Welcome to the Smallwood Drive PTA

  • We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning Smallwood families!  This year will certainly be unlike any other.  With so much uncertainty, we want to assure our SDS families that our PTA will be working hard to make sure that we support our students, teachers and administration as best we can through these uncharted waters.  

    1. WHAT DOES THE PTA DO?

    The PTA is dedicated to supporting our students and families, as well as the Smallwood teachers and staff.  In a normal year, the PTA funds approximately $22,000 in new programs as well as favorite historic activities for our students.  We are working closely with ACSD leaders and we continue to be hopeful that some of our best loved activities may occur later in the school year even if in a modified state.  Of course our children’s health and safety is of greatest concern and we will rely on the guidance of ASCD leadership in all that we do.  Some examples of things we intend to support, or those that we are hopeful we can support at a later date are:

    • Amherst Apparel Sales - Online (PAWS shirts, Amherst masks, neck gaitors, hoodies, etc..)
    • Fund free PAWS shirts for incoming Kindergartners
    • Teacher Grants - allows teachers to request funds for unique activities or experiences
    • Teacher Stipend - provide each teacher with a small stipend to purchase items for their specific classroom
    • 5th Grade Play & Moving Up Ceremony
    • Beck’s Cooking Class
    • Cooper, Mrs. Gemza, & Mrs. Ganzenmuller’s student run Coffee Cart
    • Various Field Trips and Bussing (TBD - unknown)
    • Teacher and Staff Appreciation Activities (lunches, retirements, snacks)
    • SDS Memorial Garden

    2. FUNDRAISING & EVENTS

    Given the current landscape, we are not certain of dates or events.  In person fundraising may be limited or look very different this year.  We will have to get creative.  Typically, the PTA hosts the following fundraisers and community events.  We remain hopeful that these events can occur in the Spring even if the format is modified for health and safety.  Please continue to check the PTA Facebook page, download the ACSD App and check your email for updates related to events. 

    • Fall Fest - TBD
    • Pancake Breakfast – late Spring 2020 TBD
    • Art Show & Silver Graphics Fundraiser - late Spring 2020 TBD
    • Fun Run – late Spring 2020 TBD

    3. HOW CAN I HELP?

    The PTA needs resources, both financial and physical.  We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to assist in our easiest fundraiser by joining our PTA.  The majority of your dues stay right here at Smallwood - last year we raised approximately $1500 from membership alone. Thank you!

    • JOIN NOW - Sign up now @ https://smallwooddrive.memberhub.store
    • Have no extra time but still want to help? If you are able, please consider “topping up” your membership fee by adding a donation.
    • Like our Facebook page – Search for: Smallwood Drive PTA
    • Attend our first VIRTUAL ZOOM meeting – September 24, 2020 @ 6:30 ZOOM details to follow
    • Volunteer! In these uncertain times we are reinventing many processes. Volunteers are always welcome even if from a distance. Many of our meetings will be via Zoom. There are a variety of opportunities for all.
    • Do you own your own business? We welcome you to sponsor an event or donate materials. We love to support our local businesses, and many support SDS! We have a great community!

     4. QUESTIONS?

     We welcome you - together we will rise above this challenging year!

     

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