It’s never to latIMG_0600e to join the PTA.  We meet this Thursday in the APH library from 5:30-6:30 pm.  We’d love to welcome new members.

 

Love to count mobankney?  The Airport Heights PTA needs a treasurer!  If writing is more your style,  we also need a secretary.  Come to the meeting on Thursday at 5:30 pm to volunteer.  Other topics of discussion will include a presentation on the drainage issue at 16th and Alder and a decision about the school photographer for next year.  We also need volunteers for the Winter Fun Night Committee!  Please join us.

PTA LogoThe Airport Heights PTA is hosting a Community Cafe during our Dream Big Saturday this weekend to look at ways we can build a stronger partnership between the PTA and Community Council.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

12-1 pm at Airport Heights School

Light refreshments will be served

Interested community members can contact the school if they are able to attend the event. 742-4550. We’ve got limited space at the event so an RSVP is much appreciated.

The Airport Heights PTA will hold a regular meeting this Thursday, September 18 at 5:30 pm.The PTA meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the school library. This meeting is right before the Airport Heights Community Council Meeting.

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Here’s the agenda for Thursday:

Airport Heights PTA Agend

September 18, 2014

5:30PM – 6:30PM

Call to order & introduce meeting format

Review minutes – 

Principal report- Mike Webb

Membership report – Brent George

                   member list/AK PTA dues

Treasurer report – Jessica Heller

    balance/income/output/audit/insurance

Teacher requests

Old business

None

New business

Vote on Budget

Select Halloween Carnival Planning Committee

Hockey Rink Contract 

Field Trip Invitation letter to teachers 

Facebook: Page vs Group for Airport Heights PTA

PTA Questions for October Dream Big Saturday

Believe fund raiser / need a volunteer to hang posters

IMG_0310Thanks to everyone that helped out and came out to enjoy the great weather and our 1st ever Airport Heights Neighborhood Sale & Garden Party.

The PTA and the Airport Heights SEL Team planned the event. Along with the vendors selling crafts, household items, jewelry, and cosmetics, there were free shoes, fruit, snow cones, cotton candy and three bouncy houses for the kids. The Airport Heights Garden Club was also on hand to sell plant starts for summer gardens.

Visitors were all smiles.

We hope that this will be annual event and provide a lasting service to the community. It was great to see so many of our neighbors come by and show why Airport Heights is a great place to live and learn.

This was our last Dream Big Saturday event of the year. We’ve had a lot of fun on these Saturdays with events like the Multicultural Potluck, The Dream Big Cafe, Science Saturdays and much more.

A special THANK YOU goes out to our friends at True North Church. The church brought the bouncy house, the snow cones, the cotton candy and a lot of volunteers to help with the event.

Dream Big Airport Heights!

In an effort to know a little more about one another in our school community the PTA wanted to try highlighting a new community member periodically.  We hope that you enjoy getting to know more about each other.

sarah pic Sarah Smith

Sarah and her husband, Steve have two children.  They have lived in the Airport Heights neighborhood for 5 years.  Their daughter is in the 3rd grade, Ms. Tavares’ class and their son is in the 6th grade, Mrs. Van Gorder’s class.

Some of their family favorites are:

  • Local Restaurant:  Jamico’s Pizzeria
    Movie: Despicable Me
  • Game:  UNO
  • Winter Activity: Sledding
  • School Events:  Popcorn Fridays & Book Fairs

Sarah first became active in our school community by volunteering an hour a week assisting her children’s teachers making copies and laminating artwork.  She says it was a great way to peripherally observe the school day in action.  Being present in the copying room was also an informal way to get to know the staff.  Not to mention that the teachers really value the assistance.

Sarah began attending PTA meetings 3 years ago.  She recalls only 5 parents were in attendance and how glad Mrs. Dickey and Mr. Webb were to finally have that many.  Since then her focus has been to simply provide a helping hand where there have been needs.  As she has met more parents, she realized that there are many, many parents very willing to help at the school, despite not being able to attend PTA meetings.  She began to consider the value of having someone focus on generating communication and relationships with our parent community.  So, this year Sarah became the PTA membership chair and indirectly a volunteer coordinator.

Her greatest joy of being involved in the school has been getting to know other parents.  “It is nice to go to the school and know a little about the people you see, even if it is as simple as a name and their children.  It makes the school feel more of a community for me.  I used to worry about the burnout of the few people involved.  I am seeing a lot more involvement and fresh enthusiasm this year from both parents and staff.  I hope that this momentum continues because we truly have a great community of people willing to invest in our school with just a little guidance and encouragement.  And the kids truly enjoy seeing us involved!”

