Who We Are

PTSA stands for Parent Teacher Student Association.  The primary purpose of the PTSA is to advocate for and support our children in their school.

PTSA addresses issues that are important to parents and public school administrators. We fight for full funding, quality teachers, and capabilities for schools to thrive.

Our PTSA is autonomous but supported by a state and national network.

Read more about the role of the local PTSA here.

What We Do

Where your money goes :-)

With an annual budget of about $25,000 the LPMS PTSA is able to provide a variety of events, programs, and supports to our school including:

  • Fright Night Halloween Dance & Valentine's Dance
  • Basketball Night
  • Variety Show
  • PTSA Staff Grant Program
  • Authors' Workshops & Artists in Residence programs
  • Financial aid for needy students' field trip and other activity fees
  • Student Achievement/Recognition awards

Funding

Where the Money Comes From

Approximately 35% of our income comes from our Direct Appeal Fundraiser.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation so that we can continue to provide high-quality programs and supports.

PTSA Membership dues are our next largest source of income, followed by Spirit Wear sales.  The balance comes from various sources:  book fair, directory ads, ticket sales, etc.

How PTSA Adds value to Our School

  • Leverage Volunteer Power. PTSA organizes hard-working, dedicated volunteers. Parents are ready to help implement school improvement programs.
  • Improve Communication. PTSA frequently coordinates dissemination of information, keeping the entire school community informed of current events, issues, and accomplishments. Regular meetings allow PTSAs to share information with members.
  • See Measurable Results. More than 85 research studies conducted over the past 30 years prove that kids do better when parents are involved. Grades are higher. Test scores improve. Attendance increases.
  • Discover More Dollars. LPMS PTA is self-funding. By inviting the entire school’s parent community to participate in our annual Direct Appeal fundraiser, we generate income to pay for programs. Additional fundraisers, such as the Book Fair, support school programs, building improvements, and educational events.
  • Tap into Proven Programs. PTSA has access to ready-made, easy-to-use programs with proven success records. From health and safety topics, to collaborating with teachers and community members, to fundraising, the programs get results.
  • Boost Children’s Well-Being. PTSA focuses on what students need to be successful in their learning, including nutrition, health, school safety, physical fitness and general well-being. PTSA works with the school to ensure that children succeed.
  • Enjoy Informed Parents. Involved parents understand the challenges schools face and become part of the solution. By developing a closer relationship with parents, student achievement improves, and the school develops a positive reputation in the community.

The role of the local PTSA

The main role of the local PTA is to build strong working relationships among parents, teachers and schools, in support of students. This can include recruiting and coordinating volunteers, providing special recognition in awards ceremonies or through other activities, organizing parent education events, planning teacher appreciation activities and much more.

The PTA is sometimes perceived as a fundraising group, but according to the organization, this is not its primary responsibility. Nonetheless, in states where schools face tough budget restrictions, the parents in the local PTA may raise funds for everything from playground equipment to salaries for elementary music teachers. At schools where the PTA raises a significant portion of the school’s discretionary money, the PTA has a lot of power to influence which programs are funded. Ideally the PTA will work with the principal and the school site council to decide jointly which programs will most benefit the school.

Local school PTA meetings can serve as venues for discussions about a variety of educational issues. Teachers may talk to the parent community about a new reading program or student discipline issues. Experts from the community may talk about building better relationships with adolescents, or share important information about school reform initiatives. Parents may raise concerns about such things as homework or proposed changes in the school curriculum. The PTA can also provide a powerful mediating function, providing a neutral forum for resolving conflicts that sometimes occur in schools around controversial issues.

Source:  http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/the-role-of-the-pta/

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