2023-24 Accomplishments

 

2023-24 PTO Year in Review

 

August

  • The PTO welcomed teachers Back to School with our annual teacher luncheon! A Baked Potato Bar from Texas Roadhouse, salads and more were served!
  • "Playground Kits" were distributed at the luncheon to every homeroom class filled with sidewalk chalk, hoover soccer ball, spike set (or something similar), and a playground ball.  
  • Two new buddy benches were ordered for our HES students.  They will be installed in the Kindergarten playground and the HES playground in September.
  • Two new picnic tables were ordered for teachers to enjoy outside in the courtyard.  They will be installed in September.
  • We used funds from our HES Projects Budget to help purchase new items for the teacher's lounge (microwave, refrigerator, chairs and more).
  • We had our first Spirit Night of the school year at Sincerely Yogurt! We raised over $80 (thank you!) but Sincerely Yogurt was gracious enough to make it a $200 donation! 
  • The PTO hosted our first school assembly for HES in a very long time! Joe Klimchak, who is the In-Game Host of the Pittsburgh Pirates, spoke to our HES students. He inspires students by sharing his personal story about having a speech impediment and landed his dream job as a sports announcer.

September

  • The PTO hosted our first school assembly for HMS in a very long time!Joe Klimchak, who is the In-Game Host of the Pittsburgh Pirates, spoke to our HMS students. He inspires students by sharing his personal story about having a speech impediment and landed his dream job as a sports announcer.
  • We hosted our teachers with a Bookfair Preview breakfast! Coffee was donated from Starbucks and we treated teachers to Nothing Bundt Cakes while they added books to their classroom wish lists! We also raffled off two $100 Scholastic Gift Cards and two Yoga Ball/Pencil Sharpener baskets!
  • Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success! 
    • We sold 3,079 books (our goal was 3,000!)
    • We donated 110 books to students through our All for Books campaign.
    • We raised $78.88 for All for Books plus received $100 donation from the Cranberry Women's Club.
    • We purchased over $300 of new books for All for Books
    • We purchased over $300 of new books for both HES and HMS libraries.
    • We purchased $75 work of new books for our Special Education art classrooms.
    • Provided $140 worth of teacher discounts on purchases over $20.
  • We hosted our first Breakfast with Books event! Families were offered free breakfast, crafts, an indoor and outdoor story walk (provided by Cranberry Library) and the opportunity to shop the book fair! 
  • We also recognized our Maintenance Team and Police Officers with gift cards and lunch to show our appreciation for all their hard work and help during the school year!

October

  • The PTO was excited to launch our first Employee of the Month Program sponsored by Nothing Bundt Cakes! Each month NBC will donate an 8" Bundt Cake to one employee from Haine Elementary and one employee from Haine Middle!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Gales (1st Grade Teacher) as our HES Employee of the Month!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Rogriduez (School Nurse) as our HMS Employee of the Month!
  • During the month of October we had THE EVENT of the year... our Boosterthon Fun Run! We had a beautiful autumn day and raised over $47,000 for our school! This money will go directly towards 2024-25 Field Trips as well as updating items for our Playground!
    • We also offered several rewards for students during our 10-day program! Students earned PJ Days, Silly Hat Days, Extra Dessert at Lunch, and our top classroom winners silly-stringed our Assistant Principals! Congratulations, Mrs. Werner's 1st Grade Class and Mrs. Kramer's 6th Grade Class!
  • The PTO Sponsored the first Field Trip of the year for our Kindergartners! They enjoyed a fun day at Yeck's Pumpkin Patch.  The $5/student entry was paid as well as the full $1,400 in transportation fees to/from Yeck's.
  • We had a delicious Dairy Queen Spirit Night that raised $264.14! Thank you for supporting our school!
  • The PTO was happy to add 85 new Spanish books for our HES Library! (Valued over $600)
  • We also added an entire State Collection Library Set for our HMS Library! (Valued at over $1,500!)
  • We approved a Teacher Project Request for Mr. Schdmit to help beautify the grounds around school.  We purchased bulbs and dirt/mulch for this project and are looking forward to seeing the beautiful flowers in the spring!
  • 3rd Grade had their annual October Stumpkin Pumpkin Decorating Contest! The PTO purchased Stumpkin books for each classroom winner, voted by their peers!

November

  • Congratulations to our November Employee of the Month Winners!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Brown (1st Grade Teacher) as our HES Employee of the Month!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Scott (5th Grade Teacher) as our HMS Employee of the Month!
  • We surprised our teachers during an In-Service Work Day with a Watertok Station! We provided cups, water, flavor packets and recipes to share in an afternoon drink of their choice!
  • We offered a Private Shopping Event to all Teachers and Staff at Mainstream Boutique! This event offered drinks and snacks for our HES and HMS team members while they shopped the store! Mainstream Boutique also donated a portion of sales back to Haine PTO for a total of $320! Keystone Industrial Services also matched this donation with another $320! 

