Harrison's Parent Teacher Organization
Harrison PTO strives to keep the Harrison Staff and its parents informed of the concerns and issues that involve the students, families, staff and the community as a whole. This is done through monthly meetings, constant communications with administrators and staff, and by a large parent volunteer base.
Harrison PTO prides itself on its large participation of parents, teachers, and students in the areas of fund raising and school activities. The parents are eager to help in the classrooms, assist in fundraising and plan events and activities. With this in mind, we can say that we work together, meeting each other's needs and caring for each and every individual who walks through the doors and essentially becomes a part of the Harrison family.
All fund raising monies raised by Harrison Families are used to enrich the lives of Harrison Students by providing classroom materials, enrichment activities, Carnivals, Holiday Parties, and assisting in the cost of field trips and transportation.
If you have any questions regarding the Harrison PTO and its efforts, or how to become a member or get involved, please feel free to contact the Harrison PTO board at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Harrison School directly. Scroll through the documents below, by clicking the document it will download a printable copy.
Harrison Elementary PTO Meeting
16 September 2019 / 6:30 PM
Jessica Grandt, Monica Kubala, Jenny Bammert, Jamie Lavelle, Jodi Adler, Nikki Tourdut, Becky Fisher, Brittney Luchterhand, Drew DuBose, Shawn Hamilton, Lynn Sarauer, Stacy Jersild, Sheri Krogman, Mary Westness, Phil Moore, Erin Stacey, Jenny Kallio, Emily Rein, Heather and Brian Hansen.
Discussed Staff Changes:
Added a Kindergarten and 1st grade teaching position
Added a full time Innovative Specialist
Thanked PTO for the wonderful Dessert Bar!
K/1 - Jodi Adler/ Lynn Sarauer
2 New staff members for 2019/2020 school year = Smaller class sizes!
October 17th - Field Trip to Busy Barn
September 25th - Norweigan Dancer Assembly
Working on STAR
2nd/3rd - Nikki Tourdot
2nd/ 3rd - TBD- Field Trip to Milwaukee Public Museum
3rd Grade - Oct. 10th - Field Trip to Rotary Gardens - “Great Pumpkin”
4th/5th - Jenny Kallio
4th Grade- October 16th- Field Trip to Old World Wisconsin
November 5th - Biz Town
November 8th - JSOL
5th Grade - December 19th - Chicago Field Trip
Discussed 2019/2020 Annual Budget
Current treasurer position transfering from Monica Kubala to Phil Moore
Must update signature list for PTO bank account
Remove all names - except Monica Kubala
Add Phil Moore
Membership Specialist Update
Looked over membership signup form for 2019/2020 school year
Discussed ways to accept PTO membership payments online
Discussed current PTO board member openings
PTO President position is currently AVAILABLE!
Please contact Jessica Grandt if interested in more information!
Upcoming PTO Events
September 19th - Picture Day
September 26th - Harry’s Color Blast 2019- 5-7pm
October 1st - Scoopie Night
November 1st - Halloween Party
February 7th - Game Night
Harry’s Color Blast 2019
Thursday, September 26th - 5-7pm (Rain date: October 3rd)
Discussed Details of event:
Donations and T-shirts
$75 raised earns a T-shirt
Discussed which vendors have confirmed
$2.00 for 5 minutes of bounce time
Music/ PA System
We have a DJ this year!
Winner drawn at 6:45. Must be present to win.
Run starts at 6:15
Need volunteers for color tables
Coin wars run Monday - Thursday of Spirit Week
Monday: Emoji Monday
Tuesday: Tourist Tuesday
Wednesday: Wacky Accessory Wednesday
Thursday: Harry’s Color Blast
Friday: Full Green Friday
$6000- Teachers provide a treat for each student
Every $500 after $6000 - One teacher will receive a pie in the face
$10,000- Mrs. Grandt will sleep in her office!
There have been several FB posts, flyers and reminders on DOJO
A link will be sent out for Volunteer sign-up for the event!
Monday, October 21st at 6:30 pm
October 21, 2019
Members Present: Jessica, Monica, Phil, Emily, Mary, Jodi, Catherine, Erin, Jamie, Brittney, Sarah, Jenny, Stephanie
- Wednesday 4-7, Thursday 8-7
- School on Wednesday-Not Thursday or Friday
- Book fair is set up and ready to go. Kids have had a preview
- Satisfaction survey will be available for parents to take here or at home. PTO pays for a 50$ target gift card prize for doing the survey
- PTO gives teachers $20 gift card for the book fair to buy classroom books
- Thursday Teacher Luncheon
- Cross Country Jerseys has come across as a request for funding
- PTO would be recognized as a sponsor on the Jersey
- Set of Jerseys for the team to use every year
- PTO members agreed to $100 one-time donation to MMS for this purchase
- Primary Unit: Jodi A.: Busy Barns field trip was a success
- Doing academic checks to get ready for conferences
- PTO Luncheon: Desserts and soda coming in - thank you!
