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Harrison PTA Newsletter March 2020

Check out news from the Robotics tournament and information about ordering yearbooks! Click HERE to see the newsletter.

Harrison PTA February 2020 Newsletter

It’s time to get ready for this year’s Science + Art Fair and Hearts for Harrison! Please click on the PDF link HERE for more information and all the latest PTA news!

Harrison PTA Newsletter January 2020

Our next meeting is coming up on January 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Harrison library. In addition to our regular updates from the PTA board and Dr. Haynes, we will also hear from Harrison’s wonderful counselor, Mrs. Dani Herzog, about using Secret Kindness Agents to encourage students to create a better and kinder world.

We’ll also looking forward to sharing information about Hearts for Harrison, a direct donation campaign that we’ll begin in February through the Omaha Schools Foundation. This will be a great fundraising opportunity for Harrison!

If you haven’t made it to a PTA meeting yet this year, we’d LOVE to see you! It’s never too late to check it out or get involved. Free pizza is provided, and childcare will be available (freewill donations are appreciated). Please join us!

Harrison Yearbook

The yearbook deadline is fast approaching! Please consider sending in any photos you’ve taken at Harrison events and classroom parties this year, or even just at school lunch or recess. You can send digital photos to Annie Johnson at

HyVee Receipts

Thanks to all who have sent in their HyVee receipts so that Harrison can earn money through the Cash for Students Program. HyVee donates $1.00 for every $200 spent from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31. Please turn in all receipts to Harrison by January 10.

Winter Wear

Winter has just begun! Please consider donating winter wear (new or gently used) to Harrison’s clothing closet. Donations should be placed in the blue bin near the Harrison entrance. Thank you for helping all Harrison students stay warm this winter!

Stay Connected!

It’s never too late to get involved! Follow the PTA on Facebook, check out our website, or subscribe to our emails by contacting Thanks!