December

  • Congratulations to our December Employee of the Month Winners!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Cornibe (3rd Grade Teacher) as our HES Employee of the Month!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Levere (Band Teacher) as our HMS Employee of the Month!
  • Thank you to everyone who shopped our 2023 Holiday Shop! Students had the opportunity to shop for family and friends during the week of December 4th - 8th! While they were shopping and having fun, we were able to raise over $5,000 for the Haine PTO! 
  • We had our second Family Fun Event this year! We had a Cookie Decorating night filled with movie theater popcorn, hot cocoa and a photo-booth sponsored by Karski & Spokane Orthodontics! Our Cookie Decorator and Instructor, Michelle from One Sweet Cookie, also donated $300 back to the Haine School PTO from the take-home and in-class cookie kits that were purchased! 
  • Thank you to everyone who donated cookies, non-cookie treats and drink for our HES and HMS Staff! We honored our teachers and staff members with some delicious treats before our holiday break! 

January

  • Congratulations to our January Employee of the Month Winners!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Johnson (3rd Grade Teacher) as our HES Employee of the Month!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Kress and Mrs. Shipe (counselors) as our HMS Employees of the Month!
  • We held our School Store in January and raised $321! 
  • We donated over 60 water bottles to our school nurse to distribute to students as needed. 

February

  • Congratulations to our Feburary Employee of the Month Winners!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Rebovich (4th Grade Teacher) as our HES Employee of the Month!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Stebbins (HMS Teacher) as our HMS Employee of the Month!
  • We had another WaterTok hydration drink station for both Elementary and Middle School staff during our Act 80 day when students were not in school.
  • Haine Elementary had a "Wellness Day" for staff and Haine School PTO donated a one-night hotel stay and two tickets to Phipps Conservatory as raffle prizes. 
  • Gifted gift cards to our school counselors in celebration of National School Counselors Week.
  • 3rd Grade Students were able to participate in the Virtual Iditarod Race again thanks to our Teacher Project budget for extra learning activities throughout the school year. 
  • The PTO hosted a packed Family Fun Night with Valentine's Bingo on the night of the 15th. Our amazing Haine Teacher's helped students claim their prizes.
  • All students in both the HES and HMS received a Philly Pretzel snack and bookmark for their Drop Everything and Read time as we were "Leaping into Reading" on Leap Day
  • Teachers participated in a "Leap Frog" Leap Day game and had the chance to earn fun prizes from the PTO.

March

  • Congratulations to our March Employee of the Month Winners:
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Fabritius (3rd grade teacher) as our HES Employee of the Month!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Miller (6th grade teacher) as our HMS Employee of the Month!
  • Four of our 6th Grade Classrooms attended And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank at Prime Stage Theater for their yearly field trip.
  • All Elementary Students attended a fun and engaging Author visit from Jonathan Auxier.
  • Families had the chance to attend another Family Fun Night, this time we had a Family Game Night. Your Parent's Basement donated games and play vouchers for the PTO to raffle off. 
  • Spring Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success with over 3,300 books sold. We were able to give 65 books, bookmarks, and pencils to students through our Share the Fair fund and gave $450 worth of Scholastic credit to teachers and their classrooms.
  • Over $300 in books were purchased for the library, as well as a Cover One book mending system to keep books on our shelves longer.
  • We were also able to provide over 200 books to the Elementary Book Vending Machine that is used by the Principal's 200 Board.
  • The PTO hosted a "March Madness" game for teachers in both buildings where the face off was between salty and sweet snacks. Snacks were provided throughout the week as teachers voted for their winner!

 

April

  • Congratulations to our April Employee of the Month winners:
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Werner (1st grade teacher) as our HES Employee of the Month!
    • We were honored to recognize Mrs. Skelton (5th grade teacher) as our HMS Employee of the Month!
  • 5th Grade Students were able to end their Science Unit on food webs/chains by dissecting owl pellets. Every student received their own Owl Pellet to dissect! 
  • The PTO provided eclipse glasses to every student in both the HES and HMS. Glasses were distributed to students prior to spring break so students would have them to watch the eclipse at home.
  • Middle Schoolers were able to enjoy an assembly with author, Daryl Cobb, on April 17. Mr. Cobb was a fun and engaging presenter with a good message for emerging writers. He was energetic and kept the students attention for the entire presentation. Mr. Cobb also entertained everyone with songs and guitar playing.
  • The PTO purchased books for Third Grade to complete their March Madness. The Day the Crayons Quit won their book bracket.
  • Middle Schoolers also got to enjoy the Neon Glow Dance on April 19, all thrown by the PTO. DJ, Matthew Lawther was a hit, as were the 200 Dilly Bars generously donated by Cranberry DQ. In addition to the dance students got to decorate bandanas in neon colors and there were card games and board games in the cafeteria for the students that wanted to sit a dance out.
  • The PTO Board and parents Chalked the Walk on Sunday, April 21, ahead of PSSA testing. When students arrived at school on April 22, they were greeted with positive messages and encouragement, to cheer them on for testing.
  • Second graders were able to enjoy a day at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium funded by the PTO. 
  • Third graders were bussed downtown for their PTO sponsored field trip- a fun and educational day at the Carnegie Science Center and Highmark Sportsworks! 
  • Some of our 5th grade students were able to go downtown to spend a day at the National Aviary. This trip was tied into their food chain lessons! PTO was excited to sponsor this field trip!

