I wanted to write and give you an update on our PTA Membership drive! We are currently sitting at 160 members for the year – that’s a 14% increase over last year! But we are still 40 members short of our goal of 200 for the 2016/2017 school year.
I had a couple of parents ask me interesting questions in the past few weeks that I thought I would share with you.
The first was “Do I have to be a PTA member to volunteer in my kid’s classroom?” (And on the flip side, “Do I have to volunteer all the time if I am a PTA member?”) The answer to both of these is No! You don’t have to be a PTA member to volunteer – either in your child’s classroom or at a PTA event. You simply have to do your background check with the office to be a volunteer. You also don’t have to volunteer if you simply want to support the PTA by becoming a member. The two aren’t required of one another. Of course we’ll offer up a variety of volunteer opportunities to members and non-members alike, but there’s no pressure and no obligation!
The second question was “Do I have to be a PTA member if I want to attend a PTA meeting?” The answer to this question is also No! We invite ALL of our parents to participate in PTA meetings. They are a great opportunity to get caught up on what is going on in the school, hear from our school Principal, and ask questions! (Our next meeting is November 9th, if you’re interested! AND, we offer FREE childcare at our meetings!) 🙂
I’ll leave you with two thoughts tonight.
First, I’d like to encourage you and your spouse to consider becoming a PTA member this year if you have not already. We’ve had lots of “single” memberships – consider signing up your spouse even if you’ve traditionally just signed up only mom or dad.
Besides being a part of an active and passionate group of parents that truly work hard and care about our students and our school, there are a TON of financial member benefits you get automatically just by joining! There are more than a dozen local, state and national discounts available exclusively to PTA members! And Crescent Heights is the only PTA in the state that is giving all of our members a Baskin Robbins “Membership is Sweet” card good for a BOGO scoop of ice cream JUST for signing up!
It’s easy to become a member: Just drop a $10 check in an envelope, write your name & email address on the envelope and drop it in our mailbox (Mounted to the wall just outside the main office).
Second, I wanted to share this great list of 10 Myths about PTA membership. Hopefully it helps to clear up any confusion about PTA membership and moves you to join today. If you want to talk further, just drop me an email! LoriM95@yahoo.com.
I know we can get to our goal of 200 members! Let’s go for it and show our kids what a strong community of parents that we are!
Have a great evening!
10 Myths About Joining the PTA
#1 Only moms and teachers need to join the PTA.
A strong PTA needs the support of parents, family members, teachers, school staff, and community members. Anyone who cares about children belongs in the PTA!
#2 Joining the PTA means I have to volunteer.
The PTA appreciates everyone’s membership, whether or not a member volunteers. You will not be sucked into a black hole of volunteering!
#3 I have to be a board member or chair a committee to join the PTA.
You do not have to serve on the PTA Board or chair a committee to join the PTA. Your beautiful smile and wonderful support will suffice!
#4 PTA membership never expires, I only have to join once.
Each new school year begins a new PTA membership year. Your PTA membership will be good for the entire school year!
#5 I don’t have the time to join the PTA.
If you are unable to volunteer your time, please consider becoming a member of the PTA and give your financial support. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that your support helps fund events and activities for the children throughout the school year!
#6 I’ll get roped into volunteering if I attend a PTA meeting.
There will be opportunities to get involved, but no pressure. Just pass along the signup sheet if you are unable to participate. No judgment here!
#7 The PTA is only for stay-at-home parents with nothing else to do.
Your fellow PTA members are family and community members who want to support the kids and the school. Most members are juggling bills, household chores, kids, sports, and homework, just like you!
#8 My child’s life will be the same whether or not I join the PTA.
Not only does membership put you in direct communication with other parents and teachers, it shows your child that you are interested and invested in their educational experience.
#9 The PTA has all the help they need.
The PTA always wants and always needs volunteers! If you choose to volunteer, you decide your time commitment!
#10 I have an idea but the PTA isn’t interested.
New ideas are always welcome! It’s important to keep our PTA fresh and exciting!