The PTA is our Parent-Teacher Association, and the core of our school family! We ask that every family join the PTA, because it benefits all of us– students, teachers and parents alike. The dues ($10 per member) are used in support of our teachers, the purchase of materials for incentive programs and field trips, and for events we hold throughout the year. While Garden Hills is a Title 1 school, meaning it receives extra funds from the school system based on the amount of children who receive free or reduced-rate lunch, those Title 1 funds are targeted for very specific areas. With a large PTA, we can do so much more, and choose what we do.
We also call on our PTA members to volunteer– whether you can support us with a case of water for an event, for example, work at an event for an hour or two, or choose to serve on a committee, we value your support! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’d like to be on the volunteer list.
The PTA Board meets once a month throughout the year. Everyone is invited to attend these board meetings, which will be announced in advance. It is a great way to be informed about the fun events in store for our school community! There will also be three General Meetings for the PTA members over the course of the year. To accommodate parents’ schedules, General Meetings will take place either in the morning as soon as school starts and last a very short time, or in the evening to coincide with a school-wide family event. Please check the School Calendar for the schedule.
You can join the PTA via our School Directory. Sign up or update your family’s profile in the Directory here (school code is gardenhills) and click the link to the PTA Membership. Or you can download a form here (English and Spanish within the same document).
PTA Membership Dues at Work:
ONGOING ACADEMIC SUPPORT
- Provide stipends to teachers to purchase additional supplies for their classrooms, up to $100 each.
- Pay for Accelerated Reading Program incentives for the children such as t-shirts, quarterly celebrations, and a final pizza party for those students who met 100% of their AR Goal.
- Provide breakfasts, lunches, and gifts for Teacher and Staff Appreciation throughout the year.
- Provide support to the Music and Art Programs through Field Trips to the High Museum and to sing at the IB World Concert, as well as supplies for the Music Room.
ONGOING SOCIAL AND ENRICHMENT EVENTS
- Cover costs associated with these annual events:
The Annual Shakespeare Performance each Spring
3rd-5th Grade Dance
- Provide scholarships to students for after school enrichment.
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
- Support the Learning Gardens. Teachers are now using the gardens to teach lessons in math, science, and stewardship.
RECENT EQUIPMENT & SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS
- Purchased foyer rug with Garden Hills Elementary School logo
- Purchased and installed movie screen in the Gymnasium and Media Center
- Installed coat and backpack hooks outside classrooms
- Purchased the digital marquee monument in front of the school
- Purchased a Rizograph high-speed copier for the school
- Pressure Washing for the school
- Courtyard Upgrade with new slate and picnic tables
- Replaced outdated sound system with an upgrade to a portable sound system for the Auditorium and Gym
- Purchased new portable stage lighting
What you can do to help make the 2017-2018 School Year another success:
- Volunteer for a Committee
- Volunteer in your child’s classroom
- Volunteer at our Campus & Gardens Clean Up
- Donate to our school’s Foundation: Acorns To Oaks
- Attend the Spring fundraiser, Evening in the Garden
- Attend the school events with your family
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