Oct
14

Reminder, PTO Meeting Tuesday, October 15th

We hope that you will join us this Tuesday for our second PTO meeting. All are welcome and childcare available on site! Here is our proposed agenda:

Agenda

1.   Welcome & Introductions

2.   Meeting Minutes

3.   Ways to Spend Our Donations

4.   Building Community with SEL: Julia Henrichs

5.   Finance Update, Funding Requests & Treasurer’s Report

6.   Committee Updates & Open Chair Positions

7.    Open Discussion

Oct
06

CONGRATULATIONS HUSKIES: Husky Hustle Fun Run Update

Congratulations to our Hutchinson Community! Our amazing kids finished the fun run and we are all so proud of their accomplishments!

Ask your kids what their favorite part of the day was! Was it the music, balloons, bubbles, Elmo, Principal Hoffman or the teachers running with them? Whatever they say, wow, what a day! As of Friday the school PTO has raised a little less than $19,500 and we have until Friday October 11th to turn in cash and checks, and through October 18th for online donations.

Your child’s Friday folder has an important hand-out and envelope to help us reach the finish line. In order to earn some of our cool prizes, it’ll be important to follow the instructions included. Please note that ALL students will come home with a prize whether funds were raised or not. But for those who did raise some dollars, for every $50 your kiddo raises, your kiddo will receive a raffle ticket to enter into our prize assembly drawing November 1st. Some of the cool prizes we’ve collected include:

  • An autographed Tim Howard Rapids goalie jersey
  • An autographed Nathan McKinnon Avalanche NHL hockey stick
  • An autographed Nikola Jokic Nuggets basketball
  • A $495 gift certificate good for one family photo from Janssen Photography
  • Movie Tickets
  • Museum passes
  • Zoo passes
  • Escape Factory passes
  • Lakewood Symphony passes
  • Squishmallows
  • And many more…

Children who raise $300 will get to play in our Video Game Truck on Friday, November 8th. Raise $500 or more and you get to bring a friend!

The final day to turn in ‘in-school’ donations is Friday, October 11th. That’s why we sent home the envelope. Online donations are accepted until October the 18th through our GetMovin’ Fund Hub portal.

A BIG thank you to all the parents, teachers who put in the many hours to make our Friday run a success! And an even BIGGER THANK YOU to the parents who came out and cheered and who have been helping your children learn the importance of community by joining in on the fundraising efforts, healthy habits and physical activity!

Last, but not least, thank you to our corporate sponsors: Small Characters Learning Center and Aqua-Tots Swim Schools! We couldn’t have had such a special event without you!

Oct
05

Our S.E.L. Specialist Is Offering Parent Group Meetings Monthly

What Is Social-Emotional Learning? Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. Our SEL Specialist, Julia Henricks, is offering monthly Parent Group Meetings with varying topics. See our Events Calendar for more!
People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities. Children thrive. Schools win. Workplaces benefit. Society strengthens- all due to social-emotional learning. Come learn more about Hutchinson’s Powerful SEL program! We’ll explore Hutch’s values, talk about the school’s PAWS incentives and work to craft solutions for our school together.

Sep
30

The Husky Hustle Fun Run- THIS FRIDAY October 4th!


Our Husky Hustle Fun Run is scheduled for this Friday! Here is a reminder of our run schedule to empower you in coming to Hutch to cheer our children on:

2nd Graders: 9:05 am to 9:35 am

AM Preschoolers: 10:05 am to 10:15 am

5th Graders: 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Kindergarten: 11:15 am to 11:35 am

First Graders: 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

Third Graders: 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

PM Preschoolers: 2:00 pm to 2:10 pm

Fourth Graders: 2:25 am to 2:55 pm

Each class will follow-up there run time by learning CPR. We hope to see you there!

Sep
26

Did You Miss Literacy Night? Good News!

Did you miss Literacy Night at Hutchinson on September 24th? Good news! We have the slides presented by Ms. Gilbert, Ms. Morrell and Mr. Smales! Reminder this event was for parents of students who desired to learn about ways to encourage a lifelong love of reading. Insights in to the following topics were shared: 1) Learn to Read 2) Read to Learn  and 3) Technology Tools. The slide decks below should be helpful, included: A) Welcome to Literacy Night B) Literacy Night for Primary Students C) Literacy Night for Intermediate Students and D) Digital Reading Resources from Jefferson Public Library. Enjoy!

