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December 9, 2012

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HMM is ranked #45 for the Clorox Grant, we have lost 1 position! Cast Your Vote TODAY for HMM....and everyday!  Only 10 days left!

Highland Mill Montessori has been nominated for a Clorox Power a Bright Future grant! The school with the most votes will be awarded a grant for $50,000!

You can VOTE online or send a text message (text 2439pbf to 95248) from your phone! Be sure to VOTE using each device each day. It's super easy to VOTE, so make sure you start VOTING TODAY!

We need about 2,000 VOTES per day and since our school is so small, we NEED EVERYONE TO VOTE EVERY DAY FROM EVERY DEVICE YOU OWN! Please send this information out to your contacts (family, friends, neighbors and business contacts - if appropriate) – to ask each of them to vote EVERY DAY! Even ask them to send the information asking their contacts to vote for Highland Mill Montessori! The more people we have voting daily, the better! It will take all of us doing this to win this grant. PLEASE! PLEASE! Do this for your child & our school!

REMEMBER! Ask every electronic contact you have to vote daily & you vote daily too! We have a great learning community and if we all pull together and get the word out our children will have a lot more technology to work with in future years!

The Book Fair
A Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school from December 10th - 14th.  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.

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)!

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

Monday, December 10th – 8:45am to 5pm
Tuesday, December 11th – 8:45am to 5pm
Wednesday, December 12th – 8:45am to 5pm
Thursday, December 13th – 8:45am to 8pm (closed during the Winter Concert and open immediately following the performance)
Friday, December 14th – 8:45am to 12pm

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!

Your school is now set up to run Cardraising!

Your custom website is already up and running and you may view it at 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. 

Our annual Winter concert will be held on Thursday December 13th at 6 pm.  Please plan to attend and see your child perform as well as attend our PTA meeting.  Students are asked to wear red or green shirts & jeansElf hats would be nice too!
Please contact our Music teacher, Ms. Tanya ( if you’re able to donate any of the following items for use during the Winter Concert: large Christmas tree, wide royal blue ribbon, pack of white cardstock, royal blue garland, blue Christmas tree lights, white poster or foam board & lots and lots of blue & silver glitter!

Girls on the Run

Attention third through fifth grade girls…
Girls on the Run will be offered this spring at Highland Mill Montessori. Girls on the Run is a fun afterschool program that teaches healthy living, confidence and includes fun running activities and games. Registration for Girls on the Run will begin the week of January 28th and the season will start February 19th. Look for more information in the coming weeks! If you have any question please contact Vicki Pater at or Kristina Horton at

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 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 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!

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: 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 Please remember to log your volunteer hours on the website!

Mark Your Calendars
  • Online Shopping begins for our book fair at , Friday November 23rd though Monday December 10th
  • Book Fair, Monday December 10th - Friday December 14th
  • Winter Concert, Thursday December 13th, 6 pm
  • Winter Break, Friday December 21st - Tuesday, January 1st
Need More Dates?
Check out our calendar on the PTA website –