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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

PTO Volunteers Needed

We are looking for a few more volunteers to serve on the 2017-2018 FLA PTO Board and other committees. Board members will help set our goals for the year, establish the budget and committees, and help communicate the needs of the school to the PTO. We especially need Parent Representatives of students going into 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 8th grade. If you are interested in fundraising, we also need volunteers to help lead the Box Tops and Book Fair efforts next year. Stop by the PTO table after school this week, or contact Lisa Gooden at mamagooden@gmail.com or 816-204-0905 if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities.


Detailed descriptions of many of our volunteer opportunities are below:

Grade Level Representatives - Responsibilities: Attend PTO Board and General Meetings; develop the budget; help shape the direction of the organization; facilitate communication between the organization and the parents and teachers in each grade level. Two representatives per grade level are needed.

Teacher Representatives- Responsibilities: Attend PTO Board Meetings; develop the budget; help shape the direction of the organization; facilitate communication between the organization and teachers.

Fundraising - Responsibilities: Recruit volunteers and lead various fundraising efforts including Box Tops, Book Fair, and restaurant nights. Assist in planning as needed and 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 - Responsibilities: Organize two annual teacher/staff luncheons during parent/conference days. Coordinate volunteers to assist with Teacher Appreciation Week and any other appreciation efforts.

School & Community Engagement - 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 - Curriculum Game Night, Art Fair, Black History Month Program; assist in student recruitment efforts by attending school fairs, networking, and social media

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

Book Fair - Responsibilities: Organize two annual book fairs; 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.

Box Tops - Coordinate two annual school-wide collections. Plan collection goals for the school and incentives for winning classes.

Room Parents - Responsibilities: Help recruit parents to assist with classroom/teacher needs; plan seasonal room parties; chaperone field trips

Fall Carnival - Responsibilities: Plan, promote, and recruit volunteers to carry out the Fall Carnival. Carnival typically has a theme and includes decorations, games, prizes, refreshments, and inflatables.

Friday, May 26, 2017

2016-2017 PTO Highlights

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's PTO events and initiatives a success! Here are some highlights from our 2016-2017 year:

Capstone Trip
--$2000 donation to 8th Grade Capstone Trip fund to provide initial deposits for students in need
--$800 in additional funds provided to 8th grade for refreshments/sales and staffing games at carnival

School and Community Engagement
--Outreach to our Hispanic community - translation at monthly meetings, increased documents in Spanish, Know Your Rights immigration workshop at FLA
--Winter and spring Book Fairs – Hosted 8 days of book fairs resulting in over $11,000 in total sales!
--Social events to bring together FLA community – including Fall Carnival with hundreds of guests, and Family Sports Night with special guest from FC KC Women’s Professional Soccer
--Parents represented FLA at city-wide school fair to engage with prospective families; increased social media presence to promote school tour dates
--PTO welcome tables at Kindergarten Playdate, Curriculum Game Night, Arts Fair
--Utilized social media, email, paper and electronic fliers, blogging, and bulletin boards to increase awareness about school events, needs, and initiatives.
--New FLA car decals designed to help build FLA community and raise awareness of FLA outside the school; will be sold at school events/meetings as fundraiser

Fundraising
--Box Tops
--Carnival
--Book Fair

Teacher/Staff Support & Appreciation
--Coordinated parents and teachers for seasonal classroom parties
--Fall and spring appreciation luncheons during conference days
--$3200 in Scholastic credit from Book Fairs to provide books & materials for teachers and school library
--Funds for classroom and grade level needs or projects - included recess games & equipment, books, and refreshments for middle school end of year celebration
--Appreciation week: breakfast burritos, ice cream treats, dessert buffet, Keurig coffee maker for staff lounge

Parent Education & Family/Student Support
--Conscious Discipline talk during fall PTO meeting
Parent Education survey created, plan to distribute fall 2017
--Uniform Exchange provided extra clothing for nurse’s office; allowed families to receive free uniforms and donate outgrown items

PTO Meetings
--8 monthly meetings provided time for school community to give and hear updates; for parents, teachers, and administration to discuss issues or concerns, successes, and give feedback

Safety & Grounds
--Increased safety during morning drop-off with addition of cones to slow traffic
--Spring clean up day to pick up litter on school grounds and reduce brush by the upper garden beds
--Purchased new outdoor nets for the FLA soccer fields


Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017-2018 PTO Officer Elections

PTO Officers for the 2017-2018 year were elected at our May meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in the election. Election results:
President - Lisa Gooden  mamagooden@gmail.com
Vice-President - Rocio Lopez  rocioterriquez@hotmail.com
Secretary - Melissa Velazquez  melissa.velaz@gmail.com
Treasurer - Stacy Viveros-Schmidt  stacyviveros@gmail.com


Thursday, May 4, 2017

PTO Family Sports Night

Our FLA Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is hosting a fun family sports night on Friday, May 5 from 4:30-7:30pm. We'll meet by the upper playground and soccer fields to enjoy sports and frozen treats. This is a great opportunity to meet and hang out with other FLA families. All ages are welcome!

