As the end of the 2017-18 school year approaches, the PTO board presents a summary of all the great work that volunteers, teachers, administrators, students, and board members have collaborated on during this year. Thanks for making it an amazing year for the Cherokee Heights Middle School Community! Below are thoughts from PTO president Shannon Kunstman about activities and budget. This was also included in the CHMS PTO e-newsletter on May 22, 2018.
I would like to take this opportunity to share what the CHMS PTO has done this year to support our students, staff and community.
First though, I would like to thank our PTO Board members, many who served for the past two years. They were instrumental in rebuilding our PTO from the ground up, to our current strong, healthy and growing PTO! Thank you to Shawn Krueger, Julia Peterson, Jenny Lee, Ben McPhee, Alexia Sabor, Jill Arnold and Robyn Perrin, for your endless enthusiasm, dedication and heart-felt time and energy you have put into creating and leading our PTO community. Thank you to Dr. Sarah Chaja-Clardy, Mat Thompson and Anne Schoenemen, for being the administrative laisons on the PTO board. You all came together to make one amazing PTO Board!
Thank you to the many staff members who helped the PTO with ideas, planning and organizing. There are too many to list here, and I surely do not want to leave any one out! You are the important and vital “T” in our PTO/Parent Teacher Organization!!
Last, thank you to all of our parents and families that came to meetings and events, and contributed ideas, time, money, food, love and care to our school community. I have heard our administrative team say numerous times that they truly value what the PTO does for our school. The PTO truly does make a difference in the lives of our students and school community. So, many, many thanks to you all!
It truly takes a village to raise our children. This year, the Cherokee Heights community came together to create an amazing village for our children to thrive, grow, be happy and succeed!! I am proud to be a parent at CHMS!
With heartfelt gratitude,
Shannon Kunstman, PTO president
2017-2018 PTO YEAR IN REVIEW
BUILD SCHOOL COMMUNITY
Partially funded school t-shirt
Supported 6th grade breakfast
Presented at Open House
Connected with Optimist Club (Oratorical Contest)
Connected the UW Group “Ask, Listen, Save” with CHMS Students
PTO Representative Served on West Side PTO (WSPTO)
SUPPORT BASIC STUDENT NEEDS
Collected supplies via School supply drive and Newsletter
Organized supply closet so supplies can be found and utilized
Provided Funds for school supplies and health office needs
STUDENT CELEBRATIONS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING
Support Winter and Spring celebrations
Purchased and sold food
Provided volunteers for food sales
Supported 6th grade Student service Learning Project
Provided Financial Support to the 8th grade recognitions event
Provided Snacks/Food throughout year and at conferences/professional development days
Organized/Held Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Updated Staff Lounge (including a new refrigerator)
FAMILY CONNECTIONS, ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT
Enhanced communications with families
Weekly Newsletter, Website, Facebook
Robo Calls for events
Provided translation, childcare, transportation at PTO events
Funded Spanish/English Language Classes
Sponsored Educational Events:
Mental Health Panel
Restorative Justice Circles for Community
Allies and Families Support our LBGTQ+ Children
Direct Appeal Campaign, Box Tops, Amazon Smile, REAP income: raised approximately $5000
Expenses for PTO-funded activities listed above: approximately $5400.
*Playground fundraising/expenses NOT included in these totals. These will be reported next week
*Current budget reporting is approximate as there are expenditures still pending
*There is approximately $8,000 remaining in the PTO general fund that will be rolled over into the 2018-2019 school year. In 2016, when the PTO was restarted, there was over $5,000 in the PTO general account. We have maintained this amount in the account from year to year so the PTO has money to use for fall activities/until fundraising efforts are started for that school year.
Supported the playground building effort, including financial structure and communications. Phase 1 to start during summer 2018! Stay tuned for details.