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 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!

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.

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 - 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 with any questions. We appreciate all your help to make this a success!