The Chelsea Heights PTO includes several committees. From fundraising to wellness, these committees work to create the best possible learning environment for our students.
Communication duties include updating the PTO website, posting updates on Chelsea Heights' PTO Facebook page, sending home backpack flyers reminding parents of PTO meeting and upcoming events.
Communication also entails writing updates for community newspapers.
The fundraising committee coordinates the communication between different committees, special event committees, teachers, and the principal. They keep in touch with the SPPS Office of Grants Management to find out about different fundraising opportunities with the District and to receive other technical assistance. Fundraising includes grants, special events, no work fundraisers, and a variety of efforts to raise the funds to fulfill our goals. Committee members can do anything from solicit from businesses, coordinate or volunteer at the special events, write grants, etc. We are always looking for new ideas.
We are also looking for parents, grandparents, etc. who work for a company that has a community giving program. Many local companies give out grants usually ranging from $500 to $5000 for projects that support schools in their service area.
The committee is in charge of organizing the delivery of the catalogue and order forms to the students with the rules and incentives clearly written. Then the committee organizes the orders and money and send to Clubs Choice. When the orders come in, the families are notified and the committee organizes the distribution in the cafeteria to the families. This committee can use help in all parts of the activity and we are looking for new leaders next year.
Coordinators Sarah Hobbie and Carrie Taylor
The Landscape Committee works on improving the Chelsea campus through planting trees, installing a peace garden, planting flowers, and other similar activities. The committee works closely with the PTO Exec Committee on the combined playground/ landscaping/natural play area project.
The goal of the literacy committee is to increase family involvement in kids' development of literacy and to emphasize reading in the daily life of the school. This committee has set goals each year that have included projects such as raising funds and purchasing books for the library and baggie book program, organizing book fairs during the school years, sponsoring a reading contest between classrooms, and organizing a Family Literacy Night.
Family Literacy Night/Camp Read-A-Lot (February)
An evening of activities to encourage reading for all students. Involvement includes storytellers, student led plays, games and activity stations. We need a lot of volunteers for the preparation and planning of this event and volunteers the night of the event to perform, lead activities, and provide other reading related sessions. This event is very popular with students and families. Last year over 200 Chelsea Family attended the evening.
Book Swap (February)
Organize the collection of books for students to "shop" at a free book swap.
Assistance in with set up and the cash wrap during the book fairs.
The Spring Carnival is Chelsea Heights PTO's largest fundraiser each year. We need a lot of volunteers to coordinate and plan the actual event and then we need dozens of people to help out that night. The Spring Carnival is a great time for Chelsea families and the local community to play, eat, visit, and have fun together. We typically raise around $4,000 that night.
The Wellness Committee encourages a healthier community at school and at home by putting the school districts wellness policy into action. The policy outlines: nutrition, physical activity, and staff wellness. The Wellness Committee organizes different events after school for students such as our running club, archery club, and a variety of other physical exercise opportunities. The Committee also assists administration in implementing wellness programs offered to schools focused on improving healthy eating choices.