ELES Parents Guide to the PTA

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Table of Contents Quick Reference Guide of QR Codes


Stay in the Know


Whar does our PTA do?


Your PTA in Action


Become a Member


Why Should I Join?


Time Commitment


Board and Volunteer Positions




Other Ways to Give


Calendar of Events


Contact Us


QR Code Page Scan the QR codes with your smart phone camera

ELES PTA Website

Event Calendar



Join the PTA

Spirit Wear


Watch DOGS

Room Parents

Donate to the Dolphin Fund

PTA News

Contact Us


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Website & Social Media Echo Lake Elementary PTA



2 Weekly News from the Lake Read the weekly "New from the Lake" newsletter emailed from Principal Gonzalez on Sunday nights! There will be updated PTA news, links, and important information for you to stay up to date with the latest PTA news.


Contact Us www.elespta.com/contact 2

What does our PTA do?

The PTA is a nationally recognized organization made up of parents, teachers, and administrators. The PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Plans School Events & Fundraisers Events and Fundraising are what the PTA is best known for. We work throughout the school year to bring fun to our kids and families--from our Fall Pumpkinpalooza, Monthly Teacher Lunches, to the 5th grade party, the PTO is involved in the planning and execution of it all! Fundraisers support all of our programs and events and provide your children with resources that may not otherwise be possible.

Provides Support to Teachers & Staff Did you know the PTA manages the room parent program, helps with class parties, and events during the school day? We also host monthly teacher lunches and offer teacher classroom grants to help teachers with supplies for their classroom. Events like the annual cookie swap and the Shower our Staff with Love events are some other ways the PTA shows how much our parents care.

Connects with the Local Community Our PTA is a community and understands the importance of connecting! From events like the Candy for Troops drive, Papa Johns Dollars for Dough Program, cheering on the Denim Drive, or partnering and using local businesses and food trucks to cater our teacher lunches and events; we stay connected and partner with many places throughout the local community.

And much, much more!

Your PTA in Action! BooHoo Breakfast

Office Helper

Treat our Teachers Lunches

Yearbook Heart to Heart Spirit Nights

Room Parents

School Beautification Fund Pumpkinpalooza Family Nights

Hocus Pocus Focus

Library Helper


5th grade party Kindergarten Magazine

Watch DOGS

Spirit Wear

Papa Johns Dollars for Dough Reflections

4th Grade Social Studies Newspaper

Shower Our Staff with Love

Inflatables Night

Teacher Classroom Grants 4

Become a Member today for only $5! 1

General Membership

Our General Membership is for everyone! General members can devote as little or as much time as they'd like - the monthly meetings are optional, but they are a great way to stay in the loop on PTA events, needs, and opportunities. Even if you are unable to attend the meetings, please join to show your support for your child, their school community, and the collective Echo Lake experience! Help us meet our goal of 100% participation by joining today.


Executive Board and Board Members

Are you looking to be more involved and make a difference in your child's school? Do you have a special skill or just want to help? Our board positions are for you! Our Executive Board and Committee Chairs meet monthly. You can do as little (one event, one hour, or one night!) or as much (like run the Reflections program!) as you want. If you want to help, have ideas, or have feedback on making things better--we have a place for you! You can learn more about board positions and current openings by visiting our website (elespta.com) or simply submitting a volunteer interest form. Note: There is no additional expense besides the $5 membership to be involved! Become a member today for only $5! If interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer form! 5

Why should I join the PTA? The biggest reason to join: helping your own kids. And by helping them, you can also help the whole school. You'll support great programs for your kids! You'll participate in amazing opportunities for your children to grow and learn. You'll connect with other parents. You'll volunteer alongside other parents to better share ideas and experience. You'll be a role model of service for your kids. You'll show your children that you value education. You'll make positive changes. You'll offer suggestions and support implementation of improvements. You'll become a better you. We need you! Without parents there is no PTA, and the great things happening can't continue without us. 6