Nuestra Organización de Padres y Maestros de FLA (PTO, por sus siglas en inglés) organiza una divertida noche de deportes el viernes, 5 de mayo de 4:30-7: 30pm. Nos reuniremos por el patio de recreo superior y campos de fútbol para disfrutar de deportes y paletas de hielo. Esta es una buen oportunidad para conocer y divertirse con otras familias FLA. ¡Todas las edades son bienvenidas!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week May 8-12 / Semana de Reconocimiento a los Maestros dias 8-12 de mayo

We're celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 8-12 at FLA. Please show your support for our amazing teachers and staff! The PTO is planning something special each day during the week. You can help by bringing a dessert donation the morning of Wednesday, May 10, or by planning your own appreciation!

Estamos celebrando Semana de Reconocimiento a los Maestros los dias 8-12 de Mayo. ¡Por favor muestre su apoyo a nuestros increíbles maestros y personal! Nuestra Organización de Padres y Maestros (PTO) está planeando algo especial cada día durante la semana. Usted puede ayudar con una donación de postre la mañana del miércoles, 10 de mayo, o con su propio agradecimiento!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

PTO Meeting / Reunión de la Organización Padres-Maestros - April 20 at 6pm

We look forward to seeing you at our next PTO meeting! Please invite other parents and teachers to join us. We have had a great year so far and would love to have some new faces join us as we plan for the future.

Esperamos la participación de todos el MARTES de la tarde para la próxima reunión de la Organización Padres-Maestros. Por favor, inviten a otros padres y maestros para reunirse con nosotros. Hemos tenido un gran año hasta ahora y nos encantaría tener nuevas caras que se unan a nosotros mientras planeamos el futuro.

Upcoming Dates/Datos de reuniones:
April 20 from 6-7:30pm
May 16 from 6-7:30pm

Monday, March 20, 2017

PTO Meeting this Tuesday, March 21 from 6-7:30pm

Are you interested in getting more involved? Find out what events are coming up this year, or choose a focus for next year! We look forward to seeing you at our next PTO meeting this Tuesday evening at 6pm! Please invite other parents and teachers to join us. We have had a great year so far and would love to have some new faces join us as we plan for the future.

Esperamos la participación de todos el martes de la tarde para la próxima reunión de la Organización Padres-Maestros. Por favor, inviten a otros padres y maestros para reunirse con nosotros. Hemos tenido un gran año hasta ahora y nos encantaría tener nuevas caras que se unan a nosotros mientras planeamos el futuro.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently seeking nominations for the PTO officer positions of president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary for the 2017-2018 school year. Officers, Teacher Representatives, and Grade Level Reps make up the PTO Executive Board. The duties of the Executive Board include creating standing rules and policies, creating committees, preparing and submitting a budget to the membership, and preparing reports and recommendations to the membership. If you are interested in any of the positions, please contact PTO President Nichole Kane at nicholekane29@gmail.com. Volunteer forms are also available online. Detailed descriptions of the positions are below:

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: Attend PTO Board and General Meetings; develop the budget; help shape the direction of the organization; facilitate communication between the organization and the parents and teachers in each grade level. Two representatives per grade level are needed.

Teacher Representatives- Responsibilities: Attend PTO Board Meetings; develop the budget; help shape the direction of the organization; facilitate communication between the organization and teachers.

If you would like to help in other ways, volunteers are also needed for a variety of school efforts including:

Fundraising - Responsibilities: Recruit volunteers to lead various fundraising efforts, and 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 - Responsibilities: Organize two annual teacher/staff luncheons during parent/conference days. Coordinate volunteers to assist with Teacher Appreciation Week and any other appreciation efforts.

School & Community Engagement - 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 - Curriculum Game Night, Art Fair, Black History Month Program; assist in student recruitment efforts by attending school fairs, networking, and social media

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

Book Fair - Responsibilities: Organize two annual book fairs; 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.

Room Parents - Responsibilities: Help recruit parents to assist with classroom/teacher needs; plan seasonal room parties; chaperone field trips

Fall Carnival - Responsibilities: Plan, promote, and recruit volunteers to carry out the Fall Carnival. Carnival typically has a theme and includes decorations, games, prizes, refreshments, and inflatables.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Share this GoFundMe Campaign to help our 8th Graders get to Puerto Rico!