- Intermediate Unit: not represented
- C. Upper Unit: Sarah Binversie
- 4th Old World WI field trip
- Character analysis, multiplication and division
- BizTown Nov 5 (grade 5)
- JSOL November 8th (grade 4)
- Robotics competition coming-date not known yet (grades ⅘)
- Dec 19 Chicago Trip (grade 5)
- Positives: DJ was great, Good on a Thursday Night, Parent involvement and connection was great, weather was awesome, turned dark in time, time frame worked well, kids loved getting dirty with the color
- Ideas to keep in mind for next year: made a lot more money on our food vs the food truck 764$ on our own food (water, hot chocolate, pizza), about 150$ each from South Padre and South Padre. South Padre had a long wait-They were prepped for hot dogs and brats, but everyone wanted lobster rolls and sea food instead. They were not ready for that. Suggestion for next time Next year, it would be better to offer more of our own food
- Bounce House: only made 69$ after paying our half to rent. Line was long. Liability and two volunteers needed. Maybe scratch this or do something else next year. Yard games, sidewalk chalk?
- No middle schoolers doing the color powder-Adults only!!!!
- Color was hard to squeeze out of the bottles- next year, cut the bottles or come up with something different to distribute. They were also too hard to refill in very little time. More training for powder distribution needed. Tables pushed back from the track, more information to volunteers ahead of time on how to do the color. Adults only.
- Many volunteers were needed for the color-maybe take out the bounce house and have more people doing color
- Money from color run
- 8820.13 family donations
- Bounce House 138.00
- 50/50 Raffle 327
- Food 764
- Coin war 2561.77
- Expecting 300 more from South Padre and Kona Ice
- Color Run Expenses
- Color Run Packets 1000
- Food and Ice 137
- T-shirts 629
- Pies 57.27
- Squeeze Bottles 59.96
- Bounce House 69.00
- Net Proceeds from Color Run: 11,003.54
- Next year’s fundraiser/Color Run Thursday September 24, 2020
- Cleared Bank Balance 17,283.42-219 Outstanding Checks, Book Balance 17,064.42
- Worried about bus expenses for field trips to spend all of the money on the sign right now. Parents are now contributing 1$ per trip towards the bus currently. TABLED FOR NOW.
- Two sign estimates last year: 17,000 & 24,000
- Scoopie Night
- Made over 700$ :) 727.23$
- Box Tops for Education: ongoing collection, can scan receipts now (box top App), drop box in the office
- Amazon Smile: select our school for a kickback. May want to promote again with the holidays coming up
- General expenses update:
- Banking and legal fees: 10$ fee for annual report for tax exempt, 50/50 raffle fee,
- Stoughton Dancers 250$
- UW-Whitewater Wheelchair Basketball deposit 825$,
- Five Staff Requests so far (cut-off is Dec. 15 to turn these in)
- Update on online membership options: Venmo, Paypal (look to do this next year)
- PTO Membership - going out at conferences
- Halloween Party-Nov. 1 5:30-7:00
- 20 Craig Students coming to volunteer for games. Need 3 Adult Volunteers. Volunteers are arriving at 5:00
- Will Contact the Art Honor Society advisor to ask for 4 kids to do face painting
- Spooktacular walk: use candy instead of cupcakes
- Cupcakes, snacks and food needed to be donated for the food table
- Bethel church collecting candy donations for us. Only 5 bags donated so far
- Dojo to contact Jodi to volunteer for Halloween Party, Sign up at conferences for treats: 4 categories: Cupcakes, Bars, Individual Snacks, Napkins
- Klawitter: Orange cones and sound system
- Boombox needed for spooktacular walk
- Conference Dinner-Thursday
- Book Fair- PTO funding teacher purchases
- Homeroom teachers x 14
- Special Ed teachers x 4
- Reading Interventionist x 1
- Academic Learning Coach x 1
- EL x 1
- Family Book Club? Families read books and get together in the winter. Maybe read the book at home and come to Harrison and watch the movie. Will talk about it and come back next time.
- BINGO night?
