Back-to-school message from the PTA
Sun, Aug 9 5:15pm
Grattan Community,
I wanted to reach out on behalf of the PTA as we gear up to start distance learning this fall.  The focus of the PTA this year is supporting the Grattan community as best we can as we embark on a fall of distance learning.  
First and foremost, we want to make sure that we are supporting our families during these tremendously challenging times.  The PTA is supporting a GoFundMe account to raise funds to help out families most in need during these challenging economic times.  This account is separate from existing PTA funds, and will be used to provide food, rent and  gift cards (to Safeway, Target, etc) to make sure the basic needs of our families are being met.  We elected to use GoFundMe to maximize the transparency of where this money was coming from and where it was being directed.  
Data from the recent GASP survey tells us that many of our families are in need of in-person socialization and childcare.   Unfortunately, due to safety and liability concerns, the PTA cannot facilitate any in-person meet up of students.  Rather than organizing into virtual "pods"  we are hoping to organize several virtual community events to lift spirits, bond students and families and strengthen the Grattan community.  We fully recognize this is not ideal, and we are working to make this the best it can be.  If you have ideas for hosting a virtual event for your class or grade, please reach out.  
It's time for our community to dig deep and think about ways we can volunteer this coming year.  While volunteering may look very different than it has in the past, the need is still there.  Perhaps you can run a virtual book club?  Provide tech support for your class? Host a Zoom Parents Night Out?  Run a virtual academic support group for a small group of students? We're hoping to have several classroom-based volunteers to organize and coordinate these efforts.  
Please reach out to any of us on the PTA Board if you have any ideas or concerns.  
In community, 
Stephany Rodriguez (PTA President)