The PTA has a direct impact on your children and the quality of their school. A PTA has the ability, more than any other organization, to make a school a better place for your children to learn by addressing the needs of its individual school. Here are some examples of how the PTA has benefitted students at 217:
Making the school a better place to learn. Every year our PTA spends thousands of dollars to purchased classroom furniture, supplies and equipment, library books, musical instruments, computers, science and technology supplies and equipment, and funded playground and school beautification projects.
Providing enrichment opportunities for children, including studio art, movement and dance programs (such as African Dance for 3rd graders, and ballroom dance for 5th graders), theater games and musical theater programs, and an architecture enrichment program.
Providing opportunities for parent engagement at school, as well as providing opportunities for parents to learn more about health and welfare subjects relevant to children.
What do Board members do? The PTA bylaws specify responsibilities and duties for each position, but the reality is that each member brings to the table different skills and strengths. There is a great deal of flexibility (except, perhaps, in the President and Treasurer roles), and overlapping between positions which makes it easier to collaborate and support each other in the most practical manner.
No qualifications are necessary - ALL parents/guardians of children enrolled in the school are permitted to run for Board positions (unless they are also staff members).
How often do Board Members meet? Formally, the Board meets monthly on the same day as the PTA General Membership meetings. Currently this is the second Wednesday of the month. The Board Meets from 8-8:30am, followed by the PTA meeting at 8:40. (Usually finished by 9:30am, but occasionally runs until 10am.)
How much time are Board Members required to spend on PTA activities? How much time is spent at school? This is a volunteer position, and can take as much time as you are willing to spend! In the past some members are able to assist with tasks on a daily basis, while others only attend meetings, contribute to online discussions/votes and assist with event planning/committee discussions on an as-needed basis.
As such it is difficult to put a number on it. It can fluctuate depending on monthly activities and can range widely from 2-30 hours/week spent on PTA-related work (and anything in between!) and arranging to be at school a minimum of 2-5 hours per month (including monthly meetings).
How many Board members are there and how long do Board members usually stay on the Board? For a PTA to function the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer must be filled, but there are no set numbers. Positions can be filled by 1, 2, or even 3 people in partnership as long as they all co-nominate together in the election. Each member only needs to commit to one year--elections are held every year for each position, though often board members do re-nominate for the same or different board positions when they are able to do so.
Why Join the PTA Board (or event and volunteer Teams)? Join for your child! It's all about them—enhancing their experience and education. The school can only do so much with the limited funds it receives from the government budget, so we supplement, enhance, and advocate where necessary.
We are now accepting nominations for the following elected positions:
Vice President of Events
Vice President of Membership
Vice President of Middle School**
* These are mandatory positions ** Must be a parent of a current or incoming MS student
All parents are eligible to run for a PTA position unless they are employees of the school. You are welcome to co-nominate with a partner! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate yourself or someone else (who will be contacted to cofirm they agree to participate!) Deadline for Nominations: April 20.Nominations will be announced at the May 9th PTA General Membership Meeting.
Election: To be held during the May 9, 8:40am PTA General Membership Meeting in the Cafeteria.