Harrison Staff Wishlist 2019

Dr. Haynes Principal            

Foods: Mr. Goodbar, anything chocolate, Dr. Pepper, Cherry Coke

Restaurants/Stores: Charleston’s, Target

Activities: shopping, DIY projects, baking

Mrs. Davey Secretary

Foods: Seedless grapes, popcorn, Diet Dr. Pepper

Restaurants/Stores: La Mesa, Don & Millie’s

Activities: reading, crocheting, manicures, pedicures, Huskers

Mrs. Herzog Counselor                      

Foods: Raw unsalted almonds, Reeses Pieces, Milky Way, Black Tea

Restaurants/Stores: Dario’s, Plank, McDonald’s, Panera

Activities: reading, pedicures

Ms. Collins Instructional Facilitator    

Foods: Haribo Gummy Bears, fruit, smoothies, cold Peach Tea 

Restuarants/Stores: Shucks, Jersey Mike’s, Lighthouse Pizza

Activities: cooking, gardening, decorating

Ms. Nelson Part-Time SSL

Foods: plain popcorn, Hot Tamales, Coke

Restaurants/Stores: Pitch, Pickleman’s, Chick-Fil-A

Activities: running, reading, pedicures, Huskers, Vikings

Mrs. Rivedal K

Foods: fruit, almonds, popcorn, Monster cookies, unsweetened iced tea

Restaurants/Stores: La Casa, Romeo’s, Don & Millie’s, Panera

Activities: going out to eat, massages, pedicures, allergic to scented items

Mrs. Wilcox K

Foods: Hot Tamales, protein bars, Bai Bubbles

Restaurants/Stores: Leadbellys, Qdoba, Amazon

Activities: reading, Hawkeyes, KC Chiefs, Chicago Cubs

Mrs. Quackenbush 1

Foods: mangos, dark chocolate, decaf hot tea

Restaurants/Stores: Rivera’s Mexican, Qdoba’s

Activities: reading, manicures, pedicures, Huskers

Mrs. Borgstadt 1      

Foods: Skinny popcorn, Kit-Kats, Sour Brite Crawlers, Diet Coke

Restaurants/Stores: Block 16, Jimi D’s, Runza, Jimmy John’s

Activities: manicures, pedicures

Mrs. Portis 2

Foods: almonds, flavored pork rinds, Chex Mix, water, wine

Restaurants/Stores: Taxis, Mexican, Panera, Jimmy John’s

Activities: reading, yoga, massages, Nebraska Huskers

Mrs. Lenz 2

Foods: healthy trail mix, Chex mix, water, wine

Restaurants/Stores: Charleston’s, Bonefish Grill, Panera

Activities: reading, Nebraska Huskers

Mrs. Larrabee 3

Foods: dried mangos, scotch-a-roos, Dr. Pepper

Restaurants/Stores: Raising Cane’s

Activities: reading, manicures, pedicures

Ms. Brodkey 3              

Foods: Glucerna 80 cal. snack bars, almonds, fruit, unsweetened iced tea

Restaurants/Stores: Lo Sole Mio, Dairy Queen

Activities: reading, movies

Mrs. Choquette 4

Foods: almonds, chips, Diet coke

Restaurants/Stores: Pitch, Canes

Activities: yoga, manicures

Mrs. Copenharve 4

Foods: guacamole & chips, NO sugar, water

Restaurants/Stores: Blue Sushi, Qdoba

Activities: walking, Bears

Ms. Owen 5      

Foods: trail mix, Dove chocolate, Hershey Nuggets, Raspberry Ice Tea

Restaurants/Stores: Red Lobster, Chick-Fil-A

Activities: baking, cooking, Kay Nails pedicures

Mr. Cruz 5       

Foods: protein bar, cheddar popcorn, Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper

Restaurants/Stores: Pizza Hut, Wendy’s

Activities: working out, MN Vikings

Mr. Stuthman 6

Foods: dried fruit, donuts, Bai Bubbles, allergic to peanuts

Restaurants/Stores: Blue Sushi, Panera, Panda Express

Activities: movies, seeing Broadway shows

Mrs. Barber 6

Foods: green bananas, peanut butter cups, Crane coffee

Restaurants/Stores: Romeo’s, Taco Bell

Activities: reading, gardening

Ms. Weber Primary BSP        

Foods: popcorn, Reese’s, Peanut Butter M&Ms, tea

Restaurants: Blue Sushi, Hoppy Taco, Qdoba, Culver’s

Activities: pedicures, volleyball, Huskers

Mr. Cosby Band

Foods: Milky Way, pretzels, ginger ale

Restaurants/Stores: Harold’s Koffee House in Florence, Cabela’s

Activities: truck restoration, NASCAR

Mrs. Anding Speech

Foods: Almonds (Habanero BBQ), donuts, flavored water

Restaurants/Stores: Okinawa, Blue Sushi, Arby’s

Activities: horseback riding, pedicures, massages, Huskers, KC Royals

Mrs. Norman Music

Food: chocolate, potato chips, coffee, not sweet red wine

Restaurants/Stores: Old Chicago, Panera, Starbucks

Activities: music, pedicures, NDSU Bisons, MN Vikings

Mrs. Rickard Art

Foods: Mixed nuts, Snickers, Arizona Green Tea

Restaurants/Stores: Jimmy John’s, Taco Bell, Raising Cane’s

Activities: massages, facials, UNO

Ms. Prieksat Library        

Foods: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, kiwis, cashews, donuts, Diet Dr. Pepper

