Dear ROE Families:
I hope you and your families are having a wonderful summer break and are ready for the new school year. Many thanks to Madhuri Chilakapati, VP of Internal Relations, as well as all of our Grade Representatives for planning our summer playdates. Please visit the PTO website for a full calendar of events for the remainder of the summer as well as the school year. If you did not receive Dr. Fovargue’s summer mailer, it is available on the school’s website (click here).
Huge thanks go to all those parent and community donors who supported the PTO this past year. We are thankful to Compass Bank, Greenwood King and Frost Bank for sponsoring our major events, but are equally appreciative of our very generous parents. The money donated to the PTO supports the essential needs of our school. In May, the PTO Board approved a budget for the coming year of approximately $140,000. These funds will be used to pay for staff development, teacher appreciation, field trips, traffic & safety, IB annual fee, First in Math subscription, student productions/recitals, technology, community-building events, Odyssey of the Mind, and 5th grade graduation. Please know that budget and financial information is available to PTO members at any time upon request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Last year, the PTO tried a new fundraising model, replacing our gala-type auction event with an online auction, and adding an annual fund. We originally expected the online auction and the annual fund combined to make up for the lost profits from the auction event. Indeed, last year’s online auction was tremendously successful, netting over 75% of the previous year’s event. With only a soft launch of our annual fund, we were able to raise the funds we needed to cover our budget. The online auction had the added benefit of attracting a record number of bidders, as well as a record number of purchasers. Greater community participation, as well as reduced volunteer hours! This year, the auction will be online once again, and we will continue with our annual fund.
But we know a fall parent social event was missed. So, NEW THIS YEAR, on September 7, Becks Prime in Memorial Park will host a PTO social from 6:30 to 9:30pm. No tickets required, and no cover charge. Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase. While children are welcome to attend, parents are responsible for supervising their own children. Mark your calendars now, as this event is just around the corner! We hope you will join us in re-uniting with old friends and welcoming new friends to our community.
Fundraising is important, but the PTO also wants to continue to develop our sense of community. Plan to join us for ROE movie night on the blacktop at ROE, as well as the always-popular Fun Run. We plan to host our first ever (NEW THIS YEAR) Bingo Night this coming winter, and will of course direct the ROE Family Carnival, as well as an Earth Day celebration, in the spring.
Our volunteers are also busy at work coordinating the marquee, school supplies, school pictures, spirit store, ROE News, website, yearbook, affinity programs, and hospitality. There’s always room for more volunteers, though, and we need people with a wide range of skillsets. We have immediate needs for financial, organizational and technical skills. Please email Kathryn Hensey and Tina Salem, our Volunteer Coordinators at email@example.com to find out more about how you can help! As required by HISD, please go to the HISD website (www.houstonisd.org/vipslogin) and complete the VIPS volunteer process application in order to serve as a parent volunteer at ROE.
Now for some back-to-school items. Don’t forget to check out our 2nd annual “Roadrunner Rally,” our one-stop PTO information station where you can purchase spirit items, pay for school supplies (if you haven’t already done so), submit information for the Directory, as well as learn how you can support the school by volunteering, participating in our affinity programs, or making financial contributions. Roadrunner Rally will be conducted during the Meet & Greet on Thursday, August 22, as well as during the back-to-school coffee after drop-off of the first day of school.
If you have not yet purchased your school supplies for next year, please contact PTO School Supply Chair-Maria Marini at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may Click Here. All school supplies will be delivered to the classrooms before the first day of school. Please note that the Kindergarten school supplies includes the Kinder Field Trip t-shirt (green/white tie dye) and Kindergarten Graudation caps (May event).
Please help us create a complete directory this year for our ROE family by submitting your directory contact information to our directory team. Spirit ads and business ads are a wonderful special touch to our directory. Please contact Jennifer Farnell at email@example.com for assistance. Please also visit our PTO website for more information regarding business ads http://roepto.org/activities/directory/directory-ads/.
Per the PTO Bylaws, one Kindergarten Representative was elected to the Board in May. Jacqualin Seeley has worked solo to plan the summer playdates and communicate with incoming Kindergarten families. But, as our Grade Representatives are shared positions, she needs some help! If you have an incoming Kindergartner this year, and would like to serve with Jacqualin as the Kindergarten Grade Representative, please let me know by August 30th (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about PTO or have any questions. We look forward to another outstanding year together at ROE and hope to see you at the Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please stop by the PTO tables to learn more, and visit the food trucks onsite.
ROE PTO President