PTO InformationWe hope to see you all at the Washington Gifted School PTO's monthly meetings! Meetings at 6pm on 2nd Thursday of each month. All parents are welcome and encouraged to come to these meetings.2 Hour Family Challenge!We truly value your time! We hope you are able to volunteer for two hours per family during the year for opportunities like room parties, dance chaperones, sports event ticket table, Help-a-thon chaperones, and Book Fair volunteers. A complete list of committees and opportunities will be sent home at the beginning of the school year. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help our students!
Dates to remember… stay tuned!Box TopsSave these labels so the school can earn equipment. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to save them for you, too. Put them in separate baggies or envelopes with your student's name and homeroom on it.Box Tops go in the mailbox.Do you ever wonder how the money raised by the PTO is spent? Here are some ways the PTO helped during the school year:
In the Classroom: Theory of Knowledge materials ($300), New York Times Classroom subscriptions ($260), used instruments for band ($350), Texas Instruments Math Forward equipment($250)For the Washington Gifted Community: back-to-school shirts for all students ($350), prizes for the PBIS Store ($300), offset end-of-year field trip expenses for all families ($6000)
The PTO is busy all year sponsoring events not only for the Washington families to get to know each other, but also to provide some fundraising. In a typical year, the PTO sponsors the following activities (timing is approximate):
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:Fundraising Restaurant Nights; Box Tops are collected; Spirit Wear is sold; Picture Person volunteers (as available) are teaching about art.
SEPTEMBER:The Back To School committee welcomes everyone back to school at the Coffee Get Together.
OCTOBER:Books are celebrated at the first of two Book Fairs; Room Parents are throwing Halloween parties; Destination Imagination teams are forming; the Staff Appreciation committee plans a grand buffet to celebrate the teachers & staff.
NOVEMBER:The Honor Roll Recognition committee recognizes the honor roll students; the grandparents are welcomed to the school on Grandparents' Day; the 8th-grade girl athletes are recognized at the final home basketball game by the 8th Grade Sports Recognition committee.
DECEMBER:The Room Parents are back to throw a winter party to kick off winter break.
JANUARY:The 2nd quarter honor students are recognized again with a party by the Honor Roll Recognition committee.
FEBRUARY:Washington's student talent is showcased at the Brown Bag It Dinner Theater; the Staff Appreciation committee provides another luncheon for the staff; Room Parents throw their final party on Valentine's Day; the 8th-grade boy athletes are recognized by the 8th Grade Sports Recognition committee at the final home basketball game.
MARCH:The Book Fair is back for a second round.
APRIL:The 3rd quarter honor roll students get to celebrate a final time at a party by the Honor Roll Recognition committee.
MAY:The graduating 8th-graders enjoy one final dance at Washington, as well as their Honor Ceremony, all sponsored by the 8th Grade Honor Ceremony committee.
PLEASE NOTE: MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES & EVENTS TAKE PLACE AT WASHINGTON, BUT THOSE ARE SCHOOL SPONSORED/RELATED. THE ABOVE EVENTS ARE PTO-SPONSORED, WHICH WE COULD NOT DO WITHOUT THE VOLUNTEER SUPPORT WE GET FROM WASHINGTON FAMILIES. *****THANK YOU*****