Monday, November 30, 2015

PTA Bylaw Review

It is time to review our bylaws as mandated by national PTA.  Paid HGF PTA members should review this document in preparation for our January 20th meeting at 3:30pm.

Read the Current Bylaws.

Anyone who would like to make amendments to the bylaws should contact PTA President Stacey Weigler to have an item added to the agenda for review. Only paid PTA members will be able to vote and pass on changes and approval of the bylaws.

To become a paid HGF PTA member, or renew your membership, please GO HERE.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

PTA Meeting Special Topic Survey

The goal of HGF PTA is to support all the families of HGF, as well as benefiting the school itself. In an effort to provide parent/guardians with more resources, we are working with community resource partners plan some informational sessions at our PTA meetings in the New Year.

We need to know what YOU are most interested in learning about. Thank you for taking the time to complete this very brief survey.

Manchester Monarchs Raffle Tickets

Purchase your Manchester Monarch's Raffle Tickets for your chance to win a 4-pack of Silver Level tickets valued at $85!

Be sure to check your child's folder TODAY for the form.  Return no later than December 3rd. The drawing will be held and announced December 4th.

December No Sale Raffle - Jump On In

Thank you to all that have donated to the NO SALE.  We still have a long ways to go toward our goal of $17,000.

Our next big push is for December 11th. Anyone who has donated by that date (including those who have already donated) will be entered in a drawing to win passes to "Jump on In" located in Nashua.

Please help us reach our fundraising goal!

SAVE THE DATE: Barnes & Noble Book Fair, 12/4

Please save the date for the HGF annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair on December 4th.  Proceeds from this book fair go toward purchasing texts needed in the classrooms. 

After-school Activities include:
·        Storytime
·        Arts & Crafts
·        Cookie Decorating (with the purchase of a cookie from the cafĂ©)
·        HGF Chorus performs at 6:30pm
·        Barnes & Noble Special Presentation of The Polar Express at 7:00
Some of your favorite teachers will be on hand to read stories and work on arts & crafts projects!

Can't Attend? Visit BN.COM/bookfair  to support us online from December 4-9th by entering Bookfair ID 1173062 at checkout.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thank you Southwest Airlines!

At the November Good Citizens Assembly, students were visited by Mrs. Tobey and Mr. Lopez, parents of HGF students and Southwest employees, who presented a check for $500.00.

HGF received the check for being chosen from a drawing for participating in Southwest's Fall Volunteer Program. The money will be spent on books for classrooms.

MSD NOW HIRING: Substitutes

Manchester School District is looking to enhance its pool of substitute faculty and staff. Substitutes for classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and administrative assistants are needed regularly when there are unexpected absences. 

A degree is not required, but people who have earned at least 48 college credits may qualify to be substitute teachers in the Manchester School District.
Please call 624-6300 and dial 0 to ask Pam for an application packet.

Free Parent Forum on Cyberbullying and Social Media - Nov. 30

A free forum designed for parents and community partners is being offered as part of this year's Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference here in Manchester! The presentation will provide a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including cyberbullying and social networking sites.
This informational session is presented by Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University.
The presentation takes place on Monday, November 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. For more information and to register please visit:

Mr. Lamy Featured in MSD Messages Nov 2015

Mr. Lamy is featured in this month's MSD Messages. Click the image below to read more!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser Results

Thanks to all that came out to support HGF PTA at the Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser last month!

Your generous support helped earn the PTA $153.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

"No Sale" Update

Thank you to all of the HGF families who have contributed to the "No Sale".  While we are getting closer, we are still a long way from our goal and hope that you will continue to reach out to family and friends and keep the donations coming.  So far we are able to purchase birthday books and phys ed equipment, but many other programs we would like to sponsor, including books for classroom libraries and field trips, continue to go unfunded.

We would like to congratulate the following classrooms.  They are currently in the lead to receive playground equipment for achieving the highest percentage to goal.

Teacher Total Students $ Goal $ Raised % to $ Goal
Massey 23 $805 390.00 48.45%
Coulon 25 $875 135.00 15.43%
Record 23 $805 100.00 12.42%

We've made donating easier than ever!  You can make your contribution online by clicking the donate button.

Register your Tiny Owl Gift Card


Thanks to all that supported HGF PTA through the Tiny Owl Fundraiser. Register your cards and start shopping today!

If you did not purchase a gift card previously but will still like to order gifts from Tiny Owl, there's another way to support HGF PTA! 

Simply log into the website, setup your free account and begin creating your personalized holiday cards, calendars and photo gifts. 

At checkout, you will be prompted to enter our “Organization Code” “HGFPTANH01” and we will receive 30% of ALL orders placed!

Feel free to share the site with your  friends and family via email and your  social media networks and help us grow our reach! All purchases will be tracked for up to 8 months and we will receive the online sales profits -  it’s that easy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Updated Bus Information for New Schedule Available

Per the district website, here is the announcement regarding the schedule change and bus information.

Bus Schedules: Elementary

If your child is assigned to a posted bus route, you will receive a post card in the mail before school begins. If your child will not be riding the bus or if your information is incorrect or has changed, please contact your child's school.

It is recommended that students be at their stops ten (10) minutes prior to the scheduled stop time. Parents please note: bus arrival times may vary slightly due to weather, road conditions, or traffic. 

Students must meet the bus at the bus stop when it arrives.  Parents, if you wait with your children in the car or in your home, please ensure they are ready to go when they see the bus approaching.  Delays in students arriving at the bus stop will cause lateness for all children on the bus.

