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Parent Involement

9 years 10 months ago #154359 by robbinsk16
Parent Involement was created by robbinsk16
The PTO at the school which my children attend is not promoting parent involvment. No Back2School booth no flyer sent home with kids. I sent a letter to the school to be put in the PTO President's mailbox, one week ago. This letter indicated my interest in becoming involved in PTO & my phone number. I have not heard from the President or any member of the PTO. The school is a very small southern school in a rurual area & has limited funds for most "things" educational. My children have attended schools in large cities and in different area of the US. Based on my involvement with these schools, I feel I could offer something to this school's PTO. Please help me break thru this wall. Thanks!!!
9 years 10 months ago #154377 by Jewel
Replied by Jewel on topic Re:Parent Involement
Wait one more week and if you haven't heard from the President by then, call her to offer your time.

And, consider that your large school experience may be difficult to transfer to this small, rural school. Before firing off a lot of suggestions that could be off-mark, attend a couple board meeetings to learn about this particular board, it's goals, and the limits placed on it by the district.
9 years 10 months ago #154385 by Lisa @ PTO Today
Replied by Lisa @ PTO Today on topic Re:Parent Involement
Robbinsk16-
Have you checked to see if the school has a website and has the parent group contact info listed there? If not, a friendly phone call to the school/principal letting them know you'd like to help sounds like the way to go. Is it possible that they don't have a parent group? Let us know how you make out so we can help. In the meantime, here a few helpful articles:

www.ptotoday.com/parent-involvement
www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/arti...7-how-to-start-a-pto
www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-articles/arti...with-fewer-resources

Keep us posted,
~Lisa

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9 years 10 months ago #154391 by robbinsk16
Replied by robbinsk16 on topic Re:Parent Involement
Thanks for your feedback. I have decided a "Wait & See" approach may be the way to go. I have already spoken w/ the principals indicating my desire to be involved. Principal indicates he is unable to live me the PTO President's phone number. So we shall see. I grew up in a small town & attended a small rural school and I completely understand "how things work". Wait & See may be the answer. Thanks again!!!
9 years 10 months ago #154392 by Jewel
Replied by Jewel on topic Re:Parent Involement
How odd that the phone number for the PTO President isn't readily available to any school parent wishing to call her.
9 years 10 months ago #154396 by robbinsk16
Replied by robbinsk16 on topic Re:Parent Involement
Yes, I thought it was "odd" too. But it IS WHAT IT IS. For those of you who are not familar with small town schooling. I'm just gonna say it...."they don't like outsiders". When I had a issue that I talked with a rep at the Board of Ed....I was told I could home school my children. So that set the tone for me. Maybe this situation could be of some use to Lisa @ PTO Today.
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