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Top 7 Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in joining and becoming a part of the PTA for our school. This quick guide will serve to answer many important questions about what joining and becoming a member of the PTA really means.

1. Do I have to go to meetings?

 

No, not really – but we would love to have you.  Meetings are an optional part of PTA membership. However, meetings are provided (roughly once a month) in order to provide you with information about what's going on at school, in the PTA and to hear your voice on the events and happenings of the PTA. We alternate morning and evening meetings every other month to accommodate working parents.  As a member, you get to vote and support the direction of where the PTA is going and what we do for the school and students.

 

2. I paid my dues, is that all I need to do?

Technically, yes.  Being a PTA member is a no-obligation way to support the school. However, volunteering is the lifeblood of our PTA at Vabhoe. We rely on our volunteers to help at events, social activities, fundraisers, and program help. The PTA is here to fill the gaps and enhance the education that our children receive. We do this through programs that enrich the school experience at Vabhoe.

 

3. Where do my membership dues go?

Being a PTA member helps support our school, our district and our state PTA organizations. It helps fund legislative programs, insurance and many other organizational benefits. We ask that each family have at least one active parent as a member. You aren't required to sign up an entire family (adults, kids, etc).  However, we encourage any family members who want to sign-up to be a member (parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents,)!

At Vabhoe PTA, you get the following additional benefits:

  • Monthly Association Meetings (listen to and speak up about issues)
  • Cast your vote on important matters and decisions
  • Local Business Discounts
  • Actively involved in your child's education/school

 

4. Why do we have so many fundraisers?

We try to focus our efforts on programs.  The programs we put on to enhance the students' education at VABHOE require funding. Our fundraisers are put in place to offset the cost of programs and other related activities and events. While every effort is made to keep things fun, sometimes we have to be persistent in our message. Without fundraisers, we can no longer put on these great programs year after year. And just in case you don't think those programs are great, or if there is an idea for a better fundraiser, join the PTA and make your voice heard. 

 

Sample of our many programs:

  • Accelerated Reader
  • Computer Labs & Technology
  • Brain Pop; the animated educational site
  • Funds the Teacher Grant Program
  • Provides Funds for Interventionists-Educational Enhancements
  • Funds for Smart Boards and Equipment
  • Hosts Author Visits
  • Sponsors Cultural Arts Day
  • Purchases Books for Media Center
  • Hosts Beautification Day
  • Funds Teacher Grant Program
  • Provides Principal Honor Roll Winners
  • Donates Thanksgiving baskets for those less fortunate
  • Purchases items that we otherwise would not get for the school.  In 2013, PTA purchased new cafeteria tables. In 2014 PTA paid for resurfacing the basketball courts.  In 2015 PTA funded the data wiring for our computer lab.  In 2016 PTA funded 10 new computers for the computer lab to complete it with a total of 23 computers!

 

5. What's in it for me?

This is probably one of the questions we hear most often without anyone trying to be mean...  Parents really want to know what they'll get out of it. So here are some direct benefits you can feel better about:

  • Get more directly involved with your child's school
  • Be a role model to your peers and family - and especially your student
  • Hear directly from our Principal and Teachers at monthly Association meetings
  • Hear about important changes to school programs, funding, and curriculum
  • Have direct voice and access to a group that helps with school decisions (programs, activities, social events, and more)
  • Meet other parents with kids in the same school and area
  • Be part of the solution, not just the discussion or gossip
  • Learn to work with a team and new skills by being a committee chair or executive board leader

 

6. How does this help my student?

  • Enriches your student's education with new programs that may lack or have lost government funding
  • Creates opportunities for learning about technology and new programs
  • Show your student that you are actively involved in their school and believe their education is important
  • Reinforce programs by knowing more about what's available to students
  • See their family engaged and utilizing all the resources our local school offers

 

7. How do I get more involved?

Membership is important, so start by becoming a member of VABHOE PTA today. Your membership runs from August-August (so you can renew at any time). Most parents sign up or renew their membership at the start of each school year. We encourage families to sign up for membership for each adult or any other family member that wants to be involved with your child's school.

 

Next, get active and get involved. You can show up to PTA meetings, which are announced well in advance for the whole school year. These meetings are held to allow the Association members to vote on important actions taken by the VABHOE PTA as well as hear news and updates from school staff, district board members and other community leaders.

 

We also offer programs and fundraising events. Programs are offered to enhance the student experience at VABHOE. We need volunteers to ensure these programs are run properly and report back to the PTA about how it is working out. Fundraisers allow us to have fun while raising money that supports the Programs of VABHOE PTA. We have seasonal and annual events that every student gets to enjoy. Again, these fundraisers are there to fully support the educational programs put on by VABHOE PTA.

 

Whether you have an hour a month, or an hour a day, volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. The first step is to reach out and let us know you want to be involved. 

Here is what we recommend you do to get involved:

  •         Sign up for the VABHOE emails at: vabhoepta@gmail.com
  •         Sign up for a VABHOE Membership ($10/year per person)-sign-up and pay online
  •         Show up to the monthly PTA meetings
  •         Volunteer for help or a specific committee that is important to you.  You can now sign-up online to volunteer!