LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER – SANDRA BAUER Books (x9 classes) needed to achieve Mark Twain Award $619.74
MUSIC – DR. GAIL MORTON Ukelele Tuners & Batteries $424.05
AIM/ASPIRE – CHERYL MCLAUGHLIN Cameras for Cinematography Gifted Unit $385.26
COURTYARD GARDEN Mulch for Courtyard Garden $513.00
Feathered Friends Bird Feeder $177.91
WORKROOM – SUSAN ZIMMERMAN Blocks-Circles Die cut $49.00
2014 Special Project Grants (filled summer 2014)
KINDERGARTEN: Butterfly Life Cycle Study: Kindergarten students study the life cycle of the butterfly and what better way than to observe REAL larva? This grant will purchase 3 cups of caterpillars (one for each classroom), benefitting approximately 75 students.
Hazel Grove Science Supplies: Science Equipment is expensive! We want to combine supplies from all grade levels into a community supply space. By organizing and combining supplies, we will be able to provide more hands-on science experience for kids. This grant will cover the cost of dozens of storage containers and label maker tape.
Popsicles on the Playground: Kindergarten parents are often very anxious at the beginning of school. We would like to invite them to an event called “Popsicles on the Playground” before Meet the Teacher. At this informal evening event, all three kindergarten teachers will be on the playground to greet families and answer last minute questions about the beginning of school that we don’t have time to address at Meet the Teacher. Kids can play while we visit with parents. We will also have a handout of tips for the first week of school. This grant covers popsicles and promotion.
FIRST GRADE: Snapshot in Learning: Each classroom has been generously provided a Smartboard by the LS School district. This grant would be to extend the technological use of the existing Smartboards, by providing a document camera attachment. The document camera, like a projector, can display items onto a screen, with even better visibility for things like flowers, insects, leaves, coins, etc. There will be 2 document cameras purchased, benefiting 2 classrooms annually.
SECOND GRADE: Money Hands-On Kit: This kit includes 20 packs of manipulatives – each with 36 plastic coins and 14 realistic bills – plus a handy guide with reproductive activity mats that prompt students to add, combine and compare money values! With this grant money each student in 2nd grade will have their own pack of manipulatives for hands-on skill practice. This is a 2nd grade core standard.
THIRD GRADE: TIME for Kids Biographies Magazine and Book Set: This biography series in the TIME for Kids magazine format helps students make the connection between the lives of past heroes and the events today. This will support each student’s ability to determine importance using the magazine non-fiction format. The 3rd grade will receive two of each kit.
FOURTH GRADE: Pioneer Unit Book Replacement: We read Bound For Oregon each year during our Social Studies pioneer unit. Although we received 25 new books last year through the Special Projects Grant, and 25 the previous year, we still have one class using 15 year old books with broken spines and pages falling out. Our request is for 25 replacement paperback copies for this coming school year. This will replace all of the old copies! This serves the entire 4ths grade because now each child will have his/her own copy during our pioneer unit. This unit is repeated each year, so these books will be continually used year after year.
FIFTH GRADE: Hover-Cam: A document camera is an essential tool for classrooms. They give the student the opportunity to view documents and objects in a real-time and on a large screen. The teacher is able to model work so that true student understanding is accomplished. This tool will engage students in learning and keep students on task. This is a tool that would be used daily by the teachers. It is a non-consumable resource and would be able to be enjoyed by students for years to come! There will be two purchased, and will serve all of fifth grade.
ASPIRE: Engineers, Rev Up Those Robots!! New generations of engineers gear up to meet real-world challenges of the 21st century. The wonders of engineering address educational relevance by hands-on explorations in robotics. This grant awards the LEGO EV# robot to update their robotics program for ASPIRE. Their current robots are several years old and are at the end of their life. LEGO will no longer fix or provide parts for the computer bricks that run the programs. For our robotics program to continue, our students need the new EV3 robot in order to continue to compete.
This grant will secure one robot , since our unit of study next year is on “Engineering, Invention, and Design”, the robots will provide hands-on study in the science skills of gear ratios, levers, inclined planes, center of gravity, sensors and the creative invention of tool development to solve a problem. Students also learn computer programming skills! This will affect 33 students this year, and 350 students over the course of 10 years.
