Welcome to the Hampstead PTSA

Please join HSECN on Wednesday, May 13th at the Hampstead Public Library to view the documentary Lost in Laconia.  
The documentary traces the history of Laconia State School using photos, newspaper articles, state documents, archival footage, and current interviews with former residents of the institution, families of former residents, and people who worked at the institution.  Then...

Please join us with Freda Smith:  Leading the Change for Children with Disabilities in NH
Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 PM at the Hampstead Middle School Library.  Come hear Freda Smith recount her family's experiences with Laconia State School and Freda's battle to bring justice for the school's residents.  Freda is known throughout the state for her unwavering leadership and strong voice on behalf of people with disabilities, and she was named by the Concord Monitor as one of the most influential people to shape the history of New Hampshire in the twentieth century.  Please RSVP at info@hampsteadSECN.org

Thursday, May 7th at HCS - BINGO FOR BOOKS!!!
Come HCS kids to play Bingo to win books to bring home!  A great way to add some new books of interest to your home library before summer.  6:00-7:00 at HCS.  

We LOVE Box Top Clippers
Thank you to everybody who submitted Box Tops for the February contests.  We raised $700 for PTSA programs in our schools.  Congratulations to the raffle winners (chosen from all the students who submitted Box Tops.)  At HCS, Emma Borrows and Finton Walsh won Lego Creator sets.  At HMS, Nicholas Burinskas, Sean Lareau, and Kristina Packowski each won a $25 Amazon gift card.

March 17th HSECN Workshop with Mary Grillo
HSECN has planned an informative workshop for March 17th.  Has your child been struggling in school?  While every child has trouble with school work from time to time, if a certain area of learning is consistently problematic, it may indicate a learning disorder.  Has your child already been diagnosed with a learning disorder, and you really want to learn more about the process for getting help?  Is your student struggling and you want to learn more about the process so you can help?  We are pleased to welcome back Mary Grillo of the Parent Information Center to help answer these questions and many more.  We will learn about the referral process, the legal side, the importance of communication between parents and school staff, the special education process, and we will have a question and answer session.  We hope you can join us for this workshop entitled "The Who, What, Why, Where, and How of Special Education in NH" on Tuesday, March 17th at 7 pm in the Hampstead Middle School Library.  Certificates for professional development will be available.  Please RSVP to info@hampsteadsecn.org so we can plan for space and materials.

Free Movie Night with Big Hero 6 is coming!
Please join us Friday, March 13th from 6:15 to 8:30.  Drop off is allowed for grades 1st - 4th.  Parents must sign children up in advance for drop-offs - a flyer will be coming home soon with a registration form.  Enjoy popcorn and a drink.  Children may bring a blanket and pillow to get comfortable.

Registration for Spring Enrichment Classes begins Thursday
Links will open at 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 12th.  Please see the "Enrichment" page for more information!

Babysitting will be available for the February 3rd Deliberative!
Thank you Kari and Erika for organizing with the Girl Scouts and Student Council members!

PTSA Reflections Winners Announced!
We would like to thank everyone who submitted entries this year.  Please see the "Reflections" tab for complete category information.  Congratulations to:

Thomas Cronin
Gianna Fillipone
Caden Morse
Sophie Martinage
Jessica Dane
Vera Backman
Kaylee Manzik
Mabel Backman
Emile Neri
Julian Martinage
Brayden Martinage
Sophie Martinage

Best wishes to each of you for the State Competition on March 11th!

Hampstead Central School Collects 6,000+ Box Tops!
A big thank you to the students and parents at HCS who clipped more than 6,000 Box Tops in December. They helped to raise more than $600 for their school. The top three classrooms earned a sledding party and hot cocoa with the principal. Kudos to Mrs. Remillard's, Mrs. Jones', and Mrs. Morin's students! Keep clipping: New contests start soon at both HCS and HMS.

Hampstead PTSA Reflections Artists' Reception
Everyone is welcome at the Hampstead Public Library on Wednesday, January 7th from 6:00 - 7:30 to view the entries for this year's Reflections program.  The theme this year was "The world would be a better place if..."  Kindergarten through grade 8 students were able to enter work into categories including visual art, dance, photography, and writing.  Winners whose work will continue to the state PTA Reflections contest will be announced at the event.  

