The following letter from the PTO went out to all parents/guardians and students….
HELLO FROM YOUR STODDERT PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION!
Thank you for choosing Stoddert as your child’s school. It’s going to be a fantastic year and we look forward to supporting every child inside and outside of the classroom.
WHO IS THE STODDERT PTO?
The Stoddert PTO is an organization of parent, guardian and teacher volunteers that support the school and enhance its educational experiences. Part of what makes Stoddert a great place to learn is the widespread support and engagement from our very active parent community.
WHAT DOES THE PTO DO?
Throughout the year, the PTO supports school initiatives and activities, hosts informational events and works with DC government agencies to a) foster a strong school community; b) provide opportunities that reaches every student; and c) improve Stoddert with each year. PTO volunteers maintain our school website (www.stoddert.org), write and distribute an e-mail newsletter, The Chalkboard, and hold events such as Potluck & Pizza, Family Fun Night and the Technology and SEM Expo. We are also involved at the policy level working with the school administration during budget discussions and with other area schools on larger policy issues such as overcrowding and the fight to keep the Fillmore Arts Program open.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE STODDERT PTO?
Pay Dues – The PTO requests support from every family because every family benefits from the PTO’s activities and events. The suggested amount is $400 per family. We understand that not every family will give at this level but we encourage you to give what is financially comfortable. Here is a link to more information on how to donate and what dues support.
Volunteer – Just as important, the PTO and the school needs and welcomes your volunteer spirit! Please attend PTO meetings, consider volunteering at an event or get involved in your own way – there are many jobs to fill and we need your help!
The Stoddert PTO strives to inform parents of all that is happening at Stoddert. We hold regular in-person community meetings to distribute information and solicit feedback. Our website and e-mail newsletter, The Chalkboard, are the main channels of communication. Please notify the front office if you do not have a phone or computer with which to check either of these options. Enclosed is a separate flier about our communication policies. Additionally, on the website you’ll find a list of the PTO executive board and committee members so that you can contact the PTO directly.
Family Directory – We encourage all families to sign up online or via the provided forms for the Stoddert Family & Business Directory. It is useful for arranging play dates, party planning and more. The directory is made available on our website for parent/guardian only access.
I’M NEW TO STODDERT. HOW DO I MEET OTHER FAMILIES?
Attend the PTO Welcome Committee’s Playdate for New Families. Bring your children and your questions to the Stoddert playground on Saturday, August 19, from 10am – 12pm. This is an opportunity for children to get to know one another/reunite and for parents to connect and have questions answered in an informal setting. We will also be hosting a pizza pot luck on the first Friday of school August 25 from 6-8pm.
In closing, we urge you to visit our website for the latest events and information. You may reach the presidents, Jen Perry and Lisa McCluskey at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome your feedback and questions. Enjoy the last weeks of summer, we look forward to seeing you soon.
Jen Perry and Lisa McCluskey