How Do I Become a Member of the Parent-Teacher Orgaization (PTO)?
If you are the parent or guardian of a child attending Chesterfield Elementary, you are already a member of the PTO! There are no dues to pay, no membership forms, and no secret handshakes. Come to a meeting and find out how you can help make your child's school even better than it already is.
What does it mean to be a member of the PTO?
That depends on you! We invite you to become an active participant in your student's education by being an active participant at Chesterfield Elementary. The level of involvement is up to you! Whether your involvement is chairing a PTO committee, participating on a committee, volunteering in the classroom, reading with your child at night, or visiting to eat lunch with your children, you play an essential role at Chesterfield Elementary.
Why should I be a participating member of the PTO?
"When schools, families, and communities work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more." That's one finding of a January 2003 report from the National Center for Family & Community Connections with Schools at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.
Other research shows that It Pays to Get Involved. Participation through volunteering allows you to be "hands on" with your child's education. Our children love to see us in this environment where they spend so many hours a day. You get to know your children's teachers and your children's friends.
How Can I Get Involved/Volunteer with the PTO?
At the start of every school year the PTO Executive Board prepares a "Back to School" Packet that can be picked up at Sneak a Peek. In the packet is a hand-out providing details on each committee of the PTO. Read the handbook and find the committee/activities that fit your interests and schedule. Fill out the volunteer form found in the packet and return it to school with your child. Opportunities may also be listed monthly in the PTO newsletter or on the website. Also, at any time during the school year, please feel free to contact one of the PTO Board Members to let them know you would like to volunteer. Parent involvement is encouraged and appreciated!
When Does the PTO Hold Meetings?
The PTO holds two general member meetings during the school year. The first meeting is the Charger Coffee (Back to School Coffee). The second general meeting is typically in April in the format of a PTO Coffee Chat. General members are also encouraged to attend the two other Coffee Chats held during the year. Coffee Chats are held in the homes of PTO members and provide an opportunity to meet with the principal, get PTO updates and ask questions. The PTO Executive board meets once a month. Any PTO member is welcome to attend. Check the school calendar for dates and times.
What are Monday Messages?
In an effort to consolidate papers coming home, all PTO & school communication is included in Monday backpacks to oldest/only child. PTO papers are color-coded in purple to make it easier to examine the content of the folder.
How Can I Get Information About the School During the Summer Months?
Check in on the school website for a variety of information. Newsletters, calendars, supply lists and other invaluable information about school are posted on this site. We encourage you to bookmark the site and visit it often for the latest information.