Other useful tools at:

http://bit.ly/ReadKidz

http://bit.ly/LibraryChoice

http://bit.ly/Growingreaders

Sep
24

Seeking Snacks for SED Classroom

Hutchinson PTO is looking for parents who are able to donate snacks to the S.E.D. (Severe Emotional Disturbance) classroom.
Currently the teachers who work and support this room purchase snacks out of their own money for their students. We are hoping to help them and reduce their personal costs by donating some Costco size snacks to last the month. The things the students tend to eat are Kirkland brand chewy granola bars, goldfish, string cheese and fruit gummy snacks- but are not limited to those items.
They will take any donations to help supply their classroom, which will assist students who greatly benefit from having snacks provided at school. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044aa9af2fab9-hutchinson

Sep
19

PTO Leadership Elected!

This week we want to share appreciation for Sara Roth and for her passion for our children! Sara was elected to her second officer term, this year to serve as Hutchinson Elementary’s PTO President!

Kim Brooks and Jamie Rutkofsky-Chrisco were elected as Co-Vice Presidents. We are thrilled to have their enthusiastic leadership!

Wendy Heywood will continue serving as Treasurer (her 3rd year in a row!) keeping our staff appreciated, fulfilling classroom needs and empowering our school.

And Eric Jones will continue in his second term as Secretary.

Loyalty. Commitment. Passion. As volunteers we vow to do our best to serve our children, principal, teachers and staff, and families. We hope that you will follow and trust us as we make our Hutchinson Community stronger! To read the minutes from the meeting, head to the Meeting Minutes section of our website.

Sep
16

First Parent Teacher Organization Meeting 9/17 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Hello Huskies! Our first PTO Meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday, September 17th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Hutchinson Elementary library. Won’t you join us? Childcare will be provided and you will have opportunities to engage with other parents and teachers to help us make Hutch awesome this school year! We hope to see you there!

Sep
13

Husky Hustle

  The Husky Hustle  
The 2019 Husky Hustle is here and we are excited to have you as part of the Hutchinson team!
What is the Husky Hustle? The Husky Hustle is Hutchinson Elementary’s largest fundraiser of the year! Not only do we raise money for the school, but the children get to participate and have fun too. The “Hustle”refers to running laps on our fun run course! Trust us, this is FUN and your child can be as competitive or goofy as they want. Our goal: $20,000 or roughly $100/per child.
How to raise funds:
A. Online (credit card)
B. In person (cash/check)
We need all PARENTS to do these three simple steps to get started.
1. REGISTER your child by visiting www.getmovinfundhub.com (Please note: There is no “g” in movin)  It’s free, easy and fast!
a. Enter school identifier code: 5d2ca3127e8f0 <- (that’s a zero)
2. Email or Text your child’s fundraising webpage with 10-15 friends and family. It’s super
easy.
3. Post of Facebook or Twitter. It’s two clicks of a button to post. The average parent has
300 Facebook friends. You’ll be surprised when donations come in from distant relatives
and friends. Post and see what happens!
We can earn money through the funds raised above but also through cash and check. Donators
can choose to give a flat fee or donate per lap (Flat donation is easiest but we all know those
who are competitive). See attached donation sheet. Money will be collected the week after the
fun run.
Why raise funds?
The Husky Hustle is the largest fundraiser of the year. In the past we have used the money to
buy CHROME books, send teachers to advanced education workshops, finance classroom
educational opportunities, and of course some fun items/activities for the kids!
The Husky Hustle
Let’s break it down

Let’s break it down

Website/Online donations

Register your child at www.getmovinfundhub.com

Enter code:5d2ca3127e8f0 <- (that’s a zero)

  • Your child will earn a prize just for registering!

The Fundhub webpage is fun. Your child can make their own video that is attached to his page! There will be a prize for making a video! It also keeps track of their goals, how much they have raised, and where the funds are coming from! You can also look at the school webpage/video, see a map as to where all the donations are coming from, and view our progress.

Collect funds:Ask your neighbor, friend, grandma, co-workers to support Hutchinson Elementary school. They can help by donating a flat amount or pledge a certain amount per lap. The course is approximately 400 feet or about 1/13thof a mile.  Preschool will run for 10 minutes, kindergarteners will run for 20 minutes, and grades 1-5 will run 30 minutes. The average kid runs around 20 laps.

There are prizes and incentives for children and classrooms to meet their goals!

Race Day- Friday, October 4th

Race day is a fun event! There will be a DJ, balloons, and of course Mr. Husky running around! We encourage all parents to come cheer on their child and be part of the Hutchinson community. A volunteer sign up for race day will be coming out shortly.

Your child will come home with a slip that says how many laps they ran. It will be the family’s responsibility to figure out how much each person owes if they pledged per lap. Once all funds are collected turn your money into the school.

PTO will help keep track of online and cash prizes via the Fundhub website.

Once we have all money and prizes assembled, we will have a finale assembly where top earners are recognized, drawing prizes given away, and Mrs. Hoffman will be covered in silly string! The video game truck for top earners will be on campus November 8th.

