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March 17, 2013

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Have You Thought About How You Can Make an Impact at HMM?
Nominate Yourself for a PTA Officer Position TODAY!


The annual Spring election for PTA Officers is coming soon and the new term begins on July 1, 2013. Taking on an elected position with the HMM PTA is a great opportunity to become more involved in Highland Mill Montessori and make an impact at our wonderful school! Please take a few moments to look over the descriptions of the responsibilities for each of the elected positions (President, Vice President - Programs, Vice President - Family Involvement & Fundraising, Secretary and Treasurer) and think about which role plays to your strengths.

After you've had a chance to think about which role you may like to take on for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, please complete the 2013-2014 Elected Officers Nomination Form and return to your child's teacher or email Lucinda Supernavage, PTA Nominating Committee Chair, at to learn more about how you can become involved!


Want to Know More about the Common Core State Standards?


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is expanding its efforts to engage parents, staff and the community in the conversation about the Common Core State Standards initiative. An update on CMS’ common core efforts was presented at the March Board of Education meeting and CMS launched a new Common Core site accessible through the CMS homepage. This resource was developed to provide quick access to reliable information and resources on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

HMM Yearbooks on SALE NOW! Pre-Orders & Dedications due by Monday, March 18th


YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE NOW! All pre-orders and dedications are due by Monday, March 18. Dedications MUST be paid in full at the time of order. Yearbooks can be paid in full at the time of order OR you may put down a $5.00 deposit to hold a book. The balance MUST be paid before your child can receive his or her yearbook in May.

Yearbook dedications are messages for your child that are placed in the back of the yearbook. This can include a short message and a photograph. If you have more than one child you can do one dedication to all of your children or one for each of them - your choice! Dedications can be purchased by anyone and there can be more than one dedication per child. Just remember - each dedication purchased is $5.00. Check out the Yearbook Order Form for instructions on how to submit your dedication.

Yearbook Order Forms were sent home in Thursday folders and also distributed electronically to all e-bulletin subscribers. If you didn't receive one or just misplaced it, you're in luck! Click here to get another Yearbook Order Form.

Please contact Whitney Byers at with any questions.


Not TOO LATE to Join the HMM Science Olympiad Team


Does your 3rd through 6th grade child LOVE science? HMM's first ever Science Olympiad Team is underway for the competition in May!

The team meets every Monday morning from 8am to 9am. There are 3 openings left on the team, so if you missed signing up the first time around, it’s NOT TOO LATE!

QUESTIONS? Contact: Meliza Reynoso (, Christiana Coburn ( OR Melissa Click (

What Do You Think About the Length of the School Day?


A group of CMS parents has formed a task force that is trying to shorten the length of the school day and change the bell schedule for late release schools. The goal of the task force is to get the school day reduced from 7 hours to 6 1/2 hours and to change the bell schedule so that no school has a dismissal time later than 3:45pm. If you are interested in having the school day shortened and the bell schedule changed, please sign the petition at: and write a letter or send an email to the CMS School Board to express your thoughts and opinions regarding the length of the school day and have your voice heard.

Tea for Teachers - Wednesday, March 27th


The PTA is looking for families interested in contributing to a wonderful event to show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate them. The last Wednesday of each month the PTA is holding a "Tea for Teachers" breakfast for all of our teachers and staff. This month Tea for Teachers will be held on Wednesday, March 27th at 8am. If you are able to contribute a breakfast item to the March Tea for Teachers, please email

All items must be delivered to the PTA Room no later than 7:45am on the morning of Wednesday, March 27th. Items may also be delivered to the PTA Room before the breakfast on Monday or Tuesday of that week. Any perishable items can be stored in the Teacher's Lounge refridgerator, just be sure to clearly label your item "Tea for Teachers" so we know it's for the breakfast. Let's start our teachers and staff off on the right foot for a wonderful day of teaching & learning!

March Dress Down Day - Thursday, March 28th


Our March Dress Down Day is Thursday, March, 28 - NO UNIFORMS!!

HMM Fun Run - Thursday, March 28th


The annual HMM Fun Run is right around the corner on Thursday, March 28th from 9:30am to 3pm. This is a fun-filled day for the kids, but we need LOTS of Parent Volunteers to make the Fun Run a success! We also need donations of small bottled waters and oranges. Please send donations in by Wednesday, March 27th.

: Please contact Coach Eric ( if you're able to volunteer for the Orange Slicing Crew (meet in the cafeteria at 9:30am), as a Lap Counter, a DJ or at the Refreshment Station. You can volunteer for 30 minutes or all day! Just let Coach Eric know how much time you can commit and he'll get you signed up! Younger siblings are welcome, so don't let that hold you back!

The schedule of class times will be out in an upcoming Thursday folder. Cross your fingers for beautiful weather and come prepared to run more laps than you did last year!


BounceU Spirit Night - Thursday, March 28th - 6pm to 8pm


There’s no school on Friday, March 29th so kick off your Spring Break with a fun-filled Spirit Night at BounceU (10624 Metromont Parkway #300) on Thursday, March 28th from 6pm to 8pm! The cost is $6 per person for 2 hours of bouncing fun! Don’t forget your socks! Hope to see everyone there for a great night!

Coffee with the Superintendent


CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison will be hosting Coffee with the Superintendent. This is an opportunity to hear his latest thoughts on district initiatives and for parents and community members to share their thoughts on how to help Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools best serve every child, every day, for a better tomorrow. You'll have the opportunity to meet with Heath Morrison on the following dates and times:
- April 15 - Rocky River - 3pm to 4:30pm
- May 8 - Hough - 7:30am to 9am
- June 3 - Vance - 3pm to 4:30pm


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 committment 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 Montessri, be sure 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!

Mark Your Calendars
  • Wednesday, March 27th, Tea for Teachers
  • Thursday, March 28th, Dress Down Day
  • Thursday, March 28th, Fun Run
  • Thursday, March 28th, Spirit Night at Bounce U 6-8pm
  • Friday, March 29th-Friday, April 5th, No School Spring Break
Need More Dates?
Check out our calendar on the PTA website –