PTA News: Oct. 1, 2015

High Tech PTA Newsletter

Dear Families:

Have you seen the school’s promotion of Avid4Adventure’s upcoming “Outdoor Education Intensive” day at High Tech? It sounds awesome and each child will have access to a portable rock climbing wall, a mountain bike skills course, a kayak paddle tank, and a “Leave No Trace” outdoor classroom. What you might not know is that the PTA made this day possible by paying a portion of the costs for every single HTES student ($10.60/student) to make it affordable for families. Which means we need to get EVERY student at this event to make our money count. Please sign up by 10/7/15 and talk to friends to make sure their student’s are signed up (

Speaking of PTA programs…another tool that the PTA has paid for is the MySchoolAnywhere directory. As mentioned last week, this tool will give the PTA a direct line of communication to each family. Sign up today and make sure other parents in your child’s classroom are in the tool, too. New families, please visit to add in your information. Returning families, visit to update your information. Thank you in advance for your help with this process.


Broncos Tailgate – Direct Giving Event – The Broncos are 3-0 and the weather is cooling off, which means fall tailgates and football fun! Join us Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Noon for the Broncos vs. Raiders game and food from our Premium Food Sponsor – Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Child care provided for children ages 3+ at the school. More details and RSVP info at:

Parents may ask, “why do we need to raise so much money for High Tech?” Here are some statistics that help answer this question:

  • Last year, Colorado spent $1,872 less per pupil than the national average, continuing a 25-year slide in national competitiveness.
  • Colorado ranks 41st in technology in schools — 2015-2016 Funding for Technology is ONLY $8/Student per year.
  • $0.00 of District funding is allocated toward musical instruments.
  • Colorado’s annual direct state funding for professional development and teacher mentoring programs is $0.

What does this mean? Every amount donated to our PTA helps! If half of HTES families donated $50/month for the next 12 months, we’d raise over $125,000. And, if ALL HTES families donated $50/month for the next 12 months, we’d raise over $250,000. Watch the PTA’s latest video to hear what we want to accomplish this year through fundraising:

Hallowine & Cheese – Direct Giving Event – Get the sitters lined up and the costumes ready for Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 6:30PM. Our final fall Direct Giving event; costumes optional, but highly encouraged! RSVP today:

Fall FestivalSave the Date for our annual FREE community event: October 25, 2015 from 4-6PM. Come celebrate this fun time of year with hay rides around the playground, a costume parade, square dancing, popcorn and apple cider, games and much more!

Parent Education – Save the Date for the amazing opportunity to experience “Parenting Safe Children – Keeping children safe from sexual abuse,” with Feather Berkower, LCSW. The HTES event will take place on Saturday, November 14 from 10AM to 2PM and the cost is $53.75. Space is limited – register at see what others are saying about this seminar.


Room Parents – We still need Room Parents to help in the following classes: Mr. Rice (2nd), Ms. Abeyta (3rd), Ms. Gliva (Kinder), Ms. Myers (1st), Ms. Ridder (1st), Mr. Ziegler (3rd) and Ms. Balakier (5th). Learn more at

School Store – Three parents are needed every Wednesday and Friday from 7:30-8:30AM to run our school store. Sign up at:

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