HAVEN E-NEWS | AUGUST 25, 2019

8/26: First Day of School

8/28: Picture Day

8/30: Parents' Welcome Coffee, 9-10am

9/5:   Curriculum Night, 7pm

Welcome  new and returning families  to the 2019-2020 school year! We hope this year is a great one - full of new learning experiences, new and continued friendships, and many  growth   opportunities for your child(ren)! 

We want to thank our student volunteers who spent several hours in a hot gym putting together information folders for our back-to-school picnic. Thanks also to Nicole Hansen, Khania Lund and their team of volunteers for a fantastic picnic, and to Dana Dodzik for organizing the teacher/staff luncheon last week and all who contributed to this effort. The year is already off to a great start!

We began restructuring the PTA this summer with a  new leadership and committee structure. We have made community engagement and racial equity a priority and welcome all voices to participate as we move forward. We are working with Principal Roberson and other parent volunteers on a series of film screenings, information sessions, and parent talks on subjects such as vaping, screen use/social media, racial inequity, gender identity and more which will be held in lieu of standard PTA meetings. We want a PTA that supports and engages all in the Haven community and we welcome your ideas. We are working on setting up new email addresses to field ideas and inquiries related to our focus areas. In the interim, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at havenptsa@gmail.com

On behalf of my fellow executive committee members, committee chairs, and grade level liaisons, here's to a great 2019-2020 school year!

Kristin O'Connor
2019-2020 PTA President

We invite all families to participate in the Haven Parent Teacher Association (PTA). With your support, the Haven PTA organizes and funds many programs, extracurricular activities and community events at the school, including:
  • Back to School Picnic
  • Student Directory
  • Weekly Haven E-News
  • Community Engagement and Equity Programs
  • Library Media Center donation to purchase books
  • Drama Department Activities
  • After-School Clubs
  • Band and Orchestra Activities and Equipment
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • 8th Grade Party
  • Teacher Appreciation Events
  • EISMA, ESCCA and PTA Equity Project funding
  • Eye Glass Fund
  • And much more!
Every membership counts! The PTA encourages families to give at the level at which they feel most comfortable. Our goal is 100 percent participation to help maintain programs that support ALL Haven students. Please click HERE to donate. Thank you in advance for your support!

Join the Haven Student Directory!

New Families - If you are new to Haven OR you did not join the Haven or your elementary school directory last year go to: join.atozconnect.com

Returning Families - If you were in the Haven or your elementary school directory last year, you should receive an email asking you to update your family information and display preferences for the new school year. If you do not receive this email, use the link above to join the directory.

Questions? Contact Katie Porter at koporter12@yahoo.com or (773) 600-9229

The Haven PTA is now on Facebook! This new group is intended to relay PTA/Haven related events, solicit volunteers for activities, share appropriate pictures or triumphs, and be a safe place to give and receive information.  Parents and guardians are free to ask questions, solicit help from other parents, give information, and drop helpful related links. 

To join this group, please click HERE. (A link to join has also been added as a permanent icon to the Enews footer.)

Calling all adult Haven community members! Come speak at Career Day 2020 to our 6-8th graders about your career, pathway and passions. Career Day is March 4 from 8:30 - 11:00am. You will speak to four different sections of students for about 25 minutes each.

If you would like us to contact you with further information, please fill out this form. Questions? Contact Rebecca Condon (condonr@district65.net) or Laurel Wolf (wolfl@district65.net). Thank you for considering donating your time and talents!

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered at our annual back to school picnic. This event just wouldn't work without you! Thank you to those that grilled, wrapped, and served food, doing so in the rain with smiles on their faces. And a special shout out to the folks that answered our call for canopies. 

Many thanks!
-Nicole Hansen & Khania Lund

Thank you to everyone who brought in drinks, snacks and desserts for this year's back to school luncheon for our teachers and staff! Your generosity was appreciated!

-Dana Dodzik

PE Uniforms & Supplies
If your child's uniform from last year still fits, they don't need a new one. Hand-me-downs are also acceptable :)
  • Required Items: tshirt, shorts, heart rate monitor strap, lock
  • Optional Items: hoodie, sweat pants, drawstring backpack
For detailed information on uniforms and supplies, please visit  https://havenpe.weebly.com/uniform-orders.html

Support Haven classrooms directly through Donors Choose!  Last year Haven teachers raised over $15,000 in donated supplies to support classroom initiatives through Donors Choose grants. Please click HERE to see current projects, big and small, and consider donating. Check back throughout September for updates and new projects. Thank you in advance for supporting our amazing staff!
As a notice to new families and a reminder to others, the Haven Enews footer contains links to information and sites relevant to D65 and Haven. 

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