Mothering Forum banner
1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
966 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I just joined the PTA for my DD's scool district.<br>
She is going into Kindergarten.<br>
Are any of you mamma's a member of the PTA?<br>
I go to my first meeting on the 8th. What can I expect?<br><br>
Since DD is only starting out in school, I have never paid too much attention to the school budgets or any of the programs. Is there anything I should inform myself about before hand?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,536 Posts
The first meeting should be strictly straightforward. It should mention the business of the PTA and how it works and where they need help. There should be signups or solicitations for volunteers for some of the posts.<br><br>
I enjoy ours - it is a great way to find out what goes on in the school. There can be some cliquishness to the PTA and you shouldn't get too upset by it. Just ignore it and volunteer for stuff you feel comfortable doing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
966 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Do the teachers always attend the meetings also? I am looking forward to meeting my daughters teacher.<br>
Also, I look forward to meeting other moms.<br><br>
I know what you mean by cliqishness. I have heard that is why some (many) parents don't join in.<br><br>
I am not planning on going to just make friends though. I want to play an active role in my child's education and I thought that joining the PTA was a good place to start.<br>
Going to public school from Montessori is a big change. It was easy to fit right in with the other moms of Montessori and they looked forward to parent participation.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
333 Posts
I am a member of the PTO (that's what we call PTA in our district), and have been since my son was in first grade (he starts fifth on Tuesday).<br><br>
There is usually one teacher representative at each of our meetings, which occur monthly, and the principal is also present. We have multiple committees for the activities that take place during the school year, and also to address any issues that arise. For example, I am the school representative to the Parents Action Committee (PAC) for the LEEP/PROBE programs (our district's gifted and talented program). I'll go to PAC meetings and report back to the PTO about things that are happening, etc. I'm also co-chair of the science fair committee, which basically means I work with the fifth grade teachers to put together the science fair and find volunteers to help the children.<br><br>
I joined because I felt I needed to have more of a say in how things were happening at DS' school, and although there are some cliques, the majority of the parents are there for the same reasons I am.<br><br>
I'd say join - you won't regret it in the least!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,800 Posts
I think it varies hugely. We went to a few meetings for ours last year when dd started K, but found ourselves really out of place. Ours is all fund raising all the time, to the point of insanity. It is extremely cliquey as well.<br><br>
Ours is a reasonably well off suburban school. The PTO typically raises way more money with the endless fundraising than they have budgeted to spend. They refuse to consider doing any direct appeals, which would reduce the fundraisers needed. It seems that the PTO is run by soccer moms who find deep personal meaning in coordinating Yankee candle sales.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,264 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">It seems that the PTO is run by soccer moms who find deep personal meaning in coordinating Yankee candle sales.</td>
</tr></table></div>
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br><br>
EFMOM<br>
that has got to be one of th funniest things i've read all day!!:LOL<br><br>
Warm Squishy Feelings...<br><br>
Dyan<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,863 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">that has got to be one of the funniest things i've read all day!!</td>
</tr></table></div>
I second that!!<br><br>
We have 2 different meetings-- board meetings & general assembly meetings. As the Health & Safety Chair, I attend both. Our board meetings are all business & then important details of those meetings are presented to the general assembly. Our teacher rep attends all the meetings, but not everybody is always at the general assembly. After the business portion of each general assembly, we have some sort of event. This week we had Meet the Teacher Night. The rest are usually grade level music or drama performances.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
980 Posts
EFMom, I have several fabulous ways to spend money for great things for the school. If your school doesn't offer them, suggest they start a series of Lunch Clubs for the kids. At dd's school, each club is run by a volunteer parent. About 15 kids participate, and they include things like a chess and checkers club, craft clubs, knitting clubs, building with Lego, and one year the principal even volunteered to run an etiquette club. The kids have fun, and they get one day a week without having to put on a ton of snow gear just to go outside for a few minutes on the dismal playground.<br><br>