Jingle Bell Shop!  Friday, December 12th  6:00-8:00
Please join us for the holiday shopping event for children.  Gifts ranging in price from $0.25 to $10.00 will be available for purchase by children for siblings, parents, grandparents, etc.  Parents set the budget and then wait outside of the shopping area while children are escorted through by volunteers for about 15 minutes.  Complimentary cocoa and brownies will be available!  
Appropriate for grades K-4.  Event held in the HCS gym.  

Executive Skills: What Are They, Why Do Kids Need Them, and How Can We Help Them Get Them?
Join us Monday evening, November 10th at 7:00 PM at HMS for this workshop with Dr. Peg Dawson, Ed.D, sponsored by HSECN.  Youngsters with poor executive skills are often disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, and forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in.  They may rush through work or dawdle, they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch.  They don't know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it.  

In this workshop you will learn:
  • What are executive skills and why are they important to all children?
  • How to help your child acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students
  • How to structure the environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills
  • How to teach executive skills
  • How to use incentives to get kids to practice these skills
Please RSVP at info@HampsteadSECN.org

Please join us Wednesday, October 22 for Lynn Lyons!  
This will be Lynn's third visit with us on Working Together to Ease Stress and Anxiety in the Home.  Children are invited to join their parents for this INTERACTIVE workshop.  It may be most appropriate for the child you are concerned may be experiencing anxiety, and childcare will be available for any children not attending the workshop.  This will be an active workshop, and there will be an extensive Q&A session.  

Lynn Lyons, MSW, has been a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of anxiety for over 23 years.  Ms. Lyons presents internationally to parents, therapists, teachers and other helping professionals, and is known for providing concrete, usable techniques.  She is the co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children and Playing with Anxiety:  Casey's Guide for Kids and Teens.

The party of the year for Preschool - Grade 4 children!  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 24th and join us 6:00-8:00 PM at the Hampstead MIDDLE School.  There will be Music (with our own fabulous DJ Cliff!) Games, Crafts, Bounce House and Mad Science.  Snacks will be available for purchase.  

Tickets are only $4 per person (PTSA members may deduct $4 off their total ticket order.)  Children 3 and under are free, but do require a ticket for admission.  Please email tickets@hampsteadptsa.org if you have ticket questions.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Erin Pellegrini at HCS.halloweenparty@gmail.com.    This event has sold out in the past, so get your tickets early!

Fall Fundraiser with Genevieve's update:
Thank you HMS & HCS students and families for your participation!!  We have received a terrific amount of orders and will definitely overachieve our budgeted revenue for fall fundraiser .  

Fall Enrichment registration is open!  
Enrichment class registration is available from the "Enrichment" page.  Sign up for your favorite fall enrichment classes at HCS!  Please don't forget to send your payment in to school with your child on Monday.  Thank you!!  

Fall Fundraiser at HMS and HCS is here!
We are working with Genevieve's this year.  The fundraiser will run at HMS Friday, September 12th - Friday, September 26th. Kickoff for HCS will be Friday, September 19th and run for two weeks through Friday, October 3rd.  We thank you in advance for support of our fundraiser!   Look for information to come home with your child on the kickoff days!

Please join us this Thursday, September 11th 7:00PM
Our first General Membership meeting of the year will be held at 7:00 PM in the HMS library.

Join Us at Open House
We are looking forward to seeing you at the HCS/HMS Open House events on Monday, August 25th! Please stop by our membership tables to say hello and fill out your membership form for the 2014-2015 school year. Membership is only $6 for an adult member, and $5 for a student member (HMS students may join as student members.)  

We will also have additional tables to display some of the great products which will be available through our fall catalogue fundraiser which will kick off in September! Please check it out!

Did You Know We Raised $2,479 From Box Tops Last Year?

Save your Box Tops for Education for our future collection campaigns!

Thank You for An
other Successful School Year!
We would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for making the 2013-2014 PTSA events and programs such a success!! An extra thanks to all of the committee chairs who make everything we do possible!