May

  • First graders had an educational day at Lutherlyn, learning about the creatures that live in PA waters and the insects that live in our forests funded by the PTO. This field trip was sponsored by the PTO along with the bussing.
  • Fourth graders were able to spend a day at Old Economy village, learning about our local PA history. PTO is happy to fund field trips for every student!
  • Some of our fifth grade classrooms got to spend a day at Lutherlyn learning about predators and continuing their learning on the food chain!
  • Teacher Appreciation Week took off on Monday, May 6. Teachers and staff enjoyed a "Parisian" breakfast as we boarded Haine PTO Airlines and took them off to France with pastries and coffee. PTO gave each staff member a gift of a luggage tag to kick off the week. Merci to Sencak Orthodontics for sponsoring breakfast, and to Karski & Spokane Orthodontics for sponsoring our gift.
  • On Tuesday, May 7, teachers and staff enjoyed our in flight snack cart. Out Haine PTO flight attendants stopped by each classroom with a cart loaded with goodies for everyone to pick their favorites. Thank you to Rhoads Orthodontics and many Haine families for sponsoring our snack day.
  • Wednesday, May 8, found us in Italy! Staff enjoyed a lunch of pizza (from Pizza IQ), salad, pasta salad, and bundtinis. We also had over 70 items to raffle off! Teachers and staff each received ten raffle tickets to place in whichever raffles they picked! Thank you to our lunch and dessert sponsors: Bridge City Braces/Dentistry for Kids, Monte Cellos & Nothing Bundt Cakes. Thank you to many Cranberry businesses and families for the donations of items and gift cards for our raffles.
  • Last stop for the week was Mexico! The PTO provided a nacho bar for staff members, and reminded them to pick up their bags at baggage claim! Staff members received a small suitcase filled with chocolates. Thank you to our lunch sponsor Bridge City Braces/Dentistry for Kids and our gift sponsor Karski & Spokane Orthodontics.
  • On Friday we returned home to the USA. To kick off this Act 80 Day teachers and faculty got to enjoy a breakfast together in our cafeteria. Dairy Queen provided a hot breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and orange juice. Dairy Queen also stocked the freezers in the staff room with Dilly Bars for everyone to enjoy throughout the day. The Haine PTO put out snacks and a Hydration Station for teachers to stop by and enjoy throughout the day while in between trainings.
  • As the cherry on top of a great week, Finn Chiropractic and Zock Family Chiropractic both provided chair massages for our teachers to relax!
  • On Thursday, May 9, the school also hosted the Haine Event! This event, put on by the elementary principals and teachers, is a fun event for the entire Haine community. The PTO brought in a one night only BOGO Scholastic Book Fair to get some summer reading books in the hands of our students! 
  • One Friday in May is always dedicated, by the district, to Kindergarten Countdown. Incoming Kindergartens for the 2024-2025 school year got to come in, see the school, meet some teachers, and have some fun activities in classrooms. Parents have an information presentation from the principals, school nurse, and PTO. After the presentation, the Haine PTO was able to provide a photo op spot for our new K students. Students got to write their name on a "The Haine PTO Welcomes You to Haine" certificate, and then get a "Kindergarten Signing Day" photo complete with SV backdrop, and large pencil!
  • Some of our 6th grade classes spent the day, outside of school, at the Museum of Illusions in Pittsburgh. PTO was able to fund this fun day along with the bussing downtown.
  • The last field trip of the year is our 6th grade students visiting Top Golf! The PTO payed for these classrooms to take their trip as well as the transportation to get there!

 

2022-23 PTO Year in Review

 

Some of our 2022 - 23 Previous Accomplishments

 

In 2022-23 we had our first ever Boosterthon “Glow Run” raising over $60,000 to help increase our field trip funds and playground improvements.

In 2022-23 we were able to sponsor field trips for 1st – 6th grade, including bus fare, totaling about $13,000.

We have increased our 2023-24 Field Trip Budget to $15/every student for field trips plus bus fare for every grade level totaling $30,000 for the school year.

Our “Teacher Project” Budget allows us to fund extra classroom projects such as the Virtual Anne Frank Museum Field Trip for 6th Grade ($900), 3rd Grade Virtual Iditarod, March Madness Book Challenge and more! 

Our 2022-23 Scholastic Book Fairs helped us earn $8,000 in cash and over $7,000 in scholastic dollars. With these Scholastic Dollars we were able to purchase HMS Book Vending Machine Books, teacher supplies, HES and HMS library books and over 300 books for our “All For Books” Campaign.  We spent almost $5,000 scholastic dollars this year. 

HES Author Visit – David Biedrzycki and HMS Author Visit – Jonathan Auxier totaling $4,300.

$75 start-up funds for every classroom teacher and $50 start-up funds for special and support teachers; about $4,500 each year.

Middle School “Book Vending Machine” Books purchased with Scholastic Dollars totaling $1,800.

We brought back our School Store in 2022-23 selling pens, pencils, markers and more from $0.05 to $2! Students enjoyed shopping before school and helped raise over $2,500!