Keep up with what is going on at Van Hise!  In addition to our news and information below, you can also find recent PTO newsletters by following the links below.  

Updated:  October 1, 2020
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The Fall Box Tops Challenge is on!  The Box Tops program helps us earn free money for our school.  Clip Box Tops off participating products or download the app and simply scan receipts.  The class that collects the most will be celebrated during Ms. Seidl's Wednesday announcements.  

The contest will run through October 28, 2020.  To save paper, we are not sending home collection sheets.  Just send clipped Box Tops in a baggie labeled with your child's teacher's name, and either drop them off in the mail slot at 5201 South Hill Dr. or drop them off at the October materials distribution day at school (date coming soon.)  If you are using the app, put a note in your Ziplock stating how much you collected this fall.  It will be added to your child's class total.  Than you for collecting and supporting VHE!

Box Tops for Education

*Click the logo for more info from the Box Tops' official website!

Updated:  October 1, 2020

Classroom Reps Needed!

Are you looking for a way to help out our amazing, hard-working teachers and you child's class?

We need 2 Reps for EACH class at Van Hise to:

  • Help coordinate families to support teachers

  • Help with parent communication

  • Attend PTO meetings & share important info

In previous years, reps attended and reported back from PTO meetings and coordinated a group gift for teachers.  This year, Class Reps may also help coordinate families to meet other classroom needs as they arise.  Our Van Hise teachers continue to go above and beyond for our kids, but we are stronger together.  You can support our teachers and our Hedgie community by signing up to be a classroom rep.  Estimated time commitment:  1-3 hours of fun per month.  Grandparents and other adult family members are welcome!  


-Andrea Olson, VHE Classroom Rep Coordinator

Email Andrea with questions!


Meet Our Amazing Teachers & Staff!

*Don't forget to click "Present"

Thank you, teachers and staff, for all of the amazing work you have done and continue to do for our kids and our Van Hise Community. 

Updated:  Sept. 14, 2020
September PTO General Meeting

Watch our September PTO meeting!


Since we are having our meetings via Zoom these days, we have the ability to record them.  If you weren't able to attend or if there's something you'd like to see again, you can watch our meeting by playing the video to the left.  Thanks, and hope to see you the second Tuesday of October for our next Zoom meeting!

Updated:  Sept. 5, 2020

Principal Seidl & Ms. Chanel Announce New Parent Group

Next Meeting Oct. 8th at 6:30

Empowerment Group Starting for Parents of Black & Brown Students


At Van Hise, we value the voices of all families and want all in our school community to experience a sense of belonging. We understand that in our school there are significantly less students of color, and this may bring unique challenges. We also know that historically our black and brown children have lacked voice, and we want to support practices that will lift this voice. For these reasons, Van Hise is welcoming parents of black and brown children to a shared parent forum on Thursday, September 17 at 6 PM. This empowerment group will provide a space for parents to share their experiences and gather together. We welcome you to attend. Ms. Chanel and I are hosting this event. If interested, please click here to sign up for additional information to join our conversation. 


-Principal Seidl

Updated:  August 29, 2020

Sign up and be part of the fun! We need volunteers for the following shifts:

  • Grade Level Tables 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Grade Level Tables 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • A couple of super-volunteers from 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

We Need your Help with

Materials Distribution!

On Thursday, Sept. 3rd, there will be a reverse Teacher Parade, where families can say hello to teachers along Waukesha St. to celebrate the beginning of the school year.


In conjunction with the parade, families will pick up classroom materials and 1st Day School Supplies (if you ordered a supply box at the end of last year). 5th graders will also pick up music instruments and the contents of their desks and lockers from last year.


Grade Level Table Volunteers will distribute classroom materials from a safe distance to families in cars as they drive through. Masks and gloves for volunteers will be provided.

Updated:  August 18, 2020

Town Hall Meetings

At the August PTO meeting it was suggested to provide additional opportunities for information sharing and addressing parent questions.


We have scheduled two Town Hall Meetings as follows:

Tuesday, Aug 18, 6 PM: Grades K-2: Zoom Link (8/18, 6 PM)

Wednesday, Aug 19, 6:00 PM: Grades 3-5 Zoom Link (8/19, 6:00 PM)

Last Updated:  September 1, 2020

Device Distribution

As we launch Virtual Learning 2.0, it will be important for each student to have an updated device to access instruction. Those who currently have a device from last year will need to exchange it for a new one. 


