Join the PTSA! Membership drive is underway

It’s the start of the school year, and it’s a perfect time to join the Fonda-Fultonville Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). New members and volunteers are needed to help the PTSA and its mission to support opportunities for students and teachers.

What does the PTSA do?

Four women stand in front of an American flag
The new 2017-18 PTSA officers. From the left are Secretary Michelle Rice, Vice President Sharon Carpenter, President Jennifer Henderson and Treasurer Jean Putnam.

PTSA is an important partner of the school community. Sometimes their gestures may be as simple as providing volunteers for classroom activities, other times it’s in the form of larger gifts to the school. Some of the initiatives the PTSA has supported include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts in Education
  • Character Education
  • Field trips
  • End of the year celebrations
  • Junior prom and senior breakfast
  • Donations to purchase new teacher’s name plaques and name flags for outside of their classrooms
  • Kindergarten recognition
  • Scholarships
  • Breakfast for third and fourth graders during state testing.

What’s in it for me?

“Volunteering and becoming involved at your child’s school won’t just benefit your child, their classmates, and the community; it will also benefit you!” new PTSA President Jenn Henderson said. “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something!”

“We encourage all teachers, families, friends, parents, students, grandparents and guardians to get involved with the PSTA,” Henderson said. “We are here to listen to your ideas and suggestions on things that we should or shouldn’t do. All ideas are good ideas. If you can’t get to a meeting, please reach out and share your ideas with myself or another board member.”

New Staff Recognition Program

Teachers who join will also receive the benefit of becoming eligible for the PTSA’s new staff recognition program.

The PTSA will set up a voting system that allows both students and staff to nominate a teacher/staff member who goes above and beyond the call of duty. The votes will be tallied up for each school and the teacher/staff who receives the most votes will receive a gift card.

There will be a nomination box available in each school. Once the votes are tallied and the teacher/staff is picked, there will be a meet the teacher newsletter posted on the bulletin board for everyone to view.

How do I sign up?

Joining the PTSA is easy. Membership is $5 for the whole year. There are multiple ways you can sign up:

  • Stop and see new PTSA President Jenn Henderson during Open House activities for all three buildings
  • Stop for PTSA Coffee Time in the Elementary School vestibule on Friday, Sept. 29 from 7:30-8 a.m.
  • Come to a PTSA meeting, held the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the MPR. The next meeting is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 12.
  • Reach out to Henderson via email at jennhenderson08@yahoo.com.

Henderson would like to remind parents that children are welcome at meetings! You don’t need to find a babysitter so you can attend a meeting, just bring your children with you.

Where can I get more information?

Send an email to Henderson at jennhenderson08@yahoo.com, and follow the PTSA on Facebook!