Year: 2018

Voluntary School Supply List for the 2018-2019 Year

Welcome back to the Harrison Elementary 2018-2019 School Year! Here is the voluntary school supply list for each grade:

1 Backpack (no wheels)
1 2-pocket folder
5 Glue Sticks
4 Black Dry Erase Markers
1 box of 24 count crayons
1 school supply/pencil box, to hold supplies
1 wide-ruled spiral notebook
2 Large boxes of tissues
1 box crayola markers (fine or broad)
Please do not mark Kindergarten Supplies – as some of the items will be shared.

First Grade:
3 Large boxes of tissues
4 Black low odor Dry erase markers
2 Glue Sticks
2 70-page wide-ruled spiral notebooks
1 pencil box
2 2-pocket folders
1 box of 24 count crayons

Second Grade:
3 100-page wide- ruled composition notebooks, NO spiral notebooks, please
2 4 oz. glue bottles
2 boxes of colored pencils
2 boxes of tissues
24 Plain yellow #2 pencils
4 2-pocket folders
1 Big pink eraser
2 boxes of 24 count crayons
2 Red pens

Third Grade:
3 Spiral notebooks
1 composition notebook
3 2 pocket folders
2 Packs of #2 Pencils (plain Ticonderoga preferred)
2 pink erasers
1 yellow Highlighter
2 packages of pens (one red and one black)
3 boxes tissues (or more)
Clear pouch or strong baggies
1 pair of student Scissors
1 container of Disinfectant wipes or a bottle of hand sanitizer
1 large glue stick
1 box of colored pencils

Fourth Grade:
4 Black, low odor Dry erase markers
1 black sock to use as a whiteboard eraser
1 pencil box to fit inside desk
3 Wide-Ruled Spiral composition
notebooks (prefer yellow, green, blue)
1 2-pocket folder (prefer yellow, green, blue)
3 boxes of tissues
2 red pens or red pencils (no “clicky”
pens please)
1 Large glue stick
1 box (12) colored pencils
1 large pink eraser
1 yellow highlighter
2 Glue Sticks
2 Packs of #2 Pencils (plain Ticonderoga preferred)

Fifth Grade:
1 Package red ball point pens with caps
4 2-pocket folders
2 boxes of tissues
1 pencil box that fits the desk
6-8 70-page wide-ruled spiral notebooks
2 yellow highlighters
1 box Markers
1 large glue stick
3 small glue sticks
1 bottle of white glue
2 Packages of #2 yellow pencils (Ticonderoga or Dixon preferred)
1 Manual pencil sharpener to keep in desk
2 Blue pens
1 Pair of student scissors

Sixth Grade:
6 Black or Blue pens
4 Black low odor Dry Erase Markers
1 Pencil bag that fits in the desk
1 box of colored Pencils
10 Spiral notebooks
4 boxes of tissues
3 Pkgs of 3 x 5 Index cards
1 8oz White Glue bottle
1 Glue Stick
1 pair of student scissors
6 2-Pocket Folders

Please note for all grades: Tennis shoes/sneakers are required for PE Class!

Summertime TAGG Challenge


Don’t miss out on our Summertime TAGG Challenge! It’s simple to do and a great way to help us raise funds over the summer. Simply visit your favorite summer spots, TAGG your purchase and indicate the grade level your child will be next year. The classroom with the most TAGGs will win a popcorn party to welcome them back to school next year. To view all participating TAGG participants, click here.

Proceeds are used to fund transportation for those fun field trips at the end of the year, supports Citizenship Assembly programs and allows teachers to access funds for Star Grants and out of pocket expenses.

What is TAGG?

TAGG (Together A Greater Good) is a super simple way to raise money for Harrison. Simply visit businesses you already love and use the app to snap a picture of your receipt. Select Harrison Elementary PTA as the organization you’d like to support and businesses donate 5% of the proceeds to us. It’s that easy.

To get started: 

– Click here to download the app onto your mobile device

– Look for Harrison Elementary PTA under Organizations on the app and select it now for easy TAGGing in the future

– Head out for ice cream with the kids, a dinner date or even go wash the car

– Most importantly – don’t forget to TAGG your purchase and spread the love on social media

April 2 Meeting Minutes

Opening Meeting: Nicole Brown, PTA President

Approval of January 2018 Minutes

  • Matt Wynn moves to approve, we have a second. All in favor unanimously approve the minutes.

