The Summit View Elementary PTA is our parent lead organization. We converted from a PTO to a PTA for the 2015/2016 school year. Please see the following FAQs to learn more & answer some questions about our organization. Still have questions? Use our contact form or email us.
Q: What is PTA?
A: PTA stands for Parents Teacher Association – it is a national non-profit organization that’s #1 goal is to benefit children. Summit View Elementary started our local chapter of PTA the summer of 2015.
PTA’s Vision: Every child’s potential is a reality.
PTA’s Mission: To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
Q: Why did Summit View Elementary start a PTA?
A: To ensure that 100% of funds that are raised at Summit View Elementary, stay at Summit View Elementary. As a PTA, we will have more control of the programs we support and have direct access to our financials. Besides, with shrinking budgets, increasing class sizes, government & district mandates, the challenges of delivering quality education are daunting. As parents, we can join our efforts & talents to support our school by providing/enhancing the tools & programs that aid in our children’s growth and education!
Q: Do I need to join & are there membership dues?
A: We invite & encourage all parents and staff members to join the PTA. As a member, you will be able to vote on what events we hold, the programs we choose to support and how financially we can support our school. You can find our membership form here.
Q: What are the dues?
A: Membership dues are $10 annually. With your $10, you will also be a member of the National & Colorado PTA (includes discounts to Staples, Sylvan, Hertz & many more)! To learn more, visit PTA.org or COPTA.org.
Q: Do I have to be a member to come to meetings?
A: No, all are welcome and encouraged to come to our meetings. This is a great way to get involved and stay informed! The benefit of being a member is that you will have a voice/vote on deciding what PTA supports and provides to Summit View Elementary.
Q: What are some of the benefits of PTA?
A: The benefits are endless, but here are just a few:
- Leverage Volunteer Power: PTA organizes hard-working, dedicated volunteers. Parents are ready to help implement school improvement programs.
- Improve Communication: PTAs frequently coordinate production of a school newsletter and information fliers, keeping the entire school community informed of current events, issues, and accomplishments. Regular meetings allow PTAs to share information with members.
- See Measurable Results: More than 85 research studies conducted over the past 30 years prove that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increase.
- Discover More Dollars: Local PTAs are self-funding. By inviting the entire school’s parent community to join, they generate membership fees to pay for programs. Local PTA fundraisers support school programs, building improvements, and educational events.
- Boost Children’s Well-Being: PTAs focus on what students need to be successful in their learning, including nutrition, health, school safety, physical fitness and general well-being. PTA works with schools to ensure that children succeed.
- Enjoy Informed Parents: Involved parents understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution. By developing a closer relationship with parents, student achievement improves, and the school develops a positive reputation in the community.