NEXT MEETING MONDAY NOVEMBER 18, 6:30
Harrison PTO Notes
● No School Nov 22 (professional development for staff) , 27-29 (Thanksgiving)
● Report cards will come home on December 2nd (Monday)
● Staff had optional listening session with the superintendent
○ Looking for subs for teachers and paras-Can get a bump in pay if they attend prof development. Please pass on the word to anyone who might be interested
● Kinder: KBSA (assessment) going on in Kindergarten, great progress gingerbread unit coming up, attended UW Whitewater wheelchair bball
● 1st grade: Wheelchair basketball assembly-loved the message. Word detective unit went well, starting new unit on nonfiction, and doing a germ unit
● 2 writing nonfiction, peer editing, working with innovation specialist
● Global Read Aloud, also loved wheel chair bball
● 2/3 going to Milwaukee public museum Tuesday
● 4th grade doing nonfiction unit; K-kids has begun-service organization, helping the little ones with rollerblading
● 5th:non fiction in reading; Biztown field trip a success, Chicago field trip coming up
○ Chicago Field Trip Lunch: $300 budgeted for lunch. Sarah and Morgan will look for a parent to coordinate
● Career fair for 4th and 5th coming Tuesday
Halloween Party Feedback:
● Great turn out
● not having raffles was less planning
● lots and lots of treats donated
● Amount of candy fine
● Only got 8 of the 18 volunteers from Craig that we were supposed to get. Did not have enough people.
● Next year: no dance corner-made the games too congested and shoved together.
● Possibly have the K-kids run the games?
Update on Revenue:
● Total income of 1,194.30 between Amazon Smiles, Color run (South Padre Seafood), Scoopie night, membership dues, school store
● Bank fees, box top expenses, fine arts assemblies, staff appreciation dinner, staff requests for reimbursement, book fair expenses, color run expenses Total: 1,797.28
Chase bank balance as of 11/18/2019 16,680.44
Still have not received the check from Kona for the color run. Jessica will follow up again.
● Scoopie Night Dec 17th-Teachers staffing
● Family Game Night: Friday February 7th 5:30-6:30
● Family book club update:
○ School wide, possible movie at the end,
○ kids can bring in answers to questions or activities to earn tickets,
○ Question about funding? Purchase the books? Possible read aloud on facebook live-each teacher would read one chapter? Have books on hand from public libary?
○ To pick a book: narrow it down to 3-4 titles and have the kids vote
○ Nikki and Erin will report out with an update/plan at the January meeting
New designs from soccer direct will be available soon to order by the holidays
Joggers, new logo for shirts
Parent Questions or Concerns:
● GRs Sandwich shop fundraiser? Stacy will call GRs to find out. Made 255$ last year for two days
● Other ideas for the future: Buffalo Wild Wings, mod pizza, chipotle, QDOBA
No Meeting in December
Next PTO Meeting: January 13th 6:30 PM
January 13, 2020
Members Present: Jodi Adler, Shawn Hamilton, Jessica Grandt, Stacy Jersild, Dave Martin, Erin Stacey, Ashley Fielhauer, Brittany Luchterhand, Margaret Lambert, Jane Anderson, Emily Arndt-Rein
a. No School - January 20th (MLK, Jr. Day)
b. Parent Satisfaction Survey Results
i. Mrs. Grandt shared out the results from the Parent Satisfaction Survey that was taken at the fall conferences. Harrison scored 4.66 out of 5.00!
ii.Top three item scores for Harrison:
- This school is clean and well-maintained. (4.84)
- The teachers, staff, and administration at this school demonstrate a genuine concern for my child. (4.83)
- This school provides a safe environment for my child to learn. (4.79)
iii.Lowest three item scores for Harrison:
- The Superintendent is an effective leader. (4.26)
- The Superintendent makes decisions that are in the best interest of children and parents in the district. (4.26)
- I receive positive phone calls, emails, or notes about my child from school. (4.48)
iv.One area of concern from the comment section continues to be pick up and drop off. One suggestion was to have teachers send home another Dojo message.
c. Fundraiser for former Harrison student
.The K-Kids (Harrison’s student service organization) is hoping to do a coin war to benefit a former Harrison student who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. That student is now in 8th grade at Marshall. Stay tuned for more information coming home soon.
a. Primary Unit
i.Teachers are working with students to do middle of the year re-checks.
ii.Incorporating performance tasks and number talks in math.
b. Intermediate Unit
.Teachers are also doing middle of the year re-checks.
i.After school clubs starting for K-5 students on January 27th.
c. Upper Unit
.4th grade: engineering unit, fractions
i.5th grade: fantasy unit, fractions
3. Treasurer’s Report (Phil)
a. General revenue and expenses update was given for November and December
b. Balance as of 12/16/19: $17,277.07
a. Family Game Night - Friday, February 7th from 6:00-7:00 (Erin)
i.Come play board games with your family!
ii.If you have any games she can borrow, let her know!
b. Scoopie Night - Wednesday, February 19th (Lynn)
c. Possible GR Night (1/24 or 1/31?)
