Dear Brookside Family,
On behalf of the Brookside PTA Executive Board, welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We look forward to partnering with you as we work to serve Brookside this year. If this is your first year at Brookside, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to each of you. If you are a "seasoned" Brookside family, I know that you are as excited as we are to be starting the school year up again. Please join us on Tuesday, August 7th at 8:30 am in the Multi Purpose Room (MPR) for our annual Welcome Back Coffee with Principal Erin Vranesh.
Our PTA is here to support our school in cultivating and providing our children with educational excellence. To do that, we strive to fill the gap between the school operating budget and what it actually costs to provide our children with the excellent and meaningful educational experience they deserve.
Our goal is to continue to provide the support that makes Brookside great. We accomplish this goal in the classroom by providing 2,500+ hours of grade level instructional aide, math aide, classroom expense allowance and educational materials such as student planners and software licensing. Our PTA also provides Brookside’s computer and music programs including the computer specialist and music specialist salaries. We provide art programs through the artist in residence and Kingsmen Shakespeare. We provide lunchtime enrichment programs such as sports and fitness, Legos at lunch and CREATE art. We support Brookside’s science, garden, library and physical education programs. We provide programs that enable our children to make a difference in our community by supporting programs like Kids with Character, Red Ribbon week, Ability Awareness and Big Sunday. In addition to contributing to our children’s educational experience, our PTA also promotes community experiences for the Brookside family by sponsoring events such as Welcome Back Movie Night, Bingo Night, Science Night, Family Campout. These are examples of what our Brookside PTA does for our students and families. For a complete listing, please click here.
We are looking forward to a great year filled with fantastic events, community building activities and most importantly, supporting our kids and teachers so they can continue to achieve excellence. Our PTA cannot provide these vital programs without your generous contributions. Please consider giving to our annual Just For the Kids Giving Campaign. This is our most important fundraiser of the year, and our goal is that each family contributes $400 per student or $40 per month per student through the 10-month installment plan. This directly gives our school the funds to maintain Brookside’s standard of excellence. Your contributions help fund so many of the things we treasure here at Brookside. Please help us continue the tradition of providing these vital programs to our children.
The Brookside family has a rich tradition of parent involvement! I want to express my sincere gratitude to my fellow PTA Board Members, parent volunteers, and faculty who help to make Brookside a better place. I encourage and invite you to join in our efforts to advocate for our children. When you join the PTA, you get a vote in an organization where you can voice your concerns, work with others towards common goals, and make a difference in our school. I am looking forward to a great school year and hope to see you around.