Devices Distribution Dates:

  • Now until 9/4 from (M-F) 8-3pm -- VHE Chromebook Pickup at Wright Middle School

More dates for device pick up just added:

  • Tuesday, September 8, 8am-3pm

  • Wednesday, September 9, 12-7pm

  • Thursday, September 10, 12-7pm

  • Friday, September 11, 8am-3pm

Time:  8:00am - 3:00pm 

Location: James C. Wright Middle School, 1717 Fish Hatchery Rd, Madison, WI 5371


For more information regarding device distribution & updates please visit our district website:

​MMSD is committed to ensuring all students can access the internet for virutal learning. Find internet access options here.

Updated info!

Updated:  August 12, 2020

Stay tuned for upcoming Q&A sessions with Principal Seidl.

Virtual Learning 2.0


At our August 11th PTO meeting, Principal Seidl shared a great deal of information with families about how virtual learning is shaping up for the start of school.  Click on the button below to see the slide deck she shared as she talked through what teachers and staff are planning.  

August PTO Meeting

All are welcome to join the next PTO meeting!  We will be meeting via Zoom, in light of Covid -19.  Keep an eye out for the Zoom link, which will be emailed out to families before the meeting.  We hope to see you there!

Date:  Tuesday, August 11

Where:  via Zoom link

When:  6:00 PM  (with an update from Principal Seidl)

Join us in the Van Hise gym.

Calling all students who love science... Or having fun exploring science!

All Van Hise students are welcome and encouraged to prepare a ​hands-on project​ or an exhibit about a ​scientist.
This is a chance for students to explore and share something about science that they think is fun and exciting! All student projects will be demonstrated.
There will also be fun, hands-on exhibits from local science experts to explore.

Need ideas? There are a TON of resources to help students (and parents) available online. The Van Hise’s librarian is also available to help with resources and ideas.


Due to Covid-19

MOD Pizza PTO Fundraiser

Head to MOD Pizza at 7015 Sligo Dr. by West Town Mall on March 16th to help raise money for our school!


Due to Covid-19

  • Food will be available for purchase starting at 5:00.  

  • Buy tickets for great raffle prizes and Carnival games - advance tickets available at school starting at 8am on Carnival Day.

  • Donate to your Classroom Basket or to the Silent Auction - Check back for a complete list of prizes

  • Volunteer to help with your classroom's game (everyone can help, from toddlers to grandparents!)

  • Donate cupcakes for the Cake Walk.


DATE: February 21

WHERE: Gym & Cafeteria

DINNER:  5:00

GAMES:  5:30 - 8:00 PM

​Get the whole family involved and sign up for a 30 minute shift at the event. Many volunteer roles can be done with your child--it's a great way to teach them how to give back to their own school!


Chocolate Shoppe PTO Fundraiser

Head to the Chocolate Shoppe on Tuesday, February 11th for a sweet way to support the Van Hise PTO.  

Date:  Tuesday, February 11

Where:  555 S. Midvale Blvd., Sequoia Commons

When:  4 pm - Close

G6 Update


Principal Seidl

In 2020-21, Van Hise will join other MMSD schools that are supported by technology.  We are “group 6” or G6. That means that other schools in the district (G1, G2, G3, G4, and G5) have all received this technology already.  The advantage of being in the last group to receive this technology means that we benefit from the experience of those schools that have gone before us!  That said, we are spending this year preparing for this technology. Our staff has attended conferences and conducted school visits to inform our work. We would like to hear from you!  What questions do you have about the use of technology at Van Hise elementary?  Please complete this survey so staff can best consider how to incorporate these new devices next year in the rigorous and fun curriculum VHE students know and love! 



The winter Box Tops Challenge is on! Collect Box Tops, send them to school, and earn money for Van Hise. The class that collects the most will earn a special prize! 


You can also collect digitally using the Box Tops app. Click here to learn more. By downloading the app on your phone, you’ll be able to scan store receipts and the app will identify participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online. The contest will run February 10th - 21st. Collection sheets will come home with each child but feel free to send Box Tops to your classroom teacher in a baggie.  

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