Everyone is automatically a member of the Monte Vista Elementary School PTO, simply by being a parent, guardian or teacher at our school! The PTO coordinates volunteer efforts for school activities and raises funds to support school programs that further enrich the experience of all students. Parent volunteers help with all types of school programs and learning activities. Thank you for all you do and let's make this school year a more rewarding experience for all our children.
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Committees 2021-20225th Grade CelebrationHelps 5th grade classes raise funds throughout the year, and plans entertainment and vending for their year-end "Celebration of Success" party.Apex FundraiserApex collaborates with our school PTO and faculty to build student leaders through a meaningful, “hassle-free” and financially successful school obstacle course. Since the Apex Team handles most of the heavy lifting, this is an easy one! The chair will coordinate with the Apex Team Lead on schedule (Teacher Huddle, Student Pep Rally, class lesson times/grade-level run times as determined by our principal) and advertising (flyers, posters, e-communications, Facebook Posts, etc). Volunteers for the event will run the water station, mark laps, and support runners with spirit signs, pom poms, noise makers, and cheers! In the case that the weather is unseasonably warm, volunteers will also use mister bottles to cool down our runners.
The Art Integration program is tied to the individual grade level curriculum. Art integration is an approach in which students construct and demonstrate understanding of subject matter through an art form. Teachers will work with class volunteers to incorporate the art into their lesson plans, which will allow the students to engage in the creative process, connecting art with their core subject areas of study. Art projects are offered each school quarter. Time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours a quarter.PTO helps organize volunteers to run this program. Our teachers and administrators manage student behavior according to the guidelines of a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) system at Monte Vista. As part of that system, children can earn Honey Drops by demonstrating good behavior at school and then turn those Honey Drops in for Bees. Once a month, when the Bee Hive is open, kids may go down and "purchase" an item from the Bee Hive with their Bees as a reward for their good behavior. Volunteers manage the Bee Hive once a month, for one day, during school hours. Tasks would include setting up the tables and items just after the morning bell, helping children choose items, and breakdown/clean up just before the afternoon bell rings to end the school day. Bee Hive days for 2018-19 will be the last Friday of each month, with that day being moved up to Thursday where Friday is a Teacher Work Day or Holiday (see committee calendar for specific dates). Helping with the Bee Hive provides a great opportunity to interact with students, teachers and administrators in a positive way! This committee is not PTO funded.
Coordinates volunteers for set-up, sales & tear down at Book Fair. Also responsible for flyers, promos, posters, arranging Teacher and Class Previews, promotion via the School Library, managing Wish List donations, daily sales records and re-stocking orders. Plus all communication with the book company. Works closely with PTO Treasurer for daily sales records, cash box delivery and pickup.Box TopsBox Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for our school, with products we all already buy. This committee needs volunteers to collect, clip and count Box Tops once a month for each grade. Folks go into classrooms, empty a teacher's box tops container into a labeled baggie, clip and count, and turn them in to the committee chair for submission. You'll be assigned a grade after school starts. Time commitment, about 2hr/month.Family Reading WallAssist Committee Chairs with decorating a school wall inside the school for this popular program. On the first Wednesday of the month volunteers help hand out free books to our proud readers on reward day! Time commitment is approximately 45min/month. Chairperson will contact you every month.Giving GardenThe Giving Garden committee hangs "wishes" in our school Garden during the month of January of depleted items our Teachers and Staff need for their classrooms and departments.Fundraising SponsorshipsWildlife GardenVolunteers help with quarterly trimming and clean-up of the KMV Heritage Garden (near the front office). Miscellaneous other responsibilities include refilling bird feeders and maintaining the pond by occasional filter cleaning and communication with our vendor for maintenance.HospitalityDo you enjoy making people feel welcome? Hospitality provides that extra special touch for Teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences, PTO Meetings, Teacher Luncheons, Welcome Breakfast, Patriot Day Assembly, Teacher Appreciation Week, WatchDOGS kickoff and so many other social events. This committee is responsible for receiving donations of food & drinks from local businesses, reaching out to parents for homemade dishes as well as setting up/cleaning up before & after events. Chairs and volunteers write thank you notes to donors for their generous contributions.Movie NightMovie Chairs help select movie, secure movie viewing rights, invite food vendor(s) and plan pre-movie activities. At past Movie Nights, the Lions Roar Choir has been invited to perform before the movie begins.Pumpkin STEAM FestAn evening of fun and education centered around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). This event combines a popular event from years past, Pumpkin Walk, and an expansion of last year's popular Astronomy Night. There will be decorated pumpkins, STEAM demonstrations and activities, arts and crafts, night sky viewing with telescopes on the field, and a variety of food options. This event will be fun for the whole family.Project BrainpowerNegotiates pricing and delivery/pickup of healthy snacks for 2nd - 5th graders during testing week and coordinates volunteers and daily deliveries to testing classrooms.PSC LiaisonThe Parent Superintendent Council is a council formed by the district to gather representatives from each school together monthly to discuss topics they feel are important to the current district and school environment. This PTO representative is responsible for attending the monthly PSC meetings with a PTO Board Member to bring back pertinent information to the PTO through Committee Meetings and submissions to the PTO Newsletter as applicable.
Spirit GearAdministers and judges the annual student design contest with the assistance of the PTO Board by the date of the annual PTO Election Meeting. Selects a T-shirt design company; oversees the design process; negotiates a contract; purchases the required T-shirts during the summer break; and oversees sales, delivery and re-orders during the following school year. Also in charge of distribution of any other logo items ordered with T-shirts during the year, and displays all Spirit items for sale during Meet the Teacher.
Spring CarnivalIn the spring, the PTO puts on our annual Spring Carnival. Tickets are available to purchase for food, rides and games. During the carnival, there will be raffle items as well as a silent auction. The items in the raffle and silent auction are donated by many local businesses.
Dads Of Great Students gives dads, step-dads, granddads, and/or other father-figures an opportunity to volunteer at their student’s school for the full day on a chosen date. You'll help out in your child's classroom and other activities vary. You might shelve books in the library, help with cafeteria, playground, and/or drop/pick-up duty, hang student work in the hallway for teachers, or read with a student that needs a little extra practice.
Organizes & trains volunteers to provide support for teachers by copying, laminating and performing other clerical tasks. In charge of keeping the PTO Storage closets organized and inventoried and keeping the Workroom stocked with needed materials within budget. This committee can also be a resource to help with PTO activities throughout the year by helping with signs and flyers.YearbookResponsible for compiling and organizing the annual yearbook, including gathering photos, designing the book, and page layouts. Must be comfortable with digital photography, digital layouts and learning a computer program specific to the vendor selected for the yearbook. Oversees advertising, sales and distribution of a soft-bound, color yearbook 56-64 pages.Kyrene Monte Vista PTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible based on IRS regulations; our Federal Tax Identification Number is 20-5238635.