Dear Heartland Community,
It is hard to believe that the end of another school year is upon us. I can't wait to hear the splashing and laughter of the children in the neighborhood pool and enjoy the long summer days. My year as PTO President, and years as a Heartland Family, are at an end. It has been an honor to watch our children learn and grow over these past years. I have learned so much from them, it was truly an amazing experience. I have also learned so much from all the wonderful parents and staff at Heartland. I definitely could not have done it without you.
I would like to take this time to say Thank You! There really are no words big enough or long enough to explain how I feel. The PTO Board, Chairs, Coordinators and Room Parents are truly The BEST! They inspired me with the time and effort they gave, their creative ideas and advocacy, all to better the learning experience of children in our community. The amount of hours dedicated to our children and school is enormous. The planning of events, and then the execution of that said event is hard work. You ladies pull it all off so well, you make it look easy. Thank you to all the great and wonderful parents who volunteer their time to help run committees and events. Whether you donated a few hours of your time or donated items for an event, it does not go unnoticed. Without you, those events truly would not happen. Our children see what we do and truly appreciate it. You see their smiles and hear their cheers and you know, a job well done!
To our dear Principal, Dr. Sauceda, it has been a pleasure to be able to work with you. I thank you for allowing the PTO to do so much with and for our children. Your commitment and dedication to our children are greatly appreciated. The flexibility and support for Heartland Elementary staff is wonderful. I truly felt like one of the team!
When I initially volunteered to be part of the PTO, it was out of service to my family, my community and the school, not realizing that I was going to finish the school year with many new friendships and fun life-long memories forged out of the experience. I gained a new appreciation for public school and the amazing people we call teachers, staff, administrators and custodians. I have a newfound pride in the community and am humbled by the many selfless parents, grandparents and business owners in our neighborhood.
As I leave my term as President, I do so with peace of mind, knowing you will be in good hands. I had the opportunity to work closely with Karen Okerlund this year. It has been a great experience to work with her and to learn from one another. As incoming President, Karen has great ideas for next year, and I cannot wait to see what she brings to Heartland! I wish her and the rest of the PTO Board the best of luck.
Last but not least, CONGRATS CLASS OF 2021! I wish you all the best for an exciting and sun-filled summer. You have all grown so much at Heartland Elementary. I know you will continue to grow at your new home, Harmony Middle School. I wish you the best of luck and happiness as you start a new school. I know you all will be great Thunderbirds.
I will miss Heartland so much, but I leave with a grateful heart filled with beautiful memories! Stay together as the family you are, strong as the community you have built and be proud of everything you have accomplished! It has truly been a pleasure to have been a Heartland family for the last 10 years, thank you for the unforgettable ride!