The following is an open letter to all Stoddert parents from PTO co-presidents…
Dear Stoddert Families,
There is a strong culture of parent volunteerism at Stoddert. Our active parent community is just part of “the Stoddert way.” This is undoubtably one of the contributing factors to the success of the entire school. Parents – through the PTO – have significant impacts on the academic, cultural and social life of each and every student.
As we head into the holiday season, we wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of our volunteers. Whether it is serving as a room parent, bringing in donations, taking a role on the PTO board, advocating for the school on a political level, and so much more. We could never begin to count all of the ways that parents have helped, supported and cared for our school. We see you, we need you and we appreciate all that you do.
There is nothing for you to do now, but to enjoy this holiday season with your loved ones. However, as you think about the year ahead, please remember how important being parent volunteer is at Stoddert.
Simply put, the PTO needs leadership. It needs parents to staff events and bring in donations, but it also needs parents to step up and take active leadership roles. We hope that you’ll take your turn as a leader at Stoddert. We know that when you do, you’ll find a warm, supportive environment where your contribution means so much.
With our culture of volunteerism in mind, we are asking that in the new year ALL PARENTS COMMIT to:
- Attending at least one PTO meeting.
Not only will you meet new faces and learn about the activities at the school (and there is a lot!), you’ll get to see first-hand the direct impact that parent volunteers are making in the day-to-day lives of our children. PTO MEETING DATES: January: TBD; February 13th; March 13th; April 10th; May 8th; and June 5th (All meetings are at 6:30 pm in the school library.)
- Volunteer for at least one PTO activity.
We have lots of great events coming up and the work of many, makes for a light load for everyone. IMPORTANT EVENTS: Culture of Kindness Event (January TBD), Family Fun Night (February 24th); Annual Auction Party (April 21st); Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7 – 11th); and International Day (June 1st) (Please visit website calendar for all upcoming events.)
- Strongly consider taking your turn in a PTO leadership role.
Please consider taking a leadership roleon the PTO Executive Board, a seat on one of the PTO committees, or chairing a PTO sponsored event for next year. Many board positions will be vacant next year when we hold elections in May 2018.
Thank you for all that you do! We look forward to an amazing 2018 at Stoddert!
Jen & Lisa