The 2020-21 school year is certain to be an interesting time, when collaboration between parents/guardians, teachers, and school administration will continue to be incredibly important! Our PTA sees the start of the new school year as an opportunity to make some changes in our own structure to be more representative of our whole school community. We also recognize the need to plan for limited funding, but increased needs.
Please join our meeting on June 9 at 6:30 pm to participate in a discussion about an important change to our structure (see below), our 2020-21 officers, and 2020-21 budget. A Zoom link will be shared in an upcoming school-wide email.
Background on proposed changes to our structure:
- We are looking into transitioning from a formal Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to a type of Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) known as a site council. Instead of registering members and collecting dues, our site council would automatically include every parent, guardian, teacher/staff member and administrator at our school. And it would be free. This is one important step towards our goal of equity and inclusivity, and we hope you’ll be inspired to participate.
- With a site council model, our non-profit 501c3 would continue under a new name, “Friends of Thurgood Marshall Elementary.” It would continue to do many of the things families have told us they value most: coordinating bulk purchase of school supplies, coordinating our after-school enrichment program and scholarships, holding community-building events, providing classroom grants for every teacher, and more.
- We are working to draft updated bylaws and the document to formally change our 501c3 name. If you would like to learn more or help out, please let us know! The proposed documents will be posted to tmlink.org by the end of May.
- We have many different opportunities for getting involved and volunteering, many of which take less than 1 hour per week and can be done via email or phone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to learn more, and please also join us for the June 9 meeting.