Hello, fellow parents. During this uncertain time, I’m writing to update you on the PTA’s plans.
Many of you have asked about the status of our two major upcoming events — the Havana Nights Auction + Dinner on April 4 and the 5K on May 9.
Last night, the PTA board decided to cancel the in-person Auction + Dinner and move the auction to an online-only platform. We are really sorry to do this, but it’s clearly the right decision for the health and safety of our community.
We will be providing details about the online portion of the event soon! If you have purchased a ticket to the auction: Stay tuned for details about how to request a refund (we are still working out how to manage this within our auction software and California PTA’s strict accounting rules). We do ask, however, that you consider turning your purchase into a donation to the PTA, which is facing a significant loss of revenue as a result of this crisis.
We will make a decision about going ahead with an in-person 5K in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the organizing team and the board are discussing alternatives we hope can preserve at least some of the spirit of the event, as well as the majority of its revenue. So far, our sponsors have been incredibly supportive.
Combined, these fundraisers usually raise about $80,000 to pay for educational programs, including Schmahl Science, PE, music, art and more. I promise to keep you informed about the impact of these decisions on next year’s budget and educational programming. The PTA board and I will do everything we can to ensure our students still receive these essential academic enrichment programs in the 2020-21 school year.
Thank you for all you do to support our school. Please feel free to reach out to me or any other PTA board member if you have questions.