Giving Thanks This Year, And A Free Talk On Anxiety In Children!
Can you help us raise $8080 in 2020?
Support the PTO in raising $8080 in the year 2020. This season of giving, please keep your PTO in mind. Help us support our teachers, for remote, hybrid and in-person teaching, educational programming and classroom supplies, to mention just a few items we need the money for. Click to donate: https://heightsespto.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/302
PTO Directory and Membership
Did you know that if every family became a paid member, we would not have to fund raise for the entire year, and we could provide all of the above, and more, with ease? We are asking each Heights family to - Log in and create an account. - Opt in or out of the online directory. - Become a PTO member and support our school. Click here for instructions.
Before Thanksgiving break, students in grades 3-5 were able to enjoy entertaining sketches featuring a variety of characters in professionally filmed scenes hosted by The National Theatre for Children. Using a livestream format, classrooms were guided to participate in a discussion on energy and electricity. Students and teachers also had access to a Q&A with the host, and an exclusive e-learning package that includes e-books and graphic novels, games, quizzes and lesson plans for the classroom that reinforce concepts from the show. Here are more details about the scenes they saw: Scene 1: Wanting to purchase the same box of energy-wasting lightbulbs at a garage sale, supervillains Dragonfly and Firefly compete for it by seeing who knows more about energy. Scene 2: Renewable energy champion Boomerang Jack helps The Great Waster prepare for a class debate all about renewable resources with dismal results. Scene 3: With the lights at GameCo fading, game designer Hieronyma Tru enlists technology specialist and friend, Crash Reboot, to refresh her memory about how energy is wasted. Scene 4: Villain Dr. Maybe and superhero Nikki Neutron are challenged by the Great Pickle to prove who knows more about how to conserve energy. Art Supply Drive: THANK YOU
A note from Mrs. Mellman: A huge thank you to all the families who donated art supplies for students in need. Students who could not afford materials will now have access to them which gives them an opportunity to feel good about their art and themselves. Art is not only about making beautiful pictures. It is about building self confidence, expressing yourself, making decisions, and problem solving. Thank you for all the support in making art successful for all! Mrs. Mellman
Sharon Speaks: Understanding Anxiety in Children
Join us for a talk on "Understanding Anxiety in Children" via Zoom. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive Zoom details
Help a Child in Need
Please see below a note from Erin Roy, Heights Social Worker:
"Every year I coordinate with the Department of Children and Families Taunton/Attleboro Area Office to purchase holiday gifts for children in need. All the children are either with intact families who are not able to buy much, if anything at all, for Christmas (especially this year), or children in DCF foster care. Many children in foster care are placed with kin who likely did not plan on having more children come into their lives and have their own children/grandchildren to buy gifts for.
The social workers who work with the family write up a wishlist of toys, clothing, gift cards (for the adolescents) and other gift ideas, and we look for caring elves to fulfill the children’s wishlists. Keep in mind these are children who otherwise may get no gifts for the holidays and this is especially an emotional struggle during the pandemic. Whether you are donating money or shopping for a child by buying what is on their wishlist, please know these children are often more grateful than your own (mine included), as are the Social Workers and Supervisors working with the family. I worked for DCF for 15 years before coming to Heights in 2017 and it is definitely the highlight of my year! Thank you so much for your caring and kindness during this crazy, trying 2020!!
Checks can be made payable to Erin Roy (all money will be pooled and divided by child) or send via Venmo: Erin-Roy-8. I am also looking for volunteers to do the shopping. Any questions, please feel free to email me: email@example.com or call/text: 508-641-8774. I am hoping to have all donations and volunteers ready by 12/4/2020; that way I can assign children to families and get shopping!"