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10 REASONS TO JOIN THE PTA!

Membership and Directory Form

Click Above for the FORM!

  1. Budgets at every school are tight. Money raised in school fundraisers is often used to pay for those little extras that can make a school a bit special, be it an interactive whiteboard or a school trip.
  2. The PTA fundraises to provide more educational services for children. Fundraisers remain important to improving the quality of the school overall.
  3. Helping at PTA fundraising events helps you get to know your kid’s teachers better and understand the way our school works!
  4. Being part of the PTA helps you get to know other parents and their children. This is important for school matters but also great for a more active social life!
  5. By joining the PTA you have the chance to promote and enhance your school’s standing within your local community.
  6. Although occasionally embarrassed, most children do actually like to know that you are there for them, taking an interest and sharing their experience.
  7. Talking to other parents helps you, everyone and them. Sharing experiences and parenting tips helps us all!
  8. The commitment is not too much: the occasional evening meeting and other PTA events.
  9. Everyone has different talents and skills they can bring to the school and parents are a great interface between the school and the ‘outside world.’ Very handy for raffle prizes, sponsorship or professional help.
  10. It is actually quite fun to run the Carnival or watch the kids enjoy themselves at the school family nights. Isn’t this what it’s all about???

 

To find out more contact chair Gretchen Shanahan

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Become a School MVP! You will want this if you plan to attend field trips! (10 Weeks to Process)

Please find a document that portrays the modified MVP process for summer 2018 and beyond.  It is my recommendation to go ahead and complete the MVP Tier 1 process.  Please note the highlighted adjustments.  This is district-wide, so please do not wait until August to make an appointment.

Thank you!

My Volunteer Pal (MVP)

The volunteers in the Shawnee Mission School District’s (MVP) My Volunteer Pal program are making a difference daily in the lives of students in our schools.  Educating today’s students is a collaborative partnership, and volunteers play a valuable role.

In as little as thirty minutes per week, you can make a difference in the life of a student. The Shawnee Mission School District MVP Program connects adult volunteers with youth ages four to 18.  Volunteer pals choose from a range of school activities, including mentoring, serving as a lunch buddy, classroom volunteer, sharing special talents or career interests, tutoring in math or reading, or simply being a friend who listens. No special skills are required, only the ability to develop a good relationship and be a good listener. Volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, and most activities take place on school grounds during school hours.

There are two types of volunteer groups as distinguished by the areas in which they may be working or the tasks with which they are assisting.  MVP’s identified as Tier I volunteer in a capacity in which they have direct contact with students, either individually or in groups.  Examples may include tutor, mentor, classroom volunteer, chaperone, etc. This includes if you plan to assist with field trips to the zoo or other locations you could be with a small group.

Examples of Tier I volunteers who need to be MVP trained include but are not limited to the following:

  • Chaperones for USD Approved Field Trips. Examples:  band, orchestra, camps (cheerleading, dance team, etc.), DECA, journalism, thespians, sports, etc.
  • Chat ‘n Chew
  • Chess Club*
  • Field trips
  • Lunch buddies
  • Mad Science*
  • Master Gardeners*
  • Mentors
  • School volunteers. Examples: art room, classroom, library, office, workroom, etc.
  • Tutors
  • Watch Dogs
  • and more.

MVP training and fingerprinting should be completed at least 6 weeks prior to the MVP’s anticipated start date.

*MVP training is required anytime a student is handed off to another adult before or after school who is not the parent, guardian, parent approved adult, or school employee. Examples include:  Chess Club, Mad Science and Master Gardeners.  Refer to BOE Policy IFCB for a definition of USD Approved Field Trips and Non-Sanctioned Field Trips.  Volunteers under 18 years of age are trained, but not fingerprinted.  A FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) document must also be signed.  Fingerprinting/background check procedures need to be repeated every 3 years.

The other volunteer group, identified as Tier II, volunteer essentially in a one-time, group supervised setting, or non-student contact capacity. Examples may include:  classroom party volunteer, committee volunteer, etc.

Steps to Become an MVP Volunteer (please do these steps in order):

1. Complete an online MVP application. (Visit www.smsd.org)

2. Attend a MVP training session.  (Training dates and times are posted on the “Volunteering” page on the district’s website.  These sessions can fill up quickly and are limited to 12 attendees.) Combined training and fingerprint screening dates are offered at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 West 71st, and require a reservation.  Please call 913-993-6447 or email volunteer@smsd.org for a reservation.

3. Drop in fingerprint screening is available at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st St., on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.and from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Fingerprint screenings can only be done AFTER attending a training session.​

Visit www.smsd.org for more information about the MVP program.

E-mail volunteer@smsd.org or call (913) 993-6447 for more information. 

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Welcome to your Digital PTA Site!

Welcome to our PTA Website!

 

We would like to say thank you for visiting our new PTA Website & hope that you will follow this as it will ultimately be the place to go when you need to find any information!

We sure hope you have signed up as a PTA Member already but if you have not, please do! There are so many benefits for signing up! Not only will you be an advocate for 1 more child but you will also get a paper directory with your information included should you choose, you will be involved in our school community as much as you want and you will get to have an opinion on what we do as the PTA to help our school, students & staff!

 

On the first day of school each student will bring home a welcome packet for parents

Now with this welcome packet you will have all the information we can possibly give you to get started! You will have a welcome letter, volunteer sign-up sheet for all the events were hosting throughout the year which includes the dates & times of these events, Membership/Directory Form, a Box Tops Letter with a zip lock bag to collect those through the year and a spirit wear order form!

 

Should you not be a person who wants to deal with papers and would rather have a conversation or send things electronically then feel free to contact our PTA President  Amber Pittman with any questions & she will answer any of them or point you in the right direction.

 

We will offer many different events throughout this school year that you will definitely want to check out & hopefully get involved with such as our Family Game Board Night, Chili Cook-Off, Donuts with Dads, Muffins with Moms, Book Fairs, Family Dance Night, School Spirit Nights, Carnival and Silent Auction.

 

We also host many things for our East Antioch Elementary which is why it’s so important for you join the PTA & get involved! We sponsor field trips, staff appreciation, grants for the staff, kindness week, cultural arts program, bike rodeo for 3rd graders & this is the 1st year we will be using funds from our Box Tops to add on something special for our kids at school! If you come to our first PTA Meeting on Thursday, September 13th at 6:00 P.M. you will get to vocalize your opinion on this matter & you will get put into a raffle for a prize!

 

Make sure to explore our PTA website & let us know shall you have any questions!