Upcoming Events

DECEMBER

22            Minimum Day
22            Last Day of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
22            Winter Break  (12/22 * 1/8)

JANUARY
9             Back to school
12           GATE  nominations due 



Calling all bakers! 

We are planning to gift the fabulous Harvest Park teachers and staff a box of homemade holiday cookies and treats. We will have festive packages ready to fill with the variety of treats that we hope to receive from our parent community. There is a very large number of staff to celebrate this year. Please, please, please feel free to share this opportunity with a friend who might not be aware of this activity. We truly need all the bakers we can get :) And, please don't hesitate to bring as many treats as you can make. Please click link to sign up!

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F49A8AE2BA3F94-holiday1
Thank you in advance for helping to celebrate our staff during this holiday season.

Questions?? Contact Angela Holmes at ramirezholmes@gmail.com
Fostering Self-Advocacy in Kids with Special Needs: The Difficult Art of Letting Go

 Advocate Todd Gary will challenge us to foster self-advocacy in our children. This high-energy presentation will provide us with powerful tools to examine our parenting and its impact, and empower us to release the potential of our amazing kids. We'll explore the importance of self-knowledge, how to raise an "I can" child, distinguishing between product and outcome, fostering internal identity, tackling the crippling fear of failure, and the ultimate celebration, and terror, of letting go. Fun, fear and controversy is guaranteed! 

Todd Gary is the founder of the Special Education Advocacy Group in Danville, the former Special Needs Liaison in SRVUSD, long-time scout leader, and the disciple of two amazing young men in their second decade of raising their father. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 
7:00-8:30 p.m. 
Pleasanton Middle School, Library 
5001 Case Ave., Pleasanton 


To register for this free event, go to http://tinyurl.com/Gary1213

If you have any questions about this event or on how to register online, please email snc.events@pleasantonpta.org. To request a sign (ASL) or spoken language interpreter, email snc.events@pleasantonpta.org by December 4.
LOOKING FOR A GREAT NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION?

PPIE is building a fun, dynamic group of volunteers to help us achieve our mission to serve students and schools (and to supplement your Ambassador role!).  Specifically, we are looking to build a core Communications Team and a range of volunteers for specific school site activities.   What can you do?  Please share this message with anyone you know who might be interested in supporting our schools - and have them contact Sarah and me to learn more.  We'll help them every step of the way!
Communications Team:  Help PPIE reach out to and listen from our key supporters - schools and families, large and small businesses, education leaders and other community stakeholders.  We are looking for creative people who want to shape and share our message in the community to fill the following roles. 

Web Manager
o   Goal: Dynamic website that builds community - 500 hits/month
o   Role: Encourage, develop and facilitate content updates (events, teacher profiles by students, etc.); fix/update website as required.  Experience with WordPress required.
o   Time: Estimate 3 hours/week

Facebook Manager
o   Goal: Grow followers 1,000 to 2,000; 2 posts/week
o   Role: Build and support network of content providers; post content; serve as Facebook Admin; coordinate with PUSD Facebook page.  NOTE: Winnie volunteered to create a Facebook group for our Ambassadors to encourage cross-school collaboration and help with volunteer requests, etc.  Thank you, Winnie!
o   Time: Estimate 2 hours/week

Business Communications
o   Goal: Sustain positive communications with business supporters
o   Role: Ensure business supporters see and receive proper credit for sponsorships and support; coordinate with PPIE website and Facebook leads to showcase sponsors
o   Time: Estimate 4 hours/month

Twitter Manager (we are still exploring this)
o   Goal: Build Twitter presence
o   Role: Build and support network of content providers; post content; serve as Twitter Admin; coordinate with PUSD Twitter
o   Time: Estimate 2 hours/week

Targeted Volunteer Roles:
  • August Registration - 3 hours in August (1 hour training/2 hours at school)
  • School Events - 2-3 hours during school year (30 minutes training/2 hours at school).  This includes: being at a table for 1 hour during a school festival, back to school nights, Kindergartner registration, etc.
  • PPIE Ambassadors - 1 hour group meeting 6 times/year; liaison with school (including newsletter postings); attend PTA/PTSA/PFC Executive Board meeting as needed; coordinate registration volunteers for PPIE's on-site presence
  • Run for Education - range of roles for this wonderful community event
  • Fall Gala - seeking committee leads and volunteers for October 12, 2018 event; time commitment varies by role (3-10 hours)

 Are you planning a family trip for the holidays?                                                        

As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your  
child to school every 
day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It's time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they're excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student's chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.
 
We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. Keep in mind, however, the costs to your children's education if they miss too much school- and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you have an Independent Study contract from your teachers, it doesn't make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching and our students will be learning right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey that message. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance. 

A message from your Child Welfare and Attendance Team
Kelly Mills and Deborah Tomlin 


GATE Nominations Accepted Until January 12, 2018

6th and 7th graders may be nominated by parents or teachers to take the Cognitive Abilities Test for possible GATE (gifted and talented education) identification. Nominations are due no later than Friday, January 12.

The Parent Nomination Form must be completed and faxed or delivered by the parent to Pleasanton Unified School District Office: GATE Parent Nomination Form. 

PUSD GATE Nomination Information visit: http://www.pleasantonusd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=306329&type=d&pREC_ID=708288

For further information, please contact Lisa Hansen in the PUSD Curriculum Department at lhansen@pleasantonusd.net
HPMS Annual Holiday Drive

6th and 7th graders may be nominated by parents or teachers to take the Cognitive Abilities Test for possible GATE (gifted and talented education) identification. Nominations are due no later than Friday, January 12.

The Parent Nomination Form must be completed and faxed or delivered by the parent to Pleasanton Unified School District Office: GATE Parent Nomination Form. Dear Harvest Park Families,

We are excited to kick off our Annual Holiday Drive. After our successful gift card drive last year, we are going to one once again collect gift cards to share with families in need. We are asking that any families who are able to do so, please consider donating gift cards in ANY amount. Gift cards and/or cash may be turned into first period teachers or the main office between November 29th and December 13th. 

Gift cards will be distributed to families so that parent/guardians may use them to shop for their families. Please write down the gift card "amount" on the gift cards so that we may distribute them fairly between our families.

Gift cards that are particularly helpful include:
Target
Walmart
Safeway/Grocery Stores/Costco
Rite Aid/Walgreens/CVS
Kohl's
Toys R Us
iTunes
Best Buy
Amazon
Movie theatres

Because gift cards are typically used to purchase gifts such as toys and clothing for children, we prefer that coffee gift cards (like Starbucks/Peets) are not donated for our Winter Drive.

FAMILIES IN NEED: We love to support our Harvest Park community! If we have not contacted you already and you are a family in need, or you know of a family in need, please contact our Parent Liaisons, Martha Acebedo, macebedo@pleasantonusd.net or Ivy Chuang ichuang@pleasantonusd.net, to let us know that you may benefit from support this year.

Sincerely,

The Harvest Park Administrative Team