Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of our frequently asked questions:
Q: How does the PTA communicate with families?
A: 1) PTA Meetings - Five meetings are held throughout the school year. Typically, September, November, January, March and May. All meetings are held at 6PM in the LRC. Free childcare is available for each meeting
2) Backpack Flyers - Gold colored paper flyers with the PTA Logo are sent home in your child's backpack. To conserve paper, flyers are often sent home with the youngest child in each family.
3) PTA Newsflash Emails - Weekly emails with brief news and reminders of upcoming events are sent to members of the PTA.
4) PTA Facebook Group - There is a closed Facebook Group that is available to Highland Families.
Q: What is Membership Toolkit?
A: Membership Toolkit is a secure online PTA management tool. By registering, you have access to: the School Store (this is where you'll need to go to purchase a PTA membership, Fun Lunch, Freshii, etc.), Volunteer Signup, Links to important PTA documents (such as meeting minutes) and if you are a PAID member of the PTA you will have access to the Online School Directory. The directory can be accessed from the internet or your mobile devices with the Membership Toolkit app! If you have any questions about Membership Toolkit please contact Amanda Wiley.
Q: Where can I find minutes for the PTA meetings if I'm unable to attend?
A: There is a link to meeting minutes and other PTA documents on the homepage of Membership Toolkit. Minutes are also posted on the PTA bulletin board near the school office.
Q: What snacks are allowed for morning snack?
A: Only fresh fruit/vegetables and water are allowed for morning snack.
Q: Is my child allowed to have peanut butter at lunch?
A: Yes, however, they will not be able to sit near the "peanut free" portion of each lunch table. If you have further questions, please follow up with the school directly.
Q: What is "Fun Lunch", "Pizza Day" or "Treat Day"?
A: These are special treats that are available for purchase. Twice a month you have the opportunity to purchase a Fun Lunch and Pizza Lunch for your child. Lunches typically include a main entree (ie: Pizza, Grilled Cheese, Bagel Dog, Chicken Fingers, etc.), chips, and a juice box. On Fun Lunch days or Pizza Lunch days, should you purchase a lunch you do not need to send a lunch for your child. You will still need to send a morning snack. Once every other month, you can purchase a treat to be distributed during lunch for your child. On Treat Day you will still send a lunch and morning snack with your child. Notification of these options are sent home via backpack mail and purchases are made via Membership Toolkit. Late orders and/or written submissions are not accepted.
Q: Where can I get a list of email address for the parents in my child's class?
A: Contact information for each family is updated when they register for Membership Toolkit. Access to the Online School Directory is only available to paid members of the PTA. Membership Toolkit has an accompanying App for your phone/tablet, to make accessing even easier.
Q: What is KOHA?
A: We are partnering with KOHA, a new start up app that just launched in Downers Grove. KOHA is designed to fundraise with local businesses for District 58 schools! Download KOHA today on iTunes for iPhone or Google Play for Android and check out local businesses that are willing donate if you shop or use their services! Many small businesses will continue to be added to KOHA throughout the year so stay in touch and SHOP LOCAL! It’s simple to use, take a picture of your receipt from one of the partner businesses and add it to your account on the app, Highland will then receive a portion of the total, donated back!