Year In Review (Nicole Brown)

  • This year has gone fast and slow all at the same time. We’d like to say thank you for all the help and participation that everyone has provided.
    • Stand up if you…
      • are a room parent or served on a committee
      • are a teacher or staff member
      • donated any item or good or money for anything during the year
      • volunteered for an event
      • attended a PTA meeting
    • Also a big thank you to Dr. Haynes and the office staff: we meet every month for over an hour, sometimes over 2 hours, and she graciously gives us her time and her ear.
      • Office staff help us with so much like making copies, etc.
    • Whether you think it’s big or small, we are so appreciative of everyone’s efforts and support of the PTA throughout this year.

Principal’s Report (Dr. Haynes)

  • State testing: this month we kick off testing for grades 3-6. You got a letter with your child’s state testing times. If not, email me or come see me and we’ll get that clarified. Good news: there is only 1 session for each content area this year. If you’d like to come chat about state testing, I’m always happy to talk with parents about questions and concerns.
  • We’ll be halfway through 4th quarter in 9 days, so you’ll be getting progress reports home soon.
  • National walk out day planned in response to school shootings on Friday, April 20th. We as elementary staff don’t plan on having conversations with the students unless it comes up in genuine meaningful conversations. If any of your kids walk out, we’ll notify you, and then after 20 minutes they’ll go back to class. As long as they stay on property and stay safe and respectful, we absolutely respect their right to be heard and to demonstrate their voice.
    • If you have any questions about safety or security here, I sent out an email recently, and I’d also be happy to talk with you.
  • Calendar: April & May are full!
    • Robotics: So proud of all our teams! They have worked so hard and did amazing at the regional tournament. On Apr. 5 our teams will be participating in the national tournament at the MidAmerica Center during the day.
    • Monday, April 9 we have 5th grade dancing classrooms.
    • On April 13, there is no school for a teacher planning day. It’s a districtwide day.
    • Disney: We’re so excited. I got to watch rehearsal this past Thursday, and it’s amazing! Our kids are the most talented in the city. We’re so thankful to Mr. Stuthman, Mrs. Rivedal, Ms. Prieksat, Ms. Goodrich and Mrs. Herzog. Please join us that night even if your student isn’t in the musical! (Dates and times are listed below).
  • Introducing staff in attendance: Mrs. Quackenbush, Mrs. Portis, Ms. Behrens, Ms. Brodkey & Ms. Birkemeier.

Treasurer’s Report (Lex Morrison)

  • Status of Accounts
    • Things are continuing to go along well. We’ve kept expenses low, so thank you to all of you on committees and helping with events who’ve been mindful of our budgets.
    • We do have some big outflows of cash still coming in the year, like Carnival.
    • We had a few parents volunteer to help us talk about the budget for next year. At our last meeting we asked for volunteers to help look at the budget and come up with a plan for next year, and we did have some parents respond and help do that, so thank you! It’s just good to broaden the look at the budget outside the four of us board members; It’s so great to have other input on these things.
  • 2018/2019 Budget Approval
    • We came up with a proposed budget for the next year. It’s slightly less than our budget last year, but because we’re getting better at watching expenses, we were still able to provide funds for some of the things that we feel are important.
    • Nicole: At our last meeting, we discussed whether we needed to do a “Hearts for Harrison” direct campaign. Shortly after that conversation, we ran a concessions stand at our Robotics tournament. Thankfully, because all of the food was donated, we were able to raise a significant amount on that day. Considering that, we decided as a board that it wouldn’t be in the best interest for us to do a direct campaign this year. It’s not necessary for this year, but we are putting it in the plan for next year.
    • Lex: the Robotics tournament was a smashing success. We ran on time, which those of you who attend robotics will know is amazing in and of itself, and we also made money, which was awesome.
    • Angela Smith motions we approve the proposed budget, Matt Wynn & Ruth Farrington both second the motion. All unanimously approve the budget.