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER: Award Winning Books & Authors: When a child is reading a book they choose to read, they develop a passion for reading and read more, therefore improving their reading and writing skills. When we ignite a child’s passion for a certain author, series, or genre, they will flourish as readers and writers. Students are offered the opportunity of a field trip if they read 8 Mark Twain books in fourth grade, 10 in fifth grade, and 12 in sixth grade. They also receive a medal at the end of the school year if this goal is achieved. With approximately 200 kids in these grades, it is next to impossible for the library to supply the needed copies of all the titles. We would LOVE to have the books available at the point of need when a child is motivated to read. This grant to purchase 63 books would serve 200 students annually for 5 years, totaling 1000 kids! MUSIC: To Hear or Not to Hear: Dr. Morton would like to make earphones using PVC piping for our students in grades kindergarten through second Earphones are used to assist students in hearing themselves better while singing. Students are able to determine independently if they are matching pitch and are able to become comfortable wit the sound of their own signing voice. The earphones may be used in any singing game that we play and may be used in the classroom when assessing pitch matching and pitch development. This will impact 200 students annually!
2013 Special Projects (filled summer 2013)
KINDERGARTEN The PTA provided funding for two major lessons in our classrooms:
Chicks: In kindergarten, we like to provide real life, handsNon experiences for children. Not only is this developmentally appropriate, but it helps children better retain and understand information. The children were able to watch live eggs hatch in the classroom!
Butterflies: Kindergarten students will have the opportunity to observe the beauty of the butterfly life cycle right in our classroom! As we will watch each stage of the larva’s transformation, children will observe and record the stages of the life cycle. Thank you PTA!
FIRST GRADE Last year first grade asked PTA to purchase a HoverCam which is a document camera for the Smart Board. This tool is perfect for modeling how to complete worksheets, allowing the whole class to observe experiments, how to play games, and it takes pictures. It has been a very handy tool to have and we are grateful for it every day! Thank you PTA!
SECOND GRADE Second grade received place value kits for each student through PTA Special Projects last year. The place value kits contain a small pouch full of base ten blocks. Each student is able to manipulate the hundreds, tens and ones into two or three digit numbers. We also use these to help them understand the concept of regrouping when adding and subtracting two and three digit numbers. Thank you!!
MUSIC PTA purchased six music stands for the music room. They have been used when playing ukuleles in Grades 5N6 and Recorders in 3N4. When classes earn a Talent Day the students use them, as well as string and band during performances. Thank you!
THIRD GRADE The Hazel Grove Elementary PTA is an integral partner in providing the most relevant materials to our third grade classrooms. Our fascinating units on Biographies and the Wax Museum Presentation have largely been funded by our wonderful PTA. Special project grants have purchased many of the biographies in our classroom libraries, as well as the marvelous biography videos on important people.
In addition to these important donations, last year our PTA purchased a library of nonNfiction texts on various reading levels for our grade. These nonNfiction texts are current texts on interesting topics like marine animals, space, ballet dancers, and sports. These books help each child learn to determine the important information in nonNfiction texts, which is critical for their future success as students and workers in our world today. We are truly blessed to have the Hazel Grove PTA and we thank you for the many activities you do to support our students.
FOURTH GRADE PTA Special Projects make a difference in the lives of HGE 4th grade students. They have provided funds for the purchase of Math Shark game consoles, which help our students to practice their multiplication facts. They also assisted in the purchasing of new Bound for Oregon books to be read each year during our pioneer unit. In addition, the PTA projects allow us the opportunity to go on our wonderful Jefferson City trip each year. The educational experience is one they will remember forever! THANKS PTA!!!
LIBRARY The purpose of the Mark Twain Award is to provide children of Missouri with a recommended reading list of literature that will enrich their lives. The books represent the best current youth literature available to students in grades 4, 5 & 6 written by United States authors.
Students are offered the opportunity of a field trip if they read 8 of the Mark Twain nominated titles in fourth grade, 10 in fifth grade, and all 12 titles in sixth grade. They also receive a medal at the end of the school year if this goal is achieved. Therefore, these titles are greatly sought.
With approximately 200 students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade it is next to impossible for the library media center to supply the quantity of needed copies. We LOVE to have the copies available at the point of need when a child is motivated to read. With 6N8 paperback titles in each of the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classrooms, students have easy access to great literature! THANKS to the PTA SPECIAL PROJECTS GRANT, our Hazel Grove PTA has been able to provide books for classrooms for the past five years! THANK YOU PTA!
COUNSELOR The PTA Special Projects fund afforded the opportunity to add additional resources to the Parent Library housed outside the counselor’s office. The Parent Library is a free resource for parents offering titles in a wide range of topics from general parenting tips to more targeted childhood issues. The Special Projects fund made it possible to add more current titles to the library, which was desperately needed! Thank you PTA!!
2012 and Earlier
The School Benefit and Silent Auction has been a tradition of hard-working parents at Hazel Grove for 19 years. Each year parents and organizers worked hard to fill special grant requests! We will continue to post earlier grants as we uncover additional archives. Stay tuned!