Special PTA Newsletter - December 16, 2018
Sun, Dec 16 10:48am
Frank Otis Elementary
PTA OUTLOOK
SPECIAL EDITION
 
 
PTA CORNER

WALK-A-THON FUNDRAISING UPDATE
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO REACH OUR GOAL!

Walk-A-Thon is one of the PTA's biggest fundraisers of the year. Our goal is to raise $53,000. It's an amount we surpassed last year, and we can do it again this year. But we are a long way from our goal. As of today, we have collected only $26,379 - not even 50% of our goal. This is a significant shortfall and could have a major impact on the programs and services the PTA provides for our students and community. 

Otis relies heavily on the generosity of our families to provide the daily activities, experiences, programs, and support that our teachers, students and parents rely on. This year, AUSD is providing only $50,000 in discretionary funds to Otis. That doesn't go very far in a school with over 650 students. In order to support our students and community, Otis staff and teachers rely on the PTA to bridge the gap so they can deliver the quality educational experience parents expect and that our children deserve. PTA pays for:
 
$45,000 for Small Group Support and Intervention (math, reading & PBIS)
$35,000 for STEAM Lab
$23,000 for Teacher Stipends (classroom supplies/materials)
$22,000 for Media and Technology
$17,000 for Grade Level Enrichment (including field trips) and
$10,000 for Soul Shoppe

But those are just the big ticket items. There are many more things the PTA pays for, like Books for the library and classrooms, Science Supplies, Weekly Readers, Art and Garden Docent Supplies, Assemblies like Alphabet Rockers and Rockets & Robots, Family Game Night, Math & Science Night, Safety Patrol, Health Education, Student Lounge, School Improvements, etc. All of these make Otis unique while supporting our students' learning and growth, and providing them with the best public school elementary education possible. 
 
It costs the PTA over $275,000 to offer all of these programs at Otis. We need to raise $53,000 through Walk-A-Thon alone to reach our annual fundraising goal so we can keep all the programs PTA supports alive this year and next. If we fall short of our goal, we will have to make cuts, and that's not something anyone wants to see happen!

We are so lucky at Otis to have all of these academic and enrichment opportunities for our students. By supporting Walk-A-Thon, YOU are directly supporting all of our students. Please help and make a donation today. 
 
We have extended the deadline to return the Walk-A-Thon envelopes to Friday, December 21st. Please return donation envelopes to the PTA mailbox in the Main Office by that date so we can get all donations tallied during winter break. You can donate online as well. And don't forget that many employers will match donations. 
 
Thank you for your continued big-heartedness. Your teachers, kids, and community are so grateful and appreciative!  
 
Jenny Beck
Otis PTA President
OUTLOOK CONTACT INFORMATION
PRINCIPAL: TANYA HARRIS
EDITOR:  BETH ANEY
PTA PRESIDENT:  JENNY BECK
OUTLOOK EMAIL: OTISOUTLOOK@GMAIL.COM
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To contact Otis PTA Outlook, please send an e-mail to otisoutlook@gmail.com, or hit reply to this newsletter. These emails will go directly to the Editor's personal in-box. 

Thank you, 
Outlook Editor