Thursday, April 21, 2016

2016 Field Day Volunteer Sign Up

Field Day is Thursday, June 2nd.  Rain Date is Monday, June 6th.

(Please note the date change from the calendar that was sent home last week)

This event is only successful if we have a LARGE number of volunteers to help coordinate the activities.

Parent volunteers will be assigned to a specific activity and will assist the students as they rotate through the various events.  It is helpful for each volunteer to understand the rules of the game they will oversee and how the day will be organized so it is important to arrive on time, as indicated below.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation BBQ, May 6

Our faculty and staff is the BEST!  As many of you already know, May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

HGF Families, we need your help to make the 2016 Teacher and Staff Appreciation BBQ a special event! Please consider donating the following items.  (We have 65 faculty and staff members.)

Tossed salad and dinner rolls have generously been donated  by Texas Roadhouse.  Drinks have been generously donated by Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

We are asking families to provide the following:
  • Students in Grade K, 2, 4 - Dessert items and hamburger and hot dog rolls.

  • Students in 1, 3, 5 - Salads (ie macaroni or potato salad, side dishes, condiments, and chips.

Please look for a green flier in Thursday's communication folder with a sign up form.  All forms should be returned by May 4th.  All items should be at school by 10am on Friday, May 6th.

Thank you!

PTA Officer Elections, May 18

PTA Officer Elections will be held during our regular May PTA meeting on May 18, at 6:30pm.  A Quorum of 10 paid members is required to hold elections.

All officer positions are open to anyone in the Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary School community, including teachers and staff.  If you are interested in running for the PTA Board (President, Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary), please fill out this form, or email Stacey Weigler with a brief biography no later than May 4, 2016.

Please see Duties of Officers for more information on the positions.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Help Wanted!

We are in need of some volunteers this week. If you are able to help even for 30 minutes, we would much appreciate it!

Mr. Lamy is in need of some volunteers this week to help out the kindergarteners during book fair. We need 2 volunteers for each time slot:
  • Tuesday: 10:25am for Mrs. Demer's class
  • Friday: 10:25am for Ms. Cookson's class
Please email Ang if you are available.

We need a few volunteers for Wednesday's bake sale to help set up, collect money, etc. Please email Ang if you are available.

HGF PTA Event and Fundraising Survey

Please take a moment to complete the HGF PTA Event and Fundraising Survey so that the PTA may better understand the preferences of our families.



We appreciate all your feedback.  Many hands make light work, and volunteers are critical to the success of any events/programs the PTA undertakes.



Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bake Sale, April 20th to Benefit 1, 2, and 3 Graders

Our next bake sale will be Wednesday, April 20th. Proceeds of each month’s bake sale benefit the grades that are baking.  
This month the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades will receive all of the money raised during the bake sale to help offset the cost of field trips.

To earn as much as possible, it is important to have a wide variety and large number of baked goods so please consider donating something either purchased or home-made.  Your participation is greatly appreciated!
 ALL ITEMS $.25 each
You may bake or bring fruit rolls, smart food, snacks, baked goods, etc...  All items, with the exception of cupcakes, should be individually wrapped.  Items can be dropped off the morning of the bake sale.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: PTA Meeting & MSD Budget Discussion

This month’s PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00pm (note time change) in the gym.
We will outline upcoming PTA events.

At 6:30 we will be joined by Assistant Superintendent Christine Martin. She will be on hand to discuss the administration’s budget request and answer any questions you may have.

PTA Newsletter

National Volunteer Week
This is National Volunteer Week! Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers who work on behalf of the students and teachers at Highland-Goffe's Falls School. From bake sale bakers, classroom helpers, to popcorn poppers and everything in between, your contributions are greatly appreciated!
Purple Up on April 15th!
Support our military kids by wearing purple this Friday, April 15th.

LEGOLAND Raffle Extended to April 19th
The LEGOLAND Raffle has been extended until April 19th so that families may purchase tickets during the Celebration of Learning event April 19th from 6-7pm. Cash and check are accepted.  The winner will be chosen on April 20th.  Download a form here.

PTA Meeting, April 20, 6pm
There will be a PTA meeting in the gym at 6pm on April 20th (please note the time change).  At 6:30pm, we will be joined by Assistant Superintendent Christine Martin. She will be on hand to discuss the administration’s budget request and answer any questions you may have.
April Bake Sale, April 20
The April Bake Sale will benefit grades 1, 2, and 3 and we ask everyone who is able to send something in whether store bought or homemade.  All items are 25-cents.

