About the PTO: What We Do

 

The Crow Island Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) manages and funds a variety of initiatives each year to develop, enhance, and support Crow Island students and teachers in all aspects of the school environment.  PTO Board members, including the Executive Board and dozens of Committee Chairs, collectively work with hundreds of parent volunteers and staff members throughout the school year.

PTO Programs and Events

Among many other responsibilities, Crow Island PTO Committees manage:

All aspects of our Hot Lunch Program

Creation and distribution of our biweekly newsletter, the Crow Island Bulletin, as well as ongoing PTO website updating

Our extensive Staff Appreciation program, including Staff Appreciation week in May

Welcoming activities for new families, such as a welcome coffee and kindergarten popsicle party

Logistics for Pioneer Room scheduling, tours, and laundry

Special events for 4th graders, including an Immigration Day international lunch and an end-of-year party

More information about PTO programs and events can be found here.

PTO Funds and How They Are Used

The Crow Island PTO collects dues from parents via Infosnap during registration. These funds stay within our own building.  In addition, fundraising is a key responsibility of the PTO, and a variety of fundraisers are held throughout the school year.  Annual fundraising events include the Run-a-thon and the Book Fair.  Funds are also raised on an ongoing basis during the school year, through programs such as the Hot Lunch Program and the Grand Food for Funds.  The proceeds of all these fundraisers are then invested directly back into our school building, property, and curriculum.  Some examples of items funded by the PTO in recent years include:

A new swing set in the 1st and 2nd Grade Playground

Enhanced technology for the school, notably our newly upgraded auditorium audio system

Imagination Playground for the 1st Grade blacktop

Costs and supplies associated with a variety of annual events such as the Crow Island Family Picnic, Field Day, and the 4th Grade Party

Teacher wishlist items, such as innovative classroom materials and furnishings

Professional skills development opportunities for teachers

A list of fundraisers at Crow Island can be found here.

Getting Involved

The Crow Island PTO welcomes the involvement of all parents–it makes many school programs possible.  The efforts of parents truly enhance the culture of our school and the educational experience for our children.  You’ll find ways to help during the school day as well as from home–there’s something to fit every schedule!  For instance, you can:

Chair or join a committee that has ongoing responsibilities, such as Community Outreach, Staff Appreciation, and Landscaping

Chair or join a committee that supports school programs, such as Peace Power and Pioneer Room

Chair or join one of our fundraising committees (Spiritwear, Book Fair, Hot Lunch Program, Run-a-thon, Parent/Teacher Party)

Chair or join a committee that has a one-time event, such as Parent/Child Math Night, Field Day, and the Science and Math Expo

Nominate yourself for an Executive Board position for the 2016-2017 school year; the slating process will begin in March 2016

Volunteer to be a Room Parent for your child’s class; for more details, see Room Parents

To find out more about the PTO committees that still need volunteers, please visit the PTO Job Fair in September or contact the VP of Programs, Mary Kelly at crowislandprograms@gmail.com.

The PTO enhances the educational experience of Crow Island students by financing a variety of programs as well as upgrading our facility and materials.  The PTO is integral to the ongoing success of Crow Island operations and special initiatives.  We hope you’ll consider volunteering and/or supporting PTO events and fundraisers.  Please be assured that your generosity is appreciated and will have a direct impact on our wonderful school and its students.