What is the PTO?
All faculty, staff, parents and guardians of children attending Irving School are members of the PTO. There are no membership dues. The Executive Board of the PTO is made up of elected officers who work closely with the Principal. PTO meetings are generally the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM in the school library. PTO Meeting Minutes are posted online after each meeting.
In addition to planning school activities, PTO meetings are a fantastic way to learn more from the Principal and teachers about what’s going on in the school’s academic environment. We hear reports on test scores, explanations of classroom initiatives and have a chance to interact with the Principal.
What does the PTO do?
The PTO creates a closer relationship between the home and the school so that parents and teachers may cooperate in supporting the education of our children. The PTO raises funds throughout the year so that extra-curricular activities at Irving can supplement the wonderful experience they get already during the class day. Money raised by the PTO also supports scholarships for school activities that families may not be able to provide on their own. Some examples of PTO-funded activities this past year include:
- Supplemental standardized testing preparation
- Family reading and family math nights
- Field trip scholarships
- Cultural enrichment programs
- Improvement of school grounds via the Schoolyard Project
What does the PTO need?
As you’ll soon see, Irving School is a busy place. There are academic enrichment, school spirit, cultural, and just plain fun activities going on year-round. These all rely on parent volunteers to coordinate them, help out during them, or to attend and support them. Please take a look at the Volunteer Sign-Up Form for details on where you can help.
Why volunteer with the PTO?
Research shows that students whose parents are involved in their education have better grades and fewer discipline problems. Involvement at the school also makes it easier to establish connections with teachers, staff and other parents. We promise that the time you give the school will be worth your while—and fun! Can you give 3 hours of time per trimester, or 9 hours during the school year?
How do I learn more?
- On Facebook, search for Washington Irving School Parents.
- To sign up for PTO email notifications, which come out about once a week, send an email with “subscribe” in the message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To promote the welfare of our children in home, school and community;
To create a closer relationship between the home and the school so that parents and teachers may cooperate in supporting the education of our children; and
To increase the active involvement of the membership of the PTO.
Following is your 2017-2018 PTO Executive Board. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, ideas or suggestions throughout the year. The topics in parenthesis are areas of focus for these individuals, regardless of their title.