New Business 

  • Outdoor Classroom maintenance schedule
    • Angela Smith: We have a little cleanup to do from last fall. We’re coordinating a date with our cub scout group for that. We’ll remulch everywhere. It would be great to get some PTA volunteers to help Cub Scouts with that, and maybe to split some perennials to get everything looking nice. Throughout the summer we’ll have week-long “watches” to make sure we keep an eye on things, that everything is in good condition, and water as needed. We’d love your help with that, so be on the lookout for an email to sign up.
    • Nicole: It’s right out the gym doors, so if you’re not a Kindergarten parent and don’t see it regularly, go take a look because it’s really a cool project that we’re proud of.
  • 2018-19 Board Nominations & Elections
    • Molly Colling (current PTA Vice President): The PTA truly is a collective impact, and it’s all of us working together. This year, we’ve asked a lot of people, been working hard to find candidates, but we’re not bringing forward a full slate of candidates. We have individuals who’ve expressed interest, but have no firm commitments. There is an opening for Secretary and Vice President. If you have any interest and want to have coffee or want to ask questions, please ask us. If you know of someone who might be a good fit, please let us know. Our work is for the benefit of all Harrison kids and families, so if you have any interest or leads, please contact us.
      • The board is recommending Lex Morrison for treasurer and myself, Molly Colling, for President.
      • Jennifer Woolf moves to accept, Ruth Farrington seconds. Unanimously approve those nominations.
    • Nicole: As scary as it can sound to not have a nomination, we do want to find the right person/people who can really make the commitment the role needs.
  • Clothing Closet
    • Ms. Boden helps us manage our clothing closet. It’s a place where we can donate new or gently used items for any kids in need. We always update the needs on our website under “stock the closet.”
      • Right now there is a huge need for girls tennis shoes, sizes 13-2.

Upcoming Events (Nicole Brown)

  • Disney Musical
    • All School Matinee Thursday, April 19 2:00 pm
    • Performances Friday, April 20 5:30/7:00 pm
      • We are considering doing pizza in between performances, depending on if we have enough interest. Be watching for communication about that.
    • Need volunteers to work Bake Sale and also for Bake Sale donations. We would so appreciate your support that night if you’re able to help.
  • Carnival
    • One of our big fundraisers of the year, and also a really fun community event
    • Friday, May 11, 2018; 5:30pm-7:30pm. We’ve worked with Dr. Haynes to make sure that we can bring it inside if the weather is ugly. So it will happen rain or shine!
    • Look for Sign Up and Pre-Order Coming Soon!
    • We’re having a mtg tonight so if you’re interested in helping with that, please stay after to chat.
    • Invite your neighbors. We really want to invite our community—this is a really fun event and a great opportunity to get more people involved. A lot of families around here have “pre-Tigers,” and we want to encourage them to come be a part and start the relationship with our school community now. If you’re willing to pass out flyers to your neighbors, please let me know and we’ll get you flyers. It’s a great, easy way to volunteer.
    • 6th Grade Celebration – May 25
      • Small committee in the works, but no one as yet to head up that committee, so I’m looking for someone who’s interested in taking the lead with that.
    • Lex is now going to get the kids, and so we’re going to let the kids get filtered in so they can be a part of the rest of our programming.
  • Harrison Elementary PTA Wiese Citizenship Award Presentation
    • (Molly Colling:) Jennie King, a Harrison alum who received this award “just a few years ago,” is going to present this year’s award to our recipient.
      • Jennie: I was the 2nd recipient of this award, so it’s quite an honor to be here to present it.
      • For many years, the PTA has honored a 6th grade student with a scholarship on behalf of Daniel Wiese, a former Harrison Elementary student who attended Harrison from 1975 through 1982. During Dan’s 6th grade year, he was diagnosed with leukemia. In 1982, Dan underwent a bone marrow transplant, which was first of such procedures involving a child in the State of Nebraska. Dan went on to attend Lewis and Clark Jr High School and graduated with his class at Central High School in 1988. Dan’s desire to help others with leukemia was a driving force in the formation of a support group at Clarkson Hospital for families involved with bone marrow transplants. Sadly, Dan passed away in the spring of 1989 from complications related to his illness. His determination to be successful and his positive attitude toward life are an inspiration to all who knew him. In 2016, the PTA membership voted to discontinue the scholarship and create a new award to honor students who exhibit exemplary citizenship qualities while still honoring the memory and legacy of Daniel Wiese.  6th grade students are nominated by their teachers and scored against a rubric of criteria inclusive of their efforts in the areas of work ethic, behavior, academic achievement, interpersonal skills and the 6 pillars of citizenship: honesty, compassion, respect, responsibility, courage and inclusivity.It is with great pride that this year that we honor Amy Fischer with The Harrison Elementary PTA Wiese Citizenship Award. Amy, will you and your family please join us up here at the front?Amy, on behalf of the Harrison Elementary PTA, we honor you for your dedication to honesty, compassion, respect, responsibility, courage and inclusivity and present you with this award. Please join me in congratulating these students and her family for their achievements. Amy, congratulations.  
  • Science and Art Fair winners (Lex Morrison)
    • Science, K-3:
      • 3rd: Liam Cowherd Richardson
      • 2nd: Claire Wynn
      • 1st: Oliver Sewthaisong
    • Science, 4-6:
      • 3rd: TIE between Ella Shafer & Tessa Priesman and Nell Farrington
      • 2nd: Sophia Acosta
      • 1st: Ruth Gardner
    • Art K-3
      • 3rd: Amos Vignolo
      • 2nd: TIE Violet Little and Karen Vignolo
      • 1st place: Claire Wynn
    • Art 4-6
      • 3rd: TIE: June Little and Hugh Lowe-Weyand
      • 2nd: Paw Eh
      • 1st: Norah Hicks & Claire Shafer
    • Nicole Brown: Big thank you to parents’ efforts. We’ll open up the science and art fair now.


