PTO Information 
     We hope to see you all at the Washington Gifted School PTO's monthly meetings! Meetings at 6pm on 2nd Tuesday 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!



    WGMS PTO Minutes

    April 9, 2019

    Present: Bre Reynolds, Rachel Moser, Gina Isada, Michelle Nielsen Ott, Shannon Rule, Barb Milaccio, Snejana Eldridge, Susan Martin, Brenda Wilson, Heidi Bauer, Alyce Jackson, Becky Herkelman, Dave Poehls, Shari Holzer

    Meeting called to order at 6:07pm

    Motion to approve March minutes: Shannon Rule and Rachel Moser. Motion carried.

    Principal’s Report: Welcomed Susan Martin, new WGMS principal for 2019-2020, and Susan invited anyone to email her through the district with any questions.

    Building updates: Saturday, April 13th will begin asbestos abatement, boiler will come out completely and floor will be sealed. Workers will be putting in double shifts. HVAC will begin May 30th along with LED lighting, also working in double shifts over the summer. 2021 should be when new entrance to the building gets completed. Ordered new flip out tables in school colors. Hoping to get a wall on far side of small stage to hold PTO items. Cooking will soon be on site.

    Upcoming events: This week students are doing Laps for Life for St. Jude. Suggested using pledge sheet as incentive for doing chores at home. Destination Imagination teams go to their state competitions this Saturday, having a 10th hour buy out to raise money for Global completion. April 23rd some students will go to Hult Center, a parental choice note may be involved. Also, that evening at 6:30 Chief Boone will talk about what a crisis plan looks like and stay for questions and answers. Illinois Science assessment will be the Wednesday after Spring Break. The Spring Musical is April 25th and 26th with an afternoon performance on Saturday the 27th. Fine Arts night is May 2nd. Fine Arts performances at the Court House are May 3rd from 11am to 1pm. Students must attend Fine Arts night to go to Court House. New student orientation is May 7th. Eighth grade dance is May 10th. All School Field Trips are May 14th (not 16th.) 8th graders leave at 6:45am to St. Louis City Museum, returning about 5:30pm. 6th grade goes to Springfield for the Abraham Lincoln Museum, Old State Capitol and the Military History Museum. 5th grade goes to Matheson State Park. May 21st is Honor Roll donut recognition at 10am. May 23rd is 8th grade Honors ceremony at 6:30pm. May 24th all school Honors day beginning at 8am. May 28th is all school carnival, school dismisses at 1pm.

    Summit Learning: Mr. Poehls and Alyce Jackson visited a charter school using Summit. He has done a lot of studying about the program. It will begin in the fall with 5th and 6th graders. It has 1 to 1 technology and 1 to 1 mentoring. It is project based, not a student on a lap top with the teacher elsewhere. The schedule for the students will spell everything out Monday through Friday. It enhances WGMS’ current curriculum. Parent questions included: How much screen will kids have? Are there ads? Is there data sharing? Is there an opt out? Is there a foreign language component and if not how will we incorporate it? If students cannot take technology home, how will they get work done that isn’t completed at school? Is there a contract/time commitment with Summit? Mr. Poehls wants to get answers to all of these questions and then have a parent meeting in the next couple of weeks. May 2nd is the date that the PSD 150 would enter into the agreement with Summit.

    Going to 45 minute periods in the fall.

    8th grade packets are still being assembled.

    President’s Report: Book Fair April 24-27th which includes day of Spring Musical, and also 29th. We do have a Book Fair chairperson for next year and also a PTO secretary.

    Treasurer’s Report: Cash balance as of today is $22,664. New treasurer for next year is Brandon Henley. Will pay around $5,000 for end of year field trips. Mr. Poehls is talking to teachers about any request they may have. There was a suggestion made for getting a new rug for the entrance in school colors.

    Motion to approve budget: Rachel Moser and Brenda Wilson. Motion carried.

    New Business: Need 8 to 10 people to help set up for 8th grade dance on May 10th. Would like about 6 chaperones also and help to clean up after. Dance is a Luau theme.

    Last PTO meeting of the year on May 14th may be moved due to conflicts with field trips.

    Motion to adjourn: Shannon Rule and Becky Herkelman



    Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to another great year at Washington!

     Alyce Jackson

    PTO President apmljackson@gmail.com


                               2018-2019 PTO Board






    Dates to remember… stay tuned!

    Box Tops
    Save 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):


    Fundraising Restaurant Nights; Box Tops are collected; Spirit Wear is sold; Picture Person volunteers (as available) are teaching about art.


    The Back To School committee welcomes everyone back to school at the Coffee Get Together.


    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.


    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.


    The Room Parents are back to throw a winter party to kick off winter break.


     The 2nd quarter honor students are recognized again with a party by the Honor Roll Recognition committee.


     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.


    The Book Fair is back for a second round.


     The 3rd quarter honor roll students get to celebrate a final time at a party by the Honor Roll Recognition committee.


    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.