Current News & Notes

A Final Note From the PTA Co-Presidents


We just wanted to take a moment and thank the entire Attea-Springman community for a fantastic two years! Working with all of you: parents, teachers, staff and kids- has been beyond inspiring. We have been so impressed with the amount of dedication and support that the children of our middle schools enjoy. Our teachers, administrators and parents truly make a fantastic team.


All of you have contributed so much to building this amazing middle school community! We thank each and every one of you! A very special thank you to Principals Mark Richter and Jason Kaiz for their incredibly strong leadership and support during our time on the PTA. Together we were able to focus on building a community between parents and the schools and we would like to invite you to help continue this collaboration and be part of the PTA leadership. We are actively looking for Co-Presidents for the 2018-19 school year. As PTA presidents, you would be helping to facilitate many aspects of the school experience. If you think this is something you are interested in, please contact us at


We have been honored to be your Co-Presidents and we wish you all a very happy summer!!


Karen Hitzeman and Moira Hathcock

Letter from the Principals - June 2018


Hello Middle School Parents,


Another school year is just about in the books, and this is a great time to reflect on all that has been accomplished this year as we continue striving to make the middle school experience a great one for the kids. Among the noteworthy highlights was a new middle school schedule that provided a more fixed pattern of classes to allow students to have a predictable schedule throughout the year. Additionally, our Student Councils were very active in sponsoring different celebrations throughout the year, including a collective Fall Fest and school-specific bashes, that provided students with the opportunity to come together in new and fun ways.


We also implemented our new social emotional learning program, Second Step. Throughout the year, students had an opportunity during the Second Step lessons to have conversations about goal setting, peer relationships and conflicts and coping strategies. In the final lesson in sixth grade, students talked about gratitude; an appropriate topic to end the year.


As we reflect on our year, we want to thank the PTA for all that you do throughout the entire year. From special lunches to support our staff, to supervising bashes and special events, to last minutes supports with special activities, the PTA goes above and beyond to support our students, staff, and families. In addition to the donations each year through the grant program, the PTA gives of their own time to help make everything possible. We couldn't do it without you and appreciate all that you do to support our schools.


As we go into the summer break, we hope that the students are able to take what they have learned this year, and apply it to the real-life situations they will encounter. Have a relaxing and fun-filled break and we will see you in August.




Jason Kaiz and Mark Richter

 Help Shape the Future of Parent Education in District 34!


Do you want to feel better connected to our school community? Do you want to participate in meaningful, informative conversation about the struggles of parenting? Are you looking for answers or guidance around the topics of anxiety, depression, social dynamics, mindfulness or bullying, to name a few?


District 34 has partnered with The Family Service Center and is looking to gather input in order to develop educational programming for parents for the 2018-19 school year. By completing this brief survey, you will help us learn about the needs of our parents and help shape educational opportunities around those needs.


In addition to completing the survey, we are also looking for parents to participate in focus groups to help us further determine what topics to structure future parent education around. If you are interested, please indicate "yes" on the survey.


If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please e-mail Director of Communications and Public Relations Jenn Nimke (


Click here to take the survey

District 34's Social Media Policy


As we mentioned in last week's focus, here are the links to District 34's Social Media Policy as well as the link to Jenn Nimke's presentation about the world of social media.



Click here to view the presentation.

Click here for the District Social Media Policy.

SPAT PTA Membership & Directories



As many of you know, each year you are initially asked to join the PTA during the registration process and then multiple times throughout the year.


In an effort to simplify our membership process, for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, PTA membership will not be linked with registration. Instead, to become a PTA member, you will be asked to join through our A to Z on-line directory process.


In early October, each family will receive an email with their login credentials to the digital directory. Once you log into the directory, you will be asked to confirm your personal information, join the PTA and pay your membership dues -- all through the A to Z Directory.


Details about this process will be provided at the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions right now, please contact Alla Block and Anne Hoffer at



When you register your child for school, you will be asked to check a box giving the District permission to include your contact information in our printed and on-line directories.


Only those who check the box will be included in the directories. Additionally, if the box is not checked, we will have no way to email you information about upcoming events.


Please remember to check the box to be included in the PTA directories and to continue to receive weekly updates about PTA events. Checking this box is not related to membership in the PTA

Box Tops Reminder

Don't forget to drop off your box tops at the front office of each school! This is an amazing program that raises money for our schools!


Upcoming Events

August 22

First Day of School

PTA Meetings

All meetings start at 9:15 a.m. unless otherwise noted.


September 12       Attea


October 11  7:00pm   Attea


November 8  7:00pm Springman


December 12        Springman


January 16           Attea


February 7  6:30pm   Attea


March 6  7:00pm      Springman


April 10                      Springman


May 8                  Attea

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