Joanne Parent is the PTA President. She has been the president for the past 2 years. She has grown up in Airport Heights, went to school at APH and has worked here as well. Joanne has also been an active member of our community for many years. She has coached various sports for 23 years and a Girl Scout Leader.

Joanne is well educated and feels strongly about education. She supports our school and our principal. Of Mr. Webb she says, “I think our principal is thinking outside the box and leads by walking around. He is one of the best, most involved leaders I have seen in the district. You know this is true when you see the excellence he brings out in his staff. He also makes me want to be involved because someone cares and is actually making things happen”.

Joanne also loves to have fun. You will often run into her at the various school events volunteers and providing exciting opportunities for our students. If you see her please stop and introduce yourself or come to the next PTA meeting and join her in the efforts to change the face of education and create wonderful opportunities for our students.

Airport Heights School hosts the oldest and longest running Halloween Carnival in Anchorage. The PTA has been working hard to make this the best carnival ever.

The fun starts at 6pm on Saturday, October 26, 2013

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The will be food, fun, and prizes until 8 pm.

Win a cake at the Cake Walk, impress your friends by singing at the Karaoke station, enjoy a snack or meal with your neighbors in the multi-purpose room or fill your bag with goodies in the Trick-or-Treat Hall.

The staff at students at Airport Heights would like to extend a gigantic THANK YOU to the PTA for supporting our whole school field trip to see the San Jose Taiko Japanese drumming performance at the Anchorage Performing Arts Center. It was a great event for our school!

The entire school loaded onto 7 buses and made the trip downtown for the performance. Our students were model citizens at the event and the Airport Heights community can be proud of the way these students represented our neighborhood.

The San Jose Taiko drummers put on a terrific show and taught the students a lot about the culture and tradition of drumming in Japan and in the United States.

The drummers taught us about their dedication to 4 principles of San Jose Taiko Drumming (from the San Jose Taiko Kid’s website):

Musical Technique: If you play any musical instrument you know that musical technique is the “how to’s” of playing your instrument. For us it’s things like the wrist snap to get the proper sound of the drum, how fast or slow to play, how loud or soft we play. It also includes the way we learn our music: DON – loud sound struck in the center of the drumhead, DORO – two loud sounds struck in the center of the drumhead, tsu – quiet sound struck in the center of the drumhead, tsuku – two quiet sounds struck in the center of the drumhead, ka – sharp, clear sound struck lightly on the rim of the drum, kara – two sharp, clear sounds struck lightly on the rim of the drum, SU – rest.

Kata: In some Japanese martial arts (like karate and aikido) “kata” refers to your form or stance or a set of movements that one learns when taking that particular style. In taiko it’s very similar: it’s the way we stand and hold our arms when we approach the taiko as well as how we move when we play. It’s kind of like our taiko “posture”.

Attitude: This is a word that you’re probably already familiar with. When we think of attitude as taiko players we think of respect. Respect for each other as players, respect for our teachers, respect for the drum, and respect for the art form. We also have respect for the things we don’t know yet, so we have a term called “Beginner’s Mind”. This is the idea that no matter how long you’ve been doing something; whether it be 2 years or 52 years, there is always something you can get better at. Having a Beginner’s Mind means every time we come to practice we’re striving to improve and better ourselves.

Ki: When we talk about “ki” we’re talking about energy or the life-force energy we believe flows through all living things. From “ki” comes “kiai” or those encouraging shouts you may hear us giving each other while we play. “Kiai” serve many purposes: they allow the performers to share energy or “ki” with each other on stage and they allow the performers to share and exchange energy with the audience. This is one of the reasons taiko is so fun to see in person. Not only can you feel the vibrations of the drum but you can also feel the energy or “ki” from the taiko players!

 

Hey Airport Heights!

Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 5.10.03 AMThe Airport Heights PTA is hosting the annual Winter Family Fun Night this Friday.

This is a great family event and a lot of fun for kids of all ages.

So, what’s happening at the Winter Family Fun Night?

  • Family Dinner– $10 feeds the entire family ($5 for individuals)
  • Silent Auction– We’ll have great gift baskets with a wide range of items. Come and see for yourself.
  • Cake Auction– Every year we auction of delicious and beautiful treats to the highest bidder.
  • Winter Bon Fire– It may be cold outside, but we can warm our hands (and hearts) be the outdoor fire pit.
  • Skating– bring your skates or borrow some from the school. The lights are on and the ice is ready.
  • Sledding on the hill.

Come and spend some time with family and friends. All for a good cause to help kids at Airport Heights through the efforts of the PTA.

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