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WHAT IS PTO?

 
 

Made possible by PTO:

Washington's Parent Teacher Organization is comprised of Washington parents and teachers who have supported our Washington Wildcats a number of ways each school year since 2006.  Every parent and teacher is a member, and there's no need to give time or money to attend meetings or be involved once in a while.  We'd love to see you at an upcoming monthly PTO meeting!

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  • School plantings beyond grass 

  • Quarterly weeding/grounds cleanup beyond OPS provided mowing   

  • School spirit wear 

  • Wildcat logo design oversight  

Student Planners for grades 1-6

  • Conference dinners for teachers

  • Teacher appreciation week gifts

  • Gift cards for classroom supplies

  • ELMO projectors

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Graphic design services for gym floor logo

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Commemorative brick sales

All East playground equipment

All-school Directory

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Transportation & Admission fees for student field trips

  • Various library donations 

  • Computer Lab Smart Board

Seasonal classroom party snacks

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Annual college scholarships for two graduating 6th graders

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Halloween Boo Bash!

Spring Carnival!

Family Fun events: Bowling, Roller Skating, Ice Skating, Bingo Nights, etc.

Washington presence at Dundee Day Parade (with candy from PTO)

WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

The Washington PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is a volunteer organization with the purpose of bringing together parents, teachers and staff to enhance the student experience at Washington Elementary and to support teachers in trying to provide the best education possible to our children. 

 

The PTO fundraises through various programs such as catalog sales in the fall and typically a more arts, health or educationally-focused activity in the spring. Through those efforts, we’ve been able to provide daily planners for every child, conference and teacher appreciation lunches, classroom treats and supplies for holiday celebrations, “Green Team” grounds cleanups, arts enrichment programs and most years, the school carnival. We’ve also been able to fund larger projects such as playground equipment and graphic design services for the school mascot on our new gym floor.

 

Every year, our mission is to welcome and engage as many new parents as we can into Washington’s Parent Teacher Organization, so that we can continue the great tradition of supporting students, teachers and staff both inside the classroom and out. Our goal is for the PTO to be representative of the rich diversity of our student body, which is what makes our school the wonderful place that it is. We’d like to ensure the PTO remains focused on what is truly valuable to as many families as possible.

 

Please know that being involved in PTO efforts, in whatever capacity you are able, does not mean huge time commitments or pressure. We have one meeting per month – most months – but a recap of each meeting goes out afterward by email, so you can stay updated on our plans even if you are unable to attend the meetings. 

 

There are also many “small” jobs that help make a big impact at Washington Elementary because as you know, many hands make light work. Without the time and the talents of our wonderful parents, it would be difficult for the PTO to accomplish all that we do. 

 

Please consider getting involved in the PTO in the coming year(s). We would be happy to take as much or as little of your time as you are willing to give.


Go Wildcats!

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PTO LEGACY: WHAT WE'VE DONE

In our 16 years of service, volunteering parents and teachers of Washington PTO have supported the students in countless ways.  Below are some notable projects and events led and funded by the PTO.

  • Teacher Gift Cards for Classroom Supplies

  • Transportation & Admission Fees for Fileld Trips

  • School Planners for Grades 1-6

  • Snacks for Seasonal Classroom Parties

  • College Scholarships for Washington Alumni

  • Principal's Fund

  • Safety Patrol

  • Exterior Landscaping (Hydrangeas, trees and other plantings in 2006, 2019 and 2021)

  • Play Structures for East Playground (2008)

  • ELMO Projectors (2010)

  • Computer Lab Smart Board (2013)

  • Library Donation (2014, 2016)

  • Genius Grants to Teachers (2015)

  • Kindness T-Shirts (2016)

  • Chess Club Donation (2017)

  • Graphic Design Services for Wildcat Logo on Gym Floor (2017)

  • Dancing Classrooms (2018)

  • All School Directory

  • Spirit Wear Design & Sales

  • Commemorative Bricks at Entry

  • Grounds Maintenance

  • Conference Dinners, Luncheons & Snacks for Teachers & Staff

  • Teacher Appreciation Week Gifts

  • Kindergarten Picnic 

  • 6th Grade Graduation & Picnic

  • Washington Presence at Dundee Day Parade (+ parade candy)

  • Family Fun Nights: Boo Bash, Bowling & Bingo

  • Spring Carnival

  • Other Events: Readathon, Walkathon, Art Night

 

We are grateful to our local business members for supporting our efforts,

demonstrating that Washington is more than just a school, we are a community. 

Please patronize these businesses and click on each logo to find out more!

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