Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Weekly Update: 11/17/15

Lost and Found Items to be Donated Soon!
Please remind your child to check the Lost & Found for any missing items belonging to him/her. Unclaimed items will be donated on Friday, November 20.

Save the Date! Pieology Fundraiser
Our PA will be holding a restaurant fundraiser on December 1, 2015, from 3:30-9:30 pm. This is at the Sports Arena location only (across the parking lot from Target), and you must show the flyer (printed out ONLY - cell phone images NOT accepted) for our school to receive credit. The more flyers, the more money back we get! Flyer will be attached in a later email.

Holiday Bake Sale...Yummy treats for a great cause!
Mark your calendars! December 14th at 3:30 pm is our first annual HTMMA/HTHMA Holiday Bake Sale. More info coming soon, but know that we will be asking for home baked goodies :)

Perk Up! We have a Coffee Cart!  ...and starting 11/10/15 we will sell hot cocoa also! :)
The HTMMA coffee cart will be open Tuesday mornings from 8:00am-9:15am. Please stop by at the bottom of the stairs and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and support our school at the same time. Let’s put our money back into our own school one day a week! If you want to send your student with your money and order, we will deliver it to you curbside :) (We do NOT sell coffee to middle school students, but hot cocoa will be available starting Nov. 10!)

FREE Money for HTMMA!
Here are THREE super easy ways to donate money to the school without spending an extra cent:

Amazed with Amazon? :)
Help our school by using our very own link!! Please our Amazon link here on the front page. Remember to make sure your cart starts out empty, as things waiting in your cart before you use the portal will cause the entire order not to count. 

ESCRIP:  If you haven’t signed up for EScrip yet or need to renew, the EScrip button is right under the Amazon link here on our website.  Sign-up is very easy.  A percentage of all of your cash or debit purchases at Von’s, Fresh & Easy and other EScrip retailers will then be given back to the school (please note that credit card purchases are no longer honored to raise funds through EScrip). Also, you may need to designate HTMMA as your school of choice if you have not already done so.

Box Tops….Let’s Rack Them Up!
While doing your shopping, we ask that you collect and turn in your Box Tops in the jar at Naiby’s desk. This is FREE money to our school...we can’t afford NOT to collect those Box Tops! :) Keep ‘em coming! You can find out which products and websites offer Box Tops at:

HTMMA Logo Wear...show your spirit!
For sale at Naiby’s desk. T-shirts: $15, Sweatshirts: $30, cash/check only please. **HTMMA T-shirts can be worn to school on Fridays, and sweatshirts can be worn every day**

Upcoming Dates:

11/18 6th Grade Exhibition: Multi-media 5-6:30
11/19 Parent Series with Dr. Ed Callahan at HTe Forum - 2150 Cushing Rd 6-7:30
11/23 - 11/27 No School; Fall Break
12/1 Pieology Fundraiser; 3:30-9:30 p.m.
*every Tuesday, Coffee Cart at HTMMA stairs 8-9:15
*every Thursday, FIJI Yogurt sales after school

Monday, November 2, 2015

Weekly Update: 11/2/15
 
November meeting for Parent Association is in the evening!
We are holding the next PA meeting this Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. for parents who cannot attend the usual morning meetings. These meetings typically run about an hour, and are held in the conference room to the right of the main commons. Hope to see you there!
 
Panera Fundraiser...don’t cook dinner this Thursday!
Our PA will be holding its first restaurant fundraiser of the year on Thursday, November 5, 2015, from 4-8 pm. This is at the Panera in Liberty Station only, and you must show the attached flyer (printed or on your smart phone) for our school to receive credit. The more flyers, the more money back we get! Please feel free to share the attached flyer on social media, or with friends and family! :)


 
Panera requires redemption of at least 20 flyers to guarantee a donation. The donation given will be based on the amount of sales associated with the flyers. They use a tiered donation scale:
  • 20-30 Flyers: 10% of net sales from redeemed flyers
  • 31-49 flyers: 15% of net sales from redeemed flyers
  • 50+ Flyers: 20% of net sales from redeemed flyers
8th grade families: Eat at Panera after school, then head over to 8th grade Exhibition “Nothing to Fear” at La Bodega Gallery & Studios, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. :)
 
"Start your morning with Steve"
Join our director, Steve Elizondo, this Friday, November 6 at 9AM in the HTMMA Conference Room. This session will focus on READING. Specifically, an addition to our reading program called Reading Plus, as well as how to help your child to continue progressing with his/her reading. And, as always, we will have time for Q’s and A’s, and lively conversation about whatever is on your mind.
 
