PTO leadership for 2019-20

Have you ever considered being a part of the PTO Executive Board team, planning and pulling off fun programming for Westwood?  We want to talk to you!  We are seeking interested parents for all our elected Executive Board positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and PR Representative.

The PTO Bylaws require that a Nominating Committee find a candidate for every Executive Board position, so that when the election occurs all the positions will be filled.  In April the committee puts forward a full slate of candidates to be included on the election ballot in May.  If you are interested in a position, or if you have another person’s name that you’d like to drop for a position, email Romkje McKeigan or Karen Wright.  The Nominating Committee will reach out to everyone who shows interest.

The slate of candidates put forward by the Nominating Committee is not the final word on the ballot choices.  At the April member meeting (April 11 at 7 p.m.), after the slate of candidates from the Nominating Committee is presented, nominations for any position can be made from the floor by any member.  The person being nominated has to accept the nomination, so no throwing a friend out there without their consent!  The election ballot then includes the names from the Nominating Committee AND from the floor nominations.  The election meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 at 7:15 p.m.  We hope you’ll help chart PTO’s future by being there as a voting member and/or as a candidate!

Welcome back

In the second half of the school year, Westwood PTO is looking forward to putting on and/or supporting:

  • Valentine’s Day class parties
  • Spring Book Fair
  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Kindergarten Special Persons Day and Celebration
  • 5th Grade Art Show and Send-Off
  • One Book One School
  • Field Day and All School Cookout

The Drama production also holds a special place in the Westwood community.  Westwood PTO is the steward of Drama’s finances, which gives the organization an official role in the production.  But more amazing is the individual spirit of service that so many parents reveal through the countless volunteer hours they give to the production.

We are often so wrapped up in the big events, we forget to celebrate our everyday efforts.  Ongoing programs like Monday Munchies and Work Session support our teachers, and the Birthday Books program ensures a steady supply of fresh titles for the library.

In addition, PTO money flows out year round.  PTO money goes into events: 1st Grade Ask the Expert, 3rd Grade Lemonade Stand, Geography Bee, 4th Grade Owl Pellet dissection, 5th Grade Math Competition.  PTO money goes into curriculum support: BrainPop Jr., Spelling City, TenMarks, Lucy Calkins writing materials.  And PTO money goes into the classrooms: incentive treasure chests, books, bulletin board decorations, birthday treats.  Thank you for supporting PTO events and participating as PTO members!