First of all, let us say: Thank you. Thank you for your tireless support of your child in San Benito Road Elementary. Through fundraisers, parent-teacher conferences, sports, after-school activities, and everything else that happens in the course of a school year, you have shown your commitment to giving your child the best possible education. As we partner with you here at San Benito Road Elementary for the education of your child, we want you to know, that your commitment does not go unnoticed.
It is partly because of the busy lives we all lead that we are writing. As you know, San Benito Road Elementary PTA customarily has two fundraisers, one in the first part of the school year and another in the spring to pay for things that are not fully covered by the school budget: STEAM Program, field trip funds, science night, library support, the Bengal Garden, classroom supplies, playground equipment, assemblies, the Bengal Store and so on. We also understand that parents are tired of having their kids sell fundraising products door-to-door and have come to question the status quo of such standards as candy fundraisers and car washes.
When discussing several alternative fundraising options at our last general PTA meeting, one person proposed that we simply write to the parents and let them know about our budget shortfall. If we inform parents maybe they will be more likely to participate in our fundraisers, so that we can continue to offer the wonderful programs and extracurricular activities at San Benito Road Elementary. We only had about 20% participation for the entire school during the Fall Fundraiser. We fell short of our projected earnings by over $3000. Now we have to make up that loss AND achieve our projected earnings for the Spring Fundraiser in order to meet the needs of the approved budget.
And that brings us to you.
The reality is, last year San Benito lost $90,000 in funding from the state and we are raising money to simply continue the great programs we have been able to offer in the past; assemblies, field trip funds, classroom supplies, our annual science night, etc. We are also funding the STEAM Program which will add educational enrichment to our students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Music.
Like we said, we’ve considered many options, but in the end, we felt that the parents at San Benito Road Elementary have all given so much of their time already, the easiest and most convenient way to raise the needed money would be to just lay it at the parents’ feet and ask if we can all work together to share this burden. A quick survey (only 6 short questions) can be completed by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZNS7D2V so we can better understand how to make this a reality and have enough funds for all programs and extracurricular activities to carry on through the year. “Many hands make light work,” so the saying goes.
We want to end this letter by thanking you again. Thank you for taking the time to read it, and whether you are able to give or not, know we deeply appreciate your dedication to your child and our school.
Your San Benito Elementary School PTA Executive Board
Parents are reminded of the need for student safety during drop-off and pick-up times, especially since parking at San Benito Road Elementary School is sometimes a challenge. Your cooperation is essential in keeping both students and adults safe. When dropping students off in the front parking lot, please pull through and drop off quickly. We also ask that parents observe the “Loading Zone - No Parking” rule in the area where buses drop off and pick up. FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR STUDENTS, do not leave your vehicle unattended in the loading zone. You may stay in your vehicle while waiting for your child. That way, vehicles left unattended do not block other vehicles from entering the loading zone. We also discourage parents from dropping students off across the street. Dropping your child off on the same side of the street as the school will make it safer for everyone. If you find it necessary to park across the street, please get out and walk your child safely across the street. Remember to leave the handicapped spaces available to those who are authorized to park there. Finally, please DO NOT drop off your students before 7:55am. We appreciate your patience and understanding in making the parking lots safe for students and parents.
The staff at San Benito Elementary School welcomes you and your family to the 2016-2017 school Year. We are committed to doing all we can to make this school year a successful experience for every student. We firmly believe that a home/school partnership is necessary for the success of all of our students. Learning is not an easy process! It involves sharing ideas, making mistakes, and attempting new experiences. Learning involves hard work by everyone, the teacher, the parent, the principal, but most importantly the student.
At San Benito, we value and challenge each student and provide opportunities for success. Instruction is based on the Common Core Standards and our teaching practice revolves around engagement, participation, collaboration, and class discussions. To top it off, look for ways that we are integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) into our daily work. We also focus on the district’s Graduate Profile, which includes equipping our students to be collaborative workers, self-directed learners, participants in society, information processors, effective communicators, and complex thinkers. Our students’ success is the center of all we do.
Research and experience shows us that a parent’s/guardian’s involvement in a child’s education is directly related to his/her success in school. To maximize your child’s success, emphasize the importance of education through the following:
In addition, there are numerous volunteer opportunities in which we welcome you to become involved. Volunteers make a tremendous positive impact and enrich our educational program. More information regarding volunteering at San Benito can be found on the Parent Page on the left. Your child’s teacher and our Parent Teacher Association will also provide information. Please consider supporting our school in this way.
I look forward to partnering with you to make this an exciting and successful year for our students. Thank you in advance for your support and commitment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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