Message re: Winter baseball
Winter baseball:  open to HTH schools and 8th grades at HTH middle
2 teams - play Saturdays for 6 weeks first week in January through mid February
Tryouts Saturday November 21, at 9 am and November 28, at 9 am
Other optional practices during the week.
This is AAU sponsored High school varsity and JV level but open to novices. If you are interested but haven't played in awhile this is a great program and team to learn baseball.
Please contact Michal Lynn for more info.
Thanks,
Michal-Lynn O'Kelley
Director of Athletics and Wellness
High Tech Village
 
Perk Up! We have a Coffee Cart!  ...and starting 11/10/15 we will sell hot cocoa also! :)
The HTMMA coffee cart will be open Tuesday mornings from 8:00am-9:15am. Please stop by at the bottom of the stairs and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and support our school at the same time. Let’s put our money back into our own school one day a week! If you want to send your student with your money and order, we will deliver it to you curbside :) (We do NOT sell coffee to middle school students, but hot cocoa will be available starting Nov. 10!)
 
FREE Money for HTMMA!
Here are THREE super easy ways to donate money to the school without spending an extra cent:
 
Amazed with Amazon? :)
Help our school by using our very own link!! Please utilize and bookmark our Amazon link here: http://htmma-parentpage.blogspot.com.  Remember to make sure your cart starts out empty, as things waiting in your cart before you use the portal will cause the entire order not to count.  Please bookmark the page to make it even easier!  
 
If you lose the bookmark or this link, you can always find the Amazon link on the Parent Association website.  Go to the HTMMA website, and then link to the Parent Association website on the far left tab below the pictures.  Click on the Amazon link on the right side of the PA page! And please, share the link with your friends and family, also! The more the merrier!
 
ESCRIP:  If you haven’t signed up for EScrip yet or need to renew, the EScrip button is right under the Amazon link on the HTMMA PA website.  Sign-up is very easy.  A percentage of all of your cash or debit purchases at Von’s, Fresh & Easy and other EScrip retailers will then be given back to the school (please note that credit card purchases are no longer honored to raise funds through EScrip). Also, you may need to designate HTMMA as your school of choice if you have not already done so.
 
Box Tops….Let’s Rack Them Up!
While doing your shopping, we ask that you collect and turn in your Box Tops in the jar at Naiby’s desk. This is FREE money to our school...we can’t afford NOT to collect those Box Tops! :) Keep ‘em coming! You can find out which products and websites offer Box Tops at:
 
HTMMA Logo Wear...show your spirit!
For sale at Naiby’s desk. T-shirts: $15, Sweatshirts: $30, cash/check only please. **HTMMA T-shirts can be worn to school on Fridays, and sweatshirts can be worn every day**
 
Upcoming Dates:
 
11/4 Half Day (12:30 release)
11/4 PA Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
11/5 Panera Fundraiser from 4-8 pm
11/5 8th grade Exhibition from 5:30-7:00
11/6 "Start your morning with Steve" 9-10 am
11/11 No School; Veterans Day
*every Tuesday, Coffee Cart at HTMMA stairs 8-9:15
*every Thursday, FIJI Yogurt sales after school (NO Fiji Yogurt on 11/05/15)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Last Chance to Buy Cheap Tickets for Fall Festival!!

Buy your Tickets for Fall Fest Now!

Thursday, October 8, 2015, is the last day for $8 tickets per person.

Prices go up to $10 per person on or after October 9, 2015. 

Ask your child for the order form, or click here for English and haga clic aqui para espanol. 

We need your help….sign up to volunteer at Fall Fest by clicking this link - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/135jCRENqb90LhglfzqEdvELN9QWWSDY_brYc2MXFpoo/edit?usp=sharing

Fall Fest is the first HTMMA community event of the year on October 16, 2015 from 4-7pm.

Join us for food, games and fun...
- Dunk your favorite teacher
- Have your fortune read by our very own fortune telling wizard
- Get spooked at Casa de Spooky
- Listen to the spinning tunes of Mr. Law
- Get your photo taken by Mr. Cuez and edited by the yearbook team
- Win raffle items, including surfing with Mr. Elizondo, movie tickets, museum tickets, gift certificates to Belmont Park, restaurants and more!

If you cannot come, please consider helping by donating raffle items or being a sponsor of the event.

THANKS!


Maribel Robin and Kelly Gralewski
Fall Fest Co-Chairs

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekly Update: September 28th

 

10/07 PA Meeting at 9:00 a.m.

Please join us at our monthly PA meeting and get to know your PA board members, as well as hear about some of the plans we have in store for the year. This meeting will be held in the conference room across from Naiby’s desk in the main commons. We will discuss fundraisers, Fall Festival and an evening meeting time for the month of November for parents who are not available in the morning. Everyone is welcome!

 

Fall Festival Committee needs your help!