So if I join, how much time will I really have to give? We mean it...it's totally up to you! It's up to you--no really; as much or as little as you want! Our board and general membership is made up of parents who are just like you. Many of us work demanding jobs while juggling multiple afterschool activities, family time, and kids at multiple schools. Some of us want to plan and organize, while some of us prefer to jump in and help where and when we can. Some of us can't commit to time so we join the general membership, donate resources, and participate by signing up for things like Amazon Smile or using the code ELES at Papa Johns on pizza night! We need you to make your kids' school experience as great as possible, and we want to do this with you! As parents, we get just as much out of the PTA (if not more) than we put in by tapping into our community of other parents experiencing the same things we are! Volunteers play a critical role in making the Echo Lake PTA programs and events successful. There are many opportunities to become involved and help make your child’s school a better place. You can volunteer mornings, afternoons, evenings or weekends. You can volunteer at school or from home. You can volunteer weekly, monthly or just once all year. Whatever you can share will be greatly appreciated by the PTA and your children! 7

Do any of these sound interesting? Let us know! We'll get you started! Voting Chairs

Non-Voting Chairs

Bylaws/Parliamentarian HCCPTA-FACE Destination Imagination Finance Chair Hospitality Membership Yearbook Reflections Room Parents Spirit Night Spirit Wear Talent Show Watch D.O.G.S. Papa Johns Dollars for Dough

5th Grade Event Allergy Alert Liaison Boo Hoo Breakfast Box Tops Community Service Heart to Heart Kindergarten Lunch Helper Coordinator Library Helper Coordinator Office Helper Coordinator Pumpkinpalooza Swing into SpringInflatables Night Family Multicultural Night

Executive Board President VP Volunteers Secretary

VP Programs VP Public Relations

VP Fundraising Treasurer 8

Fundraisers In order to accommodate all of the activities we put together for our kids, we need your support! Below are a few different ways you can help contribute.

Dolphin Fund

Annual Events

Dollars for Dough

The easiest way to donate to Echo Lake is through the Dolphin Fund. It is a direct donation which helps fund the tremendous activities and programs for your children as well as teacher grants, sponsored & conducted by YOUR PTA. Any contribution you can make would be great and a huge help. Our suggested amount is $35 per family. When taking into account how much we usually spend on items during a fundraiser, that's a bargain! All donations are taxdeductible. Scan the QR code on the first page of this booklet to give today.

We hold various Spirit Nights throughout the year by partnering with local businesses that give back a portion of sales to the PTA. We have done ice cream, pizza, burritos, burgers and more! We also hold one or two larger fundraisers throughout the year and have done things such as bingo nights, silent auctions and more. Keep your eye out for info on this year's events! Help us keep up our top spot in the Papa John's Dollars for Dough program--last year our school took 1st place winning $10,000 for our school! Just use code ELES when ordering online! The first week of every month is our designated Papa Johns Pizza Week so make sure to plan it into your monthly meal plans! 9

Other ways to support and give back We have partnered with Amazon to make it easy to give back every time you shop! Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop Amazon Smile , you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Echo Lake Elementary. Link your account today!

Shoparoo is a free iPhone and Android app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into donations to our school. Just take a quick moment to snap a quick picture of your receipt and voilà, you've made an instant cash donation to the school or charity of your choice.

Enroll your rewards card every year. Kroger Community Rewards Search for Echo Lake Elementary School. You can also have this done at the customer service desk. Our code is GB240.

For over 25 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for schools — with products you already buy! Today, you can find hundreds of participating products throughout the store. Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipts for participating products. Your school will automatically earn cash with every Box Tops product you buy.

Corporate Matching Program There are many companies that will match their employees' non-profit, charitable contributions which means your donation to the ELES PTA could increase by 50-200% depending on your company's program. Most of the time, obtaining the match is as simple as filling out a form. So, check with your company to see if they offer a corporate matching gift program! For questions or help with any of these reward programs, please contact fundraising@elespta.com



Meet our

2022-2023 Executive Board

Laurie Paciocco-Wood

Christina Gordon

Kara Schrinel


Vice President Programs

Vice President Fundraising

Kim Camp Vice President Public Relations

Casey Dildine Treasurer

Stephanie Dildine Vice President Volunteers

Crystal Cowardin Secretary

Contact Information Laurie Paciocco-Wood Christina Gordon Kara Schrinel Stephanie Dildine Kim Camp Casey Dildine Crystal Cowardin

president@elespta.com programs@elespta.com fundraising@elespta.com volunteers@elespta.com publicrelations@elespta.com treasurer@elespta.com secretary@elespta.com 12