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

--Box Tops
--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

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