Friday, November 6, 2015

November PTA Newsletter

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you to Kristen Ricker and Stacey Greenberg who have stepped up to take on the roles of PTA Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator!

We still have many opportunities for parents/grandparents/guardians to get involved! Highland– Goffe’s Falls greatly appreciates all of you who are able to volunteer your time to make this school the best it can be.  We are always happy to have adults who are able to help out.  Here are some areas of need:

  • PTA; Secretary
  • Fluency Friends with Mrs. Rivard - Weekly
  • Bake Sale - Monthly (4th Wednesday)
  • Popcorn - Weekly (Thursday)
  • Ice Cream Sales - Weekly (Friday)
  • Copying - Ongoing
  • Family Events -  Occasionally
  • Box Top trimmers (at home, ongoing)
  • Coke Rewards input (at home, ongoing)

Please contact Stacey Greenberg  if you are interested in helping!

Hallowen Family Night

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate Halloween at HGF -  we raised over $450! Thanks to the volunteers who helped make this event a success!

Support HGF with Red Robin  Royalty 

Sign up for the Red Robin Royalties program. You get a free birthday burger, every 10th item is free and 1% of your check will be donated to the HGF Principal's Fund! Click here to sign up.

Support HGF PTA with Amazon Smile 

Did you know that through Amazon Smile you can set up a charitable donation to the HGF PTA? Click here to learn more.

 November Save the Dates:
  • 11/3 - No School (City Elections)
  • 11/10 - Veteran's Day assembly (students/staff only) 
  • 11/11 - No School (Veteran's Day)
  • 11/13 - Picture Retakes
  • 11/13 - HGF Chorus performs at Manchester Monarch's Game 
  • 11/18 - Bake Sale 
  • 11/18 - PTA Meeting, 6:30pm, childcare provided
  • 11/19 - Restaurant Fundraiser: 99 Restaurant
  • 11/26-27 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)
  • 11/30 New School Hours Begin Nov 30th

School Day Changes

Just a reminder that beginning November 30th, the elementary school day will begin at 8:45 and go until 2:50.  Students may arrive at school at 8:30.

For those that need before school care, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Manchester offers supervised care beginning at 6:30am at their Union Street Clubhouse.  They provide activities, breakfast and transportation to school.
There are a limited number of slots available and registration is on a first come, first served basis.
Boys & Girls Club membership is required at $25 per year.  Program fees are $20 per week per child.  A single day service is available for a fee of $10/day.  Financial assistance is available for program fees.

If you would like further information, please call Ken Neil at
(603) 625-5031, x-230.

No Sale Update

Thank you to all the families that have donated to the HGF PTA No Sale to date. So far we have raised enough money to fund the Birthday Books program. (Each child receives a book on their birthday).  We are grateful for your support!  Please click here to read this whole post.

November No Sale Raffle - SEE Science Center

We are happy to announce our next No Sale Raffle prize....Everyone who donates by November 13th will be entered into a drawing to win (4) admission tickets to the SEE Science Center.  Please click here to read this whole post.

November No Sale Raffle - SEE Science Center

We are happy to announce our next No Sale Raffle prize....

Everyone who donates by November 13th will be entered into a drawing to win 
(4) admission tickets to the SEE Science Center.

This raffles includes everyone who has donated since day 1. Remember, we have made it very easy for you to support your PTA.  There is no need to sell anything to friends or coworkers.  No need to deliver products.    

There are still many programs unfunded at this time such as our literacy program, field trips, 5th grade celebration, physical education equipment and much more. Unfortunately, these will be cut if we cannot raise the funds we need, so please make your donation today!
Simply write a check and send it in with your child marked PTA No Sale. Or, scroll down to donate online. You can even set up an automatic payment if you would prefer to donate in monthly installments.

Because HGF PTA is a 501c3 non-profit organization, your donation may be entirely tax deductible.  We will also accept any corporate matching contributions. (Tax id #51-0509287)

The top 3 classrooms that raise the most money as a percentage of their
class room goal will be awarded a supply of playground equipment.

- OR - 

Thank you to the SEE Science Center to donating this prize. Learn more about them here:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November - Save the Dates!

Free popcorn will be given to the class with the most parent/guardians attending the PTA meeting!

The bake sale will benefit the second graders. Second grade parents are especially encouraged to bring in an item to be sold, however all parents are more than welcome to donate. Homemade goodies are great, but store-bought items are appreciated, too.  Here are a few suggestions for store-bought items that are popular: juice boxes, crackers, cookies, etc.

Join us at 99 Restaurant & Pub on South Willow Street. The HGF PTA will earn 15% of all sales that night with a flier. Be on the look out for fliers to come home later this month.


* 11/3 - No School (City Elections)

* 11/10 - Veteran's Day assembly (students/staff only)

* 11/11 - No School (Veteran's Day)

* 11/13 - Picture Retakes

*11/13 - HGF Chorus performs at Manchester Monarch's Game

* 11/26-27 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)

* New School Hours Begin Nov 30th

Elementary School
Students Arrive - 8:30am
Class Begins - 8:45am
Dismissal - 2:50pm

Morning Pre-School
Students Arrive - 9:00am
Class Begins - 9:15am
Dismissal - 11:45am

Afternoon Pre-School
Students Arrive - 12:35pm
Class Begins - 12:45pm
Dismissal - 3:15pm

Full Day Pre-School
Students Arrive 8:45am
Class Begins - 9:00am
Dismissal - 2:00pm