School starts Monday, August 24, 2015
From the President of the Palm Harbor Middle School PTSA
Welcome back to another wonderful year at Palm Harbor Middle School! We are looking forward to an exciting and successful school year for all of our students and teachers at The Harbor! The focus the PHMS PTSA is to share ideas, raise money to give back to the students, teachers &staff; collaborating with the school in partnership in ways that make a difference for all of our children.
There are many ways other than volunteering that you can help the school and make a difference! We need your support and participation not just in volunteering but also in supporting our fundraisers, Spirit Days and in just being a member. Together we all can make a difference.
We are very excited to fully launch our NEW website and mobile app. We hope that you will find these tools helpful in staying connected to what is happening at school and the many ways you can get involved. Our mobile app will send push notifications to ensure that you and your family do not miss out on important events and activities, fundraiser due dates, dances and especially our Spirit Days. Please encourage all of your family members to visit our website and download our mobile app and accept push notifications.
We still have many other seats open and available on the board if you would like to come and check us out to see where you could make a difference. By joining the PHMS PTSA membership for just $5 you’re helping in making a difference, even if you cannot volunteer. Volunteering at the PHMS PTSA does not have to be a pat-time job. Many of us on the board work full-time jobs and simply have an hour or two to volunteer. You control how much time you spend volunteering and when. We are flexible to any schedule no matter what your situation. Even an hour of volunteering can make a difference in attending meetings and participating in activities.
Many Employers Support Volunteering!
Support Volunteering: Did you know that many employers such as banks, insurance and medical companies etc. have internal programs in place to recognize and support team members who give their time and service to causes that are important to them like the PHMS & the PTSA. This is often written in the core values of their Corporate Responsibility: Some employers will even pay the employee and allow them a few hours in time away from work a month just to volunteer in their communities such as PHMS & the PTSA. They provide this support because they recognize the value of their team members volunteering in helping to solve social problems and in contributing to the long-term sustainability of the nonprofit organizations where their employees work and live.
Please check with your employer to see if they have any programs available that would support and allow you to volunteer in the PHMS & the PTSA. You can find more information on our website at www.phmsptsa.com.
Important Dates and Times
- Thursday, August 6th Panther Camp– Students with the last name A-M may attend from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and students with the last name N-Z may attend from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 m.
- Thursday, August 20th is our PTSA General Meeting at 5:30pm. Come and join us as we ask our General Members to vote on the Amendment of our Bylaws, our Budget for the 2015-2016 school year, and vote on new officers and chairs to the executive board.
- Thursday, August 20th Sixth grade Orientation/Open House will be at 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, August 24th is the first day of school; school starts promptly at 9:30am
- Monday, August 31st is the kickoff of our 1st School Fundraiser which will be Cookie Dough and the Love Bags. Look for goodies in the catalog that you and your family would enjoy. Please share our catalog with your friends, co- workers, neighbors and people that you know. Thank you for your support and helping us raise funds for our school. The profits will be used to fund 2 school dances, teacher grants, parent workshops, new equipment for the classrooms, and teacher appreciation. There will also be a great prize assortment for your kids including a limo bus ride to McDonalds for an ice cream cone.
- Monday, September 7th– School Closed for Labor Day
- Wednesday, September 16th is the seventh and eighth grade “Back to School Night” at 6:30 m.
- Wednesday thru Friday, September 16th-18th: Fundraiser Packet Collection- All fundraiser packets must be turned in! Collection will be during the Seventh & Eighth grade open house and during all three lunches on all three days.
- Monday, October 12th Fundraiser Order Pick up from 4- 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Every effort will be made to send smaller orders home with your child. Larger orders must be picked by 6:30pm as the school is not equipped to safely store perishable items like the cookie dough. Please consider direct ship to your home at the time of order if you are unable to pick up by the deadline.
- Tuesday thru Thursday, October 20th thru 22nd– Halloween Dance Tickets will be on sale during all three lunches on all three days. Tickets are limited due to the room capacity of the school cafeteria. So it is important to purchase your tickets early as they are sold on a first come first serve basis. No additional money will be needed at the dance as everything (food, drink and lots of fun) are included in the cost of the ticket admission. Ticket prices will be announced as it gets closer to the dance. Please check back for more details.
- Friday, October 23rd– Halloween Dance starts at 7PM and ends at 9PM. This is our schools annual Halloween dance. Kids are allowed to dress in costume (no masks); school rules apply. At the dance we will serve pizza, chicken nuggets, salad, and water just to mention a few. There will be interactive photo scene sets where the kids can take pictures with their friends on their phones. We will also have a photographer on site providing one instant photo per person with a fun Halloween back drop. We also will hold our annual costume contest with trophies and prizes awarded for the “Most Original Homemade,” “The Funniest” and “The Sweetest”. We have and need volunteers for this dance to set up, chaperone, and clean up. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can spare an hour or two to help.
Home Work Tips
by Rich Reisinger, Mathnasium of Palm Harbor
With the start of school it is time to start thinking about getting a fresh start, good grades, and reaching academic performance. Here are a few “homework tips” to get you started in the right frame of mind.
- Make sure the student has a quiet, well lit space to do their work.
- Provide proper materials; pencils, notebooks, dictionary, etc. For math, try to avoid using a calculator until their high school years or instructed by their teacher.
- Make a SET TIME each day just for homework. Don’t wait until right before bed time. Use weekends for large projects or group projects.
- Be POSITIVE about homework. The attitude you express about homework is the attitude they will take with them into adulthood and college.
