Tomahawk Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization
What is the PTO?
The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at Tomahawk Elementary has been an active and important part of the school for many years. The organization is dedicated to promoting and supporting the students, staff and curriculum at TES.
What is the goal of the PTO?
Our goal is to provide a means of ongoing and organized communications between parents and staff, enrich students' educational experiences by providing programs and activities for students and their families and offer opportunities for parents and community members to become involved in the education of our youth.
Why a PTO instead of PTA?
A PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and PTO function in much the same manner. Both have the same objects and common missions in supporting their schools. The main difference between a PTO and a PTA is how the organization is operated. A PTA is part of a state and national organization, pays dues to those organization and in return receive various support items from the two entities. The dues are also used to advocate for children across the state and nation. TES parents have made the choice to not be a PTA. The resources supplied by the PTA local and national organization are available by assorted free websites, such as PTOToday. This also helps ensure that all funds which are developed at Tomahawk are used locally for the support of TES students.
How is the PTO funded?
Funds for PTO programs, supplies and activities are acquired through family memberships, donations, fund-raising events, grant opportunities and community sponsors which participate with the PTO throughout the school year.
What are the funds used for?
All monies raised by the PTO go directly back to the school. The funds are used to cover the Artist-In-Education Program including all supplies and the artist's salary, new playground equipment and maintenance, "Camp Child" scholarships, Performing Arts programs, Family Fun Nights, and much more, including the support and encouragement of the teachers and staff of TES.
Who can join the PTO?
Parents, grandparents, staff members, friends, and relatives are encouraged to join.
How do I join the PTO?
Go to the membership page for details on how to join.
How much is membership?
Annual membership fees are ONLY $5 per family.
What do I receive for my membership?
When you become part of the PTO Booster Club you and your child both receive the benefits of the many programs that the PTO sponsors at TES. PTO Members who sign up for the PTO will also receive a specially designed Academic Planner which contains many of the PTO and TES event dates as well as other important information busy on the go parents need!
How do I volunteer with the PTO?
Visit the volunteer page for details on upcoming volunteer opportunities.
If I join the PTO do I have to volunteer?
While we encourage you to volunteer with as many activities and programs that you would like to participate in your membership does NOT require you to volunteer for any of the events or activities that are done throughout the year. Remember though... The best way to show you care is to be involved in your child's education!
When are PTO Meetings?
As outlined by the PTO By-Laws the general board meetings are scheduled for the night of Open House in September and February at 7pm. The annual meeting, where members may vote for board positions, etc. will be in April or May each year. If additional "special" meetings need to be called or meeting dates conflict with other school activities PTO members will be informed of the meetings and possible changes as outlined in the By-Laws. All meetings will take place at TES in the gym unless otherwise advertised.
Who can attend the meetings?
All TES parents and friends may attend the meetings. Only PTO members may vote on any item of importance. To be eligible to vote at the meeting members must join the PTO as outlined by the By-Laws.
What happens at the meetings?
Upcoming events, FUNdraising, budget items, board elections, etc. are discussed and decided on.
Can I server on the board?
YES! The board is a group of volunteers and is always looking for additional members! For more information contact Barbara Rypkema, PTO President.
Still have other questions?
Email us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible or feel free to contact any of the board members directly!