• Parent Involvement is a term that parents of school-aged children hear frequently. We’ve all heard from education advisors that our children will be more likely to “earn higher grades, have better social skills, and be more likely to graduate high school” if we are involved in their education.  Since these outcomes are what we all want for our kids, the next question we ask is, “How can I get involved?” The answer at Southwest Elementary is: get involved with the PTA and find the right fit for you!

    What is the SWE PTA?

    PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association, a school-based organization with a mission to make the school a better place for children to learn. Parents of students work together with teachers to volunteer in classes, raise money for school education and technology needs, and generally support the school’s efforts. PTA member are parent volunteers. The SWE PTA’s role is to encourage closer links between home and school.

    Our PTA Purpose as defined in our bylaws:

    The purposes of this local PTA in common with those of National PTA and NCPTA are:

    • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship;

    • To raise the standards of home life;

    • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth;

    • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth;

    • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental social and spiritual education.

    SCHOOL CLIMATE

    An active PTA can improve school climate, which can lead to more learning.  Students perform better at school where their parents are involved.  The visible presence of parents around the school can also make those buildings safer and more orderly. IN classrooms, volunteers can take some of the load off our amazing teachers to allow them to concentrate more fully on their central role of teaching our students.  Additionally, a school with an active PTA will have parents who know what’s happening in the school, what’s being taught and what is expected of their children. This is a great boost to school climate because parents and teachers become part of the same team, and that unity improves learning.  Schools with a strong PTA often even see a boost in attendance; parents who are invested in a school are more likely to ensure that their children will get there each day.

    FUNDING

    SWE PTA draws on parent donations and fund-raising activities to cover the budgets. Fund-raising can involve sales campaigns, securing the support of local businesses, or bringing in donations from other parents and the community.  The goal is to shore up holes in a school’s budget and to provide teachers with the supplies and support they need to effectively do their jobs.

    PTA’s Value to SWE

    Currently we provide:

    • Technology and educational enhancements from major fundraisers like Boosterthon.

    • Resources to Liberal Arts classes - Art, Music, PE, Media Center and STEM.

    • Caring for our School Staff with our Taking Care of Staff team and Teacher Appreciation week

    • Supply Volunteer Staff as well as plan and coordinate for events like school Beautification, Talent Show and National Cultural Arts competitions.

    • Family events like STEM nights, Cowboy Roundup in the Spring, Multi-Cultural Celebration, etc.

    • Resources for students – Grade Planners, Grade Level funds, Yearbook and more!

    • As well as programs like software, training tools for End of Grade testing and Education Galaxy that benefit all students.

    • And our biggest resource of all – our SWE Volunteers! Volunteers are organized and provided through the PTA.

    Our PTA has a non-profit status from the IRS which allows donations made to the PTA to be tax-free for the donor providing options for donations directly and business sponsorships.

    WHY JOIN?

    The number one reason is to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so you also help your school, but there are many more PTA advantages:

    • Get Connected - There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.

    • Discover Great Resources - The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.

    • Tap into a Network - PTA functions are opportunities to mee4t other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns and experiences.

    • Watch Yourself Grow - By Volunteering with your PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause—your child and all children in the community.

    • Speak Up. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.

    • Witness Improvement - By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role by supporting building improvements through advocacy and play an important role in fundraising for curriculum based programs and social events.

    • Be a Role Model - By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

     

    MEETINGS

    We encourage you to join us at the PTA meetings.  They are the 1st Monday night of every month at 6:30PM.  There is a lot of information provided at the meetings as well as opportunity to meet with others and gather information.  The PTA keeps the meetings at or less than the scheduled 60 minutes, because we are all parents and have so many schedules – work, school, kids, teams, etc.

     

    Ask Questions! Volunteer! There is something for everyone in each committee.