What We Do
The PTA is a volunteer organization of parents and teachers with the mission of improving your child’s school experience. This happens by direct financial support of programs for the children but also support of the teachers and larger school community.
There are many programs we sponsor, including Hands on Science, paying for teacher grants and field trips. The PTA also purchases the calendar magnets, creates the yearbook and t-shirts, purchases music and P.E. supplies, run the book fairs, and organizes teacher appreciation events. We also sponsor and organize many events throughout the year such as Jog-a-thon, Movie Night, Red Ribbon Week, Field Day and Holiday Sharing.
Each activity is supported by volunteers in the school community. We are always looking for folks to be part of the experience. It does not take a lot of time and some volunteer activities can even be done at home! There is something for every schedule and level of availability.
Even if you are not able to volunteer your time, your financial support is also important. Donations through the Jog-a-thon fundraiser are the primary means which the PTA raises funds. It is the only fundraiser the PTA does throughout the year. The Arts Night Fundraiser is organized through a separate committee that is not affiliated with the PTA.
Another important item is supporting the PTA through purchasing a membership. Purchasing a PTA membership allows for you to have a voting membership and voice. You are able to have influence how the PTA runs and hear about what is happening in your school community first. You will be joining a network of similar parents who want to have a positive influence on your school. PTA membership also grants discounts to many major stores and events.
Please note that anyone is welcome to attend PTA meetings that are scheduled throughout the year. The meetings are held on the third “school day” Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the school office. Please come to a meeting and see how you can be involved!
PTA Major Events
The Jog-a-thon is the PTA’s only fundraiser of the year. This means no kids selling door-to-door, no awkward conversations with co-workers. The kids get to exercise and make money for their school at the same time! At the beginning of the school year, packets will go home asking for sponsors to donate money in support of the kids. Kids can win prizes based on the amount of donations they receive. Volunteers are always appreciated the day of the Jog-a-thon.
Hands on Science:
The “Hands on Science” program is offered to students in grades 3rd through 6th. Students have opportunities to engage in science activities aligned to their grade level core. Activities are planned by the coordinator of the program and parent volunteers assist students with the planned activities in our Hands on Science classroom. This program has had a positive impact on our student’s understanding of the science core and scientific processes as they are engaged in hands on learning. Our school uses the Signup Genius to recruit volunteers. The PTA pays for the salary of the teacher and supplies but volunteers are always needed!
The PTA supports teachers by funding special projects, field trips and buses. The teachers fill out grant applications at the beginning of the year to do such great programs as visiting museums, seeing plays and outdoor educational hikes. Last year, the PTA helped support $6500 in teachers’ activities.
Reflections is a regional and national competition for students from all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. The Reflections Theme for the 2017-18 school year is “Within Reach”.
The Safety Patrol is a group of dedicated parents and 6th Graders who volunteer to ensure the safety of everyone’s children during drop-off and pick-up. They direct traffic, help kids crossing the street, and oversee the Kindergarten parking area. Volunteers are always needed! Please respect the directions of the volunteers who are out in the rain and snow protecting your kids.
Red Ribbon Week:
Red Ribbon week is a week-long event encouraging kids to be drug free. Each day has a themed activity that supports that message.
Roadrunner Days is an anti-bullying event that highlights the benefits of community and support. A week of activities is scheduled for the kids that contribute to the anti-bullying message.
Field Day is the last big event of the year where kids and their parents can enjoy outdoor activities and races.