Congratulations! By enrolling your child at Jacob Wismer, you are automatically a member of the Jacob Wismer PTO!
What is the PTO?
PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. Our PTO is a way to formally organize our body of parents to focus on supporting our JW students (the “P” part of the PTO). We work in partnership with the Staff and Administration (the”T” part of the PTO) to support the key priorities of the JW school community.
About the Jacob Wismer PTO:
- Nonprofit organization status
- Governed by the Jacob Wismer PTO Bylaws
- Led by an elected volunteer Board
- Free to all parents and staff at Jacob Wismer (no dues or applications)
- All inclusive of all parents and staff in the Jacob Wismer community
How Do I Get Involved?
As a PTO member, there are a number of ways for you to support the school and get involved through your time and/or financial contributions.
YOUR TIME: There are volunteer opportunities galore waiting for you! Volunteering opportunities are available in many areas,from working in the classrooms, clerical support for the staff and administration as well as behind the scenes admin type tasks that could potentially be done on or offsite.
Through the many PTO and school events, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer for events themselves as well as provide leadership to these programs by joining committees, becoming a Committee Chair or even a position on the PTO Board (see Volunteer Opportunities).
YOUR TALENT: If you have a special skill, talent or expertise that would enhance our students learning, you can work with the Staff to see how that could be presented and/or fit into the curriculum.
YOUR TREASURE: You may not be able to give your time on-site.If you have the opportunity to support the students and programs through financial contributions, that can be another very important way to support the school. There are many ways to contribute financially to the PTO such as making a Cash/Check Donation to the PTO, your employer’s Matching Funds programs, Fundraising Programs, as well as many Free and Easy ways to giveback to the school (see Fundraiser Events).
What are the Key Priorities of the PTO?
We have a number of priorities, events and program goals each year.
FUNDRAISING: Fundraising is a large element of what the PTO does and requires a great deal of funding to continue to provide the enrichment opportunities for our students. To financially support the many programs, with your help, the PTO will need to raise $51 per student each year (see PTO At Work). You will see a number of fundraising opportunities available throughout the year (see Fundraiser Events).
COMMUNITY EVENTS: We have a number of community events designed to bring us together as a JW community, which allows us the opportunity to stay connected to our children by being part of their world at school. Keep a look out for information throughout the year for events such as Carnival, Family Fun Night, Science Expo, Celebrate the Arts and Variety show, to name a few (see PTO Supported Programs). Mark your calendars when you see these events announced and come join in the fun! Don’t forget, it takes many, many volunteers to make these events a success (see Volunteer Opportunities).
STUDENT ENRICHMENT: Our PTO is proud to supplement our student curriculum and work of the staff through our very important Student Enrichment Programs such as Art Literacy, Artist in Residence, Passport Club, Author Visits, Assemblies, and Jr Great Books, and much more (see PTO Supported Programs).
CLASSROOM SUPPORT: Your volunteer time and commitment,both in and out of the classroom, greatly support our Staff and learning environments for our students.Our PTO organizes all of the volunteer activities at the school by recruiting volunteers and scheduling volunteers into classrooms or events (see Volunteer Opportunities). Additionally,our PTO plans many Staff Appreciation events throughout the year designed to appreciate our Staff for all of their hard work with our students.