Fluency Friends Volunteers Needed
Our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Rivard, is in need of 1-3 volunteers to help with Kindergarten Fluency.  Volunteers will work with kindergartners on site word flash cards to help improve their fluency.  If you are available on a weekly basis, or even just occasionally, please contact Mrs. Rivard.

Reading Challenge Fisher Cats Tickets
If you have not yet received your Fisher Cats tickets from the reading challenge, please contact them directly at 603-641-2005

Donor's Choose
Donor's Choose is a site where educators can request items that they need, and donors can make a safe contribution. Our own HGF educators have some requests, please check them out. Learn more.

Ward 8 Sounding Board
Manchester School Board Representative Erika Connors is looking for a few parents to be part of a sounding board for Ward 8. Please see the notice below:
As your elected Manchester School Board representative, I have been charged with representing the community and families of Ward 8.  It is my job, as your representative, to look out for our students, make decisions about school programs and policies, and ensure that our children are getting the best education possible for the tax dollars spent.
The Ward 8 community consists of individuals and families with a broad spectrum of ideas and beliefs.  In order to develop a more collaborative approach and a stronger community, I am looking to create a sounding board.  This board will consist of students and parents from Ward 8 and the 7 schools within our ward:  Memorial, Manchester School of Technology, Southside, McLaughlin, Green Acres, Jewett, and Highland Goffe’s Falls.  
The purpose of this sounding board is to discuss and evaluate ideas, programs, and policies.  This sounding board will be solution based and will help in providing me, and our School Board, with a variety of perspectives and ideas.  This will be done through email communications, as this is a confidential, accessible, and efficient method of communication.
If you would like to be added as a member of this sounding board, please send me an email at  Please be sure to include the following:
  1. Your name
  2. Your email address
  3. Your Ward 8 address
  4. The name of the school your child attends.
April Birthdays
A few very special birthdays are coming up - Mrs. V's birthday is the 17th, Mrs. Allen's birthday is the 18th, Mrs. Matthews birthday is the 24th.  Be sure to send them best wishes!

Upcoming PTA Events:
  • PTA Meeting, April 20, 6pm
  • Bake Sale (1,2,3), April 20
  • Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6
  • Teacher Appreciation BBQ, May 6
  • Restaurant Night, May 11 at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant

Upcoming School Events and Other Info:
  • Scholastic Book Fair, April 18-22
  • Celebration of Learning, April 19th, 6-7pm
  • Science Technology & Engineering Calendar Raffle, April 11-May 8
  • Running Club Sign Ups Open
  • Drama Club presents.... Robin Hood! April 21 & 22, 6:30pm
  • April Vacation, April 25-29
  • STEAM Education Night, May 20, 5-7pm

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Purple Up! Suport our Military Kids!

Show your support for Military Kids on April 15th by wearing purple!

Let's all be part of the Department of Defense Education Activity schools (DoDEA) world-wide celebrate Purple Up! For Military Kids.

Military families can get FREE Fischer Cats tickets, while they last. Learn more here.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Save the Date! May Restaurant Night Fundraiser

Our May Fundraiser Night will take place on the 11th at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant downtown.  Watch for details next month.

HGF PTA will receive 20% of pre-tax proceeds that night (with the flier, coming soon). These funds will go toward field trips.

See you then!

Monday, April 4, 2016

LEGOLAND Raffle - Tickets Now on Sale

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston has generously donated a family 4-pack of tickets for the HGF PTA to raffle off!

Tickets are $1 each, or 5 for $6.  Please look for fliers coming home this week, or download one here.

Forms are due back no later than April 14th.  The winner will be drawn and notified on April 15th.

This Raffle has been extended until April 19th.

Learn more about LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston here.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

Thank you for supporting your HGF PTA!

Fluency Friend Volunteers Needed

Our Reading Specialist, Mrs. Rivard, is in need of 1-3 volunteers to help with Kindergarten Fluency.  Volunteers will work with kindergartners on site word flash cards to help improve their fluency.

If you are available on a weekly basis, or even just occasionally, please contact Mrs. Rivard.