Share this GoFundMe Campaign to help our 8th Graders get to Puerto Rico! https://www.gofundme.com/help-8th-graders-get-to-puerto-rico

Each year, the 8th graders go on a trip to Puerto Rico for a week as the culmination of their language-immersion. For some FLA kids, this is literally the trip of a lifetime (first time on a plane & the furthest they'll ever get from home). The kids do an insane amount of fundraising to earn the ~$2500 they need for the trip. Much of that counts on the generosity of their own friends & family as they sell chocolate, raffle tickets and snacks at school events.

This week, we learned that we've got 2 students whose friend & family network is very limited. One lives with her grandmother and has no other family to ask for help. They have used up all available contacts and are still about $2000 short each. I hate the idea of them being left behind because they lack the support system that lucky people like me are born into. I am taking up their cause.

All donations are tax-deductible and would go directly towards their trip. I will personally make sure you get a receipt for the donation. It would mean the world to these two 8th grade kids.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Parent Survey - Spring 2017

From time to time, Kansas City Public Schools asks parents to respond to questions about their child’s school. Because you are a valuable part of FLA, please take a moment to answer some questions about your experiences. It will take around 5 minutes.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParentsurveySpring2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

Spring Book Fair at FLA is only about 1 month away! Please use this link to volunteer - http://signup.com/go/rKwVZc. We are trying something different and running the spring fair for only 3 days. We will set up on Tues, March 28 and run the fair on Wed-Fri, March 29-31. Contact Stacy Viveros-Schmidt stacyviveros@gmail.com with any questions. We appreciate all your help to make this a success!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tonight, Tues., Feb. 28 from 6-8pm - Hidden Figures in African American History & Culture

Join us for our Black History Month Celebration honoring Hidden Figures in African American History and Culture. The program is tonight, Tuesday, February 28 from 6-8pm.
- Families will enjoy learning about African American history through dance, music, storytelling, poetry, student presentations, and art.
- Food will be available for sale throughout the night to raise funds for the 8th grade trip.
- The winner of the 50/50 raffle will also be announced tonight during the Black History Month program. If you have not yet gotten your tickets, you can still buy them tonight at the program, or in the office today. Tickets are $1 with half going directly to help our 8th graders get to Puerto Rico and the other half to our winner.
- Uniform Exchange will also be happening at tonight's program! Need uniforms? Choose from any size available. Have uniforms to donate? We accept new and gently used uniforms, plus new socks and underwear. The exchange will be available tonight from 6-8pm and every Monday and Friday after school from 4-6pm in La Sala Grande.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Meeting this Thursday Feb 23 2017 from 6-7:30pm

Our next PTO meeting is this Thursday night, February 23 from 6-7:30pm.  Babysitting and Spanish translation will be provided. If you are interested in becoming more involved at school, PTO meetings are a great place to start. At each meeting, you have a chance to hear updates from the administration, ask questions, meet other FLA families, and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Updated FLA Calendar!

Come changes have been made and here is the updated FLA calendar for the rest of the school year! The biggest change is the date of the World Culture Celebration which will be May 25. Most of the remaining field trips are also listed!

Updated FLA Calendar 2016-2017


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Clothing donations needed

Clothing donations are needed for our students, especially in sizes 8 and smaller. Donations of new or gently used uniforms, as well as new packs of underwear and socks can be dropped off at the office anytime, or brought to school at one of the many upcoming school events.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sign up to receive PTO emails

Thank you to everyone who came out to the PTO meeting last week. It was great to see the support for our school. We have lots of events coming up this second semester. Please sign up to receive PTO emails to get reminders about volunteer opportunies and events. Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ofDvT

Friday, January 27, 2017

FLA Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch

We're planning a soup & salad luncheon for our wonderful FLA teachers and staff on Thursday, February 16 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm - the same day as Parent Teacher Conferences. Volunteers and donations are needed to make this a success!
- Help with set-up 12:30-2pm or Clean-up from 2:00-3:30pm
To show your support, sign up at: http://signup.com/go/u2Nxym

Monday, January 16, 2017

Next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, January 17 at 6pm / Reunión de la Organización Padres-Maestros de FLA - 17 de enero a las 18:00

We look forward to seeing you at our next PTO meeting this Tuesday evening! Please invite other parents and teachers to join us. We have several agenda items to discuss, including a family meet up and a uniform drive. If any committee members have reports to share, please plan to attend.

Reunión de la Organización Padres-Maestros de FLA - 17 de enero a las 18:00
Esperamos la participación de todos el martes de la tarde para la próxima reunión de la Organización Padres-Maestros. Por favor, inviten a otros padres y maestros para reunirse con nosotros. Tenemos varios puntos de agenda para discutir, incluyendo una actividad para familias y una colecta de uniformes. Si alguno de los miembros del comité tiene informes que compartir, por favor asista a la reunión.

If you have missed a previous meeting and would like to read the agendas or minutes, you can find them on this page on the blog: PTO Meeting Handouts and Notes