Fall Fest is coming up fast! Your child should have brought home an order form. If you haven’t seen it, please ask your child or use the form attached below. Look for an email next week for volunteer opportunities and SignUp Genius.

You can also help by sponsoring an item:

  • $25 Game (approximately 6 games available)
  • $200 Dunk Tank
  • $50 Game Prizes
  • $200 Hay and Decorations
  • $500 Photo Booth
  • $250 Bungee Run Inflatable Game
Or any amount you are willing and able to donate!

If you are able to help, please make a check out to HTMMA-PA (note Fall Fest Sponsor) and leave it with Naiby at the front desk. Please let us know if we can recognize your sponsorship at the event and in our newsletter. Thank you!


 

Welcome HTMMA Families to Fall 2015!

September 2015

On behalf of the HTMMA Parent Association, welcome to High Tech Middle Media Arts!

The mission of the HTMMA Parent Association is to support the school and staff through fundraising and community building events, and to help provide enrichment for students.
Throughout the year we plan events for the students and their families, including the HTMMA Fall Festival (carnival style games, food, music and more. This year our HTMMA Fall Festival is October 16 from 4-7:00pm. Plans for this and other exciting events are underway and we are looking for volunteer support. There are a number of other opportunities, both big and small time commitments. We encourage all families to jump in and get involved at whatever level they are comfortable with - it is a great way to support your child’s education, meet other families and create lasting friendships. From planning fundraisers to coordinating teacher appreciation lunches to assisting with exhibitions, and being strong advocates, parent volunteers make a significant positive impact on HTMMA.
Each week of the school year you will receive our weekly electronic newsletter, “HTMMA News”. We encourage you to watch for it each Monday, and take the time to review the email newsletter, as it contains important information about our school and HTH Village events, classroom happenings, reminders about days off, student led conferences, exhibitions and more. 

Lots of information is also available on the school website and calendar
http://htmma-parentpage.blogspot.com/p/htmma-calendar.html
The Parent Association has monthly meetings, the first Wednesday of each month. Currently the time of those meetings is 9:00am but we are open to having evening meetings as well. Please contact HTMMA.PA@gmail.com with suggested meeting times. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. We value your opinions and suggestions, and look forward to exchanging ideas for our common goal!

We wish your students great success next year, and look forward to seeing all of you throughout the year.

Warm regards,
Sharon Mayer
HTMMA Parent Association President

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Aug. 31 HTMMA Weekly Update


What you need to know for this week: Aug. 31

Lunch Forms Due...Very Important!
Please remember that all school lunch forms and payments for the 1st semester are due ASAP! Please complete this application even if you have completed it for any other school in the village (with the exception of Explorer), because you are still required to submit an original application with Naiby at the front desk for your HTMMA student. If you have any questions, contact Naiby at nmencias@hightechhigh.org, or stop by her desk.  

9/02 9:00 am PA Meeting
Come to our first PA meeting and get to know your PA board members, as well as hear about some of the plans we have in store for the year. This meeting will be held in the conference room across from Naiby’s desk in the main commons, and will be held the first Wednesday of each month.

09/10 Open House at HTMMA...and Taco Dinner!
Please join us at this year’s Open House, where you will have the opportunity to visit your child’s classrooms! It will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Prior to the Open House, there will be taco and drinks for sale at the bottom of the stairs, so plan to have dinner on campus!

Quick messages from our Director
Steve saw these Simple Tips for Cell Phone Usage from commonsensemedia.org, and found them useful.  Also, please send your child to school with only healthy foods. It does make a difference! Thanks!

Important Contacts to Add ASAP!
To ensure delivery of emails from the school and PA, please add the following emails to your contacts so that your junk folder isn’t full of important school-related emails:

selizondo@hightechhigh.org (Our Director - Steven Elizondo)
nmencias@hightechhigh.org (Our Site Manager - Naiby Mencias)
htmma.pa@gmail.com (Our PA board’s email)

09/26 Sixth Grade Camp Fundraiser
Mark your calendars! Our first fundraiser will be on September 26 at 6:00 p.m. More info to follow!

HTMMA School Events Calendar
Look to the HTMMA school events calendar at:http://www.hightechhigh.org/schools/HTMMA/?show=calendar to find out about school and classroom events, fundraisers, holidays, etc.

HTMMA Logo Wear...show your spirit!
For sale at Naiby’s desk. T-shirts: $15, Sweatshirts: $30, cash/check only please.

Upcoming Dates:

09/02 PA Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
09/02 Half Day; Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.
09/07 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
09/10 Open House: 6:00-7:30 (taco sales prior to Open House!)
09/16 Half Day; Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.
09/26 Sixth Grade Camp Fundraiser at 6:00 p.m.
09/30 Half Day; Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Welcome Back to School - August 2015


Welcome back!

