PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS

The Harding PTA Executive Board elections are coming up this spring. The Board consists of fellow Harding parents that work directly with the Principal and staff to support the the needs of the students-our kids. We invite you to learn about the important work of the Board on 7 pm on Friday, December 14, at the El Cerrito Rialto Theater side room. Come and learn how you can help! Any questions, please email Ted.

HARDING STAFF HOLIDAY TREAT DAY

Wednesday, Dec. 19 Help the PTA give each member of the Harding staff a flavorful gift to enjoy over the holiday break. In last week’s Wednesday folder a paper bag went home with each student. Please return the bag with a jar of spice or a box of tea of your choice by Wed. Dec. 19th. The PTA will transform the staff room into a festive Spice Market where staff will fill bags with delicious goodies. Collection boxes will be located near each classroom. We are also looking for a few extra hands to help set up and clean up on Dec. 19th. If you are available please contact Ally Crump.

SPORTS BASEMENT DISCOUNT & FUNDRAISER

Get 20% off your purchases at any Sports Basement store December 13 – 15 by mentioning Harding and your Basementeer account. Can’t get to a store? Join the celebration online. Use the code 2050008416578 at checkout Plus, when you register to become a Basementeer, either online or at the register, 10% of the profits from your purchases all year long are donated to Harding. Email with any questions

SILENT AUCTION COORDINATOR    

This will be the final call for a volunteer to coordinate this fundraiser which usually takes place as part of Open House (Thursday April 18, 2019). Variations on past events are welcome. Please email Verna Bowie if you are interested or have questions about the level of commitment.

UNDERSTANDING THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL DASHBOARD

Does your school measure up? Find out using the California School Dashboard. Hear from California State PTA leaders about this resource for families and schools. The California School Dashboard was released last fall and a new and improved Dashboard is on its way. It’s mobile friendly, has new information and is translated into Spanish. The Dashboard is becoming the go-to place to find out how well your school and its students are doing, and where improvement is needed. This brief webinar will show you how to access the Dashboard and how to use it to identify questions that need asking. We’ll also talk about how to get answers to those questions. Join our webinar discussion on Wednesday, December 12 at 6 p.m. Register today to learn more about this important resource from the California Department of Education.

OTHER CURRENT FUNDRAISERS

Amazon Smile: Ongoing fundraiser. Every time you shop at Amazon, they’ll donate to Harding Elementary PTA. You’ll be asked to confirm that you want your charity to be Harding Elementary PTA.
Box Tops for Education: Ongoing fundraiser. As always, please drop off your Box Tops in the collection box outside the office.
Chinook Books: Chinook Books are still available! Harding PTA earns $10 for every one sold. To make your purchase via PayPal, send $20 per book to HardingTreasurer@gmail.com, noting your child’s name, their teacher’s name, and number of books ordered. Chinook books will get sent home in your child’s Wednesday folder.
Mabel’s Labels: Ongoing fundraiser. Make sure your kids’ items make it home from school with personalized labels from Mabel’s Labels. Go here and select Harding Elementary from the list.
Sports Basement: Get 20% off your December 13 – 15 by mentioning Harding and your Basementeer account. Online: use code 2050008416578 at checkout. Plus, when you register to become a Basementeer, either online or at the register, 10% of the profits from your purchases all year long are donated to Harding.