Blue Ash Elementary PTO
A Message From Our Principal and the PTO Board, February 2019
A community is a group of people with diverse characteristics who are linked by social ties, share common perspectives, and engage in joint action. As I reflect on the roles of our PTO leaders and volunteers, this is exactly what I have experienced at Blue Ash Elementary... A group of dedicated parents with varied backgrounds, interests, talents and passions, who have united together with the same purpose – to enrich the lives of our children. There truly is no better way to support our school, than for a parent to give a little of his/her time and energy. Whether it is as a homeroom volunteer, or sharing a leadership position that plans and supports beloved events like Haunted Festival...there is a place and a need for everyone to serve. As we begin to plan for next year, we are again looking for parents that love our school, that support our focus on children, and who love to work with a network of other parents and teachers who feel the same. I sincerely hope you will consider being a part of our team at BAE. In talking with parents who have, and continue to serve, you won’t find a more fulfilling and entertaining way to spend your time!
Leslie D. Combs
Blue Ash Elementary School
From the Kindergarten Meet and Greet to the Fourth Grade Celebration, the dozens of events and programs that the PTO sponsors at Blue Ash Elementary are the icing on the cake of your student's school experience. Unfortunately, many of these events and programs are headed for extinction due to lack of parent support. If you have a student at Blue Ash Elementary, we are asking you to step up and help out in the PTO.
The PTO is comprised of parents of current students at Blue Ash Elementary. When their child graduates fourth grade, they retire their positions, leaving vacancies. As we look at where we stand for next year, there are three big holes on our PTO team:
1. Treasurer(s). This position is vital. The PTO literally cannot function without a treasurer. The treasurer prepares and presents the annual budget, arranges for and files the audit report, ensures taxes are filed, keeps records of all receipts and expenditures, writes reimbursement checks and pays other bills, presents financial reports at PTO meetings, and ensures bank statements are reviewed regularly by a separate board member. They are also responsible for maintaining insurance for the PTO. These duties can be shared between two treasurers. Please email the treasurers at firstname.lastname@example.org if this position is a good fit for your skills and interests.
2. Haunted Festival Chair(s). Go it alone, or team up with a small group of your besties to make Haunted Fest 2019 the best. You would oversee the 15 Haunted Fest Chair positions, manage the Haunted Fest budget, and organize and attend planning meetings as well as the actual event. This year's chairwoman whittled the process down to a science and organized the heck out of everything in an effort to set you up for success. Haunted Fest is more than just a fun event. Each year, thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours are poured into this event making it not only a screamin' good time, but also our major source of income. With the $16,000 we brought in this year, teachers have received new carpets and varied seating options for their classrooms, books, art supplies, and many other items by special request. Please contact Victoria Margroum at email@example.com today if your inner event planner can't wait to take on this challenge!
3. Yearbook Chair. Create the Blue Ash Elementary yearbook, filled with memories of events and activities. Take pictures, design pages using the Lifetouch online software, and sell/distribute the book to students. In the past few years, the yearbook also included dedication ads, managed by the yearbook chair, but that section is optional. As a side benefit, you'll enjoy getting to know and interact with a lot of teachers, staff, parents, and students! Contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org to throw your hat in the ring.
In addition to these big openings for next year, there are plenty of ways you can lend a hand during the last few months of school this year. For example, we have the Variety Show and Cultural Night coming up, as well as Active Aves when the weather turns. Please email email@example.com if you have a few hours to spare.
Join us, and have fun with other friendly, happy, volunteers who are committed to making sure Blue Ash Elementary stays a place where kids want to be. Support our teachers. Support our kids. Support the Blue Ash Parent Teacher Organization!
The Blue Ash PTO Baord