Throop’s PTO has a Winter Holiday Festival planned for Thurs., Dec. 4 in cooperation with Title I. Plans are in place for families to choose from up to 10 crafts, get a free book, have a picture taken with Santa, and receive a cookie.
Folks who attend the Winter Holiday Festival have fun. The Winter Holiday Festival gives students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to plan, work and learn together. Teachers and parents plan ahead and have activities ready. The activities planned promote family involvement and provide opportunities for students and parents to have fun together. This will be another example of how PTO and Title I work together to provide positive parental involvement opportunities.
In fact, PTO is always looking to provide more parental involvement opportunities. PTO has a monthly meeting, joined by teachers representing each grade as well as parents who attend.
However, decisions which impact Throop Elementary are made by a small number of people. Sometimes, as few as 10-12 people will make a decision to spend thousands of dollars for Throop students.
I agree with PTO’s decision making process—I only wish there were more parents represented to offer input, and to gain a better understanding of exactly what PTO does for Throop.
We expect over 200 people to attend the Winter Holiday Festival. Tuesday, January 20, PTO will hold its monthly business meeting. While I don’t expect all 200 people who attended the Winter Holiday Festival to return for a PTO business meeting, I would challenge each classroom to have a parent representative.
If you are willing to represent your child’s class for the January PTO meeting, please let your teacher know. We’ll be happy to see you there!
Director of Assessment, Improvement, and Title !
Friend of PTO