  • Science + Art Fair
  • All projects, except 5th grade Science projects, should go home tonight!


13th – No School / Teacher Work Day

19th – Disney Musical Performance / All School Matinee 2:00 pm

20th – Disney Musical Performance / Performance – 5:30 / 7:30


4th – No School

7th – 11th – Teacher Appreciation Week

11th – Carnival – rain or shine, will move inside if needed

25th – 6th Grade Celebration / Last Day of School


Allison Birkemeier

Sherry Brodkey

Scott Gillispie

Seth & Ruth Farrington

Anjenette Justice

Sarah Wynn

Matt Wynn

Joel Fischer

Susan Beeghly

Kelly & Ben Little

Apirat & Seiko Lattison

Angela Smith

Rachel & Tak Yamamoto

Megan Campbell

Rebecca Firestone & Ohng Sewthaisong

Katie Coughran

Leo Acosta

Phillip Caylon

Alice Goodwin

Brian Priesman

T.J Shafer

Richard Young

Marion & Steve Priesman

Emily & Zach Winterwood

James & Kelly MacMillan

Beth Behrens

Jennifer & Vincent Woolf

Trish Mitchell

Deb Heimes

Wynetta & Keith Jones

Theresa Portis

Dan & Annie Johnson

Ben & Katherine Fischer

Anthony & Meredith Gardner

Hassan Bakhit

Jennie King

Bill & Molly Colling

Nicole Brown & Cecil Hicks

Lex Morrison

Andrea Haynes


January 29th Meeting Minutes

Opening & Welcome: Nicole Brown

Reading of Thank You Notes: Katherine Fischer

Approval of October 2017  Minutes

  • Angela Smith moved to approve , Sarah Wynn second, all in favor unanimously.

Principal’s Report (Dr. Haynes) 

  • We’re busy at Harrison, which is a great thing! We are so fortunate to have so much going on for our kids to be involved in. Ross Cotton is coaching boys basketball as a volunteer, we have Disney going on. We have robotics, and we won the honor award at the St. Margaret Mary tournament just recently.
  • New 6th grade ambassadors will be announced tomorrow
  • Midwest Tai Kwan Do is a great partnership we recently began. Master Todd is donating all $800 back to the school that he raised through registration costs.
  • Waypoint Reading Club: We have a partnership with Waypoint Church, for which we’re very grateful. Offering tutoring/mentoring every Tuesday over the lunch hour. There are about 20 individuals who come over the lunch hour and volunteer to read to and mentor our refugee kids. This is a great school initiative in partnership with Waypoint Church. If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer and do this, that would be awesome. We have two volunteers who need to step down for unforeseen reasons, so we’ll be in need of someone to fill those spots. The time is somewhere between 11:30-12:30 every Tuesday.
  • Progress Reports going home Friday.
  • Successful Kindergarten roundup. Had about 22 families which was a good turnout.
  • Next Week is School Counseling Week. I encourage you to reach out and thank Mrs. Herzog for a great first year!
  • Tomorrow newsletter goes out
  • Cecil Hicks: question: have you seen a spike in flu cases?
    • Dr. Haynes: we haven’t had a high enough amount to send out a CDC. Had a few cases of A & B. Snow days helped keep it from spreading (we deep cleaned during those days). Still working hard at having good sanitary practices. We have all the kids use hand sanitizer before they eat.
    • Mrs. Lenz: We’ve been using Lysol on everything, spraying tables every day.
    • Dr. Haynes: Clorox wipes are great! Teachers always really appreciate receiving more of those!
  • Staff in attendance: Mrs. Lenz, Mrs. Y (BSP room), Ms. Johnson (resource special ed), Mrs. Anding (Speech and language pathologist), Ms. Goodrich (4th Grade), Mrs. Herzog (new guidance counselor)

