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Letter From Liz & Suvery Link-Where does the money go?

posted Apr 21, 2015, 5:29 PM by Lakeshore Elementary PTO Fond du Lac
Where do the funds go that YOU donate when you participate in our Major Fundraiser and throughout the year? Read on to find out!
**Also, we'd love your input, please fill out the survey that came home on Monday or you can click this link and take it online. (Due this Friday, April 24th)


Dear Lakeshore Families,

It seems that Spring is here to stay and with that the end of the school year is right around the corner.  It has been an amazing year at Lakeshore with so many activities and opportunities for the students.  None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the PTO.  The PTO is every single parent and every single staff member of the Lakeshore Elementary community, regardless of attendance at PTO meetings.  You are the PTO.  I wanted to provide you all with a quick recap of what we have accomplished as a community this academic year.

We have been working hard the past several years to get technology into the hands of the Lakeshore students. So far this year $9,000 has been put toward the technology vision that the Lakeshore Staff has in place for the school.  This allowed for the purchase of a wireless microphone headset system for use in physical education, 20 ipads and cases for the primary students and 11 chromebooks for the secondary students.  We will vote on providing an additional $3,500 at the April 28th PTO meeting to continue towards the technology vision. 

Through the Read-a-Thon, the students raised over $6,500 by reading.  All of these funds go directly to purchasing books for the Guided Reading Room.  These books allow the teachers to work with the students at their specific reading level.

Lakeshore has been working very hard on implementing PBIS in the school.  The PTO supports this effort by supplying Lakeshore with $1,200 to help celebrate the student’s PBIS accomplishments.

Every year we supply the teachers with funds to purchase needed classroom supplies.  This totals $6,500 by the end of the year.  This allows for resources in the classroom that otherwise would not be available to the students.  We also spent $300 for science room supplies to help enrich the students’ experimentation with the world around them.   Before the end of the year, we plan on spending $500 toward playground supplies to help keep the students active and safe at recess.  Student wellness received $250, allowing a Zumba instructor to come to Lakeshore and teach each individual class a fun way to stay healthy.   

The PTO contributed $1,500 towards the all school fieldtrip to see Slim Goodbody.  This significantly decreased the cost of the trip to the Schauer Center in Hartford.  We also set aside $3,000 for grade level fieldtrips ($500 per grade) that help the classes experience learning outside of the Lakeshore Community with their individual classrooms. 

The PTO spent $5,000 on the Artist in Residence Program.  Tom Pease and Stuart Stotts worked with each grade level on creating original songs.  This culminated in both the students and parents being able to enjoy the gift of music with a family program. Next year it will be Science in Residence.  We also support Opera for the Young by providing $750 to bring this into our school yearly.

Every other year, the Lakeshore PTO sponsors a High Interest Day.  Community members are brought into the school to present on their area of expertise.  The students get to pick 4 areas they would like to know more about.  This year we have budgeted $500 for this event.

In May we will recognize three graduating seniors that have previously attended Lakeshore Elementary.  They will each receive a scholarship of $500 to put toward furthering their education.

As a PTO we do amazing things for the Lakeshore Students.  Some of these things are tangible like the technology we have placed into their hands.  While others are what they will remember about Lakeshore when they too are graduating high school or perhaps sending their own kids to Lakeshore someday.  All of the opportunities listed above take planning, dedication and time by the Lakeshore PTO.  Again, the PTO is every single parent and every single staff member of the Lakeshore Elementary community.  Without you, none of this would happen.

We are sending out a short survey to help us get ideas and much needed input from all of our PTO members on how to accomplish raising the funds to support our Lakeshore Elementary Community.  Please take a quick moment to fill out the survey and send it back to school with your child by Friday, April 24th. 

As a member of the PTO you are always welcomed to attend the monthly PTO meetings.  The next PTO meeting will be on Tuesday, April 28th at 4 pm in the Media Center. We will be discussing our fall fundraiser and voting in officers for the 2015/2016 school year.  The last PTO meeting of the academic year will be on Tuesday, May 19th at 4 pm in the Media center. Childcare is always provided at the meetings.

Thank you all for everything you do for the Lakeshore Community on a daily basis.  All of our work as a PTO allows our students opportunities and experiences that they would not receive elsewhere.  If you have any questions, concerns or great ideas and are unable to attend the next PTO meeting, please feel free to contact me at anytime.  Also, please remember to sign up for school event emails from the PTO at www.lakeshorepto.org and “like us” on Facebook at  Lakeshore Elementary PTO.

Sincerely,

Liz Mason,

PTO President

masonpt@aol.com       

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