Parent Teacher Organization
Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Teachers,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. The Discovery School is a special place because of the incredibly talented and caring teachers, dedicated staff, enthusiastic students, and involved parents. The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a volunteer group dedicated to supporting the school and enhancing the quality of the educational experience for all our students. Every parent or guardian of a Discovery student, as well as every teacher is automatically a member of the PTO. The key goals of our organization include:
- Coordinating volunteer participation to support school programs
- Hosting extra curricular activities that build community including Fall Festival, Parent Social and Maker Faire.
- Sponsoring activities that increase school spirit
- Supporting the school administration, board of trustees and teachers in their goals
All PTO dues are collected with your tuition, but you can support our organization further by selecting Discovery as your benefiting organization on iGive.com and Amazon Smile. It only takes a few moments to register and it provides a significant benefit to our school.
The PTO welcomes you to join our meetings to raise your concerns and contribute your ideas to better our school. All meeting dates will be posted on the school calendar, communicated through the Discovery Update and our private Facebook group, The Discovery School Community.
We are looking forward to another wonderful year at The Discovery School!
Kathy Bull and Josh Tayloe
Myth: The PTO is just for stay-at-home moms.
FACT: The PTO is for everyone! Our volunteers are moms, dads and those who fill those roles. We have a wide range of volunteers who: stay-at-home; work part-time to full-time; have little ones at home, preschoolers, high schoolers and/or college students; are continuing their own education; and more.
Myth: The PTO has all the help they need.
FACT: The PTO welcomes everyone and continues to need volunteers for various events and committees year-round. We need you!
Myth: Volunteering for the PTO takes too much time.
FACT: Only YOU can decide how much time you can give. Even if you can help at just one event or handle one task per year, it would be greatly appreciated.
Myth: PTO volunteers need to be at the school during the day.
FACT: Much of the PTO work can be done from home on your own schedule, or at events at night or weekends. Yes, there is volunteering during the school day at times if you are able to do so. But no one does it all, so choose what works best for you.
Myth: The PTO has the same volunteers year after year and everyone knows each other.
FACT: While we are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who return, we also welcome new ones every year. We do strike up friendships and enjoy getting to know one another. This year, we already have several new Committee Chairs and volunteers, and we have not all met each other yet. Our volunteers range from Toddler to Upper Elementary parents, so it’s a great chance to get to know parents from other classes you may not have met otherwise.
Myth: The PTO is all set with their activities and events for the year.
FACT: Each year, the PTO brings back favorites and tries new activities, fundraisers and events. Those new ideas come from volunteers. While we try to plan ahead, there’s still plenty of time to do even more for the students and school for the 2018-2019 year. And we want you to be a part of it all!
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!