Old Business

  • BASH recap – $6864.13 net profit
    • Nicole: Big thank you for coming out and supporting BASH, and for being patient as we figured out accurate numbers. Last 2 years: we netted ~$4500, and ~$5000, respectively. So this year was a significant increase. Thank you so much to everyone who helped that effort!
    • This year we tried an online auction, with success. Huge thanks to Matt Wynn who helped navigate that! It was designed to reach a different audience so we’re not all recycling our own money.
  • Ladies’ Day Out – Ruth Farrington
    • Jan 13 Saturday at Pranam Yoga Shala, we spent an afternoon in a yoga class and eating and mingling afterward. They donated their space and an instructor. We collected 27 new or gently used coats for the coat closet (bringing a coat was the entrance fee for the afternoon). It was a success and I think we’ll try to do it again next year.
  • Robotics Update – Frank Luceri
    • We’re in the middle of our season, doing really well. We’ve had 2 tournaments. At both, one of our teams won the honor award.
    • Our own tournament at Harrison is coming up on Saturday, Feb 17 and we’re looking for volunteers. These are really fun. They’re like a swim meet: a lot of waiting around and then lots of excitement, and then more waiting around. We’re looking forward to it and we could use all the volunteer help we can get.
    • Nicole: We’re really lucky that at Harrison we have parent volunteers because we’re not using our sponsor money, so that can be reinvested in the program.
    • Dr. Haynes: only started this 5 years ago and we’re a force to be contended with!
  • Teacher / Staff Appreciation – Jennifer Woolf
    • Bought umbrellas for all classrooms and in the office for dismissal. 5’ wide golf umbrellas that hopefully helps teachers at dismissal on those rainy days.
    • Holiday gift: microwave popcorn and a movie code
    • So far we’ve spent about half our budget with fall conferences, umbrellas, holiday gifts.
    • Spring Conference lunch: March 8. We’ll send out an email with an online sign up for donated food.
    • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Lunch on Friday, May 11. Hopefully Flagship Commons will be our food; Nicole has a connection there. If that doesn’t work we’ll find something really awesome.
    • Leaves a little extra money so I emailed Dr. Haynes for some ideas. We’ll do something around state testing time. Goodies in the lounge or something.
    • Nicole: Thank you so much, Jennifer!
    • Birthdays: We gift a little drink and snack for each teacher/staff member on their birthday
    • Nicole: If you’re looking for an easy fun way to volunteer that’s a great way. You can do it on your own time, it’s already organized and it’s an easy fun way to get involved.
  • Yearbook (Nicole Brown)
    • Annie Johnson, who is running with our yearbook, couldn’t be here
    • Any teachers / staff, please send us your photos.
    • Dr. Haynes: I sent about 50 to Annie.
    • Annie won’t be able to be here on Valentine’s Day, so if you’re a room parent or are just planning to be here on that day, please take photos and send them to her.
    • Our deadline for submitting is beginning of March, so please send any photos off to her right away.
    • We don’t have any candid photos so far of sports or activities, so if you have those we’d really appreciate them.
    • And tell Annie thank you! It’s a big job and she’s done it cheerfully.
    • Her email is in the printed newsletter. The first info you’ll see about yearbook will be in the newsletter.

Treasurer’s Report (Lex Morrison)

