Thank you everyone for coming out to this year’s Back to School Night on Thursday, September 7th. If you were unable to attended, here is a copy of PTO co-president Lisa McCluskey’s presentation…
Thank you all for coming! We are pleased to see so many new families here at Stoddert. As Stoddert parents and guardians you are automatically members of the PTO. We welcome your help and questions as we make it further into the year. My co-president, Jen Perry, and I are available to answer questions.You can usually find one of us at pick up or drop off every day, or you can also email us at email@example.com.
WHAT DOES THE PTO DO?
The biggest question that we get is: What does the PTO do?
Throughout the year, the PTO supports school initiatives and activities in many different ways. We maintain the school website and we work with DC government agencies to advocate for and provide opportunities that reach every student and we plan and hosts events throughout the school.
There are three big ways that you can help:
#1 PAY YOUR DUES
Our 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 is able to give at this level but we encourage you to give what is financially comfortable for you.
Paying is easy. You can pay online right here. We have monthly options as well for the amount that you want to donate. We have families that contribute $20 up to as much as $1,500. This money does not just go to parties. We use your donations to provide teachers with stipends to purchase books, carpets and teaching aides. We help provide a garden coordinator and much more. All donations are tax deductible as well. You will see a detailed plan on spending when we present the budget.
Whether it’s volunteering to read in the class room, manning a booth at the Fall Festival, writing letters to various stakeholders or taking on our annual fundraising, we rely on your help to make things happen and we need all skill levels. Visit the volunteer page for a full list of needs.
Currently, we really need room parents. Many of you have met your room parents already, but we do need help in some classes. Room parents are a critical part of the school by supporting the teachers and helping to keep their classrooms informed. No experience is required to be a room parents, you don’t have to be at drop off and pick up every day to be a room parent. AND, you do not have to feel personally responsible for the auction art project, as you can work with other parents to get this done. If you are interested, please let your teacher know.
# 3 STAY INFORMED
Our PTO communications team manages the schools website. They update the website – www.stoddert.org – with important information from the administration, teachers, DCPS and as well at the PTO. They put out the wonderful e-news called the Chalkboard, which is a compilation of the website every Sunday at 9am. To sign up for this Chalkboard, please visit here.
One important communication has been concerning safety. We have worked closely with the staff and our crossing guard, Debra Walker, to come up with some guidelines and call to your attention the safety rules that are in effect outside. We are all in it together and the main thing is to keep it safe out there!
Please listen to the crossing guard and be aware of your surroundings. All parents and caregivers who drive their children to school are asked to please review and respect the rules and guidelines outlined in the Driving Code Of Conduct Map & Procedures and the Morning & Afternoon Drop Off & Pick Up Guidelines.
As we all know, Stoddert is an urban designed school in the heart of a busy neighborhood so it is critical that we all abide by the rules and guidelines outlined in in the map.
Please find a LEGAL parking spot to park and walk your child into school. Legal spots are all throughout the neighborhood. Do NOT park illegally in bus zones, near stop signs, in crosswalks and in the “no standing zone” in front of the school.
If you drop off, FIRST look for a legal parking spot to park and then let your child out. If you cannot find a legal spot, you may pull over only at the “no parking between 8am and 4pm zone” along the school side of Calvert Street. If you use this area, it is drop off only. You can’t park there, wait, idle and/or leave your car. You must pull all the way to the curb and let your child out on the sidewalk side of the street. This is so that the buses can safely pull up and drop off and so that the Fillmore buses can safely park to leave. If they don’t have space traffic backs up all the way to Wisconsin. I have heard that a ticket in that area is up to $100.
Please also note that there are no U-turns on Calvert Street and there are no drop offs in the teacher parking lot.
We thank you for taking the time to keep everyone safe and traffic moving somewhat smoothly. The last two weeks have been much better!
DOGS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS
We love dogs! Licensed service dogs are welcome, but please do not bring your dogs on Stoddert’S property. This is a city-wide DCPS, DPR and public building policy.
As we celebrate our kids going back to school and the teachers and staff who help make this time of year so special, it makes us pause and think about those schools that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey and perhaps what might come with Irma.
With that spirit in mind, a small group of parents are working quickly right now to put together a donation drive specifically targeting students, teachers and schools who need new materials. More information will be shared in the coming days and we thank you all in advance.