I was recently elected PTO President for the 2010-2011 school year. I do not know many of the teachers at our school and would like to introduce myself to them before the end of this school year. I am thinking I may write a letter to introduce myself with all of my contact details.
I know that many of the teachers are frustrated with the lack of communication and the way our PTO has run in the past and I'd like to move past that, in hopes that we can all start the school year fresh. I believe teacher support is important, and that PTO supporting the teachers is important as well!
Do you have any suggestions on wording that could go in the letter? Other ideas to bridge the gap? Thank you in advance!
First off, congratulations! Sounds like you have a great attitude and are already off to a good start.
Think your introduction letter sounds like a fabulous idea. This may go without say but, would caution you away from talking about the lack of communication in the past. Stay focused on what the new board would like to do and keep it positive.
I went through our file exchange to see if there was any existing letter that match your request but didn't find any exact matches. There are a bunch of letters that you may be able to use pieces of to create your introduction letter.
Try using the File Exchange. You might find something that you don't have to change too much.
I would also suggest having a breakfast meet and greet session. You could have bagels and muffins and coffee and tea available to the teachers and staff. If breakfast doesn't suit you, then perhaps you can do something after school or in the evening.
I know the teachers and staff would really appreciate you introducing yourself in person.
Our new board sent a letter introducing ourselves and our goals to the teachers. We also did a survey about programs etc. We felt that if we just said give us your input anytime, they would likely not get back to us but if we gave them concrete things to comment on we'd let them know we are serious about asking for feedback and get off on the right foot. Not a ton of teachers filled it out - like 30% - but it was still worth it.
We combined 2 of the suggestions mentioned above! Last year our board did a simple breakfast for teachers on their clean up day (after school let out). The board did the serving so the teachers could put a face with our names. We also had a out a brief survey. Basically, how did we do this past year, what would you like us to do differently, how do you want us to communicate to you, what do you think was our best event or program and why. We did not ask about fund allocation because that is between them and the principal. Worked out well. We felt like we started off on a good note and that we got very valuable feedback on the surveys. I don't think they would have taken the time to do the survey if they were put in their mailbox during the school year. Good luck!