  • We wanted to have a conversation about where we are in the budget
  • Checking balance – $13,226
  • Year to date outlook
    • Additional revenue – $2,283.00
      • Soliciting corporate donations
      • Bump in TAGG: we’ve made ~$300 this year through that.
        • Nicole: this is not our own money, the store donates their money, so it’s a great way to get others’ money
    • Expense savings  – $786.13
      • BASH committee did an amazing job of keeping their expenses very low and were very mindful and it helped a ton.
    • Budgeted revenue –  $5,085.00
    • Budgeted expenses – $12,823.00
      • The way it works is we tend to raise all the money throughout the year and then spend it all at the end
    • Year to year difference in starting balance – [-$1,917.00]
    • No giant cause for alarm. We’re not going to not pay for anything we budgeted for this year.
    • Kristin Rasmussen: question: Any Amazon Smile revenue?
      • Nicole: very small percentage, we made half percent. We plug TAGG more because of the much higher percentage donated to us.
    • We have copies of the budget if anyone would like them.
    • Nicole: What we can do is either look to create a smaller budget for next year, do the hard look at where we’re going to cut back, or work really hard to raise that money (almost $2,000). Last year when we decided to cancel golf, we came up with a plan…Solicited about 20-30 businesses for corporate sponsorships, and it’s gotten us about $850. I’m a little disappointed in that, honestly. But I can’t spend more time analyzing why that is, we need to focus our efforts somewhere else that will generate the money we need.
      • TAGG idea: what if each classroom or grade level had a competition to have the parents submit receipts. I see it in the newsletter, but I wonder how many parents actually download the app. Even for non-PTA members, they might be convinced by the kids when they have an incentive.
        • Nicole: TAGG has a classroom challenge. What you suggested is a different twist on it, and I like it.
        • Lisa Vignolo: we could include a flyer with most common/popular businesses.
        • Nicole: great idea. I think it won’t make up $2,000, but I think the more we increase that participation and effort is awesome.
        • Sarah Wynn: isn’t there a way to ask businesses that don’t participate to join TAGG?
        • Nicole: Yes, absolutely. One of the largest TAGGS was from someone’s dry cleaning bill. The more places the better. Please try to get them on board if there are places you frequent that aren’t participating yet.
      • Mrs. Lenz: What happened to family dinner nights?
        • Deb Heimes: they kind of fizzled out. Don & Millie’s were easy to work with, and also Peffer’s, etc. We made about $75 per night.
      • Scavenger Hunt idea: do a picnic with it also.
      • Lex: Trivia Night. Adults only.
      • Game Night with $5 cover. Spielbound does that.
      • Deb Heimes: Carnival. Not usually a fundraiser, but is there something we could add onto that as fundraiser? Annie take a photo of each kid and then try to sell them to parents? Or some kind of auction?
        • Nicole: We are looking at upping food truck prices and collecting the margin, talked about doing a raffle, and also eliminating Fun Services (they do all setup, games, prizes, etc.). It makes it easy for us, but it costs us profit. It’s hard to get volunteers during the day, though, because it starts at 5:30. So having Fun Services is helpful.
        • Deb: Yes, canceling Fun Services would make it really labor intensive
      • Angela Smith: Question about Budgeted Revenue: Does expected revenue include what we expect from the Robotics Tournament?
        • Lex: does include what we expect from team fees, but not what we might expect from concession profits.
        • Deb Heimes: when we ran the snack bar a year ago, we made around $450-$500.
        • Nicole: awesome! that’s my hope! This year a parent is underwriting the kitchen fee so we can use the kitchen. Lori will come and supervise. Approved list of people who can go in the kitchen. The kitchen fee pays Lori and Joe (custodian) to be here. Baked goods is on the list for parents to donate.
        • Dr. Haynes: things served out of the kitchen has to be under Lori, but bake sale items have to be at a separate table since kitchen won’t “claim” those items.
      • Angela Smith: What about a direct campaign?
        • Nicole: We have looked at doing a direct campaign, that’s would be a really good option.
      • Nicole: We need to leave here tonight with a plan, and we need people who would be willing to help with whatever plan we feel good about.
      • Angela: I would vote for direct campaign. All these ideas have been great, and I don’t want to shoot any of them down, but planning and executing is difficult in this amount of time. As someone with a lot of experience in the non-profit world and with these fundraisers, I think a direct campaign seems the best option. And it could be even if families could give $5, so that it doesn’t exclude anyone.
        • Nicole: Open to any minimum amount. Very cognizant that we are a very diverse population of families, and we’d love for as many families to be involved at whatever level they feel good about.
      • Mimi: Are we a registered nonprofit? Have you thought about Omaha Gives?
        • Nicole: Yes, we are a 501(c)3. We explored it, but it’s at the end of our year. It happens in May which is an almost impossible month for us, and it can’t help us for this current year.
        • Angela: historically PTAs don’t raise a lot of money from it, but we could definitely try it.
      • Nicole: We really need support on this direct campaign to share on social networks, make connections, find alumni, etc.
      • Opinion Poll: Overwhelming majority (unanimous) for direct campaign. Nicole: that’s the course of action we’ll take.

