your spot and enjoy dinner at the lawn! The following locally-owned food vendors and Harvard Elementary supporters will be on-site selling their delicious specialties.

Fun Run Pledges are Due Tomorrow

Parents, we want to thank you for support and encouragement at this year's first ever Harvard Eagles Fun Run! This is just a friendly reminder: all pledges for our Fun Run program are due by TOMORROW! Check www.funrun.com for payment options. Checks can be made payable to Harvard Elementary PTA. Thanks again for all your support of Harvard Elementary!

Only 6 more to go to reach pledging from all 50 states!

Harvard families, a quick Fun Run update: your AWESOME efforts have earned pledges from 44 states.  Wouldn't it be fun if we make it to 50? Tonight is the last night of pledging so if you have a friend or family member in one (or more) of these states - reach out! Ask them to support your child (and your school) in this year's Fun Run!

Indiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Please be sure to check out videos from Mr. Schaff, and Mr. Beekman on Living Tree, which discuss the 3D printing lab and help us reach our goal.

Harvard Eagles Spirit Store is Now Open

Parents, we are proud to announce that the PTA has opened the Harvard Eagles Spirit Store online! We have new designs for fall 2016 Harvard sweatshirts available for pre-order. Check out the selection and make your order today! Thanks to our dedicated fundraising parent volunteers for making this is available to us!

Voting FOR Prop 1: Recapture

Dear Harvard Families,

After careful consideration, research, listening and learning, I believe it is better for HISD to make the recapture payments to the state and avoid "detachment" of properties. HISD is wanting to risk losing these properties with an "against" vote in order to fight this to the bitter end in Austin. However, this is costly, would take years, and the result may still be the same for us. AND those properties, once detached, are lost to us as revenue streams forever. Without them, other revenue streams (read: taxes) would go up to help HISD pay back the bonds.

Everyone must make their own decision at the voting booth, but please know that I deeply trust the careful and honest insight of our trustee, Anna Eastman, who herself was initially caught up in the emotions of it all, but took the time to look at the hard facts along with the current players in Austin to come to the conclusion that we must for FOR.

I am happy to do my best to further explain if you would like to contact me, but here are a few other resources for you that may explain this better. 

No matter what you decide, set an example for your kiddos and get out and vote!

Scott Hochberg, former state senator for Houston and 20-year veteran of the House Committee on Public Education

Negative Commercial Property Implications

 

Create a Student Star Video for Eagles Fun Run!

Our EAGLES FUN RUN program is off and running! Parents, you may be asking yourself, “What’s the best way to get a pledge?” Answer: STUDENT STAR VIDEO!

Parents who send a Student Star video to friends and family raise, on average, $90 more than those who don’t. It’s the EASIEST and BEST way to ask for a pledge, plus this hilarious video will have your friends and family in stitches.

Simply log in to FUNRUN.COM, click the “Create Student Star Video” button, upload a photo of your child, and off you go!

Fun Run Kick-off is today!

Parents! Our Fun Run program is finally here! The Boosterthon team will kick off the program today with an awesome Pep Rally to get our students fired up to help HARVARD ELEMENTARY.
 

Please support you child by asking friends and family to pledge your child for the Fun Run. (Remember, students will run 30-35 laps.) Enter all pledges at FUNRUN.COM, (code 131-378) and your student will be rewarded the very next day.

Plus, your student will receive a FREE prize just for being registered!

Tomorrow is Kick-Off!

Just 1 day left until we kick off our Eagles Fun Run program! Parents, family, and friends, get ready for Harvard's first Fun Run! Students will complete 30-35 laps (35 laps max) around the Eagles Fun Run track on November 3rd, 2016, while helping raise funds for our school. Please support us by asking friends and family to pledge your child. Look for your child's pledgebook coming home very soon!