The Walter C. Black PTO Welcomes You to the 2017-2018 School Year!
Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an important part of the WCB community. We work hard and have fun while raising funds to provide educational programs to enrich our children's lives. All parents/guardians of WCB students as well as all WCB staff are automatically members of the PTO. We encourage everyone in our school community to get involved, and we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. You may have some questions as a new or returning family to WCB:
Why do we have a Parent Teacher Organization?
Our PTO is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of children at Walter C. Black Elementary School by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers. We sponsor a number of events and fundraisers, both during school hours and in the evening. We fundraise to provide enhancements to our students' education.
What type of organization is the PTO?
Our PTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This means that any monetary donations to the PTO are tax deductible! Please also check with your employer where applicable â€“ many employers offer donation matching programs, or may want to help sponsor a PTO event. If your employer may want to donate a specific item (for example, a basket to be used in a silent auction), please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to work with you.
How can I get involved? What if I work part- or full-time?
We welcome all volunteers! We have a variety of opportunities, both during school hours and in the evening. Please see our volunteer form for more information. Please also take a look through the fundraising catalogs that come home in backpacks during the year. Although there are many opportunities to help out, we know that volunteering isn't for everyone â€“ if you'd like to give a monetary contribution directly to the PTO, you're welcome to participate with a Dolphin Donation by simply sending a check in to school made out to "WCB PTO."
Are there "free" ways to donate to the PTO?
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are eligible for a number of wonderful programs. All of them are detailed on the "fundraising" section of our website, but please be sure to check out the following highlights:
- Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate a percentage of sales back to our PTO - all you need to do is start your purchasing at smile.amazon.com and be sure to select our PTO as your charity of choice.
- Box Tops For Education can be clipped from popular products and sent in to school with your student(s). Please watch for information about Box Tops contests throughout the year!
- Schoola.com: an online clothing consignment store through which we earn money from clothing donations (contact our Treasurer, Renee Spero email@example.com, if you would like to make a donation), and also from anyone shopping through our school page, http://wcb.ashopz.com
- McCaffrey's: If you shop at McCaffrey's, simply send receipts in to school and we'll receive back a percentage of the sale.
How are PTO funds being used to enhance our students' education?
We work with our school administration to determine how we can best support WCB. Highlights from the past year include the following donations: $5,800 towards the cost of field trips for *all* students, $3,500 towards a Kindergarten playground, and $1,250 for a new speaker system for the gym.
Who is in charge of the PTO, and how do I keep up with PTO events/news?
Our officers are listed below. Please keep an eye on flyers that come home in backpacks, emails from Mrs. Felicetta, our website, and follow our Facebook page: Walter C. Black Elementary School PTO. You can reach us anytime by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . We have three public PTO meetings throughout the school year:
2017-2018 PTO MEETING DATES
October 4, 2017
January 17, 2018
May 2, 2018
PTO meetings begin at 7:00 pm in the WCB Multi-purpose Room. Please join us!
2017-2018 PTO OFFICERS
We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!
Joanna Radzicki and Jenni Rispoli, Co-Presidents
Support your School Year Round...
...by participating in these fundraisers!
NOTE: The forms are in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open and print. You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader at Adobe's Web site.
Room Parents: email email@example.com
Spirit Wear / Dolphin Magnet : please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the most current form and pricing.
Dolphin Dedication (to be updated when available)