Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017-2018 PTO Meetings

We had a great first meeting this month! We hope you will be able to join us the rest of the year as your schedule allows. Meetings provide an opportunity to discuss school news or concerns, meet other parents, hear updates from the administration, and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

September 26 at 4:30pm
October 26 at 6pm
November 14 at 6pm
December – No Meeting
January 18 at 6pm
February 20 at 4:30pm
March 22 at 6pm
April 17 at 6pm
May 10 at 6pm

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 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.