New Business

  • Hearts for Harrison Direct Campaign
    • We had one taker on the online auction for BASH, but that may have been because there were so many great options for goodies to purchase. We will create an online campaign: bigger push with a wider audience. We’ve checked with John Mitchell and he says we can do that. We have a Paypal account. We’d do it toward the end of February. We need to get it done then so we have that number in mind before we approve the budget for next year. We need to know how much to count on so we can create the right plan for next year.
    • Sarah Wynn: what if there were some sort of incentive, like kids of Harrison sending out a thank you, something cute that draws donations?
      • Nicole: the kids tonight are actually coloring thank you posters for our corporate sponsors. But because this is a social media campaign, it will have to be electronic.
      • Dr. Haynes: Because other schools do this, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We can research and learn from their successes and failures to get the most benefit.
      • Mrs. Anding: Student Council (3rd -6th grade) could help out with that or do thank you’s.
  • New thoughts & ideas for next year / Budget committee (Nicole Brown)
    • we’ll continue to brainstorm for next year.
      • Lex: I like the spielbound thing, attracts different group.
    • We really need to hear from you with ideas; how to engage new parents. We do sometimes get stuck in a rut.
    • We also really need people to sit on a budget committee (non board members). We as a board usually craft the budget, and we’d love to have more individuals involved, more eyes looking at everything. Possibly coming up with one or two plans. Please let us know if you’d be willing to be a part of that.
  • Science + Art Fair – need volunteers (Nicole Brown)
    • It will be held in conjunction with April 2nd PTA meeting.
    • Great success last year.
    • Info going out maybe as soon as this Friday. If that happens, it gives 5.5 weeks to do a science project, 5 weeks to do an art project. Spring Break is in the midst of that.
    • We have a committee, but need new volunteers. It’s super fun to be a part of and interact with kids.
  • Board member recruitment / VP and Secretary positions open (Nicole Brown)
    • If you’re interested, we do need you. We’ve talked to Dr. Haynes and we’d love to have a staff member, so please consider that. It would be wonderful to have your perspective.

Upcoming Events


14th – Valentine’s Day Class Parties / 2nd grade – 1:30 / Kindergarten – 3:00 / All others – 2:45

Email for room parents went out today. Double check times if you’re planning on attending.

17th – Harrison Elementary Robotics Tournament

19th – No School / Presidents’ Day


8th – Spring Parent Teacher Conference Meal / No School / Parent Teacher Conferences

9th – 16th – No School / Spring Break

26th – 30th – Support Staff Appreciation Week

Stock the Closet

  • Girls elastic waist pants size 4/5/6
  • Classrooms: tissues, hand sanitizer, post it notes, clorox wipes, notebooks
  • Nicole: There’s a recycle bin in the hallway, or you can just send items in backpacks.

Program – Guidance / Danielle Herzog, Harrison Elementary

Next Meeting  |  Monday, April 2 in conjunction with Science + Art Fair

The PTA schedules but does NOT pay our teen chaperones. Thanks for compensating them!


  • Lisa Vignolo
  • Annie Anding
  • Angela Smith
  • Megan Johnson
  • Sarah Wynn
  • Axis Sawyer
  • Mimi Boswell
  • Scott Gillispie
  • Alice Goodwin
  • Ruth Farrington
  • Danielle Herzog
  • Jennifer Woolf
  • Kristin Rasmussen
  • Emily Winterwood
  • Callen Goodrich
  • Minden Yuskevich
  • Lisa Lenz
  • Andrea Haynes
  • Nicole Brown
  • Lex Morrison
  • Katherine Fischer

Robotics tournament – Tiger style



Harrison Elementary has a strong presence in the ‘elementary school robotics circuit’ and this year we are hosting our very own tournament. Come join us and cheer on our robotics teams that day! The event will be held at Harrison and the bulk of the activity can be enjoyed between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. that day with concessions available for breakfast and lunch.

If you’ve never been to a tournament, now might be the time to check it out, especially if you have a kiddo you think might be interested in participating next year (4-6 graders are eligible to apply). The energy and enthusiasm of this collaborative environment is amazing to see.

Willing to help us out? Sign up to volunteer that day or donate food for concessions ahead of time. Proceeds go towards funding things like Star Grants, Teacher Funds, field trips, class parties, dancing classrooms. . .and the list goes on and on!

Please join the board in congratulating our hard working students and thanking our dedicated group of parents who coach our 5 teams. They have been practicing each week since late fall and spend many hours preparing for these tournaments.