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Janet Berry PTO

“Janet Berry PTO is a partnership between staff and families to serve together to enhance and maximize the educational potential of every child. We support staff, help promote student self-esteem, and assist efforts to solve school needs through volunteers and funding.”

Mission Statement

The members of the Janet Berry PTO are advocates for children. We are a community volunteer organization composed of parents, school staff, and other interested individuals, whose purpose is to enrich the education, health, and safety of all children in the Janet Berry Elementary School community.

Meetings

All meetings are held in the LGI next to the LMC. All parents are strongly encouraged to get involved with the PTO through a variety of opportunities listed below. Contact the PTO for more information.

Contact

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PTO Activities

Berry Wear
Selling clothing featuring Janet Berry logo/artwork enhances school pride and raises money for PTO activities. This committee compiles and delivers orders for the school sportswear. It determines if new designs or items will be offered.

Berry O’Rama

This is an end of year all-school activity where students participate in a wide variety of fun indoor/outdoor games and activities. The coordinator works with volunteers to set up the games, rotation schedule, and communicates with staff about procedures.

Book Fair

Coordinators of this fall event solicit volunteers to staff the checkout table during the week in which the Book Fair is held. Our Book Fairs will be held in the fall during Parent/Teacher Conferences and again at the end of the school year.  All proceeds from our book fairs go directly back into each classroom and our library in the form of new books.

Box Tops for Education

This committee organizes the collection of Box Tops of Education that are given to the school by Berry families throughout the year. Leaders pack and prepare items for shipment to the redemption centers. The Box Top collection bin is located in the school lobby.

Family Activities
Committee members help to plan enjoyable all-school activities in which Janet Berry families are encouraged to participate. These could include Back to School Night, Welcome Back Coffee, Coffee Chats, family dances or other unique Family Fun Nights.

Fundraising
While fundraising is not a primary goal of the PTO, we do need to obtain funds in order to provide enrichment programs and events for Janet Berry students and families. Funds raised are used to directly support the PTO budget, PTO initiatives throughout the school year and to help support programs that benefit all students. Fundraisers are generally held every other year to fund a two year budget.

Picture Day
This group solicits volunteers to work with personnel from a photo studio during school picture days held in the fall and spring of the year. Organizing students and money envelopes, keeping track of names, following a specific schedule and combing back stray hairs are the main duties for this twice a year commitment.

Pre-Kindergarten Story Hour

This is a series of three or four one-hour sessions held in the spring as an opportunity for pre-kindergarten students to become acquainted with the school, meet the support staff, spend time in the kindergarten rooms, and meet other students from the school district.  Sessions are held during the day and in the evening for parental convenience. Parents drop their children off and return for pick-up. The coordinator makes the necessary arrangements with the kindergarten teachers and notifies the families of pre-registered kindergartners about the program.

Reading Superstars
This committee promotes reading in all grades through its yearly themes. Members of this committee promote and organize the program, plan and supervise incentive activities, and coordinate the culminating events.

Room Parents

One or two room parents are designated for each classroom. They assist the teachers in arranging for parent volunteers and in disseminating information regarding special classroom projects, field trips, or events. Room parents are selected and rotated each year based on those who express an interest on the PTO volunteer form.

SCRIP
This committee coordinates, collects funds, and orders scrip gift cards. Scrip will be distributed on either a bi-monthly or monthly basis.

What is Scrip? Scrip is “substitute money”. When consumers purchase scrip, they receive negotiable certificates or cards that can be used like cash to purchase products or services from merchants who have issued them. Scrip can be used to purchase anything from groceries, fuel, clothing, toys, and cosmetics to entertainment, electronics, home improvement, or household services. Offering freedom of choice and versatility, scrip is also a great gift idea for anyone and any occasion. Nevertheless, What makes scrip a valuable and effective fundraising tool for your organization is that as your members use it to buy their favorite products and services, a percentage comes back directly to the PTO.

Sixth Grade Farewell

This evening event is organized and presented by 5th grade students and their parents as a special evening to honor all exiting 6th graders. Coordinators of this event oversee all aspects of the evening. Typically, the event has involved setting up, taking down, decorating, soliciting, or purchasing refreshments, and developing a program agenda. Each year, a professionally prepared 6th grade farewell video featuring a collection of student photos and video has been produced and shared on this evening.

Staff Appreciation/Parent-Teacher Conference Meals for Staff

This committee plans activities throughout the year and during staff appreciation week to show the staff our appreciation for a job well done! The committee also plans meals and snacks for the staff during Parent/Teacher conferences in the fall and spring. Coordinating the donation or purchase of the meal items is also a responsibility.
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