Stove Prairie Elementary School

The Little School at the End of the Rainbow

PTO

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)

The Stove Prairie PTO helps to meet the increasing needs of our small mountain school. Contributions include: monthly potluck lunch, refreshments and activities for various annual parties, seasonal programs (including Fifth Grade Recognition), and the Stove Prairie Winter Festival.

The purpose of the PTO is to provide support to all students at Stove Prairie. Meetings are held at 12:30 on the first Thursday of each month (after Potluck at 11:15) at the school. Each family provides the food.

On the Thursdays without Potluck, parent volunteers bring pizza to those who ordered it by the trimester.

Since 1976, the PTO has organized the Stove Prairie Winter Festival, which is held the first Saturday of every December. This annual fund-raiser is the largest contribution the PTO makes to the school. The event includes the sale of local arts and crafts, food, and a hand-made quilt (in the form of a raffle). We offer a silent auction, country store, and even a visit from Santa Claus! Parents work together to prepare for and hold this event, so we encourage everyone to help however you can. Please sign up at Back to School Night or call the PTO President, and let her know how you can help this year.

The festival produces funds to support student field trips, classroom needs and to purchase items such as library books, media equipment, playground equipment, etc.

PTO NOTES ON POTLUCK
Potluck lunches are held on the second Thursday of school each month starting at 11:00. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! If you are unable to attend the potluck, please send your prepared dish to school with your oldest child attending Stove Prairie or drop it off at school before the potluck begins. Please note that children cannot carry glassware on the bus. All items should be clearly labeled “Potluck Dish” and delivered to the kitchen before 10:45 ~ 10:00 if food will need to be reheated. If, for any reason, you are unable to send your dish, please notify the PTO President or leave a message for her at the school (no explanation necessary). The PTO provides juice and water for beverages at the potluck.

When we have them, awards assemblies and other parent/community events will be held just prior to potluck, beginning at 10:45. Please plan to attend! Remember that all students are served before the parents, although adults are welcome to get a plate for their preschoolers and/or toddlers at any time. This ensures that there is plenty for the kids to eat. We also encourage you to join us for the monthly PTO meetings immediately following lunch. We look forward to sharing these events with you!

IMPORTANT HEALTH DEPARTMENT RULES
Parents MAY NOT contribute game or home canned foods for Potluck, since these items have not been federally or locally inspected and approved. Hot food must be served at 140 degrees, cold food at 45 degrees.

Potluck Hosts/Hostesses
A minimum of two hosts/hostesses are needed each month unless otherwise noted. Please sign up at a PTO meeting or by calling/emailing the PTO President, if you can help.

PTO Host/Hostess Duties:
• Call everyone on the Potluck list a week in advance to remind them of the date, time, and what dish to bring.
• Arrive at the school on potluck day by 10:00 to get any food ready that is in the kitchen, set up tables/chairs.
• Make the juice, wrap silverware in napkins, get out plates, cups, etc.
• Set up two long tables at front of gym (along the kitchen wall) for the food, the small round table for desserts, and four rows of two, long folding lunch tables lengthwise for kids and parents.
• Fill the silver basin with hot, soapy water and place on a chair by the kitchen (for dirty silverware).
• Get the juice dispenser from the PTO shed, along with extra paper goods the PTO provides.
• Decorate as desired.
• Accept responsibility for clean-up after lunch, even though we expect everyone to help.
• After lunch wash, rinse, and return the juice dispenser to the shed WITHOUT the lid on so it will dry.

Notes:
• Stove Prairie is given an exception from the school district for our monthly Potluck only. For this event we encourage as much food as possible to be homemade.

• However, cookies or finger food for evening events must be store-bought as mandated by Poudre School District for all normal school events.

• In recent years, people at Stove Prairie, and all of PSD schools, strive to promote wellness for all. Please provide healthy foods at school events whenever possible.

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE (SAC)
Each Mountain School has a SAC and needs parent volunteers to serve on this committee. It has been identified by the State Department of Education as an integral part of each school. The committee's make-up includes staff members, parents and community members. The SAC helps determine goals for staff and students. It reports on these goals annually to the state, district and our school/communities. SAC focuses primarily on issues that affect the academic achievement of students. Future goals must be aligned with Poudre School District and the Accreditation contract with the State Department of Education.

VOLUNTEERS IN POUDRE SCHOOLS
To learn more details, visit the PSD website: www.psdschools.org. Under the Community button, choose Partnerships/Volunteers, see the highlighted banner at the bottom of the left side that serves as an arrow to point you in the direction with options from which to choose your path.

Volunteers are an integral part of the environment at Stove Prairie Elementary School. Volunteers assist small groups of students for a variety of activities. Volunteers can also help in the media center, office and with preparation of instructional materials. Please contact the VIPs coordinator or talk to your child’s classroom teacher if you are interested in volunteering. All volunteers must first register with PSD.