Possible Changes from PTA to PTO and the Impact for Our Students
Did you know our PTA supports our students and teachers in a variety of ways? Here are just a few:
- Popcorn Friday
- Family Movie Nights
- Field Trip support
- Guest Speakers and Instructors
- Book Fairs
- Classroom Teacher Grants for projects and events
- Costumes for International Friendship Day
- And many more!!!
Unfortunately, there is a possibility this support may not be available next year. Our current board members are not able to continue to hold their positions for the following school year. If we are unable to elect new board members for the 2017-2018 school year, our school is in danger of losing parent-teacher support for our students.
This means those items listed above, and other things, would no longer be able to be funded or supported. What can we do? That is a great question! Get involved and consider becoming a part of the board. There are a variety of options, including co-positions, allowing two people to share the responsibility of a role and support one another. Additionally, at the January PTA meeting, the PTA Board recommended the Association consider a change becoming a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The benefit would be no membership fee to join. However, the support a PTO provides a school can be the same as a PTA.
We would love to see our students and teachers supported by a parent-teacher organization in some way. Please join us at the next PTA meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 30th at 3:15pm in the Roosevelt Media Center to learn more about the possible change from a PTA to a PTO. There will also be the opportunity to ask about what is involved with being a board member and how you may be able to help.
Sincerely, Megan Vickery, Principal