Newsletter from the Parent Teacher Association - September 2016
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President's Letter

Hendricks Families:

I would like to welcome back returning students and families and extend a welcome to new Hendricks families! To all of you, I look forward to making 2016-2017 a fun and productive year.

The purpose of the PTA is to first and foremost support our students. In addition, it supports the faculty, staff, parents, and the local community. Every Child-One Voice is the National PTA motto and the PTA is one of the strongest voices in the educational process that directly supports our children and school. This year will be no different.

An effective and successful PTA requires support and involvement of the parents and care givers of our students. It is vital. Your first opportunity to show support is to become a member of the Hendricks Avenue Elementary PTA.  Our membership drive is happening now.

Hendricks Avenue has had 45 years of 100% membership in PTA.  We'd like to make this year our 46th!!  Your PTA membership funds such amazing programs as Donuts with Dad, Family Fitness Night, Reading with the Stars, Cultural Arts Week, Boo Hoo Yahoo Breakfast,  Vision and Hearing Screening and Spring Carnival...just to name a few.

The Second Way that you can show your support is by participating the PTA Fall Fundraiser.  This year's fundraiser is in full swing and will end on September 19.  PTA is working with Charleston Wraps again this year.  Their catalog features many home and gift items, delectable candies and a beautiful assortment of wrapping paper. I ask that you continue to support this event.

The biggest way to support PTA is volunteering your time.  Keep on the lookout for volunteer opportunities throughout the school year.

A couple of upcoming items on the PTA calendar include our first general session meeting.  This meeting will take place on September 12th at 6pm, location TBD.  Please attend, we will be voting on the PTA budget for the 2016/17 school year.  The proposed budget can be found on the PTA website at and posted on the bulletin board in the front hallway.

Be sure to stay up to date with all PTA happenings by liking the Hendricks Avenue PTA Facebook page and visiting the website.

Thank you again for your support and I look forward to a great year!!

Francine Shell

PTA President

Francine Shell
Heather Hodgett
Terri Nelson
Ways & Means
Francine Shell
Carissa Hammel
Lindsey Lee
Jami Bueker
Recording Secretary
Becky Newbill
Corresponding Secretary
Joy Hicks
Check out the new HAE PTA website at!
The redesign has allowed us to add an events calendar that you can download to your personal calendar, a link to pay your membership dues online and the opportunity to subscribe to our email updates.
We are excited to announce that the school directory will now be going green, making it easier for you to stay connected! This year the school directory will be available as a password-protected PDF that you download from the PTA website. Sign up online at or fill out the form and return to the teacher to be included in this year's directory.
Please add to the Herald:  1st PTA General Membership Meeting will take place on 9/12 at 6pm in the Cafeteria.  The 16/17 Budget (click here to view) will be voted on along with PTA updates.  Please join in to learn more about PTA happenings.
Our PTA membership drive is currently underway.  Help Hendricks maintain the state record for 100% PTA participation – going on 46 years – by joining the PTA today!
Please send in your dues using the envelope that was in your back-to-school information packetIf you don't have an envelope, extras are available in the front office.   Or, register online here by using Pay Pal.  
If joining at the $50 or higher level, please pay using a check written to HAEPTA.   All memberships at the $25 level or higher will receive 2 or 4 snow cone tickets for Family Fitness Night, but the incentive is forfeited if dues are not received by tomorrow, September 9, to allow processing time.
CLASS REWARD!  Each grade level class with the highest PTA participation rate by September 30 will celebrate with donuts provided by PTA and an extra 15 minutes of recess!

Joining the PTA does not obligate you to volunteer, and memberships start at just $5 per person. 
Your membership dues support many family-oriented programs & activities such as Family Fitness Night, Cultural Arts Week, Reading with the Stars and Family Fine Arts Night, to name a few.

Your membership also entitles you to discounts locally, statewide & nationally when showing your PTA membership card.  Click on the following links to see all current benefits:
The top class, per grade level, with the highest PTA participation by September 30th will celebrate with donuts provided by PTA and an extra 15 minutes of recess!
Hendricks Avenue Elementary provides an amazing education for our children.  The PTA enriches this education by providing programs beyond the classroom such as Cultural Arts week and Meet the Masters art education. The PTA also hosts HAE community activities including Family Fitness Night,
Ice Cream Social and Donuts with Dad.

The PTA's only fundraiser started August 31st and ends September 19th. Last week, all students brought home a catalog of products from Charleston Wrap.  Inside the catalog, there is a detailed letter explaining the fundraiser and how to participate.  Please consider buying a few items or a lot!  Another option is to give a donation straight to the PTA. Don't forget to send the on-line link to family and friends to increase

Here is the link:  Our school's id number is: z-8590 and your student's 7-digit code is preprinted on the order form in your packets.

Thank you for your support!
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! The Friends of Hendricks is a 501c (3) organization that seeks financial support for improved technology, books, staffing supplies, and other projects – beyond what traditional funding sources can provide. As a result of support from our parents, business partners and alumni, The Friends of Hendricks awarded more than $52,000 in teacher grants for the 2015-2016 school year.

Spirit Night
The Friends of Hendricks will be hosting the first Spirit Night on Thursday, September 15, at Sweet Frog located at 1518 W University Blvd. Come enjoy a delicious sweet treat with your family and help support our school! 20% of your purchase from noon to close will go to The Friends of Hendricks fund. Be sure to bring in the flyer or mention Hendricks.

Hugs from Henry
Enroll your child in the “Hugs from Henry” Birthday Club! This month's party will be held on Friday, September 30 at 2 pm. The cost is $20 per child. Each party guest will receive a book will be dedicated to the library in honor of your child, a special hug from Henry the Eagle, a keepsake photo with Henry, and a cupcake and a juice box. Enrollment forms were sent home in your student’s planner.  Additional forms are available in the main office or online at "RSVPs" are appreciated by September 15th.
Amazon Smile
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support The Friends of Hendricks every time you shop, at no cost to you! To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to:
( in the web browser on your computer or mobile device. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select "The Friends of Hendricks" as the charitable organization you want to support, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a 0.5% donation to The Friends of Hendricks fund.
The Friends of Hendricks Business Partner Program 
The Friends of Hendricks is actively recruiting business partners. If you own a business or work at a business that may be interested in becoming a business partner of The Friends of Hendricks, please let us know. Last year, business partners accounted for more than half of what we raised from the Walkathon 2016!  Please contact Amy Maloney ( for more information on packages and benefits.

It is time to turn in all those Box Tops you have been collecting all summer! Box Tops collection sheets will come home Tuesday. Please fill them up and turn them in! You can also turn in Box Tops in a plastic bag. Home-room Box Tops Representatives will be collecting through September 30.

Remember 10 Box Tops = $1, so if every child turns in 10, we will have almost $700!


Have you visited the HAE Library lately? Lots of changes are happening there! If you would like to find out  what your students are doing in the library each week, you can visit the new school library webpage.

The student at Hendricks will be participating in the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards program the year.  This is a statewide reading  program sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency.

The SSYRA committee is comprised of school librarians throughout Florida. Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Student who read at least 3 of the books will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorite book.  The best book in the state of Florida will be voted on by KIDS ONLY!!

Our students are so excited about the program. We purchased one copy of each book for the library. The San Marco Garden Circle has generously donated a second set of 30 books! However, we are still in need of a few more copies... especially the chapter books. There is already a waiting list for each copy! If you would like to donate one of the SSYRA books in your child's honor, you can visit our Amazon wishlist. A special book plate will be placed in the book with your child's name on it.

You can find magic, wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!
Dr. Seuss

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