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Friday, April 29, 2016

PTO Officer Elections will be held May 16 at 6pm

PTO Officer Elections have been postponed until our next meeting May 16 from 6-7:30pm. Thank you to all our volunteers who served this year. Elections will be held to fill officer positions for 2016-2017. We are accepting nominations for President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Sign up on the bulletin board at school or email Lisa Gooden at mamagooden@gmail.com.

Volunteers are also needed for Grade Level Representatives that make up the PTO Executive Board. Two representatives are needed per grade. Additional volunteer leaders are needed for a variety of other positions including: Hispanic Community Liaison, Fall Carnival, Hospitality, Teacher Appreciation, Grounds, Fundraising, Book Fair, Student Recruitment, and Auditing. Volunteer responsibilities are included below. If you have questions, contact co-chairs Lindsey Baker or Nichole Kane at flakcmo+PTOchair@gmail.com.

President - Responsibilities: Lead monthly meetings, serve as primary contact for the principal; work with executive board and school administration to create meeting agendas; act as a representative of the organizations to the community; coordinate the work of the committees to ensure that the purpose of the organization is served.

Vice-President - Responsibilities: Assist the president, carry out the president’s responsibilities when he/she is absent.

Treasurer - Responsibilities: Keep accurate records of the receipts and expenditures, receive and pay out all funds in accordance with the approval of the executive board, present financial statements at meetings and as requested by the executive board, prepare and present a full report at the end of each year.

Secretary - Responsibilities: Work with president and executive board to create monthly agenda, record meeting minutes, coordinate communication and notices and meetings to parents and teachers, keep a list of meeting attendees, keep records for the organization, keep copies of the minutes, agendas, bylaws, and any other necessary documents and supplies.

Grade Level Representatives - Responsibilities: Work with president and executive board to create monthly agenda, record meeting minutes, coordinate communication and notices and meetings to parents and teachers, keep a list of meeting attendees, keep records for the organization, keep copies of the minutes, agendas, bylaws, and any other necessary documents and supplies.

Fundraising Coordinator - Responsibilities: Recruit volunteers to lead various fundraising efforts including the Fall Carnival, Square 1 Art, Box Tops, Book Fair. Assist in planning as needed. Coordinate when fundraising efforts occur to avoid overlap.

Auditing Committee - Responsibilities: Annual review of the treasurer’s end of year financial statement.

Hispanic Community Liaison - Responsibilities: Reach out to families whose primary language is Spanish to help the organization understand their needs, and promote their involvement in the organization and in school events. Help provide or recruit volunteers to aid in translation during meetings and translation of the organization’s print/online materials.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Committee - Responsibilities: Organize teacher/staff luncheons during parent/conference days. Coordinate volunteers to assist with Teacher Appreciation Week and any other appreciation efforts.

Hospitality Committee - Responsibilities: Organize refreshments for Boo Hoo Breakfast for Kindergarten parents on the first day of school; represent the school at welcome/sign-in tables during school events/open houses - Literacy, Math and Art nights, African American History Program, Chinese New Year Program.

Grounds Committee - Responsibilities: Coordinate efforts to clean up and enhance the school building grounds; planting trees & flowers and other projects as needed.

Book Fair Coordinator )s) - Responsibilities: Organize week-long book fair; recruit volunteers to help with set-up, and to work during the week to help students visiting the fair; receive all incoming funds; communicate with Scholastic to reserve materials and submit funds; communicate with teachers to set up dates for classes to visit the fair; distribute information to students and families to promote the fair.

Recruitment Committee - Responsibilities: Work with school administration to increase student recruitment efforts; attend community events to promote FLA; use social media and community contacts to increase community awareness of our school.

Fall Carnival Committee - Responsibilities: Plan, promote, and recruit volunteers to carry out the Fall Carnival, the PTO’s biggest annual fundraiser. Carnival typically has a theme and includes decorations, games, prizes, refreshments, and inflatables.

Monday, April 18, 2016

FLA Night at Chipotle -Tonight April 18 from 4:30-8:30pm

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support FLA. Come in to the Chipotle at 501 W. 75th Street tonight, Monday April 18th between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. Bring in a flyer, show this on your smartphone, or just tell the cashier you're supporting FLA to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to help support our 8th graders as they raise funds towards their Capstone Trip to Puerto Rico!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

2015-2016 PTO Highlights

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who helped with events and projects throughout the year. We couldn't have done it without you! Here are some highlights from what the PTO has been working on throughout the year.

Fall Carnival
Estimated attendance of 1000 people, including 400 children
100 volunteers helped, including parents, staff, alumni, and teachers
Made a profit of $2500, additional food sale profits went towards the 8th Grade Puerto Rico trip

Teacher/Staff Luncheons
Fall Conference Day Luncheon
Winter Holiday Luncheon
Winter Conference Day Luncheon

Book Fair
Two book fairs held, with many volunteers contributing
Fall Book Fair was the 2nd most successful FLA book fair ever held
Our sale earned the school a $3000 Scholastic credit for books

Staff Lounge Improvements
Donations were collected to improve three staff lounges and six staff bathrooms
New coffee, tea, soap, lotion, artwork and pillows were added to the rooms

Arbor Day Celebration
PTO approved funds to purchase 8 new shade trees planted near the upper playground and parking lot

Puerto Rico Capstone Trip
Numerous fundraisers held to raise funds towards 8th Grade Puerto Rico Trip
50/50 Raffle earned $2200 towards the trip

Box Tops
$460 collected in Box Tops for Education

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Turn in Box Tops through the end of the school year!

