Welcome and welcome back! We hope you’ve had a great summer and are looking forward to a new school year.
After a few weeks of down time we’re excited to start 2016-17. The PTA has got plans and ideas we hope to implement as the year goes on. Our main focus remains the same, of course. We’re here to build a strong and safe community for our children through free community events and to raise enough money to keep on offering programs such as PE, ART and Gardening. Oxford also prides itself in offering several teacher Aides through the school which lowers the student/teacher ratio; we buy material for teachers’ projects; we fund field trips. These are but a few examples.
PTA funding enriches our children’s lives at Oxford and beyond, and we believe it is imperative to continue it. To do so we will ask for your help. The PTA is volunteer-run. There are many parents already involved and we hope many more can volunteer this year.
In late October, we will hold our annual Harvest and Book Fairs, a fun day at school, free for all, with activities and games that will be led by each classroom; and
In November we’ll hold the Spell-A-Thon, one of the big fundraisers, which raised over $18K last year.
For these events, and the rest of events at Oxford, we will need your help. Monetary help is always welcome, that goes without saying! But volunteer help is needed too. There will be different kinds of tasks at each event. Some can be done from the comfort of your own home, some will allow you to meet other parents at school. In any case, all tasks are important. Like last year, to help us organize events and to see who can volunteer we will create online signup sheets with SignUp.com. We’ll send regular emails via firstname.lastname@example.org and will let you know when and what these events are, and what is needed.
And as a way of ending this first newsletter, here’s a fun challenge for you all, whether you are new at the school or a returning family:
Can you make 3 new friends this school year?
Friends you’re grateful to have met when you look back at the end of the year. Friends you feel you can count on. Friends you can share your good news and friends who can lend a hand (or to whom you can lend a hand) when needed.
Here’s to a great school year!
Betsy Maisel & Aïda Garcia Pons
(2015-17 PTA co-presidents)