UPES Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Executive Board for 2012/2013
Our PTA board seeks to build strong relationships in our community. It is our ultimate goal to produce a sense of cohesion and team work in all that we do. We are proud of our student body and our outstanding teachers and administrators. We will continue to build on the impressive academic scores of our students, by supporting them and providing our educators with the tools they need to teach and nurture our children. We will also honor our commitment to involve parents and caregivers as we acknowledge them as a child’s first teacher.
We look forward to working with you and encourage you to join us each month at our meetings.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the PTA do?
The PTA helps parents and school staff to communicate and work together on issues we all care about. We also work with the school to sponsor events throughout the year that bring the school community together—including cultural events and celebrations, a school potluck, and a May Fair at the end of the year. And of course, the PTA raises money to provide things that the school system cannot afford, such as arts and other classroom enrichment, school supplies, and playground/grounds improvement. The PTA also sponsors self-supporting after-school enrichment activities, such as language, art and science classes. All of these efforts require parent involvement, so your participation makes a difference.
When are the PTA meetings?
PTA meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month, typically at 7 pm in the media center. Occasionally we hold meetings at other times for a particular reason (for example, holding a couple of meetings at 4:30 or 5:00 pm to make it easier for teachers to attend).
Can I join even if I can’t attend the meetings?
Yes—absolutely. Membership is only $5.00. The PTA meetings are a good way for parents to meet and hear from each other, but there are lots of ways to be active in the PTA without attending the monthly meetings. Many of the activities and events sponsored by the PTA are planned by phone and e-mail, and announcements of volunteer needs will come home in your child’s backpack. If you have e-mail, you can join the PTA listserv to stay informed about PTA activities, events, and discussions.
How do I find out about PTA activities and events?
Announcements about PTA activities and events are included in the UPES school/PTA calendar and newsletters that come home in students’ backpacks each month. We think it makes more sense for parents to receive a combined calendar and newsletter than to distribute a separate one for the PTA.
How do I sign up for the PTA listserve?
Send an e-mail (no subject, no message) to http://groups.google.com/group/upes-pta-listserve
UNIVERSITY PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2011-2012 PTA REGISTRATION FORM
PTA Yearly Dues:
Make checks payable to UPES PTA.
Parent Name(s): __________________________________________________________
Add to List Serve (Y/N) Add to PTA Directory (Y/N)
Wish to receive Wednesday envelope materials electronically (Y/N) ______________
Please check your areas of interest - activities in bold need a lot of volunteers!
______Room Parent Coordinator ______Open House ______Website
______Translation ______Wednesday Envelopes
______Sally Foster Wrapping Paper Sale (September)
Help to sort orders when the come to the school.
______Scholastic Book Fair (October, during the day and evening)
Work a 1 hour shift at the fair doing check-out or helping students.
______Silent Auction Fundraiser (October)
Help get donations for the auction, help with set-up/clean-up, help process bids, help type up bid sheets and descriptions of auction items.
______Direct Appeal for Donations (September)
Send out letters in September. Get donations to Board.
______International Potluck Festival (January)
Help plan, help with set up/clean up, bring food.
______Azalea Classic 1K/5K Run/Walk (April, planning starts in the Fall)
Help committee to plan, work shift at run, help register runners
______May Fair School Carnival (May, planning begins in February)
Work a booth, join a committee, run a game, help with food, rides, set-up/clean-up
Community-Building Events/Celebration: These events mainly need Set-up/clean-up help.
_____Fall Fest (October during the day) _____School Musical (May)
_____Sixth Grade Recognition (June) _____Sixth Grade Dance (June)
Staff/Volunteer Appreciation: Work with committee to show appreciation to teachers/staff. Help set-up and deliver food or other items.
_____Teacher appreciation/Wish Lists (December and May)
_____Breakfast/Lunch for Science Fair Judges (March) _____Administrative Assistant Appreciation Day
Enrichment/Academic Support: Collaborate with others to enhance programs and services for students.
_____Talented and Gifted (TAG) committee _____ Special Education Committee
_____Write-a-Book Project (during the school day)
Field and Playground Improvement: Mainly outside on weekends. Great for Dads!
_____Landscaping (work days a few Saturdays a year)
_____Field Renovation and Maintenance (work days a few Saturdays a year)