Restaurants/Stores: Summer Kitchen, Le Peep, McDonald’s

Activities: reading, dancing, music, pedicures, Boston Red Sox

Mrs. Beeghly Gifted and Talented 

Foods: popcorn, chips & salsa, dark chocolate, coffee, tea

Restaurants/Stores: Modern Love, Mark’s, Qdoba

Activities: reading, cooking, genealogy, massages, theatre

Mrs. Barnes-Pence Resource  

Foods: popcorn, chips & salsa, almonds & pistachios, unsweetened tea

Restaurants/Stores: Olive Garden, Taco Bell

Activities: reading, manicures, pedicures, Huskers

Miss Johnson Resource

Foods: almonds, Cheetos, Diet Pepsi, Diet Dr. Pepper

Restaurants/Stores: Sgt. Peffer’s, Arby’s

Activities: running, massages, Huskers

Ms. Behrens ESL

Foods: dates & nuts, Chex mix, Cheetos, coffee, Kombucha

Restaurants/Stores: El Basha, Chipotle

Activities: reading, massages, pedicures

Mr. Hesser Psychologist

Foods: Snickers, popcorn, Dr. Pepper

Restaurants/Stores: Zio’s Pizza, Barnes & Noble

Activities: reading, golf

Mrs. Bradford Nurse

Foods: fruit, popcorn, Snickers, Almond Joy’s, coffee, ice tea

Restaurants/Stores: M’s Pub, Culver’s, Chick-Fil-A, Raising Cane’s

Activities: reading, dog walks, Husker football/volleyball

Mrs. Dauner Instructional Paraprofessional

Foods: popcorn, Dove milk chocolate, Diet Coke

Restaurants/Stores: Hunger Block, Freddy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts

Activities: reading, manicures, pedicures, KC Chiefs

Mrs. Bowden (ESL)

Foods: Kit Kat, Candy Corn, popcorn, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Coffee

Restaurants/Stores: Shucks, Sonic, Target, Von Maur

Activities: photography, reading, pedicures

Mr. Saw (ESL) Paraprofessional

Foods: rice, candy, water, Fanta

Restaurants: Salween Thai, burgers

Activities: music, singing

Ms. Caguioa Paraprofessional

Foods: sugar snap peas, nuts, berries, juices, wine

Restaurants/Stores: Saigon, Via Farina, Chipotle

Activities: flower gardening, yoga, massages

Mrs. Fischer BSP Paraprofessional

Foods: Dove Milk Chocolate, half-salt popcorn, Diet Coke

Restaurants/Stores: Pitch, Raising Cane’s

Activities: puzzles, reading, pedicures

Mrs. Suter (BSP) Paraprofessional

Foods: chocolate, grapes, coffee (no nuts)

Restaurants/Stores: Blue, Runza, Taco Bell

Activities: estate sales, manicures, pedicures, Creighton

Mrs. Gilquist (K) Paraprofessional

Foods: trail mix, birthday cake, Diet Coke

Restaurants/Stores: Salween Thai, Chipotle

Activities: music, baking, crossword & jigsaw puzzles, MN Twins

Ms. Smith (Library) Paraprofessional

Foods: Berries, plain potato chips, caramel latte

Restaurants/Stores: Spaghetti Works

Activities: massages, facials, pedicures, arts & crafts

Mrs. Davis PAC

Foods: popcorn, Sour Patch Kids, M&Ms, Diet coke

Restaurants/Stores: Qdoba, R Taco

Activities: reading, pedicures

Ms. Labenz Health Aide

Foods: red seedless grapes, Take 5 candy, diet Mountain Dew

Restaurants/Stores: Texas Roadhouse, Burger King, McDonald’s

Activities: walking, pedicures, Huskers, Packers, boating

Mr. Ademi Head Custodian/Engineer 

Mr. Dorador Custodian

Mr. Morris Security 

Ms. Redd Cafeteria  

Mrs. Smoot Cafeteria

Foods: nuts, plain potato chips, diet Crush (orange)

Restaurants/Stores: likes wide variety

Activities: knitting, sewing, British mystery novels/DVDs

Ms. Shanna Brown Cafeteria

PTA Meeting Minutes October 7, 2019

Treasurer’s Report
● Current account status: We currently have $18,402 in the bank account; an additional $975 arrived today from the Omaha Schools Foundation.
● Our tax filing is complete for the year. Past versions of our 990 form have indicated that the fiscal year ends on July 31, but the IRS says it ends on June 30. Rebecca has adjusted our budget to reflect this.
● Budget/Expense updates:
○ We have hit our projections for membership dues.
○ We are budgeting for $700 in TAGG revenue. Rebecca asks that members
continue to use their TAGG app
○ PTA picnic: We were over budget by about $20
○ We have currently used about 50% of the teacher reimbursement fund.
● Rebecca would like to organize a budget committee to help make decisions about extra revenue, reallocating funds as needed, looking at shortfalls, etc. The goal is that we keep our budget dynamic rather than stagnant from year to year.