Overall, this is a super fun school event which energizes the whole school for a month. Look for more information, reminders, and fun facts coming home with your kids!

Thank you again for making Hutchinson a thriving community! See you on race day.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact the Hutchinson PTO, or email:

Hustle organizer. jolinhonas@hotmail.com      PTO treasurer: Wendy.heywood@medvalsci.com

Sep
08

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) Pizza Night 9/10 6:00 pm

Hey Dads, Dudes and Grandads! Come to Hutchinson and enjoy some pizza and learn how you can volunteer your time with us this school year. FAQs about the national program here: https://dadsofgreatstudents.com/faqs

Sep
08

School Accountability Committee Meeting Sept 9th- 4:00 pm

Our School Accountability Committee (SAC) is meeting this week at 4:00 pm in the Husky Hang-out.

What are School Accountability Committees Responsible For?
  • Making recommendations to the principal on the school priorities for spending school moneys, including federal funds, where applicable
  • Making recommendations to the principal of the school and the superintendent concerning preparation of a school Performance or Improvement plan, if either type of plan is required
  • Publicizing and holding a SAC meeting to discuss strategies to include in a school Priority
  • Improvement or Turnaround plan, if either type of plan is required, and using this input to make recommendations to the local school board concerning preparation of the school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan prior to the plan being written
  • Publicizing the district’s public hearing to review a written school Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan
  • Meeting at least quarterly to discuss whether school leadership, personnel, and infrastructure are advancing or impeding implementation of the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, whichever is applicable, and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract
  • Providing input and recommendations to the DAC and district administration, on an advisory basis, concerning principal development plans and principal evaluations. (Note that this should not in any way interfere with a district’s compliance with the statutory requirements of the Teacher Employment, Compensation and Dismissal Act.)
  • Publicizing opportunities to serve and soliciting parents to serve on the SAC
  • Assisting the district in implementing at the school level the district’s family engagement policy
  • Assisting school personnel to increase families’ engagement with teachers, including families’ engagement in creating students’ READ plans, Individual Career and Academic Plans, and plans to address habitual truancy.
Please come if you can!

Aug
05

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

Welcome to a new year of school and a new year of PTO at Hutchinson!  As you start the year, remember that our main focus is our children. The children in your home, the children in our school and the children in our community.  

If this is your first year at Hutchinson Elementary School, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to each of you.  If you are a “seasoned” Hutch family, we know that you are as excited as we are to be starting the school year up again!

Whether a new PTO member or a returning member, we thank you for your contributions, time, and commitment to our organization, our teachers, and most importantly, our students! As a member of the Hutch PTO, you are a voice for our students and part of the tradition of child advocacy. It is such a rewarding experience!!   

As we embark this year as your PTO leadership, we are looking forward to continuing the working partnership we have established with our school administration, our amazing teachers and our invaluable staff to provide an excellent learning experience for our children.

We encourage each and every one of you to become a part of our team. By becoming a PTO member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education. By volunteering with your PTO, you gain valuable experiences and personal confidence. It’s an opportunity to put your skills and hobbies to good use, for a good cause. By getting involved, you’ll be part of the solution, helping to make positive change. PTO functions provide opportunities to meet other parents and teachers. 

The PTO is a forum for exchanging ideas, attend the PTO meetings throughout the year to make suggestions, and provide your input. 

Some things that we can use some help with this year is on-going fundraising.  We want to spend a lot of money on the programs and events that enhance our children’s learning experience, but we’ll need your commitment. Before we jump into 2019-2020, why not visit the Shop & Earn section of our website? There you will find ways to contribute year round to our school. Better yet, get pumped about our Husky Hustle in October! More to come.

“Every child’s potential is a reality…” 

Thank you and have a wonderful year!!! 

Sincerely, 

Your PTO Leadership

Mar
19

LAST PTO Meeting – Thursday 4/25/19 at 5:30 in the Library – Join Us!

Sep
10

If you shop on Amazon, you can earn money for Hutchinson!

We’re excited to announce we now have an Amazon Smile account.  This is an easy way to earn money for Hutch.  Amazon will donate .5% of qualified purchases back to Hutchinson.  All you have to do it click on the link below to set Hutchinson Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization as your charity of choice and then shop as usual.  Tell other family members to do the same.

Aug
08

Welcome to Hutchinson Elementary PTO’s New Website

Hello Huskie Families!  We’re excited to launch our new website for the 2018-19 school year.  We hope that you’ll find it a useful for navigating community events and volunteer opportunities.  We are hoping that we will be able to send less paper home by having information available and up to date online.  Please let us know if there is information you’d like to see included on our site. We’re looking forward to a great year!