We Need YOU in 2019
Now is the "quieter" time of year where we all try to catch our breath and think about what the year ahead might hold. If you're like me, you're also thinking -- wow, this school year is blazing by and I can't believe my son/daughter is already half-way through X grade!
A great way to slow down and treasure this charmed early elementary school time is to get involved in parent volunteering. The PTO is never a closed or "full" group and we always have jobs to be done -- or room for new ideas you might bring to us. This past week, parent volunteers who helped with the MLK Day of Service project had their hearts warmed, watching the kids make memory kits for the elderly, including writing very sweet, expressive notes of kindness.
We on the Exec Board are beginning the slating process for the 2018/2019 open Exec positions. This entails us forming a group of parent volunteers to meet and nominate names for the slate. The proposed slate is then posted for the parent community to view and give feedback on. Then, this spring, the current Exec Board votes on the slate. If you are interested in finding out more about what the Exec Board does, please contact me, or former president Nidhi Singh, to learn more. Also this spring, we'll begin to think about which parents could lead our various committees next school year.
Our school has a long history of parents serving the school and running a lot of the "extra" programs and events that make HW such a special place.
Parents who have served on the PTO will tell you it's how they made some of their closest friends, how they got to know teachers better -- and how they got to feel a true part of their child's school experience. At the end of this year we'll "graduate" many parents whose youngest is a fourth grader. We hope some of you "newbies" will step up to fill their shoes, so you too can enjoy a fulfilling PTO experience!
In the meantime, we still have volunteer opportunities such as helping out in the IDEA Lab on Fridays (there are many behind-the-scenes projects you can do with fellow parents) or helping with recycling/composting at lunch. We also have a Family Dance coming up on February 10th, and can always use extra hands to help.
We hope you can join our efforts, if you haven't already!
Kendal Reis (HW PTO president)