See what is going on at HMM
November 25, 2012

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The Book Fair
A Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school from December 10th - 14th and students will have a preview of the Fair on December 7th.  It’s a great opportunity for students to find books that really interest them. We know kids read more books when they get to choose their own. The more kids read, the more their reading skills improve.

Your child’s wish list will be going home with them on December 7th If you can’t make it to the fair, feel free to send payment with your child – or even visit the fair online(online shopping begins 11/23 and goes through 12/10)!  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/highlandmillmontessori

All in-school and online Book Fair purchases benefit our school. Thanks for helping get more kids reading, kids reading more.

We’re looking for volunteers to help at the Book Fair.  If you can help out any time during the week of December 10 – 14, please contact Valerie (Book Fair Chair) at yates.valerie@gmail.com

We need 2-liter soda bottles
The Upper El team is conducting an ecosystem project and they are in need of clear 2-liter plastic soda bottles.  If you can bring some in to the Upper El teachers that would be great! Thank you!

Cardraising
Your school is now set up to run Cardraising!

Your custom website is already up and running and you may view it at http://www.cardraising.com/SNC00976. You will now receive 30% of all proceeds generated from this website. 
 
This fundraiser has the potential to earn your school thousands of dollars over the next six weeks. 

Don't forget, the school that gets the highest percentage of parents to register at your custom website will receive an extra $2,000 cash price. 

Help or school earn $50,000
We really need to get the word out for everyone to vote for our school in the Clorox grant!  We have gone from 90th to 61st in just 3 days!  We can make this happen!!!!  The easiest way to vote is by text.  I have texted all my close contacts (the ones I knew I could count on for a daily vote) and asked them to text their vote everyday.  I then send them a group text everyday to remind them.  I also include our ranking so they can see the progress we are making.  They are actually doing it and some of them are even getting their spouses, kids, etc. to vote too! 

Text 2439pbf (this goes in the msg) to 95248 (this goes in the to box) or vote online at https://powerabrightfuture.clorox.com/nominees/detail/?nid=2439 from your computer.

You can vote once a day per devise.  Vote from your phone by text, your work computer, your home computer and your ipad.  Just VOTE!

Can you imagine if we actually won
$50,000?  Our school could do so much to enrich our kids education!  All we have to do is VOTE!!!!! 

Join the Thursday Folder Team

We are looking for a team of 10+ volunteers that would be willing to meet in the PTA Room each Thursday morning right after drop off (around 9:20am) to fill each classroom's Thursday folders. We'd love to have a dedicated group (the more volunteers we have, the less time it will take!), but if you're only available certain Thursdays, we'd love to have you join too! Feel free to bring younger siblings - it should only take about 30 minutes. Please send an email to highlandmillmontessoripta@gmail.com if you'd like to help out with this. This will really help our teachers and assistants out, so we hope to hear from you!

2nd Annual HMM Silent Auction

Will you consider making a donation to the 2013 Winter Ball Silent Auction? The auction was quite successful last year - we raised over $500 for our school’s Invest in a Child Campaign! This year we are trying to get a head start on this event and possibly raise even more funds for school materials, activities and enrichment programs for our children. Donations we are looking for are items or gift certificates from:
  • Restaurants and Pubs
  • Hotels
  • Golf Courses
  • Jewelers
  • Museums and Amusement Parks
  • Sports Teams
  • Performing Arts
  • Boutiques
  • Salons and Spas
  • Household Services, (cleaning, landscaping, maintenance)
  • Any other retailers or businesses that you are involved or interested in

Please contact Kati Mayo (PTA Silent Auction Committee Chair) at KMAYO1@carolina.rr.com to receive a donation letter with our TAX ID # for possible vendors, to arrange pick up of an item or if you have any suggestions or inquiries. All donations must be received by January 25, 2013. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Tell your friends, Students must be enrolled by Dec. 7, 2012, to be eligible for the first magnet lottery

The first magnet lottery will be open from Jan. 12 - Feb. 11, 2013. Families who are enrolled by the Dec. 7 deadline will receive a Student Assignment Notification Letter in the mail during the first week of January. Families who plan to send their child(ren) to their assigned home school do not have to register by Dec. 7, but are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible.

Remind101 - Never Miss a PTA Event or Activity Again

Remind101 is a text messaging service that will send messages from the PTA straight to your phone. Sign up today so you’ll never miss another PTA event or activity again! Text 424.789.8749 with the message @hmmpta to become a member of our mailing list!
 

Link Your Google Calendar to the PTA Google 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: highlandmillmontessoripta@gmail.com and select. As soon as we accept your invitation the dates will be added to your Google calendar!
 

Retail Incentives - 2 Ways to Invest in a Child @ the Grocery Store

1. Link your Harris Teeter VIC Card and your Food Lion MVP Card to our school.
2. Clip Box Tops for Education, Campbell’s Labels for Education, Coca Cola Rewards and Tyson’s labels. Send them to school & we’ll redeem them.

 

The PTA Audit Committee Needs a Chairperson!

The PTA Audit Committee is in need of a Chairperson. If you are interested in learning more about this committee, please complete and submit the form below. If you are not ready to take on the commitment of committee chair, but would like to volunteer, please complete and submit the I Want to Volunteer Form.

Before you're able to volunteer at Highland Mill Montessori, be sure to log on to the CMS Volunteer Management System and fill out the Volunteer Profile Form. You may register and create a login by going to http://www.cmsvolunteers.com/. Please remember to log your volunteer hours on the http://www.cmsvolunteers.com/ website!

Mark Your Calendars
  • Online Shopping begins for our book fair at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/highlandmillmontessori , Friday November 23rd though Monday December 10th
  • Formative Assessments
     Math, Nov. 27th-2nd-6th grades
     Language Arts, Nov. 28th-2nd-6th grades
     Science, Nov. 29th-6th grade only
     Social Studies, Nov. 30th-6th grade only
  • Dress Down Day, Friday, November 30th
  • Spirit Day, Friday, December 7th
  • Book Fair Student Preview, Friday December 7th
Need More Dates?
Check out our calendar on the PTA website – www.highlandmillmontessoripta.weebly.com.