See what is going on at HMM
September 30, 2012

How Do I Keep in Touch with the PTA?
o    Bookmark our website:
o    Friend us on Facebook: Highland Mill Montessori Pta
o    Follow us on Twitter: #hmmpta
o    Join Remind101: Text 424.789.8749 with the message @hmmpta

 Deadline Extended for Invest in a Child Fall Fundraisers
The deadline for turning in forms and payment for the Invest in a Child Campaign has been extended to Friday, October 5th!  Please make all checks payable to HMM PTA.  If you have any questions about any of the fundraisers, employer matching contributions or you didn't receive the fundraising forms, please email us at

Giving is personal, that's why we've offered so many options to contribute to our school campaign.  Our goal is participation from every family, so think about how you’d like to participate in the fundraisers – sell everything, pick one fundraiser that interests you or just write a check!  Please consider the ways that your family is able to contribute to our school campaign and make the commitment to INVEST in a CHILD today!

Fall Gardening Day
We need your help! Drop by our school Labyrinth on Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 2pm to help weed, plant and make our gardens beautiful!  Please bring any of the following items to help work in the garden: Gardening Experts and/or Novices, pick ax, clippers, tiller, trowels, gloves, garbage bags, hand weeders, claws, wheelbarrows, shovels, and pitchforks.
The Upper Elementary students are going to be making a special pasta lunch for all of our volunteers using the herbs and vegetables from our garden!  Hope to see you on Saturday, October 6th!
DONATIONS NEEDED: The Garden Committee is in need of lantana plants, perennial flowers, mulch and a toolshed.  Please contact Ms. Suzanne if you are able to donate any of these items!

Grandparents Breakfast
Join us on Monday, October 8th from 8am to 9am for the annual Grandparents Breakfast!  If your child is a bus rider, you may want to have them ride with their grandparent(s) this day to ensure that they’ll have plenty of time to enjoy breakfast together before the school day starts! A flyer was sent home in Thursday folders on Thursday, September 27th so be sure to check backpacks!

Volunteering in Classroom & Lunch Visitors - Monday, October 8th
Plan to join your child for lunch and start volunteering in the classroom!  Become a reading buddy, stuff Thursday folders, prepare materials, etc. - please check with your child's teacher to see how you can best help the needs of the class!
Before you volunteer at Highland Mill, you'll need to logon to the CMS Volunteer Management System and fill out the Volunteer Profile Form.  You may register and create a login by going to  Please remember to log your volunteer hours on the website! 

Calling All Volunteers!!
Are you ready to start volunteering?  We are... And cannot wait to get you started!!  Come out to our Volunteer Information Training Meeting - October 11th 9:30am.  We will discuss the various ways to get you plugged into Highland Mill, and the procedures for when you arrive at school.  If you cannot attend; please reach out to Stephanie Roberson via and we will still get you connected.  We need everyone!!  *Remember that volunteering benefits your child, the classroom, the school, and the entire community by providing students with positive interaction, support, and encouragement.
Fall Festival Volunteers Needed
o    The Fall Festival Committee is using to help organize volunteers for the Fall Festival on October 13th.  We need parent volunteers to help set up the parking lot, help sell tickets for the raffle baskets, assist with traffic and crowd monitoring and with final clean up at 3pm.
o    VolunteerSpot is the leading online sign up and reminder tool and will help us organize our upcoming Fall Festival.
o    Please sign up - here’s how it works in a few easy steps:
1.     Click this link to go to our invitation on VolunteerSpot:
2.     Enter your email address (you will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3.     Click the large Gold “Click Here to Sign U” button in the middle of the page.
4.     Choose one of the 5 available shifts.
5.     Save and Close
6.     VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation email and reminder messages.  It’s super EASY!
NOTE: VolunteerSpot does NOT share your email address with anyone or send SPAM emails.  If you prefer not to enter your email address, please email and the Fall Festival Committee Chairs will include in the list of volunteers!
Family Spirit Day
Make sure to join us for our next Family Spirit Night at Red Robin Northlake on Thursday, October 18th from 5pm to 8pm.

MI Lacrosse is excited to announce an amazing opportunity to try Lacrosse "The Fastest Game on Two Feet"! The free girls clinic will be run by Jen Flaherty, Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Belmont Abbey College. The free boys clinic will be run by Chris McCartan, Assistant coach for the Charlotte Copperheads indoor professional team and a national champion at Syracuse.
BOYS - Ages 5-15 on 10/20 from 9-11am at Rodden Ballfield in Belmont
GIRLS - Ages 5-15 on 10/28 from 1-3pm at Belmont Abbey College

Open Chair Positions on the PTA Board of Directors
There are currently two open chair positions on the PTA Board of Directors - Audit Committee Chair and Nominating Committee Chair.  A description of each committee can be found on the PTA website -  If you are interested in either of those positions, please submit the form on the home page of our website or send us an email at

Retail Incentives – An Easy Way to Invest in a Child at the Grocery Store
Another way to Invest in a Child at Highland Mill is to link your Harris Teeter VIC Card and your Food Lion MVP Card to our school.
You can also save Box Tops for Education, Campbell’s Labels for Education, Coca Cola Rewards and Tyson’s labels.  Send them in your child’s backpack and we’ll redeem them.

Link Your Google Calendar to the Highland Mill Montessori PTA Calendar
The PTA calendar is on Google so you can add all the events and activities from the PTA calendar onto your own Google calendar!  Go to your Google calendar and select “Add a Friend’s Calendar”. Type in our email address: and select.  As soon as we accept your invitation the dates will be added to your Google calendar!

Mark Your Calendars
  • Fall Gardening Day: Saturday, October 6th10am to 2pm in the Labyrinth @ HMM
  • Grandparents Breakfast: Monday, October 8 - more details coming soon - keep your eye out in Thursday folders
  • Volunteer meeting/Training, October 11th 9am
  • School Pictures: Friday, October 12th - NO uniforms! 
  • Fall Festival: Saturday, October 13th - 11am to 3pm @ HMM
  • Family Spirit Night at Red Robin Northlake, October 18th 5-8pm - Take a night off from cooking and join us!
  • Spirit Day, October 19th - Wear your HMM spirit wear and uniform bottoms (navy or khaki).
Need More Dates?
Check out our calendar on the PTA website –