What you need to know for this week:

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year at HTMMA! We look forward to seeing new and returning faces on campus this school year! Please take the time to read through  "HTMMA News"  e-mails to find out more about current and upcoming school events.

08/24 First Day of School...and Coffee (for parents, of course!)
If you have a few minutes when you drop your child(ren) off on Monday, please join us for some coffee and light refreshments at the bottom of the stairs in front of our school. We’d love to get to know you or catchup, and we will be available to answer questions about the Parent Association (PA) and volunteer opportunities.

Important Contacts to Add ASAP!
To ensure delivery of emails from the school and PA, please add the following emails to your contacts so that your junk folder isn’t full of important school-related emails:

selizondo@hightechhigh.org (Our Director - Steven Elizondo)
nmencias@hightechhigh.org (Our Site Manager - Naiby Mencias)
htmma.pa@gmail.com (Our PA board’s email)

Lunch Forms Due
Please remember that all school lunch forms and payments for the 1st semester are due this Friday, August 28th. Naiby sent an email about this on August 14. If you have any questions, contact her at nmencias@hightechhigh.org, or stop by her desk.

**Healthy snacks! Please remember to send your child to school with healthy snacks only. No soda, hot cheetos, candy etc.

9/02 9:00 am PA Meeting
Come to our first PA meeting and get to know your PA board members, as well as hear about some of the plans we have in store for the year. This meeting will be held in the conference room across from Naiby’s desk in the main commons, and will be held the first Wednesday of each month.

9/02 Half-day
School Dismissal at 12:30pm

09/26 Sixth Grade Camp Fundraiser
Mark your calendars! Our first fundraiser will be on September 26 at 6:30 pm. More info to follow!

HTMMA School Events Calendar
Look to the HTMMA school events calendar at:http://www.hightechhigh.org/schools/HTMMA/?show=calendar to find out about school and classroom events, fundraisers, holidays, etc.

HTMMA Logo Wear...show your spirit!
For sale at Naiby’s desk. T-shirts: $15, Sweatshirts: $30, cash/check only please.

Upcoming Dates:

09/02 PA Meeting at 9:00 a.m.
09/02 Half Day; Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.
09/07 Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
09/16 Half Day; Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.
09/26 Sixth Grade Camp Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m.
09/30 Half Day; Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 2015 Update

05/22 Steamed Beverages with Steve is cancelled
Please note that due to a scheduling conflict, this event has been cancelled.


THIS WEEK: HTMMA Scholastic Book Fair!
Book Fair Dates: Wednesday, May 20 to Friday, May 22, 2015
Payment accepted at Book Fair: Cash and Major Credit Cards (NO CHECKS)
Book Fair Hours:
Wednesday, May 20th: 8:00 - 8:40 am (before school) and 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm.
Thursday, May 21st: 8:00 - 8:40 am (before school) and 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm.
Classroom visits: Each classroom will visit the book fair with their class, so please have your child bring some cash for the book fair. This book fair is specifically books only, so rest assure there are no non-book items for sale. Please ensure your child brings enough cash to cover sales tax, too.
Friday, May 22nd: 8:00 - 8:40 am (before school) and 3:30 - 5:00 pm (after school...last hours of book fair!)


Buy online and our school benefits also!
If you are out of town or can't make it to our Book Fair, you can also help support HTMMA by shopping online. All orders ship free to the school and the website offers an expanded book selection - all ages through adult. Online sales for our school run from May 15 to May 28, 2015. Please go into our HTMMA bookfair home page for online shopping and feel free to forward this link to your friends and family...the more the merrier!


Help run our first Book Fair at HTMMA!
If you can volunteer some of your time to help run the Book Fair, every bit of assistance is appreciated! Please sign up at the link below and be sure to click SUBMIT at the bottom of the sign-up page:


Thank you for snacks!
The 7th grade class would like to thank the parents that donated snacks for a pre-test boost!


Lost & Found
Our lost & found is overflowing with clothing, lunch boxes and possibly homework.  Please remind your child to stop by and grab their belongings before they are donated next Friday, May 22nd.


Box Tops….Let’s Rack Them Up!
Box Tops for Education
While doing your shopping, we ask that you collect and turn in your Box Tops in the jar at Tianna’s desk. This is FREE money to our school...we can’t afford NOT to collect those Box Tops! :) Keep ‘em coming!


You can find out which products and websites offer Box Tops at:



Looking Ahead:


5/20 Half Day; Early Dismissal
5/20-5/22 Scholastic Book Fair
5/25 Memorial Day; No School
6/8 PA Meeting
6/8 - 6/10 POL's / Half Day; 12:30 Dismissal
6/12 8th grade promotion
6/12 Last day of school