.Stacy will get more info. We will communicate out when it is set.
Family Book Club Update (Erin/ Nikki/Brittany)
a. Erin is going to put together a survey to send home to determine how many families might be interested in participating. She will report out at the next meeting.
b. The group discussed a variety of ways to run the book club:
i.Facebook live option
ii.Ask for donations
iii.Have each grade level do a different book (then we could get more from the public library)
iv.Pick a genre and then let families pick any book to read within that genre
Next Meeting: Monday, February 17th at 6:30
- Book Club follow-up
- Conference Dinner planning
Harrison PTO Meeting Minutes/February 17, 2020
Members Present: Brittney Luchterhand, Mary Westness, Jaime LaVelle, Liz Brewer, Morgan Reese, Jodi Adler, Jessica Grandt, Phil Moore, Erin Stacey
1. Principal Updates
a. No School February 21, Elementary Only
b. Report Cards-Sent home Wednesday, February 26
c. Conferences/Book Fairy-march 4 and 5 (no school March 5-6)
i. Stephanie Eddy is chairing
1. Three shifts available:
a. 10am-noon on Thursday, March 5th (1 Person)-Mary Westness will do this one
b. 4-6:30 Thursday, March 5th (1 Person)
c. 7:45-8:45 on Monday March 9th (2 people)
2. Yearbooks: Must order by the Friday after conferences or you won’t get one in June. There will be a list available at Conferences of those who have already purchased
3. Spirit wear on display near the book fair during conferences with a Chromebook where ordering can happen
d. Spring Sings March 19th
2. Teacher Updates
a. Primary: 3D shapes, reading nonfiction, STEM Clubs
b. Intermediate Unit: Game Night feedback positive, poetry, creating own businesses, measuring, shapes and money in math
c. Upper: 4th grade non-fic reading, going to the capitol March 11th, fantasy writing, debates, three branches of government
3. Treasurer Report
a. Income: 832.99
i. Scoopie Night Revenue - $675.49
ii. School Store Revenue - $157.50
b. Purchases: $1703.13
i. School store supplies, buses for 4 field trips
c. Chase bank balance as of 12/6/2019 - $13,870.27
d. Box Tops are doing great: double credit can be for scanning receipts and turning in box tops
e. Other upcoming expenses: Staff appreciation, cake for 5th grade party, fine arts assemblies (?), more field trip buses
f. Discussion re: how much money to allot for the electronic sign
i. Monica confirmed that historically we carry over $2500 from one year to the next to cover beginning of the year expenses
ii. The group agreed to keep enough in the account to cover the end of year expenses and carry over the same amount from previous years, then allocate the remaining balance for the sign.
g. Culvers Pint Sale would be an optional activity for the spring
i. Get the freezer, prepay for ice cream.
ii. Try spreading out to a few different stations to make the line shorter
iii. Maybe sell in wagons to the cars waiting?
h. Upcoming income: spring book fair, spring pictures, two more scoopie nights, yearbooks
4. Upcoming Events
a. Scoopie Night-Wednesday, February 26th (Lynn) 4-8 PM
b. Conference Lunch (Brittney):
i. Dinner on Wednesday (Set up at 3 PM, ready to go by 3:15)
ii. 35 staff for dinner
iii. Brittney got the binder for dessert volunteers
c. Spring-o BINGO – April 24th from 6:00-7:00PM (Mary and Jamie)
i. Instead of the carnival
1. This would be a free family event instead of the carnival which families had to pay for
ii. Little trinkets for prizes
iii. Could still set up the carnival games in the gym and then do BINGO in the MUR (might be confusing since it’s not really the carnival as we have done it in years past), or just do BINGO
5. Family Book Club Update (Erin/Brittney)
a. Survey Completed by 47 people: We love this as a winter idea
b. Family Game Night went over well. Many people said they would want to do it more than once a year
i. Other things to try next year: Movie Night, Zumba, yoga, craft night, dance
Next Meeting: Monday, March 16th – 6:30pm