Principal’s Report
● Mrs. Herzog has organized a Girls’ Night Out. This evening will focus on authentic friendship and is intended to empower girls to help combat the “drama” that is often found in the 5th and 6th grade. Juniors and seniors from South High will also attend to mentor
● Report cards will be distributed at Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conference times will stay the same in the spring as in the fall unless otherwise requested.
● October 31 is Harrison’s annual Trick-or-Trunk parade and Halloween classroom activities. An alternative activity will be provided in the library for students who do not participate. Mr. Morris will do a safety check beforehand for those community members who are handing out treats.
● The winter program will be held on December 13 at 9:30 and 1:30. Band and strings will only perform in the afternoon.
● Harrison is partnering with Championship Martial Arts to provide an after school Martial Arts Club for several weeks. Students pay $25 to participate, and all the money goes directly to the school.

● Dr. Haynes is still looking for coaches for both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams. Any Harrison parent or OPS staff member can coach. The time commitment is typically 1 night/week for practice and 1 night/week for games.
● Dr. Haynes is working with Hillside Solutions to find a way to continue our composting program. There was a problem with maggots on the side of the building where our compost totes were stored.

Committee Updates
Staff Appreciation:
● PTA will provide a staff dinner of chicken and lasagna from HyVee for Wednesday’s conference night.
● This year, staff will receive Eileen’s Cookies to celebrate birthdays.
● We are currently looking for ideas for our annual staff holiday gifts. The budget is around $5 per staff member.
● The Bash Committee is still looking for donations. One possible idea is to donate a house party. Simply determine your theme and how many spots you are willing to host. Please talk to Molly Carpenter if you are interested in donating a house party.
● Sarah Wynn and Deb Heimes are working on securing the food for the Bash. It will likely be from Raisin’ Canes as it was last year.
● Charlotte Shafer has sent out a sign-up genius regarding themes for classroom baskets.
● Frank Luceri shared a little about the selection process. Teachers fill out a rubric in the event that there are more applicants than available spots.
● Practices will begin in November.
● Harrison will host a tournament on Saturday, February 15th. We welcome volunteers to help with concessions, set-up, etc.
● Please continue to send any pictures to Annie Johnson. She will be collecting pictures through Valentine’s Day.
Star Grants:
● Scott shared that we had budgeted $2400 for Star Grants. We received requests totaling roughly $3000. We had $500 budgeted for Dancing Classrooms, but this program will likely need to be funded with other grants if possible. Scott suggested that we reallocate that money to fund the remaining grants. Angela Smith moved to vote on the motion.
The motion was carried.

New Business
● A new member has suggested hosting some sort of grandparents’ event at the school. Dr. Haynes suggested scheduling a day when grandparents could come for lunch (maybe in the spring). A read-and-feed is also a possible idea. Please let PTA know if you are interested in helping plan such an event.
● The PTA board is interested in forming a Cultural Diversity Committee. Harrison is such a wonderfully diverse community, and we strive to make our school community more inclusive. Some ideas are: Buddy programs for school events (BASH, Carnival, etc), International Day, a school cookbook, Culture Fest, the Thrive program (this is an afterschool program designed for kids from different cultures), World Fest, etc. Rebecca Firestone is the point person on this committee. Please email the Harrison PTA if you are interested.
Guest Speaker: Melissa Cleaver from Common Sense Media
Melissa Cleaver shared some eye-opening statistics: Did you know that that the average age a child receives his/her first cell phone is ten? That 98% of kids ages 0-8 have access to a mobile device in their home? That a third of all screen time is on a mobile device?
Common Sense Media ( provides guidance on how to navigate the digital age with our children. The website has information on multiple topics, including:
· how to know when to buy a smartphone for your child
· how to handle/avoid digital drama
· popular apps such as Snapchat or TikTok
Parents can look up information by topic or by age. The website als provides the Parents’ Ultimate Guide to websites like Roblox, YouTube, etc.
In addition, parents can receive weekly text message tips on technology balance. Simply text 21555, type in the words “kids,” and fill out the survey to get started.