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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!