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PTO/Booster

On behalf of the PTO, we would like to welcome everyone back to school.  PTO stands for Parent-Teacher Organization and consists of parents and teachers working together to support and enrich all students.  We support school staff, help promote student engagement through school wide events, and assist in efforts to solve school needs through volunteering and funding.
 
Why YOU should get Involved!
The PTO continues to exists here at NWES only because of its volunteers.  That is why you are so important.  We need your help and so do your children.  A special thanks to all of our volunteers from last year for all their hard work and dedication. Here at Northwest, we strive for excellence and what better way than to become involved today!  We are in need of growth and are seeking volunteers to continue re-establishing the organization. We have planned some exciting events this year in hopes to get more parents involved in their children’s education. The PTO is a team effort in which we cannot succeed on our own.  Please consider ways that you may want to get involved.  Special talents and your creativeness are always welcome.  We always have a lot of things going on and several committees that you can be a part of.  Just a few of these include the Fun Run, Box Tops, Coke Gives, Runner’s Club, Talent Show, Book Fair, Cheermania, Hospitality, Social Media, and Fundraising Committees.  For every event that is held, we need our volunteers to help plan and execute.  Per county policy, all volunteers must complete and turn in a Volunteer Interest Form and a Background Check Form, even if you have volunteered before. If you think there may be a chance you will volunteer, please turn in both forms as soon as possible.
 
About our PTO Programs & Fundraising
Our primary objective as a PTO is to provide our school with funds, programs and resources that will enrich and maximize the education of every child and to benefit the school. To meet this important objective, we fundraise.  Our goal that we have set and done extremely well with is to be One and Done when it comes to direct sales fundraisers.  We get behind ONE fundraiser and give it all we’ve got in September so that we can earn the funds we need and start really focusing on implementing our programs and goals.  Our hugely successful Boosterthon Fun Run is that for us!  It’s exciting, it’s fun for the kids, it’s great exercise and it teaches strong core values, and it is loved by all!  The best part is that it allows us to keep 75% of all the money raised! If we have another amazing year and meet our fundraising goal, then that’s it for direct sales fundraisers from the PTO for the rest of the school year!  If we do not meet our goal, we will have to turn to traditional style fundraising, and unfortunately, many of those type fundraisers only allow you to keep 30-35% of the money earned. We have two very exciting, very big goals this year to achieve with our funds in addition to all of our regular support that we give the teachers, students and classrooms.  We want to pave the Northwest track and we need to purchase enough chromebooks so that each student has their own to use in the classroom!  The track is used by many including the Runner’s Club, students at recess, parents while their kids play sports at Northwest, etc.  And it will see much more use once it’s been paved. The track alone will be the biggest goal that we have taken on and when you add purchasing more chromebooks and charging carts into that, well, we’ve definitely got work to do!  We also cover teacher grants with the money we raise from our fundraisers which allows the teachers to use on their students, teaching supplies and classrooms. 

To get a little more support from the companies who give back to schools, we will always ask for you to turn in Box Tops and Coca-Cola Codes and join us for our restaurant nights but those are just great added bonuses and we do not like to turn down free money from our community!  We all work too hard for that! So participate when you can and if it works for you and your family, with no obligations. The great thing about these programs is you’re not directly trying to sell anything but the impact is real and they still earn money for our school! Our goal is to make this process seem more fun and less like work.  Sometimes it’s nice to not have to cook, order a pizza instead and help support your school all at the same time! We will continue our partnerships with Hungry Howie’s, TCBY and Cheermania this year. We also have a new restaurant night option for you coming up in January- Dairi-O’s in Winston Salem. Please see our calendar for the dates and be on the lookout for more details to come about all of our companies who love giving back to schools.  Thank you all for your support.
 
Stay Up to Date with Events and Volunteer Opportunities!
Be sure to sign up for Remind texts from the PTO by texting the message @nwpto to the number 81010.  We send out lots of information this way including Sign Up Genius links to sign up for volunteer opportunities.

We have PTO Meetings every SECOND Monday of the month at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria for board and committee members, and for anyone interested in being part of a committee or the board.  *November’s meeting will be the 3rd Monday.
Our September 9th meeting will be a special one where everyone is welcome to come and learn about each of our committees and find out more ways you can help!


Head over to our Facebook group @NWESMustangs and see what the PTO has going on to support the school!  This group is a great resource for information no matter how involved you want to be.  
 
We also have a PTO webpage where you can see more about who we are and what we’ve accomplished, how to get involved, our fundraising efforts and more about the companies who give back to us, as well as all the events coming up this year and ways to contact us. www.northwestelementarypto.weebly.com
 
 
We are looking forward to another great year to be able to give back and really support all the students, teachers and staff here at Northwest!
 
Sincerely,  Stacie Pless, Janie Wilson, Jennifer Leonard and Katrina Romblad
 

 

LINK TO PTO PAGE

www.northwestelementarypto.weebly.com