Dear Willow Glen families,
I want to thank you for a tremendously successful year for the school and the PTA. Our parents, grandparents and friends volunteered more than 18,000 hours this year, the equivalent of about 23 hours of volunteer time per student enrolled at Willow Glen. That speaks volumes about the commitment of our families to all our children.
We also had a phenomenal year on the fundraising front, again thanks to the generosity of our community and the hard work of our fundraising leads:
Via our four main fundraisers, we raised approx. $263K (134% of budget):
- Annual Giving: Approx. $86K (143% of budget)
- Auction: Approx. $60K (165% of budget)
- Walkathon: Approx. $32K (158% of budget)
- 5K: Approx. $85K (107% of budget)
(Note: Figures do not include expenses and will not be final until the fall)
A huge thank you to our fundraising leads: Cyndi Kavanagh, Julia Casto, Dylan Wooten, Kristen Stipe, Debbie Lewis, Chris Roth and Alexis Cherniavsky.
Based on these results and what we’ve heard from parents and staff about their priorities, the PTA membership this week approved a preliminary budget for 2019-20 that includes the purchase of 120 Chromebook laptops and four charging carts for our students. Combined with the 60 we purchased last year and those purchased by the school, we now have a laptop cart for every third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classroom, and one for every two first- and second-grade classrooms. This enables significantly more flexibility in the way teachers use technology — allowing them to work with smaller groups of students individually while others use blended learning programs. It also significantly shortens the period needed for state testing in the spring and makes testing far easier to schedule and administer.
A few other highlights of next year’s budget:
- We are bringing back school-day PE enrichment! I’m thrilled to announce that our wonderful after-school program, Willow Glen Community Extended Day Enrichment, will now be our partner. Their teachers will teach PE to each class twice per month, as well as support our teachers and yard duties during recess; help ensure the PURR culture is reinforced; teach all children consistent rules for playground games; and run the Tiger Leaders program for fourth- and fifth-graders. The PE program will operate approximately 160 days per year, a significant increase over the number of days provided by our previous vendor.
- Schmahl Science will again be providing nine hands-on science workshops for each classroom, including TK.
- Our wonderful music program, Community School of Music and Arts, will return with 22 weeks of instruction for each class, an addition of two weeks over this year.
- We will again be providing stipends of up to $1,500 per classroom to help pay for supplies and field trips.
- We will continue to have our volunteer-led art and garden lessons, the Project Cornerstone community-building program, and our traditional community and family activities, such as the Tree Lighting and parent-child events.
I want to give a special thank you to Ms. Knapp and the PTA board and leads for all of our programs, as well as anyone who has volunteered even an hour for the school or PTA. Your generosity in support of our students and families is truly inspiring.
And please join me in congratulating Amy Kaiser on her election as PTA president! Amy takes over on July 1, and we are incredibly lucky to have her leadership.
I hope you’ll let me or another board member know if you have any questions about the PTA! Have a great summer.