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Helen Thompson School PTA Activities
Here is a sampling of the ways in which the Parent Teacher Association at the Helen Thompson School is working to enrich our children’s school experience. All are welcome to our monthly meetings held on the second or third Tuesday of the month in the school library at 6:30 pm. We welcome your participation at meetings and your time and energy volunteering with any of our working committees. Contact Susan Caldwell, PTA President for the 2007-08 school year, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 582-8658 if you have any questions or want to sign up to help. Thanks!
Each fall we have raised thousands of dollars by helping our children to sell products from school fundraiser catalogs. This fundraiser is especially important as it, together with the Peter Pan Fair, bring in the majority of the PTA’s income. This income allows us to offer special enrichment programs, field trips and other staff support throughout the year.
The PTA provides special science, art, music, literary and theater presentations and artist-in-residence programs for the students throughout the school year. Over a third of the PTA’s budget expenses go towards providing these opportunities to the children and they appreciate them! In the past we have hosted storytellers, authors, artists and drummers as well as annual theater productions, natural history presentations, musical groups and various performance artists.
Reading Incentive Program
We work in partnership with the teachers to provide incentives for students to achieve their reading goals outside of the classroom. Teachers determine the benchmark goals (such as a certain number of books or pages read or time spent reading) to encourage students to read at home and with volunteers at the school. The PTA provides quarterly and year-end prizes and recruits classroom reading volunteers.
Scholastic Book Fairs
Each fall and spring we bring thousands of books to the school so that children and parents have an opportunity to purchase them. These fairs are run in conjunction with parent-teacher conferences. Volunteers are needed to help set up, take down and sell books to our eager readers.
Each year in the late fall the PTA brings the Reflections Program to the school. Students are encouraged to be creative in interpreting a particular theme (past year’s themes have been “an unusual hero” or “I am happy when…” or “my favorite place…”). Students can submit entries in artwork, photography and creative writing, which are then anonymously judged. Each child who participates is appreciated and asked to participate in a celebration honoring their creative efforts – usually an ice cream social!
The PTA gives the students in the school an opportunity to “shop” for their loved ones before Christmas. The PTA organizes the event by collecting and creating items to be sold -- for just a few coins so that all can shop. This is not run as a fundraiser, but rather to provide each child with the opportunity to give. They love it! We need help organizing the event, selling items on fair day and especially donating items that the children can purchase!
This year we will enjoy our 5th annual Spring Fever Spaghetti Supper. We welcome the community to come to the school for good food and socializing and a chance to win prizes – one of our theme baskets. The teachers support us by setting up special displays of their students’ work to show off in the gym. Lots of helping hands are needed to help organize this event and volunteer on that particular evening.
Teacher and Staff Appreciation
We love our teachers and all the staff at Helen Thompson School! Each spring and fall we provide them with a special meal that they can enjoy in between their school day and parent/teacher conferences. Those of you who love to cook can share your talents! In the spring we provide other special acknowledgments during national teacher appreciation week.
Peter Pan Fair
Helen Thompson School’s own Peter Pan Fair near the end of the school year is one of the longest-running school fairs in Maine – and it’s a blast! It includes games, great food, sales, raffles and lots of fun for the entire community. It is always a big hit. This event takes many hands to help organize and run on fair day – and it provides the PTA with needed funds to offer other programs.
After School Enrichment Programs
Staff, parent volunteers, and community members have volunteered their time in the spring of the year to offer after-school “classes” for smaller groups of interested students. These programs have been free to the students and topics in the past have included cooking, book-making, science fun, fly tying, bird dog training and many more…
Come share your ideas for new activities and challenges for the PTA to consider! Share your energy to make these new possibilities a reality. We welcome your new ideas, enthusiasm and time to turn great ideas into action.
Many hands make light work!
Helen Thompson School Parent Teacher Association Mission Statement
The mission of the Helen Thompson School Parent Teacher Association is to enrich the school experience of each child who attends Helen Thompson School by:
- Encouraging parent and community involvement in the education of our children,
- Supporting the efforts of the school staff to create a positive learning environment and provide each child with an opportunity to succeed,
- Working to keep communication between children, parents, teachers and administration open and constructive,
- Providing additional learning opportunities by bringing special arts and sciences educational guests to the school,
- Funding additional education supplies, tools, activities and/or celebrations that are not covered in the current school budget.
Helen Thompson School PTA Officers for 2007-08
Susan Caldwell President 582-8658 email@example.com
Jayne Hickey Vice-President 582-1896 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Dill Collette Vice-President 724-3352
Janie Brann Treasurer 724-3542 email@example.com
Cindy VanDenBossche Secretary 582-2022 firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Goulette Membership Chair 724-2681 email@example.com
Helen Thompson School PTA 2007-08 Meeting Schedule
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in the Library – All are welcome!
September 11, 2007
October 16, 2007
November 13, 2007
December 11, 2007
January 15, 2008
February 12, 2008
March 18, 2008
May 13, 2008
April 15, 2008
June 3, 2008
PTA By Laws (pdf)