Speaking of dismal playgrounds, perhaps your school could spend its money there?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
966 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
I went to the first meeting on Monday night. It was so nice. No one acted cliqueish. Big plus! I tend to feel uncomfortable at times because I am a young mom at 24 and most of the other moms are a bit older. But I love my children and I want what's best.<br><br>
So here's what we did...We discussed having new curtains made for the stage. The ones that are still hanging look as if they've been there since the 70's <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br>
We are hoping that the new curtains will be hanging by the end of October.<br>
We discussed a new playground. We are all going to look at catalogs to pick out what we think will be best for the variety of age groups. The school is K-5. We are also considering having recycled tire instead of pea stones. Feedback would be great if you have any!<br><br>
Also, this is the exciting part! I am chairman of the Annual Halloween Parade. I get to organize the whole event for our district. The children will be dressed as Dalmations and we will have a float and treats to toss to the crowd. I am making the plans now. I know it will be hard work, but in the end I think it will be loads of fun and the children will have a great time so long as it doesn't get rained out.<br><br>
Today we are having Red, White, and Blue Day in comemoration of 9/11. All of the children will get a pin to wear and they all dressed in colors of the falg.<br><br>
Our "Meet the Teachers" night will be on the 22nd of this month. I am excited about this. I am really looking forward to meeeting Monet's teacher.<br><br>
For Halloween, we have to put together goodie bags for about 500 students. We will be passing them out the night before, so when the students come in the next day, they will have a sweet surprise. I am going to mention maybe ordering some doodads from Oriental Express instead of loading them all up with sugary treats.<br><br>
So far- so good. I really enjoyed the meeting and I made a couple of possible friends too. I feel pretty good about this.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,800 Posts
mamabear, so glad you had a good experience! The Halloween parade sounds like fun. Can I send my real four pawed dalmation to trot along? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
bestjob, the extra money gets spent without a problem. There is always a long "just in case" wish list. And they already have a fabulous playground--we use it all summer when school is out. Your ideas sound like fun though.<br><br>
I have to admit, I found our PTA such a turn off that we stopped going after a few meetings.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,651 Posts
I am the President-Elect for our elementary school PTA this year. I can think of no better way to have a big impact on your child's school than to become involved in the PTA. Our PTA enriches the children's school life in so many ways...holiday parties completely run and funded by the PTA, 10 different cultural arts programs researched and funded, 12 amazing in-house field trips to enhance the curriculums for each grade, teacher appreciation, school supplies, and we have an awesome community service committee that sponsors 5 major community service projects each year (packing lunches for homeless men's shelter, clothing drives, etc.) that involve each child. Another big plus is getting to know the staff very well...it makes for a much more comfortable, community feel in a place where our children spend so much time. Congratulations on jumping right in and getting involved!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,863 Posts
Regarding the purchase of equipment, our PTA decided last year that it was better for the PTA to donate funding to the school with the stipulation that it be spent on the designated equipment. There was some concern over potential liability in the event a child were to be hurt while using the equipment-- the school is more protected from liability than PTA.<br><br>
Our dept of agriculture passed new stricter regulations regarding the availability of foods of "minimal nutritional value" in school. It's a wierd thing because most candy is prohibited, but they can still have chocolate & baked sweets like cookies.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: So anyway, we aren't doing the usual bags of candy this year. That's Red Ribbon Week too so we have plenty of other stuff going on anyway.<br><br>
Mammabear-- I totally relate to the age thing. Most of our members are a good 10 years older than I am. But the PTA group doesn't make me feel uncomfortable about it. They're so focused on the good of the kids & so greatful for all volunteer efforts that it just doesn't matter.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,581 Posts
3boysmom that is the most intelligent and creative PTA I have ever heard of. I wish ours was like that! I would love to become more invested if I could have an impact on curriculum and increasing cultural enrichment. At our school it is usually just 'fluff' that the PTO is handling. Refrigerators or rugs for various classrooms, etc. It is cliqueish and hard to break in.<br><br>
Any suggestions for transforming it?
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Top