PTA FAQs

Summit View Elementary PTA is our new parent organization 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 & 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 & education!

Q: Do I need to join & are there membership dues?
A: We invite & encourage all parents & 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 & 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 & encouraged to come to our meetings. This is a great way to get involved & stay informed! The benefit of being a member is that you will have a voice/vote on deciding what PTA supports & provides to Summit View Elementary.

Q: What are some of the benefits of PTA?
A: • 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 increases.
• 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.