As we start back to school — many of us for the first time in person in 17 months — we remain hopeful and optimistic that our students, staff and families can enjoy a year that looks as close as possible to what we all call normal.
During the 2021-2022 school year, our school is likely to face challenges and changes that we can best tackle if we all work together. That’s what’s so great about the Douglas community — we band together to support our school, whatever the need may be.
The Douglas PTA is the sole funding source for:
Teacher stipends and grants
Various school clubs
Odyssey of the Mind
We also support the school library through the Scholastic Book Fair, fund the Cultural Arts Program, and fund our school food pantry.
We pay for these programs through membership dues and fundraisers.
As your PTA, we promise to get creative, no matter what this year throws at us, to show our teachers that we have their backs and our kids that there is a whole community rooting for their success. And that is where we need your support!
We hope you will consider joining the PTA. Every single membership makes a difference.
Membership dues are $12 per family. But we understand that money can be an issue, and we don’t want this to be a barrier to joining the PTA. Please reach out to your child’s teacher and let them know that you are still interested in joining.
We welcome all input from our families, teachers, and the wider community. Show up for our virtual PTA meetings, offer to help with a project or serve on a committee. The more involved you as our parents and families can be, the more our school community will thrive.
This year, the early bird award goes to Sam Hershey! He was the very first parent to join the PTA this summer, before school even started. Here’s what he had to say about why the PTA is so important to him:
“We are very excited to be a part of the Douglas community/PTA. We are big supporters of public education, and we understand the important role our son’s teachers and the administrators at Douglas will play in his growth as a person. It’s important to us that they know how much we appreciate them. We also appreciate the many parents before us who have contributed countless hours to make Douglas a great school. Now it’s our turn to step up and continue the tradition.”
Why, thank you Sam! Please follow Sam’s lead and join online today!
As we approach the 2020-2021 school year, the Douglas PTA board has already been meeting regularly with our organization’s purpose at the forefront of our planning.
In a normal year, the Douglas PTA is the sole funding mechanism for teacher stipends and grants, our community garden, our butterfly garden, schoolwide projects, various school clubs, the spelling bee, mathletes, Odyssey of the Mind — the list goes on. We also support the school library through the Scholastic Book Fair, fund the Cultural Arts Program, and fund our school food pantry. We pay for these programs through two major fundraisers, and to be honest, we are not sure what those fundraising opportunities will look like this year.
Our prospects to fulfill our purpose and programs this year will look different than in prior years, but we will earnestly continue to support our students, families and teachers. Health and safety will be a priority and our beloved events and fundraisers will need to be reconstructed as we look toward new opportunities to support our organizational goals.
If you have ever considered joining the PTA, this is the year to join and help us.
We welcome all input from our families, teachers, and the wider community. Please see the link below to join the PTA and watch this space for further information on the start of school.
We would like to show our Douglas teachers that our school families have their backs and have set a goal for 50 families to join the PTA this week ahead of the school year starting. Please support our school community by joining and/or donating at https://douglas.memberhub.store/.
Wondering why it’s important to join the Douglas PTA? Not sure why your single membership matters? Here are a few reasons:
We make a difference.
The National PTA aims to “make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” We are dedicated to creating the kind of school community where children can thrive and teachers and administrators can do their best work.
We pledge to honor your time constraints.
People are often reluctant to participate because they’re afraid they’ll get pulled into a black hole of never-ending time commitment. That won’t happen here.
You’ll meet nice people who share your concerns.
We all have a common bond. We care about creating the best possible educational experiences for our children.
There’s a lot to be done.
These days, schools are asked to do more with less. Our help is needed more than ever to fill the gaps.
We can match jobs to your interests and abilities.
The work we do covers a broad spectrum. We encourage creative ideas, and we’re thrilled to have people take on tasks that meet their skills and interests.
This work is rewarding.
It’s seeing the bright light of learning sparkle in a child’s eye. It’s seeing the smile that shows a child feels a little more comfortable in a learning environment. There are lots of rewards, both big and small, for those who get involved.
You can help even if you don’t have time.
Just by paying your $12 membership fee, you can make a difference. Both your dues and any donations you choose to make are 100% tax deductible. We appreciate any support you are able to give.
Check out the links in the menu above to learn more about who we are, all that we do and how you can become involved. If you have questions, ideas or concerns, please feel free to drop us a line through the contact page.