Silent Auction Baskets | We need you!

We need YOUR help to raise money for OUR school!

At the Hays Elementary Spooktacular 5K, a silent auction is one of the ways that we raise money for our school.  Businesses and individuals make donations to the auction.  Each grade level at Hays also puts together baskets around a common theme.

Listed below are the grade level themes and ideas/suggestions for items to send….

  • PPCD/PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN – BASKET O’ FUN:  Board games, game cards (Uno, Skip-Bo, etc), jump rope, bubbles, chalk….
  • 1st GRADE – ARTS AND CRAFTS BASKET:  Markers, crayons, craft items, paper, paint, brushes, play-doh…
  • 2nd GRADE – GARDEN BASKET:  Small shovels, gloves, seeds, small pots, garden gnomes, Home Depot/Lowe’s gift cards…
  • 3rd GRADE – COFFEE, TEA, AND CHOCOLATE BASKET:  Flavored coffees and teas, cocoa mix, mugs, Starbucks gift cards, chocolates…
  • 4th GRADE – GRILL BASKET:  Marinades, rubs, BBQ sauce, grilling accessories, grilling cookbooks…
  • 5th GRADE – SPORTS/OUTDOORS BASKET: Balls (baseball, football, soccer, basketball), protein bars, sports bag, gift cards to Academy/Dick’s, fishing supplies, sports-team apparel, water/shaker bottles
  • 6th GRADE – PET BASKET:  Dog/cat toys, food bowls, grooming supplies, treats, leash, collar, PetCo/PetSmart gift cards…

These items are suggestions…feel free to be creative and use your imagination. TJMaxx, Home Goods, and Bed Bath & Beyond are good places to start if you are unsure where to shop.  Please send your donation no later than Thursday, October 19th. You may send it with your child, or you may drop it off in the office labeled “Silent Auction” with the grade level noted.  If you have questions please email us at

Thank you so much!!


There’s Something for Everyone | JOIN HAYS PTA NOW!

There’s Something for Everyone | JOIN HAYS PTA NOW!

Hays Elementary PTA is so successful because of our wonderful members.  We are a community of parents, teachers, administrators, and staff working for the benefit of all our Hays students.  We are starting the school year with approximately 800 students in our school and expect that number to climb to 850 to 900 students by the end of the year.  Our district is growing!  However state funding will be lower this year than last.  This is due to changes in property taxes, legislative changes and other factors (learn more about school funding by following the Rockwall ISD school board updates,  Texas PTA website updates, and state legislature updates or check out this  article in The Voice, a publication by Texas PTA).

What does this mean for our school?  Hays PTA will step up to support some of our growing needs.  But that starts with increasing our membership to match our growing student population.  Currently this year, membership is down compared to years past.  We have approximately 120 members to date.

Who can be a PTA member?  Everyone that wants to support the children of Hays Elementary!  You!  Your spouse!  Grandparents of Hays kids.  Community members, neighbors, previous Hays students and their families.  Forward this post link {} to anyone who may have an interest in seeing Hays students succeed and ask them to become a member of our PTA.

I don’t have time…  There are many different levels of PTA involvement!  Simply paying your membership dues each year is a very important step in supporting our students.  Your dues also make you a member of the Texas PTA association which lobbies in our state legislature for measures that support public school students across the state.  We welcome members at any level.  Share the following graphic on your social media pages to promote the fact that just because you’ve joined PTA does not mean you have to be at the school volunteering each day!

Is it too late to join?  It’s never too late to join the PTA.  We accept members year round.  And your membership helps our kids whenever you join.  We urge you to join early so that you may appreciate the benefits of membership throughout the year!

What are the benefits of membership?  At the most basic level– simply paying $10 to join– you receive discounts through state PTA such as 20% off the best rate at Great Wolf Lodge and certain rooms at La Quinta hotels.  You get discounts for tickets at Six Flags and Texas Rangers and even 15% off your tickets at Schlitterbahn waterparks.  Check out all the perks here!  If you choose to take a more active role in PTA by volunteering at events, serving on committees, or boards you’ll see fruit of your labor by spending time with students and Hay’s families.

We hope you’ll consider joining Hays PTA.  Still have questions?  Contact us here.  Ready to join?  Click here!