Who we are - explained.
PTA = Parent teacher Association
Our PTA is a group of dedicated parents who are organized to benefit all of Harvard. And we need you! You can become a member right now, simply by signing up to volunteer right here.
The Harvard PTA pays for:
- Harvard’s garden and outdoor learning center in partnership with Urban Harvest ($15,000)
- school assemblies such as visits from Main Street Theater, Houston Grand Opera, Museum of Natural Science & more ($8,000)
- our Library and Literacy programs ($10,000)
- discretionary funds for specific teacher requests annually ($16,000)
- extra hard- and software upgrades needed throughout the building ($25,000+ for smart board projectors, learning software, etc)
- year-round teacher appreciation events ($11,000)
- community building projects including Pre-K/Kindergarten summer play dates and mixer before the start of school, Dad’s Club and their bi-annual outdoor movie nights, and December Craft Night ($5,000)
- costs associated with hosting the PTA web site and other communication ($1,000)
These are efforts that make Harvard such an amazing school, adding value to the diligent work of our teachers and staff.
Harvard Parents are making the difference between Good and GREAT! All the wonderful things happening at Harvard happen because of parent participation.
Parents can participate in many ways:
- FIVE are responsible for specific activities. Each committee has a VP who works to assign project leads. These projects are the specific PTA activity such as Assemblies or Teacher Appreciation Week. Click here to see the full list of committees.
- Each committee needs volunteers. On a regular basis parents will be asked to volunteer for a project. Be on the look out for sign up opportunities.
- Attend the PTA general meetings (usually held on a morning after drop off). We will work hard to keep these updated here on our Events Page. Be sure to watch for reminders in your PTA email newsletter and in the Tuesday home communication folders.
- We have a PTA board (see below) which requires a one to two year commitment of time (except for grade reps, who represent the grade of their child that one year). The list of board members is included below. This board meets monthly, and parents are nominated for board positions by a nominating committee as they become available each year, finalized for the next academic year in April of the previous. If you would like to be considered for a board position, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
PTA Officers (Board) for 2017 - 2018
President - Ed Goerig
1st Vice President (Education) - Melissa Rodriguez
2nd Vice President (Community Building) - Whitney Stoebner
3rd Vice President (Fundraising) - Lorri White
4th Vice President (Communications) - Michelle Galindo
Secretary - Jenni Walker
Treasurer - Paul Killian
Parliamentarian - Annie Stein
Teacher Representative - OPEN
Teacher Representative - OPEN
Volunteer Coodinator - Erin Trent
Parent Representative - PreK - Karina Quesada-Leon
Parent Representative - Kindergarten - Alycia Clark
Parent Representative - Grade 1 - Cecilia Greenleaf
Parent Representative - Grade 2 - Ellis Iverson
Parent Representative - Grade 3 - Peter Vonder Haar
Parent Representative - Grade 4 - Alma Rodriguez
Parent Representative - Grade 5 - Taylor Tran
Continuity Advisor (Past President) - Alison Schmieder
This is our current board and committee structure: