We have raised $204, 278.53 as of June 3, 2014. Our goal was $187,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. There are checks still coming in for deposit and will know the final total by July 1 or sooner. This has been an amazing year for all of us. I want to Thank YOU for taking an active part in your child’s learning and supporting the Schmitz Park community as we continue to strive for excellence in academics and personal growth. Schmitz Park IS a great school because of YOU. Thank you for allowing me to be your PTA Fundraising Chair representative this year. I wish you a happy, healthy and safe Summer. See you in the Fall, and around town, Nazleen Patel-Ejarque (Parent of a 2nd grade graduate).
Are you ready to help lead our Schmitz Park community and continue a legacy of great parent involvement? We’re looking for parents that have the knowledge and drive to continue to make great things to happen at Schmitz Park. The PTA Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for:
PTA Board Officers = Help determine PTA direction; voted in; meet 1x per month for PTA board, and 1x per month for General PTA meeting
Open Chair Positions = Oversee particular events and activities; not voted in; only attend relevant meetings
Other = Help the above where possible; not voted in; no meeting requirements
Guide the PTA board to ensure you are meeting your PTA’s goals and fulfilling PTA’s mission
Serve as president elect of SP PTA, support president in running PTA meetings as needed. Support other SP commitees as needed, identify needs for new initiatives as needed.
The secretary is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of association meetings. These records are the permanent history of the PTA. Promptness, accuracy, and knowledge of PTA policies are key to this job. The secretary should be committed to helping the president conduct a businesslike meeting
Understand the status of current fundraising activities, what money is available to be spent versus what is owed, and the bylaws as they relate to the treasurer’s responsibilities.
Tom Boyer (roll over)
Serve as Treasurer elect, support Treasurer in running financials as needed.
Michelle Wonder (appointed)
Track issues that affect the SP community at the district, local state and national levels. Frame issues and decision points for PTA and larger SP community. Create and execute action plans to support PTA positions on issues
Emily Giaquinta & Angela Cough
Oversee Moveathon, One Campaign and support auction leads. Develop and lead volunteer commitee to support activities
Lorie Bennett & Derek Birnie
Create content and share across communications vehicles to engage SP community in PTA activities. Manage SP PTA blog, social media accounts and web pages on SPS site.
Proposed Other Members 2014/15 (non voted-in, including Chairs)
Standing roles = year round
Special roles = event based positions on an ad hoc (as-needed) basis
Help coordinate the auction
Help coordinate the auction
Oversee this fun event near the end of the school year
Keep up-to-date on the new school at Genessee Hill and associated issues
Communications - blog manager
Keep our blog as up to date as possible, as this will be our main source of information for parents and the community
Communications - Facebook
Keep our FB postings up to date and link them to the blog
Communications - signage
Ensure our main signs reflect the current PTA activities and events
Lorie Bennett, Fiona Preedy
Communications - SPS website
Ensure the official website through the PTA is maintained and references the PTA blog where appropriate
Lorie Bennett, Fiona Preedy
Oversee the GiveBack campaign, work with local businesses and support procurement activities
Recruitment of members, lead member engagement and benefits
Oversee the MAT
Kara Centioli, Jodie Bennett
Assist with ensuring our Passport program is running as needed
Help garner conversations and donations from local businesses
Athena Fjeld, Melissa Pederssen
Work with teachers, PTA board and blog manager to ensure educational content is relevant and helpful. Also assists with once a year events like Math Night
Oversee this once a year event
Katie Hamilton, Jodie Bennett
Assess needs, implement and manage systems and software to manage SP PTA data accross functions including membership, finance, fundraising and others
– See more at: http://www.ptakit.org/PTA-President/Running-Your-PTA/Roles-and-Responsibilities-of-Officers-Board-and-Committees.aspx
We are excited to say that we have surpassed our fundraising goal of $187,000. It was because of YOU the school has the much needed supplies and support to help our children become successful in academics and in the community.
It takes a village to raise a child, and we are THAT village. – Nazleen, Fundraising Chair
However, as we look forward to next school year, there are changes ahead. Those changes will depend on HOW we act now. As you know, our math curriculum is in jeopardy as The Seattle Public Schools Math Adoption Committee has recommended enVision Math for all Seattle schools. We may need to fund our math program once again, which adds a potential $80,000 to next year’s fundraising budget that was not accounted for in in this year’s.
In order to continue and upgrade a math program that has not only enriched our children’s education, but will provide our teachers with valuable tools not previously available to them via Singapore Math, we need to have 100% participation in the One Campaignfrom our parent community.
Many families have given already, however we have a few in each class that have yet to do so. Our goal was $320 per child but whatever amount is greatly appreciated and will help to offset the costs and fundraising budget for next year. Thank you to all the families who have generously supported and believed in Schmitz Park. Your financial support, whatever the amount, is greatly appreciated. Please contact Fundraising@schmitzparkpta.org with questions regarding donating to Schmitz Park. Click here to make a gift online
Rick Burke, a Math Adoption Committee Member states in his post at Save Seattle Schools, “Although the public feedback clearly favored Math in Focus, the program ranking [was] based on the CCSS-based evaluation criteria. MIF, following the Singapore framework, was noticeably advanced compared to the CCSS topic pacing. “
Thanks to years of commitment from Schmitz Park faculty and PTA support, Schmitz Park’s proven use of Singapore Math Curriculum has our kids entering middle school with a solid understanding of math. They are consistently at an advantage over non-Singapore math students in their grasp of the curriculum.
What did it take to make this happen? First, the school leadership, with PTA support, successfully lobbied the school district to grant a waiver, to give the school permission to use a different curriculum. Second, PTA supporters contributed over $180,000 over the past several years to pay for the curriculum and materials.
Next steps? If the school board adopts the recommendation, we will be faced with two choices:
Use the school district’s new math curriculum, and risk leaving our legacy of excellence in math behind
Go through the process of lobbying the district for another waiver, and raise $30,000 a year (plus a one-time $30,000 fee in the first year) to provide our own curriculum again
We need your help now to continue our legacy of excellence! Help us convince the school board of the importance of our tradition. Here’s how:
Looks like Kindergarten is saying, “Heck No We Won’t Go.” The votes keep coming in and they’ve raised their score to 31% of the funds raised. 2nd is still trying to catch them but has dropped down to 21%. This is the last day of voting. We will send out up dates all day long!! I would just like to point out the amazing participation rates, we have five cohorts with over 30% rate! This is amazing! Keep the votes coming, next update will be posted at 8 pm tonight!
Help your child’s cohort (grade level) secure the coveted honor of the Auction Royal Court by making a $5 vote on the VOTE FOR ROYAL COURT via PayPal or by bringing in cash or check to the front office (be sure to put your child’s name and room # on it). Don’t forget the top FUNdraising cohort will win a Popsicle party with masks and beads, as well as send their teachers to the auction in a swanky limo, and kick off the dance party. Get your votes in by April 2nd, 11:00 pm.
Now 1st grade is rallying, they’ve knocked 3rd grade down to 4th place. Come on 3rd grade you can rally. Kindergarten is holding steady at 29% of the funds raised, followed closely behind 2nd grade. Game on people, we can do it!!
Help your child’s cohort (grade level) secure the coveted honor of the Auction Royal Court by making a $5 vote on the VOTE FOR ROYAL COURT via PayPal or by bringing in cash or check to the front office (be sure to put your child’s name and room # on it). Don’t forget the top FUNdraising cohort will win a Popsicle party with masks and beads, as well as send their teachers to the auction in a swanky limo, and kick off the dance party. Get your votes in by April 2nd.