- Cooperate with the teachers. If the teacher asks you, the parents, to play a specific role in the homework, do it. If the homework is meant to be done alone, stay away! Let the student work independently.
- Stay informed. Communicate with their teachers, and know their expectations.
- Take a short breaks. Watch for signs of frustration. Reassure, and reinforce your confidence that they can do it.
- Do the hard stuff first! Better to do the easy stuff after the fatigue sets in.
- Set expectations of completion, accuracy, and good grades. A University of CA study showed that expectations are not only a good thing, but crucial for student performance.
- Reward your student when they accomplish their work. Take your child to get a pizza, ice cream, do something fun!
When your child does homework, you do homework too. If they are reading, then you should do some reading; if they’re doing math, balance your checkbook or work on bills. If your child needs help, beware of falling into the trap of doing the work for them; instead prompt them, and provide guidance. Don’t make them dependent on you for the answers! Help your student, figure out what is hard, and what is easy.
If the homework they’re doing is “over your head”, get help. A lot of parents struggle with the Common Core. It’s ok to admit you need help too. Tutors, math learning centers, are more available than ever before. There are many online websites that offer help too, but beware; online help can provide answers, without providing the actual learning and that can be detrimental for our students.
By Allida Mach
Welcome from the Membership Chair at PHMS PTSA. Here we are again getting ready to start another school year for our children here at Palm Harbor Middle School – Parent/Teacher/Student Association (PHMS – PTSA). One of the many things we do is ask parents, guardians, grandparents, business owners, friends and even students to join the PHMS PTSA. All it takes is a $5.00 membership fee for an individual and $10 for a business membership.
What Does The PTSA Do?
We Awarded Grants or Sponsored Events that paid for:
- Sponsored Avid Club Events
- Electronic Balance Digital Scales for the Science Department
- Purchased Solar Ovens
- Enabled Additional Teacher Trainings
- Teacher Appreciation for the 8th grade Music Students
- Purchased Smart Response Clickers
- Donated Costumes for the Drama Club
- Sponsored the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for the “Great American Teach In”
- Sponsored National Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
- Purchased ELMO machines for teacher classrooms
- Sponsored the Stem Delta Dart Kits
- Spanish Jeopardy as a Teaching Tool
- Offered Guest Speakers and Parent Workshops throughout the year
- Provided snacks during various testing such as FSA and CORE
- Provided water and snacks for the End of the Year events
- Sponsored the Elisa Nelson Media Center Dedication
- Host Annual Fundraisers that enable us to raise money to meet the budget needs
Annual Sponsored Events:
- Halloween Dance For All Grade Levels
- 8th Grade Winter Dance- Hollywood Red Carpet
- Movie in the Court Yard Night
- Teacher Appreciation Week
- Quarterly Teacher and Staff Spotlights
Be A Part Of It & Get Involved at PHMS!
Your membership money goes towards approving teacher and staff grant request so they can purchase things for our students to make learning more enjoyable. This takes a lot of burden off teachers who cannot afford to pay out of pocket for this much needed equipment. Your membership also gives you the right to vote in the General Meetings that we have throughout the year. Your membership money also goes towards school dances and events for our teachers and students.
On the Membership Form, it has a place for you to mark wither or not you can volunteer. Please understand that volunteering does not have to be your life but giving an hour of your time does make a difference. Just one hour of your time could mean so much to a teacher or student. You may be very good at crafts and could spend an hour of your time working on an Art project with a few students, or help in putting up or taking down decorations at the school dance. We will ask you to volunteer but you will not be pressured too. We gladly accept whatever you can do.
When you purchase your membership card you will receive an envelope with your membership card inside. Follow the directions on the card and register your membership. The envelope will have coupons inside that will more than double your money back. It will contain the following coupons:
- Leo’s Italian Restaurant — FREE slice of cheesecake.
- Mathnasium – 4 FREE math tutoring sessions.
- Chick-Fil-A — FREE Frosted Lemonade
- Sophisticated Nails — $5.00 off
- Legoland — Offering $30.00 discounted ticket.
Come on and join in the fun not only for you but for your children.
Spirit Days are a big deal. We promote and encourage all of our school families to do business at certain businesses on specific calendar days of the month that are classified as their “Spirit Day.” We will let all you know of designated Spirit Day using our Mobil App through push notifications, as well as internal school communications (Morning student & staff TV News and Connect Ed), and by email. A certain percentage (usually 10-20%) from the proceeds of our Spirit Day are sent back to PHMS PTSA on a monthly basis and used in our budget to pay for grants and fund our many activities.
Please support our school and show your mobile app at checkout on Spirit Days so that our school gets credit!
EVERY MONDAY– Leo’s Italian Grill: PHMS Kids and younger eat FREE
EVERY TUESDAY- Dominic’s Pizza: Pizza & Pasta Specials
FOURTH TUESDAY– Westshore Pizza (on the corner of Tampa Rd & CR1)
THIRD WEDNESDAY– Chick-fil-a (US19 & Tampa RD)
FOURTH THURSDAY– Glory Days (US 19N) $5 Nacho’s dine in or carry out
Another way that you can support PHMS is by participating in our fundraisers. The money earned in these fundraisers is the main support of our budget. This enables us to be able to award grants, fund dances and events.
The first fundraiser that we will be offering this year will be our Love Bags and Cookie Dough. This is our more popular fundraiser and packets will come home with your student on Monday, August 31st. If for some reason you do not see the packet additional packets will be available in the front office.
There are many cool prizes that will also be available with the return of the most popular prize the Limo Hummer Bus ride to McDonalds! (Must sell 15 items and complete a parent permission slip to qualify).