PTA

   
                 
 


For the official (and regularly updated) Richard Gordon PTA website go to

http://richardgordonpta.ourschoolpages.com




 Who is the PTA?

It is us. All of us who are here and invested at Richard Gordon Elementary School. Whether a formal member (paid and voting on membership spending and activities) or informal member (unpaid, therefore non-voting). Why be a paid member? It  helps to fund both our school activities and the student advocacy on the state and national levels.

We are all PTA - simply by having children here at the school.

Let’s learn, work, and play together!

What is the Goal of the PTA?

We strive to fully enrich each child’s experience at Richard Gordon Elementary School. This is done with purpose and heart, in collaboration with families and friends, teachers and staff, and our greater community. We do this because well supported children are able to grow in their confidence and capabilities. With this, we joyfully support each child as they continue to  learn and  discover - beyond Richard Gordon Elementary School to their own greatest galaxies.

What does the PTA do?

  • Provide education enrichment – online enrichment of math and reading, STEAM nights, Passport Club, Project Linus, Clubs
  • Support our teachers and staff - grants for classroom supplies and experiences, art docent funding and support, work committees, Coffee with Christine, Lunchroom Superheroes
  • Volunteer- in the classroom, in the lunchroom, on the playground. During school and after school.The need for and appreciation of volunteer support cannot be understated (!). There are so many ways to get involved.
  • Provide activities that enriches the school experience for children and families – by funding and sponsoring field trips and schoolassemblies, activities such as Back to School Celebration, Tears and Cheers, Fall Carnival, Field Day, Family Fun Nights, Free Family Movie Nights, Popcorn Fridays, and the 5th Grade Graduation.
  • Create and cultivate community - involvement and relationships. Perhaps a bit awkward at first figuring out how to get involved, but once you get started… Some examples of our work include ongoing Kingston Food Bank donations at every PTA event, Care and Share clothing bins.
  • Fundraisers - integral in helping accomplish these other goals. We work with the goal of encompassing fun with fundraising, such as with Bulbs, the StudentRead-a-thon, Turkey Trot, SmileAmazon, Box Tops, the Annual Auction and Fundraiser, and the Run-and-Fun-a-thon.

  • PTA mailbox- in the staff workroom. You can give any letters/forms to the staff at the front desk or to your child’s teacher.
  • PTA Bulletin Board- main lobby at the school.

We encourage you to reach out and attend our meetings if you can.  There are PTA General Membership Meetings every 2 months- via zoom if school is not in person.  If you are unable to attend these meetings, please email for information.  

Volunteering…

Whatever  energy, time and support we can offer to our kiddos, teachers and staff at Richard Gordon – the positive effects will come back in spades.

When, where and how to get involved  in PTA? It  is up to each of us to figure this out.  Whether you are someone who is able to help in the classroom, or with daytime activities at the school- or if you are someone who prefers to help at the  occasional PTA sponsored evening event and activity. Or if it’s easiest for you to help with  the fundraising for the school – by working on it or contributing to it.

All help is greatly appreciated.  Our collective support is integral to a joyful and successful experience at Richard Gordon Elementary School.

 

* Support the children *  * Support our teachers and staff *

* Share a skill or talent *

* No skill or talent? Then share enthusiasm and patience! 😉 *

* Fill a gap * * Have a positive impact * * Give time instead of money*

* Get in the know *

*Grow camaraderie *  * Grow community * * Make a difference *

We use Signup Genius as our volunteer support/organization tool. Note that there are several tabs for ongoing volunteer opportunities, as well as tabs that “date out” once the activity is over. If using the link on your phone, roll the bar at the top where is says “SignUps” before hitting “go.” If using a home computer or laptop, scroll to the right side of the bar for more signup.

The fine print…

To volunteer for school and/or school/PTA related activities, please ensure that you have completed the volunteer packet  (available at the front office of the school) and submitted it – also to the front office. It is a bit of a hassle, to be honest- but let's face it- let's keep our kids safe!

Thank you (in advance) for your support of our students,     teachers, staff and community at Richard Gordon.

To sign up for volunteer opportunities- http://richardgordonpta.ourschoolpages.com


Fundraising and Fundraisers…

Why is fundraising so important??

At Richard Gordon, we fundraise throughout the school year with a variety of activities meant to appeal to most.  Some of the fundraisers are relatively simple, such as selling Flower Bulbs, or more student oriented, such as collecting Boxtops, or the Read-a-thon. Others may be more work and adult focused, such as the Auction. Whatever they are- big or little, the fundraisers all matter. Whatever funds are raised during this school year sets the budget for the next school year.  So with this, we are perpetually working forward to ensure budget needs are met.

Did you know?

The PTA (you and I) sponsor MANY of the programs and activities at Richard Gordon. This includes Passport Club, STEAM nights (science, technology, engineering and math), School Assemblies, Field Day, Online math and reading programs, Family Fun Nights, Family Movie Nights, Fall Carnival, Project Linus,  and Fifth Grade Graduation, to name a few (!). We work hard with the fundraising to ensure that these  activities may continue. The support of our fundraising efforts is integral for our children at Richard Gordon Elementary School.

To be sensitive- if funds are tight- as we can all appreciate- volunteer your time as you are able, in lieu of the money. Your time and energy are also an invaluable resource at Richard Gordon Elementary School.


You will be able to tell you are shopping from the correct page if you see the AmazonSmile logo in the top left corner of the page and "Supporting: Richard Gordon Jr PTA” just below the search bar.  When you hover over the name of the charity, you can see additional information about it and track the donation amount you generated through your purchases. 

AmazonSmile - a great way to take advantage of a service you might already be using.

Thanks for your support!

Boxtops

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Have a look at the products that you are buying- is there a “Box Top for Education” on it to  scan?  Or, in using the app, simply scan every receipt and see what is BoxTop eligible.

Scan-

The Box Tops program is becoming digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label. If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt.  The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school’s earnings online.

How the Box Tops mobile app works https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/About

How to scan Box Tops  https://www.boxtops4education.com/en/About

Find the app on Apple 
https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1150038564   
or Google Play store
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.generalmills.btfe

 

Thank you for helping raise this “free money” for our school.

For the official (and regularly updated) Richard Gordon PTA website go to http://richardgordonpta.ourschoolpages.com

 

Thanks for checking in- we look forward to seeing you!