SSPTA News

A happy new school year to students, faculty, and staff!

8/30/222: We are excited for a new school year! Our meetings will be held in-person at Elm Hill School, and childcare will be provided. We hope you will join us!


With the help of our wonderful art teachers, Suzanne Farrell and Lisa Robarts, we are one again hosting our Square 1 Art fundraiser. Square 1 Art turns your students' colorful, custom artwork into quality keepsakes, including mugs, tote bags, ornaments, and much more. These one-of-a-kind creations make wonderful holiday gifts. Plus, SSPTA earns up to 38% of sales, which goes directly into funding programs and initiatives at Elm HIll and Union Street Schools. Catalogs will go home later this fall.

5/10/22: Teacher Appreciation Week was a roaring success! SSPTA was able to spoil our hardworking faculty and staff with an overflowing display of classroom supplies and treats, a pizza party, handwritten "thank you" cards, and gift certificates for ice cream. We also planned a week of low- or no-cost activities for students to participate in and show their appreciation. We look forward to doing it again next year!

3/1/22: Congratulations to our High Mowing Seeds top-sellers: Ava Buron (Elm Hill) and Olivia Shaw (Union Street)!

And a big "Thank you" goes out to every student and family who participated in the fundraiser at any level. Each order, no matter the size, helps us fund our initiatives to make school a little bit better for everyone. Thank you, everyone.

2/15/22: It’s no secret that students sometimes arrive at school with missing or inadequate winter recess gear. Mornings can be hectic and sometimes items get left at home—it happens to the best of us. At our January meeting, the SSPTA learned that many teachers were challenged by a lack of backup clothing to offer children. We surveyed staff at Elm Hill and Union Street, and discovered a wide need for snow pants, boots, hats, and waterproof mittens, particularly in the younger grades.

Thanks to our successful fundraisers this fall, the SSPTA was able to purchase nearly 100 pieces of winter clothing! These items will remain in classrooms for all students to access as needed.

We’d also like to thank those families who donated their gently used snow pants and boots as part of our clothing drive. Your contributions will help ensure that every child stays warm during recess.

2/3/22: We are delighted to be partnering once again with High Mowing Seeds, a Vermont-based company that offers organic veggie, herb, and flowers seeds. Fundraising packets are going out to students shortly and will be due back by Friday, February 11th. Orders are expected to be distributed to students in early March.

12/1/21: Our first-ever Halladay's Harvest Barn fundraiser was a smashing success. We raised in excess of our goal in what was the biggest fundraising order in Halladay's history! We're doubly excited to be able to support a local business and look forward to working with them again next fall.

Congratulations to the top selling students Penelope Daniels (Union Street) and Jameson Clapperton (Elm Hill)!

An article about the PTA from the Springfield Reporter