We are still collecting Box Tops for Education through the end of the year. Be sure to turn in yours in the pink collection bin before they expire! Forms are available in the front office or simply put them in a ziptop bag! Visit the Box Tops for education website to print coupons for participating products or to link digital coupons to your store loyalty accounts (such as the Hyvee Fuel Saver Card). http://www.boxtops4education.com/card-linked-offers

Monday, April 11, 2016

Elections will be held at our next PTO Meeting - April 21 at 6pm

Our next PTO meeting is coming up on Thursday, April 21 from 6:00-7:30pm. Childcare and translation will be provided. Elections will be held for next year’s PTO Officers. We are currently accepting nominations for President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Volunteers are also needed for Grade Level Representatives that make up the PTO Executive Board. Two representatives are needed per grade. Sign up on the bulletin board at school, or you can email mamagooden@gmail.com.

If you would like to help in other ways, additional volunteer leaders are needed for a variety positions: Hispanic Community Liaison, Fall Carnival, Hospitality, Teacher Appreciation, Grounds, Fundraising, Book Fair, Student Recruitment, and Auditing.

If you have questions, contact co-chairs Lindsey Baker or Nichole Kane at flakcmo+PTOchair@gmail.com.

Volunteer descriptions:

Grade Level Representatives - Responsibilities: Work with president and executive board to create monthly agenda, record meeting minutes, coordinate communication and notices and meetings to parents and teachers, keep a list of meeting attendees, keep records for the organization, keep copies of the minutes, agendas, bylaws, and any other necessary documents and supplies.

President - Responsibilities: Lead monthly meetings, serve as primary contact for the principal; work with executive board and school administration to create meeting agendas; act as a representative of the organizations to the community; coordinate the work of the committees to ensure that the purpose of the organization is served.

Vice-President - Responsibilities: Assist the president, carry out the president’s responsibilities when he/she is absent.

Treasurer - Responsibilities: Keep accurate records of the receipts and expenditures, receive and pay out all funds in accordance with the approval of the executive board, present financial statements at meetings and as requested by the executive board, prepare and present a full report at the end of each year.

Secretary - Responsibilities: Work with president and executive board to create monthly agenda, record meeting minutes, coordinate communication and notices and meetings to parents and teachers, keep a list of meeting attendees, keep records for the organization, keep copies of the minutes, agendas, bylaws, and any other necessary documents and supplies.

Fundraising Coordinator - Responsibilities: Recruit volunteers to lead various fundraising efforts including the Fall Carnival, Square 1 Art, Box Tops, Book Fair. Assist in planning as needed. Coordinate when fundraising efforts occur to avoid overlap.

Auditing Committee - Responsibilities: Annual review of the treasurer’s end of year financial statement.

Hispanic Community Liaison - Responsibilities: Reach out to families whose primary language is Spanish to help the organization understand their needs, and promote their involvement in the organization and in school events. Help provide or recruit volunteers to aid in translation during meetings and translation of the organization’s print/online materials.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Committee - Responsibilities: Organize teacher/staff luncheons during parent/conference days. Coordinate volunteers to assist with Teacher Appreciation Week and any other appreciation efforts.

Hospitality Committee - Responsibilities: Organize refreshments for Boo Hoo Breakfast for Kindergarten parents on the first day of school; represent the school at welcome/sign-in tables during school events/open houses - Literacy, Math and Art nights, African American History Program, Chinese New Year Program.

Grounds Committee - Responsibilities: Coordinate efforts to clean up and enhance the school building grounds; planting trees & flowers and other projects as needed.

Book Fair Coordinator )s) - Responsibilities: Organize week-long book fair; recruit volunteers to help with set-up, and to work during the week to help students visiting the fair; receive all incoming funds; communicate with Scholastic to reserve materials and submit funds; communicate with teachers to set up dates for classes to visit the fair; distribute information to students and families to promote the fair.

Recruitment Committee - Responsibilities: Work with school administration to increase student recruitment efforts; attend community events to promote FLA; use social media and community contacts to increase community awareness of our school.

Fall Carnival Committee - Responsibilities: Plan, promote, and recruit volunteers to carry out the Fall Carnival, the PTO’s biggest annual fundraiser. Carnival typically has a theme and includes decorations, games, prizes, refreshments, and inflatables.









Thank you to all our Arbor Day volunteers!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our Missouri Arbor Day tree planting at FLA! This event was sponsored by the FLA PTO. A special thank you goes to Matt Bunch for planning the event and to Ryan Robinson, the Middle School Gardening Class, and Krista & David Sly for contributing so much to the project!