FROM THE EASTCHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
On behalf of the EMS PTA Board we extend a warm welcome to new and returning EMS families and to the EMS Staff. Hope you all had a restful summer. Middle school can be a big transition for students and families and it is as well for the PTA. In middle school, the PTA remains focused on community, but concentrates efforts around student advocacy, student/parent education programs, and staff appreciation. This year the PTA will focus on continuing to build links to the community and you will see us hosting events which focus more on community building than fundraising. We are planning to partner with EMS staff to continue to build an emphasis on reading in the community. The PTA is also looking for opportunities to support community service efforts. Finally, we hope to help coordinate and communicate advocacy for school funding at the state and local government levels. As pressure is put on state and local community budgets it is critical that the PTA focus on education funding.
The drive for PTA MEMBERSHIP starts now and will continue through October. The two most critical goals of membership are to:
- identify volunteers who can help us carry out all of the programs that support our students, and
- raise funds to do the same.
This year we are again using a direct donation strategy rather than selling gift wrap, candy, books, etc. EMS PTA funds are used to support grade specific events, Field Day, International Night, Student and Parent Orientations, and Staff Appreciation. In addition, the PTA works with EMS Staff to purchase items needed for the school. Last year the PTA was able to purchase 60 Chrome Books for our school. We could not have done this without your support! Please consider MEMBERSHIP IN PTA and making a direct donation.
We also encourage everyone to be a part of your student’s school experience by VOLUNTEERING and/or participating in programs. We have many opportunities that involve very small time commitments and we have tasks that can be done remotely without ever having to be at the school. Just let us know how you’d like to be involved and we will find something that works within your schedule. Becoming a PTA member and an active volunteer is one of the most important steps families can take to support students. We look forward to working with you this year!