Francis Scott Key Elementary School PTO
5001 Dana Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
July 24, 2017
Welcome to Key! Or perhaps it’s Welcome Back to Key! Either way we are delighted to have you as part of our school community. This packet contains the school calendar for next year, the PTO and Bulk Supplies Dues worksheet, answers to Frequently Asked Questions and volunteer committees.
This year we are increasing our electronic communications and decreasing our paper communications. This means it is very important to register in our directory and to be included in our weekly email called Next Week @ Key. If you do nothing else all year, you should read the weekly email to stay informed about what is happening at Key. Parents will notice the new and improved format with links to important forms and pertinent websites and information. To be sure you are registered send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a few dates we would like to highlight so you can add them to your calendar now.
There are many opportunities to get involved at Key through the PTO. If you have an interest in getting involved, have a suggestion or comment, or you have general questions we are here for you. Our email addresses are below. Again, get signed up to receive Next Week @ Key and stay informed!
Jim Mello Tricia Duncan
PTO Co-President 2015-2017 PTO Co-President 2016-2018
312-835-7069; email@example.com 202-288-5498; firstname.lastname@example.org
F.S. Key 2017-18 DUES
PTO DUES, BULK SUPPLIES, TECHNOLOGY & ART CONTRIBUTIONS
Address (for sending tax receipt): _________________________________________________________
Secondary Address (if applicable): _________________________________________________________
CLASSROOM BULK SUPPLIES, ANNUAL PTO DUES, AND CONTRIBUTIONS
(Please pay the amount shown based on the number of children you have at Key)
# of Children
Classroom Bulk Supplies*
Technology Fund ($50 recommended)
Arts Fund ($50 recommended)
Additional $$ (includes scholarships)
You can pay by check now or on-line in August. Checks should be made out to KEY SCHOOL PTO and return by mail or directly to the school office in the enclosed envelope. Remember, 100% of your dues and contributions (not bulk supply fee) may be tax-deductible. Key School PTO is a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (Federal Tax ID No. 52-1644961).
See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about where this money goes!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PTO DUES and FEES
KEY SCHOOL PTO
VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE LIST
There are endless opportunities to volunteer at Key no matter how much (or little) you want to be involved. There are plenty of opportunities that fit into any schedule. If you are interested in any of the following committees please contact the nominating committee chairperson, Maria Garcia, at email@example.com or either of the PTO’s Co-Presidents, Jim Mello (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Tricia Duncan (email@example.com).
MORNING DROP-OFF Start your day off with some fun! Help ensure the safety of our students and keep curb drop-off as an option in the mornings. It’s easy, and surprisingly fun to greet the kids and keep them safe from 8:35am to 8:55am. Look out for the Sign-Up in NW@Key.
BOOK FAIR Held in May, the book fair requires the help of volunteers to set-up, to work check-out, and to help the children with their book selections.
BULK SUPPLIES Volunteers needed to support school-side bulk supply committee. This unique program means that parents are not tasked with long lists of needed school supplies before each school year. Opportunities include assisting with coordinating teachers’ lists, online and in-store purchases at area retailers, on site supply distribution to individual classrooms and more.
CHRISTMAS TREE SALE Your help is needed the first weekend in December- loading trees onto cars, being cahiers and bringing holiday cheer to the neighborhood.
COMMUNITY SERVICE Get involved in school-wide projects and fundraisers designed to instill a sense of community service in our children.
DIRECTORY Help compile, design, print and distribute the school directory and handbook.
FILLMORE The Fillmore Committee nurtures our collaboration with Fillmore Arts Center by facilitating communication between the schools, conducting course-feedback surveys, and developing relationships at Fillmore.
GREEN TEAM Environmentally conscious? Join this crowd in helping the school maintain its garden and sell Key-grown produce at our Farmer’s Market, promote Waste-Free Wednesdays, work with our school and students to adopt greener practices, impart that commitment to our kids and more.
HARDY FOCUS GROUP This group helps make Hardy Middle School, our only guaranteed middle school option, a school of choice for the Key community. The group meets with parents from Hardy’s other feeder schools, Hardy and DCPS officials, and other stakeholders.
GROUNDS One weekend day each fall and spring we join together to help spruce up school grounds. Volunteers help to keep our grounds neat and clean.
HARVEST FESTIVAL This fun-filled neighborhood event, held on a Sunday in late October, features hours of games and activities for the children, including a moon bounce, DJ and bands, haunted house, and pumpkin decorating contest. This is a “all hands on deck” event, so count on being asked to volunteer!
HEALTHY FOODS The Healthy Foods Committee promotes healthy eating at Key by writing articles, speaking at PTO meetings, helping to set snack guidelines and bringing in special guests, local chefs, or programs, including farms to school events.
HOLIDAY SECRET SHOP Each December, key School becomes a small boutique with thousands of pre-wrapped gifts for students to purchase for family, friends and charity. Help is needed shopping for presents, wrapping presents ahead of time, guiding the students through the store and check-out.
HOSPITALITY/STAFF APPRECIATION This committee coordinates refreshments and events for PTO functions that include teacher appreciation lunches, New Parent Reception, Open Houses, PTO meetings, and Back to School and End of Year picnics.
JULY 4TH PARADE Help orchestrate our entry in the Palisades 4th of July Parade, build a float, and recruit participants.
LIBRARY VOLUNTEER Assist our librarian in daily restacking of bookshelves. Work one day every other week, either just after drop-off or before pick-up in the afternoon.
KEYNOTES NEWSLETTER We need writers to ‘get the scoop’ for Keynotes to keep Key families in the loop. This year Keynotes will be published on-line with a one time hardcopy at the end of the year.
OPEN HOUSE Key holds three Open Houses throughout the school year from 9am-11am for prospective parents wanting to know more about Key. Parent volunteers guide visiting parents on tours.
RETAIL REBATES Help organize and promote participation in programs that earn free money for the PTO through retailers, merchants, BOXTOPS, Amazon and others.
ROOM PARENT We need two parents from each class to provide support to the classroom teacher, help coordinate volunteers for special events and field trips and help disseminate information to the membership. This requires a lot of emailing.
SCIENCE FAIR Find judges to judge the 3rd-5th grade science fair projects. Help with the design, set-up and presentation of the annual Spring Science Fair.
SPRING AUCTION This is Key’s largest PTO sponsored event and biggest fundraiser. A lot of volunteers are needed to make it a success. Volunteers are needed for solicitations, sponsorships, decorations, set up and tear down.
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (ASEP) Help design the January-March program offerings, process enrollment forms, and purchase and distribute snacks to the kids.
WORLD FAMILY Key prides itself on its vibrant international presence. Families with international experiences are invited to introduce the student body to another country and culture. The World Family Committee holds periodic parent get-togethers and hosts World Family Day in May in which students “travel to” various countries without ever leaving school.